Sunday 25 June 2017

Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats added as headliners to Rock Against Homelessness line-up

Boomtown Rats
Boomtown Rats
Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats on stage during Self-Aid benefit concert in the RDS, 17/05/1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats on stage during Self-Aid benefit concert in the RDS, 17/05/1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats on stage during Self-Aid benefit concert in the RDS, 17/05/1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats on stage during Self-Aid benefit concert in the RDS, 17/05/1986 (Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
Portraits by Dara Munnis.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats have been added to the Rock Against Homelessness line-up.

Fresh from their sell-out show at Dublin's Olympia Theatre last night, the iconic band will take to the stage on Friday, April 7 to raise vital funds and awareness of the homeless issues.

Rock Against Homelessness, which is organised by INM and Focus Ireland, will host some of Ireland's top music stars for a night of entertainment, hosted by Katherine Lynch and Al Porter.

HamsandwicH, Finbar Furey, The Blizzards, Delorentos, Paul Cleary, Ivy Nations, August Wells – plus special guest hosts will be performing on the night.

Also topping the bill is homeless musician Danny Bracken, accompanied by Paul Brady and Dave Fleming.

After the success of last year's show, funds raised contributed to assisting 300 families securing a home.

Portraits by Dara Munnis.
Portraits by Dara Munnis.

Niamh Farrell of HamsandwicH echoed the sentiments of many when she said: "Homelessness is at a crisis point in Ireland and we all need to stand up and shout as loud as we can that we won't stand for it! Everyone deserves a safe, warm space to go to when the day is over and so many people don't have this. "It's wonderful to be able to take part in the Rock Against Homelessness gig and raise much needed funds for focus Ireland. No one should be left out in the cold, we need to reach out and help each other as much as we can."

"I look forward to a day when there'll be no need for charities such as Focus," said Paul Cleary. "In a country as rich as Ireland, a permanent and safe home should be seen as a basic human right, and ought to be provided as a matter of course to all of those in need. A massive government building programme of public housing is required immediately."

"INM is delighted to be organising Rock Against Homelessness to help raise funds for the chronic plight of those in need," said INM Group Editor-in-Chief, Stephen Rae."

"The event was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to a fantastic gig with a stellar line up in 2017."

Tickets for Rock Against Homelessness are available from Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide, and cost €30.00. Phone & Internet Bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket, agents €2.15.

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