As we may well once have said, NFEST is all about the music! So this year we’re particularly thrilled to welcome a new sponsor that loves music as much as we do….

Cyrus Audio is a local firm who have been making quality hi-fi equipment since the mid 1980s. We caught up with their MD Nick Clarke to talk music, NFEST and why they jumped at the chance to sponsor our brand-new Programme Prize Draw.

“The aim of all Cyrus products” explains Nick “is to reproduce the original performance accurately and connect the listener with the music. As such, listening to a live recording – especially if you attended the night of the recording – can be very powerful in evoking the experience and taking you back to that event.”

We would certainly agree, although if we’re talking about a live recording of NFEST we couldn’t always vouch for the state of our memory. That might depend on how acquainted we’d been with the Real Ale bar that night!

Fortunately for us, Nick and his glorious hi-fi gear are sympathetic to our plight….

“It is often said that beauty is in the imperfections, and it is that ability to faithfully reproduce every micro-detail is what allows Cyrus products to effectively step out of the way and return the listener to all the emotions from that experience and enjoy the music.” 

Phew! So Nick, what made you want to get involved in NFEST this year?

“Well supporting the festival is core to the Cyrus aim – to just let people enjoy the music – and I’d say it’s very likely there will plenty to enjoy this year, just as there is every year!”

The man speaks from experience. This is him enjoying the music a few years back.

Win £900 worth of Cyrus Audio gear with your Programme!

In a change from previous years, this year’s programme will only be available on site and over the Festival weekend itself. In line with our Climate Declaration, we’ve reduced our print run slightly as well as switching to a biodegradable laminated print.

For the first time we’ll also be selling the printed programme, which will support our efforts to control rising costs elsewhere and keep the Festival free at the point of entry for all. The charge will be small – but the best news is that every copy will count as an entry into our Exclusive Prize Draw!

And that’s where Cyrus come in. With your Programme purchase you’ll stand a chance of winning a range of prizes, including your very own Cyrus One Cast System – a versatile and simple to use 100W per channel streaming amplifier, with premium bookshelf speakers that integrates seamlessly into your smart home.

The One Cast gives you the ability to stream music from your favourite streaming service, but also allows you to connect your turntable or enhance your tv/gaming experience via HDMI. It really is everything you need to take your home audio to the next level.

Want the programme early, or worried you will miss your copy?

If you choose not to buy a programme, fear not! The whole thing will also be available digitally via our website and accessible via a QR code to your smart phone.

We will post details through the letterboxes of 1,000 homes in Needingworth and Holywell in the weeks before the Festival and have plenty of links and signs available on site across the weekend. Just bring your camera phone with you to access it.

All of our advertisers and sponsors will have their content available in both the printed and online versions of the Programme, and all paid adverts will also be prominently displayed on large boards inside the Village Hall.

Further details of the Programme purchase options and other prizes offered in the draw will follow on our website and Facebook page.