(Happily sunbathing on Sunday at Whistler’s Green – a grassy area that overlooked the festival. A hand from a kind friend can be seen, to help me get up from my incredibly comfy sunbathing spot!)
Two weeks ago I was spending my first evening in a festival that was going to soon become my favourite festival, favourite place, favourite crazy little world, that I’ve ever experienced. Boomtown was an experience unlike any other festival (or event) I’ve been to before. It was beautiful, messy, exciting, exhausting, fun, mind-opening. I feel like a different person now than I did when I first stepped through the gates.
I danced to music that I hadn’t really listened to before, genres I hadn’t ever explored like hip hop, and old favourites like drum and bass that I hardly ever get to hear. Every day began with a fruit smoothie, a ‘shower’ using freezing cold water from the taps, sitting around camp drinking cider in the hot sun. Sticking glitter to our faces, dressing like aliens. Exploring all the different districts and microvenues, reading the daily BoomTown newspaper, visiting Grandma’s House, spending hours in the ‘bank’ trying to get a loan, working hard to earn BoomTown money. (It felt right at the time, but made us all stop and pause and think – what are we actually trying to get this for? Although it was a fun, albeit stressful at times, surreal experience as we had to keep pitching our business idea to try and get a Boomtown loan haha).
I met new friends. Got closer to old friends, spent time with some really great people, shared great, exciting, (some of them hazy) experiences with them. I ate really well, especially for a festival, and even managed to get a pizza with vegan cheese! I drunk some great cocktails, and rekindled my love of Hooch. My BoomTown blues have been very, very real these last 2 weeks, and I know I’m going to be saving the money & finding a way to go with shifts to Boomtown 2018.
And now, for the photos!
We were camping at Downtown, and compared to Bestival or Reading & Leeds (which are the only other camping festies I’ve been to), I liked the fact the site is one cohesive unit where you’re only a couple of minutes walk away from the music. There’s no arena, no real divide between the music and camping, no restriction on where I can walk around with my carton of Brothers cider!
This was the view from our tents. Notice the clear blue sky, which was, amazingly, present the entire festival. That big structure to the centre-right was Bang-Hai Towers, which was huge. This photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it looked amazing at night.
One of the best microvenues of the weekend had to be Grandma’s House – always busy, set up like a living room with carpet, lots of patterned light shades, old sofas, kooky ornaments, a kitchen, an upstairs bedroom with VHS tapes, old-lady curtains, ugly cushions. We spent some time here dancing to hip hop, which isn’t a genre I’d ever really discovered before.
This was Lion’s Den – a huuge stage that I think we visited every day. We saw The Specials here, Toots and the Maytals, Cypress Hill, and it generally was the place we’d start our night before heading off to other venues around the festival once it got dark.
Glitter was a bit part of the weekend.
Hooch was a big part of the weekend, too!
Already counting down the days until I’m back at Boomtown!