Friday, February 23, 2018


Boomtown Fair (60,000 capacity) continue the mission of getting their full district lineups out to the world following on from the initial release which revealed GORILLAZ, DIE ANTWOORD and LIMP BIZKIT, among the 200 strong artists on the first announcement.  Now it's time for the first (of many) brand new districts for the Chapter 10 celebrations, in the form of the dedicated punk, metal and ska district, Diss-order Alley, which is all set to debut at the festival this year over the 9th-12th August at the Matterley Estate near Winchester.

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 monster lineup will feature some of the best in metal, punk, rock, grindcore, stoner and psych, ranging from world-renowned legends to the hottest new heavy bands on the scene.  Acts include Max Cavalera's heavy-as-fuck Brazilian tribal metal band SOULFLY, the mind-bending grindcore godfathers NAPALM DEATH, New Jersey's wild political hip-hop punk duo HO99O9, straight-edge vegan cult favourites EARTH CRISIS, and angry anti-austerity Bristolian punk out IDLES.

SOULFLY (Max Cavalera's heavy-as-fuck Brazilian tribal metal)
NAPALM DEATH (The godfathers of grindcore)
IDLES (Angy anti-austerity Bristol punk)
HO99O9 (Wild political hip-hop punk)
EARTH CRISIS (Straight-edge vegan hardcore)
HACKTIVIST (British rap metal)
FEED THE RHINO (Ferocious UK hardcore)
CONAN (Scouse stoner doom)
TURBOWOLF (Psych hard rock)
ESKIMO CALLBOY (German electro-metal)
HAGGARD CAT (Fiery garage punk rock feat. ex-members of HECK)
SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT (Trippy experimental psych stoner rock)
CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL (7-piece psychedelic cult seeking to free mankind from material possessions and unify all beings into a singular cosmic whole)
MASSIVE WAGONS (No-nonsense Northern hard rock)
VODUN (Like Aretha fronting ROYAL BLOOD after imbibing ayahuasca)
+ more TBA!

Lak Mitchell, Boomtown Founder, comments: "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."

Boomtown's multidimensional world not only provides some of the best in underground and global music but incorporates it with some of the most unexpected and immersive theatre.  As part of Boomtown's 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 in the intricately designed venues populated by walkabout performers weaving their way through the city's streets.

The Earache Factory is a new 600 capacity venue curated by the legendary Earache Records.  One of the most respected and longest standing independent record labels in the UK, Earache has issued over 600 releases since its inception in 1987 and built its reputation on extreme music and a punk attitude.

Last summer, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the label, Earache was invited to curate the first ever "heavy" music stage at Glastonbury Festival called 'The Earache Express', which resulted in an unforgettable culture shock as NAPALM DEATH annihilated a curious Shangri La crown on the Thursday night amongst a raft of other hard-hitting punk, metal and rock acts throughout the weekend.

Earache Records' Head of Live Music, Tom Hadfield comments: "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.  Much like Earache Records, Boomtown is fiercely independent and we respect that enormously.  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.  All the bands we have booked are heavy in one way or another, but a common theme is that they are all bands with a purpose, bands that mean something and bands that are fighting for positive change in this world.  Bring your earplugs."

Boomtown Fair Chapter 10 will take place at Matterley Estate just outside Winchester from August 9th to August 12th, 2018.

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