Bon Geldof and Boomtown Rats to play together for first time in 26 years

Boomtown Rats to reform for Isle of Wight Festival

Boomtown Rats to reform for Isle of Wight Festival

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THE Boomtown Rats will reunite on stage for the first time in 26 years at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Playing together for the first time since 1986, Bob Geldof will take to the Main Stage with the other five band members for the UK festival exclusive, on June 16.

Formed in 1975 in Dublin The Boomtown Rats played their first UK shows with the Ramones and Talking Heads and fought the punk wars alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers.

They were one of the biggest bands of the late 70's and 80's with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards along the way.

Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK number one hit with Rat Trap, they went on to score another top single in 32 countries with I Don't Like Mondays and racked up six chart topping albums.

Bob Geldof said it will be a priveldge to perform at the festival with his old band mates.

He said: “Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh. We were an amazing band and I just feel it's the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit.

“Also, I've always fancied playing the Isle of Wight Festival ever since I hitched there in the good/bad days when I was a kid.

“I saw The Who, Doors - I think - Hendrix and Leonard Cohen, who incidentally blew Hendrix off the stage, and Kris Kristofferson, who was also amazing.”

John Giddings, the Festival's promoter, added: “It's great they have chosen the Isle of Wight Festival as their reunion. Our audience will love them, their catalogue is classic.”

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12:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

St Retford says...

Christ, the whole festival circuit has just become this big long trench of nostalgic landfill. Are there any festival headliners anywhere in the UK that are under 30?

Everywhere you look it's Boomtown Rats this and Stone Roses that plus Pulp and Blur and whoever else. Nothing against these bands but their heydays were before the 'kids' of today's festival market were even born. I kind of feel sad for them - they're the first generation to grow up without any meaningful bands of their own.
Christ, the whole festival circuit has just become this big long trench of nostalgic landfill. Are there any festival headliners anywhere in the UK that are under 30? Everywhere you look it's Boomtown Rats this and Stone Roses that plus Pulp and Blur and whoever else. Nothing against these bands but their heydays were before the 'kids' of today's festival market were even born. I kind of feel sad for them - they're the first generation to grow up without any meaningful bands of their own. St Retford
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3:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

geoff51 says...

Dont bother Sir? Bob you were a talentless bunch of tuneless nomarks who made one poor hit record.
If you had not become involved in live aid you would have dissapeared without trace years ago.
While you are at it smarten up yourself you are scruffy and unwholesome.
Dont bother Sir? Bob you were a talentless bunch of tuneless nomarks who made one poor hit record. If you had not become involved in live aid you would have dissapeared without trace years ago. While you are at it smarten up yourself you are scruffy and unwholesome. geoff51
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8:02pm Mon 28 Jan 13

pushamara says...

geoff51 wrote:
Dont bother Sir? Bob you were a talentless bunch of tuneless nomarks who made one poor hit record.
If you had not become involved in live aid you would have dissapeared without trace years ago.
While you are at it smarten up yourself you are scruffy and unwholesome.
Funny, he said the same thing about you.....
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Dont bother Sir? Bob you were a talentless bunch of tuneless nomarks who made one poor hit record. If you had not become involved in live aid you would have dissapeared without trace years ago. While you are at it smarten up yourself you are scruffy and unwholesome.[/p][/quote]Funny, he said the same thing about you..... pushamara
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8:59pm Mon 28 Jan 13

geoff51 says...

Thats surprising as he can only just string a sentence together!
Thats surprising as he can only just string a sentence together! geoff51
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11:02am Tue 29 Jan 13

stuartjebbitt says...

St Retford wrote:
Christ, the whole festival circuit has just become this big long trench of nostalgic landfill. Are there any festival headliners anywhere in the UK that are under 30?

Everywhere you look it's Boomtown Rats this and Stone Roses that plus Pulp and Blur and whoever else. Nothing against these bands but their heydays were before the 'kids' of today's festival market were even born. I kind of feel sad for them - they're the first generation to grow up without any meaningful bands of their own.
The clue is in the prices - only people over 30 can afford to go (remember you've also got to factor in ferry costs).They know who their market is.
When I was in my 20s, festivals were around £10 tops. I remember going to the very first guilfest and it was £5 entrance. You wouldn't get a pint of overpriced festival beer for that now.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Christ, the whole festival circuit has just become this big long trench of nostalgic landfill. Are there any festival headliners anywhere in the UK that are under 30? Everywhere you look it's Boomtown Rats this and Stone Roses that plus Pulp and Blur and whoever else. Nothing against these bands but their heydays were before the 'kids' of today's festival market were even born. I kind of feel sad for them - they're the first generation to grow up without any meaningful bands of their own.[/p][/quote]The clue is in the prices - only people over 30 can afford to go (remember you've also got to factor in ferry costs).They know who their market is. When I was in my 20s, festivals were around £10 tops. I remember going to the very first guilfest and it was £5 entrance. You wouldn't get a pint of overpriced festival beer for that now. stuartjebbitt
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