RTÉ Archives takes a look back to 1980 when The Boomtown Rats were refused permission to play a concert in Leopardstown race course, Dublin. This RTÉ News report from 20 February 1980 includes an interview with Bob Geldof who talks of his feelings of "rejection" for the band as a result of the decision. Having sold out 7,500 tickets for the Dublin concert, the court ban came as a bitter blow for the Dublin band.
A RTÉ News report by Peter McNiff from 20 February 1980.
Playing together for the first time since 1986, the Boomtown Rats reform to play the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend. The Boomtown Rats last played as a group at 'Self Aid' in Dublin on 17 May 1986. The Boomtown Rats play the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 16 June.
The Boomtown Rats play Live at the Marquee, Cork on 5 July.