Boomtown Fair announce themes for all nine districts

Most festivals are content with having one theme to stick to throughout the event, but not BoomTown; with nine completely different districts making up this bonkers fantasyland of ultimate escapism, all fancy-dress bases are covered! From the backstreet barbers in the Wild West to the glamourous ladies-who-lunch of Mayfair Avenue, there’s a whole plethora of characters just waiting to take up residence in one of the unique areas of the city. BoomTown, taking place over 13th – 16th August at the Matterley Estate nr. Winchester, has already announced all 500 plus acts performing this year, including Stephen Marley, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Matisyahu, Barrington LevySquarepusher, Noisia, Spor, John Butler Trio, Less Than Jake, Infected Mushroom and hundreds more across nearly every conceivable genre, the details for each of the city’s districts can now be unveiled, along with all the madcap and bizarre venues to be found within them.

With so many districts, streets, venues and sideshows to take in, the ever creative powerhouse of BoomTown Fair have launched their very own news channel, BTN, to deliver short, snappy news bulletins outlining each of the districts and all the wonders that can be found within! The full playlist of district videos can be found here.

Starting off with the lawless Wild West, this dusty district first opened its saloon doors in Chapter 6 and since then has doubled in size and expanded with even more unsavoury characters roaming the streets just waiting to corrupt any who choose to visit! With many venues to discover including The Wrong Side of the Tracks railway station; Madame Electrifie’s General Store a hive of Western wonders alongside some of the most rip-roaring fiddle playing in all the prairies! The Gold Rush mine has been re-opened as a saloon by a wild bunch of thirsty thrill seekers rivalling Shot Gun Willies as the districts’ premier watering hole. The Lawless Halls of Justice have spruced up the old Courthouse with an all-star line-up of auditory outlaws keeping everything in order. Visitors to the unruly bad-lands of the Wild West are welcome to run amuck among the disorderly streets and try to make their name…

Barrio Loco, a passionate playground filled with technicolour and a true zest for life! This is the home BoomTown’s Glorious Leader as well as many an action packed venue including, Circo Bassline with their Caba-rave; the Happy Slap El Espectaculo Esqueleto and Samedia Shebeen. Visitors are advised against taking a wrong turn and ending up in Breaking Boomtown LabFor a spot of reinvention head to La Belleza Muerto; those of a sporting disposition may feel brave enough to hunt down a worthy adversary in the interactive gaming zone of Dissosia Casa de Balanceo Loco or throw the biggest shapes in the ring at The Dance Off!

Back up the hill from Barrio Loco lies the all the prosperity of Mayfair Avenue, join the 1 percent-ers in their tax free haven or try to swindle them out of their fortune. Revel in these golden streets where the stakes are high and the fun is serious! With establishments such as Charlie Browns Casino and Barwhere one can win or lose big; interactive decadence of the Park Hotel boasting cocktails, room service, gaming tables and music shows; festival entertainment elite, the Bearded Kittens’ very own Opera House and The Fitzslones’ mansion party in Funkington ManorThere are plenty of sideshows to entertain including Copper Feel Cabaret and the Candy Trash Beauty Boutique.  The Slapbox is there for ultimate image capturing or glide around in style at BUMP Roller Disco.

The OldTown pirate port tempts passers-by into its cobbled back streets and bawdy taverns for a weekend of raucous revelry and clandestine celebration! As the first place for many settlers, OldTown provides a range of amenities to keep transient visitors occupied; The Job Centre will be on hand to find gainful employment for all new arrivals within the city, sending citizens off to work within other establishments at the fair, prepare for the new employment opportunities with Jack The Clippers barbers. Grandmas Living Room offers homely comforts along with the more communal space of Peoples Front Room. There is also Rimski’s, a loveable dive filled with live music enthusiasts. Or for something totally different go visit Wayne and Wanda’s grounded cruise ship for the ultimate lip-synching experience!  Offering straight up redemption is the Dank Parish’s ‘Church of The Sturdy Virgin’. The miscreants out there should watch out for the Boomtown Bobbies who will be ensuring law and order are obeyed at all times!

