Boomtown’s Ska and Punk lineup for Chinatown district

Boomtown’s Ska and Punk lineup for Chinatown district

by jessicajolly / Feb 16, 2017 / 0 comments
Thursday, 10 August 2017 to Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Specials / Sublime With Rome / Skindred / Slightly Stoopid / Reel Big Fish /
Hoffmaestro / Hepcat / Eskorzo / Ska'N'Ska / Chainska Brassika / The Ska Vengers

The first of Boomtown’s individual district announcements for Chapter 9 kicks off with the rambunctious punk and ska haven, Chinatown. Having already released some of the biggest names from the ska and punk world in the main headliners announcements, including The Specials, Sublime with Rome, Skindred, Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Hoffmaestro, Hepcat, Eskorzo, Ska'N'Ska, Chainska Brassika and The Ska Vengers. The full lineup for the four stages of Chinatown has just released an additional 90+ acts across punk, ska, punk-ska and folk-punk.

The main stage for ska-punk, psychobilly lovers is the one and only Devil Kicks Dancehall. Hosted by the Last Gang in Town, DKDH is filled with hot rods and quiffs, where the sounds of rhythmic double bass are as familiar as the riff of a ska horn section or a well handled harmonica! On the bill for this year are Nashville originals The Legendary Shack Shakers, the boisterous alternative ska punk rock of King Prawn, ska revivalists The Planet Smashers, Vancouver's 5-piece The Dreadnoughts, who are set to bring their energising mix of sea shanties and celtic folk punk. Confrontational political UK punk rock from the Blaggers ITA, as well as Boomtown regulars such as New Town Kings, JB Conspiracy, Pronghorn, Counting Coins, Firepit Collective, and many more.

Over in Chinatown Courtyard ska and reggae from all over the world is celebrated as well as big UK names such as 9-piece The Dualers, Cardiff dwelling Astroid Boys merge the punk, hardcore and grime, Swedish rockabilly band Top Cats, the Spanish innovative fusion of Balkan-ska and Krazy-Klezmer Spin Te Kú. Italian ska jazz, balkan, reggae Empatee du Weiss, London’s Maroon Town who rejuvenated the global Ska scene in the 1990’s, and a whole heap of others such as Cut Capers, Los Albertos, Mad Apple Circus and many more…

The Last Stand provides a more intimate, up close and personal setting as Chinatown’s very own bandstand, bringing hidden gems into the sun to fill the streets with their raw acoustic rapture! Line up includes; The Hydropaths, The Brewer’s Daughter, Mercurius Rising, Efa Supertramp, FFTP, Joe Yorke, Fabian Maddison, Will Wood, Tim Loud, Jake and the Jellyfish, John Fairhurst, Perkie, Jake Martin, Nosebleed, Joe Tilston, Adam Kahn.

One of Chinatown’s longest running Street Venues, the Freak Boutique has received an upgrade and will be hosting a plethora of live bands from anarcho dub punk to the infectiously ramshackle and positively weird country and blues… with acts such as Autonomads, One Eyed God and Rev Schnider and His Band of Angels.

Other confirmed Street Venues for Chinatown this year are; Rokokos Emporium, Bang Hai TeleCon, Dubtendo, So Fun Tek, Alan’s Bang Hai Studio, Digital Funfair, Madame Wrong’s Take-Away and Dissocia.

Chinatown is just one of the many districts of Boomtown, other districts include Wild West, Oldtown, Mayfair, Whistlers Green, DSTRKT 5 and Barrio Loco. Full district lineups will be released every Wednesday at 1pm from 15th February.

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


Devil Kicks Dancehall
Legendary Shack Shakers / King Prawn / Planet Smashers / The Dreadnoughts / The Resignators / Los Fastidios / The Creepshow / Subhumans / Inner Terrestrials / The Filaments
The Generators / Reno Divorce / Blaggers ITA / New Town Kings / JB Conspiracy / Bar stool preachers / Faintest Idea / Petrol Girls / P.A.I.N / Pronghorn / Captain Hotknives / Counting Coins / Wonk Unit / Back to the Planet / China Shop Bull / Matilda's Scoundrels / Firepit Collective / Pizzatramp / Casual Nausea / Rat Bag / Atterkop / Maid of Ace / Last Gang in Town DJs

