Previews: NASS Festival

NASS Festival has recently announced its 2014 dates and for those looking for three days packed with pure adrenaline it’s looking to be an unmissable event. NASS’ speciality is bringing together the cream of the crop of hip hop acts, killer DJs and rock bands with action sports such as skateboarding and BMX. This is no Glastonbury; NASS is not a place to take things slow, rather an excuse to leave your inhibitions at home and lose your shit with 15,000 other punters.

Highlights of the line-up include Cypress Hill, legends of the West coast hip-hop scene, who will be reunited for the first time since they played the festival in 2004. The hugely popular drum and bass magician Netsky will also being DJing live, as well as breakthrough D+B act Wilkinson and Dutch pioneers Noisia. There is also plenty on offer for punk rock fans, for example Reel Big Fish, the ska punk band notorious for their sweaty performances packed with toilet humour to rival Blink-182 and frantic crowd favourites such as ‘Sell Out’ and ‘Take Me On’. You can find the full line-up at, and more acts are set to be announced this Thursday (27th March).

What sets NASS apart is clearly the sports element. Over 100 international riders are coming to the festival’s pro BMX course and the skate competitions are incomparable to those of any other event in the country, another opportunity to see international athletes battle it out in awe-inspiring style. Of course the point is not only to observe but to take part, and there are courses for anyone to use and also more casual ‘Street Spots’. The opportunities to partake in action sports and to show off are unparalleled among British festivals.

NASS Festival will be at Bath and West Showground, Somerset from 11th – 13th July. Tickets are on sale now and are operated on a ‘tier’ system – the sooner you buy the cheaper it will be – and currently Tier 1 tickets are still available. There are many options, including VIP tickets which grant you access to the bar shared with the NASS athletes, and day tickets are extremely reasonable at £39. If you are looking for a unique thrill this summer there is no better place to be.