U2 to play Brandenburg Gate gig

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U2 are to perform a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate to mark 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The 5 November gig will form part of the MTV Europe Music Awards in the German capital and precede events to mark the anniversary.

The quartet moved to Berlin in 1990 to reinvent their sound for hit album Achtung Baby, which was recorded at the city's Hansa Studios.

Tickets will be available at the U2 and MTV websites.

'Exciting spot'

The band's performance will be beamed into the MTV Awards, which are taking place at Berlin's O2 World arena.

U2 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."

Antonio Campo Dall'Orto, executive producer of the awards ceremony, said the "world's major music players" would be coming 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 ceremony, which will be hosted by US singer Katy Perry for the second year in succession, will include performances from Robbie Williams and Jay-Z.

Lady Gaga and Green Day lead the field with five nominations each, while U2 are in the running for best rock band.

Pixie Lott has already been announced as the winner of best UK and Ireland act, and will compete for the best European act trophy with 21 artists from across the continent.

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