U2 360° to end year down under tour dates in Australia and New Zealand

Embargoed until - Sunday, August 22nd 7am NZ; 5am Australia

Live Nation Global Touring and Michael Coppel have today confirmed that U2 will end the year with live dates in New Zealand and Australia. The U2 360° Tour will visit Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the tour also includes U2's first Perth date since Popmart in 1998.

"U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, and this extraordinary production makes that happen in stadiums, says U2's manager Paul McGuinness "It was important to the band that we were able to bring the whole 360° production to Australia and New Zealand so fans could experience the latest of U2's legendary productions."

The U2 360° Tour kicked off again in Turin, Italy this month and will visit 17 cities, including Moscow and Istanbul, before finishing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on 8th October. By the time it reaches New Zealand and Australia, U2 360° will have been seen by over 4 million fans.

With a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels, and a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges, the band has truly created an intimate 360º experience for concert goers. Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360 design, which affords an unobstructed view for the audience.

"To have an in-the-round transportable stadium production is something that the touring industry has been trying to figure out for some time.The extra capacity U2 360° gives us means that there are a large number, several thousand in fact, of low priced tickets at every show", saidU2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring.

In keeping with the concept that this tour is more about a unique staging configuration with excellent sight-lines tickets in all 5 cities will be available starting at $39.90 with general admission floor tickets available at $99.90. Additional reserved seat tickets also available starting at $99.90.

Tickets for the U2 performances in Australia and New Zealand will go on sale Friday, September 3rd at all usual outlets. U2.com subscribers will be able to buy tickets ahead of the public on-sale. Full details at: www.u2.com

The Australian and New Zealand dates are produced by Live Nation Global Touring in association with Michael Coppel and Live Nation Australia.

Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates

Nov. 25 - Auckland, NZ - Mt. Smart Stadium

Dec. 01 - Melbourne, AU - Etihad Stadium

Dec. 08 - Brisbane, AU - Suncorp Stadium

Dec. 13 - Sydney, AU - ANZ Stadium

Dec. 18 - Perth, AU - Subiaco Oval

For local information and tour updates sign up at www.livenation.com.au / www.coppel.com.au