Monday, January 28, 2013

Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats to reunite for Isle Of Wight

The Boomtown Rats are to reunite for the Isle of Wight Festival 26 years after the band last performed together.

The BBC reports the group – fronted by Bob Geldof – have been added to the Sunday line-up of this year's event, playing the main stage in a UK festival exclusive.

"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,” said Geldof.

The Boomtown Rats will join a line-up also featuring The Killers and Bon Jovi, who have already been announced as headliners for the first major festival of the summer, in June.

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

After forming in 1975, The Boomtown Rats played early UK shows with The Ramones and Talking Heads.

They were one of the biggest bands of the late 70s and 80s with a string of top 10 hits and platinum albums, Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards.

Read more at the BBC here.

For more on the band’s history, click here.

The The Boomtown Rats

See also:

Reunion unlikely for Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats
The Boomtown Rats make music history