BoomTown Fair 2014

August 7, 2014
Boom Town Fair

Raw Meat will be sunning ourselves in the lost city from 7th - 10th of August this Summer.

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BoomTown Fair 2014

Raw Meat will be sunning ourselves in the lost city from 7th - 10th of August this Summer.

Boomtown is a festival like no other; set in the ‘ruins’ of the ‘Boomtown retreat’, which was taken over by a town of lawless rebels... or at least that's what they say. The festival is approximately 38,000 people strong, with themed streets focused around music and art, cabaret, comedy, spoken word, anarchist theatre and Arcadia. There’s a big emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives and a family-friendly area, Kidztown, to be avoided/ attended as you see fit. Boomtown also features the Magic Carpet Ride, a moving 300ft long travelator (otherwise known as the ‘hippie highway’) to save on walking time!

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Not one to stick to a particular genre of music, BoomTown caters for all. If it gives any indication to what they're planning, the theme for this year is 'outrageous carnival'. We'll give you a run down of the acts we're excited about very soon, but whether you prefer piratesque rowdy shanty-folk (Calico Jack) or genius/ weird neurohop and breakcore (Hurtdeer) I think BoomTown has got you covered.

They have also introduced several new schemes for this year's festival, my favourite of which is BoomTown Bites. Intended to dramatically ease the pressure on your (already crumbling) bank balance, the organisers have assured that almost all of the festival’s food traders will be offering a 'feast for a fiver'. So no more £9 burgers cooked by someone more wasted than you are.

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Headliners include The Cat Empire, NOFX, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Shaggy, The Skatalites, Tinariwen and Bellowhead, but there are over 400 acts confirmed to play. Furthermore, one of the wonders of BoomTown Fair is that the headliners aren't necessarily the most exciting part (apart from Shaggy, obviously we're going to go and watch Shaggy); it's the abnormal and loveable acts that you come across while stumbling through Whistlers Green at silly o'clock.




Primavera 2022, somewhat of a bumper year. A double rollover. Plus the return to the midweek city-based shows, means things are bigger and better than ever.

A double rollover means the biggest festival to date, with not one weekend, not two weekends, but an additional midweek lineup to boot.

Last week already seems like a different age, full of carefree optimism.