Boomtown Fair 2017, Near Winchester - 10th to 13th August.
BOOMTOWN ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW MEGA STAGE: BANG HAI TOWERS
26th April 2017
Never ones to shy away from an innovative set build Boomtown's Chapter 9: Behind the Mask, will welcome a new mega stage for all in attendance. After dropping the bombshell of the demise of Bang Hai Palace at the end of last year’s event, the ever ambitious festival have just released news of the freshly rebuilt , Bang Hai Towers. A completely remodelled and redesigned centrepiece for the Downtown area of the festival, which has been mysteriously ‘donated’ to the city by the prolific corporation, Bang Hai Industries, this all new communications complex is a fitting substitute for the once beloved Palace, with soundsystems stacked to the sky ready to host world leaders in bass, garage, grime and drum & bass. Watch the full line up video here
Kicking off proceedings on the Friday evening, London label and grime pioneers Butterz present a massive takeover with; Elijah & Skilliam whose bassline inspired grime is mixed to perfection; Swindle will be bringing his signature slow burning build ups resulting in the most devastating drops. One grime’s most recognisable collectives, Heartless Crew will be shelling out classics from start to finish and DJ Luck & MC Neat will be bringing old school garage to the stage.
Saturday will see a first time ever, world exclusive three hour set, courtesy of beat heavy Bristol duo My Nu Leng playing alongside TQD made up of three of the most exciting DJ’s on the scene right now: Royal-T x DJ Q x Flava D. An inspiring set for dubstep fans everywhere comes in the form of the legendary Rusko in a rare UK appearance. Dance heavy bass music is in supply from festival favourite Redlight and funky house courtesy of Murder He Wrote playing B2B with Roska. Sunday goes back to the roots with a massive drum & bass takeover from Exit Records, one of the most forward thinking labels in the genre, with devastating sets from D-Bridge, Skeptical, Alix Perez, Fracture and SP:MC.
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN RELEASE MASSIVE UNDERGROUND DANCE LINE UP
19th April 2017
Boomtown’s carnival inspired district, Barrio Loco presents a cornucopia of global culture with a musical soundtrack perfectly complementing the vibrancy of its interweaving streets! Taking the best in alternative bass, no part of underground culture is left behind; from house to techno, funky to bashment, trance to soca, everything is celebrated in this landscape of colour! As well as being home to some of the most influential artists in the UK’s party scene, Bassline Circus will be filling this district with a multi dimensional theatrical experience to provide all who through with a fully immersive experience.
Home to every facet of house and techno, the main stage for Barrio Loco, Vamos, celebrates global dance culture spearheaded by house/techno innovators, Ben UFO, Mr Scruff & Jay Orbison collaborating on an epic five and a half hour back to back session, Legendary Detroit techno DJ Carl Craig will be blending jazz and soul selections Classics are on the cards with respected techno producer Dave Clarke and Booka Shade will be driving footwork from front to back with their infectiously melodic minimal house music. House Gospel Choir’s unique take on old school classics performed by a full gospel choir takes funky house, garage and bass sounds to new heights in what promises to be an unmissable set. Taking some of the best in underground electronica to the masses, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJ Monki will be shelling out bangers, Dusky’s classical inspired techno takes production to a mesmerizing level and duo Solardo’s explosive sets guarantee energy.
Round the corner in this district's other main stage, Poco Loco, showcases the incredible versatility of live hip hop with a kaleidoscope of unique artists; headlined by newcomer Loyle Carner, whose ‘sensitive and eloquent’ hip hop invites intimacy in the largest of crowds, A J Tracey’s seamlessly intricate flow is delivered over rock inspired trap music and Jurassic 5 legend Chali 2na playing alongside renowned turntablist Krafty Kuts for a packed set of classic hip hop. Straddling grime and bashment Donae’o’s vocals over back-bending beats supplies carnival vibes, and fresh from grime collective The Square, Elf Kid’s rhymes are relentless. Amy Becker’s fierce production has unequivocally secured her on the map of those to watch and Eva Lazarus, a name almost synonymous with Boomtown, presents her highly anticipated EP alongside The Afronaughts; expect big hair, big harmonies and big vibes. Chris Munky spins everything from trip hop to soul with MC Inja leaving no genre unturned.
