When: 10th-13th August
Who: The Specials, M.I.A., Cypress Hill, Ziggy Marley, Frank Turner
Price: £202 (incl. camping)
Boomtown Fair has only been around since 2009, and despite such a short lifespan, it’s quickly established itself as a driving force within the UK festival scene. With Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds the go-to festivals here in Britain, the likes of Boomtown need to distance themselves from the ‘just some stages in a field’ train of thought, in doing so they’ve created an all-out celebration of the arts that simply can’t be replicated. Last year, having narrowly missed out on Best Festival of the year, Boomtown was the worthy recipient of the best festival experience of the year.
Boomtown is renowned for its extravagant appreciation of all art forms- this isn’t just a few stages in a field, and Boomtown isn’t just a cool name. Split up into nine different ‘districts’, each more elaborate than the last, Boomtown’s fields and stages each carry a theme, aura and vibe, from ‘the mosaic of senses’ found at ChinaTown, to the Mad Max-recalling Scrapyard. With each district or stage featuring a intricately curated lineup to fit the vibe of the area, each part of the festival is a completely new experience in itself.
At the Town Centre, a stage acting as the hub and main area of the festival, are world-renowned ska pioneers The Specials, who will be making their debut headline appearance at this year’s event. Set to perform following the release of her fifth and supposedly final album, the infamous M.I.A. will be headlining Saturday night, while California hip-hop legends Cypress Hill secure a Sunday night headline appearance. Also set to perform at this year’s Boomtown are Ziggy Marley, Arrested Development, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Toots & The Maytals, Loyle Carner, Skindred, and one of my personal favourites- The Original Blues Brothers Band.
Fans of electronic music, of any kind, are also in for a treat, with a wide variety of DJs, soundsystems, MCs, and collectives all booked in at Boomtown 2017. Looking to please fans of drum and bass, house, garage, techno, jungle, electronica, big beat and more, among the names are the likes of Shy FX, Caspa, My Nu Leng, Slipmatt, Toddla T, Redlight, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Utah Saints, and Boys Noize.
Boomtown doesn’t just give you a platform to listen to some music, it gives you an entire community to celebrate with, all under the drape of freedom, expression, independence, peace and love. Through ska, folk, reggae, punk, disco, jazz, bass, jungle, techno and more, Boomtown is the place to appreciate this boundary-pushing convergence of art forms.
Tickets available here- www.boomtownfair.co.uk