BoomTown Forest Party line ups + additions

BoomTown Fair is heading back to the Matterley Estate, Near Winchester between 11 – 14 August. News is coming through on new acts, new venues and growing areas.

There will also be a brand new ‘Train Station’ venue  – the Wrong Side of the Tracks. After two years of squatting the derelict train station in the heart of the Wild West district, the party residents of the Wrong Side of the Tracks have reportedly found the original plans for the station and embarked upon a mission to restore it to it’s former glory as their own fully operational renegade train station.

Forest Parties: Scattered throughout the city, in the many wooded hideaways…are 7 totally unique forest parties. From sun dappled psy-trance gatherings to the beachy vibes of the Hidden Woods and unspoken shenanigans at the Rave Yard; there is a whole other world of party to discover within the forest’s dwellings.

Sector 6 has grown without abandon. Expansion in production and theatrics has resulted in set to rival that of the Bang Hai Palace and now has a line-up to reflect its new status.


Newly announced acts include Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) / Capitol 1212/ Cut La Vis / DJ Maars / FLeCK / Mr Benn b2b Shepdog: Nice Up! Records Take Over / Rico Tubbs / Eva Lazarus / Vanessa Kisuule / Solomon OB. More below. 

Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at BoomTown, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. A huge amount of great music over 23 stages. Boomtown Fair has innovative city-like layout with each “district” having a unique feel, atmosphere and image, that is also reflected on the acts that play the district. 

Tickets: Tier Three – £170 (plus Booking Fee & Eco Bond)

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The latest additions join Madness, Damian Marley, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar, Bad Manners, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Neville Staple Band, Imelda May, Levellers, Pharoahe Monch and more. FULL LINE UP BELOW. Find a round-down of the line up and festival here: BoomTown 2016


Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer, Pirate

The dark back streets and shady alleyways of BoomTown’s ancient city port lure the unsuspecting traveller beyond the confines of the map and into another world of seductive sirens singing under street lights and pirate parties storming every tavern. OldTown plays host to the 90-ft pirate ship The Jolly Dodger and the OldTown main stage, which will feature some of the world’s finest exponents of gypsy, Balkan beats, Klezmer and pirate music:

Babylon Circus, Los de Abajo, Bohemian Betyars, N.O.H.A, Les Yeux d’la Tête, Fat Bastard Gang Bastard Gang Band + many more!


Mayfair Avenue – Electro-Swing, Swing, Vintage Remix

A playground for the upper echelons of BoomTown society, where bankers, socialites, aristocrats and secret societies rub shoulders. The well-heeled theatrical high-jinx of Mayfair plays out whilst housing the biggest Electro-Swing and Vintage Remix line up in the world:

Parov Stelar, Molotov Jukebox, The Correspondents (Live Band), Dutty Moonshine Big Band, Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro, Electric Swing Circus, The Sweet Life Society, The Carny Villains + many more!

Wild West – Folk, World, Bluegrass, Ska, World

A raucous ex-prospecting settlement populated by cowboys, showgirls, bounty hunters and bandits, and ruled by the no-nonsense Sheriff. Away from the district’s dusty trails and ramshackle saloons, three main stages dosey-doe day and night to a rootin’ tootin’ line-up of Folk, Bluegrass, Ska and World music:

Imelda May, Levellers, Afro Celt Sound System, Ojos de Brujo, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Seth Lakeman, Lau, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate,  Steve N Seagulls + many more!

Barrio Loco – Hip-Hop, Techno, House

The city’s Latin quarter is a neighbourhood that rarely sleeps, with a revolutionary spirit and carnival atmosphere run deep through its streets. The infamous Bassline Circus brings their outdoor show ‘Athletes of the Night’, and in addition to the district’s bass-heavy hub Poco Loco the all-new Vamos stage plays host to a bill of house and techno trailblazers:

Foreign Beggars, Pharaohe Monch (Live), Nightmares on Wax, DJ Craze, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Jackmaster, Shadow Child, Skream, Reeps One, Octave One (Live), JFB, DJ Format & Abdominal + many more!

