Boomtown Announce First Wave of Acts






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With the beast of Arcadia cementing its roots in Boomtown for this year’s
festival; we can now reveal the first batch of acts confirmed on the
monstrous line up. The first six to be announced are; MOBO award winner
Alborosie, ska-punk supremo’s Reel Big Fish, legendary Jamaican Godfathers
of ska The Skatalites, Jamaica’s number one female reggae artist Tanya
Stephens, the indo-dub basslines of Asian Dub Foundation and the gypsy-punk
global fusions of Balkan Beat Box. With a bounty of other heavy hitting,
bass bashing, rock-n-romping acts firmly secured on the bill for Boomtown
2012, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what will be the maddest fair
in the land!


With Alborosie topping the first of Boomtown’s line-up announcements, this
is a sign of very good things to come! Knocking Damian Marley and Nas out of
the running for the Best Reggae Act at the 2011 MOBO awards, Alborosie
continues to go from strength to strength. First hitting the music scene
back in the early 90’s with his band The Reggae National Tickets, this
Sicilian born Rastafarian has won over critics and fans alike throughout his
career, both as a band and later as a solo artist. His ascent to fame came
with his debut album Soul Pirate which hosted some of his top hits including
the mighty ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Kingdom of Zion’. Revellers will need to
strap-in as Alborosie’s set will be amplified by Boomtown’s legendary
soundsystem where the bass will be ballistic and the lyrics lethal!


With their big hitting tunes ‘Sell Out’ and ‘I want your girlfriend to be my
girlfriend’; Reel Big Fish were the heavy weights of the Ska-punk revival in
the mid to late 90’s. Known for their hyperkinetic stage shows, mischievous
humour and reworking of new-wave classics, Reel Big Fish won over
underground and mainstream audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and
beyond. Boomtown is the perfect pond for Reel Big Fish, and the town centre
has more than enough gusto to stage these larger than life showmen!


‘The Skatalites’ is a name that needs no introduction for ska and reggae
fans. More than a band, The Skatalites were and are an institution, a
collection of world class musicians who didn’t just define the sound of
Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the ’50s and ’60s. Reforming
in the mid 80’s they have been touring and recording ever since. Favourites
on the UK festival circuit, these stalwarts of Jamaican Ska are true
professionals and put on an awe-inspiring show and spread sunshine at every


Reggae songstress Tanya Stephens is one of the most popular female recording
artists to come out of Jamaica in recent years. Bursting onto the dancehall
scene with an arresting sound, she quickly proved she could more than handle
herself within this predominantly male vocation. Over the years she’s grown
into her position and delivered some of the most topical, insightful lyrics
in reggae. With ‘It’s a Pity’ Tanya achieved international recognition as a
leading reggae / dancehall artist. Boomtown cannot wait to get winding and
grinding with this crowd-pleasing goddess of gutsy lyricism!


Asian Dub Foundation are all set to bring their unique blend of rapcore,
dub, dancehall and raga with a hefty punk influence to the streets of
Boomtown. Often hailed as the 90’s version of the Clash or Sex Pistols, ADF
have always pioneered their political ideals through a heavy bassline and
pounding drum. Also set to headline Boomtown 2012 is the whirling
boundary-less sounds of Balkan Beat Box. This trio put a modern twist on
Mediterranean folk music combing horns, reggae vocals and hip hop drums into
one almightily energetic mix up of genre spanning funk!


In addition to these top names, there are loads more big hitting and
underground gems booked for so far for Boomtown, please see below for a
breakdown of all acts booked via genres…


SKA, SWING, PUNK, ROCKABILY – explosion in the Town Centre and Devil Kicks
dancehall stages:

Reel Big Fish / The Skatalites / Asian Dub Foundation / Balkan Beatbox / The
Slackers / Movits / Dunkelbunt Babyhead / Urban Voodoo Machine / The Meteors
/ Batmobile / Mad Sin / Molotov Jukebox / The Filiments


RAGGA, DUB, DANCEHALL – on the UK’s biggest reggae stage:

Alborsie / Tanya Stephens / Gappy Ranks /Jah Shaka / David Rodigan / Zion
Train / Makka B / Trojan Sound System / South Rakkas Crew / Blak Twang /
Mungos Hifi /Channel One / The Heatwave / General Levy / Lady Chan / Soom T


SERIOUS RAVE AND BASS HEAVY MUSIC – Arcadia and Bassline Circus:

Kill the Noise / Caspa / Stanton Warriors / DJ Hype, Breakage / 16 Bit /
Benny Page / Marcus Visionary / Roska / The Nextmen / Plump DJ’s / Krafty
Kuts / Racknruin / Foamo / Far Too Loud / Engine Earz / Dub Phizix / Tomb
Crew / Freestylers / Dub Mafia / Slamboree


Keep your ear to the ground for the next huge line up announcement for the
Arcadia and Bassline Circus to come next week…


BoomTown 2012 is over the weekend of 9 – 12th August, for more info or to
buy tickets please visit:




Date: 9th – 11th August 2012

Location: Matterly Estate, Winchester

Ticket Price:

Tier 3 weekend ticket: £109 (+£5 eco deposit) – LIMITED

Tier 4 weekend ticket: £116 (+£5 eco deposit) – ON SALE

Tier 1 weekend ticket: £97 (+£5 eco deposit) – SOLD OUT

Tier 2 weekend ticket: £85 (+£5 eco deposit) – SOLD OUT

Tickets Available at


Going in to its 4th 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!


Arcadia first came into existence in 2007, spawned from an ambitious group
of craftsmen whose imaginations border on madness! Over the past five years
it has evolved into a multifaceted entity drawing an ever growing number of
eccentric brains, skills and visionaries into the mix. Already a mainstay
fixture at some of the UK and Ireland’s leading festivals such as
Glastonbury, Bestival and Electric Picnic; the Arcadia machine is galvanised
by the audience’s reaction to this untamed beast that wreaks havoc
where-ever it treads!

For the past three years at Glastonbury, Arcadia has been given free reign
over their own field. Slotted in next to the likes of Shangri-La and Block
9, they have been given the space and opportunity to develop, attempt and
achieve the unimaginable. This year at BoomTown, Arcadia will be taking over
a whole zone of the town with Sci-Fi, flame throwing, smoke blasting, fully
moving structures complete with exclusively designed sets and gravity
defying aerial trapeze shows!


Punk, rock, burlesque, gypsy blues in an imaginary wild frontier town – The
Daily Telegraph

This 10,000 capacity, escapist festival promises a site that resembles a
fairy tale town – The Sunday Times

BoomTown truly is great if you love bass heavy music, with plenty to explore
if you don’t. It’s getting better every year – The Brighton Source

‘Best Value Festival’ – Skint Magazine

A diverse world party is the order of the day at BoomTown with its top class
bill of ska, cabaret, folk, reggae, dub and rave – Toast Magazine

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