THE 60,000-capacity Boomtown Fair has sold-out four months in advance, making it the festival’s fastest selling edition in its 10-year history.
Having scrapped plans to expand capacity to 80,000, the festival’s organisers have been successful in their application to Winchester City Council to extend the event from four to five days.
“The addition of Wednesday will spread arrival times and ease congestion at the start of the festival and is likely to contribute to more festival-goers leaving on Sunday rather than Monday,” says the Council’s licensing sub-committee in a statement.
Staged at the Matterley Estate near Winchester, the festival will run from 8-12 August and feature more than 200 acts, with headliners including Gorillaz, Die Antwoord and Limp Bizkit. Tickets cost £243.
Boomtown, which comprises nine themed performance areas, will this year see five of the so called districts overhauled with changes to the layouts, themes and stage set ups.
“After the wet weather issues we faced last year we have evaluated the entire site layout and looked at where we can make changes to ensure a smoother operation throughout build and break,” says Boomtown creative director Lak Mitchell. “We have reworked the map, relocated campsites and gates.”