The infamously hell-raising neighbourhood of ‘Boomtown’ opens its gates to revellers once again at Hampshire’s Matterley bowl this August. Notoriously held as one of the messier communities, Boomtown holds up as a strong alternative to commercial festivals. In a mass of festivals run by phone companies and celebrity chefs, it can be regarded as one of the most unique festival experiences still around.
With hundreds of party starting acts, supplying the ‘boom’ we have dancehall legend Beenie man, (if you don’t find this exciting and/or hilarious you should probably reassess your values in life) reggae veteran David Rodigan along with break hero Krafty Kuts and Shy FX, all masters in their field. The festival supplies a whole host of masters with reggae legends Alborosie, Jah Shaka and Channel One sound-system. You can also find Caspa, Jack Beats and Dirtyphonics supplying the kind of heavy dance music favoured at the festival. The weekend also favours ska as Reel Big Fish, Capdown and Dub Pistols provide just a few of their live acts on the main stage.
With the boom fully dealt with, they go the whole measure in building and creating an entire functional town for its entirely dysfunctional revellers: four separate areas hosting the ‘community centre’; ‘leisure centre’; ‘theatre macabre’; ‘park hotel’ and even a ‘funeral parlour’, each with their own Boomtown twist.
The festival is widely known for its carefree indulgent approach to things, catering for all types of convivial chaos and underground artists. Boasting one of, if not, the best reggae and dancehall line up of any festival in Britain, Boomtown brings all the fun of the fair to the beautiful Matterley Estate August 9th-12th.