All About NASS Festival

April 22, 2022
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Epic moments at the Main Stage | © @NASSFestival / Facebook

Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK

Open-air

XL – 20k – 50k

Hip-hop

$$$

Alternative, Casual, International

+3 Days

NASS (National Adventure Sports Show) festival is the UK’s only professional action sport and music festival.

Established in 2008, the festival has kept its fans coming back for more every summer in the beginning of July.

The location of NASS festival is The Royal Bath & West Showground – a spacious ground that hosts several kinds of events – at Shepton Mallet, a town to the south of Bristol in England.

At NASS, some of the biggest names in the music industry like Giggs and Stormzy have given spectacular shows in the past editions. The festival showcases gigs across genres like drum and bass, house, hip-hop, garage and grime. 

A combination of music and sports, this festival is really quite unique. At NASS, you can catch numerous sports competitions in Skate and BMX among other sports along with the music performances.

Here’s everything you need to know about NASS festival.

A peek into all the action at NASS | © NASS / Youtube

Famous artists have performed at the NASS festival

The 2019 edition of NASS had a legendary lineup that included Rudimental, Giggs, Loyle Carner, Tom Mischi and IAMDDB. 

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The crowd goes wild for Giggs’ performance | © @nassfestival / Instagram

2011 saw artists like Tinie Tempah and Arcane Roots take to the stage along with the now international sensation Labrinth, known for their involvement in the creation of HBO’s television series Euphoria.

2. There are nine stages and venues to choose from at NASS

You’ll be spoiled for choice at the 2022 edition of this festival with stages and venues that offer anything you could possibly want. The Mainstage is at the center of it all, bringing internationally known acts to perform at the largest stage on the festival grounds.

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Attending the rave at Fatty’s Yard is a must | © @nassfestival / Instagram

The other stages are equally exciting. The Hangar hosts full-on raves, Southbank stage satisfies night owls as it is open until early morning and the BackWoods provides a daytime rave in the woods. Fatty’s Yard has been brought back to NASS year after year due to its popularity. This is the place to jive to reggae, funk and jungle. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail!

3. NASS festival has impressive sports facilities

The festival is home to one of the highest vert ramps in Europe, standing at 14 ft. The ramp was reportedly tailored for the internationally renowned American skateboarder Tony Hawk.

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Professional athletes show off their talents in BMX | © @nassfestival / Instagram

Famous American BMX rider Mat Hoffman has also given the ramp his stamp of approval.

4. There are prizes to be won in sports competitions

Some of the world’s best in skateboarding, BMX, Inline rollerblading and FMX go head to head for cash prizes of up to £60,000 (approx. US$78,500).

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Go head to head with BMX-ers from around the world at the Pro Park | © @nassfestival / Instagram

Don’t let the professionals intimidate you, as amateurs are also welcome to take part in the competition at a public skatepark and a BMX area that will be built for the 2022 edition of the festival. 

5. You can visit NASS festival’s very own pub

Called the Truck & Bearing Pub, the taproom is located on-site and offers a place to relax with a pint of beer in hand. Around here, festival-goers can chill at the beer garden and watch or take part in skate and BMX activities from a mini-ramp.

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Beat the heat with chilled beer | © @nassfestival / Instagram

Adding to the festival’s music, the beer-joint has hosted many alternative performers in the later hours of the day. Some of the acts who have previously headlined at this venue include Benji Webbe and Shikari Soundsystem.

6. Art is a big part of NASS

The festival works in collaboration with Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival. Artists use the festival grounds as their canvas, creating art on ramps, rails, vehicles and walls.

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Now that’s an astounding backdrop for your wheels! | © @nassfestival / Instagram

In 2018, NASS had collaborated with Gums & Tongue, who, besides showcasing their art at the festival, hosted an art-making activity at the Truck & Bearing Pub. Guests who attended this activity were able to enjoy a beer and leave with their very own copy of Gum&Tongue’s ‘NASS special’ zine.

7. The NASS Foundation supports local communities

The NASS Foundation, created by the NASS festival in 2017, is a charitable foundation that focuses on giving back and supporting the culture in music, sport, street art, and local communities.

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In progress: Graffiti art can be found at almost every corner of NASS | © @nassfestival / Instagram

In 2019, the foundation raised £12,000 (approx. US$15,700) that was put into local street art projects, skate, BMX and music.

NASS festival is dedicated to accessibility

The concrete grounds at Bath & West Showground makes the festival accessible to everyone. NASS sells tickets at a 2-for-1 for festival-goers with disabilities and their personal assistants

Other facilities available at the festival are accessible toilets and medical service stations, as well as first aid points that anyone can visit, scattered throughout the grounds.

There’s more than just music for entertainment

At NASS, you can find carnival rides and ferris wheels that have become a staple in many festivals around the world. But there’s more than that here. Festival-goers can show off their dancing skills in a breakdancing tournament and their art skills in graffiti battles.

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A festival-goer showing off their moves | © @nassfestival / Instagram

The VIP experience is totally worth it at NASS Fest

Wanna amp up your festival experience? Get a hold of a VIP ticket and enjoy all the perks that come with it.

VIP guests will be able to access a VIP area with its very own bar and stage. The bar has been known to serve some of the professional athletes, and guests will also be able to attend exclusive parties by Dazed Disco and Concrete Jungyals

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It doesn’t get better than VIP | © @nassfestival / Instagram

If that’s not enough, there’s also a VIP Campsite that provides more space, free WiFi, phone charging and parking. What’s more? There’s a dedicated VIP entry lane into the campgrounds and festival venues, which means you can shuffle your way through without being at the mercy of the sun.

Now that you know all there is to know about NASS, the only professional action sport and music festival in the UK, book your tickets now to experience all that the festival has to offer.

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