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Boomtown, Winchester

A band of musicians perform in the procession at Boomtown Festival

A band of musicians perform in the procession at Boomtown festival Photograph: Jon Neil/GuardianWitness

This is the second summer my partner and I, and several friends, attended Boomtown festival. We took in all sorts musically, from brass bands to techno. Being a bit of an old reggae fan my personal highlights included the awesome Toots and the Maytals, U Roy and Big Youth, as well as headliners and Two Tone legends the Specials. We also explored the nooks, crannies, alleyways, streets and squares in the various districts, which were populated with costumed actors and actresses; some of the structures, such as the Bang Hai Towers in the downtown area, were just stunning. Another highlight was the procession on the Sunday led by samba percussion group Batala and a cyberpunk truck. It was varied, stimulating and we will definitely be returning. Jon Neil

WeWork Summer Camp, Tunbridge Wells

Florence & The Machine at the WeWork Summer Camp


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