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Boomtown Fair’s new techno & electronic district: Area 404

18th December 2018 Off By

Following a hugely successful 2018 edition, one of the most adventurous, colourful and immersive festivals Boomtown has announced the exciting introduction of AREA 404; an impressive techno haven featuring some of electronic music’s most influential figures.

The five-day 66,000 capacity festival set in the Matterley Bowl in Hampshire on the second weekend of August, will construct a groundbreaking and theatrical led new stage area; the distinctively Industrial, post-apocalyptic and expansive AREA 404 will be dedicated to the raw sounds within the electronic music spectrum.

Drawing deep inspiration from Boomtown’s innovative delivery and creative commitment, the proudly independent festival now in its 11th year, will also invite Drumcode and Bugged Out to host the stage for Friday and Sunday, respectively, with confirmed headliners across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday including Carl Cox, Four Tet and Amelie Lens.

Celebrating 25 years of Bugged Out, Australian Lo-Fi House luminary Mall Grab will join esteemed selectors Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Phantasy Boss Erol Alkan and Boyz Noize as they also welcome Four Tet’s electronic illumination of sound to AREA 404’s intense landscape.

Boomtown Area 404 Line-up Poster 2019
The Area 404 line-up poster

Saturday’s headliner is none-other than the ultimate Techno legend and one of the founding fathers of the Techno-House genre; Carl Cox.  

The renowned DJ and figure head makes his sensational Boomtown debut with Eats Everything, Dirtybird leader Claude Vonstroke while the pioneering Skream is set to share the booth with fast rising and inspiring SAMA’.

Swedish techno platform Drumcode, will bring its uncompromising sound to Sunday with sets from Dense & Pika, Enrico Sangiuliano and a special b2b session from La Fleur and B.Traits before one of biggest names in Techno headlines proceedings.

Boomtown Fair Sector 6 Fireworks 2018
Image credit: Charlie Raven / Boomtown Fair

The unstoppable, Antwerp-born Amelie Lens’ ascension to festival main stages worldwide has been meteoric and cements AREA 404’s residence amongst the Techno elite.

AREA 404 is the latest progressive to arise from the deeply original and idiosyncratic vision of Boomtown’s creators, and added to 14 distinctly themed areas, hosting 27 main stages and 80 smaller street venues.

The latest edition to the Fair is poised to instil excitement and eagerness within the electronic music community.

The full Nucleus line-up and trailer and line-up poster can be found here.

Check out TheFestivals Boomtown 2018 review!

Main image credit: Mike Massaro / Boomtown Fair