Boomtown Fair rolled into the picturesque setting of Hampshire’s Matterley Estate, situated in southern England, for another year with around 60,000 venturing to the festival, eagerly anticipating what organizers had planned for this special edition.
This time the event, which celebrates a huge variety of music from gypsy to disco to drum n bass, was celebrating it’s 10 birthday. Once through the front gates, the overwhelming display of mesmeric visuals and the colossal amount of effort that goes into this event was instantly recognizable.
With that being said it proved to be an incredibly difficult task of choosing just a handful of the best moments but after much deliberation, I managed to pick out five of the best bits.
1) Impromptu after party ensures a wondrous conclusion
Just when everyone presumed Andy C’s high-octane set at Sector 6 was the end to all the music at Boomtown out came this random festival goer complete with the most amazing rucksack.
Classic songs such as Will Smith’s ‘Getting’ Jiggy Wit It’ could be heard from far in the distance but everyone was struggling to work out where they were coming from. Once this lady made her way under a small shelter it became clear the tunes were emanating from a stunning sound system strapped to her back.
Within 30 minutes there were around 100 people refusing to acknowledge that the festival had come to a close, jiving along to a varied selection of records.
Then just when it looked like potential noise curfews were going to put an end to Boomtown 2018 once and for all, the lady moved to another location with everyone proceeding to follow her by doing the massive conga line.
2) Jungle Cakes takeover
Locking eyes on the spectacular stage that is Lion’s Den proved to be a standout moment in its own right - From anywhere in the crowd you are guaranteed a splendid view of the stage thanks to the sloping half-pipe design.
Alongside this colossus of a platform was one of the most exhilarating selections of jungle artists as the likes of Serial Killaz and Benny Page all showcased their talents to the backdrop of a thunderous downpour.
Torrential rainfall on this scale might’ve threatened to deter the crowds in their masses but the devoted bass heads did the opposite of dispersing, mostly preferring to see how far they could glide across the now swampy lands underfoot.
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3) Idris Elba shuts down Pagoda Plaza
Whether you know him as a hugely successful actor or one of the slickest DJ & producers in the tech-house scene Idris Elba has drawn widespread appreciation for his ability to combine both roles seamlessly.
Taking his place on the Pagoda Plaza stage it was immediately clear there were many in attendance who also shared a huge admiration for the Londoner. The 7 Wallace head honcho played an early evening set but that didn’t stop him from presenting a truly magical journey through the world of tech house.
One of the clearest signs that everyone in attendance was loving his performance was the way in which the entire crowd was continuously mesmerized by his every move on the decks.
4) The paradise that is Boomtown Springs
For years Boomtown Fair has been held in the highest regard for the colossal amount of detail which goes into every aspect of the festival.
One of the biggest attractions this year was the option of sampling the weird and wonderful theatrical camping experience that is Boomtown Springs. Walking through the gates and being greeted by a whole host of intriguing characters, played by the festival’s supreme batch of actors and actresses, really enriched our time at the event.
Alongside the mouth-watering selection of music on offer, there was the rare chance to enjoy a spot of badminton as well as other unusual festival activities like aerobics.
5) Over 20,000 people pack out Bang Hai Towers for Kings of the Rollers
Serum, Voltage, and Bladerunner are all hugely respected DJs and producers in their own right but when they join forces the end result is truly mind-blowing. Providing their own high-octane take on rolling dnb has quickly catapulted them to the forefront of the scene, with the trio officially signing to the Hospital Records earlier this year.
The London-based imprint hosted a label takeover of the pantheon-esque Bang Hai Towers stage, with Kings of the Rollers set to play a surprisingly early set from 4-6 in the afternoon. Many dnb fans will agree this mighty triumvirate are worthy of a headline slot wherever they play so when they took to the decks so early on in the day it caught a few people off guard. Nobody took the slightest bit of notice though, as evidenced by the tens of thousands who filled the arena, ready for some of the most exhilarating and bone-crunching beats.