More Than Just Music

It’s a well-known fact that Nozstock is about more than just the late-night boogying…

During those glorious (hopefully!) sun-soaked festival mornings and afternoons, all farm-dwellers are invited to take a stroll around our very own ramshackle Nozstock Village. Indulge in a spot of pampering, treat yourself to an al-fresco lunch or even unleash some crafting abilities within yourself that you never knew you had…

If you’re after a quiet, reflective space amidst the festival hubbub, want to re-centre yourself after the late-night festivities, or are simply hankering for a relaxing massage to soothe some sleeping-bag induced aches, the Yeleni Healing Area is the place for you. Every year the lovely folk from the Yeleni Therapy & Support Centre in Hereford come to the farm with a varied programme of workshops and therapies including massage, meditation and yoga. The money they raise each year at Nozstock – which, in 2016 was over £2,500 – supports them in their work with those living with chronic illnesses. You can unwind in the hands of Yeleni’s trained specialists, safe in the knowledge that your pennies are going towards helping others feel better too – what more could you ask for?

After Yeleni have picked you up, untied all your knots and got you back on your feet, why not have a look-see what’s happening in the Craft area, tucked cosily behind all the action of the Orchard Stage.

Bryce’s Greenwood Workers will be on hand producing marvellous creations out of locally sourced wood, while local woodworker Mark Evans will be once again gracing the farm with his presence to assemble the most remarkable sculptures and objects before your very eyes – and keep an eye out for Brendan Rock’s wood-carvings, hidden in nooks and crannies around the farm. If you’re looking for something a bit edgier, our resident Chainsaw Carvers will be back, creating intricate sculptures with just a block of wood, a chainsaw and (hopefully) a steady hand! Mushroom Paul will be back, providing chainsaw-carved mushrooms and toadstools for you to take a pew, and even craft your very own little fungi from wood and copper.If just the thought of this has your hands itching to get creatin’, make sure to get yourself down to the sustainable textiles costume-making workshop hosted by the lovely ladies at My Ella, who make it their mission to help people express their creativity while doing their bit for the planet. They will be providing all the recycled materials you could need to create some surreal-iously weird costumes to help you stand out around the farm. Finally, there’s nothing quite as surreal as the ancient and inexplicable folk-customs of England, as you can learn for yourself in the Morris Dancing Workshop brought to you by the weird and wonderful Morris Team. You’ll be be-ribboned and bell-shaking before you know it…

If you’re wanting to treat yourself to a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner – that you didn’t have to cook for yourself, crouched over a camping stove – there’ll be a wide array of food vendors on hand to cater to (just about) every wish.

To get those engines running of a morning, check out Get Your Oats Here for authentic traditional oatcakes amongst other tasty breakfast goods. For a real kickstart, take a leaf out of Agent Cooper’s book and pick up a cup of joe from Callum’s Real Coffee, or, if you’re feeling wholesome, an organic smoothie or fruit juice from A Glass of Joy. Whether your vibe is more Parisian chic or homemade-Shrove-Tuesday-memories, Happy Crepes will be here to fulfill your pancake needs, or channel a backyard British summer BBQ with a quality, locally-reared burger or banger from Happy Herefords.Just because you’re in a field doesn’t mean you have to abandon all the comforts of home: Spuds u Love will be paying homage to the wonder that is the humble baked potato in all its forms, while The Fish and Chip Shed will be setting up shop to ply you all with Britain’s favourite cod-n-carb combo. If a good cuppa is all you need to perk you up, the Tea & Toast van will be serving what it says on the tin round the clock. But remember, you’re on holiday, after all, and you won’t have to travel far across the farm to sample a range of exotic culinary delights, like warming curries from Authentic India, a mouthwatering selection of Thai and pan-Asian street food favourites from Somtam Street, or deliciously fresh kebabs and mezze from The Middle Feast. Don’t forget to get friendly with Los Amigos and their delicious burritos, but make sure to save room for pudding – come rain or shine, what could be better than a scoop (or three) of ice-cream served from a vintage VW van, courtesy of The Splitscreen Icecream Company? If all else fails, Gallop Toasties will be here serving up the ultimate comfort snack – peace and a general sense of wellbeing between two slices of bread.

