Herefordshire's Nozstock The Hidden Valley festival has been awarded £70,000 as part of the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund payout, to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the event has a sustainable future.

The 7,000-capacity live music & arts event is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. The £257million investment is part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Now in its 22nd year, Nozstock is a family-run festival on a working farm in the rolling hills of Herefordshire. The new funding will provide essential support, allowing the event to maintain a ‘business as usual’ stance - curating a vast range of entertainment and global artists for the benefit of the intergenerational, rural community it serves.

Commenting on the grant, Nozstock’s director, Ella Nosworthy, said: “Like all arts organisations, Nozstock has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been an uncertain time for the whole team. This funding provides vital support, which will allow us to forge ahead with our plans for 2021, boost our accessibility, support our inclusion efforts, and keep delivering the eye-opening and intriguing programme we are known for.”