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This section is a record of all known Boomtown Rats tours dates.


Special thanks go those providing dates including Boomtown Rats drummer Simon Crowe, Ian Roberts, Chris Pollard, Yushi, Hans Marius, Colin Crawford, Nico, and Dean Hayles.

 

Name of Tour
Year
Date
Location
Country
The First Ever Gig
1975
Nov 4
Kevin Street Tech
Ireland
?
?
Poulaphouca
Ireland
?
?
Moran's, Moran's Hotel, Dublin
Ireland
?
?
A flat back truck, through Dublin
Ireland
?
?
Cork
Galway
Limerick
Waterford
Youghal
Killarney
National Stadium, Dublin
Ireland
1976
?
The Baggott Inn, Baggott Street, Dublin
Ireland
?
?
Groningen Festival
Milky Way, Leidseplein
Holland
First Ever UK Gig
1977
May 6
Lodestar club, Blackburn, Lancs
England
May ?
The Marquee, London (1st major British gig).
England
Support for The Ramones & Talking Heads
May 28
Slough College (with The Ramones & Talking Heads)
England

Support for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

June 17
July 7
July 13
July 20


Aug 3
Aug 18

Birmingham Town Hall
Red Deer, 279 Brighton Rd, Croydon
The Winning Post, Twickenham, London
The Club Lafayette, Wolverhampton


London Marquee
London Marquee

England

Aug 19

Aug 21

Moran's Hotel, Dublin, (with guests Phil Lynott and Brian Robertson from Thin Lizzy) Dalymount Park, Dublin

Dalymount Park, Dublin

Ireland

Aug
21
25
26

Sept
1
2
3
6
7
8
9
14
16
17
19
20
22
23
24

Oct 6
Nov 17

Nov 18

Nov ??

Dec
2nd
3rd
4th
6th
7th
9th
11th
12th
13th
14th
17th
??
2?th
30th
31st
Jan 1st


Electric Circus, Manchester. (support by Eater)
Barnstable, Chequers
Cardiff, Top Rank


Wellington (nr Birmingham) Townhouse
Birmingham,Barbarellas
Birmingham,Barbarellas
Paisley ,Silver Threads Club
Edinburgh,Tiffany's
Fakirk,Maniqui Club
Middlesborough,Rock Garden
London Marquee
Wakefield,Unity Hall
Manchester,Middleton Civic Hall#
Doncaster,Outlook Club
Scunthorpe,Tiffany's
Penzance,Garden Ballroom
Barnstable,Chequers
Axminster,Guildhall

Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Leeds Polytechnic

Lancaster Univ (supported by Bernie Torme)
Sheffield Polytechnic

 

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Manchester Elizabethan Suite
Hemel Hempstead
Edinburgh Odean
Glasgow Apollo
Bristol Colston Hall
Leeds University
Stoke Hanley Victoria Hall
Newcastle City Hall
London Rainbow
London Rainbow
Dublin National Stadium
Belfast
Cork
Galway Leisureland
Limerick St Johns Pavilion

UK
1978
Jan 13
Malmo *
Sweden
Mar 17
Mar 29
Apr 1
At Phil Lynotts house (St Patricks Day)
Croydon Greyhound, Surrey
West Runton Pavilion, Norfolk
Support for Thin Lizzy
?
Daleymount soccer ground
Ireland
June 13
Belfast (with guest Phil Lynott)
N.Ireland
A Tonic For The Troops
Don't Believe What You Hear

June 15
June 16
June 17
June 19
June 20
June 22
June 23
June 26
June 27
June 28
June 29
June 30
July 2
July 3
July 5
July 6
July 6


?

Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent
Empire, Liverpool
Leeds University
St Georges Hall, Bradford
ABC, Blackpool
Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland
Glasgow Apollo, Scotland
De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Odeon Theatre, Birmingham
Colston Hall, Bristol
New Theatre, Oxford
Manchester Apollo
Spa Hall Bridlington
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Spa Hall, Bournmouth
The Dome, Brighton
Odeon, Hamersmith


Middlesex Polytechnic, London.

