The Boomtown Fair Returns For Its 7th Chapter

The Boomtown Fair is often described as being one of the most crazy, ludicrous and bonkers festivals in the world – which makes it rather special when we see so many festivals conforming to the regular commercialised ‘House Every Weekend’ vibe. Boomtown offers more experience, more creativity, more madness and let’s face it, probably more fun. It returns next week for it’s 7th Chapter, held between the 13th to the 16th August.

Situated in Winchester, and founded in 2009, approximately 38,000 party goers attend the elaborately set up festival every single year to see a wide range of musical genres appearing across 20 main stages. From Ska, Reggae, Folk, World, Gypsy, Punk and Pirate all the way to Jazz, Electro Swing, Techno and Jungle, Boomtown offers one of the most diverse range of musical genres that you can get at a festival. With such a varied selection there’s sure to be something for everyone’s musical taste buds.

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What we’re looking forward to most:

If you’re unsure of what to go see at Boomtown this year, here’s inSYNC’s top two recommended acts. Definitely a must see is Gorgol Bordello; a gypsy/punk band originating from New York, but influenced by East European culture, as well as Ukranian and Russian music. “Gogol” literally comes from Nikolai Gogol, a classical Russian/Ukrainian writer, born in today’s Ukraine. He serves as an ideological influence for the band because he “smuggled” Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with their Gypsy/East-European musical sound pushed into the English-speaking world. The band has been going well over 15 years, and for those who like to see somethong different, and broaden their musical horizon, they are a must see.

As Boomtown is the place for truly alternative music, we recommend taking a trip to see Caravan Palace. This seven-piece French electro-swing band are a must-see! For those fans of Parov Stelar, Caravan Palace will certainly get you dancing with their high-energy sets. The band is popular is France, Belgium and Switzerland, but don’t always make it to the UK, so go whilst the chance is there!

But music isn’t the only thing on offer at Boomtown; there’s also loads of cabaret, spoken word, theatre, art and catering options. All of this is held within 8 different ‘districts’, which promise punters a truly immersive experience. Watch the 2015 trailer below:

If you want to try Boomtown there hasn’t been a better time, especially with the recent unfortunate rumours circulating, which could hint at this being its last year due to planning disputes from the local council. We think it would be a huge shame to say goodbye to a festival which offers something truly different and unique from the UK’s others. The Boomtown Fair carries a good ethos, working closely with the local community and its local residents, as well as donating to charities such as Oxfam and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Since last year, the festival has also began running a free arts & crafts pop up event for children in December. They reinvest much of their profits into making the following year’s festival even better; so let’s hope these rumours don’t come true.

Third tier tickets are still available, but are flying through the door as we speak, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to book your place! See you all there!

George Hall

inSYNC Editor


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