Boomtown returns to Matterley Estate, nr Winchester on Fri 7 – Sun 10 August 2014, A pop-up city where the impossible is possible and the abnormal is normal, the festival sets its sights on providing something for everybody. From the expansive array of musical genres on offer to the sheer amount of hidden treasures to be found, including Pirate takeovers, glitzy Masked Balls, Nutty Games and a whole KidzTown for the little ones, there is so much to see, do and explore! With all these amazing things going on the festival attendees may need a little recuperation, relaxation and refuelling along the way!



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This is where the BoomTown Council step in to ensure there is plenty of assistance available for those who require it! From the entire Boomtique Village crammed to rafters with as much opulence as a field can
muster, to the new schemes for 2014 BoomTown Bites and Boom Deluxe, as well as festival favourites BoomBuses, Car Share Schemes, Magic Carpet and Festi Taxi, there are a multitude of options available to help festival goers focus on the main task in hand; having as much fun as humanly possible!!

Boomtique Village provides a plethora of plush pads for the more discerning BoomTown citizen. This separate area hosts a vast selection of upgraded accommodation including bell tents, tipi’s, yurts and new for this year, the stunning and elegant BuKuu Teardrop Pods and the adorable Kushti Cabins, a funky boutique cabin for up to three close friends! Boomtique camping has been in very high demand this year with the yurts almost sold out and a limited supply of bell tents but with these new additions to the Boomtique fleet there are plenty of luxurious options just waiting to be a hospitable home for the weekend!


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For those who are satisfied with standard camping facilities but like a splash of splendour in their cleanliness routine, there are a couple of options to choose from; the Boomtique wristband upgrade and Boom Deluxe Rooms. Available to all citizens of the City, the Boomtique wristband provides access to all the wonders the Boomtique Village has to offer including, sweet smelling compost loos, hot showers, a beauty tent with straighteners and hair dryers, hot tubs, sauna, chill out tent with phone charging points and an all-round lovely place to chill out and take a breather from festival life! For those who like their luxury on the move there is also an option to upgrade the Boomtique wristband to Boomtique Deluxe which give access to most of the Boom Deluxe Rooms fancy amenities across site…


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The Boom Deluxe Rooms are part of the brand new Boom Deluxe scheme and provide a little slice of tranquillity within the hustle and bustle of the Fair, these swanky services from the purveyors of the finest facilities, ZooLoos, will be on hand to provide pristine clean toilets, hot private showers and pamper areas with hair dryers and straighteners. There will be three different Boom Deluxe Rooms situated across the site: The Captain’s Quarters (OldTown), DownTown Decadence (near info Island DownTown) and The Temple Retreat (TrenchTown campsite). The other aspect of Boom Deluxe is Reserved Camping, specifically designed for those who want to shotgun their camping spot and safeguard against the possibility of luging hefty weekend wares to a planned spot only to find a whole bunch of eager beavers have gone and got there first! The Reserve Camping option will provide the City residents with a designated camping pitch that is marked out and kept squatter free for easy arrival and immediate tent construction capabilities! M

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Another new scheme for 2014 is BoomTown Bites. This initiative has been introduced to ease the pressure on the pocket and fill up the festival goer’s bellies for £5! All of the festival’s quality food traders will be providing a feast for a fiver enabling access to delicious and price busting produce, to ensure that vital fuel is easily accessible to support full exploration of all the Fair has to offer!

To help festival goers get to and from site there are a few different ways in which the BoomTown council help their residents: BoomBuses are put on from 14 different locations across the UK, Car Share schemes are run to help people from the same neighbourhood join forces to reduce congestion, help the environment and make new friends along the way! And for those coming via train there are shuttle buses running at regular intervals to and from the festival on Thu 7 and Mon 11 August.

With over 400 plus artists, thousands of festival goers planning crazy carnival costumes and some great weather, so far, this year, BoomTown Fair 2014 is looking like it’s going to be another incredible four days and nights of pure escapism and far flung fantasies coming to life!




OLDTOWN (Jolly Dodger and Town Centre)

Babylon Circus / Russkaja / WooHoo Revue / The Destroyers / La Selva Sur / Rupa & the April Fishes / Sonido Vegetal / Tako Lako / The Baghdaddies / Gypsy Hill / Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers / Diving For Sunken Treasure / Gentle Mystics / Veeblefetzer & The Manigolds / Pyrates! / Zorita / Vagalatschk / Gorgeous George / The Penny Black Remedy / Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags / Drunken Balordi / Seas Of Mirth / Calico Jack / Tantz / Buffo’s Wake / The Jack Ratts / East Town Pirates / La Mort Subite / INC.A / Fastabenj / Goulash Disko DJs / Balkan Hotsteppers / DJ Luca Vaga / Petrol Molotov / Emily Dust

CHINATOWN (ChinaTown Court Yard & Devils Kicks Dancehall)

