Now in its sixth year the festival will offer an array of music, theatre, comedy, art, and Arcadia. BoomTown Fair is a music, arts and family festival that takes place at Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, Hampshire, and will run from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th August 2014, with perhaps Wednesday open for early arrivals.
The main stage line-up will consist of ska and party bands from around the world, with the other live music stages offering cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae, dub and country and western. Plus loads of cabaret, comedy, spoken word, a range of stages, an anarchist theatre, lots of site art and many areas to explore with plenty of catering options, all the normal facilities you'd expect at a festival and a massive emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives. All attendees are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress, the fancier the better!
The Cat Empire, NoFX, Hot 8 Brass Band, Chas & Dave, Hayseed Dixie, [dunkelbunt] and the Secret Swing Society, The Dreadnoughts, Freddie Notes, Tape Five, Phoenix City All-stars, Russkaja, Woohoo Revue, The Destroyers, The Trojans, Molotov Jukebox, La Selva Sur, Babyhead, Horace Panter's Uptown Ska Collective, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Raggasonic, Lady Saw, the world debut of the UK Allstars (featuring Congo Natty, Congo Dubz, Tippa Irie, Top Cat, General Levy, Daddy Freddy, Sweetie Irie, Tenor Fly, and Nancy & Pheobe), Warrior King, Easy Star All Stars performing the entirety of ‘Dub Side of the Moon’, Chronixx, Dawn Penn, The Skints, Mungo's Hi Fi Sound System, Raging Fyah, The Heatwave, Son Of Dave, Pronghorn, Boot Hill All Stars, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Cut a Shine, Wille and The Bandits, Stompin Dave Allen, Robbo Ranx, Stylo G, Jus Now, Tinariwen, Bellowhead, Playing For Change, Dub FX, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Eliza Carthy, The Bad Shepherds, Treacherous Orchestra, Mad Sin, Sonic Boom Six, The Dreadnoughts, Culture Shock, Demented Are Go, Inner Terrestrials, Sonido Vegetal, Ferocious Dog, Blood or Whiskey, Random Hand, Imperial Leisure, New Town Kings, Anti-Vigilante, New Groove Formation, Surfin' Turnips, and mloads more.
For the line-up details as available, click here.
Tier 1 city residency passes: £110 £10 ecobond deposit - SOLD OUT
Tier 2 city residency passes: £135 & £10 ecobond deposit - SOLD OUT
Tier 3 city residency passes: £150 & £10 ecobond deposit - SOLD OUT
Teen residency pass (aged 13 - 17 years): £110 & £10 ecobond deposit - SOLD OUT
Child (aged 6 - 12 years): £20
Infant (aged under 6 years): free
Car park pass: £15
Campervan pass: £45
Caravan pass: £45
Family Field Campervan pass: £45
Family Field Caravan pass: £45
Disabled Parking Pass (per car): £15
Locker / phone charger: £15
Prices do not include booking fees.
BoomTown has regularly sold out over the last few years.
Boomtown Fair's fancy dress theme has been announced as Carnival.
New for 2014
This year there will be a dedicated Folk and Roots stage within a new themed area joining the seven diverse districts. This new district will be titled ‘The Wild West’ and include a fully immersive blue-grass venue. The 2013 Fair saw the first ever onsite BoomTown elections and the councillor for Barrio Loco, Ms. Burrita Jose, was chosen as the new Mayor of BoomTown. With this Latin Quarter appointment the festival will see some changes with a Mexican influence infiltrating the Town Council.
Work at BoomTown
BoomTown are usually looking for for Bar Staff, Litter Pickers and Oxfam Stewards, see the website for application details.
A dedicated mini-festival within a festival, KidzTown, which is specifically for the little boomers, it offers a secure environment that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but foremost it is a place where children and their fun come first! Due to public demand, BoomTown will see a brand new stage in KidzTown for 2014 and the festival is on the hunt for an eye catching, headline grabbing name for this new stage and are running a competition for families to come up with a name together to be in with the chance to win a the whole family tickets to the festival in August!
