U2 plan 'Glastonbury on steroids'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2011


U2 want to put on a ''Glastonbury on steroids'' performance by sneaking in some huge pyrotechnics to this year's festival

U2 want to put on a "Glastonbury on steroids" performance at this year's festival.

The 'Elevation' group are headlining the festival this year for the first time ever - after having to pull out of its 40th anniversary in 2010 - and bassist Adam Clayton says they will be "sneaking in" some of the huge pyrotechnics from their 360 Degree world tour for the stage show.

He said: "It's very un-Glastonbury to have a big production, but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make the experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.

"We're stretching the levels of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved."

The rocker also hinted the group's set for the British festival will include hits from their celebrated 1991 album 'Achtung Baby' album, in honour of its 20th anniversary.

He added: "We want to go back to our 90s work that plays into a certain kind of psychedelia and do something tailored around that, from the Zoo TV to PopMart. This is the 20th anniversary of 'Achtung Baby' so there's a nice connection there and we thought we should mark that."

U2 headline Glastonbury's Pyramid stage on Friday June 24. The festival,which runs until June 26, will also see headline sets from Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Glastonbury Festival

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