Once again Boomtown has shown the world how to really ‘produce’ a festival.

As Rome announced during the stupendously amazing Sublime with Rome show on Sunday night – “You guys really know how to have a party – we just ain’t got nothing like this back in the States…”

The point is that for a festival to stand out from the crowd these days it has to be so much more than a few hundred bands playing on a few stages for three days.

There has to be an energy and the ever-present chance of discovering something amazing.

And there also has to be an edge.

A festival with a 100% clean health and safety certificate hanging above the door would be a sanitised affair lacking in sparkle.

And you know what – Boomtown positively radiates sparkle. It oozes from its vary pores.

That’s not to say it’s perfect – no event is.

When the queues start to form and the sun beats down as guests wait for the best part of the day to get in it’s easy to see why tempers will flair. And, quite rightly, those caught in the heat of the day with little information and even less in the way of water or shade, vented their anger with the organisation in no uncertain terms…although often with good humour…

But the real question is now about how Boomtown can find a way of dealing with this issue next year. Once the dust (and there was a LOT of dust by Sunday) has settled we’d like to see a full report on what went wrong and what steps might be taken to avoid a repeat. More entrances and more gate staff, facilities outside the gate, premium early-doors arrival tickets are all options.

As for the festival once things got underway – well we’ve said it before and we hope we’ll keep saying it – Boomtown manages to tread that really fine line between anarchy and organisation that puts smiles on the faces of both festival-goers and the local licensing team.

It’s not necessarily a festival that’s about big name acts.

Yes, it has its fair share – and it always seems to be able to pull in a few real gems that you will struggle to see elsewhere – but by and large it is a festival curated by people who like to ignore the mainstream taste-guru acts in favour of bands and performers who simply know how to entertain.

The phrase ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ could have been made for Boomtown.

Something old like Back to the Planet – one of the original free festival stalwarts whose live shows have grown in energy and power and now far surpass anything you will hear on their original studio releases from those halcyon days of the late 80s and early 90s.

Something new – such as Loyle Carner, this season’s must-have voice of the new generation. A genuine talent who is quietly building a fan base that will serve him well for decades to come as he explores the soulful side of hip-hop and gains critical acclaim with each new release and each new show.

Something ‘borrowed’ like the many songs that have been taken from the original and posthumous Sublime back catalogue to create the backbone of the Sublime with Rome live set. A set that is an incendiary powerhouse of classic tunes made infamous by a band whose lead singer just missed the 27 club by a mere three months following a tragic and fatal heroin overdose, but whose legacy and influence lives on. A band who reduced grown men in the audience to literal tears of joy for having had the chance to experience their music live for the first time.

Or something blue. And what could be bluer than the original Blues Brothers Band…or indeed the cheeky repartee of the Wurzels for that matter?

However – and it is a HUGE ‘however’ – Boomtown is an experience way beyond the music. It’s an interlocking series of fantasy islands. Worlds within worlds that connect with a chaotic storyline and are narrated by mad characters who live in both fantasy on-line worlds and in the flesh around every twist and turn of this labyrinthine maze of hedonism and excess.

At the gates to the Wild West two horses rear their hooves and kick the sky in the middle of a crowded street bordered by the shutter-boarded facades of spittoon-strewn bars and cowboy raves.

In the midst of a world of house and drum’n’bass held in place by walls made of stacked shipping containers a lone and heavily made-up accordion player adds the melody to a fearsome explosion of electronic rhythms that sees the packed afternoon crowd bewitched and baffled in equal measure.

And through every door and in every hidden corner, and from every balcony and through every dusty window, there’s another of Boomtown’s many hundred actors – each playing a part in a narrative that escapes logical description.

Boomtown people are crazy.

This is not a festival for the faint-hearted.

Boomtown people are kind and generous.

This is a not a festival for the greedy or the thoughtless.

Boomtown is for the freaks and the fools and the people looking for a genuine escape.

This IS a festival to remember – and if you can’t…well it’s probably because you were having too much of a good time.

Oh – and did we mention Beans on Toast needs a bigger stage next year…a MUCH bigger stage.

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2 days ago

Boomtown Fair

Q: Is Boomtown family friendly?!
A: YES!!

The word is slowly but surely getting around as this year we've already had more family tickets reserved than ever before, plus with 12's and under coming completely for free there's a whole lot to experience for a family within our city walls...

- Dedicated Kidztown, Boomtown Fair family area
- Forest School with treetop learning
- Family camping and family entrance
- Interactive venues; ‘Rat-a-Tattoo’, the ‘Piggy Bank’, ‘Pet Shop’ and the Post Office
- Sensory play workshops, including the 'Rusty Workshop'
- experienced professional Play-workers, early years specialists, artists and performers from all over the world
- The Sandcastle Stage with music from around the festival
- The Sunday Carnival Parade

And so much more... Check out our website for more info and family FAQ's! xx
www.boomtownfair.co.uk/info/family-and-kids/
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Q: Is Boomtown family friendly?! 
A: YES!!

