Friday 19 January 2018

Rats are back in Boomtown as new festival unveiled

Bob Geldof in Cork to announce the Boomtown Rats reunion concert
Bob Geldof in Cork to announce the Boomtown Rats reunion concert

Laura Butler and Ken Sweeney

A NEW music festival will be music to the ears of rock fans.

Promoter MCD has announced the introduction of Longitude, a three-day festival which promises "more than just music".

And Robbie Williams and the Boomtown Rats are also set for summer shows.

Music fans already have Slane Castle and Electric Picnic to look forward to in the coming months.

Now Longitude joins the list and will take place on the same dates as the UK festival Latitude, which is run by MCD's partner Live Nation.

Dublin's Marlay Park will host the Irish shows on the weekend of July 19 to 21 and they're expected to feature many of the acts from Latitude. No camping will be provided.

Line-up details are expected next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams returns when his 'Take The Crown' tour arrives at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 14.

Tickets priced from €69.50 go on sale next Thursday, February 28, at 8am. 'X Factor' finalist Olly Murs will play support.

Meanwhile, Bob Geldof was in Cork yesterday to promote the Boomtown Rats reunion show for Live at the Marquee on July 5. "I won't quote Philo and say 'the boys are back in town' or the Rats are back in Boomtown, but they are.

"I'll just say we fancied getting up there and playing those songs again for the sheer joy of it.

"Anyway it'll be good to be back and better to see everyone again," he said. Tickets go on sale today from Ticketmaster.

Live at the Marquee kicks off on June 12 with The Wanted.

Snoop Dogg, Elton John, Elvis Costello, The Coronas, Sting and Christy Moore have also been announced as part of the Cork line-up over June and July.

Irish Independent

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