Local Community

Local Community

Local Community

For those who live close to the festival site we have a number of ways for you to get involved and engage with the festival year round; if you've any band suggestions, creative ideas that just need to be heard, or simply want to get in touch and chat to us, then we have a year round dedicated Community Liaison Officer, Katie Derwent. Based in Alresford, Katie is in the heart of the local community and can be contacted via local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk throughout the year.

Local Tickets:

We have a dedicated allocation of discounted local resident tickets available for those who live within 5 miles of the festival. Please note. all the discounted resident ticket links have now been allocated.  If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, pease complete the application form here.

In addition to the full 5 day discounted festival tickets, we have 1,000 complementary Sunday tickets.  The tickets that were allocated in 2020 have been rolled over to the 2021 event and we'll be in touch with all the details when it’s appropriate to do so. Please note, our application process for the 2021 event has now closed. 

Planning Application 2021: 

We are really excited to have submitted a brand new Planning Application to the South Downs National Park to help cement our future at Matterley Estate and further regulate our temporary presence within the National Park. 

Why are we making the application? In July 2019, Winchester City Council granted Boomtown a licenced capacity of 75,999 plus 1,000 Sunday tickets for local residents. The primary purpose of this planning application is to bring the planning permission capacity in line with our licenced capacity. We would aim to move towards full capacity over a number of years. We hope that the application, along with the associated measures and conditions, demonstrates our commitment to the land and ambition to continue to grow as a event that brings great value economically, socially and culturally to the area. The current target determination date is set for 30th April 2021. If you would like to view the Planning Application please click here. You can also view our Planning Application update here. The application reference is SDNP/21/00290/FUL  

Boomtown Roundtable Event: Cancelled

Our online Roundtable event scheduled for Thursday 18th March to discuss our current Planning Application with local stakeholders has been cancelled.

After approaching a wide cross-section of the community, neighbouring parishes and interested parties there has been very limited uptake. Over the past month we have reached out to over 8,000 of those who live the closest to the festival site via newsletters, direct mailing and local social media platforms, but unfortunately we did not receive any questions relating to our Planning Application. We did however receive numerous enquiries from local people regarding how to get tickets to this year’s festival! 

We also approached a variety of different organisations and community representatives to take part as panel members, but disappointingly we were not able to engage enough people to provide a solid balance on the panel. We have therefore decided not to proceed with the event and would like to thank Steve Brine MP for very kindly offering his time to chair the discussion, as well as to those who expressed an interest.

Whilst the Roundtable event is no longer going ahead, we always welcome any questions from those who live nearby and Katie, our Local Community Liaison can be reached all year round via local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk

Keeping in touch throughout the year - Meetings and newsletters:

We usually hold 3 to 4 public meetings in the local community each year. Giving those who live nearby the chance to meet some of the organisers, provide us with their feedback, and discuss ways for more of the local community to get involved.

Please sign up to our local mailing list to be kept up-to-date with the dates for upcoming meetings (whether in person or online!). Please email local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk to sign up or use the subscription link here