Hola amigos! U2V began 15 years ago (2000) as the result of a meeting between Rafa Gallant and Javi Vara, two U2 fans in Valencia. We organized the first parties and tributes in the area of Valencia as a celebration of the releases of the U2 Go Home DVD (Live from Slane Castle) and The Best Of collection. The passion and friendship inspired by U2 lead a group of friends (Valvi, Mata and Vara) to create our website U2Valencia.com. That was in April 2004, a few months before the release of the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. and so began one of the first Spanish U2 fan clubs, with followers from all over Spain and abroad. U2V also reports and publishes daily news about U2.
The U2V Staff is: Maria José, Fernando, Pere, Javi, José Manuel, Raul, Oscar, Leo, Carlos, Cheli, Angel, Esther, Sergi and Juanjo. On our website, (in Spanish), you can find many different sections about U2 (updated daily, 365 days a year): History, Discography, U2 Staff and Collaborators, A U2 Guide of Dublin: "The Dublin of U2", Bono's different Sunglasses, Vertigo Radio, U2 Tribute bands, U2 Experiences, Forum, Agenda and connection with all our social networks... We also have our own smartphone App for both Android and iOS operating systems. It has just been updated with a new #U2ieTour section and compatibility with the most recent iOS devices.
U2V activities are carried out not only on the internet. We collaborate in events and U2 parties, supporting all U2 tribute bands in Spain. We have organized fan meetings, even our own U2 tribute bands tour called "A Celebration Tour 2010", our 10th anniversary. We have also collaborated with “ONE” Pobreza Campaign in Spain and in other charity events for the fight against Cancer or the Fibromyalgia desease.
In April 2005, Javier Vara had the idea to create a radio program dedicated to U2 called "Vertigo Radio" on Radio 105.7FM Manises. It is one of a few radio programs devoted to U2 in the world, and the only one with more than 10 years broadcasting without interruption. Currently the team of "Vertigo Radio" is formed by Carlos, Oscar, Raul, Leo, Javi, Francisco, Rodrigo and Pilar (from U2Chile). At this time, Vertigo Radio staff has attended all recent U2 tours, and numerous events such as Glastonbury Festival (Uk), Electric Burma and Tosca in Dublin, and other promotional U2 events. They also have been lucky to interview Bono a few times, Bono always makes jokes in the interviews: "vértigo radio, the only radio station that doesn't know how to count!" And "I worked there as a DJ but they fired me!". In Seville while attending the U2360º show (or recently in #U2ieTour Vancouver, New York and Amsterdam), Bono dedicated the song "Vertigo" to the "Spanish mafia": "Spanish Lessons for Vertigo Radio!”.
To celebrate the different U2 concerts in Spain we have organized numerous initiatives: In Vertigo Tour 44,000 red balloons were prepared to celebrate the “The Edge” 44th birthday, in the 360 tour, At the start of the tour in Barcelona we also organized a warm welcome for the band with thousands of orange balloons floating in the Camp Nou Stadium.
For this new tour U2 Innocence + Experience Tour we will give a big welcome to the band with numerous proposals and events in Valencia and Barcelona: we will celebrate different tribute band shows like Spyplane in Valencia Oct the 2th, (Achtung Babies) oct 4th and (Red Rocks) oct 8th in Barcelona.
We also created the website www.u23d.es when the movie was launched in Spain. We opened it again to commemorate the re-screening of the U2 3D movie in theaters all over Spain this month. The schedule of all events is available in our website and in our "Vertigo Radio and U2Valencia" App for iOS and Android.