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Bob set to make great knight out

SATURDAY, July 5 will be a knight to remember in Whitehaven when Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats play a huge gig in town.

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Bob Geldof: July 5 gig in Whitehaven

The legendary Irish rock star and his band will headline Whitehaven Live at Cumbria Sports Academy, at Hensingham – with more acts yet to be announced.

The Boomtown Rats formed in Ireland in 1975 and moved to London the following year to become part of the capital’s punk scene.

They had two number one hits – Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays – and three top 10 albums.

Frontman Sir Bob is one of the most recognisable faces in the world; the co-organiser of the iconic Live Aid and Live Eight concerts, he has dedicated himself to raising awareness of and millions of pounds for the battle against poverty.

Gerard Richardson, the chief executive of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “We are delighted to be bringing The Boomtown Rats to Whitehaven.

“It’s their first ever gig in West Cumbria and one of only a small number of opportunities to see the band together live this year.

“With other acts we’ve yet to announce, it’s set to be a fantastic line-up.”

The gig announcement comes only days after Mr Richardson confirmed that the traditional Whitehaven Festival has been permanently cancelled.

It was announced in October that there would be no festival in 2014 – and it would be replaced by a series of smaller events like Whitehaven Live. It had been hoped that the festival would return in 2015, but Mr Richardson says that the “compensation culture” means that this will now not happen.

He said: “The land space we had available was getting smaller and the fixed costs were getting higher. We were spending more on health and safety, medical and security costs than we were on entertainment, and the difference was increasing every year as more and more potential risks were highlighted to us.

“More and more people were threatening to sue us because they were claiming they’d had minor accidents. It’s the culture we are in.”

Other events for 2014, organised by Whitehaven Festival Company and sponsored by Nuclear Management Partners (NMP), include Whitehaven World War One Week (May 3 to 10), a homes and garden show, a Christmas fair and a tall ships visit.

Ian Hudson, general manager for NMP, said: “We are proud to continue as main sponsor of the Whitehaven Festival Company and enable them to organise a number of fantastic events in the town this year.

“Whitehaven Live will be a great event, attracting locals and visitors alike. It also offers significant social and economic benefits for the town’s shops, restaurants and other businesses that are needed to facilitate and support the staging and hosting of such an event.”

Mr Richardson added: “I would like to thank NMP for its continued support; none of these fantastic events would take place without the organisation’s commitment to this town and its communities.”

Elaine Woodburn, leader of Copeland Borough Council, said: “It is fantastic news to hear that The Boomtown Rats are coming to Whitehaven Live.

“It is a marvellous achievement by the Festival Company to bring The Boomtown Rats and their fantastic frontman Bob Geldof to Whitehaven, for what I don’t doubt will be a special gig.

“I can’t wait to hear this brilliant band performing in what is a rare chance to see one of music’s most recognisable figures on the stage.”

Tickets for the concert go on sale on Thursday, January 30 at www.thewhitehavenfestival.co.uk.

Have your say

I do love The Boomtown Rats and am very excited that they are performing in Whitehaven and thank those involved for making this happen. I saw them in Leeds last October and they put on a great show and gave me and my family a great night out. However, the tickets were less than £20 each. I do feel that £35 is expensive, particularly if the whole family want to go. I appreciate that travelling away to gigs means extra expense in fuel, accommodation etc... But that shouldn't mean that when we get a decent name locally we are expected to pay over the odds. It would be nice for West Cumbrian folk to get a fair deal and benefit financially from the fact that we don't have to travel away to see a gig we want to see. A fairer ticket price would mean more sales I feel.

Posted by Sandra on 23 January 2014 at 08:50

The beauty of music is that everyone has a different taste. Thank you to Gerard & Co for continuing to put the efforts in for Whitehaven. Agreed with 'Modern Girl' if other people think they can do better, then please do. Some folk just like to sit on their backsides waiting for the world to come to them.

Posted by dingdong on 15 January 2014 at 01:13

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