BoomTown Fair announce first headline acts

BoomTown Fair has released the first wave of headliners for Chapter Seven of the massively genre expansive festival. Taking place over Thu 13 – Sun 16 August, in the Matterley Estate near Winchester, BoomTown once again will house heavyweight names from reggae to ska punk; psy-trance to world music, putting underground genres in the spotlight at one of the most creatively and musically ambitious festivals on the circuit. With 22 Main Stages situated over eight very individual districts the music programming is as diverse as it would be within any large city, providing something for all tastes, ages and cultures!

The Town Centre, known for hosting some of the most raucous, party inducing acts this year will host: LA’s anarchic Celtic punk folksters Floggying Molly, bringing their internationally celebrated break-speed anthems to Winchester for a rare and exclusive UK festival performance. The return of the hedonistic gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, headlining the festival in 2011 they totally blew the Town Centre apart with their rip-roaring, frantic show that whipped the crowd into a palpable frenzy, this year with a new album recently released and the BoomTown citizens more than quadrupled in numbers since the bands last visit to the town, one mega party is expected to kick off! Keeping the knees in the air and the skanking skills up to max is the American ska punk of Streetlight Manifesto. One of the most requested ska acts by BoomTown citizens over the years, Streetlight will be bringing their life affirming vibes and outstanding energy in a very overdue first visit to the fair!! Another returning to the Town Centre are ultra-slick Parisian outfit Caravan Palace. After storming the place with one of the most memorable shows, these premiers of electro-swing and gypsy-funk are guaranteed to host one almighty spectacle, worthy of their fierce reputation as an ultimate live act!

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Matisyahu, once known for being the Hasidic man of reggae, over the past few years has moved to a more secular style and will be bringing his highly polished reggae tinged hip-hop and soul to the Lion’s Den for a UK festival exclusive. Another festival headliner that can’t seem to stay away from the fair is Alborosie & Shengan Clan, this MOBO award winning artist will be on hand with his thumping basslines and talent that speaks for itself! Joining Matisyahu and Alborosie on the Lion’s Den are reggae legends Black Uhuru, the first ever winners of the Best Reggae album at the 1985 Grammy’s their music has provided a soundtrack to generation with tunes like ‘What is Life’, ‘Shine Eye Girl’ and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ dominating any dancefloor when they drops! Heading over to the southern hemisphere for a taste of New Zealand roots reggae, Katchafire will be bringing their gloriously chilled out sunshine vibes for even more global flavours in the Lion’s Den.

Whilst over on the Old Mines folk and world stage are Katchafire’s Antipodean brethren, the awe inspiring John Butler Trio, with guitar skills so incredible the only other sound that can be heard when they are playing is that of jaws dropping to the floor!! These Aussie guitar heroes are a powerhouse of fusing folk, acoustic and roots and are the perfect tonic to a busy festival day! After welcoming the stunning desert sounds of Mali last year with Tinariwen, BoomTown will be making a return voyage to the country for more musical mastery with Amadou and Mariam, fusing Afro pop with desert blues this Grammy nominated husband and wife duo have been performing together for more than 30 years and are the biggest-selling African act of recent times; along with fellow Mali musician’s Songhoy Blues, who were recently pegged as Mail’s next big thing, no small feat considering the company they keep! Other acts on the Old Mines include festival stalwarts Dreadzone with their mashup of dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock, ultimate fusion outfit Transglobal Underground, acclaimed folk roots of Edward II and Scotland’s finest instrumental fusion folk band Peatbog Faeries, full line up for Old Mines will be revealed in a few weeks.

The brand new Psychedelic Forest secret headliner has also now been released as Infected Mushroom doing an Old School LIVE set, and joining the already announced Astrix, Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger, Liquid Soul, Juno Reactor who are topping up a psy-trance bill that is one of the strongest seen at a UK festival in years!

This is just the first wave of headliners for Chapter 7 of BoomTown Fair that is bursting with so many genres the festival provides a musical tour, delving of the most powerful art forms in the world! The full district line ups are still to come and will cover the following genres on these dates:

Tue 10 Feb: Mayfair Avenue (Electro-Swing, Swing, Vintage remix)

Fri 13 Feb: OldTown (Balkan, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk & Pirate)

Tue 17 Feb: Barrio Loco (Hip hop, House, Bass, UK Garage)

Fri 20 Feb: Whistlers Green World, Folk, Folk Punk, Comedy)

Tue 24 Feb: Wild West (Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Yeeha)

Fri 27 Feb: TrenchTown (Reggae, Dub, Dancehall)

Tue 3 Mar: ChinaTown (Ska, Ska Punk, Punk)

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Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Caravan Palace, Streetlight Manifesto, Fishbone, The Beat, Goldie Lookin Chain, Dub Pistols, Slamboree, Dubioza Kolektiv


Matisyahu,Alborosie, Cham feat. O, Turbulence, Cutty Ranks, Ward 21 / Katchafire, David Rodigan, Natty,Gentleman’s Dub Club, Chopstick Dubplate presents Jah Mason & Demolition Man, Mungos Hi-fi


John Butler Trio, Amadou & Mariam, Dreadzone, Transglobal Underground, Peatbog Faeries, Edward II, Songhoy Blues, Ibibio Sound Machine


Infected Mushroom (Old School Goa Set), Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger, Juno Reactor


Capdown, King Prawn, The Mahones, The Rumjacks, The Interrupters


Toddla T & DRS, The Bug ft: Flow Dan, DJ EZ, Jungle Brothers, High Focus Takeover

DSTRKT 5 dance line up was announced a couple of weeks ago and features the following the acts:


Squarepusher, Noisia, Spor,Machinedrum, Surgeon Live, 20 years of Metalheadz ft: Goldie b2b Dillinja, Ulterior Motive b2b Dom and Roland, Jubei b2b Ant tc1 Hosted by SP:MC, A Guy Called Gerald (Jungle Set) b2b LTJ Bukem – Hosted by MC Ribbz”, Truss, Break,Ratpack, Tango & Ratty, Top Buzz, DJ Sy


Norman Jay MBE & Mr Scruff present…Keep the Good Times Unreal (10 hour Takeover from 2 Legends), Benny Page, Deekline, Stickybuds, Scratch Perverts,J.Pod, Inspected Records Showcase ft: Culprate, Emperor, Asa, Sorrow, ZES, Inspected Dubplate, SP23 – Renegade Street Party

BODYSHOP – (bigger and fully sound proofed)

Luke Vibert, PRSPKT Takeover – Hellfish vs Producer, Bryan Fury, Thrasher, Switch Technique, Simon Underground, Vandal, Nicky Blackmarket, Bizzy B, Randall (92-94), Jerome Hill, Crystal Distortion, Renegade Hardware 20th Anniversary -Takeover ft Maztek, Loxy, Ink, FFF, Stivs

BoomTown Fair comes to Matterley Estate, Winchester,on Thu 13 – Sun 16 Aug 2015


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