Boomtown 2017: Characters of the City

The streets, windows and balconies are filled with the curious, the intriguing and the outright weird ...

Meet some of the characters that populate the city and bring the streets to life. xx

Boomtown 2017- Lion's Den: Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain

Boomtown 2017- Lion's Den: Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain

CH 9 Aftermovie trailer

Chapter 9 Official Aftermovie.... It's coming!

If you lost something at the festival then please make sure you register it via the form here ASAP...
The form will close on 28th August so you have 10 days to realise you've lost it, and let us know about it!

And no, we don't have your marbles or mind... ;) xx

Full details & form here:

Boomtown Fair 2017: Music and mayhem gives a welcome break from reality

Big love to all who come with an open mind, get thoroughly involved and leave with an altered one...

'Just bear in mind once you go to this festival, everything else will feel a bit tame...'

;) xxx

Despite the most brutal weather imaginable to build an entire pop up city, the sheer determination from so many ensured we came together and wrote Chapter 9 - Behind the Mask ...

Boomtown CH 9 - behind the mask

Relive the incredible tale of chapter 9 with this official gallery..... So much love to the 1000's of citizens who joined us on this journey xxxx

Huge love to the amazing photographers:
Benjamin Paul Photography @Dereck Bremner
Victor Frankowski George Harrison Jody Hartley Photography, Scott M Salt Photography Lucas Sinclair Photography My Light Leora, Phoebe Maria Montague-Warr Paul Whiteley Photography @Sam Neill, Cal-Tristan Photographic

Bang Hai Towers closing show

Relive the spectacle that was Sunday night's closing show of Bang Hai Towers ......

Boomtown CH 10 - The Machine Cannot Be Stopped

The story continues ...

As the tale of 'behind the mask' comes to a close, we thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts.

This year has been extremely challenging in many ways but the atmosphere and experience that we created together over the past few days is one that will live on with us forever...

If you have any feedback please use this form: - feedback left as comments may get missed.

And finally a huge thank you to each and everyone of you, our staff, volunteers and everyone involved, with your continued love and support this great story can and will live on forever...

With all our love xxxxxx

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Check out some highlights from Saturday night xxx

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Explore Friday's day and night gallery


What incredible afternoon vibes at Sector 6. Big ups xx

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The huge Thursday opening night to chapter 9 was the most incredible magical experience we could have ever wished for, the vibe, the love, it was unexplainable ...

However we need to send our sincerest apologies to those affected in the queues yesterday, public safety is at the front of everything, we worked tirelessly for weeks against all odds to deliver the best possible experince in every direction and we are truly sorry that, for a number, of people their experience didn't start that way.

There are now almost 60,000 people from all corners of the world with us in the city ....the site is looking more incredible than ever and we are all preparing for our greatest show to date

All our love xxxxx

GATES UPDATE: All gates and traffic flowing well. The sun is shining and mud is drying up nicely!

We sincerely apologise to those who experienced the lengthy queues to get into the festival yesterday.

For anyone at the festival who would like to come and talk to us to about their experiences yesterday please head to one of our two info points in Downtown or Hilltop, or if preferred send us a message by using our form:

We apologise to all those who are still queuing and are working hard to get you in as quickly and safely as possible. There was a delay opening our gates due to the recent wet weather conditions and this, along with the large scale search operation we are running this year, have affected the time getting people through the gates.

Security, Event Management, Medical and welfare teams are in position at all the gates and we are actively looking at ways to speed up the queues to get people into the festival.
The gates are moving and people have been entering the festival site slowly since they opened just after 1pm.

We have been and will continue to send additional provisions and distributing water to all those who remain in the queue. If you require assistance, please text BOOM (followed by a space) to 88600, with the gate letter / number and your location.


Due to constant heavy rain over the past few weeks, we predict that there will be significant affect on the all car parks, pick up / drop off points and campervan gates.

We've booked in additional resources to try to minimise disruption but it is still highly likely to have a large impact on the time it will take to enter the festival.

