Bono has said that U2 would like to avoid playing big venues on their next tour and instead play "nice little clubs" like the O2.

“We are ready to tour, but we'd like to play indoors,” Bono said on BBC Radio 1. "Those big outdoor shows, those grand, grand operas - some of the best nights of our lives have been there playing those.

“No roof over your head. But for these tunes, we're certainly going to start indoors. We'd like to play The O2, those kind of places. They're nice little clubs. Sometimes it's nice to play intimate things like that."

U2's last gigs in Ireland were at Croke Park where they played to 240,000 people over three nights on their 360 tour in 2009.

"We played a ballroom for Sean Penn [before the Golden Globes Awards recently]," Bono added. "It was for 200 people and what was interesting playing on a little stage. Sometimes, we want to dye those roots."

The band currently hold the record for most consecutive sell-out shows at Croker. However, that is likely to change tomorrow (February 6) when tickets for Garth Brooks' fourth date at the venue go on sale.

U2 are finshing their new album in London with a release date of April being mentioned.