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Tribute bands

Some upcoming gig dates:

Saturday 14th December - U2Baby at The Woodley Arms, Stockport
Saturday 28th December - U2 2 at Empire Bar, Rochdale
Friday 17th January - U2 2 at Barras Art and Design, Glasgow
Friday 7th February - U2 2 at The Majestic Theatre, Darlington
Friday 28th February - U2Baby at Sub89, Reading
Saturday 7th March - U2 2 at The Forum, Northallerton
Sunday 8th March - U2 2 at Huntingdon Hall, Huntingdon
Friday 20th March - U2 2 at The Brook, Southampton
Saturday 21st March - U2Baby at The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 4th April - U2 2 at Ystrad RFC Events, Rhondda
Thursday 9th April - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Sunday 12th April - U2 2 at The Southbank Bar, Nottingham
Thursday 16th April - U2Baby at The Horns, Watford
Saturday 18th April - U2 2 at The Brickmakers, Norwich
Saturday 9th May - U2Baby at Venue:73, Brighouse
Friday 29th May - U2 2 at The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
Saturday 6th June - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney
Saturday 13th June - U2 2 at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
Saturday 13th June - U2Baby at Layton Concert Hall, Blackpool
Saturday 18th July - U2 2 at the Brookside Theatre, Romford
Saturday 8th August - U2Baby at SomerRock Festival, Bridgwater
Saturday 19th September - U2Baby at Engine Rooms, Southampton
Friday 25th September - U2 2 at Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea
Thursday 1st October - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool
Saturday 10th October - U2Baby at MK11, Milton Keynes
Saturday 7th November - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney
Saturday 21st November - U2Baby at Nightrain, Bradford
Bubbles

The Defiant Ones

Some U2 stuff on The Defiant Ones (documentary series about Jimmy Iovine) this evening on BBC4 - just a couple of minutes starting at 39:45, but I presume it will continue in next Friday's episode!  I'd never seen this footage from the US Festival in 1983 before, with Bono climbing on top of the stage and all.
Massive Heed Bono

Tribute bands

Here are some U2 tribute band gigs coming up in 2019:

Saturday 12th January - U2 2 at The New Crown, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan
Friday 25th January - U2 2 at Touchline Live Music, Hockley, Essex
Saturday 2nd February - U2Baby at Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Saturday 2nd February - U2 2 at The Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester
Sunday 10th February - U2UK at Butlins, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Saturday 23rd February - U2 2 at The Brook, Southampton, Hampshire
Friday 1st March - U2UK at Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Saturday 2nd March - U2Baby at The Globe, Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Saturday 9th March - U2 2 at Biggin Hill Social & Sports Club, Westerham, Kent
Saturday 16th March - U2 2 at The Beaverwood, Chislehurst, London
Saturday 16th March - U2UK at The Flowerpot, Derby, Derbyshire
Saturday 23rd March - U2Baby at The Assembly Rooms, Chichester, West Sussex
Saturday 23rd March - U2 2 at Doncaster Social Club, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Friday 29th March - U2 2 at The Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Greater Manchester
Saturday 30th March - U2UK at The Concorde Club, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Thursday 4th April - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside
Saturday 13th April - U2 2 at The Old Courts, Wigan, Greater Manchester
Thursday 18th April - U2Baby at The Horns, Watford, Hertfordshire
Saturday 20th April - U2UK at Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness, Lincolnshire
Friday 26th April - U2Baby at The Bier Keller, Bracknell, Berkshire
Friday 10th May - U2UK at O'Rileys, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Saturday 18th May - U2Baby at The Woodley Arms, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Saturday 8th June - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney, London
Saturday 8th June - U2UK at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, Staffordshire
Saturday 15th June - U2UK at The Beachcomber, Brean, Somerset
Friday 21st June - U2 2 at The Robin 2, Bilston, West Midlands
Saturday 22nd June - U2Baby at Marlow Rock Bottom, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Friday 28th June - U2UK at Real Time Live, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Saturday 29th June - U2 2 at Hawick Town Hall, Hawick, Scottish Borders
Saturday 13th July - U2 2 at Party In The Car Park, South Yorkshire
Sunday 28th July - U2Baby at Glastonbarry Tribute Festival, Romilly Park, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
Thursday 8th August - U2UK at Castell Roc, Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Sunday 25th August - U2 2 at The Ultimate Tribute Festival, Colebrook Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Friday 20th September - U2Baby at Party In The Park 2, Himley Hall, Himley, Staffordshire
Thursday 3rd October - U2Baby at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, Merseyside
Saturday 2nd November - U2Baby at The Half Moon, Putney, London
Saturday 14th December - U2Baby at The Woodley Arms, Stockport, Greater Manchester

If you know of any other active U2 tribute bands in the UK, please share!
Bubbles

Smashing Hits!

There's a load of stuff about U2 and Band Aid in episode 2 of 'Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland' which was on BBC4 this evening. It's on iPlayer here, starting at 26:25 and ending at 48:31. Includes a clip of them performing The Ocean on Whistle Test that I don't think I'd ever seen before, and commentary from Midge Ure, Bob Geldof, Neil McCormick, Dave Fanning and Moya Brennan. The Clannad bit in the middle also has U2 connections!
Bubbles

Lots of old U2 on BBC4

BBC4 repeated a TOTP2 St Patrick's Day Special from 2001 this evening. I don't remember seeing this before - it included not one, not two, but FOUR of U2's performances on the show! You can watch it on iPlayer here; Fire is at 07:14, New Year's Day at 15:58, One at 27:07, and Stuck In A Moment at 39:11.

They also repeated 'Irish Rock At The BBC' from 2015, which includes I Will Follow from The Old Grey Whistle Test at 19:26. You can watch that here.
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Hits, Hype & Hustle, Grammy Awards, and extra tour dates

'Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider's Guide to the Music Business' aired last night on BBC4 and can be viewed on iPlayer. "Music promoter John Giddings takes us on an entertaining ride behind the stage lights to tell the story of how live performance has become a billion-pound industry. [...] For a genuine behind-the-scenes insight into the scale and logistics of the modern mega-tour, John takes us backstage at U2's latest stadium spectacular." This involves a chat with Adam at Twickenham last year, plus archive clips - it starts at the 3 minute mark and lasts just over 7 minutes.

U2 will also be performing (and possibly presenting an award?) at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. UK viewers can see it on 4Music (Freeview channel 18) from 7pm to 10pm this Monday.

If you missed the announcement, extra tour dates have been announced for Manchester (Saturday 20th October) and London (Wednesday 24th October). Presales start on Tuesday with the public sale on Friday.