Before you get here please make sure you:
- Know where your towing hook is, and make sure it is attached (normally located by the spare tyre)
- Don't rush in the morning - our gates don’t open until midday.
- Follow the directional signage on the roads AT ALL TIMES. 'short cuts' through smaller roads, will slow you down and affect the rest of the road network.

Please see our website for more info on how to arrive safely:

WANTED!! Eco Warriors for Chapter 9!
Your last opportunity to be a part of this years festival...

We've got a special opening in our team of Eco Warriors for all those who haven't managed to bag a ticket yet and want to play an integral part in Chapter 9.

Get the whole festival off for just 3 shifts working on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after the festival as a vital part of the crew, returning this beautiful land to the way we found it :)

Be quick, apply here >>
while there's still spaces! xx

The complexity of composting toilets:
Guy 1: "I can't believe they make you wipe your arse with sawdust."
Guy 2: "I know, it's just some weird hippy sh*t man."
(Via Spotted @ Boomtown 2016)

Here's the way to keep your toileting experience at it's freshest and sawdust in the appropriate places:
1. Grab a cup of sawdust
2. Lock the door (there are doors...)
3. Take a moment to do your thing
4. Sprinkle the sawdust down the toilet
5. Use the hand sanitiser provided.
6. Get back to the fun :)

We love this planet of ours and all general toilets on site are Natural Events (Pootopia) composting toilets. They are regularly cleaned and stocked with toilet paper (still bring your own though).

Enjoy and remember to use the sawdust responsibly. ;) xx

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Our incredible crew have been working flat out for the past 3 weeks in the wind, rain, thunder, lightning and some next level mud to create this amazing city!

Finally the sun has come out and everything looks totally magical!!! They've even managed to keep the grass nice and green for us all to roam around in...

We can't wait to see all the hard work be brought to life by our equally wonderful citizens but please remember the dedication, skills and ultimate craftsmanship that goes into every part of the city, please respect it. If you see anyone tagging or defacing any of the artwork, please let us know!

4 days to go!!! :) xxxx

Bang Hai People App

Don't miss your chance to join Bang Hai People, to be the person you always dreamed you could be! Sign up and get connected to people just like you! Simply register at to receive your PIN and get access to news as it unfolds across the city!

Now available on Apple and Android. With Bang Hai People, you'll never be alone again...

Global Boomtown

We're seriously humbled that people come from all over the world to celebrate with us in this magical place and experience the natural beauty of South Downs National Park in Hampshire.
We can't wait to welcome everyone back home... Just one more weekend to go! xx

If you like a few home comforts or just the opportunity to unwind, recharge and treat yourself, have a look at everything going on in the upgraded Boomtique Villages.
Wherever you choose to call your home for the fair these soul pampering facilities are available to anyone who fancies getting a Boomtique wristband.

More info here:

Chapter 9: Theatrical Teaser...

Everyone is a player in the game of life, discover hidden worlds and untold stories in our site wide immersive maze. Go to Oldtown Port and ask, 'Do I know You Friend?'...

Catch Beating Heart at the Windmill Stage

Be sure to go for an adventure up to the Windmill Stage on the opening day of the festival... As the only main stage open on Thursday, it will be celebrating party vibes from the world over!

Here's a clip of Beating Heart Music, (at WOMAD Festival) who will be bringing Sub Saharan Africa to the stage with remixes from the likes of My Nu Leng with the night topped off by a globetrotting set from none other than 6 Music's Gilles Peterson.

Check out the website for the full Windmill stage line up coming soon...xx

Outside... Beyond what is right or wrong, there is a vast field where we'll meet you in just 10 days! xx

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We're edging ever closer... what character will you be? x

Bristol DJ legends support Temwa's festival crowdfunder! - Temwa

Last chance to win Boomtown tickets via Temwa!!
This year our info / lost & found will be run by the incredible Malawi charity TEMWA who we've teamed up with to offer a couple of festival tickets as part of their crowdfunder campaign, supported by with Bristol DJ's GutterFunk and Dr Meaker who'll also be playing at the Fair this year! xx

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Who's ready to see what we've built to stand in place of the mighty Palace...?

