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Friday 13th March 2015 Irish Village, Dubai

Friday 26th June 2015 Bad Rappenau Festival, Germany

Friday 3rd July 2015 Rheingau Festival, Germany

Sunday 5th July 2015 Stuttgart Jazz Festival, Germany

Wednesday 15th July 2015 Xanten Festival, Germany

Thursday 16th July 2015 Kulmback Festival, Germany

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 Utkant '15 Festival Skjerjehhamn, Norway

Sunday 2nd August 2015 Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Wednesday 5th August 2015 Heitere Festival, Switzerland

Tuesday 1st September 2015 Caserta, Italy.

Thursday 3rd September 2015 Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot

Friday 4th September 2015 Guildhall & Charter Thetare, Preston

Friday 11th September 2015 Princes Theatre, Clacton

Saturday 12th September 2015 Dorking Halls, Dorking

Saturday 24th October 2015 Soundedit, Lodz, Poland

 



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Tickets being booked for Dorking! :) it's not too far from us... Is a long way away though! Hopefully there will be a Rats date in beforehand

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I haven't done anything yet, but did cjeck put the website. It looks as though they are standing downstairs and seated upstairs. .

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Dorking is good for me too, only about 10 miles or so. Hope Mr Cott can be persuaded to attend...even closer for him



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I have just read on the home page Bob is playing Clacton in September,might make that one.Anyone else going?.

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I haven't done anything yet, but did cjeck put the website. It looks as though they are standing downstairs and seated upstairs. .


Jules, you need to change your forum tagline

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suss wrote:
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I haven't done anything yet, but did cjeck put the website. It looks as though they are standing downstairs and seated upstairs. .


Jules, you need to change your forum tagline

I am, irrefutably, the No (000)1 fan  


 THE WORLD'S GREATEST GELDOF FAN!   (from Whyteleafe)

I did change mine from the only rat in the forum a while ago, as I'm not and the Little Britain reference is well past it's sell by date.

Should you want to change your tag let me know.



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No, I'm happy. Even if my ticket won't have number 1 on it.

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Only teasing...well aware I'm a johnny come lately, apart from at Dorking Halls which I just happened to be passing so I popped in yesterday.

Apparently standing can take 1100, with 280 seated upstairs I think they said. Start advertising it early new year, so little wonder I was an early buyer.

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Only teasing...well aware I'm a johnny come lately, apart from at Dorking Halls which I just happened to be passing so I popped in yesterday.

Apparently standing can take 1100, with 280 seated upstairs I think they said. Start advertising it early new year, so little wonder I was an early buyer.

All thanks to Jules' notifications naturally


 For a second I thought it was live at 'the Grand Hall  Sussmilch',which sounds like an obscure German town.smile



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Only teasing...well aware I'm a johnny come lately, apart from at Dorking Halls which I just happened to be passing so I popped in yesterday.

Apparently standing can take 1100, with 280 seated upstairs I think they said. Start advertising it early new year, so little wonder I was an early buyer.

All thanks to Jules' notifications naturally


 For a second I thought it was live at 'the Grand Hall  Sussmilch',which sounds like an obscure German town.smile



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 That's exactly what I thought! 



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Do the Germans really like the solo act? It's odd that the Rats barely venture outside mainland Britain. Also will be very interesting to see how Geldof records next. Solo or Rats.

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I wonder how the UK solo dates will fair. Might he gain a few from the Rats tour (curiosity) or will we be back to the old days again.

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Do the Germans really like the solo act? It's odd that the Rats barely venture outside mainland Britain. Also will be very interesting to see how Geldof records next. Solo or Rats.


 This video might just answer your question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5h6XIVgUkM



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Do the Germans really like the solo act? It's odd that the Rats barely venture outside mainland Britain. Also will be very interesting to see how Geldof records next. Solo or Rats.


 This video might just answer your question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5h6XIVgUkM


 Not really an answer.  If the Rats played there'd probably be more looking for autographs.



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Bob solo band tends to sell well in Germany. He returns each year, mostly. I plan to go this year.

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ArrGee wrote:
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Do the Germans really like the solo act? It's odd that the Rats barely venture outside mainland Britain. Also will be very interesting to see how Geldof records next. Solo or Rats.


