- 05 Nov 18
Paul Charles booked U2 for what was their first ever major festival gig, supporting The Police in Leixlip, just outside of Dublin.
“They were building a reputation as impressive live performers...”
I was the promoter for The Police’s gig at Leixlip Castle, in July 1980. There was a bit of a buzz about U2 at that stage, obviously coming mainly from Dublin, and from Hot Press in particular. This was before their debut album Boy was released. But ‘11 O’ Clock Tick Tock’ had been launched, they seemed to have a good gigging plan in place for the UK and were building a reputation as an impressive, must-see live act – to the extent that they might be a good addition to our festival bill with The Police. I decided to go for it.
In the end, even as far as Police fans were concerned, U2 were clearly one of the day’s better acts, which is tough when you’ve got the likes of Squeeze, John Otway and Q-Tips also on the bill. These were all serious live acts, who were making their reputation from gigging.