Never far from the party, relentless energy from the Bassline Circus crew will be delighting passers by with mind boggling stunts fitting of an urban playground. Raised eyes will find breathtaking parkour, streetdance and breakdancing showcasing the diverse range of cultural influences on offer throughout the district.
This is the penultimate of Boomtown’s line up announcements before the big finale - Bang Hai Tower to be released next Wednesday at 1pm!
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN ANNOUNCE SWINGING VINTAGE LINE UP IN MAYFAIR DISTRICT
12th April 2017
The most recent district to be announced in Boomtown’s bumper pack of line-ups is the much loved Mayfair. With a backdrop of Vintage Remix, Funk & Soul and Electro Swing, this highly theatrical district brings characters, costumes and ultimate fun to the forefront; whilst at the same time putting consumerism and capitalism under the microscope through the multitude of interactive street venues, walkabout characters and immersive theatre.
Acts representing the Mayfair music genres on the Town Centre include; independant French producer Wax Tailor, festival favourites 10 piece live outfit Smerins Anti-Social Club, Sam & The Womp’s trumpet and vocal Balkan electronica and Bordeaux beatmakers Smokey Joe & The Kid with their infectious hip hop loops.
Mixing 1940s jazz with hip hop, drum & bass, house and techno, The Ballroom presents a glittering extravaganza courtesy of Charleston inspired electro from Alice Francis bringing Romania to Hampshire. Future Funk duo LMZG (Lamuzgueule) taking the crowd through a history of vintage sounds and Paris/New York duo GinkGoa take a modern slant on Electroswing. Bristol boys The Allergies deliver ‘vintage sounds reshaped for the dancefloor’ whilst Smoove and Turrell’s Northern Funk encompasses soul, hip hop and jazz.
Twisted cabaret and swinging steampunk awaits any that stroll past The Bandstand, where the most colourful acts go to shine. Find there the fantastically barmy Hallouminati mixing ragga punk with traditional Greek sounds, Gypsy Unit bulking up basslines with infectious string sections and skapunk Londoners Imperial Leisure exciting the feet.
Long standing street venue, Park Hotel is the ultimate playground with an almighty Soca takeover on the cards, courtesy of Jus Now, Dub Boy, Atki2 and AAA Badboy. Crowd participation at its finest, Laid Blak will be getting the crowd to go down low whilst Eva Lazarus and The Afronaughts bring 3 part harmonies to jungle, garage, hip hop and everything in between. The Mayfair Street Party will be taking swing to the streets with Scottish collective, Electrikal Sound System supplying their mega rig fresh from Thursday’s Sector 6 opening. Expect sets from Dutty Moonshine, Big Swing Sound ft Hypeman Sage and C@ In The H@ to name a few. Down the shimmering side streets and The Bank’s doors are open for all to discover where money goes to lie before gazing down from the Sky Bar with a glass of champagne.
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN'S DSTRKT 5 LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT
5th April 2017
Our futuristic district contained in a neon underworld of bass is revealed...DSTRKT 5 is where the weird get wild and nothing is out of bounds.Leave all preconceptions behind when entering this party arena where beats flip with ease between drum & bass, techno and jungle with multiple street venues ready to be feasted on by the ever wandering eye.
After the debut success of last year, Robotika stage will be hosting some legendary bass pioneers, headed by junglists Aphrodite, Fabio & Grooverider, Randall, Ray Keith and Storm whose unique blend drum & bass elevated the genre, inspiring a whole host of electronic artists who came after. Dubstep pioneers Caspa and Loefah will be showing followers old and new how they helped elevate the sound from the underground. A whole host of next generation artists will be delivering waist winding sets of dancehall infused bassline, headed by devastating Buffalo Charge duo Dub Phizix & Strategy, Gutterfunk collective DJ Die, Dismantle and Addison Groove, selector Jamie Rodigan and original Badman’s Star One and Manc crew Swing Tingz bringing bashment into the dance. Drumsound & Bassline Smith will be shocking the system in a way only they can and rock influenced Freestylers show D&B versatility.
