Boomtown Fair, Fireworks
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Boomtown Fair

A pop-up town takes over a country estate for one weekend in August, with plenty of party action guaranteed.


Time Out says

Flogging Molly, John Butler Trio, Gogol Bordello, The Beat, Less Than Jake, Matisyahu, Alborosie, Amadou & Mariam, Squarepusher, DJ EZ, Toddla T, The Bug, Noisia, Luke Vibert, Caravan Palace, David Rodigan, Mr Scruff, Norman Jay, Dub Pistols, Pinch, Infected Mushrom, Dreadzone, Transglobal Underground.

While other festivals are happy with a couple of tents and a main stage, Boomtown goes the whole hog and transforms the Matterly Bowl estate in southeast England into an entire town just for the weekend. As well a dizzying number of stages, there are banqueting, craft and healing areas and mutated 'art vehicles'. Boomtown is child-friendly, but with plenty of beats-and-bassline hedonism taking place too if that's your bag. It's also one of the few UK music fests that specialises in dub, ska and reggae, with a fair-sized dose of swing, punk and rockabilly also on offer to make the weekend go with a bang.


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