And so from small stock to big stock. Boomtown, well what to say... For those of you that have been, you'll know what I mean when I say it's "hectic". For those that haven't, let me use a few more words...
Raw, intense, loud, grimy, all consuming, exhausting, amazing.
The layout of the site is split into districts, and there's camping in each district - each with a different theme: Mayfair, Old Town, China Town etc. Much of the festival is in a bowl, with the rest situated over a steep hill and in woods. Getting around is no easy feat. Particularly when you're surviving on 2 hours kip and a cereal bar.
The music is the kind that makes you jump around, bang your head, mosh, rave, or growl (yes growl, there's some great mash up at Boom Box).
The experience is littered with eccentricities like walking talking bearded robots, feral caged actors and escaped loons, the walking undead, cross dressers and, of course, the giant spider of doom that is Arcadia Spectacular.
This is a far cry from the glittered Londoners of SGP (though many do go to both).
Arriving late on the Friday and the 3 of us at different times meant that Afro Celt Sound System - one of my favourite acts, discovered at Feis Festival with Biggy Smalls - was well underway at the festival's newest stage the Old Mines by the time Ninja, Garth & I were all together. Hurricane Bertha was already looming large, but that wasn't going to stop us from partying until gone 6am, as we finished the night listening to a fellow Boomtowner freestyling at the top of his lungs in the Bumper cars songs on request and a particularly memorable number entitled "Cheese on Toast".
A weary threesome were we on Saturday, but not too tired was I to head to the Town Hall and pick up my passport, before meeting the disgraced and imprisoned ex Mayor of Boomtown and being interrogated about alleged octopus smuggling. I was let go with a warning, and headed straight for some psytrance in the woods hosted by Tribe of Frog.
Sunday brought with it the best line up of the weekend, and we kicked things off at a reggae pace with Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band at the Lion's Den. This was music the artists truly believed in. Songs entitled 'Ganja', 'Natural Ganja' and 'Medical Marijuana Card' punctuated Macka B's addictive storytelling and chat about Jamaica. But we learned a lot about veganism too. Kids, there are many food stuffs out there. Who knew you could create an awesome reggae vibe around listing vegetables and pulses.
Now, you may recall that I had my doubts as to whether I'd make it through all these festivals on consecutive weekends. Well I have, and I've learned a lot. If you'd like to learn from my experiences, a top festival tips post is coming up next...