Nova Festival 2012

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July 2012
Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex, England MAP
£139, teen (13-17) £60, children under 12 free
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Mon 14th May 2012

Nova Festival is new for 2012, and described as a re-imagining of the great British festival experience for 5,000 people.

The festival will be held for four days from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July 2012 in the valley and gardens of a West Sussex estate at Bignor Park in Pulborough.


Confirmed music acts so far include AFRI-KOKOA Allstars, Anna Phoebe, Ballina Whalers, Bird Radio and live and unplugged surprise guests, Carrie Tree, Cheeba, Chris Coco, City Shanty Band, Crazy P, DJ Food, DJ Shep Dog, Duffstep, Fink, Fionn Regan, Ghostpoet, Hexstatic, Indigo Earth, James Morgan, Jessie Ware, JFB, Joker and the Thief, Jono McCleery, KeepUp, Kinny, Krystal Klear, Magic Lantern, Mick Sands, Mixmaster Morris, Mother Feather, Norman Jay, Pete Lawrence, Psychemagik, Reeps One, Sam Brookes, Seahawks, Solid Steel AV Special, Soul Jazz Sound System, Stumblin' Slims and The Black Kat Boppers, The Do, The Midnight Barbers, The Roundhouse Experimental Choir, The Staves, Tim Cumming, Tim Love Lee, tUnE-yArDs, Vic and Tina Smith and We Were Evergreen.

There's also more musical attractions announced, aach night The Campfire Sessions offers sing-a-longs, storytelling, special guests, with Song-books and marshmallows provided, and co curated by the Nest Collective. The Super Nova Cocktail bar will welcome Norman and Joey Jay’s Good Times Sound System. Sofar Sounds will be holding their hold pop-up gigs in their very own front room at Nova.

Other entertainments

Also announced as being at Nova are Rankin And The Hunger Curate, Blinkart,The Fearless Theatre, Pick Of The Pleasance, Battersea Arts Centre: And The Birds Fell From The Sky, Home Correspondence, Nurse Knows Best, Red Sarah Fire Shows, Circus And Cabaret, Pop-Up Casino, The Chap Presents: Kubla Khan's Coffeehouse, 'The British Guide To Showing Off' Ft Andrew Logan Live, and David And Peter Adjaye's 'Music For Architecture' Live.

Also confirmed are Rankin and Damien Hirst who will be bringing their Myths, Monsters and Legends installations to life at the festival. Featuring model Dani Smith, dreamt-up creatures from classical civilizations, myths, and fairy tales will come to life.

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. The entry fee for playing will go straight to Action Aid's reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

Jem Finer's Still exhibition will make an appearance at Nova alongside Landscape, curated by Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Red Riding). British film director, writer and artist Andrew Kotting's new film, 'This Is Our Still Life' will be on show, as will Ben Rivers' first feature length piece, '2 Years At Sea'. The screenings will include an open discussion with Finer, Kotting and Rivers chaired by Tony Grisoni.

The bespoke cinema The Flicker Club will be hosting a twisted night of Alice in Wonderland surprises with Jan Svankmajer's 1988 film version of Alice in Wonderland. and numerous other late night screenings.

Theatre includes The Pick of the Pleasance - a series of performances including the Late Night Gimp Fight (talk of the town at Edinburgh last year), Abandoman, Doc Browns, Pappy's Max & Ivan, The Beta Males, Ginger & Black, Delete The Banjax and Sheeps. The Battersea Arts Centre will be showcasing 'Gooseparty'.

Whilst a Pop Up Casino will offer Roulette, Blackjack and Poker. At a fraction of the cost of a normal casino (bets start as low as 10p) and offering great prizes and all profits going to local charity The Rockinghorse Appeal.

Also on site is poet John Hegley, Teatro-Saurus mask-theatre, stalking poets, prowling postmen and more surprises in the woods, and GreenandPleasantLand with their unique blend of physical theatre, live music and folk traditions in an epic adventure for audiences aged 10 upwards.

Talks at Nova are sure to heighten senses with appearances, readings, debates and lectures from Charley Boorman, Rankin, Clive Arrowsmith, Tony Grisoni, Ben Rivers, Andrew Kotting, Gustav Temple (founder and editor of The Chap), Paul Trynka (David Bowie biographer), Neil Palmer (author of the forthcoming "Rockhunter"), Peter Hancock (aka comedian Jinx Jones), Katy Darby (author of Whores' Asylum) and many more to be announced.

As well as listening, festival goers are encouraged to create. Nova will host an array of creative salons with London Drawing life drawing, jewellery making, foraging, cooking, burlesque, photography, painting, filmmaking and much more. Alongside the previously announced Nova Arms pub, festival goers can experience Disappear Dining, and The Hurly Burly solar powered 'Dining Theatre. On site will be Hot Tubs, Therapies, Yoga, Wild Runs, Penguin Books, Erotic Review, Blinkart Craft Sessions, Andrew Logan Jewellery Making Salon, Rude Workshops, The Nova Arms, and Bompass And Parr: The Super Nova Cocktail Bar.

Nova intends to provide a platform for break-through new music alongside well known favourites and describes itself as a re-imagining of the great British festival experience.

Nova will showcase outdoor visual art and provide a platform for break-through new music alongside well known favourites.


The limited number of early birds have sold out. All remaining weekend tickets are priced at £139 for adults, £100 for students, teen tickets (aged 13-17 years) are priced at £60, and children aged under 12 can attend for free. Day tickets are not available.

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get there by coach

Big Green Coach is running coaches to Nova Festival from 6 locations.
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More info

Nova's estate home is just a five minutes drive from Pulborough Station, West Sussex. Gates will open on Thursday 5th July at 2pm for early bird to settle with the festival village, and more attractions opening on Friday.

Nova will have it's own pub, The Nova Arms offering a medley of pub entertainment, there's also an outdoor cinema, and the headling Zen Garden offering therapies and hot tubs, and more.

Throughout the day and into late evening there will be foraging, campfire cooking sessions and music, bat walks, strange guided tours, night-time illuminations, bonfires and musical treats.

Plus a Super-Nova DJ Bar woffering cocktails and DJs. The Fearless Theatre offers comedy, cabaret and theatre. There is also The Public Art Studios where festival goers creations will be displayed in the People's Gallery.

There's even a chance to join the village choir, have a Tea Dance and a cuppa, watch music and curios on a little lake stage, or engage the mind in lively debates, authors talks, readings and spoken word performance.

For children there's entertainment in The Land of The Bumbley Boo.

The on-site bars will offer local liquor, ciders, ales and champagne, as well as cocktails. There will also be an array of hand picked stalls, and places to picnic.

More information will be here when available.

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th July 2012
Bignor Park, Pulborough, West Sussex, England MAP
£139, teen (13-17) £60, children under 12 free
daily capacity: 5000
last updated: Mon 14th May 2012

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