NOFX / The Skatalites / New Model Army / The Toasters / Demented Are Go / Mad Sin / Sonic Boom Six / Morning Glory / The Filaments / The Dreadnoughts / Long Tall Texans / Culture Shock / Koffin Kats / Inner Terrestrials / Freddie Notes / Lee Thompson Ska Band / Sonido Vegetal / RDF / P.A.I.N / Jaya The Cat / Uptown Ska Collective / Babyhead / Phoenix City Allstars + Rhoda Dakar / The Hotknives / The Pressure Tenants / Original High Five / Will & The People / Beer Orchestra / Blood or Whiskey / Ferocious Dog / Magnus Puto / Random Hand / NewTown Kings / Imperial Leisure / First Degree Burns / Bombskare / Buster Shuffle / The Talks / Dinamo / Anti Vigilante / Dirty Revolution / New Groove Formation/ The Indecision / The Delegators / Popes Of Chillitown / / Roughneck Riot/ Oscillator / Counting Coins / The Snare / Skarsoles / Killamonjambo / The Stiff Joints / Smokey Bastard / Faintest Idea/ Karma Party / ChainSka Brassika / Defektors / The Trojans / The Meow Meows / Will Tun & The Wasters / Largo Embargo / King Punch / Autonomads / Mad Apple Circus / Atterkop / Smiling Ivy. Last Gang In Town DJs.

MAYFAIR AVENUE (The Gentlemen’s Club, Town Hall, Casino, Fitz-Slone Manor)

The Cat Empire / [dunkelbunt] & Secret Swing Society / Hot 8 Brass Band / Tape Five / Sam & The Womp / Molotov Jukebox / AlgoRhythmik / Klischée / The Sweet Life Society / Hackney Colliery Band / The Carny Villains / Electric Swing Circus / Tankus The Henge / Renegade Brass Band / Dutty Moonshine / Kid Kasino & Shea Soul / DJ Switch / Smokey Joe & The Kid / Bad Capitano / Odjbox / DJ Chris Tofu / World’s Tallest DJ / Professor Elemental / The Woohoo Revue / C@ In The H@ / Big Swing Soundsystem feat. Hypeman Sage / Gabby Young & Other Animals / Harleighblu / Formidable Vegetable Sound System / Elle & The Pocket Belles + Mista Trick / Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra / Jamie Berry / Ecklektik Mick / Chicken Brothers / The Dirty Gentleman / Jon Bongly / Castro / Fresh Dixie Project / Madame Electrifie / Tim Arisu / Phat Bollards / The Ouse Valley Singles Club / Dirty Old Folkers / Rogora Khart / Hot Tin Roofs / The Lounge Kittens / Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band / The Black Kat Boppers / Lunatrix / DJR / A Ray Of Charles /Temple Funk Collective / El-Camino / The Recks / Imperial Works / Big Red Ass / Mr Tea and the Minions / Noah’s House Band / Freakeasy Cabaret / Swing Dance Classes

TRENCHTOWN (The Lion’s Den, Hidden Woods, Tangled Roots)

Jimmy Cliff / The Wailers / Lady Saw / UK Allstars: Congo Natty, Tippa Irie, Daddy Freddy, Top Cat, General Levy, Tenorfly, Sweetie Irie, Congo Dubz and Nanci & Phoebe / Raggasonic / Chronixx & Zinc / Fence Redemption / Warrior King / Easy Star Allstars: Dub Side Of The Moon / Irie Maffia / The Skints / Dawn Penn / Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band / Robbo Ranx w/ Stylo G + Sister Nancy / Hollie Cook / Brushy One String / Raging Fyah / Ed Solo / Aries b2b Marcus Visionary ft Navigator MC / Benny Page & Mc Sye / Daddy Skitz & Rodney P present ‘Original Fever’. A UK Hip Hop Reggae Showcase, Million Dan, Deadly Hunta, Darrison, Buggsy plus special guests / Trojan Soundsytem / Iration Steppas / Channel One / The Heatwave / Mungos Hi-fi ft Parly B & Charlie P / Soom T / Wrongtom & Ragga Twins / Vic Ruggerio (The Slackers) / Don Letts / Poirier / Jus Now / Pama International / YT & Mr Williamz & The Inner Heart Band / Mouse Outfit feat. Dr Syntax & Sparkz / Digital Nyabinghi / Liondub / Jacky Murda / onlyjoe / Nick Manasseh & Brother Culture / Dubkasm & Solo Banton / Max Powa & Tuffist / Uzimon / By The Rivers / Capitol 1212 / The Drop / Dubheart / Red I Hi-Fi feat. Fox & Kathika / Slowly Rolling Camera / Illbilly Hitech / Barley Mob / Talisman / UNIT 137 / Dub Smugglers / Lionpulse / Dutty Inspectors / Blackstar Dub Collective / Captain Accident / Danny T & Tradesman / Ed West & Parly B / Kelvin 373 & Gardna / Kayanites / One Roots / Shanty / Bahia / Steel City Rhythm / Trinity Lo-Fi / Derw The Damaja / Backyard Rhythm Orchestra / Ben Russell And The Charmers