Moving down the hill to the area of DownTown is home to ChinaTown, the colourful mecca of the digital new age where gaming is all the rage, with a sound track of Ska Punk. Pop into Alan’s Happy Ending Cinema to experience another dimension in 4D entertainment. Hang out with Mr Hung for t-shirt printing with a difference or lose yourself (and your savings) in the Lucky Cat Musement Arcade. Bend some circuits with So Fun Tek and play live 3D Mario inDubtendo. There’s also a totally 21st century gaming experience available with Digital Funfair and the mash-up make over at The Freak Boutique punk parlour!

The seedy underbelly of DSTRKT 5 houses some of dodgiest dives in town and the Leisure Centre, Asbo Disco and the Old School Garage are all returning with their much famed antics and outright mayhem, along with other interactive venues such as the Spaceport, Jungle Syndicate and Amental.For those brave enough to cross this galactic border there is a whole other worldly realm of delights to be explored in this pan dimensional district. There is mind, body and soul modification at The Body Shop, a regrettable new face from Downtown Tattoos, a questionable evening in the Red Rash inn, a mighty good wash down from the 24hr garage girls or selling your soul to We Buy Gold in a desperate attempt to escape the DSTRKT!

TrenchTown is more of an ideology than a physical district. Spread throughout the city, the residents of TrenchTown have their common bond, not over boundaries and buildings, tbut through a shared love for reggae, roots and dub culture. The Lion’s Den has risen up and ascended the hill to a previously untouched area of the city. Tangled Roots has also packed up their stacks and relocated the full on celebration of soundsystem and dub culture to a woodland clearing close to the suburbs of Mayfair where Unit 137 and Lion Pulse will once again be battling out the soundclashes for all that stomp in it! Keeping TrenchTown grounded is the Hidden Woods, one of BoomTown’s most beloved spots this natural roots location houses tree-topped walkways, sandy spots with sun-splashed clearings, wooden huts hosting the ultimate reggae experience.

The place of the fair where freedom is at its truest, where the residents rule the streets and no-one is in charge, KidzTown! This year all of KidzTown are off on one almighty tropical island hideaway! This fantastical space for all the family, which is for the kids by the kids, will see the seaside resort take influence from the Tropics with colourful shirts, grass skirts, straw hats and inflatable animals galore! This creative reality lets the mischievous munchkins of BoomTown do exactly what they want to, with fair grounds, pizzas, puppets, hand crafted chill out areas, soft play, workshops, gigantic brain wave shows, interactive comedy and lots more…

Just across the track from KidzTown is Whistlers Green, a crossroads of creativity where participation is everything!  There are lots of things to try and do here from; trapeze to black smith workshops, cider making to spoon carving or a relaxing message or dip in one of the hot tubs. Go astray in the Lost Horizons sauna and hidden gardens or tend to your soul in The Healing Place, featuring the wishing tree, mother and child space, daily morning yoga classes & a range of healing therapies including Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Deep Tissue and Thai massage. The calming confines of Whistlers Greenprovides a relaxing environment to soak up the sublime array of tranquil tunes at the beautiful Floating Lotus stage. Relax in the many gardens and chill out zones with a cup of Chai or head to the Hobgoblin Ale Garden for a refreshing draft

Boomtown Fair 2015 full lineup announced!

TrenchTown – Reggae, Dub, Dancehall

Unifying a whole spectrum of reggae, dub, dancehall from all over the globe, TrenchTown district is as spiritual as it is bass rumbling! Venues include the 40ft Aztec temple of The Lion's Den, sound system culture of Tangled Roots woodland clearing and the beach party vibes of the Hidden Woods.

District headliners include: Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley, SOJA, Matisyahu, Alborosie & Shengen Clan, Barrington Levy, Anthony B, Protoje & The Indiggnation, Black Uhuru, Cham feat. O, Cutty Ranks.

 

ChinaTown – Ska, Ska-Punk, Punk

‘Behind the opulent frontages of ChinaTown trouble is brewing among the resident punks and ancient anarchists… Their future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure, there will be mosh-pits and flat-out skanking from dawn to dusk!!!’

The pulsating venues filled with the most raucous of trombone flailing musicians include; Devils Kicks Dancehall & ChinaTown Courtyard with headliners Less Than Jake, Streetlight Manifesto, Fishbone, The Beat, Dub Pistols, King Prawn, Snuff, The Interrupters, Ruts DC, Capdown.

