Boom Festival

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The Boom Festival is a biennial festival which takes place in Portugal. Launched in 1997, the main focus was electronic music, but Boom has since evolved into a multidisciplinary event

The festival features music, paint, sculpture, video art, installations cinema, theatre and a concept of cross-pollination of different art forms.


The dates have been confirmed yet now whispers of bands and talks have begun.


There is no boom in 2013 as this as Biennial event, 2014 marks the 10th Edition of Boom Festival.


Boom Festival describes itself as an amplifier and a converter of concepts. Within this vast “ocean” of consciousness, Boom is ‘a lighthouse of sanity, ethic responsibility and a building block for the future to come.’

It also prides itself in being a ‘celebration of telepathy and intuition. Peace, Art, Sustainability, Visionary Culture, Love.’

The ethos of the festival is to provide a wide and sustainable array of arts and culture, with the notable aspect of multi-cultural aim, encouraging everyone to overthrow inter-ethnic stereotypes.

The festival has become one to tick off the bucket list for thise who enjoy psychedelic festivals, people visit from 102 different countries make the journey for the experience.

Stages and other entertainment

At the 2012 event, there was 386 hours of music on 4 stages, 800 artists, 75 art installations, 34 lectures, 96 workshops and 28 films screened.


2013 TBA


There is no VIP at BOOM, nobody gets special treatment as the festival favours equality,


The festival is popular with families who want their children to experience safe and spritual surroundings. The Baby Bom area is fre and popular with endless activities for child and faily to enjoy together.

Disability Access

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Portugal is one of the warmest European countries, with August temperatures ranging from 30C - 35C.


The Boom Festival is in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal.

Local Information

Boom Festival situated in a beautiful place in Portugal’s inland, near the Spanish border. It is about 250 km from Lisboa. The closest Portuguese main city is Castelo Branco. From Madrid you take around 350 km and the closest Spanish town is Cáceres.



The Boom Bus is a charter bus service for a safer, more comfortable and sustainable Boom experience. It is part of their environmental program as a public transport project, aiming to decrease CO2 emissions.

This service provides transport from Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Grenoble directly to the festival and possible connection with the After Boom.

As last edition, Boom Bus will get into the Boom venue one day before the official gates opening: you’ll be able to choose the best place to camp and have some relaxing moments around the lake, watching the sculptural and unspoilt landscape of Portugal’s inland.


  • Lisboa (The capital situated at the centre of Portugal). This is the closest airport to the Boom site.
  • Porto (North of the country)
  • Faro (South of Portugal – in the Algarve). Sometimes here you get the best flight deals from all the major cities in Europe.

If you come to Portugal from Lisbon we suggest you avoid traffic by catching the Boom Bus.

Local Accommodation

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What to wear

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Shower facilities are free of charge. There are no warm showers available around the camping areas, however due to high temperature levels water is never too cold for a shower.

There is no access to electricity at the camping areas. You can recharge your mobile phones or other electrical equipment near the Info Stand.

Site Information

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Food and drink

Boom provides good and quality food including a visionary cuisine (vegan/macrobiotic/raw) with an emphasis on the use of superfoods.

You can also bring your own food to cook in the communal kitchen provided.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Mobile Apps

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This festival began in 1997 and was founded by Diogo Ruivo and Pedro Carvalho.

Supported by dozens of unknown activists, they began to build a collaborative event platform to create and develop new ideas envisioned by people from different artistic and cultural backgrounds.

This special confluence of ideas, art and culture transformed Boom into more than just a music festival over the years.

In 1997 Boom was an electronic music event, featuring Goa Trance to be precise.

The festival was small, occupying an area of 5 hectares in Herdade do Zambujal – an agriculture farm amidst a forest 60 kilometers south from Lisbon.

As well as expanding musically, Boom has also encouraged different media to flourish, including an art gallery, natural sculpture, street theatre, fire-dancing, and the Liminal Village contains a large shaded space housing lectures, yoga, films, meditation and discussions.

In 2012, there was over 800 artists, 72 art installations, 34 lectures, 96 workshops, 28 films and 25% of the festival was pff-grid (ran on solar and waste veggie oil), there were also 186 composting toilets.

Past lineups

2012 the theme was Alchemy, Click here to view the full line-up.