Now, regular readers of TLLWTL know how much we love a good festival. Nothing quite like the feeling of getting utterly sunburnt one moment, then being hit by a monsoon and suffering from trench foot the next…
But seriously. There’s no feeling like standing, surrounded by great people, in the middle of nowhere, listening to great bands, singing along, hugging your friends and feeling, for a moment, like the world outside that field just doesn’t matter at all.
However, this year, the festival scene looks a little different. Glastonbury is on a break. The Big Chill 2012 got cancelled…because of a lack of portaloo’s, if you believe the rumours.
So it’s GREAT news that there is a new kid on the block, brought to us by the original creators of the Big Chill, back when it was great (and they had enough toilets).
Nova Festival of Arts and Music, to give it it’s proper name, takes place between July 5-8th at Bignor Park in West Sussex. It’s a little different to the other festivals on the calendar, with acts from music, art and the spoken word coming together to give revellers an experience like no other these days. If you loved the original, smaller days of the Big Chill, this one is most definitely for you.
Confirmed big names in music so far include Norman Jay (YES!), Crazy P (WIN!), Ghost Poet and a whole load of others – and the art installations will be equally impressive. Rankin and Damien Hirst will be bringing their Myths, Monsters and Legends installations to life at the festival, and Doug Fishbone will be bringing his own brand of Crazy Golf to Nova. Each hole on the course will be designed a different artist with contributions from Jake Chapman, Brian Griffiths, Gary Webb, Zatorski and Zatorski, and Pete Fowler with more to be announced soon. Better still, the entry fee for playing goes straight to Action Aid’s reconstruction efforts in Haiti, so everyone’s a winner on this course.
Add to this the Pop Up Casino, Create Salons, The Nova Arms Pub, Debates (with the likes of Charley Boorman), Lectures (from folk like Rankin), Theatre (from Hurly Burly) and a huge rejuvination area…it’s set, quite frankly, to be awesome.
We can’t wait to get a little lost at Nova…and if you fancy saying you were there first too, you can find out more and order your tickets here: ticketline.co.uk/novafestival
Tickets are just £139, including a camping pass, and if you are travelling by car, your car park pass is included with your ticket.
Brilliant. See you there?