Preview – Boomtown 2023 (Winchester)

Boomtown – Ch. 2 The Twin Trail, Winchester, 9th – 13th August 2023

In an ever expanding festival calendar, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. But Boomtown aims to do just that, setting out to collide ‘the best parts of festivals, theatres and gaming to create a parallel world where the only limit is your imagination‘, and reviews from last year suggest it hits the target in style.

With eight themed districts where you can plunge yourself into treasure-hunting, puzzle-solving, live-action role-plays and immersive theatre, Boomtown offers a collective of emerging and established artists playing live and plenty of opportunities to dance the night away in your new found community.

Their approach to the music is also very different to most events that try to pull in numbers with big name announcements. The website advises, ‘We’ve made the decision to keep most of the line up a secret until just before the festival. There are many aspects to the way the music industry is run that simply don’t work for festivals. We have always been a creatively led festival and people attend Boomtown because of the overall experience, we will continue to book incredible artists, and all the festival favourites, but by approaching our programming announcements in this radical way, we can create lineups that are even more phenomenal and diverse than we have ever been able to before’. Known for representing the world of reggae, you’re also likely to find an array of genres encompassing punk, metal, ska and folk, so the gamble is mitigated.

If you’re looking for something a bit different this year, Boomtown offers an adventure, not just an event. More details and tickets here.


Preview by Siobhan

17th April 2023