It’s that time of year when you’ll be beginning to plan your musical calendar. Put it this way, there’s a whole series of awesome festivals which have already begun their announcements, all of which are worthy of serious consideration…
So with Christmas just around the corner the good people over at Boomtown decided to give us all an early present just before the 25th December. The announcement that Gorillaz are set to headline the festival on it’s ten year anniversary was a huge surprise but also a prime example of just how far this uniquely outrageous festival has come in the last decade.
Despite constantly managing to deliver some of the most varied and exciting line-ups of the summer for the several years now, Gorillaz marks a distinct shift in the type of artist that Boomtown can draw to their impressive array of stages. Fresh off the back of the latest album Humanz, Damon Albarn’s animated line-up are still very much at the height of their powers. Just a few years ago Gorillaz were drafted in to headline the Pyramid at Glastonbury. They’ll be gracing the Lion’s Den next year, the obvious choice given the size of the crowd they’ll no doubt draw for the performance. From the announcement it looks like they may well be taking advantage of the unique narratives both Boomtown and Gorillaz are able to form around themselves to create something that will be truly special, in what is scheduled to be their only UK performance of the summer.
The last few years has seen Boomtown expanding on all fronts: not just the number of people who flock to the surreal town each year, but the music genres too. If this was any other festival it would be a concern that the arrival of a largely mainstream headliner could upset the balance of what draws people back year on year. But seeing how the organisers nail the line-up year on year as it continues to evolve, we here at The Punk Archive can’t wait to see what they throw at us next.
Boomtown 2018 takes place 9th – 12th of August and look set to continue the meteoric rise that has been soaring for ten years already. Hasn’t it flown by?
Manchester Punk Festival
This is another festival which just seems to improve year on year. Starting from humble and grassroots beginnings is often the best way in our scene, and that’s absolutely what the organisers of MPF did a handful of years back. It’s reputation is rising in as equally a meteoric fashion as Boomtown, and that is displayed perfectly in the simply stellar line-up they’ve already attracted this year.
Headliners Propagandhi will grab all the headlines (sorry), but that’s backed up by a stunning array of international talent. It’ll be incredible to see pop-punk heroes The Copyrights on-stage; while a triumphant return of ska-punk-metal noise makers Random Hand will be a sight to behold. Aussie heroes The Bennies are also making an appearance alongside the brilliant Ducking Punches, Mobina Galore and Tellison. As always there’s a huge helping of UK talent too, with Millie Manders, The Roughneck Riot and Wonk Unit being just a few.
Running from 19th-21st April, this really will get your year off to a bang.
Punk Rock Bowling
This basically reads like a who’s-who of some of the biggest punk bands in the world.
Any festival headlined by NoFX and Rise Against is more than worth a look, but with them being joined by the phenomenal Against Me!, At The Drive-In and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, you quite simply have to have this one on your list. It’s clear that organisers have really pulled out the stops for the twentieth anniversary edition of the festival.
Held within the fiery-hot confines of Las Vegas, this would be an experience unlike many others.
Slam Dunk Festival
The annual pilgrimage to the Midlands looks to be very much still on for us here at The Punk Archive, again due to the strength of the Slam Dunk line-up.
Year on year they continue to impress by pulling some really strong names from the pool of pop-punk, emo, metal and hardcore. This year, though, the real highlights for us are the slightly older bands on the line-up: Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World.
Seeing Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes will be fantastic; while there’s plenty of pop-punk brilliance with State Champs and Trash Boat both already lined up. The typically bargain price remains tempting; surely you can’t not!