The Scrapyard, Downtown’s home for all things gabba is pushed to the brink with a huge amount of B2B’s. High energy and hardcore bass - this is for those at the higher end of the BPM spectrum with a serious selection of DJ’s shelling out Hardcore, Jungletek, Raggetek & Frenchtek from Billain, Flokytek, Jade and Vandal to name a few… Whilst rumbling in Downtown’s underbelly, Sewage Workz is taken over by no-mess collectives Jungle Syndicate and Amen-tal bringing Breakcore to the masses.
Home of the underground sound, Spaceport is a melting pot of genres, mixing bassline with funk, disco and bass in a line up packed with under the radar party vibes with Bristol takeovers from almighty radio station SWU FM and record label Ghetto Funk!
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BOOMTOWN’S IMMENSELY IMMERSIVE DISTRICT, OLDTOWN ANNOUNCES FULL LINE UP AND NEW STAGE
29th March 2017
LOS COLORADOS * SONIDO VEGETAL * WORLDLY SAVAGES * THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS * UFOSLAVIANS * CRASH NOMADA * GYPSY SKA ORQUESTA * LOS KAMER * BATOV RECORDS TAKEOVER
Boomtown has announced the latest news and line up for their thigh slapping, swashbuckling district, Oldtown. With a brand new immersive main stage created for gypsy jazz at it’s most hyperactive, this theatrical zone pulls together all the outrageously enjoyable outcasts in a melting pot of intrigue and surprise! Each avenue leads to a new adventure with no hint at the destination until explorers arrive, slap bang in the middle of a high energy Balkan dance or a travelling circus troupe in the most interactive area on site!
Wandering through the fully animated experience of Oldtown courtesy of The Invisible Circus, ‘residents’ are warned to be prepared for an exploratory attack the senses! Each set ascends high into the skyline and even more performers will be populating second storey balconies. For anyone keen to find out more about the work that goes into creating the backstory and theatrical experience that Boomtown has become know for Check out this short but sweet mini doc here...
Since the festival’s gates last opened, Oldtown’s Jolly Dodger pirate ship stage has been reclaimed by the sea, revealing the long forgotten majesty of the Oldtown Port, the new main stage for revelry in Oldtown. All set to grace the port this year are; Ukrainian Los Colorados re-imagined modern pop in their own fusion of barmy Balkan. Spanish septet Sonido Vegetal jump through chord changes during impressively dynamic sets, and contagious gypsy funk riffs are supplied by The Worldly Savages. Skipping through tempo and time signatures, This Way To Egress marry jazz with cabaret in a set full of surprises, the UFOslavians bring infectious foot tapping Balkan from outer space to planet Earth and Swedish folk punk band Crash Nomada meld thrash and jazz...it shouldn’t work, but it does! And London label Batov Records will also be commandeering the stage with a take over of some of the best in gypsy funk this side of Europe.
Saunter down Buskers Wharf and discover an eccentric collection of characters and mind bending talents. Musical cabarets and theatrical sideshows are but a stone’s throw away. After a highly successful UK tour Australian troupe The Syndicate Show return with a performance packed with breathtaking circus antics sandwiched between eye watering one liners. My Bad Sister, identical twins embodying a bizarre blend of princess pigtails and cockney swag match big bass with synchronised dance moves in a thoroughly eye catching display. Pooling the many aspects of theatre and music together Pyratrix Circus provide a show not to be missed. One part function room musician one part tuneless crooner, offbeat double act Ramshackaliscious invite disaster and The Brother’s Swag, Mr Jeff and Sir Hoops Alot, delight street dwellers throughout.
