Boomtown Fair 2016 Guide For International Travelers

Boomtown Fair 2016 is only weeks away and I’m getting prepared for my first ever European festival. If you’ve never heard of Boomtown Fair check out the official trailer below, it looks BoNkErS!  It’s going down on Matterley Estate in the United Kingdom, just outside of London.

  Besides attending Boomtown, I’ll also be traveling around Europe for a couple of weeks so I’ve put together a guide with some of the most useful resources I could find to share with anyone else that is also traveling internationally.  This guide includes some of my favorite websites and apps for booking, figuring out transportation, researching destinations, the cost of traveling, planning and coordinating, as well as a complete music festival packing checklist.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pics and flicks to share w/y’all throughout the trip!

Table of Contents:

  1. International Travel Resources
  2. Boomtown Fair / London Travel Resources
  3. Planning & Preparing
  4. Packing
  5. Additional Tips & Tricks


International Travel Resources

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There are several recommendations and links of useful websites and apps that come in handy when you’re traveling internationally.  It covers the following topics:

  1.  Booking
    1. Flights
    2. Lodging
    3. Travel Guides / Trip Planners
  2. Local Info
    1. Travel Documents
    2. Travel Health Notices
    3. Country Statistics
    4. Country Customs and Etiquette Guides
    5. Weather
    6. Navigation
    7. Attractions & Activities
  3. Communication and Networking
    1. Phone Service
    2. Internet
    3. Connecting W/ People

Boomtown Fair / London Travel Resources

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 Closest Airports and Train Stations

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Transportation To London

  1. Rome2rio is a very useful website that searches any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B including trains, bus routes, ferries, and flights.
  2. GoEuro Start your European journey with one click. GoEuro makes it easy to compare and combine air, rail, bus and car for better pricing and easier booking.
  3. Seat 61Europe  This website is an extensive resource for train travel in Europe 

Transportation To Boomtown Fair

Here is an example of options using the Rome2Rio app mentioned above^^ I plugged in London –> Hampshire   This is just a screen shot, the website or app itself will pull up all options and you can book it straight from there. The website has even more features than the app including lodging, things to do, etc.   Really useful!

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  1. Boomtown Shuttles 
  2. Car Rentals in Manchester
  3. Car Rentals in London
  4. Cab Companies 

Country Info & Travel Prices



Tip:  If you’re traveling around Europe and you’d like to save money, you may want to spend more time in one of the areas in which cost of living is lowest, which would be the green–> yellow areas on the map.


Information & Resources for Hampshire


Off-site Amenities

On-Site Amenities


Tip:  If you’re traveling internationally you will have limited resources and space, therefore I would highly recommend investing in some of the festival accommodations to avoid the hassle of having to lug all of your camping gear there and back.  There are several options for every price range.

Planning & Preparing

 Section 2 from the Music Festival Survival Guide  includes 8 Steps for Planning and Coordinating before a Music Festival 

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Music Festival Pack Attack This post has advice for the 6 steps to take before you begin packing.

Music Festival Survival Guide Section 3: Packing This section covers all of the items you need to bring to thrive and survive at a festival.




 Complete Music Festival Packing Lists:


Click the links below for full packing checklists 

  1.  Packing & Organization Techniques and Checklists 
  2. Toiletries and First Aid
  3. Clothing and Accessories
  4. Festival and Rave Costume Ideas
  5. Outdoor Gear and Accessories
  6. Camping Gear and Accessories
  7. Campsite Entertainment Ideas


Additional Resources for Boomtown Fair 2016

Tips:  There will be a 2nd hand costume shop on site, not to mention several in London and Winchester.  To save space in your suitcase you can always get supplies once you’ve arrived for outfits and costumes.




Mayfair Avenue is the hub of high society with its swanky electro-swing clubs and live swing bands, venues include; The Ballroom and The Bandstand


OldTown brings you gypsy, balkan, folk. OldTown’s main venue is The Jolly Dodger Pirate Ship


Tie up your steed and hang up your saddle, welcome to the district of the Wild West! Venues include: The Old MinesRusty Spurs & Crazy Calamities Saloon


Like everything else at BoomTown, Whistlers Green keeps growing in all directions! A garden paradise, haven of creativity and hub for renewable energy and sustainability, the area has united with KidzTown and expanded into greener pastures, with more venues, cafes, chill-out areas, activities, workshops, crafts and education spaces.


TrenchTown is host to the best in dub, reggae, dancehall and jungle across three venues: The Lion’s Den – the biggest baddest temple of reggae. Hidden Woods – sound system culture under a leafy canopy of escapism. Tangled Roots – featuring the finest dub and reggae selectors.


As the divide between rich and poor has become ever greater, discontent and unrest have spread throughout the barrios and districts of Boomtown… Mayor Comrade Jose’s allies are dwindling as she introduces new military conscription and her propaganda machine goes into overdrive in a bid to retain control….


Barrio Loco brings you some badass bass music to soak up into your soul with Hip-Hop, Garage, Bass & House. Venues include; Poco Loco, the all-new house and techno stage Vamos and spontaneous street parties!


ChinaTown’s music policy is strictly all things Ska and Punk! From skank-tastic ska, ska punk, rockin punk, folk punk, polka punk, hell-jazz ‘n’ roll, pretty much all areas of this anarchic genre are represented behind these ornate facades… Venues include the ChinaTown Courtyard and Devil Kicks Dancehall.


One of the most popular venues for late night naughtiness is the nine-storey high Bang-Hai Palace.All new for Chapter 8 is cybernetics factory Robotika, haven for all things hardcore theScrapyard, and the mysterious Sewage Works.

Lurking within the seedy establishments of DSTRKT 5 is the very best in drum’n’bass, house, jungle and heavy bass. 

Music Festival Costume, Fashion, and Beauty Tips

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