Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, actor and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s, who achieved popularity at the time of the punk rock movement. The band had UK number one hits with his compositions Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays. In 1984, he responded to a BBC news report about the famine in Ethiopia by mobilising the pop world to do something about the images he had seen. With Midge Ure he wrote Do They Know Its Christmas? in order to raise funds. The song was recorded by various artists under the name of Band Aid. This led to the concerts Live Aid and Live 8.
He currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, co-founded by fellow Irish rock singer and activist Bono, and is a member of the Africa Progress Panel, a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. A single father, he has also been outspoken for the fathers' rights movement.
He is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace, among numerous other awards and nominations, including the 2005 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.