Boomtown Fair 2019: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Prophets Of Rage, The Streets, Chronixx, Chase & Status, Groove Armada, Slaves, UB40 Featuring Ali Astro and Mickey, Salt N Pepa, Kate Tempest & more
"Boomtown, the UK’s most musically varied and theatrically ambitious event, returns for it’s eleventh year celebrations over 7th-12th August. For their tenth year celebrations, Boomtown are planning on raising the bar even higher than previous years, and looking to put on a show even more mind blowing than usual.
This mind-blowing theatrically immersive event will be inviting people from around the globe to join Boomtown’s vibrant community; to create their own characters and wander down the fictional city streets that is brought to life by hundreds of interactive actors, and become part of Chapter 10’s story this summer.
Please visit www.boomtownfair.co.uk/ for more information."
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Ms. Lauryn Hill, the American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, academician and actress established herself in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees, whose record sales would make them the second biggest selling R'n'B act worldwide since Michael Jackson. Lauryn launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill', which earned her a record breaking five Grammy Awards including 'Album of the Year' and 'Best New Artist'.
Ms. Lauryn Hill tour dates
Prophets of Rage is an American rap rock supergroup. Formed in 2016, the group consists of three members of Rage Against the Machine, two members of Public Enemy, and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill.
Prophets Of Rage tour dates
Mike Skinner's project The Streets had an undeniable impact on the music scene, releasing 6 studio albums between 2002 and 2011. Debut album 'Original Pirate Material' was a brilliant blend of urban poetry, UK Garage, cut-up beats and a wicked sense of humour. Meanwhile follow-up 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' spawned the UK No.1 single 'Dry Your Eyes' and the album went multi-platinum around the world.
The Streets played what was meant to be their last ever gig at The Big Reunion 2011 at Butlins in Skegness, performing a set celebrating a decade of their career. However they have reformed for a one-off reunion tour in 2018.
The Streets tour dates
Jamaican musician Chronixx is one of the hottest and most in demand reggae artists of his generation. The son of reggae artist Chronicle, Jamar McNaughton was given the stage name Chronixx as his love of music became apparent. He has ignited a torch in people's hearts the world over and is confidently lighting the path for an entire generation to rediscover roots and culture.
Chronixx tour dates
Chase (Will) & Status (Saul) have been hailed as 'the most exciting producers in the UK today'. They met at Manchester University through their mutual love of drum and bass in the mid nineties and have DJ'd ever since. Their frenetic formula of raging riffs and high octane breakdowns earned their acclaimed album 'No More Idols' double platinum status, whilst their baffling, on-the-fly manipulation of dirty, ferocious beats has attracted a devoted global fan base, who live and breathe that tumultuous bass driven sound.
Chase & Status tour dates
Celebrating 21 years in the business, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, aka Groove Armada, have established themselves as one of the planet's best loved and biggest selling dance acts. As comfortable on the big stages as they are in sweat soaked basements, the boys cross genres and styles with ease.
Blending big beat electronica, nu-funk and trip hop, they achieved chart success most notably with the single 'I See You Baby' and have released eight studio albums to date.
Whether playing their own brand of smooth, funky, sunshine dance tracks (with a housey, trancey undercurrent) or DJing clubs and festivals across Europe, Groove Armada remain the Kings of the Ibiza chillout scene.
Groove Armada tour dates
An explosive duo from Kent, Slaves are making a lot of noise as an unmistakably British punk act. They have gained a lot of attention for bringing raw and exciting performances that have a distinct lack of pretentiousness in a British music scene flooded with bands that are leaning more and more towards American-centric influences.
Slaves tour dates
UB40 are Britain's greatest reggae artists and have survived more than 30 years in the music business and have clocked up more than 40 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town and Red, Red Wine.
The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the Birmingham band, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK. British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour. They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US.
The band's initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band's formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell's departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.
These three founding members are now embarking on a huge world tour, which the fans have been crying out for, playing all the hits and new tracks from the forthcoming album, which will be released later in 2014.
UB40 Featuring Ali Astro and Mickey tour dates
Grammy award-winning group Salt N Pepa are the biggest selling female rap group of all time and without a doubt one of the most influential hip hop groups ever. Consisting of Cheryl Williams (Salt), Sandra Denton (Pepa) and Deidra 'DeeDee' Roper (DJ Spinderalla) the New York trio hit the UK charts in 1986 with their massive unforgettable single Push It. Further singles came in the form of Shake Your Thang, Twist and Shout, Let's Talk About Sex, Shoop and Whatta Man, alongside five artist albums, all of which have totalled sales in excess of fifteen million worldwide.
