It’s not been the best year for festivals, really. T in the Park has managed to cement its reputation as a literal circle of hell. Wireless still resembles a dry old chicken pen crammed with an amorphous web of selfie sticks. Parklife festival continues to exist. But, all that aside, sometimes really awful shit happens and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Over the weekend at BoomTown festival, for instance, a huge fire broke out and 80 vehicles in total were destroyed. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but according to those who attended, the fire was metres away from the campsite, leading to its evacuation. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
According to BoomTown representative Adrian Coombs, travel was arranged for those whose cars had been engulfed in the fire. "What Boomtown is doing at the moment is making sure that we help anyone who's affected,” the representative told the BBC yesterday. "So we're laying on internet access, phone lines, making sure owners can contact their insurance companies and facilitating people's transport home when the festival finishes.”Despite the fire, the festival went ahead as planned, including headline sets from Madness, Leftfield and Damian Marley.Read a full statement from BoomTown festival here.UPDATE: According to Hampshire Fire Service, it's likely the fire was caused by a discarded cigarette which then set the surrounding area alight.
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