Up and coming boutique festival Boomtown Fair will be bigger and better than ever this year. Some dub, the “new” Secret Garden Party, held at an undisclosed location less than an hour from London, will take place Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August.
Other stages offer cabaret, gypsy, folk, reggae, dub, country and western, plus comedy, an anarchist theatre and much more. But, the true magic lies in the fancy dress extravaganza, the quirky layout of the land and the dream-like fantasy world the festival offers its fans.
A weekend ticket to camp in the imaginative town costs £93 for adults or £50 for teens. To buy tickets click here.
Or sign up with Festival Volunteer to work two shifts on a bar in exchange for a free ticket as well as a meal and two drinks per shift.
The Boomtown legend
This brightly ascending star within the summer festival line-up is based around the sordid legend of Boomtown – a once-glorious retreat now overrun by lawless rebels with only the town’s mayor and officials to uphold its former dignity.
Festival-goers, referred to as “tourists,” are warned on the fair’s official web site to beware of crossing the tracks into Downtown Boomtown.
“Brothels masquerade as laundrettes, dingy bars line the streets, and nothing is what it seems. Anyone who finds themselves in Downtown Boomtown must keep their wits about them as its streets are both menacing and unforgiving.”
Unsuspecting tourists could find themselves in The Little Shop of Horrorz or in the Skandalous! Casino, where ferret pole porn and badger racing will apparently take place.
On the right side of the tracks, new attractions May-fair Avenue, Old Town and Bassline Circus can be enjoyed.
May-fair Avenue is the lux part of town with decadent restauarants, suave gentlemen’s clubs, and glittering casinos lining its winding streets.
Old Town’s ancient and decaying buildings will be opened up by the town’s officials to host old school bars and discos playing music from the 1950’s onwards alongside traditional cafes and bingo halls.
Bassline Circus brings electro, bassline grime and dubstep integrated with death defying circus performances.
Confirmed as returning to Boomtown is the Invisible Circus, the circus troupe will be taking to the streets of Old Town with street performances, new sideshows and death defying acrobatics.
Also on board for 2011 are the Mutiod Waste Company who will be covering the site with their warped vehicles and scrap metal sculptures.
Back to the music on offer: Here’s the full line-up so far: Headliners Gogol Bordello, and Caravan Palace, plus Capleton, The Selector, The Toasters, Goldie Lookin Chain, and Tippa Irie, DJ Zinc, Redlight & MC Dread, Ms Dynamite, Toddla T & MC Serocee, The Bug & Flow Dan, High Rankin, JFB b2b Ed Solo, 3 Daft Monkeys, The Baghdaddies, The Mandibles, Drunken Balordi, Demented Are Go, Random Hand, Citizen Fish, The Caravans, The Long Tall Texans, Barrington Levy, Dunkel Bunt, Cutty Ranks, and more with many more still to be confirmed.
With so much music and creative antics on offer, this is truly a festival to add to your summer calendar.