Playing together for the first time since 1986, The Boomtown Rats will be dusting off their instruments and heading to the Isle of Wight Festival.After a 26-year hiatus, Bob Geldof will be fronting The Boomtown Rats for a UK Festival exclusive, playing the Main Stage on Sunday 16th June.
Bob Geldof says: “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 f**k 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.“
Also playing on the Sunday will be headliners Bon Jovi, The Script, Paloma Faith, Blondie and many more over the weekend including Friday and Saturday headliners The Stone Roses and The Killers respectively.