Surely one of the most unique festivals on the calendar is Boomtown, a town that literally pops up once a year and provides a spectacle that so many people are talking about.
Boomtown is one of the UK’s largest, truly independent music and theatrical festivals. The 66,000 capacity, five day experience combines a diverse musical line-up with groundbreaking theatrical concepts, collectively celebrating underground music in a totally immersive world that exists within a living, breathing, fictitious city.
The line up, made up of over 500 artists, features international superstars right through to grassroots talent who perform across the 27 main stages and 80 interactive street venues; bringing with them sounds from over 80 musical genres.
Boomtown follows a storyline that evolves each year and is played out across all areas of the sprawling city that is made up of 14 uniquely themed districts. It’s a theatrically-led experience like no other where hundreds of actors bring the film-like street sets to life and alongside enjoying the extraordinary musical programme. They encourage the public to explore all the city has to offer, to become their inner character and be a part of the story themselves.
Festival Headliners: To be announced 8th February 2019.
Area 404: This brand new theatrical district will transport you straight into a post-apocalyptic world. Hosting some of electronic music’s most influential figures with legends that span the length of techno, house and acid right up to some of the leaders of the scene right now, AREA 404 is a district that is dedicated to the raw sounds within the electronic music spectrum like no other!
Drumcode and Bugged Out will host AREA 404’s new mega stage Nucleus on Friday and Saturday respectively, with confirmed headliners across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday including Carl Cox, Four Tet and Amelie Lens.
Boomtown takes place in a specially constructed town near Winchester, spanning across eight separate and expansive ‘Districts’. It is a festival that concentrates its efforts in arts, crafts, and all things creative. Music championed by the festival features a variety of genres including dub, roots, jungle, punk, bass music, ska, techno and reggae; with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Ratpack, Shy FX, Capdown, Stanton Warriors, and Plump DJs all being involved in the past.
It's the eclectic mixture of music, along with the creative, and at times bonkers surroundings of the festival that keep people coming back for more every year.
Positive feelings abound at the festival. With the venue looking and feeling like a mini town, and with unearthed gems hidden in the many nooks and crannies around the winding streets, there is much for you to discover at Boomtown, and so much to occupy yourself with.
With a wide range of mini clubs dotted around the venue providing a welcome relief from the hubbub in the main arenas, playing all sorts of music from dubstep to punk and beyond. On the outskirts of Boomtown lies a beach, as well as a Hidden Wood area for those that enjoy a bit of escapism in the middle of their festivals.
Widely regarded as one of the most out there, explosive and downright trippy events on the calendar, Boomtown is a festival especially for those that love to be mesmerized, dazzled, and baffled. Expect to witness something you’ve never experienced before.
Disabled Access Information
The Meadow is the accessible camping area of the festival and is run by the fantastic GAMA Access Areas CIC team.
The festival strives to reduce the hassle for all their 'citizens' and each year The Meadow is growing in size to meet the demands of the audience. The GAMA team are involved in the site wide development of accessible facilities, as well as looking after of The Meadow camping area.
If you are planning on camping in The Meadow, please contact us via email to let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org - Don't forget to mention if you have stayed at The Meadow before as this will speed up the process considerably.
To see this year's full lineup, please use the link below