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Wu-Tang Clan and Underworld set to headline Boomtown 2020

By bristol247, Sunday Feb 9, 2020

Alongside unveiling their musical lineup, one of the UK’s most theatrically-led festivals – organised and planned in Bristol before being transported to a field in Hampshire – has revealed their theme for 2020.

‘State of Emergency’ will be a brand new multi-stage show that is set to unfold throughout the duration of Boomtown “in a full throttle, dazzling display of modern-day circus and mind-bending technologies”.

Musical headliners from August 12 to 16 include Wu-Tang Clan, Underworld, Orbital, Kano, Mura Masa and The Libertines.


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Other acts performing will be Damian Marley, De la Soul, Kool & The Gang, Kelis and Pendulum.

The 27 main stages are spread throughout 12 different districts that make up the cityscape of Boomtown’s multi-genre fiesta covering folk to post-punk.


Boomtown organisers, who at the end of 2019 opened Area 404 in St Phillip’s, promise “a high energy, theatrical spectacular of circus and performance, as well as boundary-pushing sound design, technology and special effects to create a 360-degree experience across multiple stages and areas.

“Curated by Boomtown production and theatrical teams, as well as circus troupes from across the world, the Boomtown story will unfold on an unrivalled scale throughout the five days.”

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Main photo by Charlie Raven

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