Boomtown’s name says it all. This year, the festival was booming with an exceptional drum and bass line-up including Chase & Status and Shy FX as well as several other headliners that diverge from the drum and bass scene, such as Salt-N-Pepa. The stages, Relic and Nucleus, were certainly the most incredible music festival stages I have ever been to. Both stages had amazing sound systems that were perfect for the successful drum and bass duo My Nu Leng who closed Boomtown with a set that had left the audience awestruck from a fantasy-filled weekend.
I’ve been to a few festivals in recent years, including Reading Festival, V Festival and Boardmasters, but the effort that Boomtown put into turning a farm in Winchester to an Alice-in-Wonderland scene cannot be beaten. You feel like you’re in a magical Disneyland town when you walk through some of the sectors of Boomtown such as the Town Centre. There are hidden raves that cannot be found unless you stumble across them, actors walking around in stunning costumes and an array of music to be heard from wherever you are situated in the festival, whether it be at your tent or sat on the grass indulging in delicious festival food.
I really enjoyed watching The Streets (an alternative hip hop group from Birmingham) at a stage called Lion’s Den. Since the festival prominently has drum and bass music, it was nice to have other fun music genres as I find drum and bass to become repetitive if you’re listening to it for the whole weekend. Also, Lion’s Den was set up at the bottom of a hill, so you could get a superb view of the stage if you were above it.
If you’re looking for a weekend festival that switches off your mind from the real world for a few days, then Boomtown is the perfect place. I had the most carefree weekend ever!