Exclusive: Gig Addict Speaks To Boomtown Fair Organisers

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Boomtown Fair has established itself as one of Europe’s most creative and inspiring events on the festival scene. With its diverse lineups, crazy story-lines and immersing festival-goers within the narrative. The festival recently made its first major announcement including acts Ms. Lauryn Hill / Prophets of Rage / The Streets Chronixx / Chase & Status (RTRN II JUNGLE) / Groove Armada / Slaves / Salt-N-Pepa / UB40 (ft. Ali Campbell + Astro) / Gogol Bordello + plus many more.

The festival returns to the Matterley Estate over 7th – 11th August 2019.

Chapter 11
A Radical City
Festival Dates
7th - 11th August 2019
Location
 Matterley Estate, Hampshire
Artists
Lauryn Hill, Prophets Of Rage, The Streets...
VIP/Glamping
Options Available
Capacity
66,000
Ticket Prices
£199 - £265
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We speak to organisers about this years event covering exciting new areas, acts to look forward to, favourite districts, sustainability and more.

Boomtown Fair Spokespeople:
● Robin: Production (AREA 404)
● James: Programmer (AREA 404)
● Mair Morel: Creative Producer / Storyline

James Cousins: Music Programmer

Could you tell us a little about your job role at Boomtown Fair?

I’m part of the booking team at Boomtown with a focus on Dance music. This year I’m looking after 3 districts; Metropolis,The Relic, Barrio Loco and the brand new AREA 404 dedicated to techno. I also DJ, so you’ll find me popping up throughout the festival!

As Boomtown introduces new stages and upgrades existing areas, what new aspect are you looking forward to the most?

For me it’s got to be AREA 404. We’ve always had techno at Boomtown but this year it’s on a far bigger scale so we created a new district to honour it! We’ve invited Drumcode and Bugged Out to host a day each on the new main Nucleus stage, as well as huge techno acts such as Carl Cox, Four Tet and Amelie Lens heading up the area. It’s brand new for Chapter 11, got a post apocalyptic theme and is as immersive as ever. It’s going to be immense! We’ve added 3 more new areas too, The Grid which covers all things Bassy, The Fallout Disco and the Acid Leak so be sure to explore.

Is there a district you’ve enjoyed watching grow over the years?

I find it hard to single out a District as I look at the festival as a whole. The growth of Boomtown has happened at such a crazy rate, and every year I am blown away by the scale of the production and how it keeps on pushing boundaries!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s event, or who would you recommend festival attendees check out?

Wow! There are so many different styles of music at Boomtown, it’s really hard to limit it to just a few! I think my faves would be UK hip hop legends, Blackalicious. Plus Little Sims, and queen of techno Amelie Lens. Also Lenzman B2B LSB ft DRS and Detroit spinner, DJ Bone. I can’t wait to see Salt N’ Pepa, and two live shows I reckon will be outstanding are Groove Armada and Little Dragon.

What would be your best advice or one tip for festival attendees having a more positive impact and helping Boomtown Fair become more sustainable?

Please take your stuff home! It’s the single biggest thing any of us can do.

Mair Morel: Creative Producer

Could you tell us a little about your job role at Boomtown Fair?

I’m the Creative Producer, so my job is to bring the Director’s vision to life and deliver that extra layer of magic and interaction that is unique to Boomtown. Our team is responsible for Boomtown’s ever-changing story and theatrical performances and includes all the fantastical characters in the districts, the immersive maze and the main stage shows. It’s a high pressure and demanding role but it’s also super fun and inspiring. It’s so satisfying to be a part of delivering a show as jaw-dropping, exhilarating and inspiring as Boomtown! It’s a
collective effort and the team are the most passionate bunch of caring, capable and forward-thinking people I have had the pleasure of working with!

As Boomtown introduces new stages and upgrades existing areas, what new aspect are you looking forward to the most?

As always I’m looking forward to all the theatrical highlights! I don’t want to give the game away but each district has something special up their sleeve. The plans for new district AREA 404, as well as the new stages Relic & Nucleus look absolutely amazing, so it will be epic to see them in the flesh! At the close of Chapter 10 AMI (Artificial Machine Intelligence) left us with the ominous message of “Boomtown has no future unless it considers Environment, Sustainability, and Consequences.” We all know the urgency of this message and are making big steps to make the festival more sustainable. Each district, all the characters and venues will respond and I’m looking forward to seeing how our public react.

Is there a district you’ve enjoyed watching grow over the years?

That’s a tough question as the whole city has evolved so much! The quality of the theatre across all our districts has improved year on year, even more so since we secured funding from the Arts Council England to run theatrical workshops to develop all the crews involved. I loved the new vibe of Barrio Loco last year, the new set was beautiful and full of colour, Bassline Circus did an amazing job animating it all with aerial, dance and circus skills on the upper levels and the party vibes were high the whole weekend!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s event, or who would you recommend festival attendees check out?

