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One of its oldest and most theatrical of districts of Boomtown history, Oldtown is packed full of artists, street circus performers, painters and poets all of whom have the spirit of Bohemia in their hearts. This unprecedented line-up sits plays a pivotal role in providing the festival’s musical melting pot with an essential mix of Balkan fusion, roots, and folk punk.
These alluring, immersive alleyways are built on the very land where the travelling families of Boomtown fair first settled, will be occupied with hundreds of performers, exotic characters and theatrical shows that bring Boomtown’s story alive. All courtesy of the pioneering and creative Invisible Circus.
Oldtown is key to our evolving storyline where the boundaries between fiction and reality are beautifully blurred, focussing on the animated, outrageous and engaging circus culture that is so close to our heart. Exploding with intimate musical and theatrical venues to explore, long standing micro venue Grandma’s Living Room returns as do the infamously twisted taxidermy of Rimski’s Yard, and the everyday cosy vibes of People’s Front Room, and The Nobody’s Inn with each taking its own distinct take on cabaret and sideshows.
Leading the way on the Oldtown Square is live band Baba Zula with their Turkish Psychedelia; a fusion of rock-n-roll, electronica and traditional instrumentation and a show that provides a sensory explosion of costumes, poetry and theatre which take the audiences on a tantalizing journey into the Bosphorus. Five piece instrumental band Larry & his Flask will take to the stage with a sound that has transitioned over the last 14 years from hardcore to folk punk. Straight from the Balkans with the tagline ‘Damn Fun’, Transylvania, will get feet stomping all over the place with their live performance mix of bass and melodies rooted in folklore, it’s not to be missed.
Bringing together live music and theatrics in a way only they know how, the six piece masters of raucous swing Carney Villains return to the streets of Oldtown, the fantastically ridiculous Hallouminati turn traditional Balkan on its head with a jungle fusion injection and Ed Cox & E. Coli will soften the lines between music and circus in a truly mind bending way through their own sensational blend of clowncore and gypsytek.