Last weekend I returned to Matterley Bowl, to attend the fourth instalment of Boomtown Fair, viewed by many as the craziest UK festival, and I can't disagree. Yet again, Matterley Bowl was transformed into a fully functioning town unleashing madness and mayhem within the streets for 28,000 residents to embark on a special journey. Attracting more than ever before, the site was expanded with several new stages and attractions to cater for everyone's needs.
Specialising in reggae, ska and jungle the line up boasted headliners such as Caravan Palace, Reel Big Fish, The Skatalites, Alborosie and Tanya Stevens.
The crowd was more diverse than ever before, yet there was no trouble with everyone there to have a great time and enjoy the vibes. This was made much easier by the glorious weather we were treated to all weekend. The kids area had sensibly been relocated to outside the main arena, increasing in size to cater for the large amount of families attracted to Boomtown.
Personal highlights included the hidden woods area, witnessing the Arcadia show, The Skatalites, being onstage for Natty's set, Laid Blak tearing it up in front of thousands in the woods, and generally walking around the festival seeing all of the trippy sights and people.
This was one of the best festivals I've been to and I don't know anyone who didn't enjoy themselves. I'd definitely recommend getting on this one next year.
Out to everyone I chilled with over the weekend and the people I went with, I couldn't have chosen a better crew.
Thanks to Anna for the hook up.