Boomtown is Back: Firsthand Insight from Alice Penny
Photo by Wendy Wei
One of the most talked about festivals of British culture, although only ten years old, Boomtown Fair has certainly made a name for itself. The core values and bizarre quirks of the festival really make it stand out from the crowd. The ever so important storyline of the festival raises political and environmental issues that shouldn’t be turned a blind eye on. This article shall explore the individuality and sustainability of one of the greatest shows on earth.
Boomtown is a truly immersive festival experience, with intricate attention to detail around every corner. From crafting musical instruments at Whistlers Green, to completing ridiculous tasks in the job centre for boomtown bucks, to grooving on down to your favourite acts in downtown of a night time, there is no doubt you’ll be short of things to do.
Boomtown holds a certain mystifying charm. You can never know what you are going to come across, but you run towards it with open arms anyway. A rather bizarre mix of eclectic theatrics and creative spiritualists crossed with quirky steam punks and bucket hat ravers, Boomtown is a delightful combination of the weird and wonderful.
Chapter 10 welcomed the most colourful and diverse music scene Boomtown has seen yet, with the Gorillaz headlining and over 600 acts playing. This was the first big year for heavier acts. Downtown, or should I say, Diss-order Alley, saw a rise of punk’s trekking around the city thanks to the arrival of the “Earache Factory” in which 4-piece rap metal collective Hactivist got crowds breaking a sweat on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Covering pop classics from the likes of Kanye, these four Milton Keynes lads really knew how to entertain.
Jumping from ska to disco to folk to drum and bass, the variety is never ending. Boomtown describe their diversity by saying “explore new music from over 30 countries and spanning an unfathomable amount of musical genres.”
If you’re lucky enough to have been before, you would be aware of the community feel of the site. From the energetic strangers you watch the sun come up with (whilst chilling in a pod over a lake in the psychedelic forest) to the perky actors enticing you with challenges to win all kinds of strange festival memorabilia. This is a festival for the people, the happiest place I have ever visited.