More like SUPER Nova, right?!


More like SUPER Nova, right?!
More like SUPER Nova, right?!


These days, fests like Glasto and Virgin have become enormously crowded affairs, though on the plus side, there's no chance of finding a virgin at Glasto. For a smaller-scale bacchanal, hit this July's four-day Nova Festival, where no more than 5k revelers will descend upon a lush West Sussex estate secured by a pair who helped on The Big Chill, as if our weather needed assistance. What to expect:

A Sonic Assault: The main stage & five smaller venues will play host to 50+ acts including Chris Coco, Speech Debelle, Stumblin' Slims, Fionn Regan, Ghostpoet, Norman Jay, The Joker & The Thief, and Aidan Larkin's The Big 10 Inch, either a reference to a record, or to a near-record.

A Stomach Assault: Stumble into Bompas & Parr's Super Nova Cocktail Bar, the Nova Arms popup pub, and The Chap's hookah-piping Kubla Khan’s Coffeehouse; take a seat at The Disappearing Dining Club's family-style long tables; or bard-out at the Hurly Burly Dining Theatre (completely solar powered, so continue to enjoy the dark cold).

A Bunch of Random Stuff... Assault: You'll find Swedish-style hot tubs, the country's first "bespoke fine art mini golf course" (each hole's designed by a different artist, such as David Shrigley), "stripping and teasing" lessons (technically ladies-only), masseuse-filled "soul pods", a popup casino w/ betting from just 10p, films, and comedy from likes of The Beta Males and Late Night Gimp Fight -- or, the preferred activity of the very few who don't get laid at Glasto.

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