For anyone who missed it, here's a teaser for it's replacement:

Bang-Hai Media

Bang Hai Industries welcomes you to the all singing, all dancing Boomtown App - Bang Hai People: Keeping you connected with the hottest news from across the city! 😉

Just register at to receive a your PIN and get access to this new frontier. Those registered will be emailed their PIN tonight. Available to download on Android* now, just search Bang-Hai People

*Sorry to all fruit based phone owners but it's currently a little too jazzy for the other phone operating system. iOS Bang-Hai People coming soon...

Never be alone again. Be part of the story. xx

Official Chapter 9 Map Release!

For the most organised / excited citizens, head over to our website for a high-res fully downloadable version of our map this year >>

If you're yet to read it, please check out our Essential Guide for all the info and handy arrival tips you could possibly need before the fair here >>

Car passes will be delivered by the END of next week if you haven't received yours by Saturday 5th, please contact who can look into it for you xx

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Tuesday listening from the fantastic Official Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson who will be joining us this year. Mr Peterson will be opening up The Windmill, upgraded main stage at Whistler's Green, with some of the best jazz and world musicians from across the globe.

Down the hill at Vamos, Mr Scruff will be shelling out a mammoth world exclusive set with Ben UFO and Joy Orbison - till then, here's a taste of what's to come...xx

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Since Boomtown's infancy we have been waiting to welcome back Toots and the Maytals who first played at Chapter 2. Since its humble beginnings, the Lion's Den has evolved into the biggest reggae stage in the UK and we are so thrilled to have Toots opening it up on Friday for our annual opening ceremony

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Lining the city streets are some of the most mind bending street venues you will ever have the joy of finding. With over 80 to discover, our street venues and pop-up parties take citizens on a cultural and historical tour of the musical underground, and provide some of the silliest escapism and theatrical lunacy to be found within the city streets. These pockets of immersive play embody the heart of our Fair, catalysts as for those magical moments that make the festival the adventure that it is.

From the @Renegade Street Rave celebration of free party culture, the taxidermy badgers of Rimski's Yard, the infamous Boomtown Jobcentre Christmas parties and all the other long standing crews such as 24hr Garage Girls, The ASBO Disco, Dubtendo Kaotik Kartel, Wrong Side Of The Tracks - Gorilla Tactics Loose Lips ALAN's Banghai Studios - Chinatown District, Boomtown Bang-Hard Tek Shop (Previously So-Fun Tek) at Boomtown Fair 2017 @Boomtown Fair Wonka-Vision takeover Freak Boutique stage, salon & sideshow- Boomtown Rokoko's Emporium at Boomtown Fair 2017 Hitechnicians The Copper Feel Cabaret Mr Whompy at Boomtown 2017 Sky Bar Boomtown The Park Hotel // Boomtown Fair Wayne and Wanda's Doris Dodo's Olbitchuary Office at BoomTown Fair 2016 The Inconvenience Superstore and more...

The streets are buzzing with adventures into the unexpected, and tales of the totally unexplainable. Make sure to wander off the beaten path and discover what hidden treasures await behind each unassuming door...

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In between the musical discovery and theatrical adventures, there is a space filled with nutrition for the mind and insightful discussion to inspire the soul. We believe it’s a necessity to provoke thought, engage in debate and learn from one another in a safe, welcoming space with the aim to raise social awareness a snippet of discussion at a time..xx
See our website for the full discussion descriptions here >> <<

Map walk around - Get to know the city before you arrive.

With exactly 3 weeks to go until we kick off Chapter 9, we've put together this handy BTN Map to walk you through the various arrival options and highlight which campsites are best for people depending on where you enter the city.

**Please note** The downloadable map will be available from next Wednesday (26/07/17)
Boomtique Hilltop, Family Camping and Camper Van parking is at Orange Gate
Boomtique Downtown, Coach Drop Off and General Drop Off Points are at Blue Gate
Car Passes can be bought on the gate for £45
All travel information can be found on your essential guide here:

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There's been a fair few questions coming in about accepted forms of ID. We don't accept photocopies, but anyone who'd rather not risk losing precious passports or driving licenses, CitizenCard's will be accepted all across the city.

