Tru Thoughts at Boomtown

After celebrating 20 years of Tru Thoughts across various festivals this summer, from The Funk & Soul Weekender to Love Supreme, the time has come to take over an entire stage at Boomtown Fair! Saturday 10th August will see our artists perform at The Lighthouse, a brand new stage powered fully by renewable energy a top of Whistlers Green’s hill. In-between all acts, Wrongtom and J-Felix will also be spinning tunes.

Friday night’s lingering hangover can be danced away by catching Animanz and their flavourful, funky beats at 11.15am. Their rhythmic saxophones will be sure to get anyone ready for the day.

Singer-songwriter Bryony Jarman-Pinto will then hit the stage for the lunch time slot at 12.45pm, showcasing her genre crossing jazz and soul fusion. Catch her just 6 days before debut album ‘Cage and Aviary’ is released into the world.

2pm will see Anchorsong bring his unique live show to the Winchester field, presenting his melodic electro rhythms amongst an immersive set. With praise from Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens, this is not one to miss.

Ego Ella May is then due on top of the hill at 3.30pm. Having grown up amongst London’s Jazz scene, the songwriter no stranger to a brilliant live set.

As the evening comes in at 5pm, Nostalgia 77 will be next up. One of Tru Thoughts veterans, he’s been with the label for over a decade. This means he has a huge catalogue to gift us at The Lighthouse stage, spanning from jazz to hip hop to electronica and funk.

UK hip-hop’s Rodney P & Skitz are then to get the feet moving as the clock strikes 6.15pm. A legend in the scene since his days in London Posse, Rodney P is a genre defying MC shown through the various collaborations of his career – making this an exciting set to catch.

15 years since releasing her first album with Tru Thoughts in 2004, label heavyweight Alice Russell is due to headline The Lighthouse at 7.45pm. With her electrifying voice and a large backing band to follow, her raw electro soul is the perfect end to a day celebrating two decades of Tru Thoughts.

Words by Sophie Smith-Roberts

Photo by Mike Massaro