Boomtown’s mammoth Reggae line-up released, an immense edition of Jamaican legends!

Trenchtown, a celebration of Jamaican music and soundsystem culture, is at the heart of Boomtown Fair (August 10-13th, 2017), with its musical influence heard  across the entire festival. Home to the UK’s biggest dedicated reggae stage, The Lion’s Den stands a staggering 40ft tall; an ‘ancient temple’ adorned with cascading waterfalls and explosive pyrotechnics, providing a jaw dropping setting for global reggae legends and homegrown talents. Boomtown’s additional reggae focussed stages include the long established Hidden Woods which transports to a woodland reggae beach party and the mighty Tangled Roots which takes soundsystem appreciation to another level, programmed by London/Bristol collective Lion Unit.

The Lion’s Den once again plays host to some of the scene’s most iconic acts with a record breaking amount of Jamaican artists leading a staggering line-up of authentic reggae acts; including Ziggy Marley making his debut in the heart of Trenchtown, the welcome return of 45-46 legend Toots & The Maytals who last played in 2010, and reggae’s original MC’s Big Youth + U-Roy. Perhaps reggae’s most famous family after the Marley’s The Bonner Brothers, will also be in attendance consisting of Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Shepherd Bonner and influential crossover artist Pliers with Chaka Demus!


Going from strength to strength over the past few years, reggae music has had an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music, dubbed the ‘Reggae Revival’, elevating the scene to the  strongest it’s been in years. Alongside the line ups authentic founding fathers, The Lion’s Den will be hosting some of the most prolific new-wave reggae acts from Jamaica. Protoje’s philosophical lyrics, articulating the ‘righteous anger of an emerging generation’ puts him at the helm with new track ‘Blood Money’ calling out governmental double standards. Raging Fyah’s intricate harmonies matched with roots rock reggae has secured them as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts and Jah9’s improvisational ‘jazz on dub’ style is elevated by hard hitting lyrics.  Iba Mahr & Harar Band brings a fresh flavour to lovers rock with Rastafarianism at the centre of his sound, promoting spiritual consciousness and Suns Of Dub reimagine dub music, incorporating live instruments such as melodica, steeply, nyabinghi drums & vinyl into their innovative sets.

Over at the oasis of Hidden Woods, a beautiful woodland glade complete with, hammocks and treetop walkways sitting atop a sandy canvas, those who reach this hidden beach inspired area will find the  party in full swing. Whether day or night, this soundsystem is heard swelling through the trees with some of the highest quality in reggae, dancehall and jungle. Randy Valentine and Runkus & the Old Skool Band will be continuing a showcase of reggae revival with their modern take on the genre. London based Nice Up! Records will be vibrating the woods with a massive carnival flavour takeover complete with afrobeats, dancehall, soca and jungle vibes courtesy of label runners Shepdog & Seani T as well as Mr Benn feat. Lorna King & Gardna, Ghost Writerz feat. Serocee & RTKAL, Blend Mishkin, Red Eye Hi-Fi feat. Fox & Kiva, Cut La Vis, AAA Badboy Vs Dub Boy (Soca Set), Riddim Punx, Origin One & Parly B and Jahkron – in the words of Nice Up! they’ll be ‘taking in the rich history of soundsystem culture and spitting it back out for modern dancefloors’. Conscious lyricist Nattali Rize brings heavy beats whilst reggae roots bands such as Italian group Shanti Powa who bring influences from across Europe, Brisbane based Australian weighty bassers Kingfisha and UK’s own Kioko will be providing reggae inspired vibes from across the globe.

Tangled Roots curated by Trinity Music London and powered by South London’s Unit 137 along with Bristol’s Lionpulse soundsystems, one of the most coveted rigs, is known collectively as Lion Unit. Presenting a collective of DJs, producers, vocalists, engineers and instrumentalists drawn together by a shared passion for conscious, forward thinking bass music. Set to send vibrations throughout, this stage is topped by one of the world’s best known soundsystems, Channel One’s tight vinyl sections of dub classics, old and new, show how they became such heavy influencers of dubstep. RSD of Smith & Mighty fame playing alongside Hippy Lee as Riddimwize, hosted by MC Joe Peng. Old school Rinse DJ Uncle Dugs will be reaching for bangers whilst Sinai Sound fuse classic and modern dub and reggae, pushing the boundaries of soundsystem culture alongside established trailblazers, Real Roots and so many more whose domination of the dance will educate and entertain, leaving each in attendance with eyes closed and minds opened.