The word is slowly but surely getting around as this year weve already had more family tickets reserved than ever before, plus with 12s and under coming completely for free theres a whole lot to experience for a family within our city walls...

- Dedicated  Kidztown, Boomtown Fair family area 
- Forest School with treetop learning
- Family camping and family entrance
- Interactive venues; ‘Rat-a-Tattoo’, the ‘Piggy Bank’, ‘Pet Shop’ and the Post Office
- Sensory play workshops, including the Rusty Workshop
- experienced professional Play-workers, early years specialists, artists and performers from all over the world
- The Sandcastle Stage with music from around the festival 
- The Sunday Carnival Parade

And so much more... Check out our website for more info and family FAQs! xx
https://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/info/family-and-kids/

 

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I wouldnt take my kids to Boomtown....but what am amazing festival 😆

Lucie Miu svp on fera les activités pour enfants ?

Brayden Cook Keir Moore Jaymel Baynes

David ⚽️

Amanda Briedis

Laura Robinson

Cassie Clifford

My kids had the most amazing time last year!!! Not once did I hear an 'I'm bored!!' taking them again nxt year. They already can't wait. Big up Boomtown!! 😁😁💜❤️xx

Jamie-Louise Farrants

Jamie Barold G Johnstone

Louisa Perkis when he's older 😁😇

My boys love Boomtown, so much for them to do. They loved a man named Banana Mario and those crazy grannies. Its pretty cool nowadays for children to go free to a festival, thanks Boomtown x

Just make sure we have toilet block in family camping this time tho eh!

It’s basically two different festivals. A wonderful family festival ‘up top’ and an alternative ‘grown up’ festival down town! I’ve booked my family ticket and the kids are coming for two days and then we’ve got the remaining two days to ourselves. Best of both worlds!!

Kristian Ridgway this guy!

Junior jungle was tremendous last year.

Family friendly when people aren't pushing their kids through District 5 that is

We come every year. This year was the first time we took our 3 girls ...9,11 and 15 they had an amazing time and are coming again with us next year. Tickets are booked and we can't wait!!!

Kids loving life at boomtown 2016

And again 2017

Mandi Wells

The guy from the hotel! The shoulder pads are off the hook lol

Boomtown is the best playground in the world!!

Junior Jungle

Can you get day tickets & do you know which night Gorillaz are headlining? xx

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6 days ago

Boomtown Fair

** CHARITY COMPILATION AVAILABLE NOW! **

Relive some of the tunes from Chapter 9 with our Annual Christmas Charity compilation!

For the first time ever on a limited edition Boomtown USB, fully stocked with over 2 1/2 hours of music from across the city, as well as a few bonus features and videos, for even more Boomtown in your world 😉

boomtownfair.bigcartel.com/products

All proceeds are donated to local homeless charity Trinity Winchester

PLEASE NOTE:
For those thinking of giving one of these, or anything from our store as a Christmas gift, please order by the 18th December, or if you're in Europe please order by the 12th, so we can make sure it gets to you in time.

boomtownfair.bigcartel.com/products

The shop is closed between 19th December until 8th January.
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** CHARITY COMPILATION AVAILABLE NOW! **

Relive some of the tunes from Chapter 9 with our Annual Christmas Charity compilation!

For the first time ever on a limited edition Boomtown USB, fully stocked with over 2 1/2 hours of music from across the city, as well as a few bonus features and videos, for even more Boomtown in your world ;)

boomtownfair.bigcartel.com/products

All proceeds are donated to local homeless charity Trinity Winchester

PLEASE NOTE:
For those thinking of giving one of these, or anything from our store as a Christmas gift, please order by the 18th December, or if youre in Europe please order by the 12th, so we can make sure it gets to you in time.

boomtownfair.bigcartel.com/products

The shop is closed between 19th December until 8th January.

 

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That’s soooo Tomorrowland of you.

What GB is this thaaang? 🤔

I can't seem to find it on the site ?

What size is the memory stick also (GB) ?

Great charity to choose 💚

Debbie Robinson

Lozza Robinson

Great idea. I want to buy one but I cannot checkout. Can someone try it and see if they get past the shopping cart stage? Thanks

Does it come in the presentation box? (or is that at least available separately?)

Lucy Samantha!!!

Sam 😯

Daniel Pink so cool 😍

Charlie Dick Christmas is coming...

This is a fucking rip off 15 quid for a 2GB USB?! fuck off...

Josh Burns if you dont get this usbozza i wont be happy

Emma Reeds

Jordan Barratt christmas

Why not just record the whole thing and release a tape pack like the good old days of raving. Could even do bluray videos of all the big sets

Ryan Workman

Ry Mears Doyle Thompson

Brin Porter-Palmer

Can't see this on the store?

Jordan Norton

Is there a tracklist or?

Laura❤️❤️

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