We've wangled a discount for you all with CitizenCard >> << simply enter BOOMTOWN in the voucher code box to get £5 off. Order by THIS Friday to get it in time for the festival.

Don't risk your passport or driving licence being one of the hundreds making up our pile of lost property! xx

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Our woodland forest parties really are some of the most magical on earth.
Make sure you take the time to discover all of them and experience each unique area for yourself...xx
Check out what's in store here:
Image by: VooDoo Imaging

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Respect Yourself - Respect the City:

Last year was the worst year in our history for mess left by citizens and we've seen a really shocking trend happening at events all over the country of people just leaving mounds of rubbish, tents, sleeping bags etc... expecting someone else to tidy it up afterwards.

If you don't think you'll be taking your tent or sleeping stuff home with you at the end then PLEASE go for the pre-pitched tent option with either Tangerine Fields or CampLight.

Help spread the word and leave the city on Monday morning feeling like you have done all you can to take everything with you and leave no trace.

(stock image used - Glastonbury 2017)


**Friday Mix**

Get your ears around this dedicated reggae mix that our main man AAA Badboyhas put together as a proper introduction to the Lion's Den this year.

This year we have our biggest selection of Jamaican artists at the festival ever; from the originators to those pushing the music forwards into the next generation, we're going on a complete musical tour of the home of one of our favourite music genres.

Also, final warning to anyone wanting to get a car parking pass, they go off sale at midnight TONIGHT! get one here:

BTN: Boomtique & Bang Hai Redevelopments

ALL NEW BTN: Further updates from our redeveloping friends over at Bang Hai Industries, home comfort camping with Boomtique and pre-pitching made easy with Camplight and Tangerine Fields... Festivalling at it's easiest ;)

Although its less than 30 days until we are all together in the city which is insanely exciting, we need to spread the word that security outside the city has increased 4 times on last year to ensure anyone without a ticket wont make it into the festival for ch 9.

Please spread the word far and wide and help discourage people breaking in as it seriously jeopardises the future of the festival.

Respect to all - Boomtown HQ

ps - If you registered for the tickets we have bought back then the first 100 people to sign up will have just been sent an email from please note you have 48 hours to redeem these tickets otherwise they will go to the next in the queue.

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Wow, what an amazing response to our Minirigs Ticket competition! Thank you everyone for sharing your stories of loveliness, it's been so uplifting seeing everyone's heartwarming memories each morning :)

Congratulations to our three winners Jack Lloyd, Thomas Hasler and Mell Horn - we can't wait to create more happy stories with you this summer! Please email so we can get your tickets sent out! Here are the winning stories for Chapter 9, we're really looking forward to all the stories of friendship and community spirit to be made at the festival this year! Big love xx


Jack Lloyd

Two years ago I was lucky enough to get myself a ticket to Glastonbury Festival but unfortunately my friend wasn't so lucky meaning I was going on my lonesome. I searched online for other people who were going alone and wanted to get together and I came across a couple of guys called Charlie & Scully, they were arranging a group for people who also were in the same predicament.

This group was one of the most life changing things that ever happened to me, after three festivals & the group expanding from 30 people to 180 people we have established a family of caring & loving individuals that were once strangers and now are life long friends. We are camp solo! Filled with festival love & good vibes, bringing people together & being a prime example of what love & unity is about. I met some of my best friends in this group & the love of my life. I can't think of any other story or example that shows support and love as much as this one, I have the organisers to thank and the people because without them it wouldn't be the same!
Love You Camp Solo ✌️

P.S. This is my attempt to go to Boomtown with camp solo as I didn't manage to get a ticket! 😁

Thomas Hasler

I wrote my story as a poem but the facts are all there.......

I went for a walk to see the sunrise,
When I saw a young fella with tears in his eyes,

Left on his tod fairly drunk on wine,
After taking mushrooms for the first time.

