BoomTown Fair is my favourite festival by a country mile, and already the line up for 2016 is serving up a tempting selection of artists.
Already announced for the four day festival taking place from the 11th-14th August this year are ska legends Madness, reggae royalty Damian Marley and NZ dubsters Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Tickets are already selling fast for this unique festival which mixes music and performance against a theatrical narrative of revolution.
Taking place in the Matterley estate near Winchester, there will be nine individually themed city districts, with the attention to detail reflecting the commitment and passion of the crew behind the festival.
Joining Madness in the Town Centre, will be the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Leftfield, festival veterans the Levellers, plus Bad Manners, Mad Caddies, Babylon Circus, Beardyman and more.
The reggae themed Lion’s Den will serve up another stellar bill of heavyweight acts, while in the Old Mines will be the likes of Imelda May, Seth Lakeman and Afro Celt Soundsystem.
The wild Barrio Loco Latin district will be in full-on carnival mode while the astonishing Bang Hai Palace on its frontline, DSTRKT 5, will be keeping the dance beats going, with the line up including Roni Size and DJ Krust.
The Psychedelic Forest returns with a line-up including Gaudi, Neelix, Shpongle, Skazi and Hallucinogen throwing down the finest in psychedelic trance, techno, breakbeat and ambient.
LINE UP SO FAR:
Asian Dub Foundation, Babylon Circus, Bad Manners, Beardyman, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Leftfield, Levellers, Mad Caddies, Madness, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Molotov Jukebox, Parov Stelar, The Correspondents (Live Band), The Selecter, The Slackers
Benny Page vs Ed Solo feat. Darrison, Channel One meets Mad Professor, Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz, Tenor Fly and Iron Dread, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Heatwave presents Showtime, Inner Circle, Junior Kelly, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Little Roy, Morgan Heritage, Mungo’s Hi-Fi (Live), Solo Banton, Soom T, Tanya Stephens, Tarrus Riley, The Skints, Zion Train
Beans On Toast, Dhol Foundation, Imelda May, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Lau, Los De Abajo, Mokoomba, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Ojos De Brujo, Seth Lakeman, Shooglenifty, Skinny Lister, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Craig Charles, Prince Fatty feat. Horseman
Gaudi, GMS, Hallucinogen, Highlight Tribe, Neelix, Ozric Tentacles, Shpongle, Skazi
Devil Kicks Dancehall
Big D & The Kids Table, Leftover Crack, Sonic Boom 6, Talco, The Dickies
Foreign Beggars, Pharaoh Monche, Submotion Orchestra, Swindle Live
B Traits, Derrick May, Friend Within, Jackmaster, Octave One (Live), Shadow Child, Skream
Bang Hai Palace
Audio, Calibre, Calyx & Teebee, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Dynamite MC, Hype b2b Hazard, Krust, Mefjus b2b Emperor, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Roni Size, Teddy Killaz, TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, Flava D)
DJ Craze, Deep Medi Takeover, Derrick Carter, Diemantle, DJ Zinc, Melé, MJ Cole, So Solid Crew, Zed Bias Soundsystem and MC Trigga, Om Unit
Koan Sound, Nightmares On Wax
Angerfist, Cause4Concern, Chris Liberator b2b D.A.V.E The Drummer, Dr. Peacock, Guigoo, The Outside Agency, Radium, The Speed freak
Boomtown 2015: in photos
Faces of Boomtown Fair
Portraits of Boomtown festival goers
Bang Hai Palace
Photos and video of the mind blowing stage
The Job Centre
The Park Hotel in Mayfair
Ping pong, bands and a revolving door
Bario Loco Dance Off
A shimmying’n’shaking Battle Royal
A visit to the doctor’s
A rather curious consultation
The Lion’s Den stage
Majestic new setting for the reggae stage
Faces in the crowd
Scenes from Boomtown’s town centre & main stage
Boomtown’s Wild West
Pistol packin’, bucking bronco, cider swillin’ scenes
A trip to Chinatown
Devil Kicks, fire eaters and snake warnings
Boomtown Fair 2015
Seventy photos and the official after-video
Beans On Toast and Captain Hotknives
My two favourite acts of Boomtown Fair 2015
Boomtown festival chat
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