All that plus a host of stalls offering official Nozstock merchandise, vintage clothes and jewellery, glitter, face-paint, fancy-dress and just about every kind of shiny bauble you could ask for – as well as plenty of homegrown and reasonably-priced bars to keep you hydrated with local ciders and specially themed cocktails (keep an eye out for this year’s crop of surrealistic puns). Let’s hope you manage to find the time to actually see some music amongst it all…

Are you ready to explore the Magpies Nest?

“Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you. If you dare to explore they will show you the doors to your darker side, the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored…”

Make like Alice and follow that white rabbit down into the jewel of the Hidden Valley, the maze of tunnels and trapdoors known as The Cabinet of Lost Secrets, a bizarre topsy-turvy Wonderland where time twists and turns around you as you plunge into the surreal.

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for its third year at Nozstock, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange underground lair!

Produced by Clik Clik Collective and put together by the finest and freakiest minds around, you should expect the unexpected. Be prepared to get properly “funked” up by big dance floor funk ‘n’ soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting edge electronica.

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets changes each year, piecing together a programme of immersive performances, mind-bending installations and tricks ‘n’ treats aplenty to keep you on the edge of your seat and the tips of your toes. If you were lucky enough to witness 2016’s secret performance from Jurassic 5’s MC Akil, or the Stiff Joints’ surprise appearance in 2015, you’ll know what we mean. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it – but there’s always something else worth seeing just ‘round the next corner.

All are invited to get stuck into life in the Cabinet: you can also have a good ol’ sing along, take part in a life drawing class, get a haircut or beard trim, relax in the Burrow and catch some fine tunage from live music and DJ’s — all under the watchful gaze of the resident animals…

You can expect all manner of artists and performers in the magpie’s nest that is the Cabinet, including the Brighton-based group Normanton Street, who graced us with a surprise gig last year and are returning to the farm and to our hearts with their soulful hip-hop vibes. Be ready to get down with Hallouminati and their tongue-twisting blend of gypsy-punk-ska-ragga madness, bringing you traditional Greek rembetiko with more edges than a dodecahedron.

Bristol-based Mankala will be blessing you with their irresistible roots dance music forged from a blend of genres from varying African nations, while The Discount Orchestra will be giving you a good old-fashioned sonic shakedown courtesy of gypsy-punk, speed-folk and everything in between.

Sheffield-bred seven-piece Hot Diamond Aces will be on hand to make sure you’re getting your fill of brassy funk, jazz and Afrobeat, while the Galactic Funk Militia will be enforcing a (non)hostile take-over and ordering all Cabinet-dwellers to report to the party for some audacious dancefloor bangers. Funk-Latin-pedlars Mango Factory will be bringing some class to the affair with their super-tight rhythm section and spine-tingling vocals.

If you’re a-hankerin’ for some analogue jams, veteran vinyl collector and DJ Beatwell is your man: he’ll be teaming up with Dante of Family Funktunes to bring you a carefully curated and infernally infectious selection of up-beat soul, funk and disco tunes. Worcester-based six-piece Desert Boots will be continuing the theme with an injection of raw funk and Northern Soul, and Londoners LIT FM taking it one step further with their skilfully honed soul-dub fusion.

Get ready to be taken to another dimension by the psych-jazz-trip and powerful saxophones of Yusufla, and then to be shaken to your very core by the digital Cerberus that is Rosebud, who’ll be coughing up a terrifying mish-mash of electronica, industrial, dub and punk for your… delectation. Calm Like a Riot will be making their illustrious return to the Nozstock stage after last year’s shenanigans, bringing you their very British spin on hip-hop, rock and funk-fusion. If all else fails, never fear – resident troublemakers Del and Dan of Funky Navigation will be here to bombard you with rare groove, funk, soul, disco, Latin and Afrobeat until you find yourself compelled by some unearthly force to get up on your feet and start dancing…

But wait! It’s not all about the dancing. Weary revellers looking for an escape from the non-stop acoustic onslaught of songstresses and groove-makers will be relieved to discover an assortment of pop-up playfulnesses, immersive experiences and artistry. You can take a cheeky peek at The Demon Barbers, Play It Again Dan, Collective Unconscious, sound art from the Swansea Lap Top Orchestra and Deaf Pictures along with a life drawing class and much, much more to be revealed and discovered…

