U2 Concert in Sydney

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I had never taken the boat to a concert but since Sydney offered us the opportunity, we jumped on the ferry to the Olympic Park to go see U2.

Yes, U2.

Feng and I are big fans of the band and we saw them playing in Ottawa in 2005. That year had been a busy year for us: we eloped, I got the permanent residence and we opened a business (that we closed a couple of year later). U2 is our good-luck band I guess.

So when we heard they were playing in Sydney while we were there, we snatched a couple of general admission tickets. Everything worked out perfectly.

The band played at the ANZ stadium, apparently pronounced “ah-en-zed” and not “ah-en-zee” like we thought (I’m not fluent in Australian yet, although I do use words such as “mate” and “rubbish” to be understood Down Under).

Jay Z was opening the show, which I found was quite strange considering it’s not exactly the same kind of music as U2. It was funny actually, you could easily tell the people who came for Jay Z from the U2 crowd!

The general admission seats were on the floor so we were pretty close to the stage. While we were waiting for the show to start, Feng asked one of the security guard if we could go “backstage”, in the inner row by the catwalk and the stage. I think he was joking but the security guard just shrugged and opened us the door: “sure, go ahead”. We couldn’t believe our luck and didn’t quite understand how we ended up there, but here we were, a few meters from the Edge and from Bono.

The show was awesome. The band played a lot of the old songs, like One, Sunday Bloody Sunday, With Or Without You and All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It lasted for a few hours and we came back to the hostel almost deaf and mute from singing along, but happy and dreamy.

Sorry if some of the pictures are not the best, I only took a small point-and-shoot camera and not the DSLR this time. And thank you all for your comments on the previous articles! I do read them all and enjoy your insights!


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I have read all your posts and I think we have the same traveling mind. I left Paris when I was 21 and did travel a lot, as much as I could. I have not been to Australia though and enjoy reading your adventures there. Your pictures of the band are natural, I like them.

  2. @@Vagabonde – Thank you! It’s always hard to take pictures of live music, especially in such a large venue.

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Thank you!

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – We were very lucky!

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