Moving on to Oldtown’s street venues, top of the upgrade pile is The Inconvenience Superstore (BANG HAI PLC) where you can find everything you never wanted… Long standing eccentric employers The Job Centre will be ‘doling’ out menial tasks to those willing to degrade, Grandma’s Living Room will be supplying beats and Battenberg for one of the rowdier tea parties and the Postal Posse encourage all opening of stranger’s letters at the only postal service in town, promising un-guaranteed never day delivery!
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN RELEASE FULL SECTOR 6 LINE UP!
22nd March 2017
After Sector 6's inaugural year at the 2016 event, this full scale Nuclear facility stands at a whopping 30 metres tall and quickly became home to not just the fictional 'Revolutionaries' but 10s of 1000s of Boomtown's most enthusiastic music lovers.
Headlines for the stage include, the triumphant return after two years of Shy FX, whose drum & bass knowledge solidifies his legendary status, last playing at Boomtown to a 20,000 strong crowd in a set that's gone down as one of the best sets in Boomtown history. Toddla T will no doubt bring the freshest riddims for a full set of the best in dancehall, jungle and grime and first appearance as new collective, Killbox, Ed Rush and Audio will be shelling out body slamming bass. Critical Sound bad boys Mefjus and Emperor will be playing B2B after dominating Bang Hai last year, and true to takeover tradition, Shogun Audio will have the whole stage to themselves for Friction, Icicle live, Spectrasoul, Rockwell, Technimatic, Joe Ford, Fourward to blow the mind of all in attendance with pure unadulterated drum and bass. Festival favourites and Wonka-Vision head honchos Wonka & Syn will be mashing up the dance with a big bad selection of weighty bassy bangers.
Kicking off the first ever Thursday opening party for part of the festival, will be Edinburgh's Elektrical Sound System, armed with a 50 KW hand-built sound system specialising in all things Bass with a strong selection of DJs including Jamie Bostron, Jacky Murda, AAA Badboy, plus a Boom Sound Takeover (Asbo Disco, Fat Stash, Jinx In Dub & Kreed Hosted by Gardna).
See full line-up posters here.
OVER 100 WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED FOR ALL AGES AT BOOMTOWN
20th March 2017
Boomtown has just announced the full music lineup and activities for the Whistlers Green area of the festival. With over 100 different workshops, skills and crafts on offer, as well as all the acts for the new Windmill stage, hosting some of the finest jazz, world fusion and roots reggae acts on the circuit right now, including; Gilles Peterson, Benjamin Zephainia, Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin. Kidztown will be showcasing acts from across the festival with it’s own main stage, Sandcastle Stage, with the likes of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Beans on Toast, Sam & the Womp performing tailor-made family friendly sets for all.
Whistlers Green, perched atop Matterley Estate on the very westerly tip of the South Downs National Park, requires very little adjustment to create the perfect space for tranquility of mind, body and soul. Immersed in the surroundings’ natural beauty, it is the ideal space to learn about nature and traditional skills. The workshops and activities on offer range from master classes in; blacksmithing, jewellery making, rocket stove building, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, geodomes, glass blowing, pottery, to upcycling and delicious chocolate making! As well as a vast array of circus, music, play and dance workshops plus a healing area for recuperation for the mind, body and soul.
The Kidztown area hosts an array of spaces to learn, play and relax. Main activities include the Forest School with Art Play Environment Project, Horwood Coombe Forest School and some additional sessions provided by experts from South Downs National Park.
The Kidztown Street will be hosting a plethora of immersive role playing adventures at the Post Office, Rat-a-tat-tat Tattoo & Facepainting Parlour, The Piggy Bank and Pet Shop with a brand new immersive venue for Chapter 9, The Rusty Workshop, teaching mechanical skills, woodwork, metalwork & craft in a fully interactive workshop set. Another new addition to Kidztown, the Science Tent hosted by the SAW Trust, will be bringing science focussed art and creative writing, Marvellous Medicine Potion Making and a Photo-booth designed by a competition winner (competition to launch at end of March). The Krafty Kids tent will be hosting T-shirt printing, messy play, mosaic making, Super Pirates and Touretteshero workshop. Along with all the fun in the Circus Big Top with Panic Family Circus workshops; trapeze, circus skills, hula hoop, bubble making & puppet shows.
