Whilst many festivals choose a single theme to base each event around, Boomtown Fair 2017 goes that bit further.
With its ever evolving chapters in the ongoing Chronicles, oer the years, the story has covered corrupt elections, alien technology, time travel, Western style showdowns and most recently, the 2016 revolution which spread across the entire event.
This was a feat of theatrical ambition not before seen at a UK festival.
The eagerly awaited release of Chapter 9: ‘Behind the Mask’ has just been unleashed in a high octane, fully theatrical trailer. The mini film recaps the successes of the ‘revolution’ and fills in the gaps of what has happened within the walls of Boomtown since Chapter 8 came to it’s conclusion. Last year saw circus ‘battles’ in Barrio Loco, a pirate showdown in Oldtown and revolutionary takeovers at main stages; The Town Centre, Sector 6 and Bang Hai Palace throughout the four day festival.
Giving a glimpse into what’s in store this year, the video introduces new characters and re-visits old faces to set up the theatrical direction for Chapter 9:
“The aim of the storyline is to hold a mirror up to a world that should be questioned, where every individual has the power to make a change and their voices heard. Using theatre, storytelling and set design to encourage exploration of ideas, we want to create a caring community where everyone can leave their worries at the city gates and enter a world of acceptance and diversity.” – Boomtown Organisers
With the story theme out of the bag, next up will be Boomtown’s major headliners release on 8 February.
WHAT THE (other) PRESS SAID 2016:
Visually impressive, with its niche subcultures pulling the crowds, this fantastical theme-park festival rocked the house – The Times
Fans in their thousands flocked to the Lion’s Den stage to catch an exhilarating performance by Sunday’s headliner Damian Marley. – Guardian
Winchester’s Matterley Bowl was transformed into a celebration of the most bizarre and adventurous elements of UK festival culture, [Boomtown] once again made a grab for the crown prize of festival production. – Crack Magazine
BoomTown will blow your mind and transport you back to the magical make-believe world of childhood. – Festival Kidz
Boomtown Fair 2017 Location:
MATTERLEY ESTATE – WINCHESTER
10 – 13 AUGUST
Tier 1 – £155.00 Sold Out
Tier 2 – £170.00 Sold Out
Tier 3 – £195.00 Buy here
Teen Tickets – £155.00
12s and under – FREE