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    Boomtown 2018

    They also had a bit at the end on Town Centre stage.
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    1.3 million - does Michael Eavis know something we don't know ?

    He was talking about his £5000 overdraft and how he "had hoped to clear it, but now it's £1.3 mil" ( although I thought he said 1and a half)
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    Boomtown 2018

    Indeed, previous year, we didn't get searched at all.
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    Boomtown 2018

    At Glastonbury they do the C/V search just before you enter the field to park. Last year at Boomtown, and no doubt due to the late opening, they had an entire field of parked campers in nice queues waiting for the ticket and wristband check. Because of this delay everyone were sitting ducks for checks. We were 4th ish in queue for family at front gate so we had the dog do my car and van plus three people search each. People conducting searchers with previous experience were friendly enough, those new to it were a bit more diligent shall we say. Running to their boss with the slightest of finds. I lost a hammer to one of these twats.
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    In the draft plan (so open to change I guess) it states Meadow and Family C/V to be moved to "front" of public C/V fields. If thats right then it's moving east away from Whistlers Green. Although if it's put by the access road then it's no further to walk. In its old position you could camp near Whistlers Green but fencing forced you to walk back towards the entrance to the Meadow on the access road.
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    Boomtown 2018

    Bits from draft proposal
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    boomtown fair 2018. buying third party ticket

    They added the name bit last year, and seemed to be insistent on checking ID at the gates. I think it was the cause of some of the delays getting in, although most of it was the weather.
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    Recommend an artist 2018

    Tankus the Henge. Bumped into them doing a set in the Fluffy Rock Cafe at Glastonbury one year. Stalked their numerous gigs for the rest of that weekend. Mad Apple Circus. Again a Glastonbury discovery/favorite.
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    Campervan field @ Boomtown

    Ive noticed tents by vans in family field before.
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    Parking up after festival

    Camp fire in Whistlers Green. Maybe one of the tents up there will have acoustic music. Can't remember if they did after midnight last year.
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    Parking up after festival

    It's been midday last couple of years leaving family camper van field. No hassle and still quite a few stragglers when we left. In fact on reflection I don't remember seeing anyone in a hi vis other than those involved in traffic management.
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    Parking up after festival

    I (think) I know the lay-by you mention along from that camp site in the link. Problem is getting to it with the event traffic, also it maybe closed due to its proximity to the festival. Which way do you need to head after festival ? I may have a suggestion.
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    Boomtown 2018

    Beans on Toast did a set up in Kidztown last year. And Sam and the Womp played TC then later on that day a set at Kidztown. You can get the odd booking up there.
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    Boomtown 2018

    I spent an enjoyable afternoon watching Cut Capers for the first time at Boomtown last year. Only band on the latest update I know.
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    Boomtown 2018

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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    We arrived about 12 at the family camper van lane. Whilst being held for the gate to open we were comprehensively searched by security. Had the dog sniff the car and enter the caravan for a good sniff. It was more a case of being a captive audience than being targeted for us. We finally got in just before 1.30 I think. We started in the queue on the road about 1130 so couple of hours all totalled. Not bad. In fact brilliant compared to the stories on Facebook we've been told about. Heres to Toots and a few beers sat on the slope tomorrow.
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    Info for those who have not been before and arriving by camper to Orange gate. The local signs from M3 are directing you around a few country lanes to approach the entrance from the East ( from Petersfield to Winchester ) it's only about 10 mins extra but for those coming from the South East of the country it may influence your route. Same goes for Red Gate. From M3 you will be directed along A31 all the way to New Alresford then back on yourself to queue for the car park. Again this is normally just under 10 min detour without the chaos of Jct 9 and 10. Havent been on the road for a bit, so unsure of roadworks and also depending on travel time, however I would ponder using A3 from M25 to Guildford and picking up A31 there. Almost all dual carriageway. If going to camper field I would then take a left through Bramdean just after Ropley to pick up A272. Clear as mud ?
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    Unlike Glastonbury the camper van fields are in the fence perimeter. So once in and searched theoretically that's it. (Family campers were last year)
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    The only thing that will happen is it will be confiscated if found. It's a balance I suppose, possible lose £20 at gate or spend way more than that in the bar.
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    Alcohol Share Maybe some people are arriving with others who are not using their allowance and so you could use theirs. I'm lucky I have my wife's allowance to get me through.
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    Regarding the hill : there's a few ways of going up the hill. There is the very steep energetic get it over quickly route (if you look at the map and draw a line from barrio loco to whistlers green) steps. There is the easier and entertaining route from Chinatown up through Mayfair into town centre or there is a pretty much the same grade slope through Halfway Woods that kind of starts between Chinatown and wandering words and comes out by tribe of frog venue in trees. (This route isn't on some maps I've seen) We have done all three. No preference. Camping, whilst walking around the site I never saw any camp sites that were full. So I wouldn't stress about not finding a pitch in which ever site you decide on. Searches, we were not searched at all last year going into family camping, wasn't luck, just a confused entrance at the time we entered. However we did leave to meet a band and on return as we walked past wristband check and around the corner a dog came bounding over and had a good sniff at me. Much to the amusement of my teenager. You couldn't see dogs waiting so be mindful of this at the entrance, they hide. That was Friday late morning. Toilets were fine. No idea on showers or tent thefts as we were in caravan.
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    Boomtown Fair 2017

    Don't hang around on getting a guide, they all seemed gone by Friday afternoon.
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    Secret resales

    Second year missing the festival. The year before I only got the tickets in the secret resale. Turning 50 this year and wanted to do so many special things. Glastonbury Festival and Xmas in Australia with family top of the list. Both those out the window and a lot of other minor joys as well. This led to quite a downward spiral in the first few months of this year. However some of pain is eased by a trip to Boomtown. Can't wait again. It's bigger now than the first Glastonbury I did, can only wonder what it will be like when I'm 80 :-) Have to say it's a bit of a relief not to stress about tickets this October.
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    Travelling from Devon

    1.30 hour jam Eastbound on A361, been watching it on TomTom and it went from 45 mins at 7 to 1.30 hours in ten minutes. North bound A37 holding steady at 30 mins, but that has longer lanes to take up the slack off the main road. Good luck folks
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    It's showing as closed tonight. No problem tho. Just take a36 to Salisbury and then pick up A303 from north of there. I think it's closed each night till 6am and it possibly finishes on 23/6.