Psychedelic – Psy-Trance, Hi-Tech, Progressive Techno

Supported by a collection of the UK’s top Psy promoters (IllumiNaughty, Tribe of Frog, Liquid Records and Return to the Source), the three stages of this district are found in two stunning woodland locations and an inner-city venue, and unite crews, artists and party people from all over the international Psychedelic Trance community:  

Hallucinogen, Hilight Tribe, Neelix, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), GMS, Skazi, 1200 Micrograms, Orb Soundsystem, Ozric Tentacles, JOOF, Alok, Gaudi + many more!


Sector 6 – Bass, Garage, Grime

Every revolution needs an HQ, and BoomTown Chapter 8’s uprising will be bubbling away in the brand new Sector 6! Located in the heart of the district is a power station commandeered by masked revolutionaries, leading their charge to a bass-heavy soundtrack of Garage, Grime, Bassline and Dubstep:

AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo, Deep Medi Takeover, Diemantle, DJ Zinc, MJ Cole, Ms. Dynamite, Newham Generals, Om Unit, So Solid Crew, Special Request, Zed Bias & MC Trigga + many more!

– Ska, Punk, Ska-Punk

The festival’s hub of technology and trade; have your senses challenged from all angles, with intense aromas, neon lights and detailed shop facades creating an intoxicating vibe of mystery, mayhem and music. At the heart of the bustling neighbourhood are the sounds of ska and punk, music that lies at the very core of BoomTown’s history and heritage:

Madness, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Mad Caddies, The Selecter, Bad Manners, Neville Staple Band, The Slackers, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Chainska Brassika, The King Blues + many more!

TrenchTown – Reggae, Dub, Jungle

One of the festival’s most popular districts and the city hub of all things reggae, dub, dancehall and jungle. At its heart is the Lion’s Den, an ancient Mayan temple towering 40ft into the sky and the UK’s largest dedicated reggae stage. Elsewhere the Hidden Woods stage is all about the beach party vibrations and deep into the woodsTangled Rootscelebrates sound system culture:

Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Morgan Heritage, Inner Circle, Tarrus Riley, Junior Kelly, Tanya Stephens, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Channel One Meets Mad Professor + many more!


DSTRKT 5 – DnB, Hardcore, Bass

The neon-lit, underground epicentre of the city, where little is off limits and all manner of twisted fantasies play out in its late night venues. Featuring three brand new stages (Robotika, Scrapyard, Sewage Works) and the incredible nine-storey Bang Hai Palace, a flame-throwing bass music mecca and the city’s most striking skyline spectacle:

RAM Records, Roni Size & Krust present Full Cycle, Critical Sound

Dub Phizix, Calibre, My Nu Leng, TQD, DJ Hype & Hazard

Angerfist, Vandal, Altern-8 + many more!



Ac Slater B2B Taiki Nulight / A Skillz / Chris Lorenzo / Critical Sound: Mefjus, Ivy Lab, Kasra, Emperor, Enei, / Sam Binga, Foreign Concept, Klax, Hyroglifics / Diemantle / HybRid Theory / Krafty Kuts / Plump DjS / Stanton Warriors / The Heatwave / The Nextmen / The Upbeats / Zed Bias & Trigga

Mc’s: GQ, Jakes, Maksim, Redders, Trigga



Alfresco Disco / Billy Kenny & Will Clarke / B.Traits / Derrick Carter / Derrick May / Dj Deeon / Flux Djs / Friend Within / Jackmaster / Kry Wolf / Melé / Mj Cole / Nightmares On Wax DJ Set / Octave One – Live / Shadow Child / Shapes DJs / Skream



