Towards a sustainable Boomtown

In two weeks (Thursday 8 February) Boomtown, one of the UKs largest independent music and theatrical festivals, will announce its headline line-up for Chapter 11: A Radical City.  The naming of the artists that top this year’s bill will follow on from the recent announcement of the addition of a new Techno district AREA 404 –  to the musically diverse festival. This will be headlined by Carl Cox, Four Tet, and Amelie Lens.


Ahead of the announcement, Boomtown has released its Sustainability mission for 2019. Having grown in size from 1,000 to 66,000 capacity Boomtown’s ongoing priority is to protect the environment from the impact of an event this size.  

To raise awareness amongst the guests and encourage them to make changes to their behaviour, both at the festival but also beyond, Chapter 11 will be in every way a Radical City, with sustainable initiatives embedded into all of the event planning and infrastructure on the ground.

The festival works with many partners to help Boomtown achieve this and implement change. This includes the festival’s charity partner for 2019 WinACC– Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) who focus on combating climate change and inspiring sustainable living. Details on all of the partners and the individual environmental campaigns, plus an overview of all the initiatives are on Boomtown’s sustainability section of their website here and their news story here as well as the latest environmental video

A brief overview of the focus on the ground is below:

  • Eradicating single-use plastic: Among other aspects of the festival planning, Boomtown will continue to work with the AIF on the Drastic on Plastic campaign to eliminate single-use plastic from the environment.
  • Fuel: reducing fuel consumption by 50% through overhauling the entire festival power plan such as putting in LED lighting across the site and installing mains power supply using green energy rather than diesel-powered generators.
  • Travel:  target of 40% of attendees arriving by public transport, working with all artists and contractors to offset their travel to and from the festival, and a carbon-balancing levy is added to all car park passes for public.
  • Zero Waste Mission: Boomtown will strive to be zero waste – a place where everyone reuses, recycles and there’s no such thing as single-use or a throw-away society.
  • Food: prioritising local, seasonal, sustainable, free range and vegetarian / vegan stalls.
  • Changing perceptions and encouraging positive change – to inspire change in ourselves and everyone in attendance.