Boomtown Rats to headline Chagstock music festival
The Boomtown Rats will headline this summer's Chagstock music festival, it has been revealed.
It will be one of only two UK shows this year for the original line-up of the band, including lead singer Bob Geldof.
The Boomtown Rats had hits in the 1970s and 80s with songs including , I Don't Like Mondays, Rat Trap and Lookin' After Number One.
The festival takes place near Whiddon Down on July 19 and 20, and the Boomtown Rats will headline the Saturday night.
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They join a line-up which also includes Billy Bragg and a host of other local and national acts.
The Rats will be Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Garry Roberts and Simon Crowe, who lives close to the festival site.
Bob Geldof said: "The second I heard the name '****stock' I knew that was THE festival for The Boomtown Rats.
"Only later when we agreed and signed contracts did Simon, the Rats drummer, point out it was in fact 'Chagstock', his local summer music fest. Oh well...
"I will do my best to personally attempt to do everything in my power to have the name revert to my far better original mistake.
"It's a beautiful part of the world. Billy Bragg is a hero. The Rats are a great band. It will be a pleasure to do the Rat in Devon again."
Boomtown Rats drummer Simon Crowe says he is delighted that the original line-up of the band – including Sir Bob Geldof will be headlining this summer's Chagstock festival, just a few miles from his Devon home.
The New Wave pioneers last performed on stage together in 1986. Chagstock is one of just two UK festival dates the band will play this year.
"I'm very excited about it. It is just brilliant to be playing with the guys again and to be doing this show in my local area," says Simon, who lives on the edge of Dartmoor, near Ashburton. "It is amazing to have the prospect of getting up and doing it all over again after all this time."
Simon Ford from Chagstock Festival added: "We are delighted to announce The Boomtown Rats will exclusively headline our main stage at Chagstock.
"They are a classic band with a string of memorable hits. Combined with Billy Bragg's performance immediately before the Boomtown Rats, Chagstock 2013 is shaping up to be our best line up ever - and we still have a number of major artists to announce! We can't wait!"
Chagstock's capacity is once again capped at just 5,000 tickets to ensure that its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere is maintained.
This year's fancy dress theme will be 'Circus'
Click www.chagstock.info for more information.