Isle of Wight Festival: Boomtown Rats reform for festival

By a County Press reporter

Monday, January 28, 2013


Isle of Wight Festival: Boomtown Rats reform for festival

Bob Geldof, of The Boomtown Rats, who will be playing at the Isle of Wight Festival.

THE Boomtown Rats are to reunite for the first time in 26 years to play this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Organisers announced today (Monday) that the Irish punk rockers will play the Main Stage on Sunday, June 16, and join the likes of The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi.

Fronted by Bob Geldof, The Boomtown Rats were formed in Dublin in 1975 and enjoyed a string of hits during the 1970s and 80s including Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays.

Bob 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."

John Giddings, festival promoter, 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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29th January 2013, at 09:15:53

Where's Island Red's posts gone ? - not only were his comments sensible (take note, Mr.Crowe), but their deletion leaves others in a nonsensical 'limbo'........obviously fell foul of the CP's 'partly' imposed name embargo....!!

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by steven meakin

28th January 2013, at 22:48:48

two choices go or dont go not just about the groups its what you make it !!!

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28th January 2013, at 19:34:16

...that's obvious - and I don't like Status Quo much either !!!!

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28th January 2013, at 18:41:42

...I think most folks would concede that was Woodstock Mr.Red - and this line-up is looking grimmer by the day !!!

Perhaps he's pitching it at Island 'Crusties' rather than block the roads with nasty younger overlanders !!

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by John Lennon

28th January 2013, at 12:09:28

Augustus: They'll never notice me! :-)

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by Paul Rainford

28th January 2013, at 11:39:52

Is Bob hard up?

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by augustus miller

28th January 2013, at 11:02:41

geldof and lennon at the same gig !!!

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by T Rollingsworth

28th January 2013, at 10:23:59

Oh dear god, I can see it now.. 45 mins of Geldoff preaching about saving starving children. No thanks!

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by John Lennon

28th January 2013, at 09:41:46

Deffo going this year!!

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by Alex Kelly

28th January 2013, at 09:18:28

Fantastic news.

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