IMITATION, they say is the sincerest form of flattery.

It’s a brave challenge taking on Irish legends U2, but no-one comes closer to them than U2Baby, who visit Troon next month.

Their attention to detail and dedication to replicating the classic sound and look of the iconic Irish band is second-to-none.

They’re the band that U2 themselves say are (almost) Even Better Than The Real Thing.

‘The Edge’ and ‘Adam’ use the same guitars and amplification. They employ a scaled-down version of the multi-effects unit that drives a U2 show. ‘Bono’ has the same shades and leather jacket. He even uses the same vintage microphone stand that has travelled the world with the real U2 for nigh on 40 years.

U2Baby draw on U2’s terrific back catalogue when building a show. They strive to re-create the look, sound and feel of a concert by the real band.

Unlike other tribute acts, they spend equal time on the production of their show.

Promoter Craig McAllister said: "The tech involved would put most touring bands to shame. In short, they recreate the U2 stadium or arena show in a small venue. That, to me, is the crux. I love U2. I’ve seen them live a handful of times. And each time I’ve seen them I’ve thought, I wished I could see them in a smaller venue.

"Big gigs don’t cut it with me. The band are too displaced, too far away from an audience who’ve spent serious money seeing them. Wouldn’t it be great if you were in the same postcode as the band you were watching? Thankfully, we’re bringing U2Baby to Troon Concert Hall – all the thrill of a U2 stadium show but with the band right in front of you."

U2Baby play Troon Concert Hall on Friday, September 21. Tickets are available now via See Tickets.