Boomtown Fair is returning for its tenth-year celebrations over 9th – 12th August, at Matterley Estate, near Winchester, Hampshire.
After announcing Gorillaz as their first headliner for 2018 as a UK exclusive, the festival released their diverse line up with the likes of Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Jimmy Cliff, Amadou & Mariam, The Selecter, Sleaford Mods, Enter Shikari, Billy Bragg, Skatalites, Maribou State, Omar Souleyman and more set to make an appearance.
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.
Whistlers Green is the first area to announce the full line up for the festival. vistas of the South Downs National Park, The area very much has a feeling of a festival within a festival, away from the hustle and bustle of the Boomtown Madness. Whistlers Green offers up jazz, folk, funk and soul acoustic, headliners include Maribou State, Bilal, Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart, plus many more including the sounds of some of the leading female voices in jazz right now including Zara Macfarlane andSampa the Great.
WHISTLERS GREEN LINE UP THE WINDMILL Maribou State / Bilal / Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart / Zara McFarlane / Black Acre Takeover: Romare Full Live Band, Clap! Clap!, Rocks FOE, Scott Xylo (DJ Set) / Too Many Zooz / Sampa the Great / Mammal Hands / Nubiyan Twist / Alfa Mist / Benin City / Blue Lab Beats / Connie Constance / Otim Alpha / Vels Trio / Kobi Onyame / Fat Suit / Shama Rahman / Kalaha / Krupa / Drum N Bass Workout / Reggaerobics
Wildwood Kin / William Crighton / Nerina Pallot / CW Jones / Young Waters / Coco & The Butterfields / Chiminyo / The Ash Walker Experience / Gecko / Zach Said / China Bowls / Huw Eddy & The Carnival / Iyamah / Roots Rising / Cable Street Collective / Gentlemen Of Few / Lion Art (Acoustic) / True Strays / Feelgood Experiment / Jackson / Almatic / Alex & The Salty Sea Dogs / Hexcut / Easy Stride Band / Key Lime Pi / Rob Barnaville / Phosphenes
Over the past couple of years Speakers’ Corner has become one of the festivals most exciting stages. Providing a space for an eclectic mix of speakers to discuss the hot topics circulating in society today to spark debate, educate and share, in an environment of respect and understanding.
Provocation. Discussion. Action…
Amelia Womack: Engaging With Politics / Prof. David Nutt: The Truth About Drugs
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan: The Brown Hijabi – The chronicles of a Brown Muslim Woman / Rants n Bants: Ranting / Clare Ferguson-Walker: Let’s talk about #metoo
/ Jordan Stephens: Toxic Masculinity / Ella Gilbert: Punching Polar Bears / Prof. James Ladyman: The Philosophy of Fake News / Nikki James: A Visual Journey / Dave Randall: Sound System – The Political Power of Music / Ngaio Anyia: Reclaiming Space / Dan Glass: Beautiful Trouble – Building Utopia In The Here And Now / Adam Reeves: Alpha Boys School – Ska History / Reel News – Activist Cinema
Truly a space for all generations, Whisters Green also houses the endless discoveries Kidztown has to offer; hands on craft and circus workshops, storytelling, puppetry, comedy and face painting, through to the skate ramp, bouncy castle and Forest School.
In addition to the activities and workshops on offer in Kidztown, there is a vast array of workshops that extends to adults too, including blacksmithing, jewellery making, silversmithing, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, chocolate making and rubber bike belt workshops. The healing gardens are a stone’s throw away with massage, aromatherapy, yoga, mediation and star gazing to name just few alternative pastimes to indulge in.
Boomtown fair has an ever-evolving storyline that is sure to immerse you into the festival whther 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’