Never, in our wildest dreams did we imagine members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy & Cypress Hill together at Boomtown!!!
It’s time for the first (of many) brand new districts celebrations, in the form of our dedicated punk, metal and ska district; Diss-order Alley! Our punk and metal community has been steadily growing over the past few years and with the demand evident, Chapter 10 will see three new live venues pop up in the city; The Last Gang in Town presents Hangar 161 (ska, punk), The Earache Factory (punk, grindcore, stoner and psyche) and The Skankin’ (straight up ska!!) as well as the upgraded and expanded Freak Boutique Punk bar.
Ready to shine a light on some of the most influential underground bands, this new area will play host to a multitude of system challenging, thought provoking and knee bending live acts on the circuit across each of the district venues:
Last Gang in Town presents Hangar 161, an evolution of the historical Devil Kicks Dancehall, this abandoned aeroplane hangar is a mecca for all punks and serious ska heads to celebrate a whole spectrum of favourites from the last four decades with the likes of; long standing Californian band Voodoo Glow Skulls, political hardcore from Capdown as they mash-up punk with drum & bass, and Boston originators Jaya the Cat will be serving up their own remedy of punk reggae.
All new for this year, one of the most respected and longest standing independent labels in the UK (Earache Records) will be curating their very own venue; The Earache Factory. Located in the heart of Diss-order Alley, the line up will feature some of the best in Punk, Metal, Grindcore, Stoner and Psyche; ranging from world renowned legends to the hottest new heavy bands on the scene. Acts include; Max Cavalera’s anti-austerity heavy-as-funk Brazilian tribal Metal band Soulfly, high energy grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and New Jersey experimental band Ho99o9 whose dark hip hop fuses with punk. Metalcore from industry influencers Earth Crisis and Liverpudlian doom metal band CONAN are just a handful of what can be found this new intimate venue.
“Boomtown Fair is one of the most unique and thriving festivals in the UK and it’s a privilege to be a part of it for Chapter 10. We are on a mission to bring heavy music to the masses and big credit goes to everyone at Boomtown for welcoming us with open arms… We have a varied line up that should go down a storm but we have tried to book bands with a purpose, bands that mean something and are fighting for positive change in this world. Bring your earplugs.”
Tom Hadfield, Head of Live Music - Earache
The Skankin’, goes on a journey through ska with; seven piece Derby band Lightyear fusing ska, punk, funk and hip-hop, [spunge] the raw and raucous ska-punk troupe from that bring all knees in the room right up to the ceiling, as well as four piece East Londoners, Buster Shuffle with their supersonic live shows that leave crowds bellowing out for more.
Freak Boutique Punk Bar will be bringing the most ferocious of bands to the dissident delinquents of Diss-order Alley spanning all subgenres of punk. Brassick, The Dancing Morons and Killdren are just some of the best in hard hitting underground music on offer!
“We're seriously excited about expanding on the heavy live music side of the festival ... The first event I ever put on was a heavy metal gig when I was 16 and have been in various thrash / punk / metal bands ever since, so to represent such an amazing musical culture within the context of Boomtown is insanely exciting and I can’t wait to see where this takes us.”
Lak Mitchell, Boomtown Co-founder
As part of our ever evolving storyline Diss-order Alley is themed around a military base that has been abandoned and overtaken by an autonomous community of punks. Attendees are encouraged to embrace their inner characters and immerse themselves into these new intricately designed venues...