Many festivals choose a single theme to base each event around, but Boomtown Fair goes that further with an ever-evolving story in the ongoing Chronicles. It's covered corrupt elections, alien technology, time travel, Western style showdowns and most recently, the 2016 revolution which spread across the entire event in a feat of theatrical ambition not before seen at a UK festival.
Now there's Chapter 9: ‘Behind the Mask’ as a trailer for Boomtown Fair 2017. The mini-film covers the ‘revolution’ and fills in the gaps of what has happened within Boomtown since last summer's Chapter 8 came to its conclusion. There were 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 8th February. The only act confirmed so far are The Specials.
Boomtown Fair 2017 happens at Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, in Hampshire and from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th August 2017.
Tickets are available now, priced at £195 & ecobond deposit. There will also be a £7 booking fee and £10 refundable Eco Bond.
This arts, music, performance and theatre festival explores a whole range of different musical genres, and the sprawling metropolis provides a temporary haven of hidden surprises, pulsating music and immersive audio-visuals to allow each of its thousands of citizens to go on an ultimate voyage of discovery within the labyrinth-esque streets.
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