 

Mayfair Avenue – Electro-Swing, Swing, Vintage remix

On the face of it husband and wife team Mr and Mrs Fitz-Sloane pledged to uphold the areas exclusivity by keeping out the ‘riff-raff’ and ensuring that only the most well-to-do attend their famed Electro-Swing soirées!!

Glitzy and glamorous Mayfair Avenue is, as the name suggests, top draw and sparkles galore! Venues include The Ballroom and The Bandstand with headliners; Caravan Palace, Deluxe, Scarecrow, Dirty Honkers, Bart & Baker, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer and a whole load more of the very best Electro-Swing from all over Europe!

 

Wild West – Folk, World, Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Yeehaa, Cow-Punk

The cowboys of the west are back in town with their all-powerful Sheriff leading the way and the Mayor in their pocket! This rambunctious bunch have ambitions set far beyond their designated district having already taken control of the Old Mines. The Wild West is now an almighty powerhouse of thigh slapping, Stetson slinging, cider swigging sounds with the very best in folk, roots, world, hillbilly and a whole lot of Yeehaaaa! Venues include: The Old Mines, Rusty Spurs & Crazy Calamities Saloon

Headliners providing jump up folk and soul soothing sounds include; Flogging Molly, John Butler Trio, Amadou & Mariam, Dreadzone, Transglobal Underground, Peatbog Faeries, Songhoy Blues, Ibibio Sound Machine, Edwards II, Beans on Toast.

 

DSTRKT 5 – Bass, Drum n Bass, Jungle

A timeless place where past and future becomes one, industrial buildings stand tall and dark smoke filled alleyways loom with danger and debauchery. Some call it the red light district, others know it as deeper DownTown, its true name is DSTKRT 5!

The naughty night spot for any discerning BoomTown citizen, DSTRKT 5 venues with the ultimate in bass heavy beats including; Boombox, The Bodyshop and the brand new nine story high Bang-Hai Palace!! (See preview video here)

District headliners include: Squarepusher, Noisia, Spor, 20 Years of Metalheadz, Mr Scruff & Norman Jay (MBE), Deekline, Benny Page, Luke Vibert, PRSPKT Takeover.

 

Barrio Loco – Hip hop, House, Bass, UK Garage

Currently the ruling district of BoomTown, the vibrant community of Barrio Loco love nothing more than to fiesta ‘til dawn!! That was, until The Mayor turned her back on them and channelled all public money into an outrageously ginormous Palace to prove her dominance and power… Unrest is stirring, the people are rising, what does Chapter 7 hold for the streets of Barrio Loco??

Barrio Loco is a beautiful community of party loving, hip-hop beats and garage classics! Venues include; Poco Loco, Circo Baile, The Dance-Off and spontaneous street parties galore!! With headliners across these three stages including: DJ EZ, Swamp 81, Toddla T & DRS, The Bug and Flowdan, Phil Hartnoll (Orbital), Critical Records takeover, Kurupt FM, Sherwood & Pinch.

 

Psychedelic Forest – Tribe of Frog – Hi-Tech Stage: Psy-Trance, Goa-Trance

Forest parties and woodland dwellings are constantly evolving within the city of Boom! 2015 will see the ultimate psychedelic party to date with three different woodland locations pumping out the definitive Psy-trance with acts including: Infected Mushroom (Old School Live set), Astrix, Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger, Liquid Soul, Sub 6, Dickster, Juno Reactor headlining just the Psychedelic Forest party!

 

FULL LINE-UP: STAGE BY STAGE

Town Centre (Acts representing a variety of districts from across the fair in a central location!)

