2016: First line up announcement!

All ye welcome to the Ancient World of Nozstock! It’s happened, that day is here and we’ve got one helluva line up for you to sink your nashers into… fanfare please…

We’ve only gone and got the Mesozoic, the major MCs, the massive JURASSIC 5. From the concrete streets of California to the grassy knolls of Rowden Paddocks, J5 will be rockin something fierce. For hardcore dub lovers, Gentleman’s Dub Club have a reputation for delivering the most fast-paced and energetic shows and after headlining our Garden stage in 2011, the Noz team are ear to ear chuffed to welcome Foreign Beggars back.

Manchester-based producer Dub Phizix and Strategy promise to bring the bad juju to the farm whilst self-acclaimed “Pyro-Circus Rave Massive”; Slamboree, are a one-of-a-kind ensemble. Bouncing onto the Orchard stage for a stomper of a 2 tone ska set; The Stiff Joints have swooped onto the festival scene and are not leaving in a hurry. They’re joined on The Orchard Stage by those bedraggled gentleman, Tankus The Henge, with a sound that draws from everything from rock and ragtime to reggae and blues. Not forgetting, the funky, one man beat-box harmonica eruption that is Son of Dave and if raccous, swaggering New Orleans sound is your thing than don’t miss The Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Presenting Dr Syntax with Pete Cannon on the ones and twos. Sound system massive: Channel Ones fusion of dub and reggae tops the heavyweight championships, get ready to get down. 25 year DJ champion Randall bring riddims both archaic and new school. Fed on a diet of pureed swan and old-fashioned British madness, Professor Elemental will be doing something weird we’re sure. Repping from our beloved Bristol; Split Prophets are a hip-hop collective with a lot to say and not forgetting 3 times UK DMC champion JFB  and veteran reggae wonder Solo Banton.

Over in The Rave Yard, multi-award winning Friction will smash the Cubicles whilst DJ Marky will have you old school dnb lovers on your feet. Comin’ straight atcha from London town is Dimension. He may be young but that says nothing for his prowess behind the decks. At the top of their game, we’ve also got, Ulterior Motive b2b with Jubei, Rene LaVice with Stapleton and The Prototypes sweeping in with an unprecedented level of bass face. Teddy Killerz’ glitchy drum and bass adds a zesty twist for you shape throwers whilst further action comes from Rockwell and a back-to-back set with Xtrah and Stealth.

We’ve also got the amazing Eva Lazarus, Harlieghblu, Jenna and The Gs, The Lovely Eggs, Kagoule, Houdini Dax, Youth Man, Shanty, Castles, Amoss, Octo Pi, Sam Redmore, Beatwell and so much more! Check out our line up page for full details on what’s in store for you in The Hidden Valley. And remember, there’s more to come…

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The ultimate festival fundraiser

44 tickets. 22 festivals. 1 great cause.

22 festivals have got together for a one off mega festival fundraiser with the aim of raising funds and awareness for refugees in Northern France. Events involved include Nozstock, Boomtown, Bestival and Secret Garden Party. 100% of the funds raised go to refugee charitys. Get involved with the biggest ever combined festival fundraiser! Be in with a chance to win tickets to one of these amazing events and find out more about a very worthy cause. Enter and donate here www.fundsurfer.com/project/festival-draw

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2016’s theme: Wonders of the Ancient World

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Winter is drawing in and 2015’s intergalactic fun may be beginning to seem like a beautiful dream – but never fear, Nozfans! Summer is on the horizon and preparations are already underway for Nozstock 2016. Next year’s dose of farm frolics is set to take place between the 22nd and 24th of July 2016, so get booking your time off and planning your costumes.

Speaking of which, it is our great honour to reveal the official theme for Nozstock 2016. Votes were cast, suggestions were made, arguments were had – but only one could come out on top: Wonders of the Ancient World. We’ll have you donning togas, walking like Egyptians. moving like Mayans and battling it out like gladiators before you know it, all set in Bromyard’s answer to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Expect to see pyramids, colosseums, and the best of the ancient civilisations decorating the skyline of our humble farm – and keep your eyes peeled for more ticket announcements and line-up info further along the line to see you through the winter months …

Win tickets to Nozstock 2016

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Got anything to say about your 2015 festival experiences? Every year the Association of Independent Festivals surveys festiheads across the country to find the latest trends in festival travel, sustainability, eating habits and audience opinions. Fill in the survey below to be in with a chance of winning tickets to Nozstock 2016: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJKTLKT

Vote for Nozstock

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Nozstock could win many a prize… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 only if you vote for them! It’s that time of year again, the nominations for the UK Festival Awards are out and gee have we cashed in. With a grand total of five nominations we’re raring to enter the race and bag ’em all. Never fear, all votes are weighted by the festival size so we have just as much of a chance of winning as the festival giants.

As a tasty incentive for you, all voters are entered into the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award. Summer hook up or what! Old hats, you know the drill, Nozstock newbies take note; vote Nozstock: The Hidden Valley for the winner of Best Small Festival, the Grass Roots Award, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event and of course most importantly… Best Toilets.

Voting is live now and will run until Sunday 25th October here:  http://www.festivalawards.com/vote-now/

THANK YOU!

