Boomtown Fair expands line up

Boomtown Fair‘s 1st full District line-up is here with OldTown announcing Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer inspired acts.

Following BoomTown’s massive first major line-up release, the festival kicks off five weeks of artist announcements for the nine districts that make up the weird, wild and wonderful fabric of the festival city.

Boomtown 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. 

Acts announced for OldTown are Invisible Circus with the Battle Of Boomtown Show, Babylon Circus, Los De Abajo, Bohemian Betyars, Les Yeux D’La Tete, The Fat Bastard Gang, N.O.H.A., Projekt Rakija, The Destroyers, The Turbans, Mischief Brew, Days n Daze, The Baghdaddies, Veeblefetzer & the Manigolds, Balkan Hotsteppas, Mondo Cane,The Zen Hussies, Zorita, Transylvania, Ushti Baba, Tantz, The Great Malarkey, Wombo Orchestra, Gypsies of Bohemia, Hallouminati, Poor Old Dogs,Gypsy Unit, Mr Tea and the Minions, Gadje Scum, Manushka, Klonk!, and Biere De Luxe.

Away from the many artists gracing the OldTown main stage, the district comes alive in its magical, meandering back streets and rum-soaked taverns, where salty sea dogs and land lubbers alike revel to a soundtrack of sea shanties and pirate folktales. An unmissable theatrical spectacle comes courtesy of The Invisible Circus in their Battle for BoomTown show.

They join Madness, Damian Marley, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar, Levellers, Bad Manners, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Neville Staple Band, and the many more announced in the first wave of acts earlier this week. 

OldTown is the city’s longest standing district filled with eccentric characters, more fully immersive venues than any other and the 90ft long Jolly Dodger pirate ship!

OldTown’s main venue is The Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship

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. 

This year sees the introduction of “Sector 6”, a new area for the festival

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

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Town Centre

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

Lion’s Den

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

Old Mines

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

The Windmill

Craig Charles, Prince Fatty feat. Horseman

Psychedelic Forest

Gaudi, GMS, Hallucinogen, Highlight Tribe, Neelix, Ozric Tentacles, Shpongle, Skazi

Hidden Woods


Devil Kicks Dancehall

Big D & The Kids Table, Leftover Crack, Sonic Boom 6, Talco, The Dickies

Poco Loco

Foreign Beggars, Pharaoh Monche, Submotion Orchestra, Swindle Live

Mi Casa

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)

Sector 6

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

Muuti’s Scrapyard

Angerfist, Cause4Concern, Chris Liberator b2b D.A.V.E The Drummer, Dr. Peacock, Guigoo, The Outside Agency, Radium, The Speed freak

Jungle Syndicate