Huge upgrades to the family camping area now encompass spacious meadows and a free family shuttle running between family camping and the closest car park, as well as a dedicated shuttle throughout the duration of the festival from Kidztown to the Town Centre stage. Usual family facilities are available in Kidztown in the Baby Yurt & Lazy Lounge providing baby play, milk warming and changing facilities and under 5s soft-play.
Over to music, Kidztown’s Sandcastle Stage is bursting with fun, and high quality music from around the rest of the festival. From Sam & The Womp’s high energy, electro swing inspired gypsy funk to Kid Carpet’s hip hop esque disco punk, Beans on Toast’s fantastically ranting folk to parodic chap hop from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, this stage is specifically catered for kids as well as their adults and will host comedy, theatre, puppet shows and more throughout the day!
Right next door to Kidztown, the Windmill stage will be continuing family friendly listening with a cream of young UK talents pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz. With acts including; BBC6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX, pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker Benjamin Zephaniah & Revolutionary Minds, atmospheric music, experimental four string ensemble Portico Quartet, minimalist jazz and breakbeat basslines sounds of GoGo Penguin intersect, Soweto Kinch’s carefully arranged horns bridge the gap between jazz and hip hop as well as infectious sounds of The Comet Is Coming, all female septet Nérija, Brazilian Nomad Orchestra, Cuban/Iranian quartet Ariwo and Jesse Royal’s authentic sounds of Jamaican folk represent the many strands of reggae revival artists through the festival.
The Floating Lotus is the more intimate setting for musical discovery in Whistlers Green and will be home to Cardiff harmonisers, Baby Queens, acoustic Bristol trip hop triad Elder Island and the smooth vocals of Anjelo Disons to name but a few. FTo get a feel for the music on offer there is a Floating Lotus video playlist here
The mighty Lion’s Den reggae stage is a short 5 mins walk away where living legends such as The Specials, Toots and the Maytals, Ziggy Marley and M.I.A. will be headlining throughout the festival.
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN RELEASE FULL PSYCHEDELIC LINE UP!
8th March 2017
Uniting global psychedelic movements under a colourful canopy Boomtown brings together an extensive range of psy, from the international to the grassroots underground. Four colourful, diverse stages represent the best i full on, progressive, forest, dub, bass and glitch - celebrating a variety of psytrance in our favourite city!
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BOOMTOWN’S MAMMOTH REGGAE LINE-UP RELEASED - INCLUDING AN IMMENSE EDITION OF JAMAICAN LEGENDS!
1st March 2017
ZIGGY MARLEY * TOOTS & THE MAYTALS THE BONNER BROTHERS * MR. VEGAS * PROTOJE * LUTAN FIRE * BIG YOUTH + U ROY * RAGING FYAH * AGENT SASCO & DUB AKOM BAND * JAH9 & THE DUB TREATMENT *EARL GATESHEAD * GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB * CHANNEL ONE * JUS NOW * IBA MAHR & HARAR BAND * STICK FIGURE * SUNS OF DUB * SOLO BANTON & HORSEMAN * RAS KWAME * V.I.V.E.K. * CHAINSKA BRASSIKA
Trenchtown, a celebration of Jamaican music and soundsystem culture, is at the heart of Boomtown, with its musical influence heard across the entire festival. Home to the UK’s biggest dedicated reggae stage, The Lion’s Den stands a staggering 40ft tall; an ‘ancient temple’ adorned with cascading waterfalls and explosive pyrotechnics, providing a jaw dropping setting for global reggae legends and homegrown talents. Boomtown’s additional reggae focussed stages include the long established Hidden Woods which transports to a woodland reggae beach party and the mighty Tangled Roots which takes soundsystem appreciation to another level, programmed by London/Bristol collective Lion Unit.
