Your Sunday Night Headliner!

The Boomtown Rats are an Irish new wave band whose original line-up featured Garry Roberts (lead guitar), Bob Geldof (vocals), Johnnie Fingers (keyboard), Pete Briquette (bass), Gerry Cott (guitar) and Simon Crowe (drums). The original Rats broke up in 1986, but reformed in 2013, without Johnnie Fingers or Gerry Cott.

Their first single, 'Lookin' After No. 1', came out in August 1977. It reached the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, the first of a long string of successes. The album 'The Boomtown Rats' was released the next month. it included another massive hit, 'Mary of the 4th Form'.

The critically acclaimed 'A Tonic for the Troops' (1978), featured three hit singles, 'Like Clockwork', 'She's So Modern' and 'Rat Trap', which became the first rock song by an Irish band to reach number one in the UK. 'Rat Trap' was also the first new wave song to hit number one on the pop charts.

In 1979, 'I Don't Like Mondays', also reached number one in the UK and became a worldwide hit.

Since 2013, the Rats have enjoyed sell out tours in the UK and Europe and are now a regular feature on the festival circuit.  2020 sees a feature length documentary, videos, book of lyrics, album on cd and vinyl - and of course Lechlade!

We're thrilled to welcome this iconic band on Sunday night!