 This video might just answer your question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5h6XIVgUkM


 Not really an answer.  If the Rats played there'd probably be more looking for autographs.


Really? I'm not sure. Apart from Mondays and Banana Republic would they really have a fanbase enough to sell out club gigs. I doubt it. Geldof has played enough times in Germany over the years to suggest that the Germans do really like his solo act. Give him some credit.



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noelindublin wrote:
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Do the Germans really like the solo act? It's odd that the Rats barely venture outside mainland Britain. Also will be very interesting to see how Geldof records next. Solo or Rats.


 This video might just answer your question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5h6XIVgUkM


 Not really an answer.  If the Rats played there'd probably be more looking for autographs.


Really? I'm not sure. Apart from Mondays and Banana Republic would they really have a fanbase enough to sell out club gigs. I doubt it. Geldof has played enough times in Germany over the years to suggest that the Germans do really like his solo act. Give him some credit.


The Rats had two big selling albums (Surfacing and Mondo Bongo) and a few hit singles off them (Banana Republic peaking at #3), whilst all the solo Geldof managed was to scrape into the top 20 with Indifference. Vegetarians of Love sold well, but that aside there isn't much evidence of substantial sales.  Geldof played in the UK a lot up until 2010, but that didn't mean it was well attended.

It would be interesting to know what sort of audience in terms of numbers the Rats would get in Germany.  The Barton Rats played a few dates there and went down well and attracted decent audiences for early slots at festivals http://boomtownrats.activeboard.com/t44080208/germany/  

http://ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/~topsi/deu1990/deu_aug90.html  Indifference peak

http://www.ukmix.org/  All the other German chart information



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Didn't Banana reach no 1 in Deutschland because the Germans thought it was all about them?  Like everything?  wink



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Didn't Banana reach no 1 in Deutschland because the Germans thought it was all about them?  Like everything?  wink


 According to Geldof they reached #1, but in reality they peaked at #3.   And according to Geldof he wrote Someone's Looking in 1980.  The Fine Art of Surfacing was released in 1979  According to Geldof when they first played Mondays he read about Brenda Spencer in the English newspapers until later according to Geldof he wrote it in Atlanta

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Pete told me that the Nitelife a Thugs never existed. At no point were they called this.

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Pete told me that the Nitelife Thugs never existed. At no point were they called this.


 At Maida Vale, Garry commented that was Geldof's versions of events regarding the formation of the band.  It is only in recent years that I found out that Garry and Simon went way back and were essentially the core of the band.  Johnnie was the most likely to have brought the two halves together, especially bringing in Pete & Gerry.



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This is the 'Odes of Germany' moment he keeps having?  no

On a similar tack, although he's ok about his proper age now,  there was the '3 year disparity' in his late 20s /early 30s caused by someone feeding the media a birth year of 1954. 

When I was young (er) nono

 

 



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Anyone know what songs are likely to be played at a Bob solo gig? I've had a look on here but can't find any setlists.

Thanks :)

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Anyone know what songs are likely to be played at a Bob solo gig? I've had a look on here but can't find any setlists.

Thanks :)


 http://theboomtownrats.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/geldof-at-cadogan-hall.html

Something like this....

  • The Great Song of Indifference 
  • A Sex Thing 
  • Systematic 6-Pack 
  • Dazzled by You 
  • When the Night Comes 
  • Walking Back to Happiness 
  • Banana Republic 
  • Harvest Moon 
  • Scream in Vain 
  • One For Me 
  • Mudslide 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • How I Roll 
  • Mary of the 4th Form 
  • Joey's on the Street Again 
  • Rat Trap 
  • Silly Pretty Thing
  • Diamond Smiles
  • Here's To You 
  • The Great Song of Indifference (reprise)

Whenever you are about to have a snooze, he throws in a Rats song to wake you up.  The Mary/Joey/Rat Trap sequence is absolutely top notch and stirs the audience enough to get them standing



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Brilliant! thanks very much - I hadn't looked at the blogs on here before

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http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/11752110.Alison_Moyet__Sir_Bob_Geldof_and_Professor_Green_among_latest_acts_announced_for_Camp_Bestival_2015/

Bob playing at a UK festival without the Rats. Interesting smile



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http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/11752110.Alison_Moyet__Sir_Bob_Geldof_and_Professor_Green_among_latest_acts_announced_for_Camp_Bestival_2015/

Bob playing at a UK festival without the Rats. Interesting smile


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I would find it hard to go and see a Geldof solo gig now. After he has gotten back with the Rats



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I'm still happy to turn out for both Solo and Rats gigs. Even if it's just me (and Suss) at the solo gigs

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I'm not converted yet!!

