Boomtown 2019: Everything You Need to Know

Here is everything you need to know about Boomtown 2019. Chapter 11 is set to be the most revolutionary yet. Keep up to date with Boomtown Source, as we continue to learn what’s in store for the next chapter of the Boomtown Fair story…

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Boomtown 2019: A maze of city streets and giant stages

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Boomtown Chapter 11: A Radical City

The name and theme for Boomtown Fair Chapter 11 is “A Radical City”. Every year Boomtown has a new chapter, like a book. There is an ongoing story line that flows through the festival each year. At Boomtown you are encouraged to take part and get involved in an immersive theatrical story line, that connects each chapter together. It’s unlike anything you have seen at other UK festivals, and has to be experienced to be understood.

Boomtown is a new breed of “immersive experience” festival. Like a warped Disneyland for adults, it has 12 themed districts, where you can truly lose yourself in a fantasy realm. Its film set style town is built up every year, in the beautiful South Downs National Park. And the city streets are full of actors dressed to match their district, waiting to lure you into their seedy hidden venues.

Paradise Heights Show
The spectacular Paradise Heights night time show at Boomtown

Almost any genre of music you can dance to is represented, a list too long to mention. Reggae, Metal, Drum and Base, Ska, House, Electro-Swing, Jungle, Folk, Gabba… You name it, and you’ll find it at one of the over 100 stages and venues at Boomtown.

What’s the “Radical City” theme about?

The future of Boomtown is “unwritten” for chapter 11, according to the festival’s creators. In just 10 years, Boomtown has grown from its roots as a tiny independent festival to the UK’s largest truly independent festival! International acclaim has made it a “must do” for festival goers worldwide. It’s a fiercely independent festival, that has lost none of it’s original spirit, despite it’s rapid growth. And now it faces a crossroads…

Respect Logo

Last year, Boomtown launched the respect campaign, and in chapter 11 aims to transform the 2019 festival into a radical city.

That means:
-Caring about the environment
-Thinking about the sustainability of the festival
-Considering the consequences of throwing the world’s greatest party
We can still have a great time… but let’s do so responsibly.

Boomtown are not willing to put on a festival which damages the planet. And that means changes need to happen, starting right now. I call on every person reading this page to play their part in making the vision a reality. Travel by public transport, take your tent home with you, and recycle all of your waste before leaving. Live the Boomtown values, and become a true participant in the community.

When is Boomtown 2019?

Boomtown 2019 runs from Wednesday the 7th of August 2019 to Monday the 12th of August 2019. Those with a standard 4 day ticket can arrive at the festival from midday on Thursday the 8th of August 2019. 5 day tickets will be able to arrive a day earlier on the Wednesday.

Where is Boomtown 2019?

The naturally beautiful Matterley Estate in Winchester will host Boomtown 2019, as usual. It’s the only festival held in the stunning South Down’s Natural Park. The location has not changed since 2010. And the festival has not been cancelled. And it’s not been sold off either! None of those rumours are true.

Sunny Boomtown 2016
Rolling hills and woodland parties at Boomtown Fair

What is the line up?

Boomtown Source has you covered, with a dedicated page for every act announced for the Boomtown 2019 line up so far.

The first initial teaser announcement for Boomtown was made in mid December. It was confirmed that Boomtown 2019 will have 12 districts, including the newly revealed Area 404.

Boomtown Parade
Annual Boomtown parade weaving through Old Town

You should know that Boomtown has so much more going than just it’s line up. Over 20,000 tickets were sold in the first two hours for Boomtown 2019, before any lineup announcements had been made. Boomtown is a show, where everyone is a participant. It’s an immersive theatrical experience, filled with shows, hidden venues and surprises around every corner. And its die hard community of fans grow in number each year.

People go to Boomtown, simply because it is Boomtown, and no other festival in the world compares. The line up is simply an added bonus. Will you be joining the fun in 2019?

When do tickets go on sale, and how much?

Tickets are on sale now! You can find out everything you need to know, including pricing in my Boomtown tickets buyers guide. And remember that theticketsellers are the only place to buy official tickets.

Tickets first went on sale at 7pm on Thursday the 1st of November 2018. The cheapest tier 1/tier 2 tickets sold out in just minutes, but many more are still available.

Boomtown Money
Boomtown dollars unfortunately not accepted when buying tickets

How can I arrive on Wednesday?

One extra day of Boomtown sounds like a brilliant idea! 5 day tickets are free for those arriving by public transport, and included in the price for Boomtown Springs ticket holders. It’s a £20 add-on for those arriving by car, and you need to be car sharing with at least 3 persons.

As many as 20,000 Boomtown goers can arrive on Wednesday. While tickets didn’t sell out in 2018, it is thought that Wednesday will be in high demand for 2019, so don’t leave it too late.

New for 2019, all campsites will now be open on Wednesday.

What about Boomtown Springs & Camp Skylark?

What on earth are Boomtown Springs and Camp Skylark, and what exactly is the difference? Boomtown Springs is a special VIP ticket, sold separately to standard festival tickets. Camp Skylark is an add on to your standard festival ticket, providing pre-pitched camping and glamping options. Find out more details about both of them in the Source complete tickets guide. You can find the locations of Boomtown Springs and Camp Skylark on the map I made for Boomtown 2019. They will not be changing location in 2019.

If you’re not going to be glamping in one of the above, you might find the Source review of all the different public campsites handy.

Boomtown Springs Pool
Boomtown Springs with its mansion and private swimming pool

What is the total capacity of Boomtown 2019?

The total capacity of Boomtown 2019 is 65,999, the same as in 2018. As such, ticket prices have had to increase to fund ongoing investment in new stages, experiences, and behind the scenes infrastructure.

This number broke down approximately as follows in 2018:
-48,400 public ticket holders
-16,599 staff, crew, volunteers, traders, performers and artists
-1,000 free day tickets for local residents on Sunday

How can I participate in the Boomtown Story Line Quest/Immersive Maze?

Every year at Boomtown is a new chapter in the Story, and this year is no different. Chapter 11 is a complete refresh, with Chapter 10 being considered the end of the previous story line. So there never has been a better time to get involved!

For the first time this year, the story line has already begun online in advance of the fair! And Boomtown Source has been allowed to exclusively reveal new details over the past few weeks.

If you want to participate in the story, and get involved at the fair, read all about the Boomtown Storyline Quest right here on Boomtown Source. And follow us on social media for the latest exclusive hints and updates to help you solve the puzzles.

Has the map for 2019 been released yet?

The 2019 map has now been released. And Boomtown Source have updated our much loved unofficial map with the latest changes to the layout for Chapter 11.

How can I join the Boomtown community?

In recent times, the online community surrounding the festival has exploded in popularity, and there are now some great places to chat everything Boomtown.

Here are some of my favourite spots to hang out:
Boomtown ChatA 9k member Facebook group, which has become the largest online community surrounding the festival.
Boomtown SubredditThe Boomtown Subreddit has 1.3k subscribers and growing. It is run by Boomtown Source.
Follow Boomtown Source on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news, updates, memes and line up gossip.

See you all at Boomtown 2019!

Source can’t wait to see every single one of you at Boomtown 2019.

You can get in contact with me at my Facebook Page. Like, follow, and all that good stuff, to keep up to speed with all the latest news and information in the run up to Boomtown Fair 2019.

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