Maiden in Belfast-Updated Details

11 11 2010

Right, now that the excitement of the Maiden/Odyssey annoucement has died down a little, here’s more info for some of the poor mites online who can’t seem to read properly.

The Band: Iron Maiden

The Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Venue: The Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Ticket Details: Tickets are £41.50 for standing (not including booking fee) and £46.50 for seating (not including booking fee). They go on general sale on Saturday November 20 at 10am and are limited to 8 per person and can be bought from all Ticketmaster outlets. If, like me, you’re in the Fan Club, the presale starts on Monday (Nov 15) for the English/Scottish/Welsh dates and Thursday (Nov 18) for the NI date.

As I mentioned in the previous post, the last time the band played in the city was in Jan 1996 and it was my first ever gig (and here’s an account of that very show so I can’t wait for this. Hell, I may even bring the Gumby look out of retirement especially for the show (minus the ill advised long hair obviously. That phase is thankfully over). On second thoughts, considering I’ve binned all that stuff, maybe not…

Anyway, Come On You Irons!

Maiden For Belfast, Aug 3, 2011

11 11 2010

Yes folks, it’s true. I first heard mumblings about a Belfast date two months ago and now I can finally confirm that it’s happening and I couldn’t be more happier. The last time they played the city was in January ’96 (my first gig) so I can’t wait to see them back. Here’s the press release below. Up the fuckin’ Irons. (NI press release to follow).

UK Fans! We promised you’d be next and true to our word…here’s the full list of Maiden’s UK Tour dates 2011:

Wed 20
Thu 21
Sat 23
Sun 24
Wed 27
Thu 28
Sun 31
Scotland, Glasgow SECC
Scotland, Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena
England, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
England, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
England, Nottingham Trent FM Arena
England, Manchester MEN Arena
England, Birmingham NIA
Mon 1
Wed 3
Fri 5
Wales, Cardiff CIA Arena
Northern Ireland, Belfast Odyssey
England, London O2 Arena

This will be an extensive 10 city arena tour for the final run of dates on their FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR 2010/11. For the first time in many years, the band will be playing shows across the full length and breadth of the UK, including places they’ve not visited for up to three decades!

Steve Harris comments; “Everything in the Maiden camp has been so full on these last five years or so that we haven’t travelled around the UK to play for our home fans for almost that long.  These fans  supported us by coming to Twickenham Stadium, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Download and more recently Sonisphere so we thought we should get off our backsides and do the travelling this time and get round the country to see them all. We very much look forward to playing all four home countries and a couple of places we haven’t been for a very long time, Aberdeen and Belfast! And playing the O2 gets us as close to the East End of London where Maiden started off than we have been for many a year, probably since the Ruskin Arms! All in all l think this is going to be a very special series of shows and a wonderful way to end this whole world tour.

“We intend to take the full stadium show into the UK arenas and fit everything we possibly can into each venue. The set list will be different to this year’s tour. Of course we will play more songs from the new album and some other recent material, but we intend to include a healthy dose of older fan favourites too for those who haven’t seen us before, plus a spectacular light show and stage set, not forgetting, of  course, …Eddie!”

The UK shows will be the culmination of The Final Frontier World Tour, which began in June 2010 with a hugely successful 25 date tour throughout North America, followed by selected European stadium and festival shows, including Knebworth Sonisphere in the UK. As recently announced, early next year Ed Force One will fly the band, crew and equipment 50,000 miles around the World visiting thirteen countries before the band take a short break prior to the extensive European Tour (more announcements soon) of which the UK is the final leg.

 As always we hope to facilitate “First To The Barrier” for our fan club members at as many shows as possible, details of these will be announced nearer the time on this website.

There will be an exclusive first ticket pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan club members, before tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday November 20th. Please keep checking this website for updates about ticket sales and further information about the special fan club pre-sale.