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Also good point made by MATT, don't think I've seen solo band since Rats reunion (can't have played many?), so might be a difficult listen. Beforehand had G&S playing songs properly, and BG singing them 'authentically'. Having seen the best combination again the Rats songs will be hard to accept. Perversely will probably enjoy his own stuff more. Now there's a sentence I never thought would pass my lips/fingertips!



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Here do not get me wrong here. But solo Bob And bobby boomtown One stands and tells storys the other cones alive. and I have to say bob solo has done some great solo songs like Soft soil



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Been told a completely new set this year. Whether that is true or not, have to wait and see. I know he was working on a new album when events took over.  Give me solo over Rats any time, but you all know that by now. Will be doing both this year. Whatever way, I will have to do a lot of travelling. Unconfirmed one in the north of England on my birthday and another unconfirmed in Wales. Also another festival or two.



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Lots of Welsh people on Facebook have been asking about gigs in Wales. That will please them, if that gets confirmed.



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Confirmed Camp Bestival, 2 August



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Camp Bestival is at Lulworth Castle, Dorset. Looks like a lovely venue.

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One more for September: www.lep.co.uk/what-s-on/pop-royalty-for-one-night-only-in-preston-1-7080753

Preston, 4 Sept.



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Joke wrote:

One more for September: www.lep.co.uk/what-s-on/pop-royalty-for-one-night-only-in-preston-1-7080753

Preston, 4 Sept.



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 Not yet confirmed on BG website. Thinking about doing this one. It's H's birthday. He's not decided whether he wants to spend it on a wet weekend in Preston or not. May depend on football fixtures



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One more for September: www.lep.co.uk/what-s-on/pop-royalty-for-one-night-only-in-preston-1-7080753

Preston, 4 Sept.



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Oo, once confirmed, I feel a convenient trip north to visit the parents coming on.



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Port Talbot on 3 sept and Preston on 4 sept both now confirmed



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Links for above:
Thursday 3rd September 2015
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Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot

Friday 4th September 2015
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Guildhall & Charter Thetare, Preston

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I believe the first 3 rows for Preston have gone to a ticket agency. A friend booked from the venue and was told that. I will probably go to Preston, but not sure of dates yet for something which may clash. Hope I can go. It's on my Birthday lol. Also trying to work out if I can get from Dorking to Norwich by train in time to see the Rats in Norwich. Have ticket for that. Otherwise I will miss Dorking and go from Clacton.



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 Also trying to work out if I can get from Dorking to Norwich by train in time to see the Rats in Norwich.


 Alternatively you could just forego Sunday service nightmares and jump in my car

 



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Thanks Suss, will probably take you up on that one. Cheers



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 Also trying to work out if I can get from Dorking to Norwich by train in time to see the Rats in Norwich.


 Alternatively you could just forego Sunday service nightmares and jump in my car

 


 Are you also going to Clacton Suss? wink



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Wasn't planning to do Clacton but could be persuaded I guess Not much more than an hour away if the crossings to the dark side of the river are clear.

Are you doing whole weekend? Offer to Norwich extends if so but I'm coming home every night, so you might want Friday night nearer me/Dorking than in Clacton (if not too late).Much safer option too

 



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Wasn't planning to do Clacton but could be persuaded I guess Not much more than an hour away if the crossings to the dark side of the river are clear.

Are you doing whole weekend? Offer to Norwich extends if so but I'm coming home every night, so you might want Friday night nearer me/Dorking than in Clacton (if not too late).Much safer option too

 


We will be flying into London on Friday and then on to eating, drinking and gigging in Clacton. Next day to Dorking, doing more or less the same. smile

No plans for Norwich for now, but I could be persuaded I guess biggrin Otherwise a few more days in London.  I will PM you nearer the date, see if we can somehow merge our plans.

In the meantime, see you in Germany maybe? wink

 



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Will do. I'm all booked up for the week so will see you at one/some/all. Hopefully the Swiss gig is confirmed too as festival is selling on basis Rats are performing.

