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BoomTown Fair 2014

07.Aug.14 @ 11:00 - 10.Aug.14 @ 23:00


Now in its sixth year the festival will offer an array of music, theatre, comedy, art, and Arcadia. BoomTown Fair is a music, arts and family festival that takes place at Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, Hampshire, and will run from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th August 2014, with perhaps Wednesday open for early arrivals.

The main stage line-up will consist of ska and party bands from around the world, with the other live music stages offering cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae, dub and country and western. Plus loads of cabaret, comedy, spoken word, a range of stages, an anarchist theatre, lots of site art and many areas to explore with plenty of catering options, all the normal facilities you’d expect at a festival and a massive emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives. All attendees are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress, the fancier the better!


2014 lineup highlights: The Cat Empire, NOFX, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Shaggy, The Skatalites, Tinariwen, Bellowhead, New Model Army, Alabama 3, Lady Saw, Raggasonic, Afro Celt Sound System, Playing For Change, Babylon Circus UK Allstars (World Debut) Featuring: Congo Natty & Friends, Russkaja, Tipper, Eats Everything, Boddika, Special Request, Chronixx & Zinc Fence Redemption, Warrior King, Dub FX, Easy Star All Stars: Dub Side Of The Moon, Hayseed Dixie, Chas n Dave, The Toasters, Hot 8 Brass Band, Tape Five, The Dreadnoughts [Dunklebunt] & The Secret Swing Society, The Skints, Mungo’s Hifi, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Eliza Carthy, The Bad Shepherds Treacherous Orchestra, Molotov Jukebox, Friend Within, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Ms Dynamite, Kry Wolf, Stanton Warriors, Black Sun Empire, Melé & Slick Don.

City Districts:

TrenchTown: Boasts the best in dub, reggae, dancehall and jungle, but also possibly three of the most notable stages that any one district alone has to offer, with The Lion’s Den 40ftAztec temple, Tangled Roots forest party and the Hidden Woods sun-drenched clearing.

Whistlers Green: Recently been upgraded and rejuvenated. This culture oozing zone of BoomTown is on hand to soothe your aching soul with some of the very best this globe has to offer in folk, blues and world music, all within its very own main stage, The Old Mines.

Mayfair Avenue: The hub of high class with its swanky electro-swing clubs and live swing bands, venues include; The Ballroom, The Gentlemen’s Club, The Bandstand and Bump (Roller Disco).

OldTown: Beyond the hustle and bustle of the Town Centre, it houses the ramshackle remnants of the glory days amongst the dilapidated buildings of the once thriving port of BoomTown’s rise to greatness. Venues include the Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship.

KidzTown: A mecca of mischief and make-believe, this year the much loved mini-festival within a festival has had a growth spurt with a brand new Sandcastle Stage and a plethora of upgraded activities for the little Boomers to get fully lost in! Situated between OldTown and Whistlers Green with family camping close by.

Wild West: Amongst the dusty streets and housed in the rickety buildings of this freshly re-discovered area of BoomTown, the ultimate in Hillbilly, Bluegrass, Cajun, Yehaa, Cowpunk, Dirty Blues and of course Scrumpy & Western can be found in the Rusty Spurstage and Crazy Calamities saloon.

Barrio Loco: The winning district at the 2013 elections, showcases dirty bass in its multitude of venues including Poco Loco & Circo Baile.

ChinaTown: Filled with the most ‘avin it levels of punk: ska punk, rockin’ punk, folk punk and polka punk, as well as a healthy dollop of ‘hell jazz‘n’roll’ thrown in for good measure! The venues include the ChinaTown Courtyard and Devil Kicks Dancehall.

DownTown: Hosts some of the most popular venues for late night shenanigans includingArcadia, BoomBox, the Dance Off, The Bodyshop and ASBO Disco.



The Matterley Bowl
Matterley Estate
Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HW United Kingdom
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