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Nibley Festival 2023

Read all about Tonic’s weekend working at Nibley Festival

This weekend Tonic were at Nibley Festival for the first time, to provide our Never Mind the Stigma stand for attendees and Tonic Rider backstage support for artists, crew and staff working at the event. Situated in the picturesque village of North Nibley, on the edge of the Cotswolds and overlooked by the stunning Tyndale Monument; Nibley Festival is truly a hidden gem of this summer. Attended by around 5,000 music fans, the two-day festival featured an eclectic lineup of exciting performances across three stages (and a fire engine!).

On both days, the Tonic Rider team spoke to many artists, crew and staff in the green room, offering a space to talk, along with our range of bespoke mental health zines for the music industry. Once again, our resources were available in dressing rooms and posters placed around the site. Nibley Festival was also the first event we provided our new Tonic Rider ‘Digital’ Box, supporting mental health through a range of techniques and information at the click of a button.

Millie Manders / Barry Ashworth / Amy Bee Sting

Our weekend was made even more special with three members of the Tonic family performing on the opening day. Tonic patron, Barry Ashworth, played a DJ set on the Vinyl Frontier stage to a hyped crowd. Later in the day, Oh My God! It’s The Church, featuring Tonic ambassador Amy Bee Sting, held a service on the main stage. Following straight after, Millie Manders and the Shutup, fronted by Tonic ambassador Millie Manders, closed the Renishaw stage. It was a highlight of Tonic’s year to catch a short film of Barry, Amy and Millie together in front of the Tonic Rider stand.

Another highlight was on the second day, when BBC Points West / Midlands reporter, Steve Knibbs, highlighted the work of the Never Mind the Stigma and Tonic Rider programmes on the main stage, whilst wearing a (oversized) red Tonic t-shirt. Plenty of merch was bought from the Never Mind the Stigma stand, all of which helps fund our programmes of mental health support.

Steve Knibbs

Thank you to Neil Hasson and the Nibley Festival team for inviting us and being wonderful hosts, together with everyone we met for making it a fantastic weekend.



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