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The Boomtown Rats @ CEEQA 2019!

Iconic band THE BOOMTOWN RATS led by frontman Bob Geldof together with original band members Garry Roberts, Peter Briquette and Simon Crowe to headline the live entertainment at this year’s CEEQA Gala on 15 May in Warsaw.

The Boomtown Rats exploded out of rural Ireland in the late 70s, their challenging yet catchy tunes and unpicturesque, mouthy swagger of frontman Bob Geldof somehow epitomising the artistic and political irreverence of the post-punk “New Wave” era with songs like Rat Trap, I Don’t Like Mondays, Diamond Smiles and Banana Republic among their international chart successes. The track I Don’t Like Mondays held top slot in the UK charts for four consecutive weeks in 1979 and reached the top ten in almost every major national music chart.

The same mouthy swagger saw Bob Geldof dominating television screens and global consciousness in the mid-eighties and beyond with his Band Aid, Live Aid and Commission for Africa projects in response to a ravaging drought and famine in Ethiopia in 1984, and subsequent Live 8 concerts in 2005, their success catapulting him to global icon status as “Saint Bob” and – after receiving an honorary KBE in the 1986 UK honours list – the respectful though unofficial epithet “Sir Bob”.

Back on track!

In 2013 the band stormed the Isle of Wight Festival stage and what was initially meant to be a brief “regrouping” turned into the ‘The Rats’ triumphant second coming! (Editor’s note: I personally saw them performing at the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland in 2015 at which, among an eye-popping roster of contemporary “blue chip” pop and rock acts, The Boomtown Rats along with Florence and the Machine were widely hailed as the stand out stars of the festival. That got me thinking.)

There’s only one CEEQA Gala

In its 16th year, CEEQA is the leading market insight platform and most trusted industry awards for commercial real estate investment across 18 countries in Central & Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe, organised in association Deloitte to recognise business excellence and showcase the achievements and opportunities of the sector. The CEEQA Gala is attended by 900 business leaders from more than 50 countries and is renowned as one of the major calendar dates in European and global real estate for its unique blend of elite business, unparalleled hospitality and world class entertainment, in recent years attracting the likes of Morcheeba, Macy Gray, Bonnie Tyler, Kim Wilde, Bananarama and Hot Chocolate to perform live at the event among a wide range of production and entertainment highlights. The short list for the 2019 edition of the awards will be announced on 10 April. The global Marketing Partner is The Economist.

The Boomtown Rats’ frontman Bob Geldof said:

“The rebuilding of Central & Eastern Europe after the successive ravages of the second world war and Communism is an important cause as well as a capitalist opportunity, we’re delighted to be invited to perform for this crowd and look forward to this great event.”

Founder and Managing Director of CEEQA, Richard Hallward, said:

“We’re excited and hugely honoured this year to welcome the Boomtown Rats and a global icon of Geldof’s stature to lead the entertainment and production highlights that make the CEEQA Gala the European real estate calendar date it is, one of my own favourite bands of all time!”

Don’t miss it for the world!

Richard Hallward, Founder & Managing Director

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