WHISTLERS GREEN (The Old Mines & Fl)

Tinariwen / Bellowhead / Afro Celt Sound System / Playing For Change / Eliza Carthy / Chas & Dave / Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit / Dub FX / The Bad Shepherds / Treacherous Orchestra / Sam Lee & Friends / 3 Daft Monkeys / Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate / Dizraeli & The Small Gods / Beans On Toast / Skinny Lister / La Chiva Gantiva / Urban Folk Quartet / Diving For Sunken Treasure / Rupa & The April Fishes / The John Langan Band / John Fairhurst / The Babar Luck World Citizen Folk Band / London Afrobeat Collective / Afriquoi / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / Roberta Pia (The Banana Sessions) / CoCo and the Butterfields / Gentlemen Of Few / Katy Carr / Aelfen / Firepit Collective / Animanz / Los Pelos Rizos / They Say Jump / Ichi / Rachel Dadd / Nubiyan Twist / Lily & Meg / The Odd Folk / Dirty Old Folkers / The Fontanas / Toby Thompson / Rumba de Bodas / Perkie / Afro Cluster / Pachango / Miss Maud’s Folly / Gypsy Rebel Rabble / Poor Old Dogs / Rusty Shackle / Jess McAllister / La Morte Subite / Ratbags / Adam Kammerling / Wandering Word Poetry Slam

WILD WEST (Rusty Spur & Crazy Calamities)

Hayseed Dixie / Alabama 3 / Son of Dave/ Pronghorn / Boot Hill Allstars / Rob Heron And The Teapad Orchestra / Cut A Shine Hoedown / Wille and The Bandits / Stompin Dave Allen / Grizzly & The Grasshoppers / The Skimmity Hitchers/ Winter Mountain / The Vagaband/ CC Smugglers / Dirty Cello / JohnnyCage! & The Voodoo Groove / The Doghouse Boat Boys / Chicken Shed Zeppelin / Howlin’ Lord / Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8 / Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Company / Screamin’ Miss Jackson and the Slap Ya Mama Big Band / The Montgomerys / The Paper Trains / The Jimmy Hillbillies / Feral Mouth/ land of the giants/ Smiley & The Underclass / Captain Accident / Love Street / The Buffalo Skinners / The Recks/ Crinkle Cuts/ Solko/ Cut Capers/ Carnivala! / Slightly Offensive Steve / The Inexplicables/ Beneath the Reef/ Tree House Fire/ Junior Bill and the Scallies / Shanty / The Piratones/ Backyard Rhythm Orchestra / Broken Boat/ La Mort Subite/ House Of Commoners / Fat Sandwich / Ben Russell And The Charmers / Josephine and The Artizans / Fast Decline / Gecko

BARRIO LOCO (Circa Ballie & Poco Loco)

Eats Everything / Boddika / Special Request / Friend Within / Dub Phizix & Strategy / Ms Dynamite / Kry Wolf / Stanton Warriors / Mele’ & Slick Don / Zed Bias / Om Unit / My Nu Leng / Swindle & Royal T / Kahn & Neek / Sam Binga & Redders / DJ Champion / Chimpo / The Busy Twist / Dr Meaker / Lady Leshurr / Mystro & Cut La Vis / Skitz Vs Sammy B Sides / The Mouse Outfit feat. Dr Syntax & Sparkz / JFB / Buggsy / Lazy Habits / Skittles (Live Band) / Dizraeli & Downlow / Problem Child / Pete Cannon / Mr Woodnote Feat Fernquest + Lil Rhys / Jman / Double Drop / The Allergies / Sophistafunk / The Scribes / Subculture Sage / Granville Sessions / Endoflevelbaddie / The Fire Beneath The Sea / Mr Phormula Feat. Dybl & DJ E-Ratik / Gardna / Kimberely Newell / Jives (Boom Bap/Sensi-Tize)

DOWNTOWN (The Body Shop, Leisure Centre, Arcadia, ASBO Disco)

Tipper / Black Sun Empire / Opiuo / Aphrodite / Rockwell / Proxy / Audio / Optiv & Btk / Altern8 / Freefall Collective / Atomic Drop / Ray Keith & Carasel MC / Slipmatt & Billy Bunter / 2 Bad Mice / Slamboree Soundsystem / Sub Slayers Takeover (King Yoof & Jay Cunning) / Cause 4 Concern / Bong Ra / North Base / Odjbox / Itchy & Skratchy / Machine Code / Chris Liberator / Dj Producer B2b Death Machine / Se7en Deadly Breaks / Krossbow / Defunk / Caski / Benton / Amy Becker / B-Side / Shepdog / Jinx In Dub / Turntable Dubbers / Mr Benn / Jam Baxter & Dirty Dike / Uncle Dugs / Rowland The Bastard / Panacea / Detest
Weekend residency passes are currently priced from £150 plus BF.


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