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Rats in Wolverhampton

The Rats are to play a festival warm-up gig in Wolverhampton in preparation for headlining the Hertals Rock Festival in Belgium.

The warm-up gig will be on Friday the 2nd of September at The Varsity music venue, Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LZ.

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Photos from the Brentwood Festival, July 2011

These photos were very kindly submitted by photographers Paul Coogan (first 4 photos) and Mike Bloys (final 2 photos).

Mike said "It was a cracking night and a blinding performance".

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Boomtown Rats in the iTunes Charts

Songs from The Boomtown Rats back-catalogue are often making the iTunes music charts in a number of countries around the world.

For example, just last week, Banana Republic, and Rat Trap were both in the Irish charts.

In March, I Don't Like Mondays was at number 4 in the Norway Rock Music Chart, and number 13 in Sweden.

In fact, I Don't Like Mondays has been in the iTunes charts around the world on an incredible 711 occasions. The song has been appearing in iTunes charts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

 
Rats in Germany

The Rats played in Germany at the weekend (July 22nd & 23rd) to hugely enthusiastic crowds - Friday night in Berlin to 2,500 people, and then on Saturday to 1,500 people in a forest miles from the nearest road.

Some Boomtown Rats fans even travelled together from the UK to go to both gigs in Germany. One of the group (Keith) said of the forest gig, Boomtown Rats guitarist Garry Roberts "seized the moment by leaving the stage (wireless guitar fortunately) and venturing a good way into the crowd at one point, still playing as he went, like some rocker minstrel, and luckily got back on stage intact after safely negotiating the roughly hewn steps (just) back up to the stage. I was more concerned he'd take the wrong pathway and disappear into dense woodland never to be seen again."

 
Brentwood & Penn

The Rats clocked up 2 more gigs at the weekend (July 8th & 10th), headlining the Brentwood Festival on Friday, and the Penn Festival, High Wycombe on Sunday. Both deserve a special mention for their superb hospitality and organisation.

Rats Brentwood

Carl Hunter (Bass player from the band The Farm) told Rats Garry & Simon how he is a massive fan of the band and that he had been inspired to become a musician by the Tonic For The Troops album. Carl used to sneak into Rats gigs when he was only 14. All the guys (and girls) from the Farm were genuinely nice people and great company. Whilst the Rats were playing, The Farm lead singer Peter Hooton tweeted "the Boomtown Rats r on now just playing Rat Trap the place is going mad!".

 
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