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Got my ticket for Norwich. Website says have to book hotels early. There is a Holiday Inn. (hint) Also going to do Dorking and Clacton. Still to get tickets, but will do very soon. So shall see you all there. And doing Preston I think, on my birthday, but will be coming to that from Stratford probably. I see November is clear. I am sure there will be another tour this year too.



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Will do. I'm all booked up for the week so will see you at one/some/all. Hopefully the Swiss gig is confirmed too as festival is selling on basis Rats are performing.

Can discuss September plans then


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Def. doing Preston, got my ticket, my other trip is now the following week. I see Dorking is tweeting that Bob will be singing the Rats hits and some solo music. Don't think they are selling many tickets. I think they thought they were booking the Rats. 950 standing. The usual 2-300 at his gigs will be lost in there.



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Oh dear. Dorking might fall by the wayside. Was planning on going.

There is a gig in Barcelona advertised on 16th March, tickets for sale. No confirmation by the website??? Surely that would be too short notice to expect tickets to sell. Wasn't planning on going myself.

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Scottie wrote:

Def. doing Preston, got my ticket, my other trip is now the following week. I see Dorking is tweeting that Bob will be singing the Rats hits and some solo music. Don't think they are selling many tickets. I think they thought they were booking the Rats. 950 standing. The usual 2-300 at his gigs will be lost in there.


 

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 This double life could lead to some confusion especially as for some the two are more or less synonymous. 


For some Geldof is the Boomtown Rats and vice versa.  A bit like Byran Ferry & Roxy Music.   Obviously if you are a fan you know the difference, but if I went to see Bryan Ferry, I would be expecting the Roxy Music songs and if I had any inkling that wouldn't be the case I probably wouldn't go, especially if I was aware of Roxy Music touring at the same time.   

A small caveat, I don't always remember which are the Ferry solo songs.  e.g  Slave To Love, The In Crowd, Don't Stop The Dance, Tokyo Joe may as well be Roxy Music singles cos they don't sound much different.



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I believe the first 3 rows for Preston have gone to a ticket agency. 


 Should be available on seatwave/viagogo/getmein/stubhub the day before the gig then.



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Jules there is no gig scheduled for Bob in barcelona x



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Tickets are being sold for it, Ian on song kicks.

I didn't think there could be at such ridiculous short notice.

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Here: www.songkick.com/artists/388182-bob-geldof

do a google search for Bob Geldof in Barcelona and there are various links to tickets. 

 

 



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The festival itself seem to be selling tickets. Ridiculous. http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/music/suite-festival-bob-geldof#.VPtd8GVDl1Q.twitter



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Def. doing Preston, got my ticket, my other trip is now the following week. I see Dorking is tweeting that Bob will be singing the Rats hits and some solo music. Don't think they are selling many tickets. I think they thought they were booking the Rats. 950 standing. The usual 2-300 at his gigs will be lost in there.


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It being fairly local I know of another half dozen going to Dorking gig (in full knowledge it's not Rats) so it's not as if no one knows about it. Not saying it will be anywhere near full, but I'd be disappointed if there weren't enough for it to go ahead. Local press will only piclk up on it nearer the time as is the norm so have faith

 



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Aren't they more likely to sell discounted tickets than cancel? I'd be disappointed, it's the only gig I have booked this year!

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It depends how many are sold and the policy of the venue as to whether it would be cancelled. They may close off upper sections if they have a fair enough number for downstairs. I guess it's a tiered theatre if it holds those numbers.



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Bob Geldof and the BobKatz play Utkant'15 festival, #Skjerjehhamn #Norway, 22 July. Tickets utkant.com/13/hjem/



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Thursday 16th July 2015
Kulmbach, Germany
www.okticket.de/tickets-bob-geldof-band-kulmbach-plassenburg-e12878

Monday 20th July 2015
Caserta, Italy.
Leuciana Festiva - no tickets needed.

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One more date


Thursday 23rd July 2015
Trollock, Norway
trollrock.no/bob-geldof-uk/

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Saturday 27th June 2015
Hildesheim, Germany
www.assconcerts.com/index.php/bob-geldof/articles/bob-geldof.html.

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Cassettes,Italy has been postponed from 20 July to 1st September.