Flogging Molly / Gogol Bordello / Caravan Palace / Less Than Jake / Streetlight Manifesto / Fishbone / Goldie Lookin Chain / The Beat / Dub Pistols / Slamboree / Deluxe / DJ Yoda presents Breakfast of Champions / Scarecrow / Dubioza Kolektiv / Smerins Anti-Social Club / Babyhead / Los Albertos / Big Red Ass

Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship (OldTown District)

Invisible Circus Pirate Show / Amsterdam Klezmer Band / La Pegatina / Kumpania Algazarra / Soviet Suprem / Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra / Jabul Gorba / Sheelanagig / The Carny Villains / Gypsy Sound System Orkestra / Giufà / Glitzy Baghags / The Woohoo Revue / The Real Tuesday Weld / Full Attack Band / ED Cox / Balkan Hotsteppers / DJ Sacha Dieu / Gypsy Unit / My Bad Sister / Bare Knuckle Parade / Tantz / Black Friday / Seas Of Mirth /Johnny Kowalski + The Sexy Weirdos / Jackson Scott / Ushti Baba / The Recks / Holy Moly & The Crackers / The Rubber Duck Orchestra

Lion’s Den (TrenchTown)

Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley / SOJA / Matisyahu / Alborosie & Shengen Clan / Barrington Levy / Anthony B / Black Uhuru /Protoje / Cham feat. O / Cutty Ranks / Turbulence / Ward 21 / Katchafire / Shy FX feat. Stamina MC / David Rodigan / Chopstick Dubplate feat. Jah Mason & Demolition Man / Gentleman's Dub Club / Natty / Mungos Hi-Fi  feat YT & Charlie P / Serial Killaz & General Levy  / Potential Badboy feat. Yush & Junior Dangerous / Mr Benn Live Show feat. Blackout JA & Eva Lazarus / Necessary Mayhem Showcase feat. Curtis Lynch & Mr Williamz / Jacky Murda / Solo Banton / Strikez

The Old Mines (The Wild West)

Flogging Molly / John Butler Trio / Amadou & Mariam / Dreadzone / Transglobal Underground / Peatbog Faeries / Songhoy Blues / Ibibio Sound Machine / Edward II / Moulettes / The Men They Couldn't Hang / Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars / Beans On Toast / Mad Dog Mcrea / Monster Ceilidh Band / RSVP Cocos Lovers / Honeyfeet / 47 Soul / La Complet Mandingue / Firepit Collective / No Go Stop! /John Fairhurst

The Palace (DSTRKT 5)

Squarepusher / Noisia / Spor / Machinedrum / Surgeon Live / 20 years of Metalheadz ft: Goldie b2b Dillinja, Ulterior Motive b2b Dom and Roland, Jubei b2b Ant tc1 Hosted by SP:MC / A Guy Called Gerald (Jungle Set) b2b LTJ Bukem / Truss / Break / Ratpack / Tango & Ratty / Top Buzz / DJ Sy / MC Ribbz

Boombox (DSTRKT 5)

Norman Jay MBE & Mr Scruff present…Keep the Good Times Unreal / Benny Page / Deekline / Stickybuds / Scratch Perverts / J.Pod / Inspected Records Showcase ft: Culprate, Emperor, Asa, Sorrow, ZES, Inspected Dubplate / SP23 – Renegade Street Party

Devil Kicks Dancehall (ChinaTown District)

Capdown / King Prawn / The Mahones / The Rumjacks / The Snuff / The Interrupters / Subhumans / M.D.C / Inner Terrestrials / Demented Scumcats / Random Hand / The Restarts / New Town Kings / Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove / P.A.I.N / China Shop Bull / Beat The Red Light / Roughneck Riot / AOS3 / Bar Stool Preachers / The Junk / Victims of Circumstance / The Sporadics / The Defekters / Ducking Punches / The Pisdicables / Last Gang in Town DJ's

ChinaTown Courtyard (ChinaTown District)

The Dualers / 7 Seconds of Love / Maroon Town / R.D.F. / The Simmertones / King Porter Stomp / 1Eye / The Talks / Popes Of Chillitown / Chainska Brassika / The Skarsoles / The Stiff Joints / Counting Coins / Johnny Cage & The Voodoo Groove / Mad Apple Circus / Cut Capers / Cartoon Violence / Will Tun & The Wasters / Crinkle Cuts / Regime / Broken 3 Ways / Dive / Guns of Navarone / The Apocryphalites / The Snare / Rags Rudi / Shoot The Moon / Oscillator /Jr Bill & The Scallies / Melosa / Bigtopp

Hidden Woods (TrenchTown)

