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Friday 17 August 2018

Boomtown Rats to join Queen at Marlay Park gig

Bob Geldof: the Boomtown Rats will play Marlay Park this summer. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Bob Geldof: the Boomtown Rats will play Marlay Park this summer. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats are to join Queen and Adam Lambert on stage at an open-air concert at Marlay Park this summer.

Rock band The Darkness will also perform at the Dublin concert on July 8, subject to licence.

Lambert first shared the stage with Queen during the American Idol final in May 2009. Since then, Lambert has acted as front man, taking over from iconic performer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.

Lambert has previously said he wants to celebrate Mercury's flamboyant and camp performance style rather than replace him.

The touring band have performed at 130 concerts worldwide, including Madison Square Garden.

The last time Queen and Lambert performed in Ireland was at the sold-out 3Arena gig in November last year.

The impressive stage show has been designed by Ric Lipson, from Stufish, who previously worked with U2 and on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The set list includes 'We Will Rock You', 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'Killer Queen', 'Don't Stop Me Now', and 'Bicycle Race'.

The show also includes a spectacular light and laser show, featuring 300 moving lights.

Tickets are now available from €79.50 via Ticketmaster.

Irish Independent

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