So yesterday we launched our first main headliner announcement (of course if you follow this blog, you’ve maybe already see the Psychedelic Forest and DSTRKT 5 announcements but this is the first selection of main artists from all 8 districts.
It would be impossible to pick my favourites from this poster but as this blog is mostly about giving you new music, I’ll stick with some of the artists who have tunes out from within the last month. As Reggae artists are generally the most prolific let’s start there. Big shout out to Reggaeville for posting all of these tunes, keeping the scene strong!
Alborosie & Shengen Clan
I rarely have had a chance to check the Lion’s Den headliners but in 2012 (when the Lion’s Den was still just a massive marquee) I managed to run over and catch the end of Alborosie’s set. It was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Reggae artist since the 90s. Definitely excited to see what he can do with our new Lion’s Den Temple, now bigger and badder than ever.
These boys were one of my favourites in the late 90s and they are still making consistently heavyweight tracks. They seem to have managed the necessary transformation from bad boy Bashment crew extraordinaire to Festival favourites.
One of the biggest Ragga Jungle tunes of the past few decade is the Jacky Murda / Chopstick Dubplate track A Soundboy Gone with Jamaican Bobo Ashanti singjay Jah Mason. The track is rework of Mason’s massive Reggae hit My Princess Gone and I’ve never seen either tune not tear up a dance. So when Chopstick offered to bring him over for an exclusive show, and then add Demolition Man, one of my favourite Jungle MCs of all time, into the mix. How could we say no? Their set is going to be huge I’m sure.
Many many moons ago, when I was a 16 year old kid from Cardiff, who’s love of Reggae (and a nomadic Dad) had just taken him to live in Birmingham. I ventured out to my first proper Reggae show (not including Carnivals or Festivals) at The Hummingbird – now the O2 Academy. There was a great line up including Jack Radics and General TK (who’s I Spy is still one of the best Ragga tunes of all time), but the highlight of the night by far was Cutty Ranks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more electrifying performer since, he was both frightening and enchanting at the same time and the place went absolutely wild for him I’ve never managed to see him again since but he has always remained one of the best for me, so very excited to have him at BoomTown this year.
Did anyone else see the documentary Rise Up? It was shown as part of the BBC‘s Storyville series and is one of the best Reggae films of all time. It was also the first time people from outside of Jamaica got to see both Brushy One String, and the young Rasta performer, Turbulence, who really shone through in the film and went on to give us the huge hit Notorious.
We have plenty more Reggae artists due t be announced on February 27th so if that’s your preference make sure you check back then. Our next artist announcement is next Tuesday however, with the Mayfair line up of Vintage Remix, Electro Swing, Chap Hop and Steam Punk influenced acts.