The first arm of our overarching Respect Campaign is all about you!! Festivals tend to be more of a marathon than a sprint, so you really should keep yourself in peak physical condition ;)
Or failing that, just look after yourself in the way you would do in everyday life! Basic stuff like eating, drinking plenty of water and sleeping!
We have provided a lot of facilities, services and infrastructure to help you help yourself! As well as to be there to if something arises, and you find you need extra support from our staff on the ground. Please read below to familiarise yourself with how we can help and the services we offer:
As is the case across the rest of the UK; all illegal drugs including, nos and psychoactive substances are not permitted in Boomtown.
Trying to enter the festival with drugs will result in refusal of entry, eviction or prosecution if you are caught doing so. Security measures, amnesty procedures and searches at the gates have increased to prevent any drugs from entering the festival.
However, even after all the security, policing and awareness measures we have in place, we have to acknowledge that drugs can still get into the festival and may be experimented with, sometimes to dangerous levels. The; ‘drugs are illegal, don’t do them’ policy hasn’t worked in general society, and it is no different for festivals. Watch our harm reduction documentary below.
Here are some simple things you can do to keep you and your friends safe:
- Educate yourself with our drug policy & advice page.
- Familiarise yourself with the locations of welfare & medical who operate a 24 hour service.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed pop into don’t hesitate to visit the lovely welfare team - that’s what they’re there for.
- Please visit the Loop for free and impartial drug advice, education and support. They will also be able to inform on the drugs that have been identified onsite and give actual advice and information on what these substances mean.
- Remember to eat, drink plenty of water (free water points site wide!) and get some sleep.
If you do decide to experiment with drugs ALWAYS follow these very simple, but vital steps;
- CRUSH-DAB-WAIT - head to the Loop website for further information.
- Remember you can't lessen your dose, always wait at least 2 hours before taking more to understand the drug's effect on your body.
- Treat all drugs as unknown, just because a friend hasn't had any negative side effects, doesn't mean it's safe.
- Look after yourself - take regular breaks from dancing to cool down and get some fresh air, drink water or soft drinks, but in moderation, do not exceed a pint of water an hour. Some drugs lessen your bodies ability to process fluids and overhydration can become very dangerous.
We have extensive Harm Reduction and Public Safety measures in place to safeguard all those in attendance.
- x2 Medical Centres
- x2 Welfare Centres (Chill Welfare)
- Roaming campsite welfare
- The Loop - Welfare, drug awareness education and intervention
- On-call Mental Health response team
- Cocaine Anonymous
We will be keeping everyone informed as best we can with any substances of concern that are identified via our back of house testing service TICTAC. Please ensure you are following all of our official Boomtown platforms on social media, as well as download the festival app here to receive notifications should we need to issue urgent updates. It’s also worth following The Loop on facebook, instagram or twitter for additional information and advice.
The biggest thing you can do to respect yourself is prepare yourself!
Make sure you read these, they are nuggets of gold and WILL help you!
- Be entry ready! Print your ticket and make sure the name on it matches the name on your I.D.
- Prepare to face the elements. Bring a reusable water bottle to use at one of our many water points and don’t forget plenty of sun cream (but don't forget your raincoat either - this is England after all!)
- Don’t bring too much stuff. The festival site is very large and hilly, think carefully about what you decide to take and remember you have to bring everything you've brought with you back home again. The more stuff you have the longer the entry search will be and therefore the longer it will take you and your pals to get in!
- Pack the essentials! Sturdy, comfy shoes are a must as you’ll be walking (and dancing) up and down hills several miles a day - don't let blisters or a twisted ankle ruin your festival. And socks. All of the socks. Check out our packing guide for more tips.
- Eat, sleep, hydrate, repeat! Boomtown is more of a marathon than a sprint. Pace yourself, know yourself and get acquainted with where our various welfare facilities are.
Useful facilities quick list!
Here to help you:
- FREE text number to report anything directly to us so we can act upon it as soon as possible: 07502 648 200
- 24-hour Campsite Hubs
- x2 24 hour medical facilities (including onsite pharmacy)
- x2 Welfare centres
- Roaming welfare teams in the campsites
- Trained mental health professionals within both the Welfare and Medical teams with a dedicated Mental Health Response Team for anyone in crisis
- Drug testing and harm reduction advice service (The Loop)
- 2 x Info Points (Lost and found // Feedback // General Information)
- Onsite Police station run by Hampshire Constabulary (in Hilltop this year)
- Stewards and SIA-trained Security Staff to offer support, and request assistance from other teams
- Access to lockers to keep your valuables safe.
How to help yourself:
- Please use the facilities!!! We’ve invested a huge amount over the years to make life as enjoyable within the festival as possible - please take advantage of this.
- Free water points across the festival - remember to bring a reusable water bottle!
- Over 100 traders and market stalls providing a huge range of delicious food, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options all available.
- Be aware of how to keep your valuables safe and protect yourself from opportunists.
- If you feel unwell, unsafe, or unsure about anything please head to medical, welfare, a campsite hub or the nearest Boomtown member of staff - we are here to help and will be able to point you in the right direction of who is best placed to support.
- If, after reading the drugs awareness page, getting through security at the gates, the sniffer dogs upon entry and the police spotters, you still choose to take drugs at the festival - PLEASE go and visit The Loop first to find out what exactly you’re putting in your body,how it will affect you, and the measures you should take to reduce harm to yourself.
- Pick a suitable campsite to get the sleep pattern you desire - there is quiet camping in Whistlers Green, Family Camping near Kidztown and pre-pitched options to help make life easier.