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We are always looking for fresh creativity to bring our ever evolving, immersive city streets to life! If you have ideas for sideshows, walkabout performances, micro venues or window installations for Chapter 10 or are inspired after the festival to get involved for next year, then we would love to hear from you!
We have just announced our headline and district line-ups and with names like Gorillaz, Jimmy Cliff, Limp Bizkit and Ben Harper at the top of the bill and we’ve maxed out our sound allocation, so we are specifically looking for crews able to provide theatrically lead venues or activities which do not incorporate large sound systems. However, venues that offer an eclectic and alternative music programme will be considered!
Your application will need to work with our overarching Boomtown narrative, so before writing your proposal to us, check out the Boomtown story and scroll down for a closerlook at our district outlines below.
THE BOOMTOWN STORY
One of the most unique and important aspects of Boomtown festival is its theatrical and interactive storyline. After the successful revolution in 2016 and the embedded capitalist nature of 2017, we saw the rise of an underground hacker cell hellbent on exposing the murky truths behind Bang Hai Industries and crippling the company’s mainframe by planting a virus. Their attempt although successful for a short moment, ultimately failed leaving this years Boomtown struggling beneath the shadow of the mega corporation and its C.E.O. In Chapter 10 we will witness a further rise in technical advancement which sees the corporate machine growing from strength to strength whilst the hacker resistance gains both momentum and numbers.
CHAPTER 10: The Machine Cannot be Stopped
The rise of Bang Hai Industries seemed unstoppable in the wake of a so called “People’s Revolution“ that failed to deliver the new utopia it promised, nor a leader who could make that dream a reality, as the mysterious Masked Man failed to emerge from the shadows. But not everyone was sold on this new hi-tech vision of the future, a Hacker group emerged to challenge the dominance of BHI exposing corruption and shady dealings behind the shiny façade. In a climactic finale to the annual fair BHI security systems were breached and for a moment the mighty corporate empire seemed like it may too be toppled and fall.
As operatives scrambled to regain control, a provocative message was delivered across the multiple channels of Bang Hai Entertainment’s digital network by an unnamed child presumed to be associated with the group. Moments later the system rebooted locking the Hackers out once more and exposing elements of the groups network across the city, and so the scene is set for the next chapter with resistance exposed and Bang Hai Security ready to do whatever it has to in order to protect its interests, to create a system that cannot be breached, a machine that cannot be stopped.
DISTRICTS AT A GLANCE
DSTRKT 5 is a district that offers a stark glimpse into Boomtown’s future. It is a world that suffers the consequences of it's present day ancestors as its citizens struggle to survive on the little natural resources that are left. It is a neo noir dystopian image, a district in decay. All vestiges of nature have long since been eliminated as if technology has polluted the earth.
Paradise Heights is a new gated community of pleasure and leisure facilities nestled alongside the business and banking district of Mayfair Avenue and home of the rich and famous movers and shakers of Boomtown. This 10 star resort style development is the jewel in the crown of Bang Hai Industries global business empire and offers those worthy of entrance an experience like no other in a world free for toil and strife, a dreamland where anything is possible promising you the best of everything money can buy!
Oldtown is the city’s original district and therefore the place most steeped in Boomtown’s history and folklore. The community is built on the land where the touring fair first settled and a strong presence of those original traveling families and their circus culture still exist in this section of the city . Here you will find the artists, performers, makers painters and the poets. It is full of characters with the spirit of Bohemia in their hearts.
Metropolis rises from the downtown skyline as a mecca for the advanced BHI lifestyle and business technology innovations currently flooding the market place of Boomtown and beyond. Described as the destination at the beginning and end of the digital superhighway this district has risen to supremacy as a conduit for all things tech and become an ever increasing heavyweight in the production and distribution of Bang Hai Technology.
Is a district set in Boomtown’s past. Spawning slowly from the Wild West frontier town of origin, a new industrial age is upon us bringing with it soot and grime but also skyscrapers and finery. In smoke grimed alleyways music halls and bars murmur of strike and revolution whilst on newly built gleaming avenues top hats and ball gowns strut.
Even if your ideas are not yet fully formed but you’re a creative or collective brimming with enthusiasm, ideas and creative skills please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! To apply head over to our Get Involved page.