on March 20, 2019 News

The original Boomtown Rat visits Ballarat

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BALLARAT rolled out the red carpet last week for singer/songwriter, political activist and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof.

Sir Bob was in town to speak at the Committee for Ballarat’s Round Table Dinner at the newly-opened Civic Hall on March 15. 

Almost 400 people listened in awe as the Irishman spoke of the role individuals and communities can play in bringing about change in the world.

Bob Geldof and Myf Warhurst

Sponsored by Made of Ballarat, the dinner was hosted by Australian radio and television personality Myf Warhurst.

"It was an awesome night for Ballarat and only confirms that this quiet revolution for our city is turning into a tsunami of future possibilities," Visit Ballarat CEO Noel Dempsey said.

Pitcha Makin Fellas

Prior to the dinner, Sir Bob met with indigenous Ballarat creatives the Pitcha Makin Fellas at their Lydiard St studio. He then paid a visit to renowned Australian artist David Bromley at The Pub With Two Names, the hip Ballarat establishment David owns with his wife Yuge. Much to Sir Bob's delight, he was presented with a portrait of himself painted by David.

David Bromley

The following day, he stepped back in time at Sovereign Hill, enjoying a tour of the outdoor museum while learning about the history of the Ballarat goldfields. 

Bob Geldof at Sovereign Hill

In 1984, The Boomtown Rats frontman responded to a BBC report on the famine in Ethiopia by mobilising the pop world and releasing the hit single Do They Know It's Christmas?. Featuring the biggest British and Irish musical acts of that time, the Band Aid track raised £8 million for the cause. A year later, his global benefit concert Live Aid (held simultaneously in the UK and USA over 16 hours) raised a staggering £150 million for humanitarian aid.