Boomtown Fair 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 recently made its first major announcement including acts Ms. Lauryn Hill / Prophets of Rage / The Streets Chronixx / Chase & Status (RTRN II JUNGLE) / Groove Armada / Slaves / Salt-N-Pepa / UB40 (ft. Ali Campbell + Astro) / Gogol Bordello + plus many more.
The festival returns to the Matterley Estate over 7th – 11th August 2019.
Boomtown’s uniqueness comes from the different ‘districts’ that make up the ever-evolving ‘city’. Each district is a mini-festival in its own right, with a main stage, smaller venues and an interactive theatrical experience as part of the overarching festival storyline and its own unique mix of genres represented. Today the fair announces the full Reggae, Roots and Sound Systems featuring stages Lion’s Den, Hidden Woods and Tangled Roots.
Accompanying the headliners on the festival’s flagship main stage, the impressive Lion’s Den Temple (standing at a jaw dropping 90ft high and 300ft wide), will be the original don dada Super Cat; innovative singer, songwriter, DJ, producer Alborosie & Shengen Clan; two of the finest female vocalists in reggae history Marcia Griffiths & Tanya Stephens with Mafia & Fluxy; British rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Ms. Dynamite and The Black Seedswill be bringing their distinctive New Zealand infectious reggae roots melodies. Includes conscious revolutionary lyricist Kabaka Pyramid, Boomtown stalwarts Gentleman’s Dub Club, Stylo G, Naâman, Manu Digital Ft. Lt Stitchie, Natty & The Rebel Ship, General Levy, Sister Nancy & Legal Shot, Mungo’s Hi-fi, Sevana, Jada Kingdom, Naomi Cowan.
Other roots, reggae, jungle and dub artists at the beach party, which is found in the sun dappled woodland village fully kitted out with treetop walkways and tiki bars in the Hidden Woods, are Spanish reggae, dub and trip-hop duo Iseo & Dodosound; French dub and reggae multi instrumentalist Kanka; infectious dancehall from London based Alicai Harley, plus meaningful and uplifting reggae from Marcus Gad & Tribe. Also appearing in this magical hideaway throughout the weekend will be Nick Manasseh, Dreadsquad, Born On Road Ft. feat. Trojan records legend Earl Gateshead, Illbilly Hitec Ft. Kinetical, Gardna & Parly B, Skitz Ft. Joe Burn & Jman, Fleck.
With Saturday welcoming the vibe providers Nice Up! Records hosting a whole day takeover featuring Big Zeeks & Shellington High Road, Soca vs Jungle Soundclash, Xl Mad, Riddim Punks, Red Eye Hifi, Lucy, Origin One, Mr Benn, Escape Roots, Cut La Vis, Ila Brugal and Shepdog.
Boomtown’s limitless bass pounding sound system all day celebration in Tangled Roots will again be powered by the heavyweight bass of Lionpulse and QSS Sound Systems featuring: The Bug ft Miss Red, legendary UK sound systems Iration Steppas ft Macky Banton, Channel One, The Heatwave, Danny Rankin (Kurupt FM), Alicai Harley, Benny Page b2b Aries, Nick Manasseh, Uncle Dugs, Skitz & Joe Burn Part2Style, Solo Banton, Kelvin 373, Legal Shot, Jam Jah, Selecta J-Man, Kreed, Origin One, Fleck, Electrikal Sound, Sinai Sound, Rompa’s Reggae Shak, Young Culture, Deeka B, Chris Satta, Lionpulse, Sasha Steppa, Dutchie, Hold Tight Showcase, Escape Roots & Tom Spirals, Vixen, Nem, Sugar Sound, Joe Peng and Jim Bitch.
Pre-pitch tents seem to be an increasing trend and demand for festivals, could you see camping events going mostly/all pre-pitched in the future? Potentially yes, anything is possible. Why buy a tent that won’t last past one use from a big supermarket when you can hire one for the same price at the festival – and have it put up for you! Camplight is one of our which is a pre-pitched providers and all their tents have been salvaged from other festivals, it’s 100% sustainable camping!
Lak (festival co-founder)opened up an interesting debate about the event possibly pushing forward with all/mostly vegan food vendors. Is that a realistic option or scenario for the future of the festival? There are many different conversations about what Boomtown is doing to protect our planet, and these include some radical ideas for Chapter 11 and going meat free is indeed one of them! …