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16th March 2017

Jazz line up announced for Boomtown’s Whistler’s Green area

Gilles Peterson (DJ Set) + Earl Zinger, Dub FX, GoGo Penguin, Soweto Kinch and more

Boomtown is putting jazz at the forefront of the main stage for the Whistlers Green area.  The Windmill stage will feature four Mercury Prize nominees on this year’s line up. 

Opening The Windmill on Thursday is BBC6 Music’s Gilles Peterson who will be showcasing a set with selections varying from jazz to world, afrobeat and beyond. Loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX will be taking live improvisation to new strengths with a beatboxing, horn layering, vocal enhancing journey. Benjamin Zephaniah will be serving a unique blend of truth music guaranteed to give food for thought alongside his Revolutionary Minds band. 

Dub FX
Dub FX

Portico Quartet return with their own strand of atmospheric music, flirting with the experimental as a four string ensemble. Manchester group GoGo Penguin intersect minimalist jazz piano riffs with breakbeat basslines, Soweto Kinch’s carefully arranged horns bridge the gap between jazz and hip hop whilst The Comet Is Coming incorporate psychedelic rock with infectious jazz riffs and electronica. All female septet Nérija draw influence from South Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and UK resulting in a sound that reflects the rich cultural backgrounds on London jazz. Brazilian Nomad Orchestra bring ten of the country’s most daring musicians to share their strand of ethio-groove, afrobeat with hip hop infused dub undertones. Cuban/Iranian quartet Ariwo create a soundscape of hypnotic  polyrhythms intersected with live instrumentation encapsulating traditional Tehran/Cuban sounds in modern jazz and Jesse Royal’s authentic sounds of Jamaican folk represent the many strands of reggae revival artists through the festival.

Floating Lotus, representing the up and coming talent in R&B, soul and funk, an intimate venue giving artists a space to be known, home to Cardiff harmonisers, Baby Queens, acoustic Bristol trip hop triad Elder Island and the smooth vocals of Anjelo Disons to name but a few.

Over at the Sandcastle Stage those in Kidztown can enjoy their very own PG rated stage, bursting with fun, high quality music from around the rest of the festival. From Sam & The Womp’s high energy, electro swing inspired gypsy funk to Kid Carpet’s hip hop esque disco punk,  Beans on Toast’s fantastically ranting folk to parodic chap hop from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer - this stage is specifically catered for kids as well as their adults.  Featuring a host of new cafes, chill-out areas, activities, workshops and education spaces, this area offers a family-friendly haven to enjoy some relaxation, pass on skills and learn all kinds of new ones.

Tickets are on sale from the Festival Website

Boomtown will take place from the 10th to the 13th August 2017 at the Matterley Estate, Winchester
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