Nova 18

21st - 23rd June, Budleigh Salterton (UK)

About Nova

The UK's #1 Demoparty that used to be called Sundown is back again!

Now in our third year, and after 14 years of successful UK parties, we're stoked to bits to present to you Nova 19 - the UK's biggest demoscene party! Come join us on Friday 21st of June until Sunday 23rd of June!

This year, our organisers are going all out to bring a milestone party experience - a feast for the eyes and ears! As ever we will be bringing our whopping sound system, a full 16'x10' Full HD screen - and now thanks to our man Polynomial we are upping our lighting foo to levels unseen.

Friday is the night for socialising, meeting and greeting friends old and new - our DJs will provide the soundtrack. Come fill our fridges with your beer and food and get settled in.

Saturday is for finishing up productions and competitions - after which the legendary traditional beach trip will take place as soon as the clock strikes midnight, where the party continues until the small hours.

Sunday is the time for farewell until the next party...

Are you new to the demoscene?

The demoscene is an international computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos: small, self-contained computer programs that produce audio-visual presentations. The main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.

NOVA is the UK's premier demoparty - a place for demosceners to convene, spectate and compete in demo competitions, as well as socialise amongst like-minded people.

The weekend long event will showcase live acts and competitions in the evenings, and the daytime is used for people to socialise or work on their productions.

Due to a noise curfew at midnight, we have to stop live acts strictly at this time - at which point many visitors choose to take the annual pilgrimage down to the beach and to enjoy the clear skies, campfire and music.

Visitors can either stay in the hall throughout the duration of the party, or opt to book a hotel, camp in a nearby campsite or stay in a B&B.


Nova is held in the Budleigh Salterton Public Hall which is quite near Exmouth and a half an hour drive from Exeter.

Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast of East Devon in the South West of England. It is 15 miles from Exeter, and is situated within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Budleigh Salterton also is the location of the start of the Jurassic Coast, the starting point for picturesque and compelling walks, as well as containing a variety of charming local shops, cafés and restaurants.

Central to Budleigh Salterton is its unspoilt pebble beach, which when paired with a sunny day make for an idyllic break from the party should you need it.

You can find out more about Budleigh Salterton at

Public Hall

The Public Hall has been the home of NOVA and Sundown since 2005.

The hall contains capacity for 100 sceners. We will be equipping the hall with tables, chairs, lighting, Full HD projection and a suitably large sound system for the party.

There is also a bar, catering facilities, backstage areas and disabled access.

You are welcome to sleep in the hall if you choose not to opt for a local hotel or B&B, however you may find it to be rather noisy so consider bringing earplugs if you need them.

We have a very strict noise curfew of 12pm Midnight. Please make absolutely sure that any noise taking place after this time occurs inside the hall with shut doors and windows, or by the bus stop on the road side of the hall.

We are on our last warning regarding this so please take part in enforcing this if you find anyone breaking this rule.

  • Facilities

    The large hall can accommodate at the most around 100 visitors - we do allow people to sleep overnight on location but recommend people consider a local hotel or B&B, camping or hostelling should you require solid rest.

  • Kitchen

    The hall includes a well specified kitchen with commercial grade flame hobs, ovens, grill, high power microwave and ready boiling water to help with any food preparation you need to take care of. There is also limited refrigeration space; first come first served.

  • Network

    Kris Sum from Switch Systems will be providing us with our robust wireless and wired networking. We'll have a 60Mbit uplink to the internet, complete PartyMeister setup available throughout the duration of the party.


Demoscene Mentoring

Are you new to the demoscene and would like to learn how demos are made? Or perhaps you’re a demoscener looking to learn more. If so we have a couple of mentors available who can spend some time teaching a few tricks of the trade. Currently we can help you learn:

  • Raymarching and raytracing
  • Shaders (Shadertoy / OpenGL / GLSL or Metal / MSL)
  • Classic 2D demo effects
  • Size coding

If you’re interested please drop psonice a line at psonice[at] Priority will be given to people new to the scene, but all are welcome to apply.

And if you have some skills in code, music production, graphics (or anything else) you could share and don’t mind spending a few hours at Nova passing some skills on, let psonice know.

Midnight Beach Trip

As is with tradition, upon our midnight noise curfew many sceners head down to the beach to enjoy the midnight sky, some music and a campfire.

Amiga Repair and Recap Service

Paul (Vampire) Carpenter will be offering an incredible cut-price service for Amiga owners needing a re-cap or repair fix.

Prices - Recaps:

  • A500 - £25
  • A600 - £25
  • A1200 - £25
  • A2000 - £40
  • A3000 (includes daughter board) - £40
  • A3000 Daughter board only - £2.50
  • A3000T - £50
  • A4000 (Any Rev + A3640) - £25
  • A4000T - £50
  • A3640 - £2.50
  • CD32 - £35
  • PSU brick recap - £10

Other services:

  • NiCad Battery replacement (with button cell) - £10
  • Fault diagnostics - Free triage (30 minutes)

Vampire will happily attempt recaps/diagnostics/repairs on other machines, depending on what parts are required.


As is tradition on the Sunday morning we will be hosting Jackbox party games on the big screen - hilarious audience participation quizzes and games to wake you up in the aftermath of Saturday's partying!

Who is coming?

  • Aldroid
  • Carlton S.
  • d0pefish
  • davel
  • deathboy
  • evvvil
  • df0
  • Gasman
  • GR
  • Havoc
  • Heavy Stylus
  • Hoffman
  • Jon S.
  • KieranHJ
  • Kirstine
  • Kris
  • lewiS
  • LOiD
  • Mantratronic
  • Mary
  • Megmeg
  • Mike B
  • Molive
  • Molive +1
  • Molive +2
  • MrsBeanbag
  • p2
  • Polynomial
  • psonice
  • RaccoonViolet
  • rc55
  • reality404
  • Reenigne
  • Reenigne +1
  • robsoft
  • Roma S.
  • Savannah
  • spiny
  • StormP
  • Subi
  • The Master
  • Tom S.
  • tw1sted1981
  • VectorEyes
  • Vince
  • yx
  • Zeb



NOVA offer two types of ticket - Standard (£50) or Supporter (Pay what you like, £75+).

There is no difference between the tickets, only if you wish to add anything more to the party funds we'd be absolutely stoked. If you do arrive and haven't paid in advance, please bring cash with you as you arrive.

  • Bank Transfer

    Make sure you register, and send a payment by BACS to MR R P FULLAM (Halifax), Sort Code 110298, Account 00148134 clearly marked Sundown in the reference field.

  • PayPal

    Send PayPal money as a gift to to avoid unnecessary fees.

  • Cash

    You can opt to pay by cash on arrival as you come to the party. There are cashpoints in the town nearby should you need to make a withdrawal.

Contact us

You can contact us via e-mail, telephone, Facebook, Slack, IRC or Twitter.

  • Email

    Email if you have remote entries or any questions regarding the party.

  • Telephone

    Main organiser Ruairi Fullam (rc55) can be contacted at any point on 07882 450575.

  • Other

    Visit us on Facebook, Slack or Twitter - or you can catch us on IRCnet #ukscene if you like.