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Nothing, not the sneak preview footage on the band's website, nor the pictures on the front of the Spanish dailies, prepares you for the monstrous sight that welcomes 90,000 rabid U2 fans inside the home of Barcelona FC. The aliens have truly landed on the hallowed turf of the European champions. Envisioned and co-designed by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams, the stage for U2's 360° Tour looks like a spaceship or a supersized version of HG Wells' War of the Worlds tripod Martian fighting machines, with a dash of Catalan visionary architect Antoni Gaudi thrown in. It certainly affords every one of the capacity crowd in Europe's biggest stadium a clear view of the biggest band in the world, returning to the live arena after four years.

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U2 drummer Larry Mullen believes rich and successful people are being unnecessarily humiliated when coming in and out of Ireland, describing this as "part of a new resentment of rich people in this country".

Island life comes to London

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An invite arrives to a House of Commons reception next month to unveil a report on how to encourage investment in green technology. A worthy aim, but will the bash still be on by the time we get there? It's just that the invite comes from Elliot Morley, the MP who forgot he'd paid off his mortgage and claimed another £16,000 for it. What chance of him still being around in June to buy the drinks?

Party Of The Week: You shall go to the Anna Wintour ball

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit Gala was hosted by Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour and co-chaired by fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

Island: The record label that changed the world

In June, the company that gave us Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Pierre Perrone joins in the celebrations.

The Edge vs the people of Malibu

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Album: U2, No Line on the Horizon (Island)

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