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Boomtown Rats to reform for Isle of Wight Festival (2013)

Story by Jack Foley

THE Boomtown Rats have reformed for this year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The Irish band, which boasts Sir Bob Geldof as its frontman, will play the main stage on June 16 as a UK festival exclusive.

The gig will mark their comeback after a 26-year hiatus.

Geldof commented: “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.”

This year’s Isle Of Wight Festival takes place between June 13-16 at Seaclose Port, Newport. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

The Stone Roses, The Killers and Bon Jovi will headline the three-day event.