Local Community

Local Community

This page is home to all the Boomtown news that is directly relevant for our wonderful local community.  It’s also the place where you can find out how to get involved with the festival all year round and become part of our community.

If you have any band suggestions, creative ideas that you would like to put forward, have any questions or concerns about the festival and our role within the local area, or would simply like to chat to us then we would love to hear from you. Katie Derwent is our Local Liaison Officer and is based in Alresford in the heart of the local community. She is on hand to help with any queries you may have and she can be contacted via local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk throughout the year.

Boom Village: 12th-15th August 2021

In light of our recent festival cancellation, for one year only, we are excited to announce Boom Village. 

Taking place over four days and nights, this camping festival is an intimate and magical celebration with a few thousand friends and families from around the local area. It will host over 100 amazing musical artists across a selection of beautifully handcrafted stages including incredible festival bands, reggae, roots and a whole spectrum of underground electronic styles, plus hundreds more walkabout theatre performers. It will also be home to healing, workshops and inspirational talks as well as a dedicated Kids Village. 

This new mini-event with a particular emphasis on trialling environmental initiatives and laying out the foundations for a new era of sustainable festival living which will ensure that the festival will re-emerge in the best possible way for years to come.

Find Out More
We will be releasing more details soon, including full FAQ’s as well as information on tickets, camping, accessibility, facilities and much more. In the meantime, sign up here so that you’re the first in the know on all Boom Village news and we will send you an information email and application form for tickets, which go on sale on 3rd June 2021. You can also follow our Local Community Facebook page here. 

Get Involved
We would love to work with you and there are lots of ways you can get involved with the event this summer! If you run a local business, are a local musician, artist or craftsperson, or you are a local charity and would like to get involved, please fill out this form here and we will be back in touch as soon as we can. 

Contact Boom Village
If you have any questions about ticket applications or anything else on your mind then do get in touch with Katie by emailing boomvillage@boomtownfair.co.uk

Local Tickets Boomtown Festival:

We always have a dedicated allocation of 5 day discounted festival tickets for our local residents who live within 5 miles of the festival, plus 1,000 complementary Sunday tickets. All of the local tickets for 2021 have automatically rolled over to the 2022 event. We are really grateful to those of you, and our wider audience, who have kept your tickets with us but refunds are available to those who wish. If you need any further information on how to go about this check out ticket FAQs here. Equally, if you didn’t manage to get hold of a ticket for 2021, you can still request to be added to the local ticket waiting list for 2022 by filling out this form here.

Cultural Recovery Fund: April 2021

On 1st April we were delighted to be able to announce that we had received a grant of £991,864 from the Department of Culture Media and Sports Cultural Recovery Fund. We are enormously grateful for the funding which has provided us with a much needed lifeline and whilst it represents only a fraction of the costs (under 10%) involved in hosting Boomtown, it has funded essential creative jobs, helped to stabilize the business and enabled us to recover from the impact of the postponement from 2020As per the criteria associated with the application, the funds received must be spent between the months of April to June 2021 and therefore did not include direct financing for the 2021 event. We are in conversation with the Arts Council regarding any amendments required on the original application and we will continue to provide the requested audited spend and reports.

Planning Application: March 2021

In March 2021 we submitted a brand new Planning Application to the South Downs National Park. The primary purpose of the application is to bring the planning permission capacity in line with our licenced capacity of 75,999 plus 1,000 Sunday tickets for local residents, which was granted by Winchester City Council in July 2019.  This will help secure our future at Matterley Estate, to further regulate our temporary presence within the National Park, demonstrate our commitment to the land and allow us to continue to grow as an event that brings great value economically, socially and culturally to the area. 

The application is currently in progress and we are awaiting details for the hearing. 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  

Our online Roundtable event to discuss the Application with local stakeholders in March was unfortunately cancelled due to a very limited uptake from local residents, neighbouring parishes, community representatives and interested parties. However, we always welcome any questions from those who live nearby. If you have any further questions, please contact Katie via local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk. 

Keeping in touch

Residents Meetings: We usually hold 3 to 4 public meetings in the local community each year to give you the chance to meet some of the organisers, provide us with your feedback, and discuss ways for more of the local community to get involved. The date has yet to be confirmed, but we are looking to hold our next meeting in early Summer and a following one in late August. If you would like to come along, please sign up to our local mailing list here to be kept up-to-date with the dates for upcoming meetings. 

Newsletters: You can also get an update on all of the latest news via our monthly newsletters. If you would like to be a part of this community, please sign up via our link here or get in touch with Katie directly.

Local Community Facebook Page: We also have a Local Community Facebook page, that is dedicated to our local residents where you can join in with all the latest conversations.