Chapter One: The Gathering

Chapter One: The Gathering

What is happening at Boomtown 2021?

Boomtown at its heart is a living theatre with a long history and an ongoing narrative, but we are starting with a clean slate and a world of new wonders to discover in Chapter One: The Gathering.

The premise is simple, we are a Gathering… Gatherings are a deep part of human connection and celebration and have been so for millennia, but in these current real-world times, they were also one of the first things to be outlawed. When we come together this will be The Gathering we’ve all been needing for so long…

Actors and characters will flood the streets more than ever before, huge parades will weave their way through the districts with buskers and pop up sound systems on every street corner, a mass of colourful creative energy that vibrates through every strand of the city. 

The depths of our story in this reset year are as yet unknown, but we will be building our version of a post-pandemic world and exploring what that can mean for our collective ‘new normal’.

As ever, all are invited to fully participate by creating their own character and discover their part to play in this ever-evolving story.

[Discover more on Chapter One story here]

How are Things Changing? 

Over the past few months, we have taken the time to speak with thousands of you who’ve attended, and worked at the festival over the years via surveys and focus groups to understand what is most important. The changes we’ve made are rooted in; feedback from thousands of public and crews, response to the ongoing COVID-19 threat, and most importantly our ethos and our ambition to put on the best party possible.

Reimagining the festival layout:

There are 3 main sections to the Boomtown world; The main city, The Forests and woodland areas and the campsites and their central Campsite Villages. 

The Main City: and its unique worlds will all now be located in what was previously known as ‘Downtown Boomtown’. Every main stage is a brand new concept and nestled deep into magical district surroundings. For the first time ever we will be using every inch of the ‘Downtown’ valley to build up the most detailed festival city we’ve ever dreamt up! Around the city will be the beautiful, forest chillouts and woodland parties we love to escape to.

Campsite villages: Surrounding the woodland stages and overlooking the city will be three large main campsites, each with its own new Campsite Village at its very centre. These warm and inviting central hubs are absolutely key to the success of the new festival vision. Creating communities with shared spaces will significantly help us embed the festivals ethos into all we do, whilst enhancing everyone's overall living experience at the same time.  

Come on a tour of the new city layout and campsite villages here.

Musical Lineup Releases:

We know this may come as a surprise to some of you but we have made the bold decision to keep most of the line up a secret until just before the festival.. We have spent months debating whether this was the right thing to do and what is clear is there are many aspects to the way the music industry is run that simply don’t work for independent festivals. 

The complex process of releasing a music line-up with the exclusivity, billing and escalating costs have led us to decide this is the time to rethink the way we approach it and explore new ways of doing things. 

We have always been a creatively led festival and people attend Boomtown because of the overall experience, we will continue to book incredible headline artists, and all the festival favourites, but by approaching our programming announcements in this radical way, we can create lineups that are even more phenomenal and diverse than we have ever been able to before.

Please read more on the thoughts behind the music release here

Ticket Price:

With so many people going through so much right now, we felt it was vital for us to reduce the ticket price to make it easier to attend for all. By reimagining how we run and create Boomtown, we’ve been able to reduce the ticket price, but also enhance the parts that make us a truly unique experience... 

Please read full ticket prices and info here.

Collectively, another world is possible.

As festival-goers, organisers, artists or performers we must all come together to collectively create a beautiful space of respect, connection, creativity and celebration; a place where we all do our best to live up to the ethos of Boomtown. 

Whatever your own Boomtown story may be, there are so many ways to leave your legacy.. Every single person has an impact and the opportunity to create change; by the energy you share in a crowd, the smile you give a fellow citizen as you explore the streets, or nudging a neighbour to make sure they leave no trace! Even before we get to the fair there’s so many ways to get involved you could become an ambassador, apply to be part of the creative experience, join our ever growing online communities, or simply take a moment to read and understand our Six Pillars. Collectively we can try to change the world, or at least our little part of it…

You may have some questions, so we’ve compiled a pretty comprehensive FAQ here. Please have a good read through these but if there is anything we’ve not covered then please email us at info@boomtownfair.co.uk

Read about our vision for the future of the festival & familiarise yourself with the Six Pillars of Boomtown…. 

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