The first big wave of acts have been revealed for Boomtown Fair - Chapter 12: New Beginnings - which takes place at Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester in Hampshire from Wednesday 12th until Sunday 16th August 2020.
New for 2020 is ‘State of Emergency’, a brand new multi-stage site-wide show that is set to unfold throughout the duration of the festival, delving deep into the overarching storyline, as well as question where we are as a society and how, if possible, we can find a route to ‘New Beginnings’, perfectly circling back to the Chapter 12 title. Although the full details about how Boomtown will create this multi-stage spectacular will not be released until the festival, it is described as: “A high energy, theatrical spectacular of circus and performance, as well as boundary-pushing sound design, technology and special effects to create a 360 degree experience across multiple stages and areas. Curated by Boomtown production and theatrical teams, as well as circus troupes from across the world, the Boomtown story will unfold on an unrivalled scale throughout the 5-days…’ Boomtown Organisers
Aside from the in depth storyline, incredible stage sets, and production, the music appearing across the 27 main stages includes hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan, grime pioneer Kano, Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Mura Masa, there's The Libertines in the Town Centre, the return of reggae legend Damian Marley, a debut appearance from hip hop royalty De La Soul, and funk-disco pioneers Kool & the Gang. There's Kelis on the Lion's Den, Australian trio Pendulum Trinity to perform their brand new state of the art show on RELIC. The NUCLEUS stage will see three of techno and electronic music’s biggest names hosting live performances nightly with experimental fusion artist Squarepusher; Underworld celebrating their 40th year, along with Orbital.
Other highlights include; Princess Nokia, living legend Candi Staton, Boomtown stalwarts The Selecter, the hauntingly beautiful R&B, hip hop, folk, and electronic sounds of Sudan Archives, New Orleans soulful and funk-filled story tellers Tank & the Bangas, the politically acute messages of Akala, New York disco queen Evelyn 'Champagne' King, London based Afro funk fusion collective Ibibio Sound Machine, plus rising stars neo-soul Biig Piig, and Greentea Peng, and Mongolian throat singing heavy metal act The Hu.
Another 160+ acts have also just been released delving further into 27 main stages throughout the 12 different districts that make up the cityscape of Boomtown’s multi-genre fiesta. These cover; folk, metal, world, roots, reggae, ska, neo soul, post punk, balkan, hip hop, jazz, two-tone, Americana, soundsystem culture, techno and house, DnB, to name but a few!
Other artists include; The High Contrast Band, Caravan Palace, Sugarhill Gang & Furious 5, The Four Owls, Dilated Peoples, Too Many Zooz, Biig Piig, MY BABY, Flogging Molly, Skindred, Protoje, David Rodigan and the Outlook Orchestra, Collie Buddz, Adrian Sherwood Ft. Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Horace Andy, Jungle Cakes, Trojan Records ft. Dawn Penn, Dub FX, The Skints, plus Mad Professor X Gaudi x General Levy.
Representing the broad span of house and techno are; The Black Madonna, Maceo Plex, Eats Everything b2b Monika Kruse, Denis Sulta B2B Mella Dee, Moodymann, Helena Hauff. With takeovers from the likes of Glitterbox and Little Gay Brother. As well as Gerd Janson, Joey Negro, Nightmares on Wax, Horse Meat Disco, Luke Solomon, and Crazy P (DJ set).
There's loads more announced, and loads more to announced. For the details as available please see the line-up page..
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
standard adult Thursday entry: £254 (final price £264)
standard adult with Wednesday upgrade: £274 (final price £284)
public-transport Wednesday entry: £249 (final price £269)
car parking: £26
Those aged 12 and under are free but require a ticket.
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