The Boomtown line-up rep­res­ents music from across the globe and through­out the under­ground. We have a long his­tory of cel­eb­rat­ing the best in reg­gae, roots, folk and world music as well as being home for ska, met­al and punk. We rep­res­ent all under­ground sides of the elec­tron­ic spec­trum from house, disco and techno to drum n bass, jungle, hip-hop and heav­ier styles of gabba, hard­core and psytrance!

We’ll nev­er be an arena fest­iv­al with one main stage to sit in front of all day… our city is an explor­a­tion into music­al cul­ture with an abund­ance of dance­floors to dis­cov­er. You’ll find everything from acous­tic artists on the streets, huge sound sys­tem parties hid­den in the forests, sweaty dance­floors in the street ven­ues, sunny out­door stages for the best party bands as well as some of the biggest and most spec­tac­u­lar dance and live music stages in the world!

We know this may come as a sur­prise to some of you but we have made the bold decision to keep most of the line up a secret until just before the fest­iv­al… We have spent months debat­ing wheth­er this was the right thing to do and what is clear is that there are many aspects to the way the music industry is run that simply don’t work for inde­pend­ent fest­ivals. The com­plex pro­cess of releas­ing a music line-up with exclus­iv­ity deals, billing and escal­at­ing costs have led us to decide that this is the time to rethink the way we approach it and explore new ways of doing things.

We have always been a cre­at­ively led fest­iv­al and people attend Boomtown because of the over­all exper­i­ence, we will con­tin­ue to book incred­ible head­line artists, and all the fest­iv­al favour­ites, but by approach­ing our pro­gram­ming announce­ments in this rad­ic­al way, we can cre­ate lineups that are even more phe­nom­en­al and diverse than we have ever been able to before.

Music has long been a force to bring people togeth­er at fest­ivals, as an immers­ive fest­iv­al we look for artists who know how to bring you into their world and make you an integ­ral part of the exper­i­ence, you don’t just watch the acts at Boomtown, you’re part of them. We all need music to lose ourselves and to find ourselves, to share a spe­cial moment with friends and strangers alike. We know how import­ant these moments are and we also take great pleas­ure in shar­ing the music we love with every­one.

These last few months have giv­en us a chance to reflect on what is truly import­ant and what is often lost with­in the com­mer­cial­isa­tion of our cul­ture, it’s not about what names you know, it’s about the right artists for the right spaces at the right times, artists that truly care about their art. We’ve nev­er lost our roots in the under­ground and we’ve come to real­ise that to nur­ture that hon­esty and true ded­ic­a­tion to both their cre­ativ­ity and to each oth­er is more import­ant than ever, not just as a fest­iv­al but as a soci­ety, or else it’s some­thing that we could be in danger of los­ing forever.

This could be the car­ni­valesque bands that bring out our play­ful side or those DJs who know how to lift you up by bury­ing the bass­lines deep in your soul. It could be the legends who laid down the music­al found­a­tions we have built this city on, or the rebels and the rule break­ers who con­tin­ue to rage against the machine, push­ing bound­ar­ies, cre­at­ing new sounds and iden­tit­ies with a middle fin­ger in the air to any oppress­ive industry that prizes profit over people and con­trol over cre­ativ­ity.

We are pro pas­sion, pro respect and pro love and we look for bands and DJs who share these val­ues and give everything to their per­form­ance because they don’t know any oth­er way. We nev­er want to be a fest­iv­al who books acts just to sell tick­ets, we want artists that change lives and we nev­er intend to book a band or DJ we don’t believe in. We also love to listen to you guys and what really moves you, so nev­er be afraid to give us your requests or recom­mend­a­tions.

Now is the oppor­tun­ity for change — your sup­port and trust allows the magic of Boomtown to flour­ish — exper­i­enced by thou­sands already and for those yet to take their first steps into our world — we look for­ward to us Gath­er­ing togeth­er again.

Big love,

Kapt­in & James

Boomtown Head Music Pro­gram­mers

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.