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Thousands flock to Boomtown Fair
MUSIC fans enjoyed all the fun of the fair with 10,000 revellers flocking to Matterley Bowl near Winchester.
The four-day Boomtown Fair festival was being held at the venue between the A31 and A272 for the first time.
The bill included the likes of Bad Manners, Gogol Bordello, Ms Dynamite and Goldie Lookin' Chain.
The event started last Thursday (August 11) and scores of revellers headed through Winchester on their way to the site.
All tickets, costing £93 a time, sold out in advance and the weather stayed mostly dry for the weekend.
Police had warned motorists to expect some disruption around the festival compound with vehicles entering and leaving the venue.
It comes after several routes near Matterley Bowl, especially the A272, almost ground to a halt during the JLS concert in June.
Many fans missed all or part of the ill-fated show with reports of traffic chaos, made worse by appalling weather.
Keen to avoid a repeat of the disruption, civic chiefs held a meeting to discuss the venue’s licence earlier this month (August).
Police asked for tighter security to prevent crime and disorder at the site, which has hosted concerts for more than decade.
Agents for landowner Peveril Bruce agreed to the changes and have also put more robust traffic plans in place.
As a result, civic chiefs decided that Matterley Bowl could continue to stage music events.
It has previously hosted the Homelands, Hi:Fi, Sanctuary and Glade Festivals, the last of which was in 2009.
Boomtown organisers kept the venue of their festival secret until shortly before the gates opened at Matterley Bowl.
Lak Mitchell, festival co-director, said: “We are over the moon at the support and enthusiasm we've had for this year’s festival. Thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket and helped keep the Boomtown dream alive.”
Police are yet to release details of any arrests at the event.
However, some festival-goers reported wallets being stolen from a few tents on the second day of the event (Friday).
One woman also received minor injuries on the first evening after a small fire when she tried the change the gas cylinder on a camping stove. She was treated at the festival’s first aid tent.