I havent been to Boomtown in 5 years and this was definetely my favourite. Its grown and matured into the maddest festival thats ever existed. I think it might even beat Glastonbury.
Spent most of my time Uptown, doing the story and wandering into unknown bands and DJs. I have a new found love of folk, gypsy and balkan music. Elephant Sessions, Gogol Bordello, Prophets of Rage, Eats Everything breaks set, DJ Yoda, Ngaio, Emily Dust, Soca in the Paradisio Hotel, afternoon Psytrance in the Psyforest...everyone I saw in the Peoples Front Room.. just too many good acts to mention.
I was terrified the festival would be overrun by teenage roadmen, and yeah downtown was full of them, but it was so easy to avoid them. Glad Im not so much into DnB than I used to be so I didnt have to deal with the dickheads. My only complaint is that every single popup street party was playing DnB.
Also loved volunteering. Free showers, decent staff canteen with reasonable prices, quiet campsites, great neighbours and free hot water/tea! I couldnt go as a normal punter ever again.