Salt-N-Pepa have sold over 15 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling female rap acts of all time.
Salt N Pepa tour dates
Kate Tempest is a published playwright, poet and recording artist. Her playwriting credits include Wasted (Paines Plough) Brand New Ancients (BAC) and Glasshouse (Cardboard Citizens). She has written poetry for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barnado’s, Channel 4 and the BBC. She has worked with Amnesty International to create a schools pack helping secondary school children write their own protest songs.
Kate is two times slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and she has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with her band Sound Of Rum. Her poetry book/CD/DVD package Everything Speaks In Its Own Way was published on her own imprint Zingaro in 2012.
Kate's Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album, ‘Everybody Down’, was recorded in London and released in May 2014 on Big Dada. Each track on the album correlates with a chapter in her forthcoming debut novel, ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’.
Kate Tempest tour dates
Bedouin Soundclash has emerged in the past two years as a young group refusing to be classified, while blurring the lines of reggae and rock. Jay Malinowski's soulful wail and rasp rests on Eon Sinclair's deep dubbing bass while Pat Pengelly drives a heavy rhythm, blazing their own path in the musical landscape.
Bedouin Soundclash tour dates
This is the Kit is the musical project of Paris-via-Bristol singer/songwriter Kate Stables who sings and plays banjo and guitar, sometimes solo and other times in other guises: duo, psychedelic rock-formation, 4-4-2, unplugged acoustic gigs, choir workshops, home shows, busking etc. If you thought you didn’t like the banjo, This Is The Kit will prove you wrong as Kate rips forward with a hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare beauty, accompanied by a backing band of minimal psychedelia.
This Is The Kit tour dates
Founder member of the outspoken and socially aware 'Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy' and then 'Spearhead', Michael Franti is a leader in his field. Socially conscious lyrics set to 21st century world wise grooves.
Michael Franti + Spearhead tour dates
Bassekou Kouyate is a master of the ngoni, a lute-like instrument from West Africa. The Guardian describes him as an 'African answer to Hendrix'.
Bassekou Kouyate tour dates
Hak Bakr used to be part of grime collective B.O.M.B Squad as a teenager, before he picked up the guitar and began writing his own music. which has a slight chilled out reggae feel to it.
Hak Baker tour dates
'The musical equivalent of the bodice-ripping blockbuster' - The Guardian. Seth's live show, as with everything else he does, takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth's unmistakable vocals riding the wave.
Seth Lakeman tour dates
With more razzle-dazzle jewellery than Mr T, this novelty rap act from South Wales manage to make The Streets' Mike Skinner appear positively middle-class. The 15 chavs that make up GLC were somehow signed to independent label EastWest on the dubious strength of a handful of tracks that had been burnt to CDR and passed around the pubs of Newport. Now, armed with songs about smoking weed, shagging monkeys and, erm, 'cider enemas', they are headlining gigs around the UK.
Goldie Lookin' Chain tour dates
Scottish firebrands Breabach are one of the most talked about bands on the folk scene. Their innovative celtic style, blending double bagpipes, flute, fiddle, song and Scottish stepdance, brings to the stage, flare, excitement and diversity rarely seen from such a young group.
Their enviable musicianship is coupled with a delightful ability to connect with their audience and has gained Breabach international recognition as one of Scotland’s leading new acts.
Breabach tour dates
Brass Against is a NYC based brass band playing protest songs and other hip hop anthems from Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick Lamar, Fugees and more.
Brass Against tour dates
Jazz pianist.Even amongstBritain’s vibrant modernist jazz scene, Joe Armon-Jones stands out as a remarkable talent. A virtuoso keyboardist, he possesses that rare ability to stay true to the genre’s roots while also connecting with a wider, more youthful audience. Spinning unrestrained into hip-hop, funk and dub, his tracks also often pulsate with a feverish, punk-infused energy.
“Armon-Jones takes a modern-jazz journey from the discrete influences on that eclectic London sound to its thrillingly diverse present—and stakes his claim as one of the scene’s most promising voices.” Pitchfork
Joe Armon-Jones tour dates
This Aussie singer-songwriter has been creating waves in the music industry with her songs about the hard-hitting topics of our times.