I could not leave him on this downward trip,
So we talked and made friends sat hip to hip,

We explored the woods where I showed him the dragon,
Passed the healing fields and walked to Carmagedon,

As time went on he became fond of me,
And wanted to explore his sexuality,

As a good Samaritan I refused to accept the moves,
So we hugged and went to look for his shoes.

As the sun rose
So did his facial pose

Now my story is at it’s end,
Remember to never leave a friend!

Thomas @ Glastonbury 2017

Mell Horn When my 5 year old son died of pneumonia laying next to me in bed.. all my mates turned up at the hospital unexpected took me home and sat with me all night while i played the same song over and over again.. then they all chipped round to get a horse and cart for his funeral now every year on his birthday we all get tog and let 100 balloons go.real friends that i will love forever ... realworldrightthere

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Our massive ticket giveaway and Minirigs competition closes at midnight tonight!!
The post with the most likes will not only win 2 x tickets to this year's festival but also an exclusive Boomtown branded Minirig!

If you're yet to get involved, head over to our competition pic (link below) and comment there with your favourite 'nice people' story, or liking your favourite ones. Winner to be announced on Monday. xx

BTN - important news from inside the city

Catch up on all the latest news around the city, some important info, plus an exclusive interview with the city's 'brand' new 'sponsor' enjoy x

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Due to the amount of fraudulent ticket sales that have been reported to us, we are offering a limited amount of refunds and resale tickets to take place DIRECTLY via our ticket website to help limit the amount of people who may be victims of criminal activity.

For anyone looking to purchase a ticket, please register with to be placed in a queue. TO REGISTER PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK:

TheTicketSellers will then email out ticket purchase links on a first come, first served basis when tickets are sold back to the festival.

PLEASE NOTE: Registering for a ticket does not guarantee a ticket to the festival.

If you would like to sell your ticket back to the festival, please email TheTicketSellers at

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1st prize - a pair of festival tickets and one limited edition Boomtown Minirigs
2nd prize - a pair of festival tickets + an item of Boomtown chapter 9 merch
3rd prize - a pair of festival tickets

The Competition:

When building and planning this city, the absolute main thing is the safety of everybody who comes to play with us. We do our best to look after people in a variety of ways, through our medical, welfare, stewards and this year we've gone that extra step further with the drug testing services provided by The Loop - see full details here:

But now we want to hear from you, how you look out for each other and generally have each other's backs in life. The real world has been a bit hard to take recently so we want lovely stories and examples of humans at their very best; times when someone brought sunshine into your world, and lifted your spirits when you need it the very most... the person that gave you hope and happiness :)

The inspiring tales with the most likes will be picked as the winners after the competition closes at midnight on Friday 7th July.

Happy sharing :) Big love. xx

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Scrolling back through the weirdly wonderful pictures from last year, we are so lucky to have such a solid series of randomness from our citizens!
You lot never disappoint!
Looking forward to seeing what curiosities Chapter 9 will bring... 😉

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The resale of unclaimed deposit tickets has now finished and ALL tickets to Chapter 9 are completely sold out!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, so much love for you all and we can't wait for you to join us in the city for the next chapter when we say good bye to our Palace and welcome the all new Towers...

For those that didn't get a ticket, we're sorry to miss you this year... BUT there are so many other incredible events taking place across the country, we're sure you'll find some fun somewhere.. our friends at The Secret Garden Party are putting on their last ever show so go check them out, it'll be incredible for sure! :) xx

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So many magical things happen between June and August...This is just the start of it all! :)

Happy Solstice everyone!!

Boomtown Fair

Evolving from a small gathering of like-minded friends into a vast pop-up metropolis celebrating a dizzying kaleidoscope of musical and artistic endeavour. Boomtown is one of the worlds most innovative festivals, offering its 60,000 people a fully immersive, theatrically-led experience like no other with hundreds of actors bringing the film-like street sets to life.

From mindblowing main stages to enchanting backstreet micro-venues, Boomtown's nine fully themed districts vibrate night and day to a soundtrack exploring everything from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco, via electro-swing, jazz, bluegrass, bass, jungle and techno. It's a city where imagination truly is the only boundary.