Boomtown 2014 - new plans

Discussion in 'festivals' started by The Mayor, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    Folks just thought I would let you know about some of our new plans for 2014 directly through this thread...mainly our new venture, a full scale stage set that rivals the town centre and lions den in terms of size but is based around Folk and world music !!!

    its an area that we have all grown up with and touched within various venues over the years but something we are truly passionate about and can't wait to get stuck into

    We are also planning to bring in a whole new district with everything from Bluegrass, Cajun, Ceilidh, Hillbilly hoedown and general flatout comedy to continue the evolvement of the uptown areas!!

    Be good to get peoples views as i know there are a few Urbs that make it down for the weekend and generally give us some good advice / feedback

    More to follow

    Thanks all
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  2. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Thanks, I needed a laugh. Green tea just came out my nose.
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  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Can I suggest a old time/modern take on a music hall stage, run by the Mrs Mills Experience? Acrobats, comedy acts, magicians, dancing girls, and lots of old school singalongs. Happy to sort it all out :)
  4. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    sound interesting Ed? you up for investigating further? apps for areas open in november and thats the sort of thing we jump on TBH
  5. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    If you're going to make it that big an area you'd need to attract a load of world music fans I'd have thought. People will go to stuff like that to a point but they're not going to spend all that long in there if they've basically come to go raving.
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  6. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    I could be a dancing girl... :hmm:
  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Well, I've already got quite a few music hall-style acts I could call on, so I'd love to get involved.
  8. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  9. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    TBH I was hoping they might want a lasooing and bullwhip show. :hmm:
  10. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    its just a compliment to the Ska, reggae and general live music influences we already have available and which after our latest surveys these genres attract over half of the festivals audience!!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  11. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    This does sound good.

    Completely agree. I don't think this area should be too massive.
  12. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    WOMAD meets Boomtown could be an interesting clash :D
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  13. The_Reverend_M

    The_Reverend_M More bass, vicar?

    Yeah, sounds a little big to have it on the scale of Town Centre and Lion's Den - I doubt one stage of it is going to attract new (folk etc lovers) to Boomtown and I can't imagine your average boomer being that fussed by it - several smaller venues might be a better way to go.
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  14. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Hello I don't want to seem critical but folk and world music isn't the sort of stuff I come to boomtown for... If I wanted world music I would go to womad. :eek:

    I like editors idea though and think it fits a bit more with what I think boomtown is about....
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  15. The Mayor

    The Mayor Town Info Point!!

    heya - it kind of depends what you personally come to boomtown for !!! a huge amount of people who attend have requested some more relaxed entertainment to the norm !!!
  16. Kuso

    Kuso drinking like george best, gettin less women

    fine, as long as the norm continues too!
  17. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    editor your idea sounds great. You should approach shambala as they do a lot of that kind of thing
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  18. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Yeah of course I'm giving my personal view... more chilled out stuff definitely has a place but there's plenty of that at boomtown already, some of the gypsy bands for example. For me, a massive world music stage is a bridge too far :)
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
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  19. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I'll DJ :D
  20. Tort

    Tort Well-Known Member

    Blimey I'd have thought Boomtown would be the last place people would start getting precious about what new genres of music might be introduced. I love all the Balkan / ska stuff which forms the majority of the line up on the town centre stage but I'd equally lap up something which showcased more in the way of interesting global acts while I sup my cider.
  21. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I think the comments so far have been more about the size of stage... the mayor said
    that they are looking at 'a full scale stage set that rivals the town centre and lions den in terms of size but is based around Folk and world music !!!'

    That to me would fundamentally change the character of boomtown... I would be arsed if it was just a few folk bands in a smaller venues, as The_Reverend_M suggested....

    IMO Boomtown is worth getting precious about. It's one of the last few decent festivals left.
  22. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    can see where you are coming from sort of Captain but not much boom in those genres imo
  23. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    We've been collating our ideas for a venue application too.....

    We were doing alright, until one of the people I was doing with totally fucked it in the conversation with the organisers last year, so I've told him to do one :D
  24. shambler

    shambler Well-Known Member

    I'd agree with the gist of this thread. A lions den size area would be too much, and a waste of space. As awesome as the Lions Den was this year, I don't come to Boomtown for the large crowd areas - I think any more would detract. The space would be better put to several smaller areas!

    Appreciate you coming here for our opinions by the way mate.
  25. tbtommyb

    tbtommyb Well-Known Member

    yeah, none of that would really grab me. But i guess it would be nice for 2pm on the sunday or something, and it's not as if there isn't already a shit ton of genres.
  26. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    I think you should have some kind of bongo forest, that seemed to be *really* popular this year :D *still laughing about it*
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  27. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    I liked the steep stairs escape the trance area asap "boot camp", it did wonders for my fitness.
  28. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    all the exclamation marks in the op are making me think its a wind up.... i really hope so.
  29. tbtommyb

    tbtommyb Well-Known Member

    The Raveyard was a lovely staging post on the way!
  30. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Up the stairs and then OMGZ, it's Psytrance! Ruuuun!
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