Boomtown Fair has unveiled its bill topping line-up for Whistlers Green, its psytrance offerings and the full Diss-Order Alley line-up as well as the heavier highlights from the rest of the city. They join the previously announced headlining acts including Lauryn Hill, Prophets Of Rage, The Streets, Chronixx, Chase & Status Presents Rtrn II Jungle, Groove Armada, Slaves, UB40 aka Ali Campbell and Astro, Salt-n-Pepa, Gogol Bordello and many more.
The festival returns to the Matterley Estate over 7th – 11th August 2019.
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.
Whistlers Green is fully stocked with; muliple stages, workshops, activities, saunas, hot tubs, holistic healing fields, mindful spaces and infinite hidden gems. Overlooking the festival sunset opportunities are some of the best in the world and a visit here is an absolute must for all. It seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the main stages, with chilledout, relaxed vibes.
Artists will be performing on the brand new and powered by renewable energy, Lighthouse Stage. Lead by the likes of Swedish band Little Dragon whose rhythmical and ethereal electronic sounds have made waves across the soul and jazz scene; and the unique and seemingly effortless voice of the multi-talented artist and wordsmith Kate Tempest who is making a popular return to the festival; saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia will bring the passional sounds of her afro-tinged Jazz; singer songwriter and Grammy nominated Maimouna Youssef AKA Mumu Fresh adds her blend of Native American, jazz, gospel and hip hop amongst many others. Turning up the heat with their hypnotic dance vibe that combines elements of Cumbria and Afro-Caribbean rhythms is The Mauskovic Dance Band andNecktr, a 9 piece soul fusion band with their unique interpretation of Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Soul and Ambient music.
Saturday will see a full day takeover from Brighton based label Tru Thoughts celebrating their 20th anniversary with artists spanning two decades including Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Rodney P & Skitz, Anchorsong, Wrongtom, J Felix, Ego Ella May, Bryony Jarman-Pinto.
In the intimate Floating Lotus venue, attendees will be taken on a journey across acoustic, folk and electronic music with grassroots sounds guaranteed to soothe the soul. Artists include Nashville indie folk singer Old Sea Brigade, pop folk outfit Keston Cobblers Club, one man band Tamu Massif aka Bristol’s Dave Dixon with his soulful vocals and blend of acoustic guitar and synth, the divine, otherworldly sounds of Manchester singer songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose and Sufi inspired folk from Pakistan born Babar Luck.
Just around the corner, with a new stage designed for Chapter 11 in Kidztown, Town Centre headliners and Latin salsa and Urban hip-hop legends Ozomatli will be bringing Ozomatli presents Ozokidz a family friendly set geared towards children and adults, alongside Boomtown favourites Big Fish Little Fish, Fun DMC, Junior Jungle, Kid Carpet and Reggae Roast & Raver Tots bringing Reggae Tots. DJ Archie will be making a welcome return, plus Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon, Laid Black and many more.
The spiritual pyramid design of the brand new stage Electric Forest is the very heart of the sacred grounds of the sun dappled dance floors. Making its Boomtown debut with a massive line-up that includes the likes of Infected Mushroom who will be making a welcome return for a headlining retro live set, leading producer in the New Zealand psy scene Grouch Live Band, the multi talented Swiss artist Ajja and psychedelic trance and world wide sensation Liquid Soul with his distinctive fusion of trance and psychedelic trance who amongst many others are set to light up this striking new open air stage.
Complete with series of three takeovers on Friday Nano Records will front the Electric Forest with a half day takeover featuring Regan, Dick Trevor, Mandala, Sonic Species, Avalon and Tristan. Saturday will see illumiNaughty take to the stage for a full day with the likes of Hypnocoustics, Blastoyz, GMS, Pixel, Morten Granau and The Goblin with Altered States Music with a Sunday takeover including System 7, Tongue and Groove, Imagine Mars, DJ Moom, and NEO Live.
The multifarious, collective, communal nature of Tribe of Frog will yet again be present with Killerwatts, Earthling the solo project of DJ Celli, Lucas with his diverse quality sounds, Materia one of Europe’s most groundbreaking psytrance artists and UK producers Antispin with their evolving atmospheric psychedelia.
Hitechnicians will also provide the perfect stomping ground dedicated to the intense psychedelia as they embrace the dark arts of the deepest underground sound. Artists include Allycat, Cybernetic Ghost, Forward Momentum, Speed Alliance and Stallic Overdose.
