Boomtown announces brand new Bang Hai Mega Stage for 2017

Never ones to shy away from an innovative set build Boomtown’s Chapter 9: Behind the Mask, will welcome a new mega stage for all in attendance. After dropping the bombshell of the demise of Bang Hai Palace at the end of last year’s event, the ever ambitious festival have just released news of the freshly rebuilt, Bang Hai Towers. A completely remodelled and redesigned centrepiece for the Downtown area of the festival, which has been mysteriously ‘donated’ to the city by the prolific corporation, Bang Hai Industries, this all new communications complex is a fitting substitute for the once beloved Palace, with sound systems stacked to the sky ready to host world leaders in bass, garage, grime and drum & bass. Watch the full line up video here

Kicking off proceedings on Friday evening, London label and grime pioneers Butterz present a massive takeover with; Elijah & Skilliam whose bassline inspired grime is mixed to perfection; Swindle will be bringing his signature slow-burning build ups resulting in the most devastating drops. One grime’s most recognisable collectives, Heartless Crew will be shelling out classics from start to finish and DJ Luck & MC Neat will be bringing old school garage to the stage.

Saturday will see a first time ever, world exclusive three-hour set, courtesy of beat heavy Bristol duo My Nu Leng playing alongside TQD made up of three of the most exciting DJ’s on the scene right now: Royal-T x DJ Q x Flava D. An inspiring set for dubstep fans everywhere comes in the form of the legendary Rusko in a rare UK appearance. Dance heavy bass music is in supply from festival favourite Redlight and funky house courtesy of Murder He Wrote playing B2B with Roska. Sunday goes back to the roots with a massive drum & bass takeover from Exit Records, one of the most forward thinking labels in the genre, with devastating sets from D-Bridge, Skeptical, Alix Perez, Fracture, and SP:MC.

After three solid months of stage releases, over 500 acts announced across nearly 30 stages and nine districts, a huge spectrum of musical genres and workshops have been revealed. The next announcement to watch out for from this totally unique festival will be about where the storyline will take it’s adventurous festival attendees in Chapter 9: Behind The Mask! Watch this space…

Tickets available from here
Tier 1 – £155.00 Sold Out
Tier 2 – £170.00 Sold Out
Tier 3 – £195.00 Buy here
Teen Tickets – £155.00
12s and under – FREE

Bang Hai
Black Sun Empire / Break / Butterz Takeover – Swindle, Elijah & Skilliam, Champion and MC Serious / DJ Cartier / Dj luck & Mc Neat / Exit Records presents…D-Bridge, Skeptical, Alix Perez, Fracture SP:MC / Heartless Crew / Holy Goof / My Nu Leng & Dread Mc B2B TQD / Redlight / Roska B2B Murder He Wrote / Rusko / Skepsis

FULL LINE UP SO FAR:

TRENCHTOWN:
Lion’s Den
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

Hidden Woods
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

Tangled Roots
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

WHISTLERS GREEN:
The Windmill
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

Floating Lotus
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

Sandcastle Stage
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

WILD WEST:
Old Mines
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

Rusty Spurs
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

Crazy Calamities
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)

CHINATOWN:
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

Chinatown Courtyard
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

Freak Boutique
Autonomads / One Eyed God / Rev Schnider and His Band of Angels / Petrol Bastard

Town Centre
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

Oldtown Port
Los Colorados / Sonido Vegetal / Worldly Savages / This Way To The Egress / UFOslavians / Crash Nomada / Gypsy Ska Orquesta / Los Kamer / Batov Records Takeover: Kaligola Disco Bazar, Gypsy Hill, Chavo, Kool Tur, The Discount Orchestra, The Din, Cherry Bandora, DJ Kobayashi / Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags / Seas Of Mirth / Buffo’s / Wake / Ushti Baba / Solana / Balkan Hotsteppers / El Gadze / Poor Old Dogs / Aelfen / Forest Of Fools / The Balkanoes / Infinite Collective / The Dead Maggies / Balkan / Wanderers / The Folkestra / Hedge Gods

Buskers Wharf
The Syndicate Sideshow / My Bad Sister / Pyratrix Circus / Ramshackliscious / Daniella D’Ville and Big Grey / Francesca Mari / Street Milk / Chasing Whiskey / Sarah Slater / Stickleback Plasticus / Molly Orange / Charlie Bicknell / The Crew / Georgie Price / Antonia Gonzalez / The Brothers Swag / Backyard Rhythm Orchestra / Gynormous Rawkus / Rasking Bobo / Jeremy Tuplin / MaxFire / Matt Valentine / Lou Dacques / Anthony Jaquin / Marcus Lewis / Head hackers / Allan huge shame / Jay Smift / Ulysses / MissRadida / Misstress vex / Sister Strange / Kristina Carpe Diem / Postal Posse / Pridy Rose Tattoo / Jack the Clipper / People’s Front Room / Twisted Fairground / Gypsy Disco / Grandma’s Living Room / Rimski’s Scrapyard / Thomas Crook /The inconvenience superstore (BANG HAI PLC) / Shamrock / Smugglers Den / Da Graaff’s Reformatory / The Library/ Doris Doos Olbitchuary Office / Lucky Cat Musement / Zodiac Disco Klub / Boomtown Bobbies / Behind Bars / The Job Centre

Psychedelic Forest
Astrix / Ace Ventura / Berg / GAUDI / Juno Reactor / Ott & The All-Seeing I

DSTRKT5:
Poco Loco
AJ Tracey / Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts / Dea Players Vs Problem Child / Donae’O / Elf Kid / Loyle Carner / MC Taiwan / Ocean Wisdom / The Four Owls

Vamos
Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison / Boddika / Bodhi / Booka Shade / Boys Noize / Carl Craig / Dave Clarke / Dusky / House Gospel Choir / Monki / Solardo / Alfresco Disco / Shapes

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

Robotika
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

SECTOR 6:
Mefjus B2B Emperor / Shogun Audio Takeover / Shy FX / The Heatwave / Toddla T

WHAT THE PRESS SAID 2016:

“Visually impressive, with its niche subcultures pulling the crowds, this fantastical theme-park festival rocked the house” – The Times

“Fans in their thousands flocked to the Lion’s Den stage to catch an exhilarating performance by Sunday’s headliner Damian Marley” – Guardian

“Winchester’s Matterley Bowl was transformed into a celebration of the most bizarre and adventurous elements of UK festival culture, [Boomtown] once again made a grab for the crown prize of festival production” – Crack Magazine

“Boomtown will blow your mind and transport you back to the magical make-believe world of childhood” – Festival Kidz


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.