UK
?
?
Aug 9
Aug 12
Sept 1
Dates and venues unknown.

Stockolm*
Ruisrock, Turku Music Festival
Club 7
Germany
Austria
Sweden
Finland
Norway

Knebworth
Festival 1978
Sept 9

Knebworth.

"The second Knebworth Festival of 1978 saw Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel, The Boomtown Rats, Rockpile with Dave Edmunds & Nick Lowe and Wilko Johnson & Solid Senders. As the second event that year it was billed as Not Another Boring Old Knebworth and with this great programme of anarchistic characters turned out to be anything but."

 

England
Mini UK Tour
(to promote Rat Trap)

Oct
18
19
20
21
24
25
26
27


Market Hall, Carlisle
Caird Hall, Dundee
Capitol, Aberdeen
Empire, Sunderland
Civic Theatre, Halifax
Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
The Gaumont, Ipswich
The Gaumont, Southampton

(supported by Reggae Regulars)


England
Scotland
Scotland
England
England
England
England
England

Seasonal Turkey
Tour Xmas '78

Dec
02
03
04
06
07
09
10
12
13
15



Bracknell sports centre
Guildford Civic hall
Exeter Uni
Cardiff
Hammersmith
Glasgow Apollo
Lancaster uni
Hemel Hempsted Pavillion
Manchester Apollo
Rainbow London

 

 

 

UK

 



1979

Feb 27
Feb 28
?
March 2
March 5
March 6
March 17
March 28
April 1?
April 1?

Roxy Theatre, Pacific Beach, San Diego
Fox Theatre, San Diego
Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, Colorado
Go Go/Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles
Japan Center Theater, San Francisco
Seattle Paramount (KISW Catch A Rising Star)
Opera House, Lawrence, Kansas
Capri Ballroom, Atlanta
New York
Park West, Chicago

USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA


California World
Music Festival
April 7/8

Califfornia World Music Festival, L.A. Coliseum.

Featured Boomtown Rats, Van Halen, Aerosmith, T. Nugent, Cheap Trick, Fabulous Poodles, Toto, Head East, Mahogany Rush, Outlaws, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, Van Halen, April Wine , UFO.

USA

 


April 17

April 20
April 21
April 24
May 1
May 5

Lawrence Opera House, Kansas

Palladium, Dallas, Texas
Armadillo World Headquarters Austin, Texas*
Paramount, Portland Oregon. **
Agora, Cleveland
The Palladium, Mateus, New York.

Other May dates unknown.

*Support band - Kenny & the Kasuals
** Support band - Movie Star.

USA
USA
USA
Canada
USA
USA

 

Loch Lomond Festival
May 27
Loch Lomond Festival
Scotland

Sept
27
28
29
30

Oct
2
3
5
6
8
9
10
11
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
23
25
26
27
28
30
31

Nov
4
5
6


Liverpool Empire
Liverpool Empire
Manchester Apollo
Manchester Apollo


Newcastle City Hall
Newcastle City Hall
Edinburgh Odeon
Dundee Caird Hall
Aberdeen Capitol
Aberdeen Capitol
Glasgow Appollo
Glasgow Appollo
Preston Guildhall
Stoke Trentham Gardens
Leicester Granby Halls
Sheffield City Hall
Birmingham Oden
Birmingham Oden
Birmingham Oden
Oxford New Theatre
London Hamersmith Oden
London Hamersmith Oden
London Hamersmith Oden
Brighton Conference Centre
Cardiff Sophia Gardens
Cardiff Sophia Gardens


London Rainbow Theatre
London Rainbow Theatre
London Rainbow Theatre

Tour support band was 'Protex'

UK
1980

Jan ?
Jan 14
Jan 19
Jan 27
Feb 3
Feb ?
Feb ?


