Horses are not invited to a two-day music festival to be held at Hickstead International Arena this autumn. Jessie J and the Vamps will be headlining Boomerang (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September), a new event featuring some of the world’s most prolific artists.There will also be gourmet pop up restaurants,street food and alternative entertainment away from the main stage.
Hickstead is known as the home of British showjumping, but this new departure will help the Bunn family, directors of the All England Jumping Course, to invest more money back into the sport. This is something that was also very important to Hickstead’s founder, the late Douglas Bunn, whose vision and passion helped the showground grow to become one of the most famous venues in the horse world.
“We are very excited to announce the launch of Boomerang Hickstead, our first major live music event,” says Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn. “It’s set to be a superb weekend of music, and the huge International Arena will provide a wonderful, open-air concert venue.
The event is named after Boomerang, Eddie Macken’s famous horse who won the Hickstead Derby a record four consecutive times from 1976 to 1979. Every June, the winner of the Equestrian.com Derby is presented with the Boomerang Trophy, made in his honour.
Jessie J will perform songs from her three albums with favourites like, Price Tag, Do it like a Dude, and, most recently, her collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on her top ten hit ‘Bang Bang’.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with The Vamps on the at the Hickstead International Arena. It will be amazing to end the summer headlining at this great new event,” she says.
The Vamps have been causing a stir everywhere they go this year. The four teenagers hooked up via homemade demos on YouTube: their plan: to upload a series of punkish, acoustic-driven covers of chart-conquering pop hits by the likes of One Direction, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars and release an album of their own arena-shaking anthems. Fifteen million online hits and a major label recording deal later and the UK four piece have become one of the most talked about bands of their generation.
Tickets for Boomerang go on sale from 20 April, and cost £39.50 for ‘Early Bird’ day tickets, while standard day tickets cost £45.
Register at www.boomeranghickstead.com