To keep the site free from litter, Boomtown offer festivalgoers an eco bond initiative to help keep the streets of BoomTown tidy. Ticket purchasers will be asked to pay an additional £10 eco bond deposit. On arrival at the festival attendees will be given a 'boomtown eco bag'. Organisers ask everyone to fill this bag with all their rubbish and hand it back into one of the drop off points for recycling, and have their £10 deposit returned.
BoomTown Districts for 2014
The new Town Council in charge of BoomTown with Mayoress Burrita Jose. Barrio Loco brings some bad ass bass music to soak up into the soul and get you poppin’ ‘n’ hoppin’ all weekend long! Now in charge of the whole city, expect to see some overspill of all things Barrio into the rest of the festival – Carnival floats and maraca’s at the ready! Dress Code: Carnival
The Wild West (The ex-Mayor of BoomTown is now Sherriff of these dusty streets)
Brimming with top notch dosey-doe inducing genres including; bluegrass, country and scrumpy & western; The Wild West will be rife with toe-tapping ceilidh’s and is the sure-fire place to find your inner straw gnawing, yeehaa-ing hillbilly! The original settlement founded by the first residents of BoomTown during prosperous times of the gold rush… The devious ex-Mayor of BoomTown, via an exceptional use of time-travel, has bought the Wild West to the 21st Century, but are the existing occupants of Crazy Calamities saloon and Rusty Spur Avenue ready for what the new millennia has to offer? Dress Code: Spurs, Stetsons, Buxom Wenches, Cowboys, Indians and scoundrels…
Home to the prosperous and decedent with Ballroom, The Park Hotel and the almighty House Party. Run by husband and wife Mr and Mrs Fitz-Sloane, MayFair is an exclusive area hosting slightly out of hand dinner parties with only the 'the right people' in attendance. Electro-Swing and all things glitzy and glamorous can be found here! Dress Code: 1920s, Top hats, Glitter and Glam
A chilled out folk and family friendly area where silliness is the law and hemp is the order) – Run by the Flower pot family. Holditdown Town is getting an overhaul this year with its very own Main Stage, prepare for some of the very best folk and world artists on the scene at the moment. Dress Code: Hippy Chic
Here is the roots and reggae Mecca sent from the gods. With the unearthing of the original Aztec temple last year, TrenchTown cemented its reputation as the hottest spot in town to feel the bass and submerge the brain in the best roots and reggae BoomTown and the world has to offer! Dress Code: Tribal, Jungle, Aztec
The dusty, rusty area of BoomTown where things ‘were better in my day’ and pirates are pirates because they aaaarrrrrrr... For all those skankin’, dancin’, knee pumpin’ pirates out there OldTown is the place to be! With the OldTown Theatre, Town Centre stage and Devils Kicks, if TrenchTown is the Soul of BoomTown, OldTown is the heart, pumping out a furious soundtrack of ska to the most dedicated BoomTown resident’s ears! Dress Code: Pirates and Pensioners
The seedy underbelly of BoomTown, home to alien invaders Arcadia, The Body Shop and many more social deviants! Coming alive as the sun sets, BoomTown’s down and outs explode out of their dank lairs to wreak havoc upon any unsuspecting tourist that should wander into their warped streets of debauchery: they have been warned. Many have ventured, few have returned…Dress Code: Pimps and Hoes
Brining the flavour from the Far East, jam packed with mystical mayhem. ChinaTown is filled with the most avin it ska, ska punk, rockin punk, folk punk, polka punk, hell jazz n roll around town! Dress Code: Geisha, Ninja
An new BoomTown initiative has been introduced to ease the pressure on the pocket. All of the festivalÂÂ's food traders will be providing a feast for £5.
Boomtique Village provides accommodation including bell tents, tipiÂÂs, yurts and new for this year BuKuu Teardrop Pods and Kushti Cabins. Boomtique wristband upgrades provide access the Boomtique Village with compost loos, hot showers, a beauty tent with straighteners and hair dryers, hot tubs, sauna, chill out tent with phone charging points and more to help you forget you're actually at a festival, you paid good money for. Alternatively there's the Boomtique Deluxe wristband which give access to most of the Boom Deluxe Rooms fancy amenities across site.ÂÂ
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