Oslo
Goteburg Konserthuset*
Ancienne ~~
Konserthus, Stockholm
Berlin
Mannheim, Rosengarten
Lexlip Castle Belfast

Norway
Sweden
Belgium
Sweden
Germany
Germany
Ireland

March
11
14

16

17
19

20

21

22
23
26
27

28
30

31


April
02
03
06
08
09
11
12
13
16
20
21



Georgia State University Atlanta
Tower Theatre Philadelphia
Palladium New York
Orpheum Theatre Boston
Treasue Island Gardens London Ontario
Civic Centre Ottowa
St. Denis Theatre Montreal
Seneca College Toronto
Seneca Collage Toronto
Music Hall Cleveland
Royal Oak Theatre Detroit
Riviera Theatre Chicago
Playhouse Winnipeg
Playhouse Winnipeg


Max Bell Arena Calgary
Northlands Coliseum Concert Bowl Edmonton
Victoia University Victoria, BC
P & E Gardens Vancouver
P & E Gardens Vancouver
Performance Hall Eugene, Oregon
Paramount Theatre Poortland, Oregon, USA
Paramount Theatre Seattle
Wharfield Theatre San Francisco
Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles
Fox Theatre San Diego

USA
&

Canada


Japan '80
April 28
April 29
April 30
May 1
May 3
May 4
May 6
May 7

Sun Plaza Hall Tokyo
Miyagi Kenmin Kaikan Sendai
Kinro Kaikan Nagoya
NHK Hall Tokyo
Kokusai Kaikan Kobe
Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Kanazawa
Shibuya Kokaido Tokyo
Festival Hall Osaka

Japan

May
11
12
14
15
18
19
21
22
24
25
26
28
29
30
31

June
03
04
06
07
10


Capitol Theatre Sydney
Capitol Theatre Sydney
Town Hall Auckland
Town Hall Auckland
Town Hall Wellington
Town Hall Wellington
Regent Dunedin
Town Hall Christchurch
Capitol Theatre Sydney
Capitol Theatre Sydney
Capitol Theatre Sydney
Palais Theatre Melbourne
Palais Theatre Melbourne
Palais Theatre Melbourne
Palais Theatre Melbourne


Festival Hall Brisbane
Festival Hal Brisbane
Apollo Stadium Adelaide
Apollo Stadium Adelaide
Entertainment Ctr Perth

Australia
&
New Zealand
July
?
Thailand
Aug
Fly to Ibiza Sound Studios to record album
Spain
Oct
London
England


Bongos Over Britian

 

1981

Jan
4
5
6
7
9
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18

 

Southampton, Gaumont
Bristol, Colston Hall
Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
Birmingham, Odean
Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Mancherster, Apollo
Newcastle, City Hall
Glasgow, Apollo
Edinburgh, Odean
Leeds, Queens hall
Sheffield, City Hall
London, Hammersmith Odean
London, Rainbow Theatre

Tour support by The Atrix

England

21
22
26
27
29

Feb 2


Berginn
Otenbach
Bremen
Essen, Grugahalle
Copenhagen

Chateau Neuf, Oslo

Germany
Germany
Germany
Germany
Denmark

Norway


Surfacing USA
(24 USA dates)

Feb 15
Mar 6
Mar 17
Mar 21

Mar 24
April 04
April 12
?
?
?


Aragon, Chicago, Illinois (support-Jim Carrol)
Maple Leaf Gardens,Toronto
Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA.
Warfield Theater, San Francisco
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Hollywood, California
Paramount Theatre, ? ***
The Country Club, CA.****
Old Waldorf Nightclub, San Francisco, California
Pacific National Exhibition Gardens, Vancouver

USA
Canada
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA

USA
USA
Canada

 


Japan '81

April
8
10
13
15
16
18


Festival Hall Osaka
Kosei Nenkin Hall Nagoya
Kaikan Dai Ichi Hall Kyoto
Sun Plaza Hall Tokyo
Sun Plaza Hall Tokyo
Shibuya Kokaido Tokyo

Japan
?
Geschiedenis - Parkpop
Holland
?
?
Dates and venues unknown.
UK
1982

Feb 01
Feb 02
Feb 04
Feb 05

Feb ??
Feb ??
Feb ??