The Heatwave / Horseman & the Upper Cut Band / Ras Demo / Earl Gateshead / Symbiz Sound / Dreadsquad / Run Tingz Cru / Laid Blak / Friendly Fire Band / The Hempolics / Shepdog (Nice Up!) / Blend Mishkin / Jamie Bostron / Fogata Sound / Steppa Style / Jaundis-I / The Rhythmites / Toguna / The Majestic / Kibir La Amlak / Souldja / The Floating Bridges / Wicked Squad / The Undercover Hippy / The Future Dub Project / Shanty  / Babilondon / Messiah Dub Club / Daddy Nature (Rompa's Reggae Shack) / Uprooted / Titan Sounds / Shanti Squire & MC Little Tree / Jeremiah Ferrari / Ben Russell & The Charmers / Robert Lee / Dubmatix

Tangled Roots (TrenchTown)

Aba Shanti-I / RSD & Joe Peng / Gorgon Sound / OBF & Shanti D / Orange Hill Productions feat Ras Kwame & Junior Tubby / Riddim Tuffa / Serocee / Aries / Born On Road Showcase ft Skibadee, Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter & Dabbla / Krak in Dub / Dub Smugglers / Danny T & Tradesman feat. Parly B / Adam Prescott / King Yoof / Tuffist & J Man / Unit 137 / Trinity Music London / Ghost Writerz / Sleepy Time Ghost / Lionpulse / Hylu  / Jago / Ed West / Zico / Galak Spiritual / Stivs / G.O.L.D / Rubberdub Soundsystem / Escape Roots Sound feat. Tom Spirals / Kelvin 373 / Jam Jah & Lion Art / DJ Snuff & Amy True / Gardna / Disorda / DJ Feva / Papa B / The Sea / Sasha Steppa / Samson Sounds / Escape Roots Sound feat. Tom Spirals

The Ballroom (MayFair Avenue District)

Dirty Honkers / Bart & Baker feat. Elle & The Pocket Belles / Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer / Swingrowers /The Gaslight Troubadours feat. Professor Elemental / Odjbox / Brass Band Remix: Dutty Moonshine Big Band / DJ Tofu Vs Brass Funkeys, The Fontanas, Trans-Siberian March Band / Grant Lazlo / The Real Tuesday Weld / Big Swing Soundsystem Feat. Hypeman Sage / Too Many Ts  / Phil Mac / [email protected] In The [email protected] /James Copeland / Don Mescal / Don Johnston / DJ Pony (Montana) / Kiwistar / The After Hours Quintet /The Underscore Orkestra / The Woohoo Revue / Formidable Vegetable Sound System / The Chicken Brothers / Jenova Collective / Rumba De Bodas / The World's Tallest Dj / Jitterbug / Madame Electrifie / Mad Apple Circus / Mr Tea & The Minions / Captain Flatcap / Rumpsteppers /  The Rin Tins  / Freakeasy Cabaret/ Swing Patrol / Symphonica feat. Mr Switch

Rusty Spurs (The Wild West)

Kim Churchill / Curtis Ellers American Circus / Pronghorn / The Boot Hill All Stars / Cody Jasper / Skimmity Hitchers / Leonard & Bubba's Delicious Goo-Goo Cluster / Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six / The Goat Roper Rodeo Band / Hightown Crows / Gentlemen Of Few / Dead Plants / Cash Converted / Railroad Bill / Crazy Arm / Poor Old Dogs / Black Hearted Riders / Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band / Funke & The Two Tone Baby / Slapface & The Hoagies / Lady Winwoods Maggot / Quinns Quinney / The White City Shakers / United Stoats of America / Johnny Boxcars / Jack Ratts / The Maddison Tar Heels / Ben Gunn and the Junk Yard Angels /Dog House Boatboys

Crazy Calamities (The Wild West)

Manushka / The Inexplicable / The Slytones / Conway / Dub The Earth / Captain Accident / Treehouse Fire / King Zepha / Lion Star / NewRising / Feel Good Culture / Bare Jams / The Piratones / Euphony / Fingertrap / Offbeat Offensive / The Slytones / Conway / Key Lime Pi / AlbaRoma / Manushka / Town Of Cats / Fat Sandwich / Backyard Rhythm Orchestra / Dantanna / The Tribe / Hornman / The Vegetable Collective / Bison Theory / Kingz Of Vocals

Floating Lotus (Whistlers Green)

