CITIZENS OF BOOMTOWN: The story of the Irish music legends to be screened at University Concert Hall

Tickets for the show are available from UCH for €5.

The story of Irish rock’n’roll hall-of-famers The Boomtown Rats is set to showcase at the University Concert Hall on Monday, November 20.

Citizens of Boomtown will be introduced by Professor Eoin Devereux, co-director of the centre for the study of popular music and popular culture at the University of Limerick. 

Professor Devereux offers his expertise in popular music and media while presenting the film, which includes interviews from himself and a long line of Irish music legends. Exclusive interviews come from the four members of The re-grouped Boomtown Rats: Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette, and Simon Crowe.

Directed by Billy McGrath, the film tells the story from the quartet’s humble beginnings from their formation in Dun Laoghaire to the success of their number one hit ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’. The documentary also includes compelling insights from special guests including Bono, Sting, Jools Holland, Dave Stewart, Joseph O’Connor, and the late Sinéad O’Connor.

Citizens of Boomtown offers an extremely personal insight into The Boomtown Rats, ever to reach number one in the UK charts – not once, with ‘Rat Trap’, but twice, with the global top seller ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’.

Outside of The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof revolutionised global music broadcasting with his hugely successful Live Aid concert in 1985. 

The band broke up in 1986, a year after Live Aid, then reunited in 2013 to play a triumphant set at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival. The Boomtown Rats released their latest album, Citizens of Boomtown, in 2020.

Tickets for the screening are available – here!

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