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- Sep 03Sep03Find ticketsFri 19:00The Old Fruitmarket - GlasgowThe Boomtown RatsOn partner site
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- Sep 12Sep12Sun 19:00Cardiff University Students Union - CardiffThe Boomtown RatsOn partner siteFind tickets Cardiff University Students Union - CardiffThe Boomtown RatsSep 12 19:00Find ticketsOn partner site
- Sep 14Sep14Find ticketsTue 19:00Brighton Dome - BrightonThe Boomtown RatsOn partner site
- Sep 16Sep16Find ticketsThu 19:00York Barbican - YorkThe Boomtown RatsOn partner site
- Sep 16Sep16Find ticketsThu 20:00York Barbican - YorkBoomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown Tour 2020
- Sep 20Sep20Find ticketsMon 19:30Cheltenham Town Hall - CheltenhamThe Boomtown RatsOn partner site
- Sep 26Sep26Find ticketsSun 19:00Grand Central Hall - Liverpool The Boomtown RatsOn partner site
- Sep 27Sep27Find ticketsMon 19:00O2 Ritz Manchester - ManchesterBoomtown Rats
- Sep 11Sep11Find ticketsSat 19:00Cambridge Corn Exchange - Cambridge The Boomtown RatsOn partner site
About Boomtown Rats
Formed in 1975 in Dublin The Boomtown Rats exploded out of Ireland in ’76 and their fast, loud, furious music and their fast loud furious attitude meant they became part of the burgeoning punk scene. Singer Bob Geldof’s defiant motormouth arrogance and flagrant disrespect for authority endeared him and his band to every youth who felt weighed down by the heavy handed blandishments of church and state. In the UK The Boomtown Rats first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads rocking and mocking the status quo alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers.
They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards. Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with ‘Rat Trap’, they went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ and racked up 6 era-defining albums: ‘The Boomtown Rats’ (’77), ‘A Tonic For The Troops’ (’78), ‘The Fine Art Of Surfacing’ (’79), ‘Mondo Bongo’ (’80), ‘V Deep’ (’82) and ‘In The Long Grass’ (’84).
In 1984, inspired by a TV report on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof organized the star-studded Band Aid and co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas," one of the biggest-selling singles in history. The next year he organised Live Aid. In the intervening years Geldof’s profile as a campaigning spokesman may have overshadowed his music career, but the seeds of his activism can be heard in the grooves of all those Boomtown Rats’ hits and in his heart he’s just a humble song and dance man anyway.
Says Bob: “Age, curiosity and cash prompted our interest in getting together again. Curiosity about each other and what we did together in the '70' and 80's. Curiosity about those songs that seem to have endured and the music and band that powered them. When I sang again Rat Trap, Looking After No 1, Mondays, Someone's Looking At You, Banana Republic, She's So Modern etc, there was nothing I would change. On re-hearing, on re-singing them I understood that they could have been written yesterday. The circumstances within which they were written hadn't changed. Tragically and unfortunately I could sing those words with utter conviction. This isn't nostalgia, rather perhaps a time to be angry again. Time to go back to Boomtown. If only for a short while...”