Boomtown has announced the latest news and line up for their thigh slapping, swashbuckling district, Oldtown. With a brand new immersive main stage created for gypsy jazz at it’s most hyperactive, this theatrical zone pulls together all the outrageously enjoyable outcasts in a melting pot of intrigue and surprise! Each avenue leads to a new adventure with no hint at the destination until explorers arrive, slap bang in the middle of a high-energy Balkan dance or a travelling circus troupe in the most interactive area on site!

Wandering through the fully animated experience of Oldtown courtesy of The Invisible Circus, ‘residents’ are warned to be prepared for an exploratory attack the senses! Each set ascends high into the skyline and even more performers will be populating second storey balconies. For anyone keen to find out more about the work that goes into creating the backstory and theatrical experience that Boomtown has become know for Check out this short but sweet mini-doc here

Since the festival’s gates last opened, Oldtown’s Jolly Dodger pirate ship stage has been reclaimed by the sea, revealing the long forgotten majesty of the Oldtown Port, the new main stage for revelry in Oldtown. All set to grace the port this year is; Ukrainian Los Colorados re-imagined modern pop in their own fusion of barmy Balkan. Spanish septet Sonido Vegetal jump through chord changes during impressively dynamic sets and contagious gypsy funk riffs are supplied by The Worldly Savages. Skipping through tempo and time signatures, This Way To Egress marry jazz with cabaret in a set full of surprises, the UFOslavians bring infectious foot-tapping Balkan from outer space to planet Earth and Swedish folk punk band Crash Nomada meld thrash and jazz…it shouldn’t work, but it does! And London label Batov Records will also be commandeering the stage with a takeover of some of the best in gypsy funk this side of Europe.

Saunter down Buskers Wharf and discover an eccentric collection of characters and mind-bending talents. Musical cabarets and theatrical sideshows are but a stone’s throw away. After a highly successful UK tour Australian troupe The Syndicate Show return with a performance packed with breathtaking circus antics sandwiched between eye-watering one-liners. My Bad Sister, identical twins embodying a bizarre blend of princess pigtails and cockney swag match big bass with synchronised dance moves in a thoroughly eye-catching display. Pooling the many aspects of theatre and music together Pyratrix Circus provide a show not to be missed. One part function room musician one part tuneless crooner, offbeat double act Ramshackaliscious invite disaster and The Brother’s Swag, Mr Jeff and Sir Hoops Alot, delight street dwellers throughout.

Moving on to Oldtown’s street venues, top of the upgrade pile is The Inconvenience Superstore (BANG HAI PLC) where you can find everything you never wanted… Long standing eccentric employers The Job Centre will be ‘doling’ out menial tasks to those willing to degrade, Grandma’s Living Room will be supplying beats and Battenberg for one of the rowdier tea parties and the Postal Posse encourage all opening of stranger’s letters at the only postal service in town, promising un-guaranteed never day delivery!

Oldtown is the eighth of Boomtown’s district line up announcements, with the Barrio Loco up next Wednesday! Check out all previous line up posters on the website here.

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