Lucy Ward / Will Varley / Harp & A Monkey / Whiskey Moon Face / The Eskies / Gypsy Rebel Rabble / Rioghnach Connoly / Flight Brigade / Tadhg Daly / Worry Dolls / Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow / Tim Holehouse / Deferred Success / KOG & The Zongo Brigade / Hoopy Frood / Bear & The Woods / Hedge Gods / Dexter Selboy / Kezia /Jordan O'Shea / My Crooked Teeth / Kimberley Newell / Ned Dylan / Efa Supertramp / Davy Watson

Bandstand (MayFair Avenue District)

Professor Elemental / The Underscore Orkestra, / Elle & The Pocket Belles / The After Hours Quintet /  Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six / The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing / Dr Schwamp / Deferred Sucess / Alex Blood & The Diggers / Great Scott / The Rin Tins / Lounge Cat Ideals / Mother Ukers /Shambolique / Papa Shango /

Bodyshop (DSTRKT 5)

Luke Vibert / PRSPKT Takeover – Hellfish vs Producer, Bryan Fury, Thrasher, Switch Technique / Simon Underground / Vandal /Nicky Blackmarket / Bizzy B / Randall (92-94) / Jerome Hill / Crystal Distortion / Renegade Hardware 20th Anniversary -Takeover ft Maztek, Loxy, Ink / FFF / Stivs

Circo Baile (Barrio Loco District)

DJ EZ / Toddla T & Drs / Swamp 81 Presents  Loefah, Paleman, Benton ft. Chunky / The Bug & Flowdan / Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) DJ Set / Critical Soundsystem (Kasra x Enei x Foreign Concept) / Kurupt Fm / Sherwood & Pinch / Cause & Affect / Monki / Preditah / DJ Q / Woz / Matt Jam Lamont / DR Meaker / Amy Becker / Hybrid Theory / Durkle Disco feat. Lamont, OH91, Lojik & Koast / Wonka-Vision

Poco Loco (Barrio Loco District)

Kate Tempest / Jungle Brothers / Goldie Lookin Chain / High Focus Takeover The Four Owls / Fliptrix & Verb T / Leaf Dog & BVA / Dead Players / Dirty Dike Jam Baxter / Ed Scissortongue / Mr Key / Onoe Caponoe / Ocean Wisdom / Molotov / DJ Sammy B-Side / DJ Madnice / DJ Yoda AV set / Akala /  The Mouse Outfit feat. Sparkz & Dr/ Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon / Cheeba Av Set / First Degree Burns / Subculture Sage / Slowly Rolling Camera / The Anomalies / Alice In Wasteland / Lea Lea / Moose Funk Squad / DJ Jaffa / Sounds Of Harlowe / Ewan Hoozami

Boomtown Fair announce first major headliners

The Town Centre, known for hosting some of the most raucous, party inducing acts this year will host:  LA’s anarchic Celtic punk folksters Floggying Molly, bringing their internationally celebrated break-speed anthems to Winchester for a rare and exclusive UK festivalperformance. The return of the hedonistic gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, headlining the festival in 2011 they totally blew the Town Centre apart with their rip-roaring, frantic show that whipped the crowd into a palpable frenzy, this year with a new album recently released and the BoomTown citizens more than quadrupled in numbers since the bands last visit to the town, one mega party is expected to kick off! Keeping the knees in the air and the skanking skills up to max is the American ska punk of Streetlight Manifesto. One of the most requested ska acts by BoomTown citizens over the years, Streetlight will be bringing their life affirming vibes and outstanding energy in a very overdue first visit to the fair!! Another returning to the Town Centre are ultra-slick Parisian outfit Caravan Palace. After storming the place with one of the most memorable shows, these premiers of electro-swing and gypsy-funk are guaranteed to host one almighty spectacle, worthy of their fierce reputation as an ultimate live act!

Matisyahu, once known for being the Hasidic man of reggae, over the past few years has moved to a more secular style and will be bringing his highly polished reggae tinged hip-hop and soul to the Lion’s Den for a UK festival exclusive. Another festival headliner that can’t seem to stay away from the fair is Alborosie & Shengan Clan, this MOBO award winning artist will be on hand with his thumping basslines and talent that speaks for itself! Joining Matisyahu and Alborosie on the Lion’s Den are reggae legends Black Uhuru, the first ever winners of the Best Reggae album at the 1985 Grammy’s their music has provided a soundtrack to generation with tunes like ‘What is Life’, ‘Shine Eye Girl’ and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ dominating any dancefloor when they drops! Heading over to the southern hemisphere for a taste of New Zealand roots reggae, Katchafire will be bringing their gloriously chilled out sunshine vibes for even more global flavours in the Lion’s Den.

