U2 will perform in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on November 5, as part of the 16th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), the news was announced today by MTV Networks International (MTVNI), owned by Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B). As a prelude to the Fall of The Wall celebrations in Berlin, U2 return to the city for a free ticketed performance which will be beamed into the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.
U2’s manager Paul McGuinness said: “It’ll be an exciting spot to be in, 20 years almost to the day since the wall came down. Should be fun.”
Tickets to attend MTV EMAs present U2 at the Brandenburg Gate will be free of charge and available by registering on www.u2.com or www.mtvema.com from 9pm (CET) on Wednesday 28 October 2009. Tickets, which will take the form of a bar-coded e-ticket, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be restricted to a maximum of 2 per applicant. Access to the performance will be strictly via one advance, scanned e-ticket per person. Tickets will not be available on the night of the show.
Commented Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, EVP, Music Brands, MTV Networks International and Executive Producer for the MTV Europe Music Awards: “The exceptional musical heritage of this year’s EMAs spans genres and generations and we are extremely proud to be bringing U2 to Berlin for this extraordinary performance. This year’s Awards will be remembered as the night when the world’s major music players came together against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall to celebrate music, freedom and the birth of a new age in Europe.”
The MTV Europe Music Awards will take place at the 02 World, Berlin on Thursday 5 November 2009 and will be broadcast live on MTV at 9pm CET. The MTV Europe Music Awards are sponsored by Sony Ericsson, MTV Games / Harmonic’s The Beatles(TM): Rock Band(TM) and Dell.
For more information on 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards artists — and to vote — please go to: www.mtvema.com