BooMTown 2011 - chapter 3

Discussion in 'festivals' started by The Mayor, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    Boomtown has well and truly emerged from its slumber and is boldly being propelled towards the next chapter cementing its place as one of the FOREMOST festival going towns in Britain. The success of the 2010 fair is a testament to the scope and growing ambition of Boomtowns mayor: to go above and beyond the horizon; to venture out into the unknown; to promote otherworldly experiences that will tantalise the senses.

    Now let me take you back to last year! Boomtown was still pretty chaotic with cars half buried in the neo-noir network of streets that were flanked by seemingly innocuous shops and flame-spouting lampposts. Occasionally you still saw the maniacal horseman prowling the streets on his fire-breathing mechanical steed. Suffice to say Boomtown was certainly no safe haven a year ago. But safe or not, a huge rise in popularity has forced Boomtown to respond resulting in an expansive urban redevelopment headed up by its town officials, and fuelled by its new found popularity. The town centre has been upgraded dramatically with bigger buildings, bigger bands, louder sound! The original handful of destitute streets that spider-webs its way through Boomtown has been growing more and more strands giving rise to two exciting new areas.

    May-fair Avenue, an altogether far more elegant part of town has opened its doors to the fair and along its length run deluxe casino’s where dreams can come true, sumptuous restaurants offering excellent and diverse cuisine, suave gentlemen’s clubs which will turn a little raucous as the nights stretch on, and shopping for the slightly heavier of wallet.

    Even ‘Old Town’- which still houses Boomtowns senior residents - has never been opened to the public as the buildings are ancient and decaying! In the unoccupied and slightly less dilapidated variety of these buildings the town officials decided to set up old school bars and disco’s playing music from the 50’s onwards (this, they hope, will provide the old-timers with a measure of pleasurable nostalgia thus rendering them less of a nuisance.) Continuing in this vein, traditional cafés, bingo venues, and the like have also been implemented.

    And then, as always, you unwittingly stumble onto the wrong side of the tracks and end up in Downtown Boomtown. Here the seedy undercarriage of the cities otherwise reputable veneer becomes apparent around every street corner and down every alleyway. This is where the creatures of the night flock. Gangsters, prostitutes, hustlers, and even hoards of zombies can be seen lurking in the shadows waiting to prey on the hapless, unsuspecting bystander. Brothels masquerade as laundrettes, dingy bars line the streets, and nothing is what it seems. Anyone who finds themselves in Downtown Boomtown must keep their wits about them as its streets are both menacing and unforgiving.

    But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it comes in the form of a new circus arriving at Boomtown. Bassline Circus has commandeered the main dance stage where it will blast out hip, cool, heavy basslines and hard beats.

    The mayor and officials attempt to maintain control of Boomtowns ever-growing expansion but don’t expect this to last long. Rebels have already started infiltrating the outskirts of Boomtown promoting debauchery and disdain, and by the time the next annual fair kicks off expect hell to once again resurface on the streets of Boomtown.

    Super early bird tickets go on sale 1st February priced at £63! These were sold out in less than a week last year so don’t miss out!

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  2. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    Which is all well and good, but are you going to manage an adequate amount of toilets this year?

  3. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    indeed !
  4. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I have to say best festival i went to last year by far....... apart from the bogs, sort them and you've got a really good weekend away.

    Are you going to be looking for stewards yourself again this year? Or using an organisation to sort them out? I'd quite like to know this ;)
  5. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    Loved it last year, shall be on the earlybird bandwagon this year :cool:
  6. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    Will it be on the same site as last year?
  7. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Loved it last time, but sadly clashes with Endorse It in 2011 (Fri 12 to Sun 14 August). Can't make it this year therefore ... :(
  8. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    Hi Sim, we are going to be using a new steward company this year however you will still be able to apply through our website!
  9. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    No it's a new even better more suited site ! in fact I think I can go as far to say it’s the perfect location for the team to take things to a completely new level ... :)
  10. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    Ahh William and we had a whole ale bar dedicated to you :)
  11. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    Will it be in the same kinda area? ie. somewhere near me?
  12. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    That's a seriously bad clash, 2 festivals appealing to the same kind of people on the same weekend. erm.....eek!
  13. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Maybe in 2012 the two of em will coordinate a non-date-clash type of thing a tad better ...... :hmm:
  14. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I'll be interested to see how that pans out. The reason stewarding worked out so well for me last year is that it was only one 6.5 hour shift, which was pretty good value for the money.

