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BoomTown Fair

Posted on the 27 September 2013 by Realalereview @real_ale_review

When: Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th August 2014
Where: The Bowl, Matterley Estate, near. Winchester, Hampshire

BoomTown Fair is a music, arts and family festival that takes place at Matterley Bowl, near Winchester, Hampshire, and will run from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th August 2013, with perhaps Wednesday open for early arrivals.

Summer is in the air at BoomTown HQ… With last week’s first dollop of astonishing acts announced including; Reel Big Fish, Alborosie and Tanya Stephens the festival spirit is riding high, and now BoomTown are on the brink of combustion by announcing the next batch of summertime vibemasters! Ready and raring to take over the Town Centre as the Sunday Night headliner are French electro swing supremo’s Caravan Palace, whilst over on the Arcadia stage fellow Parisians, Dirtyphonics will be bashing out their mighty combination of electro, dubstep and drum & bass. Meanwhile Natty will be bringing his chilled out sunshine reggae to the Lion’s Den for a welcome Saturday afternoon rest-bite in preparation for the heavy tunes on Saturday night, from the mighty Jack Beats at Bassline Circus.

On top of these three top of the bill acts, BoomTown have ensnared the following additions to the line-up: For the ska, swing, punk, rockabilly stages BoomTown is pleased to welcome back The Beat and Dub Pistols, along with The Slackers, Gadjo, Sick Note, Pronghorn, Sonic Boom 6, Swing Zazuou and Gypsy Hill. New for the ragga, dub and dancehall stages will be Bush Chemists, Serial Killaz, Laid Blak, Jaya the Cat, The Barley Mob, Demonlition Man and many more… On the serious rave and bass heavy venues such as Arcadia and Bassline Circus, additions to the line-up include, Chris Liberator B2B Dave the Drummer, Shy FX, JFB, SL2 (live) and Ed Solo and many, many other bassline bashers!


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Going in to its 5thth year, BoomTown is unlike any other festival: the legend of BoomTown tells it was once a small but prosperous retreat now overhauled into a land of lawless rebels, with only the town official’s to uphold its former glory. The 2011 heavily themed event saw the festival sell out for a third time in its three year history with the festival goers brining as much of the entertainment to the show as the organisers.

With so much packed into the huge mock town, last year’s highlights included; high octane headline performance from Gogol Bordello, more reggae, dub and ska then you can shake a stick at, dance-offs, marriages and body crunching bass round the clock from Bassline Circus and The Lion’s Den as well as all the hidden gems scattered around the town in tiny nooks and crannies, eccentric side streets and secret alleyways!


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