Stella Donnelly tour dates
The first bone crunching, bass bin shattering public impact from The Bug (AKA Kevin Martin) came in 2001 with the appropriately titled 'Seismic'. Since then, he has won over influential figures like Adrian Sherwood, Kid 606 and Aphex Twin with his bass heavy concoction of mutant dancehall, ragga and dub anthems which culminated in his first full length release 'Pressure'.
The Bug tour dates
Forward thinking reggae from Glasgow. Scotland's finest roots/dub defenders, expelling hit after hit since 2001, making their first big impact with the unforgettable tune 'Wickedness'.
Mungo's HiFi tour dates
Bass, bass, bass,....Oh and more bass, some drum echoes, some strings. Expect to feel as well as hear the exquisite sounds that these boys play. Very heavy dub music from this highly dedicated trio.
Iration Steppas Sound System tour dates
Inspired by the halcyon days of New York nightlife, acclaimed London DJ collective that bring together classics, italo disco, oddities, punk funk,80s boogie, electro, fresh edits and all-new dance- floor discoveries. Dedicated to human happiness, Horse Meat Disco is for everyone.
Horse Meat Disco tour dates
Mella Dee is a Doncaster born techno/jungle producer. Bass laden and break heavy, Mella Dee is at the forefront of the rave revival, dragging the sounds of 1990 into 2015.
Mella Dee tour dates
First breaking in 2009 with a remix causing a stir when it featured on Aeroplane’s Essential mix, Mighty Mouse hasn't looked back since. A string of remixes including Robbie Millions and Gorillaz plus their Disco Circus compilations have set MM firmly in the hearts and minds of the international nu-disco scene.
Mighty Mouse tour dates
Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard are The 2 Bears. Sound familiar? They should do, Raf is DJ Raf Daddy: Ministry of Sound radio show host, label head and club promoter whilst Joe is a producer, solo artist and one fifth of Hot Chip. The two are also both members of the Greco-Roman Soundsystem collective and have now joined in an exclusive collaboration formed on a love of House.
The 2 Bears tour dates
Ultra-heavy grindcore at its best. Formed in Britain in early 1985 - and championed by John Peel. Managed to upset a few people at the Brits in 1992 by pointing a machine gun at the audience and firing of a clip of blanks. They tour relentlessly and make a noise that requires the optional use of earplugs.
Extreme Noise Terror tour dates
Siberian Meat Grinder are a metal/hardcore band from snowy Russia, who deliver a unique style of fast and heavy music, blending high-speed crossover thrash with hip-hop, black metal, NYHC, stoner-rock and punk.
The band, who formed in 2011, are guided by a Bear-Tsar - A mysterious and powerful entity, ruling the frozen depths of Siberian Hell with an iron paw and bringing suffering upon enemies of metal.
Siberian Meat Grinder have an illustrious touring history throughout mainland Europe and Russia. Having played over 150 shows, more than 20 major festivals and toured with the likes of Agnostic Front, Terror, Sick Of It All, Deez Nuts, Nasty, No Turning Back and Napalm Death, their live show is truly something to behold.
Siberian Meat Grinder tour dates
Berkshire collective R.D.F, founded by Chris Bowsher, combine punk, dub, and ska, while Bowsher's lyrics, spoken rather than sung, deal mainly with political issues. They were a regular act on the UK free festival scene prior to the 1994 Criminal Justice Act, and were part of the crusties and anarcho punk movement. After a split in the mid 90s, they reformed in 2006 and continue to play today, with 2012's 'Ammunition' being their first new album since 1995.
R.D.F (Radical Dance Faction) tour dates
Punk metal band featuring former members of Conflict mixing hardcore punk, dub, ska and more, creating a powerful and eclectic sound.
Inner Terrestrials tour dates
The Restarts are: Kieran bass/vocals, Robin guitar/vocal and Bram drums. The Restarts formed back in 1995, in Hackney, London's East End. We have been gigging in and around the UK and Europe, playing squat gigs and pubs mostly. We have been to the USA an Canada three times. We consider ourselves part of a large world wide network of DIY Punk Rock. We hope to be playing somewhere near you soon!
The Restarts tour dates
Multi award winning psy-trance pioneers, who since the late 90s have gained themselves a huge following both here in the UK and abroad for their groundbreaking style and ability to morph with the times.
GMS tour dates
The creator of a new style of Drum and Bass music that fuzes influences from all corners of the globe, Manchester based Drum and Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago.
