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  1. Unpacking the #U2ieTour - Belfast Sunday 22nd N...

    Tonight, Sunday November 22nd at 7pm in Fitzroy Church In Belfast (77 University Street BT7 1HL) there will be an unpacking of the #U2ieTour Belfast concerts that took place earlier this week - the first time the band has played in the city for 18 years. 

     

    Fitzroy players and singers (Christopher Wilson, Dave Thompson, Jonny Fitch, Chris Fry, Shannon Clements/Peter Greer and Andy Patterson) will perform songs from the current tour set and Steve Stockman (Walk On - The Spiritual Journey of U2) will unpack the songs, visuals and the emotional, political and spiritual soul of the setlist.

     

    Steve told us :

    "Fitzroy is renowned, across the world, for its evenings on Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springteen, Bob Dylan, Christy Moore etc. They recently built their entire morning service around the hymns and songs of Van Morrison, the day before his Cyprus Avenue concerts. They have done U2 before but this evening will be a very specific look at these Belfast shows. New voices and new thoughts will be added to the mix. We are thrilled to have Angela Pancella (atu2.com) with us to compare and contrast the North American and Belfast shows!"

     

    "Local context was all over the Belfast shows. The political murals, the naming of the most bloody events and, of course, Raised By Wolves and Sunday Bloody Sunday. Even the debris pages that fall from the roof every night during Until The End Of The World was a pointed political comment right on the cutting edge of this week’s news".

     

    If you cannot be there they hope to broadcast the event live on Periscope - http://periscope.tv/fitzroypc

     

    Steve and Janice Stockman meet Bono just before the first U2 Belfast Show in 18 years

    • Nov 22 2015 12:09 PM
    • by U2Community
  2. #WhiteOutBelfast

    Ahead of the #U2ieTour arrival in Belfast tomorrow the Zoo got news of a really great initiative that fans have put together for these special shows..

    We spoke to two of the organisers, Connie & Gina to tell us all about it, and a bit about themselves..

     

    First, here is the announcement from the #WhiteOutBelfast Facebook Event page

     

    'This Wednesday, U2 are performing in Belfast for the first time in 18 years. It will also be their first show since the attacks in Paris. Belfast has its own history of terror and violence, so it seems like the right time and place to make a statement in the name of peace, love and music and pay our respect to the victims of terror and violence all around the world.

    Thus we plan to #whiteoutbelfast

    Wear something white if you can and most importantly wave something white, like a napkin, tissue, piece of cloth or paper, when U2:

    1) Enter the stage
    2 Play Raised by Wolves
    3) Play Sunday Bloody Sunday
    4) Play One (they don't always play One)

    Remember, big flags and banners will not be permitted inside the arena, so keep it small (no bigger than A4) and simple. People behind you also needs to see.

    Share this on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #whiteoutbelfast and #u2ietour'

     

    If you need a short link for the event, you can share this: http://on.fb.me/1Ny2QSr

     

    Connie Maria Westergaard, Creator and Chairperson of White Out Belfast

     

    "I'm from Copenhagen, Denmark, and I'm 38. I work with communications and social media. I fell in love with Belfast and U2 when I went there as an exchange student in 2003, and a guy lent me his U2 collection. I didn't leave my dorm room for days! so it's always been a dream of mine to see U2 live in that city, because both are very dear to me, and for me it's where it started. I love Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry. Their music are such a big part of my life and as a band and individuals they are a huge inspiration to me, and I am sure they will understand why we are doing #whiteoutbelfast - they taught us that it's always impossible until it's done. We are One!"

     

    Gina Cloe, Designer and Co-Chair of White Out Belfast

     

    "I’m from Indiana, USA originally but presently residing in the beautiful state of North Carolina, and I’m gearing up to celebrate my 32nd birthday on the 23rd of this month. I am a freelance designer and artist and my favorite projects have been U2 designs: posters, images, you name it I’ve done it. Anytime U2 is involved it is a passion project. I have been a fan since I can remember. I stole my Dad’s Achtung Baby album the second he got it, fell in love, and never did return it. Sorry, Dad! I guess you could say that Achtung Baby was my birth into the U2 fandom but I am deeply in love with Songs of Innocence. I have connected with this album, the lyrics, and even the experiences behind them on a very personal and emotional level. That album kept me afloat during the roughest part of my life. And, if you delve into the fan community you will find that the U2 lifeboat has been rescuing fans for a long time.  I was able to catch the guys at Boston 4 and it was a phenomenal and moving show! The U2ers are the best people, not even just fans, on the planet! This is a tight-knit family and an army when it needs to be. That’s why I’m so proud of White Out Belfast. We are #strongerthanfear."

     

     

    Let us know if you are going along, or supporting online, and you can also join in the discussion thread in the Zoo

    • Nov 17 2015 08:25 PM
    • by U2Community