Gogol Bordello are an internationally acclaimed band that take the audience on an exhilarating rollercoaster journey with their performance. Fusing the heritage of front man Eugene Hütz’s nomadic journey from Ukraine to New York where he teamed up with the rest of the band, their unique sound and bizarre stage shows were born. The group’s early gigs involved playing straight gypsy music at Russian weddings, but their music soon developed into the hyper-kinetic explosion that earned them a solid following amongst New York’s downtown hipsters. Having performed at some of the world’s leading festivals and venues Gogol Bordello have become renowned as one of the best live acts on the circuit.
Caravan Palace are a French electro swing band that use an energetic blend of violins and accordions to create morish melodies. The band’s influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton and Daft Punk. The band released their début studio album, Caravan Palace, on the Wagram label in October 2008. The record charted in Switzerland, Belgium and France, where it reached a peak position of #11. Not only do Caravan Palace combine classic electro with swing perfectly, but the catchy We Can Dance, Bambous and Je m’amuse will have you dancing for days.
Next on the Main Stage bill are icons of late 1970’s, early 1980’s ska revival scene The Selecter. With the full line up reuniting in summer of 2010, Pauline Black rejoining with Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson as The Selecter for the 30th Anniversary of their no. 5 UK album “Too Much Pressure”. Get ready for hits such as Gangsters vs. The Selecter, On My Radio and the ska anthem Three Minute Hero to be blasted out through the biggest bass pumping sound system to be seen at any festival!
[dunkelbunt] aka Ulf Lindemann, born in 1979 in Hamburg, lives and works as a DJ, composer, producer, radio editor and mixer of spices in Vienna since 2001. The name [dunkelbunt] represents diversity and the ongoing search for ever new musical fusions and styles. His list of collaborations seems to be as extensive as the musical waters he crosses. A gifted piano player [dunkelbunt] redevelops his own distinctive style and musical sense with every musical influence and every ethnic group he comes across. Dunkelbrunt presents a mix of Electro Swing, Mestizo, Balkan Beats, Oriental Dub, Tarantella, Gipsy Jungle and much more inviting you to a musical journey around the Mediterranean Sea from the beach to the dancefloor…
The Godfathers of American Ska, The Toasters are the longest active ska band in the United States; they have released nine studio albums, most of them on Moon Ska Records. The Toasters experienced a small degree of commercial success in the late 1990s due to the popularity of third wave ska in North America. Their song “Two-Tone Army” is also the theme song for the Nickelodeon show KaBlam! (credited as the Moon Ska Stompers).
Welsh rap satirists, Goldie Lookin Chain; coming straight outta Newport, with a mysterious background shrouded in a fog of herbal cigarette smoke, Goldie Lookin’ Chain broke through to the mainstream in 2003. Best known for their hit song Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do, which went straight in at number three and established the GLC as a cultural force to be reckoned with. They will be showcasing their much loved singles Your Mother’s Got A Penis and You Knows I Loves You, as well as new material that with their reputation for holding no punches in terms of lyrical controversy they are guaranteed to entertain the masses!
Accompanying these heavyweights are; the infectious and playful funk of The Apples, the political infusion of ska, punk, dub and reggae of The Kings Blues, Bristol ska and funk maestros Babyhead bringing their hyper-interactive anarchic live show back to their motherland and fellow Bristolian’s the 10 piece Smerins Anti Social Club with their raw ingredients of ska, funk, dub, drum’n’bass and swing will all be on hand to steer the Boomtowners through an odyssey of the best ska, funk, reggae and dub on the circuit today!
With Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets selling out in record time the full weekend camping ticket is still only £93 and includes; 4 days and nights of unadulterated fun spread out over 22 inventive stages and areas in a perfect setting! Bring on the Bass…
MAIN STAGE LINE UP SO FAR:
GOGOL BORDELLO / CARAVAN PALACE / THE SELECTER WITH PAULINE BLACK / [DUNKELBUNT] / THE TOASTERS / GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN / THE APPLES / THE KING BLUES / BABYHEAD / SMERINS ANTI SOCIAL CLUB
DANCE STAGE LINE UP SO FAR:
DJ ZINC / TODDLA T & SEROCEE / MS DYNAMITE / THE BUG & FLOWDAN / REDLIGHT & MC DREAD / EMALKAY / RATPACK / ED SOLO b2b JFB / HIGH RANKIN / PYRAMID / WARRIOR ONE / RACK N RUIN / TAYO / SQUIRE OF GOTHOS / KOAN SOUND / THE MCMASH CLAN
LIONS DEN (REGGAE STAGE) LINE UP SO FAR:
BARRINGTON LEVY / CUTTY RANKS / TIPPA IRIE AND FAR EAST BAND / SOOM T AND JAHTARI / ABA SHANTI / IRATION STEPPAS / BONGO CHILLI / SOLO BANTON / BENNY PAGE / JINX IN DUB / DADDY FREDDY / FRIENDLY FIRE BAND / JACKY MURDA / KENNY KEN / LION DUB AND DAVID BOOMAH / PRINCE FATTY / THE RAGGA TWINS / THE HEATWAVE / YT / LAID BLAK / MILLION DAN / MR BENN / DUBKASM / ONLY JOE / CAPLETON / THE DROP / SERIAL KILLAZ