Irish singer, songwriter, author and political activist Bob Geldof is returning to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 26th May, after a 20-year absence. Geldof rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk rock movement.
Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, most notably Live Aid, which he and Midge Ure founded to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, co-writing Do They Know It's Christmas? in the midst; one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Musically Bob is best known as the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats, a rock group closely linked with the punk movement. In 1978, The Boomtown Rats had their first No. 1 single in the UK with Rat Trap, which was the first new wave chart-topper in Britain. In 1979 the group gained international renown with their second UK No. 1 I Don't Like Mondays.
Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title..
This intimate and rare outing will see him perform classic Boomtown tracks, as well as songs from his new album How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, his first album for a decade.
Support comes from Belfast troubadour Dan Donnelly, who can regularly be seen supporting and playing with acts such as The Levellers, Oysterband and Seth Lakeman.
Bob Geldof, Sat 26 May, 8pm, £25, 18+. Tickets are now on sale for the gig and can be purchased from Middlesbrough Town Hall on 01642 729729 or via See Tickets.