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."