The delectable treats described above are just a small selection of the smorgasbord that is the Cabinet of Lost Secrets – ‘secrets’ being the name of the game in the lair where time has no meaning and a surprise performance or sneaky gig could kick off at any moment. If you don’t want to be kicking yourself for missing out on some of the most memorable moments of the weekend, make sure to head on down to the Cabinet for a rummage around…

Honourable citizens of Noz – we thank you for your presence!

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Friends, Romans, countrymen … time to kick off your gladiator sandals, hang up your togas, put your sword and shield in storage for the winter and have yourself a nice sit down. Pop the kettle on. Bribe your mates to fan you with leaves and feed you grapes. You deserve it. Because, Nozzers, you smashed it out of the blimmin’ park this year.

From the littl’uns wowing us all with their arty crafty creations in the Kids Area to the dedicated partytroopers keeping the neighbouring cows awake til the wee small hours, each and every one of you brought a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings. Repeat offenders and brand-spanking-newbies all coming together as thousands of threads in the beautiful tapestry of Nozstock, if you will.

All of us here at NozHQ thought this year’s crowd was the most chilled, friendly and fun-hungry we’ve had in yonks – not to mention the Sun Dance shapes you were all pulling helped keep the rain at bay for the weekend. We make you earn your keep down here on the farm …

As ever, credit where credit is due to the acts who kept you on your feet and/or on the edge of your seat, as well as to the traders who kept the Nozstock army marching, fed and sharply attired, and to the hordes of volunteers who descended on the farm to keep it clean, safe and sparkly for you all to do your thang in.

If you’re looking to give us a little token of your appreciation for the weekend you’ve just had – or if your Nozstock wasn’t quite up to standard and you want to let us know – please have a click on our Nozstock 2016 feedback form. There’s £100 of Amazon vouchers up for grabs for one lucky entrant to sweeten the deal.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks for photographic evidence of your time on the farm – to keep you going through those lonely winter nights when Nozstock 2016 begins to seem like a distant dream. Don’t worry folks, we’ll be back before you know it – see you in 2017…

Check out a few photo highlights right now.

#Nozcast 002: Jurassic 5 Interview with Akil The MC

“What is this thing? … Oh this is hip-hop.”

Ahead of their European tour, J5’s Akil the MC talks to Mica Millar about his experience of the growing and shifting hip-hop scene, his first ever performance and the reasons behind the break-up and reunion of the band.

Growing up in L.A in the ’70’s, Akil was right in the centre of the emerging hip-hop scene. Controversially though, he doesn’t see hip-hop culture forming with the likes of Sugar-Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash – he associates the start of the movement with the arrival of Run-DMC:
“Sugar-Hill Gang came out and I still didn’t know it was hip-hop. Even though they was like ‘hip-hop a hippy…’ but we just thought it was like some… funny type of song or whatnot…Then when Run-DMC came, that’s when I said ‘what is this thing?’…Oh this is hip-hop. That’s when all the elements came together, from rapping to graffiti to mc-ing.”

Akil pinpoints 1983, when he was 13 years old, as when “hip-hop came to [him] as an artform and a culture”. It was around this time that he attempted an open-mic contest and very openly admits that he’d only written his rap on the day and it didn’t quite go to plan:
“I was like I’m gonna mention my friends’ names and this that and the other… and then I got up there and I was like ‘errrrrrrr…’ I just froze. *laughs*”

Since then, though, his career skyrocketed with the birth of Jurassic 5. Despite their success, however, they decided to split in 2007, a period of time that they would all rather forget by the sounds of it. On the subject Akil said that “the universe has its ways of saying okay it’s time to stop… [and] okay it’s time to come back together and stuff.” He used a very relatable analogy of sibling rivalry:
“Yo, you go to your room, I’ll go to my room, but if someone is trying to break into your house… you’re gonna forget being mad at your brother or sister and you’re both gonna come together to try to protect the house.”

