Over 20,000 tickets have been sold in under two hours for Boomtown 2019, the UK’s largest, truly independent music and theatrical festival. Hot on the
Putting a strong emphasis on community and collaboration, Boomtown annually commits to raising money and awareness for numerous charity organisations.
In total, the event raised £152,624.67 with £31,751 going directly towards projects for the local parish communities which directly neighbour the festival site and to its main local charity partner Winnall Rock School.
Moving on to the 2019 event and Boomtown’s commitment to reduce the festivals’ environmental impact, the event has partnered with Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC). WinACC works collaboratively with residents, business and policy-makers to cut the carbon footprint of the Winchester District and this partnership builds on the foundations already laid by the festival’s existing sustainability policy.
The policy includes partnerships with the Association of Independent Festivals Drastic on Plastic campaign, Energy Revolution to help offset the carbon footprint, A Greener Festival who assess the festival’s commitment to sustainability, The Raw Foundation to raise awareness of the consequences of plastics,
“Supporting charities that share the same passions as we do is so important to us and it’s really exciting to be working alongside WinACC this year which is dedicated to combating climate change and inspiring sustainable living. Chapter 11 onwards is all about sustainability. It’s a huge priority for us. Reducing the impact the festival has on the environment, but also going some way to change the public’s perception
Being in a position where we are able to help raise money and awareness is a real privilege. Thank you to everyone who made a charitable donation when they bought their ticket, or visited a stall and for all the volunteers for giving their time and making Boomtown the experience that it is.”
Lak Mitchell and Chris Rutherford, Boomtown Co-founders
2018 saw a phenomenal £120,873.67 raised for national and international charities, with £50,254.75 raised via the Oxfam Stewarding Partnership, plus a further £18,755.22 through their onsite shop. My Cause, a multi-charity stewarding organisation collected just over £31,377.20 for over 1,600 different charitable organisations.
Other charities in attendance included:
- TEMWA, ran the festival’s onsite Lost and Found and information stands raising £11,400 to help develop sustainable self sufficient communities in remote areas of northern Malawi
- Energy Revolution – collaborative festival venture to minimise the carbon footprint of festivals raised £5,721
- The Purple Community Fund
on sitestall raised £1,240 to help the Philippines break the cycle of poverty through education, welfare and livelihood programs
- Love Specs/Unite raised £1,445.50 which goes to empowering individual communities in Africa through sustainable education
- The Samaritans were on site and provided a safe place for anyone who wanted to talk helping them to forge their own path
- Safe Gigs for Women were on the ground providing support to women who face gender equality issues with interactive workshops and support
- Amnesty International raised awareness of their work for the LGBTI+ community by promoting their ‘Love is a Human Right’ campaign.
Main charity partner: Winnall Rock School
Supporting local businesses and communities has always been a large part of Boomtown’s ethos. In 2018 Winchester based organisation, Winnall Rock School was the festival’s main charity partner.
Working directly with young people and their families in Winchester, it will receive £6,266 from the optional £2 donation the public make when they purchase their tickets. This will help fund the free music tuition and band workshops.
For the second year running the guest list donations collected at the entrance gates were supplemented by Boomtown to raise £10,000 for the five parishes that border the festival site to benefit the wider community.
Another local collaboration for this year was with the South Downs National Park Trust and Butterfly Conservation teaching those in attendance about the unique landscape and local wildlife that can be found within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the South Downs National Park.
The Rose Road Association, based in Southampton, were also raising vital awareness on the work they do to ensure disability is not a barrier and collected a total of £1,155.
There was also the return of the popular Hampshire Farmers’ Market which put local food traders into the spotlight, giving them a chance to showcase a range of local produce and artisan goods.
Boomtown Chapter 11: ‘A Radical City’ will return to the Matterley Estate over 7th – 11th August.
Check out TheFestivals Boomtown 2018 review!
Main image credit: George Harrison / Boomtown Fair