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  1. Tips, tricks, advice and must do's!

    The steepest (lower) part of the hill has nothing on it but great views and some beds to chill out on. About half way up the hill when it becomes less steep their is stuff to do on the route. Traditionally Mayfair district, Speakers Corner, Tangled Roots and the Raveyard (RIP) were on the hill. Maybe things have changed around though.
  2. Boomtown 2018

    A map is usually put online in advance of the festival. For 2013 they rearranged the layout and refused to publish a map so as not to spoil the surprise, but I think those type of days are gone. As a sidenote as well the blackboards at the info tent are usually more reliable than the programmes. With hundreds of venues, an awful lot can change between going to print and the festival. In 2016 the lanyard and programme had differering timetables and it was very confusing... Definitely not a strong point for Boomtown. Try to not schedule too much to see. And if it really is a "must see" double check the time at the info tent.
  3. Boomtown 2018

    You're right they did keep going up. Coach traveller was always cheaper though as both prices were hiked at the same time. "Full Price Ticket" was added later on which cost £236. Essentially it was a tier 4 ticket. At the same time coach traveller was bumped up to £216 and renamed "tier 2 coach traveller". It is very cheeky though for sure to change the price structure after sales have already started. But I guess it's ultimately their decision what price to sell tickets at.
  4. Boomtown 2018

    Sector 6 lineup out
  5. Boomtown 2018

    You are probably right. "Full Price Ticket" suddenly became a thing when tier 3 was originally meant to be the most expensive ticket. Then coach traveller increased in price... Twice. Then there were shuttle travellers which were full price ticket +10. The faster it sold, all these more expensive tickets started appearing out of nowhere.
  6. Boomtown 2018

    Looks like Boomtown is now a total sellout. All coach traveller combos are sold out too. We're all very lucky to have tickets. I always think attending a totally sold out event adds to the atmosphere and hype when the gates open. I can't wait!
  7. Boomtown 2018

    I walked into the festival with over 100 beers strapped to a delivery trolley. I was planning to use the excuse that I was carrying all the beers for a group of friends (partially true), but it wasn't nessasary. They searched my backpack but didn't even acknowledge the beer trolley. Ymmv.
  8. Boomtown 2018

    Here's a little something I wrote on page 6 of this thread in regards to the "immerse experiences" and theatrical element of the festival.
  9. Boomtown 2018

    If you haven't bought a ticket yet its time to get on it! New tiers of (much more expensive) tickets have been introduced ready for the lineup announcement. Coach traveler discounted tickets previously price matched with tier 2 at £198.50. These have all gone and now coach traveller tickets price match tier 3 at £223.50. Tier 3 tickets are still avaliable at £223.50, however a new price band called "full price tickets" have been added coming in at a whopping £243.50. It seems certain to me that the length of time those remaining tier 3 tickets will be avaliable will be measured in hours rather than days.
  10. Boomtown 2018

    There is a fair bit less going on Thursday evening, but it has increased over the years. A large majority arrive on Thursday, and everyone is pretty much pumped to start partying immediately after they set up their tent. The festival increasingly caters to this. The atmosphere is normally pretty good on Thursday even if the entertainment is only running at 25% of the other days.
  11. Boomtown 2018

    Reading the internal email that was posted in this thread a few pages back it seems like a mixture of both reasons. Their email mostly points to the fact that budgets are frozen and savings need to be made because of the license rejection, and only briefly mentions sound levels. It seems Boomtown knew it was going to be rejected before the decision was made public, from the leaked email. I guess they could be in "damage limitation" mode in their email and bending the truth, but it does seem from what they have written at least that the small venues being axed was the plan only as a result of the license rejection.. . But I guess you must know something more, I don't have any kind of inside source just following the thread =)
  12. Gorillaz

    Never seen them so might be interested, especially if people rate them live. Was definitely interested in the first 2 albums back when, but they have dropped off my radar since then. If they play a lot of older stuff it's worth a look for a bit of last decade nostalgia. But too crowded... and I'd likely head elsewhere. I'm getting that vibe.
  13. Boomtown 2018

    Sounds about right. We know a new house stage and new metal stage are planned from the license application. With a rearrange of downtown, and camping down there perhaps removed there is certainly room for another large stage (development surely already well underway before they knew increased capacity would be denied). A new large stage would make sense to help absorb the extra 20,000 punters. With the license application now rejected, I guess they have cut back on microvenues, rather than have it scupper the plans for a new stage. Certainly 20,000 additional punters don't need to be absorbed anymore so I guess they had to cut back somewhere, and small venues got the chop. It's all making sense I think if this is true. With any luck they are looking to nail the logistics this year, and get their capacity increase in future years. At least a couple of the guys running the small stages seem hopeful in Facebook posts that it's just a "year off" and they'll be back next year. I really hope so. On a different point, worth noting a lot of the video looks like it was filmed in the mini indoor Boomtown they set up for their staff party. There isn't an indoor street like that at the actual festival!
  14. Boomtown 2018

    In the license application... Vamos is the largest stage being axed to manage noise levels. 2 new stages are planned for Downtown. One is described as "Metal stage" which is no surprise, and the other is described as "House Stage". It seems the full map of stages and locations has been included in the application. If that is a complete map of all sound systems, then it would appear that a very large amount of microvenues are gone, or at the least limited to having much quieter music.
  15. Boomtown 2018

    Sewage Workz also being removed. The Facebook Post there also mentions "sound restrictions" as the reason. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156049426254715&id=686174714 A lot of the stages being shuttered, are the ones that sort of make Boomtown... well... Boomtown. Be interesting to hear this licensing hearing outcome so we know what's actually going on.

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