Diss-Order Alley line-up and heavier highlights:
Diss-Order Alley offers up ska, punk and metal. This will sit alongside a truly eclectic mix of already announced headliners on the Town Centre stage including rock-rap supergroup Prophets of Rage, Slaves, Gogol Bordello, Killing Joke, Therapy, Atari Teenage Riot and two-tone legend Neville Staple Band.
Boomtown’s diverse line-up fuses with innovative theatre and incredible immersive set design to create a living, breathing fictitious city. As part of this city, Diss-order Alley returns after a memorable inaugural year in the guise of an abandoned military base overrun with an autonomous community of punks. There are four venues, where Boomtown’s long standing ska punk and metal community are treated to a mix of genres and artists from definitive figures in the scene to boundary pushing sounds from the underground.
Last Gang in Town present the flagship punk venue Hangar 161, which is in the form of a full scale aircraft hangar and is headlined by American punk rock icons, the politically minded Pennywise who are now in their 30th year. Alongside them, will be energetic crust-punk from Leftöver Crack, the welcome return of homegrown ska punk stalwarts King Prawn, anarcho-punk from Subhumans and, flying the flag for grindcore, Extreme Noise Terror. Showcasing the global reach of punk, Boomtown will have a solid Russian contingent represented on the bill with; thrashcore punks Svetlanas, adrenaline charged thrashers Siberian Meat Grinder as well as the return of Moscow Death Brigade with their unique politically charged blend of techno, rap and punk. Fresh out of East London, Nova Twins will be bringing their self proclaimed ‘urban punk’ to the festival with an energetic, bass heavy, grime influenced set.
Pioneering independent record label Earache Records are back with their venue Earache Factory dedicated to extreme and heavy sounds. Grindcore ambassadors Napalm Death head up the line-up and are joined by Swedish melodic death metal masters At The Gates, Brummy industrial metallers Godflesh, Canadian hardcore punk act Cancer Bats and Japanese Crossfaith with their unique fusion of electronic with metalcore.
The Bunker brings a totally global ska line-up to the newly named ska hub; Brazilian ska-core from Abraskadabra, reggae, rap, ska crossover from Italian 12 piece Shanti Powa, from France; ska-punk party starters Skarbone 14 and Beer Beer Orchestra and Spanish ska flavours from Limando. Representing the UK there is two-tone inspired ska pop from Death of Guitar Music, raw, ballsy ska punk from Millie Manders & The Shut Up and lairy ska-soul from Brighton’s The Meow Meows. Joining them will be heaps of Boomtown favourites including Skata Tones,Crinkle Cuts and The Midnight Zu and a very special set celebrating 40 years of two-tone from Wrongtom.
And don’t miss The Freak Boutique, tucked away in the alley they are one of Boomtown’s longest standing underground collectives and will be presenting a line-up stretching the breadth of punk subgenres with a taste of the scene’s best kept secrets.
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! …
Ms. Lauryn Hill / The Streets / Chronixx / Groove Armada / UB40 (ft. Ali Campbell + Astro) / Super Cat / Alborosie & Shengen Clan / Marcia Griffiths & Tanya Stephens With Mafia & Fluxy / Ms. Dynamite / The Black Seeds / Kabaka Pyramid / Gentleman’s Dub Club / Stylo G / Naâman / Lt Stitchie & Manudigital / Natty & The Rebel Ship / General Levy / Sister Nancy & Legal Shot / Mungo’s Hi Fi / Sevana / Jada Kingdom / Naomi Cowan
HIDDEN WOODS:Iseo & Dodosound / Marcus Gad & Tribe / Backbeat Sound System / Dreadsquad Ft Tom Spirals / Daddy Freddy & Unit 137 (live) / Earl Gateshead / Ras Jammy (suns Of Dub) / Born On Road / Friendly Fire Band / Laid Blak / Kioko / Shanti Powa Orchestra / Timbali & Peppery / Kelvin 373 & Gardna / Da Fuchaman & The Fire Blaze Band / Run Tingz Cru / Kaotik Kartel Ft Jago, Joe Burn, Mistafire & Shumba Youth / The Majestic / Lion Art And The End Time Warriors / Liam Monaghan / Concrete Jungyals / Hollie May Ft. Trafic Mc / Junglist Alliance / Uprooted / Young Culture / Om Jai / P.r.a.n.k. Dancehall / Hotsteppas
