An inspiring and influential public speaker, he speaks on a range of topics and uses his vast personal experiences to both provoke and motivate his audience. Shooting to fame as the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof was a major player in the 80s punk rock movement and enjoyed over a decade of hits between 1975 and 1986. After leaving the band, he launched a successful solo career, published his best-selling autobiography and worked as a radio DJ, journalist and television presenter.
Geldof established and continues to be the chairman of The Band Aid Trust, which operates in eight African countries. Bob Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 8 times, more than any living nominee, and was honoured with a knighthood by HM Queen Elizabeth II; received the Nobel Man of Peace award from Mikhail Gorbachev; was awarded The North-South human rights award in Portugal; and awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and received numerous TV and music awards as well as The Royal Society, Peabody and Royal Geographical Society awards. 2020 is set to be a massive year for Sir Bob.
Having reformed The Boomtown Rats, they now have their first studio album since 1984 – Citizens of Boomtown; a massive documentary about Bob and the history of the Rats; a worldwide tour; and a new book Tales of Boomtown Glory will be published in March 2020 – an anthology of the complete lyrics from Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and solo albums, interwoven with Geldof’s witty, deeply felt and frank commentaries of the background, inspiration and context behind some of his songs.
Bob is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa.