Is U2 Shooting a Video in Dublin? (PHOTOS)
August 24, 2014
There are conflicting reports circulating today about a video shoot that's happening in Dublin, with some saying it's a U2 production and others claiming it's not.
Let's start with the Irish Independent, which reported today that the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin would be closed all day "with U2 understood to be filming a new single."
There are several eyewitness accounts that back up the Independent, including these tweets from people in Dublin -- starting with Conor Pope of the Irish Times:
Several accounts are saying that there's heavy security in the area, and everything is being kept very secretive. All day Sunday, a Dublin city web page showing dozens of city webcams was operating, but the webcam nearest the Beckett Bridge was removed from the page.
Some security have told passers-by that it's a U2 shoot, while other security officers are saying it's a Guinness Beer TV commercial shoot. (As I posted on Twitter and in our forum, it seems odd to think this much secrecy and security would surround a TV commercial shoot.) Further confusing matters is that there was another video shoot on Saturday in a different Dublin location that may or not have been related to today's events.
Our friend G. in Dublin was one of many trying to find out what's going on today. He shared 10 photos with us, a few of which are below:
We know that U2 just finished a video shoot at a studio in France, so it's logical that more video work could be shot outdoors in Dublin this weekend. But really, it's anyone's guess what was going on Sunday at the bridge.
UPDATE: Monday's Irish Times reports on the bridge activities and says that neither Dublin police nor City Council would confirm what was going on.