Experience the central hub of genre-defying musical offerings from across the city. As Boomtown drops it’s Town Centre line up, returning for its tenth-year celebrations over 9th – 12th August, at Matterley Estate, near Winchester, Hampshire.
The pulsing heart of the city, the Town Centre hosts a melting pot of live bands from around the globe: an audio tour of musical legends, full throttle party bands and folk, ska, punk, balkan, hip-hop and 2-tone. Representing many of the best live acts from across the districts, no-one can help but be immersed in the Town Centre’s sizzling atmosphere, to dance the day and night away.
Topping the bill for Chapter 10 this August are; rap-rockers Limp Bizkit bringing body throwing nostalgia to the forefront of the stage, Enter Shikari’s post-hardcore experimental rock and the anti-austerity punk of Nottingham hailing duo Sleaford Mills whose music seamlessly mirrors the festivals own immersive storyline and political ethos. Legendary UK R&B group Soul II Soul will be taking the audience back with hands in the air, sing along hits, whilst an infectious mix of blues inspired reggae will be supplied by The Skatalites and political music from 2 tone ska revival band The Selecter.
Boomtown has established itself as one of Europe’s most creative and inspiring events on the festival scene. With its diverse lineups, crazy story-lines and immersing festival-goers within the narrative. The festival becomes a temporary city for 4 days a year, complete with nine districts sprawling across four areas and festival-goers become citizens of this creative landscape that reflects the current global society.
Hyperactive Californian band Fishbone provide humour filled punk funk with a social commentary edge and Dubioza Kolektiv bring Bosnian hip hop with a flair for folklore. Deluxe fuses electronica, funk, disco and swing with delightful live results and Dub Pistols are welcomed back with open arms for an eclectic show of big bad beats, as are firm favourites Molotov Jukebox. My Baby’s foot stomping sounds mix blues and country and one of a kind festival favourites Slamboree deliver a show likened to a meld of the Rocky Horror Picture Show performing Moulin Rouge with a bassy back up.
Paying homage to the many characters, voices, sounds and ideas that make Boomtown a fantastic mix of personalities, visions and outcomes, The Bandstand returns with acts such as Lady Bird, a three piece punk act with a storytelling twist, Malawi muso Gasper Nali playing an infectious series of original afrobeats on a 3 meter, one-stringed, home-made bass guitar and razor sharp choreography from turbo-charged double act My Bad Sister to name but a few…
What town centre would be complete without it’s very own Job Centre? The much loved street venue will see an Off Me Nut takeover with sets from label boss Phatworld, garage producer Dr Cryptic, bassline boy Deadbeat UK as well as takeovers from Toad Reactor and Four40. The beloved Boomtown Bobbies have an eye out for ruffians, keeping some order to the law and the good people at The Inconvenience Store will be doing their darndest to keep everyone who enters suitably amused and confused.
Boomtown Fair line ups 2018 so far:
Watch out for our interviews with a handful of the Boomtown team coming soon.
Boomtown fair has an ever-evolving storyline that is sure to immerse you into the festival whether it be your first time or tenth! See what’s in store in the ever-unfolding and evolving storyline for Chapter 10 ‘The Machine Cannot Be Stopped’