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Ratlife UK Tour: Boomtown Rats
After last year's storming of the Isle of Wight Festival stage, an exhilarated Bob Geldof said "It's weird. I'd forgotten how powerful a band The Rats are!" Others hadn't. What was only meant to be a brief "re-grouping" turned into a triumphant sell out UK tour, a block-booked 2014 Festival season and now the announcement of ‘Ratlife’ the second half of The Boomtown Rats’ second coming.
Taking in the towns missed out on their first jaunt and returning - literally by public demand - to the country’s major cities so thoroughly re-Ratted six months ago. Beyond nostalgia, both press and audience agreed that those many classic Ratsongs had indeed stood the test of time morphing from the radical, upstart transgressive rage of the mid-70's into tunes for the ages with a tragic contemporary resonance.
Accompanying the tour, the Rats will release ‘Ratlife’ – a hits compilation of classic Rats tracks with previously unheard additions.
This event takes place at O2 Academy Newcastle, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Formed in 1975 in Dublin, The Boomtown Rats were once famously described as 'licentious, festering reprobates' and 'leprous anti-establishment scumbags' and banned from playing in their home country.The band played their first UK shows with the Ramones and Talking Heads and fought the punk wars alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers. They were one of the biggest bands of the late '70s and '80s, and their string of top ten hits and platinum albums earned them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy's. They made history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with 'Rat Trap'.
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Venue: O2 Academy Newcastle
Disabled Access: Bronze Status
Enquiries: 0191 260 2020
Bookings: 0844 477 2000 019
→ Newcastle 4 min walk