Boomtown: Winner of the battle of the line-ups 2018?9th April 2018
With the line-ups of each of the major festivals looking relatively complete, it seems that one festival has emerged as 2018’s standout event. That festival is, of course, Boomtown Fair.
Boasting a countless number of bands spread across 25 main stages within 14 districts, Boomtown’s line-up is staggering in scope. In fact, it’s almost bewildering. Scrolling through the 14 different line-up posters you can almost start to feel lost! With Glastonbury closed this year for a fallow year, Boomtown has emerged as the absolute, hands-down winner for musical diversity in 2018.
“Where else can you skank-out at breakfast to the Dub Pistols before psy-tripping through Shpongle after tea?”
The bill is topped by the Gorillaz, Die Antwoord and Limp Bizkit. These headliners alone hint at the breadth of the music on display at the Fair. The hugely popular, genre-defying Gorillaz are a coup of a signing for the festival, and the eccentric South African alt-rap duo Die Antwoord are sure to put on a hugely entertaining show. Yeah, Limp Bizkit might be seen as a little weak, but who can deny that “Break Stuff” absolutely goes off when played live? Besides, Boomtown’s strength stretches waaaay beyond its headliners. In a line-up as broad as this, the headliners are truly only the tip of the iceberg.
Where else this summer could you go to watch a bit of Jimmy Cliff’s mellow reggae followed by Napalm Death’s extreme metal brutality? Where else can you groove to Billy Brag’s folk-punk and follow this up with a bit of Ghetts’ hard-hitting grime? Where else can you skank-out at breakfast to the Dub Pistols before psy-tripping through Shpongle after tea? The line-up looks a little like it’s been birthed after Radio 1 and Radio 6 slept together whilst tripping on acid.
“Each district represents a different world – aesthetically and musically.”
The secret to the Boomtown line-up’s strength is built into its “districts” format. Each district represents a different world – aesthetically and musically. Each district has a different theme and each is a home to different musical genres. Want to skank to some reggae-dub vibes? Head to the Town Centre or to the Lion’s Den temple. Want to see some of the biggest names in the British Grime scene? Head to Barrio Loco. Want to head-bang and mosh? Head to Diss-Order Alley. Want to rave your way through the weekend? Well, at Boomtown you’re more than spoilt for choice. Head to the Forest Parties, Dstrkt 5, Banghai, Metropolis, or Sector 6.
Aside from the staggeringly strong line-up, Boomtown is well-known for being a festival with some of the best production values in the UK. In fact, I would say it is second to only Glastonbury in that regard. With that said, compared to Glastonbury, Boomtown is all but a baby. Moving into its 9th year compared to Glastonbury’s 47th, one can only wonder, is it only a matter of time until Boomtown steps up to take the old king’s crown.
TheFestivals.UK Lead Contributor