Boomtown Fair Announces Massive Line Up

Boomtown Fair set the tone for what’s in store at Chapter 9 of the immersive and theatrical festival when they announced 2tone ska legends The Specials.

New acts confirmed today include M.I.A, Cypress Hill, Frank Turner, Ziggy Marley, Arrested Development, Toots and the Maytals, revealing over 160 acts for first wave of 2017 line up.

Returning to Matterley Estate, near Winchester, Hampshire on Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August 2017 with a 60,000 capacity.

Whilst many festivals choose a single theme to base each event around, Boomtown goes that bit further with its ever evolving chapters in the ongoing Chronicles. Over the years, the story has covered corrupt elections, alien technology, time travel, Western style showdowns and most recently, the 2016 revolution which spread across the entire event in a feat of theatrical ambition not before seen at a UK festival.

The eagerly awaited release of Chapter 9: ‘Behind the Mask’ has just been unleashed in a high octane, fully theatrical trailer. The mini film recaps the successes of the ‘revolution’ and fills in the gaps of what has happened within the walls of Boomtown since Chapter 8 came to it’s conclusion. Last year saw circus ‘battles’ in Barrio Loco, a pirate showdown in Oldtown and revolutionary takeovers at main stages; The Town Centre, Sector 6 and Bang Hai Palace throughout the four day festival.

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“The aim of the storyline is to hold a mirror up to a world that should be questioned, where every individual has the power to make a change and their voices heard. Using theatre, storytelling and set design to encourage exploration of ideas, we want to create a caring community where everyone can leave their worries at the city gates and enter a world of acceptance and diversity.” – Boomtown Organisers


LINE UP SO FAR: (More to be released…)

Lion’s Den

Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band / Big Youth & U-Roy / The Bonner Brothers (Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Sheperd Bonner feat. Chaka Demus + Pliers) / Cypress Hill / Earl Gateshead with Dawn Penn & Soom T / Gentleman’s Dub Club feat. Taiwan MC, Parly B & Eva Lazarus / Iba Mahr & Harar Band / Jah9 / Lutan Fyah / M.I.A. / Mr Vegas / Protoje / Raging Fyah / Runkus & The Old Skool Bond / Solo Banton & Horseman with The Upper Cut Band / The Specials / Stand High Patrol & Pupajim / Suns Of Dub feat. Randy Valentine  / Stick Figure / Toots & The Maytals / Ziggy Marley

Town Centre

Arrested Development / Eskorzo / Frank Turner / Hepcat / Hoffmaestro / The Original Blues Brothers Band / Reel Big Fish / Sam & The Womp / The Showhawk Duo / Ska’N’Ska / Skindred / Slightly Stoopid / Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro / Sublime With Rome / Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio’s Furious 5 / Wax Tailor / The Wurzels

Old Mines

Alabama 3 / Beans On Toast / The Breath / Bukahara / Chris Wood / Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band / The Furrow Collective / Heymoonshaker / Kumbia Queers / Lakuta / Mad Dog Mcrea / Mbongwana Star / Newton Faulkner / Kila / Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band / The Showhawk Duo / 47 Soul

The Windmill

Benjamin Zephaniah & the Revolutionary Minds / Brinsley (Aswad)Forde MBE / The Comet Is Coming / Dub FX / GoGo Penguin / Jesse Royal /  Nerija / Nomade Orquestra / Portico Quartet / Mike Love /  SK Shlomo / Sons Of Kemet / Soweto Kinch / United Vibrations / Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins

Old Town

Crash Nomada / Los Colorados / UFOSlavians

Rusty Spurs

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind

Hidden Woods

Nattali Rize / Nice Up! Takeover / Reggae Roast ft Brother Culture / Randy Valentine

Psychedelic Forest

Astrix / Ace Ventura / Berg / GAUDI / Juno Reactor / Ott & The All-Seeing I

Devil Kicks Dancehall

The Dreadnoughts / King Prawn / Legendary Shack Shakers / Planet Smashers

Chinatown Courtyard

The Dualers

Poco Loco

AJ Tracey /  Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts /  Dea Players Vs Problem Child / Donae’O / Elf Kid / Loyle Carner / MC Taiwan / Ocean Wisdom / The Four Owls


Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison / Boddika / Booka Shade / Boys Noize / Carl Craig / Dave Clarke / Dusky / House Gospel Choir / Monki / Solardo

Bang Hai Tower

Black Sun Empire / Break / Exit Records Takeover / Kill Box / My Nu Leng B2B TQD / Optiv & BTK / Phace / Redlight / Rusko / S.P.Y / The Prototypes

Sector 6

Butterz takeover (Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle & DJ Champion & MC Serious) /  DJ Luck & MC Neat / Heartless Crew / Holy Goof / Mefjus B2B Emperor / Shogun Audio Takeover / Shy FX / The Heatwave / Toddla T


Aphrodite / Caspa / Deekline B2B Ed Solo / Dub Phizix & Strategy / Freestylers / Gutterfunk Takeover (Dj Die, Addison Groove, Dismantle), Loefah / Mampi Swift / Randall / Ray Keith / Schlachthofbronx / Star.One / Storm / Utah Saints