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  1. I guess the changes are more likely coming from the angle of needing to adapt post-covid. Not necessarily out of choice. Boomtown have always changed it up over the years, it's what kept them ticking all this time. I'd give them a chance, because so far they have done a pretty good job every time they have taken a bit of a change in direction. That said, I can't imagine AMI is going anywhere, iconic to the festival at this point. And they really went all in on the AMI concept at Area 404 (the nightclub) as well, to strengthen that character. I know pre-covid seems like a lifetime ago
  2. New ticket pricing and instalment schemes announced: Tomorrow Next years theme/details about Boomtown 2021: 1st October Excited to see what might come out in the next couple of weeks. With regards to micro-venues... I feel this is not an issue. If Covid-19 is still enough of a worry that they can't have microvenues, I fail to see how having big crowded outdoor stages would be considered the better option. It's either on, or it's not.
  3. I went to a small festival while living in New Zealand in 2017, which helped to maintain my run since 2004. Didn't think it would be broken in a year I was planning to go to at least 4!
  4. Postponed to 2021 😭 Interestingly they are asking for people to "donate" their ticket to the festival. As in receive no refund, and also forfeit their ticket so that it won't roll over for 2021. I imagine the balance sheet must be looking pretty grim if they are asking people to donate their entire festival ticket. I am happy to let them hang onto my money and roll over my ticket for 2021, which is the kind of support I'm happy to give.But donating my whole ticket, and then rebuying another one for 2021 is a stretch too far for my budget. All the best to them though, and I
  5. Boomtown said they were going to go ahead with a smaller scale festival, and that more details would be coming soon. That was almost a month ago now, and they haven't mentioned it again since, or released any of those further details yet. They have ceased all promotion of the festival, and all their social media posts now totally avoid the subject of a "Boomtown 2020". Their silence on the matter is not exactly encouraging. But what realistically can they do? It seems clear they are just waiting for the confirmation from the government that they can't go ahead, before announcing the
  6. The noise coming out of Boomtown I've heard is "full steam ahead"... with caveats. I don't know anything for sure, and the below is based on hearsay... so to be taken with a grain of salt... People "in the know" seem to think there is a prospect of the event being downsized, and even rescheduled if necessary. Even if the event is able to go ahead in August, not enough tickets can now be sold to warrant the usual scale. Boomtown would much rather put on "something" than nothing at all. If it's at all possible for at least some form of event to take place, then it will. The prospect of
  7. Even though we knew it was coming, it was still devastating to read the statement. The good news is, that ticket holders ARE still going to Glastonbury! So in a way, it's a postponement, just a year long one. A small light for us all at the end of the corona-tunnel.
  8. We've all been suddenly thrown into this crisis, and nobody knows what to do, or how to react. All the arguing in this thread is just a symptom of that. People need to properly digest what is happening, and until they do, this thread will keep going around in argumentative circles. Some people think this is really serious, and some people think it's been overblown. But there is no need to attack either of those opinions, people will eventually digest the situation in their own time, as more becomes clear. Everybody is in a state of shock, and it's difficult for anybody to act particu
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    Volunteering 2020

    They share the same toilets/showers as Oxfam. It's a couple of minutes closer to walk to the festival as well.
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    Volunteering 2020

    I applied last year, and they let me know the very next day that it has been successful. There is not a lot of historical precedent for this, as it wasn't difficult to get into Festaff last year, as long as you applied within about 90 minutes of it going live, it was easy to get a place. This year is just crazy.
  11. Boomtown's "theatrical and narrative director" is also the same person who created the widely photographed Red Brigade for Extinction Rebellion. So they are very closely linked indeed. Activism is becoming part of the festivals identity, and I for one don't have a problem with that. Though I can see the argument that from a commercial perspective, it might not be the best plan. I'm glad they don't want to sell themselves out though, and am optimistic they can strike the right balance. Educate, don't alienate. I don't think it has been particularly rammed down anyone's throat to date, but
  12. While the premise license from Winchester Council has had an extra 10k capacity added on to it ready for the 2020 festival, they also still need planning permission from the South Downs National Park for that extra 10k. That process is currently dragging on and still not resolved, and there is some local opposition kicking up a stink. And so the currently announced lineup will have been budgeted with only the previous capacity in mind. If in the coming weeks, this extra 10k capacity does get approved by SDNP, they will have a potential 10k extra tickets to shift. Booking an act like
  13. Caravan Palace perhaps? They have headlined town centre before.
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