Preview: Boomtown Fair: Editor’s Picks

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With us heading off to Boomtown Fair on Thursday this week, our Editor Dan Stoten has picked out a handful of his top acts over the course of the weekend outside of those districts already previewed…

Faintest Idea: Playing the Devil Kicks Dancehall are one of the UK’s finest ska-punk bands, Faintest Idea. Still riding high from the success of their 2016 album Increasing The Minimum Rage, their politically-conscious, hard-edged street-punk with horns will undoubtedly go down an absolute storm at this year’s festival.

Skindred: Quite simply one of the best live bands in the world. Benji Webbe’s ragga-metal-punk crew will have every single audience member dancing and bouncing along with what can only be described as a true maelstrom of spat lyrics, huge hooks and crushing choruses. They’re the perfect band for the Town Centre stage and I can’t wait to watch them surrounded by the fantastical wonder that is Boomtown.

Wonk Unit: Another band playing the Devil Kicks Dancehall are the peerless Wonk Unit. Having seen them a good few times now at FEST in Florida, I’m fully versed in the upfront and straightforward nature of their sound. Their roguish charm is sure to go down a treat at Boomtown, as will their most accessible style of punk rock bangers. A must-see.

Millie Manders: A former team member of us here at The Punk Archive, it’s always brilliant to see a member of the UK punk scene going from strength-to-strength. With her outstanding vocal range, crisp and emotive songwriting, and on-stage presence, watching Millie and her band is a perfect way to spend time in the Chinatown Courtyard this year.

Hepcat: One of the most seminal ska bands the world over, it’ll be a pleasure to catch Hepcat on the Town Centre stage at this year’s event. I’m hoping they’re put on early evening, just as the sun sets across the festival and we get ready for another night exploring the city’s nooks and crannies: they’d be the perfect soundtrack.


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