Boomtown Rats to headline Wychwood Festival
... Wychwood Festival is delighted to confirm the first wave of stellar acts to kick off 2014's celebrations in style! Boomtown Rats
will headline Sunday night's festivities including the legendary Bob Geldof, as well as icon Craig Charles who will be returning to the Big Top after a fantastic performance this year. Soul superstars The Real Thing have also been confirmed as Friday night performers and will set the bar high for the rest of the weekend. Traditionally one of the first festivals of the summer, Wychwood's home lies on Cheltenham Racecourse beneath the idyllic Prestbury Hills and taked place over the weekend 30th May ' 1st June 2014. This year promises to deliver the biggest program to date in celebration of ten phenomenal years. With word already spread Early Bird Tickets have sold out in record time, however the festival will be offering a very special 10% discount on full price tickets in 2013 to hail the imminent birthday and festive period. Discounted Standard Tickets are available from the Wychwood Festival website here. Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Boomtown Rats
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The Boomtown Rats classic album re-issue
... Continuing in Universal's acclaimed Classic Albums series, we are delighted to announce the release of The Boomtown Rats
Classic Album Selection to commemorate the much-loved group's reunion concerts and Back To Boomtown collection. The set features their six original albums ' The Boomtown Rats
(1977), A Tonic For The Troops (1978), The Fine Art Of Surfacing (1979), Mondo Bongo (1980), V Deep (1982) and The Fine Art Of Surfacing (1984) ' in digipack sleeves with attendant bonus material. Once famously described as 'licentious, festering reprobates' and 'leprous anti-establishment scumbags' and banned from playing in their home country, it's difficult to overestimate the shock and awe The Boomtown Rats
inspired in late 70s Ireland. The Rats set out to 'disrupt, disturb and question what it meant to be young in the Ireland of the mid-70s'. 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 ... [ read more ]
Boomtown Rats booked for Isle of Wight Festival 'by accident'
... perform on one of the stages at the festival. We've got one of the best festivals in the country and some of the best new acts such as Palma Violets and Jake Bugg so we should be doing our bit to enhance the future of the music industry." "The winners will get to be seen by lots of people; the general public, people in the music business, TV and radio. I'd love to discover a band worth managing and taking all the way to getting a record deal." Bands and artists wishing to take part in Isle of Wight festival Unsigned Competition can find out more here. Boomtown Rats
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The Boomtown Rats (1975-1984)
Bob Geldof (vocals)
Johnny Fingers (keyboards, vocals)
Gerry Roberts (guitar, vocals)
Gerry Cott (guitar)
Pete Briquette (bass)
Simon Crowe (drums, vocals)
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