February 8, 2013 17:35

Boomtown Rats booked for Isle of Wight Festival 'by accident'

Festival boss jokes about reformed band as competition offering unsigned bands opportunity to play is unveiled.

Boomtown Rats booked for Isle of Wight Festival 'by accident'
The man in charge of the Isle Of Wight Festival has said that he booked The Boomtown Rats to perform at this year's event by accident.

Festival chief John Giddings has booked Bob Geldof's band to perform before Bon Jovi on the Main Stage at this year's festival after they reformed earlier in the year. Speaking to NME about how the booking came about, Giddings said: "It's hilarious, isn't it? I booked them by complete accident. I heard Bob was looking to reform The Rats and so I took a chance and invited them to come and play the Main Stage directly before Bon Jovi. It's become a worldwide story. It was printed in The Pakistan Times. I used to be their agent a long time ago – I put them on with Talking Heads and the Ramones once."

They're playing on the Sunday and they definitely have the right song for everyone dreading it being Monday the following day.



Giddings also spoke about a battle of the bands style competition festival organisers are creating this year, offering six bands the opportunity to perform at the festival this year.

"For the past three months I have had people e-mailing me, Facebooking or tweeting me to ask if they can play at the festival. It was getting to 10 or 15 a day so we decided to start a competition where everybody can send in a track and the 12 acts that we like the most will come and play in London for us. From there we will pick a top six and they will all get to perform on one of the stages at the festival. We've got one of the best festivals in the country and some of the best new acts such as Palma Violets and Jake Bugg so we should be doing our bit to enhance the future of the music industry."

"The winners will get to be seen by lots of people; the general public, people in the music business, TV and radio. I'd love to discover a band worth managing and taking all the way to getting a record deal."

Bands and artists wishing to take part in Isle of Wight festival Unsigned Competition can find out more here.

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