Whilst over on the Old Mines folk and world stage are Katchafire’s Antipodean brethren, the awe inspiring John Butler Trio, with guitar skills so incredible the only other sound that can be heard when they are playing is that of jaws dropping to the floor!! These Aussie guitar heroes are a powerhouse of fusing folk, acoustic and roots and are the perfect tonic to a busy festival day! After welcoming the stunning desert sounds of Mali last year with Tinariwen, BoomTown will be making a return voyage to the country for more musical mastery with Amadou and Mariam, fusing Afro pop with desert blues this Grammy nominated husband and wife duo have been performing together for more than 30 years and are the biggest-selling African act of recent times; along with fellow Mali musician’s Songhoy Blues, who were recently pegged as Mail’s next big thing, no small feat considering the company they keep! Other acts on the Old Mines include festival stalwarts Dreadzone with their mashup of dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock, ultimate fusion outfit Transglobal Underground, acclaimed folk roots of Edward II and Scotland’s finest instrumental fusion folk band Peatbog Faeries, full line up for Old Mines will be revealed in a few weeks.

The brand new Psychedelic Forest secret headliner has also now been released as Infected Mushroom doing an Old School LIVE set, and joining the already announced Astrix, Ace Ventura, Perfect Stranger, Liquid Soul, Juno Reactor who are topping up a psy-trance bill that is one of the strongest seen at a UK festival in years!

DSTRKT 5 dance line up was announced a couple of weeks ago and was headed up by Squarepusher, Spor, Noisia, Machinedrum, Metalheadz takeover, Surgeon and many more.

HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FAR:

Town Centre

Flogging Molly / Gogol Bordello / Caravan Palace / Streetlight Manifesto / Fishbone / The Beat / Goldie Lookin Chain / Dub Pistols / Slamboree / Dubioza Kolektiv 

Lion’s Den

Matisyahu / Alborosie / Cham feat. O / Turbulence / Cutty Ranks / Ward 21 / Katchafire / David Rodigan / Natty / Gentleman's Dub Club / Chopstick Dubplate presents Jah Mason & Demolition Man / Mungos Hi-fi

Old Mines

John Butler Trio / Amadou & Mariam / Dreadzone / Transglobal Underground / Peatbog Faeries / Edward II / Songhoy Blues / Ibibio Sound Machine

Psychedelic Forest

Infected Mushroom (Old School Goa Set) / Ace Ventura / Perfect Stranger / Juno Reactor

Devil Kicks Dancehall

Capdown / King Prawn / The Mahones / The Rumjacks / The Interrupters

Barrio Loco

Toddla T & DRS / The Bug ft: Flow Dan / DJ EZ / Jungle Brothers / High Focus Takeover 

DSTRKT 5: (full line up)

The Palace

Squarepusher / Noisia / Spor / Machinedrum / Surgeon Live / 20 years of Metalheadz ft:

Goldie b2b Dillinja, Ulterior Motive b2b Dom and Roland, Jubei b2b Ant tc1 Hosted by SP:MC / A Guy Called Gerald (Jungle Set) b2b LTJ Bukem – Hosted by MC Ribbz" / Truss / Break / Ratpack / Tango & Ratty / Top Buzz / DJ Sy

Boombox

Norman Jay MBE & Mr Scruff present…Keep the Good Times Unreal (10 hour Takeover from 2 Legends)

Benny Page / Deekline / Stickybuds / Scratch Perverts / J.Pod / Inspected Records Showcase ft: Culprate, Emperor, Asa, Sorrow, ZES, Inspected Dubplate / SP23 – Renegade Street Party

Bodyshop – (bigger and fully sound proofed)

Luke Vibert / PRSPKT Takeover – Hellfish vs Producer, Bryan Fury, Thrasher, Switch Technique /

