Dates: 9th - 12th August 2018
Location: Nr.Winchester, Hampshire
Boomtown is literally a festival city. From humble beginnings as a village fair in 2009, it has spread and grown to a veritable party metropolis, with streets and alleys for every interest – musically, artistically, culturally – creatively. Their ethos is that for every varied belief or practice, humanity should remain bound by a spirit of unity – and this is the place to celebrate it.
This is another festival that strongly believes in the amalgamation of humanity and creative expression. It was this that prompted the organisers to create a ‘city’ where people could escape from the ‘meaningless’ humdrum normality of everyday life, and come to a place where diversity was celebrated; imagination essential and community spirit imperative. Over the last eight years it has become “a global community of music and freedom loving people”, who don’t just have a good time; they give back to society with charitable donations and maintaining eco-awareness throughout.
he storyline that goes with the ‘city’ premise of BoomTown upholds the drama and politics of an ordinary city – sculpted to reflect debate and provoke innovation – from the Mayor and Sheriff to the revolution at the gates of the city. This totally enriches the entire feel of festival; people can propel themselves heart, body and soul into a whole new world; but one where the outcome is as idealistic as it is fun.
The town hosts multiple elaborate stages and venues within its many ‘districts’ for the maelstrom of different music, performance and art that people expect from the festival. The Town Centre is where you’ll find the main headline bands, and if you feel like a rave, the nine storey Bang Hai Palace is the place to go. Not forgetting pyschedelia; go and lose yourself in the forest to some trance – or chill to some reggae in the Lion’s Den. We are but naming a few – aside from further music venues there’s endless theatre, comedy, literature and visual arts. Not to mention foodie feasts and wacky bars galore.
As with any place that urges freedom of expression and identity exploration, fancy dress is encouraged, and a huge amount of effort goes into the decoration and infrastructure. Visually, there is a great deal to stimulate you. There are a limited number of tickets for teens – though children are welcome, and the KidzTown is fully devoted to their entertainment and fun. They even get their own stage – the Sandcastle Stage. A separate family entrance and campsite, near KidzTown, means that if you’re coming with your children you’ll find everything very conveniently located to ensure you have fun and feel safe.
Nearby this festive settlement lies the historical cathedral city of Winchester; surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely gardens for long walks. You will also find, if you can bear to take leave of your newfound party home, the country’s largest Farmer’s Market, and some superb pubs (just in case you need a break).
Each district has its own camping area, however if you’re looking for comfort you’ll pick the luxury camping option in The Boomtique Village. Offering luxury tents in an exclusive, convenient location, booking your boutique accommodation at BoomTown Fair is the cleverest thing you’ll do….