Boomtown Rats to play Isle of Wight

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Rockers the Boomtown Rats are to reform to play the Isle of Wight Festival this year.

The band, fronted by Bob Geldof, have not played together since 1986.

But they will perform on the main stage at the festival at Seaclose Park on Sunday, June 16.

The band, formed in Dublin in 1975, had a string of top 10 hits including I Don’t Like Mondays, which which charted in 32 countries.

Bob Geldof said: ‘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.’

Festival promoter John Giddings said: ‘It’s great they have chosen the Isle of Wight Festival as their reunion. Our audience will love them.’

Other bands confirmed for the festival include the Stone Roses, who will headline on Friday night, and The Killers, who will top the bill on Saturday.