07 August 2019 15:53
Boomtown returns for its eleventh year today (August 7) but festival fans should brace themselves for some wet and windy weather. The Bristol-organised event is one of the UK's largest festivals and combines music with theatre, interactive set design, freedom and escapism. Hosting around 60,000 people, Chapter 10 of Boomtown will be running between August 7 and 11, and will be showcasing a wide array of artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Streets and UB40. It was confirmed yesterday the Boardmasters music festival in Newquay had been cancelled due severe weather conditions just hours before it was due to begin. Here's a day-by-day forecast for Matterley Estate in Hampshire, where the festival is held: For the first day of the festival, the weather agency is forecasting sunny intervals changing to cloudy by lunchtime, with highs of 22C.
However, heavy rain is predicted at 5pm before the sunny intervals return around an hour later. It's a similar forecast for Thursday (August 8), with the Met Office predicting sunny intervals changing to cloudy by lunchtime. Aside from a few light showers from 7pm, most of the day looks dry and warm. A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy showers and thunderstorms is in place for Friday (August 9). Another yellow weather warning is in place for Saturday - this time for wind.
The four-day event is a prominent fixture of the UK festival calendar, known for its varied, sprawling line-ups and flamboyant, pyrotechnic stage designs. Boomtown is held at the Matterley Estate near Winchester, Hampshire, which is part of the South Downs National Park. This year, festival organisers are encouraging visitors to choose more environmentally friendly travel options, such as public transport. To find out more about the travel options available, visit the Boomtown website. Ms Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage and The Streets are all set to headline the festival, with appearances from Chronixx, Chase and Status, Groove Armada, Slaves, UB40 and Salt-N-Pepa. Weather forecast for Boomtown Here's what the weather's looking like in Matterley Estate, according to the Met Office. On the first day of the festival, the Met Office is forecasting sunny intervals which will turn cloudy by lunchtime, with highs of 22C. Not much change for Thursday's forecast, with sunny intervals turning cloudy by lunchtime. Aside from a few light rain showers from 7pm, the weather will remain dry and warm. For Friday, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy showers and thunderstorms. Heavy showers are forecast from 7am and then light rain from 1pm, which will continue throughout the day. The best London festivals coming up in August 7 show all The best London festivals coming up in August 1/7 Eastern Electrics (August 3-4) A stacked line-up of DJs, ranging from the selectors who have been doing this for decades to those who are on course to be the next big things. Getty Images 1/7 Eastern Electrics (August 3-4) A stacked line-up of DJs, ranging from the selectors who have been doing this for decades to those who are on course to be the next big things. 2/7 51st State (August 3) Effectively an A-Z of house music heroes, all of whom will come together for a gloriously eclectic day of boogying in north London. 3/7 Art's House (August 10) A one day festival with just two DJs on the line-up, organised by the loveable party-starter Artwork. 4/7 One Day at the Disco (August 24) A celebration of the genre, bringing together some of the best loved names in the scene. Christian Belgaux 5/7 South West Four (August 24-25) London's biggest dance music festival, both in terms of size and the artists it books. It takes place across the August bank holiday every year. Luke Dyson 6/7 Maiden Voyage (August 25) A new one-day festival organised by Camden venue the Jazz Cafe. Rich Fury/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend 7/7 80s In The Park (August 26) An absolute nostalgia-fest to transport you right back to the glory years. Just when you thought it was over, there's another yellow weather warning is in place for Saturday – this time for wind. Unfortunately, there's more rain forecast, with light showers throughout the day. On the last day of the festival, there are sunny intervals forecast for the morning, which will turn cloudy later on in the day. Music festivals are no doubt a saturated market, and every year we see more and more new names popping up, boasting some pretty stellar line-ups. Boomtown Fair is a popular four-day music festival held annually at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire - part of the South Downs National Park. There were actually fears that the festival would cease to go ahead, but alas, this year's edition of Boomtown began on Wednesday, August 7th 2019. The BBC notes that festival organisers announced earlier in the week that there would be no front of house safety testing this year. Boomtown: Weather updates In the wake of Boardmasters Festival being cancelled at the last minute due to weather, there was panic that Boomtown would be headed for the same fate. According to the Bristol Post, things are looking okay for Wednesday with highs of 22C; however, heavy rain is expected for the evening. Thursday promises sunny intervals and cloudy weather a little later on, with only light showers in the evening being any cause for concern for campers. On the other hand, they note that the Met Office has issued a warning of thunderstorms and heavy showers for Friday, which are said to begin from as early as 7 am. These will transition into showers in the afternoon, which are predicted to persist throughout the day, becoming heavier again at night. Saturday looks set for strong winds, showers and the occasional spell of heavy rain - so essentially much of the same. Sunday, however, is expected to be far better, with cloud and the odd bit of rain likely to be an improvement on the preceding days. Boomtown: Line-Up If a festival is only as good as its headliners, then Boomtown 2019 is pretty solid. The weather isn't predicted to be fantastic by any means, but that's never stopped festival enthusiasts from braving the mud and having the best time they can.