    All steward companies I've worked for before will expect about 18-24 hours work for a ticket, so unless you've put the ticket price up to the equivalent of secret garden party, for that amount of hours for a £80 ish ticket, it wouldn't really be worth stewarding iyswim.

    Plus the boomtown tabbard design was reall cool :)
  15. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    First acts announced! :D :D :D

    Barrington Levy
    Tippa Irie and the far east band
    Soom T with Jahtari
    Congo Natty Feat. TopCat
    Aba Shanti
    Iration Steppas (live)

    Bongo Chilli
    Friendly Fire Band
    Kenny Ken
    Lion Dub and David Boomah
    Prince Fatty
    The Ragga Twins with Psychofreud

    The Heatwave feat. YT
    Gentleman's Dub Club
    Laid Blak
    Million Dan
    Dubkasm with Solo banton

  16. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    Are they going to bother announcing stage times for any of them this year, given last year's stage times were barely even a serving suggestion?
  17. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    I don't remember having too many problems with stage times last year...
  18. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    haha, they were a bit hit and miss at times.
  19. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    aye aye aye the programmes were pretty much bang on, give or take the odd half hour !! :)
  20. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    It was the smaller venues that were the worst, but they werent in the official programme i suppose.
  21. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    Really though, stage management in terms of show times was beyond poor on some stages, up to an hour and a half out at times. It's the reason us lot probably won't be going back this year, it's just too much hassle standing by one area, wondering if you should wait to see if what you want to see comes on soon, or whether to move to another stage to see something else you fancy.

    We tried the latter a couple of times, only to find that stage's times were well off too.

    It's not like you go to festivals for bands alone, sure, but there's hardly a massive greenfields or whatever at Boomtown, and if you're going to book some great names on the lineup, as you do, then it's only fair to let people know when they can actually see them.
  22. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    Hi gerry, you are the first person to complain about this matter so actually the organisers have never even highlighted it as an issue - the main stage ran like clockwork, I know I was on it ;-)! not one artist fell even 5 mins behind the same with the reggae stage (apart from smiley culture) who decided to turn up 2 hours late and like wise the Invisible circus was run be a very tight stage crew who rarely fell even 5 minutes behind, Devil Kicks Dancehall the new punk stage was the only one that had a few teething problems but this was often down to the artists ..

    I think this comment is very unfair and that you have even announced it not worth attending in the future for something that wasn't even really an issue?
  23. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    Fair enough man, just telling it how I saw it. The Reggae stage was late on more than one occasion from what I saw, and I'm pretty sure it was the main stage where something came on late at one point, might have been another one though.

    Personally I'd just tell artists that turn up late that they've missed their slot like they do at other festivals, unless some last minute rejigging can be managed and well advertised.

    Not having a go, just pointing out something I and the people I was with most definitely saw happen whilst there!
  24. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Tbh I'm generally running 90 mins late at fests
  25. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    Who cares? If you get to a stage and the timing is wrong you get to see something you might not have considered before and you might just like it. It could set you off on a whole new path. Think of the possiblities!
  26. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Yeah that usually the way I tend to think at festies (including Boomtown last year as it goes). I can see what Gerry was getting at mind, but ... whatevs! :D :p
  27. Gerry1time

    Gerry1time pities the neurotypical

    I guess I went to Boomtown for some of the awesome (to my mind) names it had got on the bill. Given the crowd themselves were mostly people from the area of Bristol I hang out in anyway, or very similar folk from other places, the acts were the main reason for going (present company excepted).

    If I wanted to hang out with people wobbling round on K and go to the invisible circus and arcadia, I could just stay at home.

    The acts Boomtown gets are properly awesome and the programmers clearly know their stuff, so it's such a shame to have to miss them because the line up appears to go to shit without any announcement as to how it's being revised.
  28. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I barely had heard of anyone on the bill except toots, mungo's hifi, rodigan and another band whose name escapes me.... all of whom ive seen lots of times

    so i guess i didnt really care less, the point was for me is that i could work for free, do my second festival completely on my own (I ended up picking a couple of other people id met randomly at other fests along the way to camp with), and have a weekend away dirt cheap when i was on holiday from work anyway.

    and to my surprise it was one of my highlights of the 2010 festival season.
  29. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    lol @ people just dismissing gerry's genuine issues!! :D
  30. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Hey Mr Mayor,

    Would you like a victorian pram based soundsystem to attend? I think we'd be ideally suited :)

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