Keepin’ It Surreal

*Theme announcement*

That’s right, our twirly-faced favourites – the theme is announced! For Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2017, we’ll be ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’. We’re talking all your favourite twisted incarnations – from Dali’s melting clocks, to Magritte’s floating bowler hats, from the Magic Roundabout to Adventure Time – it’s going to be a whirling, splendid and mind-bending journey into the oddest, and downright quirkiest, of weekends. And we can’t wait to see what you bring to it. No-one dresses better than our audience!

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Nozstock wins Outstanding Attitude Award!

Attitude is Everything is a charity that understand that live music is for everyone. They work to improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. Their help has been invaluable in improving Nozstock’s accessibility.

2016 saw the launch their inaugural Outstanding Attitude Awards – recognising festivals and venues at the forefront of innovative access for disabled audiences. Nozstock is thrilled to announce we are a winner – and one of only 3 festivals recieving an award.

We won the award thanks to our detailed online access information including photo guides, distances to key locations and a downloadable social story for people with autism and learning disabilities. We are really proud of our online information and are so pleased to be recognised in this way.

Big thanks to Jacob, Paul and all the Attitude Is Everything team plus of course big thumbs up to John and all the Noz crew that helped us win this award. Here’s our site manager, Rob, collecting the award and looking very smug indeed!

 

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Going greener for 2017

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We’ve been busy hatching plans for how we can go greener for Noz’ 2017.  One of the big suggestions to come out of the survey from you guys, was the introduction of a refundable eco-bond to encourage visitors to clean up their campsite. These have been introduced across a whole bunch o’ festivals lately and we feel it’s time to do the same here in the Hidden Valley. So, you’ll find a £5 deposit is added to each ticket when purchasing from today onwards. This is fully refunded at the festival on the Monday morning, when you provide us with a full bin bag of rubbish (no bottles and cans please – they’re for the recycling), and your barcoded eco-bond ticket. We’re really looking forward to seeing how sparkling the site can look with a gentle nudge in a greener direction and thank you for all the other green and clean suggestions you’ve been sending in – keep ’em coming!

Nozstock up for The Greener Festival Award 2016

Great news Nozzers! We has been nominated with just 5 other festivals to win The Greener Festival Award 2016.  The award is to celebrate festivals in the UK who are striving to minimise their environmental impact. All shortlisted events are judged by A Greener Festival – a not for profit organisation who have assesed over 350 festivals since 2007. We are thrilled that our efforts to make Nozstock as clean and green as we can have been recognised. Big thanks to our Queen of Green Kathy Tate and our Clean Campsite Crew for all their efforts. Final winners are announced at the UK Festival Awards on 28th November. Good luck to all the other nominees!

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Nozstock shortlisted for Best Dance Event and Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards

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Everyone on the farm is super excited that we have been shortlisted in the UK Festival Awards in the Best Dance Event and Best Family Festival categories. A huge thank you to everybody who voted to get us this far, your support means so much. Winners are announced on 28th November, we’ll be on tenterhooks till then!

A Fistful of (charitable) Dollars…

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Time to give yourself a big ol’ slap on the back Nozzers. We are mega chuffed to say that thanks to your support we have raised more for charity in 2016 than ever before!

Those of you who got relaxed and replenished with a massage from Yeleni Healing Centre raised a massive £2564. This money will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness.

For all you fine diners at The Chicken Cow Café, your penchant for tasty cuisine has raised £556 for Trees for Cities, our new charity for 2016, who focus on planting trees to create greener cities. Those who got involved with Chicken Shit Bingo also raised £70 for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of our festival friend, Tracey.

Big In The Gambia’s inspiring education talks and funky tunes clearly made an impact on you all as they raised £600, which will help to improve the lives of Gambian mothers and babies.

A big thank you also need to go out to those who got played the Human Fruit Machine, sorted out their thirst with Frank Water or donated camping equipment to People In Motion.

Last but by no means least thank you to Oxfam who come every year and help to look after you lovely lot. Working with Oxfam at Nozstock pays for 91 midwives or 4200 school books.

Your donations have helped to save lives, offer quality care for patients and create a greener environment. Now go feel smug and we will see you all next year for another blinder…

Tell us about your festival habits and win tickets to 2017

Those nice folk over at the Association of Independent Festivals want to know all about your festival habits and experiences.  Fill in this short survey and you could win a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2017 whilst helping us to make your favourite independent festivals even better!
photo credit - Charlie Rimmer

photo credit – Charlie Rimmer

 


 

 

Nozstock nominated in The Festival Congress awards

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photo credit – Gareth Dalley

The nominees for the Association of Independent Festival’s third Festival Congress have been announced and Nozstock is up for two awards.