Dub Phizix tour dates
Aka Link Barrat, a leading Welsh junglist whose sound has been described as 'the most uplifting drum'n'bass in the universe'.
High Contrast tour dates
A pioneer, respected DJ, an accomplished producer/remixer, label / A&R manager and radio presenter, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont has been an intrinsic part of the UK Dance scene from its very inception.
Matt 'Jam' Lamont tour dates
Junior Bill have been here all along. Surveying their world from atop a suburban overpass, or a forlorn back alley, they are the eyes and ears of urban Britain. Their witty provincial tales eulogise forgotten peoples, spin empathic character portraits and tell the everyday stories of contemporary city life.
The tunes themselves are catchy as hell. Pretty playground limericks, latin melodies and chanted refrains rattle round the skull, distracting you from the often tragic subtexts of division, decline and gentrification familiar to any British city-dweller. The music is hugely danceable too. Dubby basslines and concrete grooves underpin a ska-tinged global-local collage of sound. It's a blend that makes them the natural torch-bearers of a vein of Jamaican-influenced British songwriting running from Jerry Dammers to Jamie T.
When frontman Rob Nichols and keyboardist Joel Beswick met at Cathays Community Centre in Cardiff at the tilt of their teenage years, they never expected to take the band to where it is now. Whilst keeping allegiance to the humble community centre, the youth club loiterers have grown into electric and brilliant showmen who are regulars at the likes of Boomtown Fair and Nozstock and have toured with Danny Goffey (Supergrass).
They've got the home crowd on side, with support and airplay from BBC Radio Wales, jam-packed local gigs and a Cardiff Music Award. Now's the time for that support to spread nationwide.
"Everybody's talking about Junior Bill... a genuine grassroots feel, instantly" - Tom Robinson
Junior Bill tour dates
One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as Entombed, At the Gates have played a significant role in the death metal genre.
At The Gates tour dates
Based in London, Lead Shot Hazard is a coming together of third wave kids – fast-paced, horn-driven ska/punk whose aim in life to make audiences bounce, and then hum our songs on the way home. Imagine if Capdown had a baby with Streetlight Manifesto – Lead Shot Hazard makes that a reality.
Lead Shot Hazard tour dates
Hailed as “the future of UK Hip-Hop” by Complex Magazine, Camden born rapper Ocean Wisdom spent years perfecting his craft, remaining relatively quiet even in his home town of Brighton. That was until a chance encounter with UK Hip Hop producer/artist Dirty Dike. One take later and Walkin’ was born. No hook, no ad-libs just raw, unfiltered energy and originality.
Ocean Wisdom tour dates
Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, lets her work do the talking - and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering Hip Hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary young woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence - and inspiring her generation to do the same.
As her acclaim and achievements continue to build - with MOBO nominations for Best Hip Hop Act and Best Female Act, Little Simz was the first independent UK artist to make the Forbes List of 30 Under 30 in Europe, and to rap in the televised US BET Hip Hop Awards' Cypher - many respected peers and legends have voiced their admiration of her talents; with Compton's Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar declaring her to be "one of the illest doing this right now," the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill handpicking Simz to be a special guest on her Diaspora Calling! US tour, and dynamic virtual band Gorillaz featuring her on their crowd-pleasing single "Garage Palace" before taking her around the world to perform on their Humanz Tour.
Little Simz tour dates
Featuring Chief Xcel and Gift Of The Gab. The group have appeared previously as part of the Quannum collective, a hip-hop dreamteam underpinned by DJ Shadow's nimble vinyl mastery.
Blackalicious tour dates
Australian Surf / Roots artist with a definite multi-instrumental element to his music, utilising not only the guitar, but the didgeridoo, slide steel, tongue drums, harmonica and an assortment of percussive parts that have earned him his 'one man band' status. Xavier's songs relate to the history and indigenous people of Australia, and have equally spiritual and personal elements.
Xavier Rudd tour dates
Ithaca are a British hardcore rock band who released their debut album 'The Language of Injury' in early 2019. Formed out of a mutual love of metallic hardcore but despair at its lack of ambition, Ithaca draw influence from everything from Southern doom to 90's math rock, as well as the untethered savagery of early Poison The Well and melodious battery of Oathbreaker. They are champions of diversity, equal representation, anti-fascism and anti-sexism.
Ithaca tour dates