BOOMTOWN MUSICAL ROUND UP – AUGUST 2017

With under a week to go until we open the gates to this year’s Boomtown, I figured I should do another round up of new videos from some of the artists performing, just so you’re all able to sing along when you get here.

First up is Lutan Fyah with ‘Perfect Storm’. One of the finest Reggae artists around today, his Lion’s Den set is set to be energising.

My old crew Astroid Boys have just announced a new album coming soon, this is their new single ‘Dirt’ and they will be live on the Chinatown Courtyard this year.

Agents Sasco aka Assassin has not only been prolific with his guest appearances, popping up on everyone from Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar’s albums, but he also has an infinite amount of big tunes of his own, this is his latest, ‘Winning Right Now’ and you can catch him on the Lion’s Den this year.

AJ Tracey is on a rapid ascent at the moment and rightly so, he’s easily one of my favourites from the current Grime vanguard. His new single ‘Blacked Out’ is from his forthcoming EP ‘Secure The Bag’ out in October. He’ll be on Poco Loco this year.

This is something different from Protoje and it took me couple of plays when I first heard it, but it’s a powerful tune and I’m looking forwards to seeing him play it live on the Lion’s Den this year.

This is ‘Gunjack’ taken from Noble Jacks’ debut album ‘What The Hammer’, it’s a pleasure to have these boys at the festival for the first time, I’m sure they’ll fit right in at the Old Mines stage.

Another festival debut, this time it’s The Downsetters. a great Ska band who will be over on Chinatown Courtyard. This is their latest single which tells a similar story to The Specials’ Ghosttown, it’s called ‘Downtown’. In case you didn’t know The Specials are also playing this year too!

Not only has the Lion’s Den got a massive Jamaican line up this year, but there’s also Jamaican bands in both Hidden Woods and up at The Windmill in Whistler’s Green. That’s where you can catch Jesse Royal on Sunday. This is his latest lyric video for ‘Always Be Around’.

Also up on The Windmill is Portico Quartet (yes I got the name right, they’re back!), who will be doing one of their first shows in years, followed by a brand new album Art in the Age of Automation’later in the month. This is taken from that and it’s called ‘Endless’.

The way Donae’o has reinvented himself for the current generation is refreshing, in fact I’m tempted to say it’s his strongest era yet (cue irate UK Funky fans). He’ll be down at Poco Loco this year and this is ‘Whole Life’ with Fredo.

Although we don’t have Roots By Nature this year, we do have Addis Pablo and Ras Jammy aka Suns Of Dub flying over from Jamaica to do an epic set on the Lion’s Den. This is ‘Teach The Youths About Garvey’.

Time to chill it out a little more and this is the latest from Bristol Folk group Circe’s Diner who are back at the Floating Lotus again this year.

If that’s your flavour then you should definitely appreciate ‘Polly Vaughn’ from Furrow Collective, I love their dark and rather twisted take on English Folk music and I think it will go down well on the Old Mines stage.

Back to the Reggae and Nattali Rize is definitely a must see. She’s one of Australia’s biggest Reggae artists and her most album ‘Rebel Frequency’ is one of the stand out releases for this year. This is the title track, and you can hear her play it live in the Hidden Woods.

Before we get too comfortable, here’s Faintest Ideas who will be bringing their rowdy Ska Punk to Devil Kicks Dancehall. This is ‘No Consequences’.

Although we don’t have Whiney with us, you’d be hard pushed not to see Inja at some point over the weekend. He’ll be doing a solo show on Poco Loco, but also guesting across numerous sets across site.

Not long now!!

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