Chinatown Courtyard
The Dualers / Astroid Boys / Maroon Town / Top Cats / Spin Te Ku / Trashtucada / Empatee du Weiss / Cut Capers / Los Albertos / Mad Apple Circus / The Downsetters / Goldmaster Allstars / Nanofish Dippers / Los Dueños / Jeramiah Ferrari / The Turner Brothers / The Stiff Joints / The Meow Meows / Solko / Count Skylarkin / Skata Tones / Town Of Cats / Dub The Earth / Upbeat Sneakers / Big Red Ass / Sea Bass Kid / Unknown Era / Tree House Fire / Cartoon Violence / Millie Manders / Last Edition / The Activators / Just Say Nay

The Last Stand
The Hydropaths / The Brewer’s Daughter / Mercurius Rising / Efa Supertramp / FFTP / Joe Yorke / Fabian Maddison / Will Wood / Tim Loud / Jake and the Jellyfish / John Fairhurst / Perkie / Jake Martin / Nosebleed / Joe Tilston / Adam Kahn

Freak Boutique
Autonomads / One Eyed God / Rev Schnider and His Band of Angels / Petrol Bastard

Lion’s Den
Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band / Big Youth & U-Roy / The Bonner Brothers (Richie Spice, Spanner Banner, Snatcha Lion, Sheperd Bonner, Shav-A feat. Chaka Demus + Pliers) /Cypress Hill / Earl Gateshead with Dawn Penn & Soom T / Gentleman’s Dub Club feat. Taiwan MC, Parly B & Eva Lazarus / Iba Mahr & Harar Band / Jah9 /Lutan Fyah / M.I.A. / Mr Vegas / Protoje / Raging Fyah / Runkus & The Old Skool Bond / Solo Banton & Horseman with The Upper Cut Band / The Specials / Stand High Patrol & Pupajim / Suns Of Dub feat. Randy Valentine / Stick Figure / Toots & The Maytals / Ziggy Marley

Town Centre
Arrested Development / Eskorzo / Hepcat / Hoffmaestro / The Original Blues Brothers Band / Reel Big Fish / Sam & The Womp / The Showhawk Duo / Ska’N’Ska / Skindred / Slightly Stoopid / Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro / Sublime With Rome / Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio’s Furious 5 / Wax Tailor / The Wurzels

Old Mines
Alabama 3 / Beans On Toast / The Breath / Bukahara / Chris Wood / Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band / The Furrow Collective / Heymoonshaker / Kumbia Queers / Lakuta / Mad Dog Mcrea / Mbongwana Star / Newton Faulkner / Kila / Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band / The Showhawk Duo / 47 Soul

The Windmill
Benjamin Zephaniah & the Revolutionary Minds / Brinsley (Aswad) Forde MBE / The Comet Is Coming / Dub FX / GoGo Penguin / Jesse Royal / Nerija / Nomade Orquestra / Portico Quartet / Mike Love / SK Shlomo / Sons Of Kemet / Soweto Kinch / United Vibrations / Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins

Crash Nomada / Los Colorados / UFOSlavians

Rusty Spurs
Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind

Hidden Woods
Nattali Rize / Nice Up! Takeover / Reggae Roast ft Brother Culture / Randy Valentine

Psychedelic Forest
Astrix / Ace Ventura / Berg / GAUDI / Juno Reactor / Ott & The All-Seeing I

Poco Loco
AJ Tracey / Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts / Dea Players Vs Problem Child / Donae'O / Elf Kid / Loyle Carner / MC Taiwan / Ocean Wisdom / The Four Owls

Ben UFO & Mr Scruff & Joy Orbison / Boddika / Booka Shade / Boys Noize / Carl Craig / Dave Clarke / Dusky / House Gospel Choir / Monki / Solardo

Bang Hai Tower
Black Sun Empire / Break / Exit Records Takeover / Kill Box / My Nu Leng B2B TQD / Optiv & BTK / Phace / Redlight / Rusko / S.P.Y / The Prototypes

Sector 6
Butterz takeover (Elijah & Skilliam, Swindle & DJ Champion & MC Serious) / DJ Luck & MC Neat / Heartless Crew / Holy Goof / Mefjus B2B Emperor / Shogun Audio Takeover / Shy FX / The Heatwave / Toddla T

Aphrodite / Caspa / Deekline B2B Ed Solo / Dub Phizix & Strategy / Freestylers / Gutterfunk Takeover (Dj Die, Addison Groove, Dismantle), Loefah / Mampi Swift / Randall / Ray Keith / Schlachthofbronx / Star.One / Storm / Utah Saints

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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