I do like the sound of Boomtown Fair. The likes of Toots & The Maytals and Ozomatli will ensure a party vibe while all facets of reggae, drum and bass culture are explored with the likes of Digital Mystikz, Buggsy, Richie Spice, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and LTJ Bukem. (I didn’t realise the latter was still in circulation, did you?)
Mates that went last year told me it’s very West Country…I think they meant loads of white dreads, dope and ketamine. The friends are from the West Country by the way, and assured me “being very West Country” is no bad thing. This is a proper rave, which probably means I won’t be going with the nippers. Which is a shame, cos the site sounds like a wonderful place to explore.
My mate also warned me that a few names on the stellar line-up didn’t turn up. However, he may have just been over-indulgent and missed them. And frankly, the list of stars is so extensive that if you dig this kinda thing, there will probably be plenty to keep you amused. A right royal rave up is virtually guaranteed methinks.
Here’s the full list so far:
SKA, SWING, FOLK AND PUNK STAGES:
The Parov Stelar Band / Ozomatli / Mad Caddies / Arrested Development / Toots and the Maytals / King Prawn / The Neville Staple Band (The Specials) / The Selecter / The Wurzels / The Skints / Demented Are Go / Orkestra Del Sol / Hoffmaestro / Ska Cubano / Les Hurlements D’ Leo / Suicide Bid / The Creepshow/ Flap! / Babyhead / Molotov Jukebox / Random Hand
REGGAE/ DUB AND JUNGLE STAGES:
Richie Spice / Collie Buddz and the New Kingston Band / Dub Inc. / Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry / Million Stylez / Gentleman’s Dub Club / Necessary Mayhem Showcasefeat Tippa Irie & Mr Williamz / Mungo’s Hi Fi / YT & Mr Williamz / Musical Youth / Iration Steppas meets Channel One in a Dubwise Fashion / Robbo Ranx (BBC Radio 1xtra) / I-Fire / Dreadsquad feat Dr Ring Ding + Kasia Malenda + El Fata
BREAK AND BASS STAGES:
Foreign Beggars / Redlight / Chinese Man Live / Digital Mystikz / Koan Sound / Calyx & Teebee / Zinc / South Central Live LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad / Opiuo / B.Triats / Mak & Pasteman / Reso / Rack n Ruin / Woz (Black Butter Special)
/ Sticky / Randomer / Slipmatt b2b Billy Bunter