Chilfest headliner Geldof says performing will help him get over death of Peaches

Boomtown Rats will play at Chilfest in 2014
Boomtown Rats will play at Chilfest in 2014

Frontman of the Boomtown Rats Sir Bob Geldof says performing at summer festivals this year will be ‘cathartic’ for him following the sudden death of his daughter Peaches.

Sir Bob, who will top the bill on the Friday night of the Tring musical extravaganza Chilfest next month, said playing with the Rats has helped him sleep at night – something he revealed he had struggled to do since his middle daughter, 25, was found dead at her Kent home on April 7.

Speaking after a festival in Plymouth – the first live gig the band has had since reforming – the Live Aid organiser said: “It’s that thing people say - some other part of you comes out. And I guess that’s right. In that regard, it’s very cathartic.

“There’s a lot of things going on in my head at the moment and you can just purge them and the crowd allow you to do that.

“I’ll sleep well tonight which is the first time in weeks I’ve slept well.”

The rocker also said he was looking forward to playing a whole line-up festivals this summer, which includes Chilfest on July 4 to 6 in Pendley Meadow, Cow Lane.

He added: “I think I prefer just doing festivals to normal gigs. I’m a cr*p dancer but that’s what I feel like doing and I’m not really thinking about it, you know?

“It’s powerful – I want to move to that.”

Chilfest’s Friday and Saturday 80s nights will see a host of other artists take to the stage and offer up some vintage sounds, including Bad Manners, Jason Donovan and China Crisis.

The third event on the Sunday – new for this year and in the afternoon this time – will see more contemporary pop acts for youngsters, with boy band Union J, X Factor star Amelia Lily and 90s band 911 as part of the line-up.

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