Bombay Rang Bhawan open air theatre
Bombay Rang Bhawan open air theatre
Bangalore Ashok Hotel Grounds
Madras University

Hong Kong University
Singapore Goodwood Park Hotel
Bangkok Hua Mark indoor stadium

India
India
India
India

Hong Kong
Singapore
Thailand

March 21
March 22
March 25
March 29
March 31
April 02


Athens Sporting
Athens Sporting
Zagreb Dom Sportova
Milan Rolling Stone
Rome Piper Club
Tenax Club, Florence

Greece
Greece
Yugoslavia
Italy
Italy
Italy




April 05
April 07
April 08


Madrid Sala Carolina
Cascais Pabillao Sports
Oporto Pabillao Infante Do Sagres
Spain
Spain
Spain

V Deep
April
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
25
26
27
29
30
May
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
11
12
13
15
16
17
19

Derby Assembly rooms
Newcastle,City Hall
Glasgow,Apollo
Aberdeen,Capitol
Edinburgh,Playhouse
Liverpool,Empire
Lancaster,Univ
London Hammersmith Odeon
Norwich,UEA
Ipswich,Gaumont
Manchester,Apollo*
Leeds,Univ

Birmingham Odeon
Bradford,St Georges Hall*
Sheffield,City Hall
Leicester,De Montford Hall
Oxford,Apollo
Brighton,Top Rank
Southampton,Gaumont
Bristol, Colston Hall
Cardiff,Top Rank
Stoke,Kings Hall
Hemel Hempstead,Pavillion
Guilford.Civic Hall
Portsmouth,Guildhall
St Austell,Cornwall Colisseum
UK
BBC Radio One
?
Newcastle
England
?
?
Kalvøya
Norway
Oct 25
Rissmiller's, Reseda, CA
USA
Dec 4
Brunel University, Uxbridge
England
?
1983
?
El Mocambo, Toronto
Canada
June
4
10
11
16
17
18
21
22
23
24
25
Dec
10
12
17


Bristol Poly
Brighton Top Rank
Folkstone Leascliffe Hall
Bangor Univ
Aberrystwyth Univ
Aston Univ Birmingham
Reading Univ
Oxford Univ
Bradford Univ
Hull Univ
Keele Univ

Sunderland
Festival Hall, Corby, Northants
Ashton-U-Lyne The Metro

UK
1984
Feb
14
15

Leicester Univ
Bradford Univ
UK




In the Long Grass

1985

Feb
3
4
6
8
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23

March
16

?


Doncaster Gaumont
Nottinghem Royal Center
Chatham Central Hall
Lancaster University
Edinburgh Caley Palais
Middelsborough Town Hall
Leeds University
Poole Arts Centre
Ipswich Gaumont
Northampton Derngate
Manchester Apollo
Chippenham Golddiggers
Birmingham Odeon
Oxford Apollo
Dominion, Tottenham Court Rd, London
Dominion, Tottenham Court Rd, London


Liverpool Royal Court Theatre

Ulster Hall

* Tour support by Zerra One

UK

Glastonbury Festival '85
June 21
Glastonbury '85

Day 1 also included Aswad, Clannad, The Colour Field, Ian Dury, King, The Pogues, Midnight Oil, Thompson Twins.
England
Live Aid
July 13
Wembley Stadium, London
England
Scunthorpe RockFest
Sept 1
Scunthorpe
England
Self Aid Benefit
1986
May 17
Dublin
Ireland
 
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