It seems then that Jurassic 5 are back and here to defend their house. Akil suggests that he wants to get back to the “hypnotising” beats and “nice lyrics” of ‘90s hip-hop and just send out something different from the club tracks and braggadocious tracks that are out at the moment. He does say that there are a couple of artists that he likes right now, Kendrick Lamar being one of those. He says that Kendrick is what he feels hip-hop should be right now, bringing back the aesthetic of the past whilst still being connected to today: “I can appreciate him meshing the two and then coming out on his own and saying I’mma show you the future”. Now that would be one hell of a collaboration!

Catch J5, Saturday night, on the Orchard Stage.

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Lose yourself in the Velveteen Valley

Lock up your daughters, batten down the hatches and pour yourself a stiff drink …

When the clock strikes midnight, Nozstock’s home of all things thespian – the Bantam of the Opera – takes on an altogether slicker, sleazier and silkier edge. On Friday and Saturday night the Theatre tent plays host to the Velveteen Valley, your one stop shop for all things burlesque, cabaret, comedy, circus and all the little oddities that wallpaper the cracks in between.

After a long day’s dancing, surrender yourself to sheer sensuous delight down in the Hidden Valley. Prepare to be engaged on every sensory level: let your eyes be dazzled by the sight of bodies doing things you never knew bodies could do, with hula-hooping – of both the fire and LED variety – by Indira Skyflower and Nula Hula and mesmerising, James Bond-inspired bellydance from Doe Demure.

Serving you up a big, sizzling platter of burlesque, we have Ci Ci Noir, who’ll have feathers – and your hearts – a’flutter, and Mike Bathke, who’ll be taking the medium apart, shaking it about and sticking it back together again topsy-turvy in his ‘talk’ on How to Burlesque… maybe even inspiring a few of you to give it a go for yourselves.

Finally, once the Laughing Stock has closed for the night, our cabaret-comedian-comperes will take up the mantle of their daytime peers to give your funnybones a sly old tickle. Shamefaced circus maverick Tom Hunt will be attempting to juggle and charm his way into your affections; Ursula Dares … to go places no act has gone before with her ingenious character comedy; Owen Niblock comes armed with poetry, flute skills and a ringing endorsement from Russell Howard; and Jolene Dover and Vicky Lee bring up the – ahem – rear with their outrageous cabaret stylings and larger than life stage presence.

Ladles and jellyspoons, while our cabaret acts are a sight for sore eyes, they’re certainly not a show for young ears, so once the kids are asleep, climb out the bathroom window, down the drainpipe and into the Velveteen Valley for a little taste of what makes Nozstock oh-so-special…

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Send your short films our way…

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Film maker in the making? Get your work seen on the Farm!

Here at Nozstock we’re all about the home-grown (geddit – because the festival takes place on a farm). While it’s an absolute honour to be able to bring some of the most exciting artists and performers from all over the globe to perform in the sleepy vales of Herefordshire, we also recognise that we’re sitting atop a veritable goldmine of untapped talent from the ‘Shire and beyond.

And while we’re certainly excited to be presenting another star-studded lineup which is sure to bring the Orchard Stage to its knees, we want to make sure that the nooks and crannies of the Hidden Valley will be gettin’ the love we think they deserve this year.

From comedy to cabaret, walkabout theatre to sock wrestling, there’s a mystery hidden ‘round every corner of the farm, and one of the most sparkling of jewels in Nozstock’s crown is our very own cinema. Year on year, the Wrong Directions cinema delivers a lovingly curated line-up of intriguing documentaries, experimental films and family classics to complement the festival theme and give the weary raver a place to rest his head and replenish his soul.

Not every festival-goer has the time to kick back for a full length feature film, however – and that’s why, every year, we assemble a reel of shorts from undiscovered, up-and-coming, or tried n’ tested film-makers to give visitors that much needed cinematic injection even if they’ve only five minutes to spare. From stop-motion animation to music videos, mini-documentaries to comedy sketches, we want them all – and we want them from you. It needn’t be related to this year’s theme – if it’s under 30 minutes, got decent production values, and an intriguing and original vision at its core, that’s all we care about. Creativity and freshness are the name of the game here, folks.

