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Chapter 11: 'A Radical City' After-Film

Explore the City

Welcome to Boomtown, a city of music, theatre, escapism, community and creativity! Come and explore the mind blowing stages, the intricate winding streets and the intimate immersive venues… Across the four areas; Hilltop, Downtown, Temple Valley and Whistlers Green are 11 individual districts, each with their own identity, characters and stories to discover… the main question is, which one will you call home?

AREA 404 NEW DISTRICT FOR 2019

In a deserted industrial quadrant, scavengers pick through the remains of the fallen Bang Hai Technologies infrastructure. Drones buzz in the sky and through the haze of the dust clouds a colossal, unidentified structure begins to ascend, emitting a strange and eerie light across the broken landscape … something new is happening in AREA 404.

Lion's Den

Reggae - Dancehall - Jungle

Our beloved Temple dominates the skyline with an inferno of flames, lasers and cascading waterfalls set against the ultimate soundtrack of reggae, dancehall, dub and roots.

Whether relaxing in the sun-soaked amphitheatre, absorbing the soulful soundtrack of reggae and jumping around to the hand-picked superstars that take to the stage at all times of day the Lion's Den should be at the very top of all citizens must see things at Boomtown! 

Town Centre

Legends - Party Bands - International Heroes

The pulsing heart of the city, the Town Centre hosts a melting pot of live bands from around the globe: an audio tour of musical legends, full throttle party bands and folk, ska, punk, balkan, hip-hop and two-tone. Representing many of the best live acts from across the districts, no-one can help but be immersed in the Town Centre’s sizzling atmosphere, to dance the day and night away.

Paradise Heights

Soca - Vintage Remix - Funk & Soul

Discover a whole new world of materialistic luxuries with Vintage Remix, Funk & Soul, Soca, Carnival vibes.

Once the jewel in the crown of Bang Hai Industries’ redevelopment programme, Paradise Heights is a gold-plated gated community of pleasure and leisure facilities and a playground to the rich and famous of Boomtown.

This “5-star facility, for 5-star people”  offers those worthy of entrance an experience like no other in a world free of toil and strife, a dreamland where hedonism rules and anything is possible, promising you the best of everything money can buy!

Oldtown

Balkan Roots - Folk Punk - Street Circus

Oldtown is steeped in Boomtown’s history and folklore, the winding streets and alleyways harbouring many a story and secret ready to be told...  

When the touring fair first settled they brought a strong presence of the original travelling circus culture which prevails to present day. Here you will find the artists, performers, makers, painters and the poets; characters filled with the spirit of Bohemia in their hearts.

Copper County

Folk - World – Americana

Step back into Boomtown’s past … Set against a new age of industry bringing with it soot and grime but also skyscrapers and finery. In smoke-filled alleyways music halls and bars murmur of strike and revolution whilst on newly built gleaming avenues top hats and ball gowns strut.

Sounds of banjos and basslines continue to resonate throughout, bringing with them an eclectic mix of people from all corners of the city, ready to soak up the sounds and the sights that make up the rich history of this city.

Whistlers Green

Jazz - Funk & Soul - Reggae

Discover the all the incredible jazz, reggae roots and world fusion musicians on offer, as well as the intimate sessions in the Floating Lotus and thought-provoking talks and discussion at the Speakers' Corner.

The mind, soul and conscience of the festival, Whistlers Green provides a huge variety for everyone. Home to the city's most sought after living quarters, it's spacious camping meadows allow residents to roll out of their tent and wake up to morning reggae aerobics and stunning views over Downtown.

With something for every age and party persuasion, Whistlers Green is fully stocked with; workshops, activities, saunas, hot tubs, holistic healing fields, mindful spaces and infinite hidden gems. Overlooking the festival sunset opportunities are some of the best in the world and a visit here is an absolute must for all.

Kidztown

Ska - Funk & Soul - Reggae

Boomtown is one huge playground for all generations, with Kidztown as the HQ for all mini-boomers. From creative treetop adventures in the Wild Wood Forest School to the creative workshops, music, theatre, a circus in the district’s open and green space, to entertainment and interactive play found in the interactive shops and venues of the Kidztown street, there really is something for everyone.

Kidztown takes all the family-friendly elements of the rest of the festival and bundles it up into a bite-size portion with a serene and soulful soundtrack provided by their very own Stage, which hosts family-friendly shows as well as artists big and small, from main acts to bands, specifically catering for the little ears.

Forest Parties

Psy-Trance - Acid Techno - Roots Reggae

Scattered throughout the city in the many wooded hideaways are the completely unique forest parties.

From psy-trance gatherings deep in the forest to the beachy vibes of the Hidden Woods; there’s an amazing amount of woodland to explore in this incredible Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we are loaned to make our city.

Make sure to pay homage to nature and celebrate in one of many sun-dappled hideaways.

Metropolis

House - Disco - Techno

Metropolis rose from the Downtown skyline like a shining beacon of the brand new age awaiting all who bought into the Bang Hai dream...

Now, as Artificial Intelligence permeates all aspects of the digital realm, this cyber sector of the city is oscillating at hyper speed. The facade still shines, the lights are on, but nobody is sure exactly who is home!  

Diss-order Alley

Ska - Punk - Metal

Foot stomping ska, punk and metal - live music to make your spine shake and your ears ache ;)  

The abandoned military base has been reclaimed by nature and occupied by a clan of proactive punks. A self-sufficient autonomous community has formed with a clear declaration of resistance to capitalist ideologies and systems.

DSTRKT 5

Drum & Bass - Hardcore - Bass Music

Delve deep into the underworld for a journey through drum & bass, house, jungle and heavy bass in the abundance of mind-bending venues and shady sideshows.

DSTRKT 5 offers a stark glimpse into Boomtown’s future.

A world that suffers the consequences of present-day actions, as its citizens struggle to survive on the little natural resources that are left. A district where virtually all remnants of nature have been depleted but the one bastion of hope, the 'beating heart' of the district 'The Last Tree' stands strong, worshipped by everyone, this beacon of mother nature surely holds the key to humanity's survival.

Barrio Loco

Live Bass - Hip-hop - Party

The flower that grew in the deserts of dystopia… the District where hip hop, garage, dancehall, latin funk and everything in between comes together in the streets that are exploding with colour and energy.  

Where the purveyors of positive vibration continue to fight the battle against the powers that be, in the search for a better way of life amongst external corruption, confusion and greed.

Renounce conformity, be yourself and radiate your freedom to be creative. A place to let go of the troubles of the outside world. A beacon of hope, freedom and liberation who have risen from the underground...

RELIC New for 2019

Bassline - Garage - Drum & Bass

Risen from the ashes of the former headquarters of Boomtown’s fictional Bang Hai Corporation; where technology and nature intertwine to breath a whole new lease of life into an iconic stage. Electrical bolts and free flowing data fuse to feed the giant flora to the backdrop of thunderous beats of a heavyweight line-up spanning decades and subgenres of drum & bass and bass across three days.