BoomTown Fair 2015


A little adventure, 13/08/15 to 16/08/15.

Now into its seventh year, BoomTown Fair is one of the country’s biggest and best emerging new festivals.

Each year, the organisers are forging new canon, new lore, giving each ‘chapter’ its own unique feel and identity.

While it’s not steeped in the same history as Glastonbury or Reading, it’s doing a fine job of forging its own.

Split into eight or so ‘districts’, ranging from the Wild West to Chinatown, Old Town and District 5, there is a huge variety of acts, attractions and secrets to discover at BoomTown.

It doesn’t feel the complete article yet; the site is sparse and at times, underpopulated, yet at the same time, it seems to create voids whereby you have top acts playing on some of the biggest states to just a handful of people.

Nonetheless, it was a very different festival experience to some of the established ones in Britain, and certainly one I’d go straight back to for another bite.

It was marred just a little by some bastard nicking my wallet on the first night, but you can’t let that become the story of your festival.

Instead, we lost the plot in the Psychedelic Forest to Infected Mushroom, danced like loons to Squarepusher and Phil Hartnoll before the utterly extraordinary Ban Hai Palace stage (new for 2015), and got down with the gypsy punks for Gogol Bordello, Dubioza Collectiv and Soviet Suprem.

BoomTown is definitely a festival that targets sub-culture, which can be a little bit of a barrier if, like me, you’re not someone who subscribes to a particular train of thought.

But it makes for an interesting experience strolling from district to district, each flooded with volunteers in full costume, often acting out work-a-day scenes you might expect in each setting. It was certainly the most immersive festival experience I can recall.