Boomtown has just announced the full music lineup and activities for the Whistlers Green area of the festival. With over 100 different workshops, skills and crafts on offer, as well as all the acts for the new Windmill stage, hosting some of the finest jazz, world fusion and roots reggae acts on the circuit right now, including; Gilles Peterson, Benjamin Zephainia, Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin. Kidztown will be showcasing acts from across the festival with it’s own main stage, Sandcastle Stage, with the likes of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Beans on Toast, Sam & the Womp performing tailor-made family friendly sets for all.
Whistlers Green, perched atop Matterley Estate on the very westerly tip of the South Downs National Park, requires very little adjustment to create the perfect space for tranquility of mind, body and soul. Immersed in the surroundings’ natural beauty, it is the ideal space to learn about nature and traditional skills. The workshops and activities on offer range from master classes in; blacksmithing, jewellery making, rocket stove building, chainsaw carving, willow weaving, geodomes, glass blowing, pottery, to upcycling and delicious chocolate making! As well as a vast array of circus, music, play and dance workshops plus a healing area for recuperation for the mind, body and soul.
The Kidztown area hosts an array of spaces to learn, play and relax. Main activities include the Forest School with Art Play Environment Project, Horwood Coombe Forest School and some additional sessions provided by experts from South Downs National Park. The Kidztown Street will be hosting a plethora of immersive role playing adventures at the Post Office, Rat-a-tat-tat Tattoo & Facepainting Parlour, The Piggy Bank and Pet Shop with a brand new immersive venue for Chapter 9, The Rusty Workshop, teaching mechanical skills, woodwork, metalwork & craft in a fully interactive workshop set.
Another new addition to Kidztown, the Science Tent hosted by the SAW Trust, will be bringing science focussed art and creative writing, Marvellous Medicine Potion Making and a Photo-booth designed by a competition winner (competition to launch at end of March). The Krafty Kids tent will be hosting T-shirt printing, messy play, mosaic making, Super Pirates and Touretteshero workshop. Along with all the fun in the Circus Big Top with Panic Family Circus workshops; trapeze, circus skills, hula hoop, bubble making & puppet shows.
Huge upgrades to the family camping area now encompass spacious meadows and a free family shuttle running between family camping and the closest car park, as well as a dedicated shuttle throughout the duration of the festival from Kidztown to the Town Centre stage. Usual family facilities are available in Kidztown in the Baby Yurt & Lazy Lounge providing baby play, milk warming and changing facilities and under 5s soft-play.
Over to music, Kidztown’s Sandcastle Stage is bursting with fun, and high quality music from around the rest of the festival. From Sam & The Womp’s high energy, electro swing inspired gypsy funk to Kid Carpet’s hip hop esque disco punk, Beans on Toast’s fantastically ranting folk to parodic chap hop from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, this stage is specifically catered for kids as well as their adults and will host comedy, theatre, puppet shows and more throughout the day!
Right next door to Kidztown, the Windmill stage will be continuing family friendly listening with a cream of young UK talents pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz. With acts including; BBC6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX, pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker Benjamin Zephaniah & Revolutionary Minds, atmospheric music, experimental four string ensemble Portico Quartet, minimalist jazz and breakbeat basslines sounds of GoGo Penguin intersect, Soweto Kinch’s carefully arranged horns bridge the gap between jazz and hip hop as well as infectious sounds of The Comet Is Coming, all female septet Nérija, Brazilian Nomad Orchestra, Cuban/Iranian quartet Ariwo and Jesse Royal’s authentic sounds of Jamaican folk represent the many strands of reggae revival artists through the festival.
The Floating Lotus is the more intimate setting for musical discovery in Whistlers Green and will be home to Cardiff harmonisers, Baby Queens, acoustic Bristol trip hop triad Elder Island and the smooth vocals of Anjelo Disons to name but a few. FTo get a feel for the music on offer there is a Floating Lotus video playlist here
The mighty Lion’s Den reggae stage is a short 5 mins walk away where living legends such as The Specials, Toots and the Maytals, Ziggy Marley and M.I.A. will be headlining throughout the festival.
We’re so proud of this area of the festival, so many put such love and dedication into creating this incredible space every year and it’s amazing to see what it’s now become; A beautiful festival within a festival, filled with family and fun whilst retaining all the core festival traditions many of us have grown up with. We’re excited to see where it will go next!
Lak Mitchell – Boomtown co-founder
Boomtown’s headliners lineup has been announced along with five of the festivals’ individual district line ups (to be found here), still to come are the line up announcements for; Sector 6, Old Town, Barrio Loco, Mayfair, Bang Hai and DSTRKT 5.