Get involved in the story! Knock on those doors, interact with the characters, get silly and lose yourself in the crazy world of Boomtown. The main gameplay happens 1pm – 7pm each day so there’s plenty of time to get involved before you get into the hard dancing in the evenings. If I get a minute to dance I make an effort to catch Kelvin 373 & the Born on Road crew and underground dons Jim Bitch & Resist who first made their name in the 90s free party scene and continue to be two of the best DJ’s in their game! Also looking forward to Eva Lazarus, Shy FX, Nicky Blackmarket B2B Kenny Ken, Calyx & Teebee, Mefjus, 25 years of rinse fm, Gogol Bordello, Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage.

What would be your best advice or one tip for festival attendees having a more positive impact and helping Boomtown Fair become more sustainable?

Leave no trace. It’s the free party ethos we started with, leave the land as you left it so we can enjoy it again.

Robin Collings: Production Manager

Could you tell us a little about your job role at Boomtown Fair?

I’m the Production Manager and look after everything design and production wise behind the scenes to create the almighty beast that is Boomtown, and make sure the Festival runs smoothly! I work with stage designers, performers, choreographers, lighting, sound designers and structural engineers to bring the initial creative ideas to life.

As Boomtown introduces new stages and upgrades existing areas, what new aspect are you looking forward to the most?

It’s probably the techno area AREA 404 and the Nucleus stage this year. The designs are incredible. The team are second to none, expectations are super high and I can’t wait. Plus there’s big changes afoot with Bang Hai, which has been transformed into Relic. Clearly the details are top secret, but needless to say it’s going to be AMAZING…

Is there a district you’ve enjoyed watching grow over the years?

Yes. Barrio Loco has really developed and grown. It used to be a corrugated shanti town and then we upcycled an old film set, transforming it into something more layered and multi-faceted… Some years on now, it is it’s own fully fledged town with a church, a circus and layer upon layer of incredible detail from the imaginations of awesome Set Designer, Dan Graham.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s event, or who would you recommend festival attendees check out?

The spectacle shows on Nucleus stage, are really going to go off this year! Each night the stage will come alive with incredible performers and seriously integrated tech… I’m not going to give much away but it is going to blow the audience away! Even the original rave don Carl Cox is going to have a hard act to follow there!

What would be your best advice or one tip for festival attendees having a more positive impact and helping Boomtown Fair become more sustainable?

My one tip is to take your rubbish home. Operationally we’ve made huge changes behind the scenes to reduce the impact we make on the environment. We’ve just launched our Green Mission, banned the sale of single-use plastic, brought in compostable cups to all bars and all serveware is compostable and we need the public to play their part too. Check out Beans on Toast’s advice here it’s well worth a watch!

Having grown in size from 1,000 to 66,000 capacity Boomtown’s ongoing priority is to protect the environment from the impact of an event this size.  To raise awareness amongst the public that attend and encourage them to make changes to their behaviour both at the festival but also beyond. Chapter 11 will be in every way a Radical City, with sustainable initiatives embedded into all of the event planning and infrastructure and on the ground.

Check out our Q&A with Boomtown’s Sustainability Co-ordinator – Emily Ford.

More Boomtown Fair News here

One of the best ways to be sustainable, as well as taking all your stuff home, is using public transport and National Express coaches. You can book your coach travel here.


National Express offers artists a supersize canvas of dreams

Aspiring artists are being offered the chance of seeing their work come to life across the side of one of National Express’ iconic 14-metre-long coaches.

The UK’s largest coach operator’s brand new ‘Driving Design’ competition is open to creatives between the ages of 16 and 30, who would like to get their artwork seen by millions of people up and down the country.

Chris Hardy, Managing Director at National Express UK Coach, said: “This is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming artists to showcase their work on a huge platform for a full 12 months.

“The winning design will remain on one side of a National Express coach which will then carry hundreds of passengers to their destinations every day. At 14 metres long, it could be the largest canvas they get to work on.

“Driving Design heavily supports our Youth Promise which we feel very passionately about. We are a big brand with a national reach, and we want to use this to help young people get a head start in life.”

All UK-based artists are eligible to submit one piece of artwork for consideration in the form of a painting, drawing, or digital design via email or post before midnight on Monday 10 June. The designs will then be shortlisted by a panel of judges before appearing on the National Express website for a public vote.

Along with the main prize, the artist with the most votes will also receive a free 12-month coach pass, two tickets to Boomtown Fair in August.

Entries should be submitted by email to driving.design@nationalexpress.com or by post to Driving Design, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD. Artists can share their designs on social media using #NXDrivingDesign.

All entries must include name, age, contact number, email address, a few lines of you would like to win, and must arrive before the deadline of midnight on Monday 10 June.

For full terms and conditions visit www.nationalexpress.com/en/driving-design