The Act of Independence award highlights a moment in the festival season that embodied the spirit of independence and for General Public’s Hip Hop Pickers Ball it’s ‘Straight Outta Bromyard’ to the nominee list.

We are also super excited that our Clean Campsite Crew are getting a nod in The Backstage Award nominations which is a brand new award for 2016.

Massive thanks to General Public for such an interesting installation and to Neil and his campsite judges for keeping it tidy! Winners are announced in November…

Vote for Nozstock!

Everyone at the farm is super excited to announce we have been nominated in five (yes five!) UK Festival Awards for 2016. We are up for Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event, The Grass Roots Award and Best Toilets. The winners are decided by public vote and will be announced in November. Please take a couple of minutes to vote for us here and not only will you make an old farmer very happy but you could grab yourself tickets to every winning event.  Keep your fingers crossed Nozzers!

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Nozstock named Best Festival in The Shire

Big shout out to everyone involved in the Visit Herefordshire Awards 2016 where we were thrilled to be named Best Festival (Commercial) in Herefordshire.  It was the cherry on top of a lovely afternoon at Eastnor Castle with some absolutely amazing organisations. Congratulations to all the very worthy winners and a massive thanks from all of the Nozstock crew for the support and recognition. The award has pride of place on Noz’s desk, right next to his treasured photo of Andy C. Here’s a photo of our site manager Rob, collecting the award…

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This was Nozstock 2016…

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Photographer credit Gareth Dalley

Well, the fields are clean, the equipments packed up and the chickens rule the roost once more but we’ve still got Nozstock on the brain. What an amazing time we had in 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed and sent in a review. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews so far to help you relive your best bits…

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A few more acts to buff up the best billing since 50BC …

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Oi Oi! It’s your lovable farm crew and we’re here to offer you some solace in this time of political madness.

Yes, on top of our already FIRE line up we’ve got a few extra treats to keep you burning. Blues rock slayers Wille and the Bandits return to the fields – “Edwards’ powerfully ranging voice can come carrying either a sledgehammer or a spoonful of honey.” (theupcoming)  – whilst Estrons bring their ferocious indie sound to The Orchard Stage. We’ve snagged cult hero Peter Bruntnell, credited as “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” (The Independent), and multi-instrumentalist Jaz DeLorean will wow audiences with his piano, accordion and trombone. Echo Town will get down with their djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica whilst The White Feather Collective smash through high-energy performances and the Smokin’ Durrys have got raw dynamism to fuel the heady Noz audience.

Brighton favourites Normanton Street bring their lyrically-focussed warm bass grooves to the Garden Stage, whilst The Lasting Days energise audiences with their infectious performances of American-influenced indie rock. The Bandstand presents Kudu Blue‘s combination of electrifying female vocals and experimental electronica. Further acts announced include Towers, Jaghana, Ed Crowley and The Man Who Painted Boats.

For all you insomniac, night-time fiends we’ve garnished our electronica feast with Natty Speaks, the irrepressible hip hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. Audio-visual prodigy DJ Cheeba has quickly made a name for himself with his ingenious live video projections, and promises to provide some sensory delight in the Garden. New for 2016 we’re keeping the good vibes flowing through the night at the Orchard Bar with resident DJ Dex, celebrating his 15th year at the festival by busting out the after hours party tunes! Dex is the Noz crew’s party DJ of choice so expect funk, soul and disco, ‘80s & ‘90s, obscure covers and remixes, festival anthems and all sorts in between as he plays extended sets on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Over in The Dingle Velveteen Valley have announced the cream of the cheekiest burlesque talent including Indira Skyflower and Doe Demure whilst at The Bantam of The Opera we have a plethora of poetry, comedy and song from the likes of Jiggery Spokery and Tinderbox Creations alongside some thought provoking dramatic pieces including the amazing Vagina Monologues making a welcome Nozstock debut. If belly laughs are what you’re looking for than Laughing Stock is the place for you – we’ve added Bob Slayer, Tom Parry and Ben Target to the bill. For those who like their entertainment wonderfully weird then be sure to visit our PsychonautsThis team of professional psycho-surgeons will be administering an audio visual assault of delirium and delights for those in need of a little light relief.

The good news just keeps on coming, ey?