photo by Toni Charles

Nominated for the AIF Festival Congress award ‘Unique Festival Arena’ 2015, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets was created for, and launched at Nozstock – The Hidden Valley, a dynamic boutique festival in Herefordshire in July 2015.

A changable underground burrow of surprises, with secret doors, curiosities and animals who lead you into its heart, the Cabinet of Lost Secrets is a mind-spinning space with live music, performance and dancing!

When both the music and arts meet, it really is a treat and The Cabinet of Lost Secrets is a perfect example of that; motivated by curiosity alone, we followed a group of dancing people into the brightly coloured enclosed space, admittedly slightly confused we were nothing short of delighted when three bangs on the wall saw it lift and reveal a hidden stage” – The Metropolist 2015

2016 saw a totally different layout to puzzle and meduse the visitors. Based on the Ancient World, beyond the Burrow, a hidden temple was created, a place where the animals worshipped the dark creature. The secret venue was reached by a tunnel with many doors which were opened randomly by a hidden switch controlled only by the animals.

The big showstopper was a secret gig from Jurassic 5’s Akil, an intimate experience for only 145 people, in which Akil and his crew got the audience involved to the max!

You never know what will pop up in the Cabinet!


“The Cabinet of Lost Secrets at Nozstock was an incredible space to be; the level of production was amazing, a totally immersive environment of mystery and wonder.  Completely different to everything else on site The Cabinet of Lost Secrets stood as one of those hidden gems that if you found, would absolutely make your festival experience.”
Tom Hyland – Swingamajig Festival/Electric Swing Circus

 Unprecedented madness” – Summer Festival Guide

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets crew:

Kate Cox – Managing Creative Director/Producer

Phil Wilkins – Design and Construction Manager

Graham Colledge, Jo Bedford, Dom Satchell, Daren Wood, Dan Wall,  Mark Ellis, Jim Dale  – Planning, Decor & Construction

Nicola Boraston, Daniel Caldwell, Louis Straker, Emily Baker, Kath Fox, Rich Fox, Jane Harrison, Tim Ahrensbach, Henry Bolton – general crew

Olly Urwin, Ollie Badger, Will Maeers – Sound crew

With special thanks to all the performers and Nozstock team who helped bring it to life!

Akil, Sam Redmore, Seas of Mirth, Normanton Street, Desert Boots, Rosebud, Beatwell & Dante, Steve Strong, The Pink Diamond Revue, Cantaloop, The Stiff Joints, Glatze, Rich Fox, Funky Navigation dj’s, The Blue Dive, Collective Unconscious, Trio Diabolique, Alice the Worker, Collective 43, Jim Dale, Heather Wastie, Play it Again Dan (Dan Bramhall), Corina Harper, Sarah Tamar & Brendan Trevallion with the masked life drawing class from the Boars Head Kidderminster, Wintercroft Masks for the amazing mask templates & Toni Charles, Duncan Graves and Andie Differ for the photography and film!