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Geldof’s Boomtown Rats reform for Isle of Wight


The Boomtown Rats are to re-form and will play their first gig in 26 years at this summer’s Isle of Wight festival.

Fronted by Bob Geldof, the Irish band will play the three-day festival’s Main Stage on June 16. Other acts on the bill over the weekend include The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Paul Weller and Jake Bugg.

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Speaking about the reunion Geldof 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 – God, so many cool bands.

I also told several very boring frog anarchist types to go and fuck themselves and then stayed for a night in Hawkwind’s tent. That’s pretty IOW. Maybe Hawkwind are playing again this year. Maybe I could use the tent again. It will be a privilege to be on that stage especially with a killer band like The Boomtown Rats.”

The Boomtown Rats formed in 1975 in Dublin, going on to have a string of hit singles. They are best known for their song I Don’t Like Mondays, which went to No 1 in 1979. Isle of Wight promoter John Giddings said: “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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Steve Cummins

Steve is the Irish Post's digital media & entertainment editor and looks after the paper's website and weekly entertainment supplement, Rí-Rá. Follow him @steve_cummins

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