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New date to be added 24th Oct Lods, Poland. Further details to follow.

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Ticket details for Poland (Soundedit Festival)

Saturday 24th October 2015
Soundedit, Lodz, Poland
biletyna.pl/event

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Another new date:
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Zofingen, Switzerland
www.songkick.com/concerts/23070258-saga-at-heitereplatz

 

Sorry I thought this was added for September, it's already there in August doh!confuse



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Apparently Dorking Halls ticket sales are by telephone only at present.

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I believe the first 3 rows for Preston have gone to a ticket agency. 


 Should be available on seatwave/viagogo/getmein/stubhub the day before the gig then.


 

If you see anyone in the first five rows, they will have sticky fingers!

 

Hospitality Package includes: £35.00 plus booking fees

  • Hospitality package to include Party-Food menu

Party Food Menu

Battered Cod Goujons and Chips served in a cone with Homemade Tartar sauce

Mini Beef Burger served in a soft Bun with Smoked Cheese and Crisp Bacon

Roasted Vegetable and Mozzarella Pizza Fingers (toppings can be changed)

Honey and Mustard glazed Pork Sausage with Creamy Mash and Caramelised Onions

  • Reserved premium seating within the 1st 5 rows
  • VIP bar area within one of our newly refurbished hospitality suites
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I'm in row D at Preston, not having any of that. I think you can pay extra.

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Hand on heart I really don't see the point of solo gigs now' Apart from rat fans not many have heard geldofs solo work'He always has to turn to his rats songs to get the crowd going



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Hand on heart I really don't see the point of solo gigs now' Apart from rat fans not many have heard geldofs solo work'He always has to turn to his rats songs to get the crowd going


 I suppose that before the rats reformed that the only opportunity to hear the songs live was to see Geldof solo so you would get a few rats fans going on that basis, whereas now you can just wait until the rats come to town. That said, he does play most of the better solo stuff and it is a pretty good show.  but I wouldn't go outside the North circular to see it.



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I like Bob's solo work. It will never be the Rats, but I'm not entirely alone. There are many others who enjoy it too.

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Jules wrote:

 There are many others who enjoy it too.


To be fair, not that many.    He has his die hards, like yourself, but he doesn't shift too many units nor does he put enough bums on seats. 



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Depends how you define 'many'. Love Jules xxx

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I have been to 5 of his solo gigs and the crowd always shouting out for rat songs. But I do like his solo stuff God I have all the albums and singles. It's just a Geldof thing for me any way. But I stand by what I said I do feel Now is not the time to be doing solo gigs. Might have been in the past. But come on the Rats are back so let hope for a 40th tour Or some gigs from them anyway B4 they hang up the snake suites



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Depends how you define 'many'. Love Jules xxx


Many would be enough to sell enough tickets at modest venues and not have them continually cancelled over the last 25 years.

Geldof solo is very niche.  He has some die hards but lacks broader appeal.  As man at the top has alluded to, some go to hear Mondays, Rat Trap et al and some go just to see him talk, as per this review (which is pretty good on the whole).  

"Don't worry about the music, Bob - just keep talking."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandjazzmusic/3608152/Swept-along-by-a-master-storyteller.html

 



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Many would be enough to sell enough tickets at modest venues and not have them continually cancelled over the last 25 years.

Geldof solo is very niche.  He has some die hards but lacks broader appeal.  As man at the top has alluded to, some go to hear Mondays, Rat Trap et al and some go just to see him talk, as per this review (which is pretty good on the whole).  

"Don't worry about the music, Bob - just keep talking."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandjazzmusic/3608152/Swept-along-by-a-master-storyteller.html

 


 I just must be lucky because I've been to seven solo gigs over the years, and none of them were 'continually cancelled' and all were enjoyable. Yes, I prefer the Rats' gigs but as this article from 2003 suggests, the solo gigs are enjoyable in a different way and where you are right is that up until 2013 this was the only way I could hear the Rats' songs unless you include the other variants, which I saw an example of at the Robin in Bilston, once.



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I've bought tickets to lots of solo gigs. I've been to more than I've had cancelled on me, however I did travel all to Rome for nowt.

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When's he going to get that the only gig in town now are with the Rats ??



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He does well in Europe and can do reasonably well at a small venue on a good day.

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