Boomtown Fair, along with three of its subcontractors, will be conducting a sound barrier experiment, with the aim of achieving maximum sound pressure levels on site for audience enjoyment whilst maintaining minimal disturbance and sound leaking to those surrounding the festival site.

This experiment will bring together the experience, knowledge and skills of Boomtown and its subcontractors; F1 Acoustics, the noise consultant, AF Live, the sound system provider, and Live Trakway, the fencing and barrier supplier. The aim is to find an industry standard for all festivals and events to manage their sound levels more effectively.

Over the course of three days a number of sound system design and sub arrays, including ones currently used by Boomtown, will be tested against half a kilometre of various materials as acoustic barriers, these will be tested at various distances from sound sources, taking into account the terrain and weather conditions to measure the sound levels to help prepare for containment of music noise when on the ground at events and faced with adverse conditions.

Lak Mitchell, Boomtown’s co-founder, commented: “We’re so excited to be in a position to create this unique experiment alongside our contractors. The hope is that, not only will it give us additional valuable tools and insights to manage our sound levels, as well as keep our audience and local residents happy, but in addition provide valuable data and insights for the entire events and festival industries in general.”