Geldof to perform at Winnipeg Folk Fest

July 4, 2003 at 11:49 AM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 4 (UPI) -- Former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof will be one of the headliners at this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Geldof spearheaded the Live Aid concert for famine relief in Ethiopia, and now works with assorted back-up musicians.

The festival, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, will also feature blues legend John Hammond, folk icons Tom Paxton, Ani DiFranco and Buffy Sainte-Marie and folk/rock poet Billy Bragg.

Founded in 1974 as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg's 100th anniversary, the festival has since grown into an annual musical event.

The event features 60 acts representing over 200 musicians, and runs from July 10-13.

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