Simon Underground / Vandal /Nicky Blackmarket / Bizzy B / Randall (92-94) / Jerome Hill / Crystal Distortion / Renegade Hardware 20th Anniversary -Takeover ft Maztek, Loxy, Ink / FFF / Stivs

Bowling for Soup, Bad Religion and more for Download Festival 2014

The Summer Festival Guide 2014 is excited to reveal the next additions to the Download Festival lineup including Bowling for Soup, Black Label Society, Opeth, Bad Religion and more!Bowling for Soup

Leading the armada are pop-punk legends Bowling for Soup, who have chosen to celebrate their 20th birthday at Donington, wisely putting faith in Europe’s biggest Rock Festival to bring the party.

Lead singer Jaret Reddick said: We are really stoked to be coming back to Download this year…first and foremost, our little band turns 20 this June, so what better way to celebrate! Music, beer and Portaloos! Also, it's a great opportunity to show our amazing UK fans that, although we don't have plans to tour any time soon, they will still get to see our pretty faces once in a while. Can. Not. Wait!

Celebratory Birthday circle pit, anyone…?

Elsewhere on site, two of this year’s most massively anticipated spring album releases will be followed with huge live performances; Black Label Society, led by notorious shredder Zakk Wylde, and Swedish prog-metal mad scientists Opeth will both bring never-before-seen sets to Download 2014, making the crowds at Donington amongst the first to experience the new material in the flesh.

Bad Religion @ Download Festival

Forming the L.A. regiment of today’s new Download battalion are Celtic-punk seven piece Flogging Molly and Download Festival virgins Bad Religion – making their Donington debut 35 years after they first started their melodic punk crusade against tyranny and hypocrisy.

Lead singer Greg Graffin was keen to acknowledge the UK, and in particular Donington’s place in music history: Our UK fans are among the most dedicated and appreciative audiences the world over. We consider every trip to the UK a special treat, and the tradition of Donington will make this appearance all the more special. Bad Religion is steeped in tradition, so we greatly look forward to it!

Also joining them will be PHA and the Illegals, the latest project from Pantera and Down Frontman, Phil Anselmo.

Powerman 5000 are another act who will receive their Download Festival baptism in 2014, with lead frontman Spider One joining big bro Rob Zombie at the coalface of Donington’s grizzly industrial underworld.

There will be less pond-crossing and more M1-gridlock-negotiating for the return of home grown Metalcore 5-piece Bury Tomorrow this June, in a set that will feature the likes of massive new single, Watcher and more great tracks yet to be revealed from impending album Runes, which lands on May 26th.

Vocalist Dani Winter-Bates commented: We're absolutely stoked to be invited back to play Download Festival. It was one of the staple points of last year for Bury Tomorrow! So we can't wait to get back to Donington and smash it!

The BossHoss, who have been purging pop songs of their innocence and churning out badass Country Trash Punk Rock for the past decade will also appear at Download 2014. Sascha Vollmer aka Hoss Power from The BossHoss said: We had a blast playing at Download in 2011 and the energy there totally blew our minds! We can always rely on a kick-ass party at our UK shows, so we're more than ready to come back and have another good old riot with you crazy bunch of rock and roll maniacs!

More? Ok, well listen up – today’s announcement also confirms another handful of awesome appearances from classic North American metal caballeros Skid Row, Tesla and Danger Danger as well as Jill Janus’ thrash-influenced Huntress, filthy blues-rockers The Graveltones and newcomers Anti-Mortem.

Huntress-in-chief, Jill Janus said: Huntress is honoured to play Download Festival again! We had a killer show last year, and will bring the fury to UK music fanatics once more. 
Spread it, shred it, behead it!

Larado Romano of Anti-Mortem said of the announcement: Anti-Mortem is extremely excited and beyond ready to play Download this year, it will be the biggest festival we've played to date and our first as a group in the U.K. Watch out UK, we'll be kicking ass Oklahoma style and our rage is American made!

On his latest recruits, Download promoter Andy Copping said: This is shaping up to be the most diverse Download yet – a real tableau of the past, present and future of rock and metal. You can see that in our headliners; Aerosmith, Linkin Park andAvenged Sevenfold, and in today’s announcement where we combine such renowned acts as Bowling for Soup and Opeth withnewer acts like Bury Tomorrow.