Boomtown Rats to play Isle of Wight

Fans of the Boomtown Rats had plenty to like about Mondays when it was announced yesterday the Dublin punk band are reforming…

Fans of the Boomtown Rats had plenty to like about Mondays when it was announced yesterday the Dublin punk band are reforming.

The Rats are reuniting for an appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 16th, and will be performing their classic hits, such as I Don’t Like Mondays, Someone’s Looking at You, Banana Republic and Rat Trap.

“Playing again with the Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh,” said Bob Geldof, who will be resuming his role as the band’s motormouth frontman. “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.”

The Boomtown Rats were one of the most successful Irish bands of the late 1970s- early 1980s, scoring nine consecutive Top 20 hits in the UK and becoming the first Irish band to hit the UK No 1, with Rat Trap in 1978.

Formed in 1975 in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, the original line-up consisted of Geldof, Johnny Fingers, Pete Briquette, Garry Roberts, Simon Crowe and Gerry Cott. They played their final gig in 1986, at Self-Aid in the RDS, Dublin.