Boomtown granted permission to open a day earlier

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UK: Boomtown has been granted permission to open its doors a day earlier for a limited number of attendees. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has given the festival the go ahead on its plans to help reduce the volume of traffic arriving to the event on the Thursday, by allowing certain ticketholders access to the festival site a day earlier.

Taking place between August 8 – 12 2018 at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire, the festival is offering the limited Wednesday access to those who are choosing to arrive to the festival via sustainable transport methods – such as National Express coach, private hire coach, shuttle bus, or those with a minimum of three people travelling per car – as a way to encourage using public transport and minimise the number of cars on the road, as well as further promote the festival’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact.

“After six months of working hard on all possible outcomes of the licensing and planning results this is absolutely amazing news,” said Boomtown organisers. “Being granted permission means that we can now implement measures to help spread arrivals out over two days and continue our work to reduce the disruption caused to the local community and make entry to the festival easier for everyone.”

Boomtown’s tenth chapter boasts a 2018 UK festival exclusive in the form of Gorillaz, and will also welcome Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Jimmy Cliff, plus 500 more artists from around the globe.

On top of its commitment to reduce traffic and improve the queuing experience for those in attendance, Boomtown has also implemented a series of additional changes internally for its 10th anniversary – including the introduction of four new immersive districts, upgrades to the existing intricate set designs, and the addition of a new stage.