With just a week to go before the 'Elevation' dates come to Blighty, demand is getting stronger...

With just over a week to go before U2 kick off the UK leg of their ELEVATION WORLD TOUR, tickets are already reaching three times their face value on Internet auction sites.

Tickets for one of the London Earl’s Court shows – running from August 18-23 – are reaching just under £125 pounds (US$175) each. The tickets were sold at £45. The tickets for all nine of the UK arena shows, as well as two massive gigs at Slane Castle outside of Dublin, were snapped up by eager fans within minutes of going on sale.

Such was the demand for the first of the 80,000 capacity Slane shows (August 25), that there were mini-riots amongst fans on the streets of Dublin.

Meanwhile, BBC London Live are set to broadcast live from backstage at Earl’s Court on August 19, the second U2 show. Broadcasting between 4pm-6pm (BST) they promise interviews with the band just before they take to the stage. For more details see http://www.bbc.co.uk/londonlive.