After much speculation U2 have confirmed that they will play 6 concerts in Ireland.

The band have just started the European leg of the Innocence + Experience tour after playing to sell-out shows across America.

This is the first indoor tour the band have played in over 20 years. It has been hailed as a masterpiece of showmanship utilising unique visuals and layouts.

But it is that layout, stretching the full length of the arena, that ha caused trouble in confirming Irish dates. The problem is that no indoor arena in Ireland is big enough to hold the stage. As a result a new stage set-up has had to be designed.

The tour got off to a rocky start with Bono first falling off his bike in Central Par, New York and doing serious damage to his arm and face. Then on the first night of the tour The Edge fell off the stage.

This tour focuses on the songs from the album Songs of Innocence which was released free via iTunes. Their most personal album, it concentrates on their formative years growing up in Dublin.

U2 have been together since 1977 and have released 17 hit albums and are the most successful band to come out of Ireland.

They will play 2 dates in Belfast followed by 4 in Dublin. Tickets go on sale next Monday October 14.