Christian Sinclair developed CAPA’s new Dublin Seminar entitled Sounds of Resistance: Music and Politics in Ireland and will be co-teaching it in summer 2018. Recently he attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert in Dublin and has offered to share his experience on the CAPA World Blog.
Last night, Saturday, July 22, along with another 80,000 fans, I attended U2’s Joshua Tree concert at Croke Park here in Dublin. The fans, hailing from all around the world, were loud, enthusiastic, supportive, and emotional. Just like they should have been. The energy was incredible and the longer the evening went on, the more frenzied the crowd became. Next to me on one side were two Irish guys in their late 40s who had seen the band at Croke Park in 1987. On the other side was a young Nigerian who had flown in from Lagos to hear them play. They (we!) came from all over. The city was transformed for days before the concert with thousands milling about in U2 t-shirts, street artists painting Bono portraits, ticket hawkers, impromptu stalls selling U2 paraphernalia, and news agents selling special U2-hyped magazine editions.