HEARING IMPAIRED COMMUNITY SHOWS LOVE FOR BOOM
More than 40 deaf people from around the world joined us for this edition of Boom. They showed their gratitude to the Boom Special Needs Department by making a huge sign to say ‘thank you’ for their experience. Elsewhere, Boomers learned to say “BOOM” in sign language at a workshop at NGO DJANGO, while some Liminal talks and workshops had a sign language interpreter present.
AUDIO ALCHEMY AT THE CHILL OUT
Hedflux aka Steve Young played an epic afternoon performance at the Chill Out that had Boomers grooving to his winning combo of fresh new tracks and older favourites. We managed to catch him for a chat after his set.
When asked how it went he said: “Amazingly well! The whole festival this year! I feel like all the lessons of all of the different festivals I’ve been to been to have been learned by Boom and they’ve just tightened everything up and dialled everything in. The professionalism, the infrastructure, the staff – just the way everything works has been smooth and perfect. Boom is the best and I had the most fun. It was awesome!
Remembering his first Boom in 2008, he said: “I came here a bit wet behind the ears as it were and it changed my life. At that point I was thinking about quitting my job to do music and stuff, but I never really knew what the lifestyle would look like.
“But when I came to Boom I was like, ‘Alright, I get it now, I know how we can live outside of that corporate paradigm’. Boom really gave me the courage and inspiration to just drop the things I didn’t want to do any more and just get on with music.”
We were particularly impressed by the huge amount of new material he played and the good news is, it turns out there’s a new album on the way. As he explained: “I’ve been working for the last four years on and off with a friend of mine, Alex Delfont, who’s from Devon in England. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who can play guitars, sing and also plays keys, and is just amazing with melodies.
“We did a ten track album in which he’s playing melodies and I’m doing the sound, production and the beats. It’s just a really nice fusion of melodic melancholy and uplifting music, with longer melodies and more gentle beats, but still really satisfying for the dance floor.”
And Boomers certainly loved it. Steve said: “It’s a really sweet dance floor here at the Chill Out stage. Often I get booked to play on trance stages where there’s a lot of pressure to really up the energy constantly. This was my first time I played a big Chill Out stage like this and it was just perfect for what I’m trying to do now.”
We’d still like to have seen some of his banging psy breaks at Alchemy – hopefully next time round!
Hedflux’s superb sounds combined with the Chill Out’s tribal carvings and decor from Kiwi crew Bamboo DNA made for a very special afternoon session indeed. Inspired by Maori cosmology, New Zealand artist Gerard Minikawa is on a mission to educate people about the benefits and importance of bamboo and this year’s Chill Out at Boom showcased his intriguing work.
DIGITAL ALCHEMY & VR VISIONARIES
The Museum of Visionary Art is packed to the rafters with the cream of the world’s psychedelic creations. From traditional Tibetan Buddhist techniques to the dynamic digital dexterity of Android Jones, there is nowhere on the planet quite like it.
Highlights of the 2018 edition have included some stunning live painting from many of the artists on display and Android Jones Presents Microdose VR, where Boomers could well and truly get their minds blown by Android’s latest innovation, while others chilled and soaked up the electric atmosphere.
HILIGHT TRIBE CONCERT AT THE DANCE TEMPLE
Bridging ancient tribal sounds with funky futuristic organic trance, Hilight Tribe blew Boomers away with their high energy live show. Kicking off at 10pm while the lunar eclipse was still in progress, they unified the dance floor for an epic 1.5 hour concert.
With the moon looking suitably eerie and the shamaness sculpture next the Dance Temple throwing some shapes due to the geometric dexterity of the projection mapping wizards, it was truly a feast for the eyes and ears.
THE SACRED FIRE STAGE LIGHTS UP TO ISLANDMAN
The Sacred Fire became a spiritual inferno of light and sound when Turkish producer Tolga Böyük’s band Islandman sparked up. The post-eclipse full moon and beautifully lit up trees created a magical playground where Boomers swung on swings while the dance floor was absolutely rammed.
Tolga believes that music is a vibration of time and the band’s Anatolian psychedelic riffs and trippy beats took Boomers on a timeless pilgrimage that was over way too quickly. As we know psytrance can be a bit like marmite for many Boomers and this was indeed the ideal alternative to the darker driving basslines of the Dance Temple that were on after midnight.
Under the shaded area of the Sacred Fire, you can find a wide space dedicated to families. We found a young couple sitting against a tree, each with a kid on their lap, casually speaking with another couple. We approached them to ask a few questions about their experience as Boom parents, and the feedback was highly positive – for them, Boom is the only festival they would ever go with their children.
However, they did mention that a family camping would be nice to have. As they said: “We appreciate that Boom is an all-inclusive festival, and we understand the reason behind having everyone mixed, but it would make it easier for us to have a quiet space where kids can play with the neighbours.”
To prep their kids, aged 1 and 3, for the experience, the couple said: “We talk to them about it and explained that we were going to have a dancing holiday and that they need to follow some rules. We told them that the hearing protections was a staple accessory when one goes dancing – so now every time we step foot on a dancefloor they automatically ask for them!”