Poster requesting submissions

Level up your Nozstock experience this year by having your work seen by thousands of people, on the same farm which has hosted such names as Martha Reeves, Roots Manuva, and Russell Howard. When it comes to cinema, we’re no strangers to celebrity either: in previous years we’ve screened short films from the BBC Film Network, onedotzero, Exposures, Encounters and Aardman to name but a few. Whether you’re a brand new film maker looking to get your work seen, or an old hand with tonnes of video experience under your belt, check out our guide to submissions for short films this year.

The deadline for submission of short films is the 20th of May, so get applying for the chance for your work to appear in Herefordshire’s answer to Hollywood.

Volunteer at Nozstock 2016 for a free ticket + barrels o’ laughs…

Consider yourself part of the furniture? Come volunteer at Nozstock 2016…

We’re sure that any repeat offender worth their salt will be well aware of the Noz mythology, but, for the uninitiated … Nozstock began 18 years ago as a BBQ hosted by the Nosworthy family which slowly but steadily got out of hand until it morphed into the ramshackle three-day-fun-fest you all know and love today.

While Nozstock nowadays may masquerade as a professional affair which can hold its own amongst the big’uns, we take a great deal of pride in maintaining that all-in-it-together, laughs and bevs with your mates atmosphere which comes from the festival’s origins as a private party for family and friends. And that’s where you come in!

Every year we recruit a talented and diverse team of festival volunteers to help with the creation and delivery of the beautiful beast that is Nozstock. Whether you’re a newcomer to the farm or an old hand looking to get a more hands-on experience of the festival, we welcome you with open arms.

What’s more, the success of the festival itself is completely dependent on our volunteers, who keep punters watered by working behind our bars, sell them precious mementoes of their weekend from the merch stand and help weary travellers find their way and enjoy the festival as stewards.

Volunteers will be expected to work between 12-16 hours over the weekend which, in exchange for a behind-the-scenes view of the Hidden Valley, free entry to the festival itself and the chance to make a bunch of new mates seems like a pretty sweet deal. It can be hard graft at times but the satisfaction of knowing you’ve played a part in keeping the farm ticking over makes those nights of freedom and dancing all the sweeter. So if you’re up for a good time and the chance to save a wodge of dosh in your summer hols then look no further than our volunteer application page


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Phil Nichol Touches Down in the Laughing Stock …

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Ladies and gentlealiens of Nozstock, prepare yourself for Phil Nichol’s touchdown in the Laughing Stock. We can promise there’ll be no side left unsplit once he’s through with you…

Phil comes with many a feather in his hat, having written and starred in innumerable live comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, acted on the West End, and even got involved in the old tellybox, starring in shows such as BBC3’s ‘Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive’. His prowess hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s been the recipient of more awards than you can shake a stick at, including the Stage Award for Acting Excellence, the Scotsman Fringe First award and many other nominations.

A truly unique performer, Phil will win you over immediately with his uncanny charisma, musical ability and knack for improvisation – no boundary unbroken, no funnybone left untickled, Phil will shock, entertain and mystify you in equal measure.

Get down early to get a seat – he truly must be seen to be believed …

All aboard the Noz express, coaches & buses!

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ANNOUNCEMENT!
LONDON TO NOZSTOCK COACH  IS NOW SOLD OUT…
AND WE HAVE UPGRADED THE BRISTOL TO NOZSTOCK BUS TO  EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER, LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!
There are still spaces on the return journey for all your hungover and tired states but these may also sell out so book up quickly.

 

So you have your tent, your wellies, your booze and you’re all set and ready to get on your way to Nozstock.

If you are thinking of getting a train into either Worchester Shrub Hill or Hereford Train Station then coaches will be running from the stations to the festival site on Thursday and Friday and then back to the stations on Monday.

If you would like to start your journey from London or Bristol we have coaches leaving from London St Pancreas and Bristol, Bond Street.

If you would like to book a place on one of these journeys then please visit our travel page which will give you information on times, prices and pick up points.

1.Why did the bat miss the bus? Because he hung around for too long.

2.Why did the bus stop? Because it saw the zebra crossing.

3.Have you seen the bus website? Yes – it’s just the ticket!