The Lion’s Den once again plays host to some of the scene’s most iconic acts with a record breaking amount of Jamaican artists leading a staggering line-up of authentic reggae acts; including Ziggy Marley making his debut in the heart of Trenchtown, the welcome return of 45-46 legend Toots & The Maytals who last played in 2010, and reggae’s original MC’s Big Youth + U-Roy. Perhaps reggae’s most famous family after the Marley’s The Bonner Brothers, will also be in attendance consisting of Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Shepherd Bonner and influential crossover artist Pliers with Chaka Demus!
Going from strength to strength over the past few years, reggae music has had an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music, dubbed the ‘Reggae Revival’, elevating the scene to the strongest it’s been in years. Alongside the line ups authentic founding fathers, The Lion’s Den will be hosting some of the most prolific new-wave reggae acts from Jamaica. Protoje’s philosophical lyrics, articulating the ‘righteous anger of an emerging generation’ puts him at the helm with new track ‘Blood Money’ calling out governmental double standards. Raging Fyah’s intricate harmonies matched with roots rock reggae has secured them as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts and Jah9’s improvisational ‘jazz on dub’ style is elevated by hard hitting lyrics. Iba Mahr & Harar Band brings a fresh flavour to lovers rock with Rastafarianism at the centre of his sound, promoting spiritual consciousness and Suns Of Dub reimagine dub music, incorporating live instruments such as melodica, steeply, nyabinghi drums & vinyl into their innovative sets.
Over at the oasis of Hidden Woods, a beautiful woodland glade complete with, hammocks and treetop walkways sitting atop a sandy canvas, those who reach this hidden beach inspired area will find the party in full swing. Whether day or night, this soundsystem is heard swelling through the trees with some of the highest quality in reggae, dancehall and jungle. Randy Valentine and Runkus & the Old Skool Band will be continuing a showcase of reggae revival with their modern take on the genre. London based Nice Up! Records will be vibrating the woods with a massive carnival flavour takeover complete with afrobeats, dancehall, soca and jungle vibes courtesy of label runners Shepdog & Seani T as well as Mr Benn feat. Lorna King & Gardna, Ghost Writerz feat. Serocee & RTKAL, Blend Mishkin, Red Eye Hi-Fi feat. Fox & Kiva, Cut La Vis, AAA Badboy Vs Dub Boy (Soca Set), Riddim Punx, Origin One & Parly B and Jahkron - in the words of Nice Up! they’ll be ‘taking in the rich history of soundsystem culture and spitting it back out for modern dancefloors’. Conscious lyricist Nattali Rize brings heavy beats whilst reggae roots bands such as Italian group Shanti Powa who bring influences from across Europe, Brisbane based Australian weighty bassers Kingfisha and UK’s own Kioko will be providing reggae inspired vibes from across the globe.
Tangled Roots curated by Trinity Music London and powered by South London’s Unit 137 along with Bristol’s Lionpulse soundsystems, one of the most coveted rigs, is known collectively as Lion Unit. Presenting a collective of DJs, producers, vocalists, engineers and instrumentalists drawn together by a shared passion for conscious, forward thinking bass music. Set to send vibrations throughout, this stage is topped by one of the world’s best known soundsystems, Channel One’s tight vinyl sections of dub classics, old and new, show how they became such heavy influencers of dubstep. RSD of Smith & Mighty fame playing alongside Hippy Lee as Riddimwize, hosted by MC Joe Peng. Old school Rinse DJ Uncle Dugs will be reaching for bangers whilst Sinai Sound fuse classic and modern dub and reggae, pushing the boundaries of soundsystem culture alongside established trailblazers, Real Roots and so many more whose domination of the dance will educate and entertain, leaving each in attendance with eyes closed and minds opened.
A global celebration of reggae and dub from all corners of the world, this year at Boomtown sees artists which represent each step the evolution of reggae; from the great influence it’s had on heavy hitters such as legendary ska headliners The Specials, political dub poet, activist and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, and Australian loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX. Prolific artists representing the past, present and future in reggae with one of the heaviest Jamaican line-ups makes this a festival not to be missed for all inspired by the roots this genre has provided to the music scene.
See full line-up posters here.
BOOMTOWN’S WILD WEST LINE UP ANNOUNCED!
22nd February 2017
SADDLE UP THE HORSES AND POLISH THOSE SPURS, BOOMTOWN’S MOST MUSICALLY VARIED DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED IT’S LINE-UP FOR CHAPTER 9.
The Wild West, home of bluegrass, folk, and world to bassline, is for the leg shaking do- si-do-ers, and midnight party people alike! Previously announced Hampshire folk-punk star Frank Turner will be playing on renowned folk and world stage the Old Mines alongside spoken word, house-country fusion band Alabama 3, Newton Faulkner’s percussive songwriting, spine tingling Irish sensations Kíla and Congolese afro house outfit Mbongwana Star. The full line up of the stage sees 80 acts added over four knee slapping main stages and street venues.
One of the festivals most intricate sets, the district takes attendees back in time to when Boomtown’s immersive storyline first began; where cowboys and bounty hunters, showgirls and saloons populate bandit laden streets… it’s time to delve beyond the stocks and peepholes and see what Wild West has in store for all in attendance:
Joining Frank Turner , Alabama 3, Newton Faulkner and Kíla on the Old Mines is folk revivalist Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, cult political folk songwriter Beans On Toast and scrumpy and Western band The Wurzels. Nashville country three piece Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band, Argentine tropical-punk band Kumbia Queers, raw blues guitar and heart pounding beatboxing duo Heymoonshaker, soulful, political and multiple folk award winning Chris Wood and gypsy-jazz Plymouth outfit Mad Dog McRea show the wide range of genres available, with The Furrow Collective, The Breath, La Inedita, 47 Soul, Lakuta, Sheelanagig, Showhawk Duo, Noble Jacks, Holy Moly & The Crackers also on the bill.
Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Cowpunk, the Rusty Spurs is sure to bring some of the rowdiest hillbilly stompers to Boomtown with the raw and energetic Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, folk-punkers Ferocious Dog, indie-roots lot Rusty Shackle, Irish walters The Eskies, self named Hellgrassers (bluegrass/acoustic punk) Moonshine Wagon, all female Americana folk group Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band and bootlegged hoedowners The Boot Hill All Stars are just some of the eclectic lot, along with The Black Hearted Riders, Mick O'Toole, Imprints, Surfin Birds and Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra to name but a few!
Home to Moonshine laden meanderers, Crazy Calamities is the place for a good old knees up; where genres are mixed up like the sweetest of cocktails. Whet your whistle with sounds from Afro Cluster, Sounds Of Harlowe, Captain Accident, Junior Bill, King Punch, The Tribe, Krupa, Primo Nelson, The Iguanas, Agbeko, Basement 83, Solomento, Special Brew, 6foot7 and Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra are just some of the acts on offer.
Steaming into our shanty town is the triumphant return of Wrong Side of the Tracks, a full sized steam train with nothing but good vibes to be found inside this 18th century train station. Late night shake-a-leggers should come with dancing shoes in hand for Dr Meaker, Titan Sound. Shosh (24 Hour Garage Girls) and Selekta Spinach. Shot Gun Willies, one of the longest standing Street Venues will be back in the West along with Madame Electrifies General Store, Clik Clik, Porch Stage and the Lawless Hall of Justice!
Wild West is just one of Boomtown’s many districts, other districts include Chinatown, Oldtown, Mayfair, Whistlers Green, DSTRKT 5 and Barrio Loco. Full district lineups will be released every Wednesday at 1pm from 15th February.
See full line-up posters here.
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