World famous rock star Bob Geldof and his Boomtown Rats will headline the seventh annual Rock ‘n’ EMU concert at Eastern Mediterranean University Stadium on April 21.
The appearance by the renowned Irish band is free of charge, and is expected to draw legions of fans from across the island.
The night, which kicks off at 7.30pm, will also feature solo numbers by Geldof and appearances by the EMU Music Club and local act the Mağusa Music Band. The event is organised by the Social and Cultural Activities Directorate of the university, whose events manager, Evşim Erel, said they had decided to bring in an international star this year after previously hosting well-known Turkish stars including Teoman and Hayko Cepkin.
“After receiving approval from the university’s board we immediately made contact with the band to set a date if they were willing to come, and are thrilled to announce that they will visit the island for the first time ever and perform at our stadium,” said Ms Erel.
“We are expecting people to come along from South Cyprus and from all over the island, and assure people it will be a fantastic concert, well worth attending.”
Created as a six-piece band in the 1970s, the Boomtown Rats broke up in 1986 and reformed in 2013, comprising lead singer Geldof and three original members, guitarist Garry Roberts, bass player Pete Briquette and drummer Simon Crowe. They rode the 1970s and ’80s New Wave to music industry success, becoming one of the most successful acts of the era, spending 123 weeks in the UK singles charts.
Beyond his role as a musician and singer, which saw him star in the Pink Floyd film The Wall and took him to a solo career after the Boomtown Rats split, Geldof also became known for his political activism. He formed the Band Aid charity supergroup and related concerts to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief and other issues facing Africa. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1986.