After weeks of rumours and careful, secretive planning, the Gate in Ifield played host to the Boomtown Rats for their first live performance in over 27 years.
The gig took place on the evening of Friday the 7th June, and the seventies and eighties phenomenon wowed a stunned crowd of around 400 guests with renditions of their big hits including “Rat trap” and “She is so modern”. Bob Geldof; who fronts the band is well known for all his charity work over the last four decades; being one of the founding members of the iconic “Band Aid Trust”. He also performed in the chart topping “Do they know its Christmas time” charity single.
The gig was a live dress rehearsal for the band, who were due to play in front of thousands of fans at the Isle of Wight festival the following Sunday. After all, the Boomtown Rats hadn’t performed together in front of a crowd for so many years, and this was a nice treat for the locals at the Gate, who paid £10 to watch what was billed as a “big music event”, but didn’t know who was performing until the moment the band stepped on the stage.
We would like to congratulate our Business Partner Jeremy James on the successful organisation and execution of this gig. He was sworn to secrecy and managed to keep it under wraps for many months. The event has also benefitted the public house greatly, with the national press flocking to write articles about the hotly anticipated reunion.