LINE UP SO FAR:
Gilles Peterson (DJ Set) + Earl Zinger / Dub FX / Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds / Portico Quartet / GoGo Penguin / Soweto Kinch / Sons Of Kemet / The Comet Is Coming / Jesse Royal / Liam Bailey / Mike Love / Brinsley Forde, Founder Of Aswad / Liam Bailey / DJ Format / Nomade Orquestra / Ariwo / Beating Heart / SK Shlomo / United Vibrations / Stagga & Magugu / Laid Blak / Nérija / Afro Cluster / Reggaerobics
Baby Queens / Elder Island / Anjelo Disons / Holly Holden y Su Banda / Kit Hawes and Aaron / Catlow / New Daze / Steamchicken / Stillhouse / The Inexplicables / Kenta Hayashi / Cave Mouth / Dojo / Yusufla / Cara Means Friend / Subgiant / Color Colectif / Tashkezar / First World Pros / The Barefoot Bandit / Animanz / Almatic / Phosphenes / Kid Kosmic / Hoopy Frood / Toddler / Jausme / Just Flynn
Sam & The Womp / Kid Carpet / Beans On Toast / Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer / Zappatron presents the Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest / Junior Jungle / Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra / The Inexplicables / The Tribe / The Brooklyn Healer / Gorilla Breakdance / Ras Bobo
Ziggy Marley / Toots & The Maytals / The Bonner Brothers (Chaka Demus & Pliers, Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Shepherd Bonner) / Mr Vegas / Protoje / Lutan Fyah / Big Youth + U-Roy / Raging Fyah / Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band / Jah9 & The Dub Treatment / Earl Gateshead with Dawn Penn + Soom T / Gentleman’s Dub Club feat. Taiwan MC, Parly B & Eva Lazarus / Channel One / Jus Now / Iba Mahr & Harar Band / Stick Figure / Suns Of Dub / Solo Banton & Horseman with The Upper Cut Band / Ras Kwame / Chainska Brassika
Randy Valentine / Nattali Rize / Kingfisha / Runkus & the Old Skool Bond / Aries / Reggae Roast feat. Brother Culture / Chilean Reggae Ambassadors / Nice Up Takeover feat. Shepdog & Seani T, Mr Benn feat. Lorna King & Gardna, Ghost Writerz feat. Serocee & RTKAL, Blend Mishkin, Red Eye Hi-Fi feat. Fox & Kiva, Cut La Vis, AAA Badboy Vs Dub Boy (Soca Set), Riddim Punx, Origin One & Parly B, Jahkron / By The Rivers / Shanti Powa / Kioko / They Say Jump / Fleck + Selecta-JMan / Kelvin 373 / Kaotic Kartel / Prank Allstars / Urban Lions / Hotsteppas / Midnight Zu
Channel One / DJ Vadim / V.I.V.E.K. / Riddimwize – Rsd & Hippy Lee Feat. Joe Peng / Uncle Dugs / Skitz & Joe Burn Feat. Inja & Jman/Delhi Sultanate (bfr Sound System) / Gold Dubs / Lion Unit (lionpulse + Unit 137) / Danny T Feat / Tradesman & Parly B / Sinai Sound / Real Roots Feat. Ramon Judah / Elektrikal Sound / Jim Bitch / Disorda / Jam Jah Sound Feat. Lionart / Escape Roots / Leo Samson Feat. Shumba Youth / Sleepy Time Ghost & Friends / Hylu Feat. Zico, A.p Grimshaw & Kosher / Ed West / Jago / Galak Spiritual / Hempolics (dj Set) / Evermoor Sound / Sasha Steppa / Rubberdub Sound / Hold Tight Records / Showcase / Samedia Shebeen / Fat Stash / Dub Time
Frank Turner / Alabama 3 / Newton Faulkner / Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band / Kíla / Mbongwana Star / The Wurzels / Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band / Kumbia Queers / Heymoonshaker / Chris Wood / The Furrow Collective / Beans On Toast / Mad Dog McRea / The Breath / La Inedita / 47Soul / Lakuta / Sheelanagig / Showhawk Duo / Noble Jacks / Holy Moly & The Crackers
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind / Ferocious Dog / Rusty Shackle / The Eskies / Moonshine Wagon / Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band / The Boot Hill All Stars / The Black Hearted Riders / Mick O’Toole / Imprints / Surfin’ Birds / True Strays / John D Revelator / Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra / Inbredz / Hightown Crows / Black Water County / Dry White Bones / The Back Wood Redeemers / Hodmadoddery / Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots / Shootin the Crow / Grandpa Joe and the Chicken Livers / Andrews & Hammond / Devils Damn String Band / The Dooks / Sam Raine
