Boomtown Rats to headline at All Cannings concert

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Boomtown Rats, pictured in their heyday The Boomtown Rats, pictured in their heyday

The Boomtown Rats will be the headline act at this year’s Concert at the Kings, All Cannings, on May 31.

The charity event is in its third year and will feature five bands and be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Above and Beyond, which supports hospitals in Bristol.

The event is organised by John Callis, a sound engineer for musicians including Sir Paul McCartney and who lives in Beechingstoke, and Richard Baulu, landlord of the Kings Arms at All Cannings.

Mr Baulu said: “It’s fantastic to have The Boomtown Rats and Sir Bob Geldof as the headline act. What a name - Sir Bob is an iconic person, having done Live Aid.

"I think a lot of people will come and see him. Since we announced it on Facebook we have had over 2,000 hits on our website in just over 12 hours.”

The Boomtown Rats, formed in 1975, are famous for hits including I Don’t Like Mondays, Rat Trap, which were both number 1 in the UK singles chart.

With Midge Ure, Sir Bob organised the charity super group Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethopia and they went on to organise the charity super concert Live Aid. He was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen for his fundraising work.

The other acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Mr Baulu said: “Concert at the Kings is a day of hits. Every tune that will be played will cater for all tastes."

Ticket prices have been held at £50 for adults and reduced by £5 for an under 14 ticket. For ticket details go to www.concertatthekings.co.uk

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