Altern 8 / Boom Sound Takeover / Chimpo / Deep Medi Takeover: Mala, Truth, Gorgon Sound, Commodo, Gantz, Kaiju, Rider Shafique / DJ Zinc / Gakstreet Boyz vs Ma$$ive $xX / Iglooghost / Inspected Records Takeover: Billian, Culprate, Monuman, Sorrow, Inspector Dubplate / Itchy & Skratchy djs / Kafkr / Koan Sound / Mella DeE / Om Unit / Papa B & BBL / Shades of Rhythm / Slipmatt / Special Request / Squire of Gothos



Al Twisted / Angerfist / Block Dodger / Cause4Concern / COOH / Counterstrike / Crystal Distortion / Dataklysm / DJIPE / DJ Michael Barrymore / DNA Sounds Dolphin / Dr Peacock / Fortitude / Fragz / Guigoo Hallucinator / Irritant Sounds / Lucy Furr / Machine Code  Mandidextrous / Pattern J / PRSPCT Takeover / Psiko Radium / Requiem Sounds / Robyn Chaos / Sinister Souls / Subliminal Audio / The Outside Agency / The Speedfreak / Therapy Sessions / Vandal



Dead Players / Devvo / DJ Craze / DJ Format & Abdominal / DRS – Live / Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon / Foreign Beggars Gardna / Jenna & the G’s / JFB / Jman / Johnny Dub / Jus Now / Levelz / Pharoahe Monch / Red Eye HiFi FT Kathika, Fox, Sparkz & Kiva / Reeps One – Live Av Show / Rich Reason / Swindle – LIve / Submotion Orchestra / The Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax, Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa / Fox & Black Josh / White Bully / Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys



Action Sloth / Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) / Billy Bunter / Binksy / Bluntskull / Capitol 1212 / Cut La Vis / Dephicit & Summer Bright / Devvo / DJ Maars / Electrikal Sound (DJ Set) / FLeCK / Frandanski b2b Rob (Smokescreen) / Hydroponik Takeover / InsideInfo (Viper Recordings) / Jah Prang / Jungle Jewce King Long Ting / Kinky Movement (Replay) / Law As F**k! / Mr Benn b2b Shepdog (Nice Up!) / Phatworld b2b Thorpy (Off Me Nut) / Remarc / Rico Tubbs / Split Prophets / Subliminal Bassline Takeover / Tumble Audio Takeover / The Littlemen (Smokescreen) / Thesis Underkind / Volatile Cycle / Waggles b2b Hiphoppapotamus



0=0 / Amen-tal / Bkey / Bong Ra / Dave Skywalker / Dr Bastardo / Ghost / Igorrr / Jungle Syndicate / Pants and Socks / Ruby My Dear / Smyla

We had a quick chat to Kaptin Barrett, BoomTown’s music programmer

Does the festival actively seek out talented new / unsigned acts?

Bringing through and supporting up and coming acts is one of the most important things for us.  Although to tell you the truth,most of them get booked just because they’re really good rather than any conscious decision based around their position on the playing field. The music at BoomTown isn’t cool in the traditional sense, so rarely will anyone choose it for advancing their career, they start Ska bands, or Punk bands or Hillbilly Bluegrass bands, because that’s just what they love to play.  So any time we hear a new band who have chosen to adopt a sound that suits the festival, that’s really exciting for us.  

Any success stories of acts working their way up the bill. 

There have been a number of acts who have moved from the smaller stages up to the bigger ones and a lot of those bands will be invited back each year because we’re excited to see their progression.   Often they will move up the bill but a lot of the bands don’t have those kind of ego-issues, they just want to play music and have a good time.

How the bookers come across up and coming or unsigned acts. 

We spend our lives going to gigs every night and researching acts.  Often, like most things, it will be a recommendation from someone we trust that attracts our interest.  We also have an application process online for bands, though I’d say only 2% of our overall applications are actually suitable for the festival. 

We are showcasing some of the up and coming acts on the BoomTown Fair line up

Click on the act to see the feature

Circe’s Diner
Sam Evans Band
Sam Green and the Midnight Heist
Smokey Joe & The Kid
White City Shakers