Whilst the British weather appears to be more indecisive than a woman in a shoe store (or in my case a bakery shop), here at Hello Eco Living we are resolute in bringing you the latest news on the summer eco-festival front.

With exams exiled and revision relegated, what better time than now to start assembling your itinerary of summer exploits?  And if good food, good music and good company are your tipple, then one festival you won’t want to leave off your wish list is the Boomtown Fair, held at the beautiful Matterley Estate in the South of England, over the weekend of 9-12th August 2012.

You may remember my review from last year’s Boomtown Fair, which was my first ever visit to the Fair, where I was fortunate enough to catch up with the multi-award winning alpha female of UK garage Ms Dynamite.  This year I am looking forward to partaking in the festivities once again and hope that many of you will join me!

As the UK’s most creative escapist boutique festival, celebrating DIY theatrical performance like no other, Boomtown Fair is back for its sixth year and is bringing with it a monstrous mechanical beast known as Arcadia Spectacular.

A formidable fusion of gigantic post apocalyptic moving sculptures, mind-blowing pyrotechnics, light and laser extravaganzas, gravity defying aerial trapeze shows, smoke blasting, exclusively designed sets and a colossal soundsystem, the Arcadia Spectacular is an epic, mind bending assault on the senses that must be approached with caution (the fainthearted have been warned!).

As Boomtown’s emphasis is focused on combining music and arts, you will be pleased to know that as well as a spectacular eye-feast, including entertainment such as comedy, arts, cabaret, spoken word and theatre, the musical line up is equally astounding.

The Line up
With 12 different stages, each offering music from different cities and cultures, consisting of ska, party bands, gypsy, folk, reggae, dub, country and western, swing and drum and bass – just to name a few- the boomtastic line up so far includes acts such as the MOBO award winner Alborosie, legendary Jamaican Godfathers of ska The Skatalites, and festival favourites and party-rockers, the Dub Pistols.  And for those of you who like a bit more bass in your music, the line up also includes UK production duo The Nextmen, Manchester based drum and bass producer Dub Phizix, and drum and bass and jungle specialist, Shy FX. Visit the A-Z list of Bands and A-Z list of DJs / MCS for the full line up.

With such an impressive show, and a musical line-up to make you weep, it is of little surprise that the Tier one and Tier two tickets for the festival sold out within minutes of release, with only 10% of tickets still available. Still, if you hurry you can still bag yourself tickets for this much sought after musical soiree.

Eco Credentials
In keeping with its eco festival ethos, along with on-site recycling, Car-share schemes, and the ever popular fleet of Boombuses, this year Boomtown are introducing the Boomtown Eco Bond in order to be even more eco-friendly and reduce the impact on the environment.

To make Boomtown even greener and cleaner, a £5 Eco Bond will be added on to every ticket.  On arrival at the festival you will be given a ‘boomtown eco bag’. Everyone will be asked to fill this bag with all their recyclable waste (they will also be handing out black bags for any other rubbish) and hand it back into the on-site recycling centre where you will have your £5 deposit returned. This can be done at any point over the weekend.

Family Fun
Boomtown provides a kiddies area known as Kidz town, which this year has been made even bigger and better, with plenty of activities for the kids to do like workshops and games, and also a chill out area for the parents. There is also a specially designated family camping area with showers, washing facilities and toilets along with plenty of catering options, all the normal facilities you’d expect at a festival and a massive emphasis on eco-friendly initiatives and promotion of sustainable and ‘green’ living.

There are a number of campsites available at Boomtown, as well as a huge main site, so you can be sure that there are enough facilities to cover the whole area and the mass of festival-goers. If tents don’t take your fancy, the festival also allows hire of tipis and podpads. Perfect if you want to hang out with your mates or have brought your whole wardrobe of fancy dress.

Speaking of fancy dress, Boomtown have recently announced their fancy dress theme: Outer Space, to match the astronomical expansion of the town which has been given the go ahead to spread into a huge luscious new area for more camping, with new additions including saunas, hot tubs, psytrance and chillout areas.  If you’re stuck for ideas then visit their fancy dress page for inspiration.

To buy tickets and get involved in this year’s Boomtown fun, visit http://www.boomtownfair.co.uk where you can also find out a whole heap more about this year’s festival such as the Boominstyles Banquet dinner, the Roll Up On Bikes cycling scheme, and for any other questions you may have.

In anticipation of the Fair, check out the epic 2012 Boomtown video and for your listening pleasure download the official Boomtown Fair 2012 mix and tune in to Boomtown Radio – a station that’s your first stop for the very best ska, skapunk, reggae, roots, gypsy and having it party music.

See you there!

Photo credit to Mattko


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