Hope 2018 is going smoothly so far…
We just wanted to give everyone an update on where things are this end as we’ve been having a very busy and rather intense couple of months and wanted to bring you all up to speed. To get straight to the point, we have been taking a serious look at where we are logistically and publicly and after some long hard thinking we’re looking to press a big reset button. The festival took a significant hit last year with the extreme challenge of the build conditions and the continued knock on of that grueling experience for everyone involved.
As we approach our tenth year we are reassessing the model of the festival and the sustainability of it operationally and in terms of our licence conditions. We’ve taken a step back to look at where the festival is and realised that some crucial decisions have to be made to put us on track for a much more secure future and (slightly) easier challenge year on year.
We don’t think it’s a secret that this event is one of the most challenging shows to work on in the entire festival industry; we’re young and ambitious, totally independent and self financed so don’t have anyone external interfering with our creative visions and we all really love to achieve the seemingly impossible. All these things are massive factors in how we’ve got to where we are, and are hugely positive on one hand, but also, without a doubt cause us and everyone who works on this show a lot of additional and undue stress for many reasons, something we absolutely don’t want to be doing; it isn’t healthy for any of us involved and certainly not part of what we set out to achieve.
With all of the above in mind, some hard decisions have had to be made. Our budgets are frozen this year after being unable to get the additional capacity we were looking for, our operations and infrastructure need significant investment and we need to ensure that our crew, staff and public feel supported and valued, not just by putting on the best production but by making sure the basics are nailed and all the work that’s going in to make people feel comfortable and secure isn’t even noticed, it’s just there.
To achieve all of this some really tough decisions have been made. Budgets across every non-operational department, including theatre, set design, site art and music programming have been reduced to achieve the smooth operation we’re going to run this year. However, we still need to make further savings and have made the decision to lose a number of much loved and longstanding venues and stages from the festival. In doing so we can ensure absolute confidence from an event delivery point of view, as well as sound management and licensing perspective.
We are in a very serious position in that if we don’t get this right, there will be no future Boomtowns.
We are in the process of letting all the crews we are losing know but wanted everyone who works on the festival as up to speed as possible and aware of what’s going on with us at the moment. It’s tough and shitty but in the long run, this should be taken as a real positive, if we deliver the event smooth and safely we’ll secure the festival for many years to come…
We’ll send you another updates once we’ve got the licence hearing out of the way and we’re fully in the know of exactly what we can do with the festival this year.
All our love. xxx
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