1 July 2014

The Boomtown Rats announce Ratlife UK tour for October and November

The Boomtown Rats Ratlife UK tour October and November

The Boomtown Rats announce Ratlife UK tour for October and November

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.  

The audience, ranging from the Rats’ contemporaries to the newer, younger curious crowd wondering what the fuss had been about, immediately recognised the timeless frustrations and rage of the Now embodied in the Rats’ tunes and performance.  Age had indeed not withered them, but made them more potent.  At a time of cookie cutter anodyne musical drivel the visceral Shock of the Old from its original purveyors is one of contemporary music’s great treats and revelations. 

‘Ratlife’ will visit:

18th     WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
19th     NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
20th     GLASGOW O2 ABC
22nd    SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
23rd      LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
25th     MANCHESTER Ritz
26th     LINCOLN Engine Shed
28th     LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly
29th     BRISTOL O2 Academy
31st     PORTSMOUTH Pyramids Centre 

1st       OXFORD O2 Academy
3rd       CAMBRIDGE The Junction
4th       LEICESTER O2 Academy
6th       BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
7th       LONDON The Forum 

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