Epitomising the phenomena of the global gathering, Portugal’s biennial Boom Festival kicks off once again for its 9th edition around the shores of a stunning lake in the heart of the Portuguese countryside.
Boom arose from the roots of the Goa trance movement in 97 and has evolved into a portal of knowledge, stimulating its rich multicultural program, which pivots around an environment-driven ethos that’s reaped it accolades such as the Clean ‘n’ Green Festival of the Year (from the European Festival Award).
WHEN: 28 July until 4 August 2012
WHERE: Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco, Portugal
OFFICIAL SITE: www.boomfestival.org
BOOM MEDIA: https://vimeo.com/34553749
TICKETS: 160 euros. Available online and via Boom ambassadors
Boom Ambassadors: http://boomfestival.org/boom2012/tickets/boom-ambassadors-list/
Online tickets: https://boomfestival.org/boom2012/etickets/shop/web/etickets_step1.php
MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS… Soundscapes will be amplified across various stages, including:
The Ambient Source: Pure music-magic-meditation vibration… Special highlights: a six-hour set from the legendary Mixmaster Morris, aka, Irresistible Force; Japanese musician and composer, Hataken; Pineal and Organic Shapes; Master Margherita, Tengri, Void Controller, Sarana, Mimicof, Astropilot, Chillumafia and Samadhi.
Alchemy Circle: Live acts and DJs explore psy-bass, dark prog, dub-step, new world music, deep techno and the sounds of dub… A sublime journey inspired by: Extrawelt, Gaudi, Brujo’s Bowl, Sensient, Grouch, Val Vashar, Hypogeo, Kaminanda, Radioactive Cake, Two Fold and Bird of Prey to name just a few…
The Dance Temple: This is the heartbeat of the Boom! Live music highlights: Japanese Taiko drummers, Gocoo, ethno-instrumental infusions from Hilight Tribe and music magic vibrations of the Peaking Goddess Collective.
Rewind the classics: Old school Goatrance mavericks, X-Dream and Manmademan kick-start the euphoria of those early days with that legendary Goa-licious synth sound of yore… Sounds of the Dance Temple follow the sun with dark, twilight, forest, tribal, prog, full-on, Goa and nu-Goa from Tristan, Avalon, Liquid Ross, The First Stone, Zen Mechanics, Dick Trevor, Illegal Machines, Kindzadza and Ace Ventura.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Boom goes beyond the confines of a music festival, featuring several other highlights:
Liminal Village: The knowledge portal of the Boom, Liminal was born in 2002 as a solution-based response to a world in crisis. Powerful global voices such as Vandana Shiva have converged here to address issues that impact our world.
Daniel Pinchbeck gives a talk on the global shift in consciousness in 2012 and beyond.
Nepali artist, Romio Shreshtha explains the power of healing behind Tibetan enlightenment art.
The Healing Area: is a place to re-balance and re-connect with a series of workshops comprising: daily yoga, meditation, Chakra balancing, Reiki, sound journeys, massage therapy and a host of other holistic practices.
The Sacred Fire: A world music stage, with healthy restaurants, awesome live music that features indigenous organic sounds and a spirited ambience: an inviting space for contemplation and communication.
Art: is exploding at the seams of the Boom with eclectic works from: digital alchemist, Android Jones; design and construction mavericks, Bamboo DNA; kinetic metal works from Patrice Hubert; the ARTivist, Dadara; visionary artist, Luke Brown; French collective, Moulin Aux Chimeres, prolific Portuguese graffiti artist, Ram and more…
SEE YOU HERE!