11th-14th July | Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
The sleepy Somerset village of Shepton Mallet plays host once again to the 7th instalment of the eagerly anticipated NASS Festival. Staged at the Royal Bath and West Showground from 11th-14th July, revellers will engage in a unique medley of street art, music and urban sports which will be undoubtedly be thoroughly entertaining.
Once graced by legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk in 2015, the roots of NASS (National Adventure Sports Show) lie in showcasing competing BMX and skate talent around the world. In what will surely be a catalogue of high-risk manoeuvres and insane tricks, I’m eagerly anticipating this spectacle.
Past music line-ups have shown how reputable NASS is, and this year’s roster lays testament to the festival’s ability to grow from strength to strength. Friday will see the appearance of one of the hottest artist in British hip-hop for with the last decade. With his distinctive low voice and Chesire Cat smile, Giggs will need no further introduction in what is guaranteed to be one of the stand-out performances of the weekend. He will be joined by UK afrobeat sensation, Yxng Bane.
Rudimental head proceedings on Saturday, their selection of pop-infused drum and bass undoubtedly going to be enjoyed by the masses. London rapper, Loyle Carner has been on the ascendency on the British hip-hop circuit within recent years and joins Rudimental in headlining Saturday. Sunday sees Latino American hip-hop legends, Cypress Hill, headlining in what will surely be a rousing performance. With classics such as ‘Latin Lingo’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise’, these three Californians will evoke maximum crowd interaction, if not a trip down a memory lane. The soulful Tom Misch will join them on Sunday, providing a varied dynamic to the festival.
NASS have also teamed up with long standing partners Upfest (founders of Europe’s largest street art festival) to provide a canvass for renowned and up-and-coming street artists to display their artistic prowess. Its ethos and individuality, hosting bike and board sports platforms along with live music entertainment, has enabled NASS to stage one of the most eagerly-anticipated dates on the urban sports calendar, let alone festival circuit.
See Rudimental’s video for ‘Scared of Love’ (ft. Ray BLK and Stefflon Don) here: