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July 27th, 2009

GA question @ 10:00 pm

canadanne:
Quick question for those of you who have already done the GA thing on this tour.... do they insist on filling the inner circle before other areas of the pitch? Or could you arrive early and choose to stand on the outside of the walkway?
 
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From:striped_bouncer
Date:July 27th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
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you can be first one of all and still decide to stand on the outside of the circle - they won't force you inside ;-) most people run there like mad, though. leaves you greater chances to get your spot on the outside of the catwalk... ;-) did that 5 times by now, and even as I sat down there people ran past me and inside the inner circle. You have the freedom of choice really :)

ps: actually, the front row of the outer circle, along the catwalk, is a dearly desired place by now, too, so run for your life ;-)

Edited at 2009-07-27 09:07 pm (UTC)
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From:fionaa
Date:July 27th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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how about the view when you're in the circle? i mean are you able to see the beauty of the stage itself and light effects? watching vids and pics the stage looked more impressing when you're standing pretty far from it. will i miss it standing in the front row? i have only two concerts to go so i thought (like canadanne probably) maybe to go a bit farther :D
From:striped_bouncer
Date:July 27th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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when you're inside the inner circle, you're close to the band. just be warned (because it happened to me in Barcelona), when you stand on either Adam's or Edge's side and front row, you're really close to the main stage but it blocks your view on the rest of the band. The main stage is quite high and you can't watch over it. If you like to go inside, go to the middle, then you see all of them all the time. You won't see much of the screens then, unless you really bend your head back a lot and stare straight up. The whole light show, especially from the top, is almost completely not viewable from the inner circle.

all positions outside the circle, along the catwalk, are perfect for seeing the band all the time plus watching the screens without problems. you will see all of what's going on on the screen as well as most of the light show of the stage.

to see the light show going on on top of the stage, either go far into the back of GA or up on the seats.

I've been to Adam's side first row inner circle, as well as front row outer circle middle, and about 7-10 meters away from the outer circle. Also had seat one time (Dublin II). All I can say is that in GA, no matter where you are, you see it all perfectly, if close of further in the back of the field. From a seat, you see the complete light show and the lasers/lights coming from the top. But those you also see when you're in the middle of GA ;-)

hope that wasn't too confusing :-)
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From:rosephile
Date:July 29th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, you're making me want to try for Chicago tix (both shows, wtf not?) now...I mean, otherwise, I only have ONE show. D:
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From:scruby
Date:July 27th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
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If I get into the inner circle, I can go to the bathroom or something like that and then come back there, or do I loose my place? Does they mark you or when you get out you loose your place?
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From:rational_twists
Date:July 28th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
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I've never been GA for a U2 show, but I've done it for other shows and I've never dared sacrifice my spot for the bathroom. GA can get a little nutty.
From:striped_bouncer
Date:July 28th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
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that's true. I only risked it once, in Amsterdam last week, because we really needed some drinks, the heat inside was unbearable. But I was there with a friend who kept my place (told her to fight with her life for it ;-p). But I'd never do it again. It's just that some people won't let you get to your spot anymore, or shove in and occupy your place.

and no, for the U2 shows they don't mark you in any way. Not in the inner circle, nor outside in the rest of GA. I don't know how it's handled in the US, but for the European shows here.... no marks, no wristbands.
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From:scruby
Date:July 28th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
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Oh no, that's terrible! I know that there's no way that I could stay at my place and not go to the bathroom from 5:00 pm. I'll have to go after the second supporting act. Otherwise it's just going to really bug during the concert. ):

So, I'm screwed, ha? If I'll have someone waiting I might get my place back but that would be really hard to achieve?
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From:scruby
Date:July 28th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the tips. (:

Edited at 2009-07-28 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:July 28th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
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i have yet to see them this tour (is it september yet?!?), but just from past GA experiences....I would NOT leave your place once you are in there. I stop drinking anything after a certain point in the day, and I use the bathroom before they let everyone in...and then I'm good until after the show.

I've seen people leave and try to get back in...and it just does not work.
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From:scruby
Date:July 28th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I'll hope it'll be alright. It's my first U2 concert so i want to be as close as I can to the stage, but I also don't want my bladder to interrupt me during the show.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 28th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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That's good. I noticed they said on U2.com "Once the general admission gates open, the U2 Tour Staff with assistance from local authorities will supervise the filling of the "inner circle" ... Once the inner circle has reached capacity, the remaining ticket holders will be allowed to fill in on the general field/pitch area", so I wasn't sure if they were herding people straight into the front section and then filling the rest later. I'm thinking of going front row the first night and then outside the walkway (with a better view of the screens) on the second night, which worked well on the last tour! Can't afford to get stuck behind anyone as I'm really short, so I need a spot somewhere along the rail.

Thanks for the tips!

(Last time in London they didn't allow any running onto the pitch, so I really hope it will be the same this time, although it's a different venue so who knows....)
From:striped_bouncer
Date:July 28th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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you're welcome :-)

well, they don't allow running, actually... there are all those "security" guys inside the stadium and on the pitch who try to make you stop running... but if you slow down just a little bit when you pass them by they won't hold you back when you start running again ;-) just show good will and they'll keep their hands off you ;-p
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From:canadanne
Date:July 28th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a fast runner at all, so I hope there is no running! They enforced it really well at Twickenham, everyone just walked fast and we had no problems getting the places we wanted. Fingers crossed they do the same at Wembley...
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:July 28th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
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It depends on the venue. At Croke Park the first night you could go anywhere. The second night you were supposed to stay in the pit if you were there but only half of security knew about it. The third night they had their act together and split the lines in two- one for pit standing and one for pitch standing. People in the pitch line had to wait a half hour before they were allowed to go around and go out to the main pitch, giving the pitch lines time to claim their spots.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 28th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. Were there two separate lines from the outset, or did they split them at some point during the day? (And if it was the latter, did you get to choose which line, or was it like the first X number of people go into the inner circle?)
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:July 28th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
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They split the lines early in the day Saturday, and about midday on Monday. You were let to choose which queue you preferred. I highly recommend the outer rail. The view and sound is amazing.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 28th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Thank you. :)

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