The dust has settled on another Boomtown Fair and attention has already turned to next year.
Chapter 11 of the immersive festival was battered by strong winds and heavy rain, but the inclement weather didn’t stop the 65,000 people in attendance from having an incredible time, with social media awash with glowing feedback.
The wind did cause havoc on Friday afternoon, though, when Shy FX’s set was cut short after a piece of the Relic stage fell into the crowd – a moment which was captured on film.
Following this year’s festival, which was the 11th to take place since the event’s inception, the team behind it declared it as ‘without a shadow of a doubt the best fair yet’ despite the challenging conditions.
They reported there was a 70 per cent reduction in the amount of waste left behind in the campsites, which is ‘the biggest change in one year’ the sustainability team have ever seen at a festival, according to organisers.
Much to the delight of party-goers, the sound levels at the main stages were also reportedly much better than in previous years, following 11 years of ‘constant redesign, pioneering techniques and huge investment’ by the festival’s bosses.
Fans of the festival will be pleased to hear that it has been confirmed to return to its now-established home of the Matterley Estate in Hampshire in 2020.
Its overall capacity will increase by 11,000 people next year, rising to 76,999 people.
The dates for your diary are August 12-16.
With Chapter 12 of the twisting story dubbed ‘New Beginnings’, it wouldn’t be surprising if organisers have even more new stages and features up their sleeves. We’ll watch this space…
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