Afro Cluster / Sounds Of Harlowe / Captain Accident / Junior Bill / King Punch / The Tribe / Krupa / Primo Nelson / The Iguanas / Agbeko / Basement 83 / Solomento / The Special Brew / 6foot7 / Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra / King Sub / The Sneak Eazies / Matt Montez Duo / The Whiskey Rebellion / Pareidolia / The Hat Club / Solomento / Slim Pickings Band / The King Solomon Band / C**ty Bumpkins / Solid Gone / Kid Kosmic / The Bare Souls / The Wooden Men / Lead Shot Hazard / Bluetown Rumble / Easy Stride Band / Eat The Evidence / The Railway Sleepers
Wrong Side of the Tracks
Dr Meaker (Dj Set) / Phibes Mandidextrous / Selector Spinach / Titan sound Shosh (24 hour Garage Girls) / Dapper Dan / Sinai soundsystem takeover / Pull up collective b2b Monroller / Gorilla Tactics Takeover / Underkind ft. Norfolk MC / Jah Prang b2b Scratch Bandikoot / Tommy D b2b Binksy Super Sunday Funday with Uncle Dugs, Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter & Friends / Hot Cakes VS Tumble Audio Showcase – Cut and Run / DevelopMENT, Fish, Hybrid Theory (Hotcakes) – Lucent b2b Deadbeat UK b2b Hadean b2b Hank Limit feat MC Forca (Tumble)
Devil Kicks Dancehall
Legendary Shack Shakers / King Prawn / Planet Smashers / The Dreadnoughts / The Resignators / Los Fastidios / The Creepshow / Subhumans / Inner Terrestrials / The Filaments
The Generators / Reno Divorce / Blaggers ITA / New Town Kings / JB Conspiracy / Bar stool preachers / Faintest Idea / Petrol Girls / P.A.I.N / Pronghorn / Captain Hotknives / Counting Coins / Wonk Unit / Back to the Planet / China Shop Bull / Matilda’s Scoundrels / Firepit Collective / Pizzatramp / Casual Nausea / Rat Bag / Atterkop / Maid of Ace / Last Gang in Town DJs
The Dualers / Astroid Boys / Maroon Town / Top Cats / Spin Te Ku / Trashtucada / Empatee du Weiss / Cut Capers / Los Albertos / Mad Apple Circus / The Downsetters / Goldmaster Allstars / Nanofish Dippers / Los Dueños / Jeramiah Ferrari / The Turner Brothers / The Stiff Joints / The Meow Meows / Solko / Count Skylarkin / Skata Tones / Town Of Cats / Dub The Earth / Upbeat Sneakers / Big Red Ass / Sea Bass Kid / Unknown Era / Tree House Fire / Cartoon Violence / Millie Manders / Last Edition / The Activators / Just Say Nay
The Last Stand
The Hydropaths / The Brewer’s Daughter / Mercurius Rising / Efa Supertramp / FFTP / Joe Yorke / Fabian Maddison / Will Wood / Tim Loud / Jake and the Jellyfish / John Fairhurst / Perkie / Jake Martin / Nosebleed / Joe Tilston / Adam Kahn
Autonomads / One Eyed God / Rev Schnider and His Band of Angels / Petrol Bastard
Arrested Development / Eskorzo / Hepcat / Hoffmaestro / The Original Blues Brothers Band / Reel Big Fish / Sam & The Womp / The Showhawk Duo / Ska’N’Ska / Skindred / Slightly Stoopid / Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro / Sublime With Rome / Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio’s Furious 5 / Wax Tailor / The Wurzels
Crash Nomada / Los Colorados / UFOSlavians
Astrix / Ace Ventura / Berg / GAUDI / Juno Reactor / Ott & The All-Seeing I
AJ Tracey / Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts / Dea Players Vs Problem Child / Donae’O / Elf Kid / Loyle Carner / MC Taiwan / Ocean Wisdom / The Four Owls
Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison / Boddika / Booka Shade / Boys Noize / Carl Craig / Dave Clarke / Dusky / House Gospel Choir / Monki / Solardo
Bang Hai Tower
Black Sun Empire / Break / Exit Records Takeover / Kill Box / My Nu Leng B2B TQD / Optiv & BTK / Phace / Redlight / Rusko / S.P.Y / The Prototypes
Aphrodite / Caspa / Deekline B2B Ed Solo / Dub Phizix & Strategy / Freestylers / Gutterfunk Takeover (Dj Die, Addison Groove, Dismantle), Loefah / Mampi Swift / Randall / Ray Keith / Schlachthofbronx / Star.One / Storm / Utah Saints
Butterz takeover (Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle & DJ Champion & MC Serious) / DJ Luck & MC Neat / Heartless Crew / Holy Goof / Mefjus B2B Emperor / Shogun Audio Takeover / Shy FX / The Heatwave / Toddla T
Tickets available from www.boomtownfair.co.uk.