Nice Up! Takeover: 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 / Shepdog
TANGLED ROOTS:The Bug ft Miss Red / 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 / Jim Bitchnull
DISS-ORDER ALLEY AND HEAVIER HIGHLIGHTS:
Town Centre: Prophets Of Rage / Slaves / Gogol Bordello / Killing Joke / Therapy? / Atari Teenage Riot / Neville Staple Band / Asian Dub Foundation
HANGAR 161… Presented By Last Gang In Town: Pennywise / Leftover Crack / King Prawn / Subhumans / Senser / Gbh / Zounds / Extreme Noise Terror / Inner Terrestrials / Siberian Meat Grinder / Rdf / Moscow Death Brigade / The Restarts / Union 13 / Svetlanas / Abraskadabra / China Shop Bull / Drowning Dog And Malatesta / Nova Twins / Grove Street Families / Faintest Idea / The Infested / Smiley & The Underclass / Calva Louise / Graveyard Johnnys / Pizzatramp / Matilda’s Scoundrels / The Dub Righters / Rotten Foxes / Incisions / Aerial Salad / The Barracks / The Menstrual Cramps / Fftp / Werecats / Sinful Maggie / Captain Ruin / Anarchophonica
Napalm Death / At The Gates / Godflesh / Cancer Bats / Crossfaith / Kamiyada+
Milk Teeth / Black Peaks / Brutality Will Prevail / Tallah / Black Futures
Palm Reader /ohhms / Dead Label / Loathe / Ithaca / The Murder Capital / Nova Twins Xenoblight
THE BUNKER: Abraskadabra / Death Of Guitar Pop / Shanti Powa / Skarbone 14 / Beer Beer Orchestra / Limando / New Town Kings / Rhythmites / Wrongtom (2 Tone Set) / Count Skylarkin / Popes Of Chillitown / Counting Coins / Millie Manders & The Shut Up / Bare Jams / The Meow Meows / Karl Phillips And The Rejects / The Defekters / Skata Tones / Urban Lions / Junior Bill / The Stiff Joints / Call Me Malcolm / Eat The Evidence / The Midnight Zu / Lead Shot Hazard / Crinkle Cuts / Guns Of Navarone / Big Red Ass / The Activators / The Sporadics / The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra
THE FREAK BOUTIQUE: The Infested / Petrol Bastard / Officer Down / Luvdump / 2 Sick Monkeys / The Dancing Morons / Claypigeon / China Shop Bull / Ratbag / Brassick / Riskee & The Ridicule Anarchistwood / Primeval Soup / Dead Happy / Monsterometer / Doghouse / Public Order Act / Junkoactive Wasteman And His Tinphonia / The Blunders / Mollusca / Rita Lynch :
LIGHTHOUSE: Little Dragon / Kate Tempest / Tru Thoughts 20th Anniversary: Alice Russell, Nostalgia 77, Rodney P & Skitz, Anchorsong, Wrongtom, J-Felix, Ego Ella May, Bryony Jarman-Pinto.
Nubya Garcia / Hak Baker / Mumu Fresh aka Maimouna Youssef / Joe Armon-Jones / Ashley Henry / Yazmin Lacey / The Breath / The Mauskovic Dance Band / Bellatrix / Haiku Hands / Rafael & Lucidia /. Necktr / Krupa (Live) / Alfie Swan
FLOATING LOTUS: Old Sea Brigade / Keston Cobblers Club / Tamu Massif / Caoilfhionn Rose / Babar Luck / The Age Of L.U.N.A / Christopher Rees / The Brandy Thieves / / Beth Prior Collective // Paris Monster / Ben Russell And The Charmers / Future Dub Orchestra / Rachel K Collier / Cara Hammond / The Barefoot Bandit / The Gravity Drive / Sounds Of Harlowe / New Daze / Mamilah / Ruby Confue / JarraLoo / River Roots / Almatic / / Dexter Selboy & The Shonky Trio / Gathering Tides / Big In Lights / Ned Dylan / Inanna Meets The Dawn / Hannah Willwood / Tetchi / Karyo Band / Mischa & His Merry Men / Hedge Gods / Dan Marshall / Al & The Salty Sea Dogs / Finnegan Tui / Rob Barnaville
ELECTRIC FOREST: Infected Mushroom Retro Live Set / Ajja / Grouch in Dub Live / Liquid Soul / Eat Static / Tristan / System 7 / GMS / Avalon / Pixel / GAUDI / Blastoyz / Symbolic / Dick Trevor / Sonic Species / James Monro / Imagine Mars / Morten Granau / Hypnocoustics / Symbolic / Earthling / Mandala / Hedflux / DJ Moon / 3 of Life / Djantrix / Relativ / Tongue and Groove / Evil Oil Man / Regan / NEO Live / Liquid Ross / Monk3ylogic / Florescence / Naughty Boys / The Goblin / Enzo / Full 360 sound healing experience