Music wise it’s an eclectic line up that includes the likes of Ghostpoet, tUnE-yArDs, Speech Debelle to DJ Norman Jay, Tim “love” Lee, Psychemagik, there’s also the UK’s beatboxing champion Reeps One, The Roundhouse Choir, Stumblin’ Slims and The Black Kat Boppers . There are pop up gigs planned by Sofar Sounds running alongside the soundtrack of voices, melodies and beats and sing-a-longs provided by the Campfire Sessions.
Nova isn’t just a music festival it boosts a strong arts scene. With a mix of influential visual artists involved the brief is simple; create a playground of art set amongst the festival. Artist Doug Fishbone and friends including David Shrigley, Jake Chapman and Zatorski and Zatorski are constructing an epic ‘Adventureland Golf’ course. The aim being that each hole is designed by a celebratory artist and provides an interactive experience encouraging the festival goers to try their luck on the course (entry fee to the course is applicable and will solely go to the Action Aid’s reconstruction in Haiti). Also at Nova is work by famed photographer Rankin and acclaimed artist Damien Hirst, who together have collaborated in a film entitled Myths, Monsters and Legends. Also featuring are 12 Months of Neon Love, a yearlong venture that projects lyrical statements from well-known songs and presents them in neon text. Add London Drawing, Jem Finer adn Dynamic Junk – Sp Projects to the line up and the festival becomes a gallery of contemporary arts with added twists.
To coin a phrase ‘and there’s more’, with theatre performances, a bespoke cinema entitled The Flickr Club, comedy performance and even a pop up casino. There’s creative Make It! Salons hosting sessions including drawing, cooking, foraging, burlesque, photography, filmmaking and even hat and jewellery making.
With its intimate surroundings Nova is pretty much self-contained. With only 5000 festival goers, two stages Nova is able to showcase a modern British festival, pioneering a creative slant and encouraging attendees to get involved. It’s all at a price that won’t break the bank either.
Nova are currently running a competition to win a ticket to the festival by simply starting off a Nova limerick. All you need to do is formulate the first line will, this will then be cultivated into a full on limerick by the peoples Poet Laureate John Hegley. It’s simple all you need to do is think then tweet to @NovaFestival before the 27th April.
More information on Nova Festival of Arts and Music can be found here: http://www.novafestival.co.uk/