Boomtown Fair Trenchtown

A global celebration of reggae and dub from all corners of the world, this year at Boomtown sees artists which represent each step the evolution of reggae; from the great influence it’s had on heavy hitters such as legendary ska headliners The Specials, political dub poet, activist and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, and Australian loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX. Prolific artists representing the past, present and future in reggae with one of the heaviest Jamaican line-ups makes this a festival not to be missed for all inspired by the roots this genre has provided to the music scene.

Tickets available from

Tier 1 – £155.00 Sold Out
Tier 2 – £170.00 Sold Out
Tier 3 – £195.00 Buy here
Teen Tickets – £155.00
12s and under – FREE



Lion’s Den
Ziggy Marley / Toots & The Maytals / The Bonner Brothers (Chaka Demus & Pliers, Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Shepherd Bonner) / Mr Vegas / Protoje / Lutan Fyah / Big Youth + U-Roy  / Raging Fyah / Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band / Jah9 & The Dub Treatment / Earl Gateshead with Dawn Penn + Soom T / Gentleman’s Dub Club feat. Taiwan MC, Parly B & Eva Lazarus / Channel One / Jus Now / Iba Mahr & Harar Band / Stick Figure / Suns Of Dub / Solo Banton & Horseman with The Upper Cut Band / Ras Kwame / Chainska Brassika

Hidden Woods
Randy Valentine / Nattali Rize / Kingfisha / Runkus & the Old Skool Bond / Aries / Reggae Roast feat. Brother Culture / Chilean Reggae Ambassadors / Nice Up Takeover feat. Shepdog & Seani T, Mr Benn feat. Lorna King & Gardna, Ghost Writerz feat. Serocee & RTKAL, Blend Mishkin, Red Eye Hi-Fi feat. Fox & Kiva, Cut La Vis, AAA Badboy Vs Dub Boy (Soca Set), Riddim Punx, Origin One & Parly B, Jahkron / By The Rivers / Shanti Powa / Kioko / They Say Jump / Fleck + Selecta-JMan / Kelvin 373 / Kaotic Kartel / Prank Allstars / Urban Lions / Hotsteppas / Midnight Zu

Tangled Roots
Channel One / DJ Vadim / V.I.V.E.K. / Riddimwize – Rsd & Hippy Lee Feat. Joe Peng / Uncle Dugs / Skitz & Joe Burn Feat. Inja & Jman/Delhi Sultanate (bfr Sound System) / Gold Dubs / Lion Unit (lionpulse + Unit 137) / Danny T Feat / Tradesman & Parly B / Sinai Sound / Real Roots Feat. Ramon Judah / Elektrikal Sound / Jim Bitch / Disorda / Jam Jah Sound Feat. Lionart / Escape Roots / Leo Samson Feat. Shumba Youth / Sleepy Time Ghost & Friends / Hylu Feat. Zico, A.p Grimshaw & Kosher / Ed West / Jago / Galak Spiritual / Hempolics (dj Set) / Evermoor Sound / Sasha Steppa / Rubberdub Sound / Hold Tight Records / Showcase / Samedia Shebeen / Fat Stash / Dub Time

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Visually impressive, with its niche subcultures pulling the crowds, this fantastical theme-park festival rocked the house – The Times

Fans in their thousands flocked to the Lion’s Den stage to catch an exhilarating performance by Sunday’s headliner Damian Marley. – Guardian

Winchester’s Matterley Bowl was transformed into a celebration of the most bizarre and adventurous elements of UK festival culture, [Boomtown] once again made a grab for the crown prize of festival production. – Crack Magazine

Boomtown will blow your mind and transport you back to the magical make-believe world of childhood. – Festival Kidz

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