Sweet Charity

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Well Nozstockers, we think it’s time to give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back and bask in your do gooding smugness…

We are very pleased to tell you that thanks to your support our official charities have done better than ever in 2015. The 450 of you who took a break from the festival hive and visited The Yeleni Healing Zone for a massage over the weekend have helped to raise £2165 which will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness. Thank you! It’s a massive boost for Yeleni. You can learn more about what they do here.

The foodies amongst you have been at it as well. Those who indulged in a delicious treat from The Chicken Cow Café have helped to raise £622 for Water Aid. That money will be used to help transform lives by improving access to water and sanitation.

We also need to thank all those who got involved with the Human Fruit Machine and supported The Music Pool’s Livewire performance on The Bandstand and the OMG Herefordshire performance on The Garden Stage. Last but not least a big shout out to all of our Oxfam Stewards. Through working at Nozstock Oxfam are able to provide 91 midwives, 52 cows or 4,200 school books. Festival stewarding is fun, but the money raised is serious, and your support saves lives.

Who would have thought festivalling could feel so good? 🙂

Feedback, frogs and frolics

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Well, the reviews are coming in…. and our downright oddness is being addressed! (great success)

Thank you to everyone who came, performed and contributed to an amazing weekend. We still can’t quite believe just how much fun we had!

Here is a selection of our favourite reviews so far…

Summer Festival Guide

Data Transmission

GigSlutz

eFestivals

Global Mouse Travels

Groovement

Daddacool

The Metropolist

Red Peffer

I am Hip Hop

But don’t leave all the feedback to the press. Let us know what you thought about Nozstock 2015 by filling in our survey.  Might even be a prize in it for yer!

If you are already missing the frolics on the farm then never fear…The lovely Tribe of Frog crew have provided 36 hours of amazing recordings from The Coppice…

Or, if quickfire recall is more your thing then check out this 40 seconds hyperlapses teaser from Painted Life Productions. More videos on the way soon Nozzers!

Voting open! Nozslam 2015: time for the wordsmiths…

The shortlist has now been selected… but you’re welcome to continue showing your appreciation with likes!


Here they are!!! This year’s entries for the online preliminary round to Nozstock’s very own, highly popular, nationwide POETRY SLAM COMPETITION!!! 

Who would you like to see in the live finals at Nozstock 2015? It’s up to you!

(Not sure what a poetry slam is? Head to www.nozstock.com/nozslam for all the info!)

All you need to do is watch the videos in this playlist and give the poems you like a ‘thumbs up‘ before Thursday 25th June. The top ten most ‘liked’ videos will be sent to our judges to pick their favourite five, who will each receive a free ticket to come and compete in the live finals headlining The Bantam Of The Opera Theatre Stage on Sunday 26th July at Nozstock this year!

Winners announced on 1st July!

Watch, like and share your favourites!

More tasty line up treats revealed including Fuse ODG, Neville Staple Band, P Money

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Greetings earthlings! It’s all go here as the Nozstock elves come out to play preparing your favourite weekend so it’s exactly how you like it. Just in case you weren’t excited enough already about the line-up, we’ve just added a whole host of tasty line up treats to get you in the mood for summer fun…

Friday welcomes Urban Music Award winner Fuse ODG to The Orchard Stage along with the original reggae rudeboy Neville Staple Band. With style and hair vaguely reminiscent of late 80’s cult films, Will and The People are set to bring the whole indie package, whilst flow heavy bass masters The Mouse Outfit ft. Dr Syntax & Sparkz return to show Nozstock how it’s done. We also welcome saviours of soul The Computers and the self dubbed ‘cross pollinated reggae group’ By The Rivers.

Clarence Clarity hails the arrival of a deranged, dervish of creativity; one of the most exciting newcomers on the scene, whilst Welsh group White Noise Sound introduce their hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration. One of the most memorable acts of 2014, Disco Panther return to The Hidden Valley. Folk fancies Keston Cobblers Club and swing specialists Broken Brass Ensemble join them along with garage-punk quartet The Black Tambourines.

 Over in The Coppice Psytrance stalwarts Tribe of Frog return to Nozstock to bring guests from across the pulsating psy-spectrum, including Brainiac, Asimilon, Psymettrix and Occular all doing live sets.  The Garden Stage also stars Granville Sessions, NLP, Afrocluster, Future Dub Project and Ella Martini whilst The Bandstand hosts House of Lions, Evenu, Circe’s Diner, Rozelle and Black Persuasion amongst others. 

See the line up pages for full details. All this plus interactive theatre, workshops for the little ones and a stellar space themed cinema programme. Nozzers, we are good to you…

Seann Walsh leads Laughing Stock line up

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All Nozstockers know that Laughing Stock offers side-splitting surrealism and observational comedic genius from some amazing household names alongside a new breed of flourishing talent… well 2015 is no exception.

Seann Walsh will be taking up headline duties on Saturday effortlessly combining humour and real life scenarios which has seen him as a regular on Mock The Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Virtually Famous. By poking holes in everyday situations, Seann has been described by The Guardian as ‘unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation.’

We also welcome Mark Simmons who has the same passion for puns as Tim Vine; if you think of Tim’s quick-fire punnery you will love Mark in full flow. Sunday’s headliner Andrew Maxwell is adept at making shrewd political observations. He has won several major awards including Best Irish Comedian at the Entertainment.ie Awards. The much-acclaimed Mike Wozniak is known as a comedian, writer, actor and voice artist appearing in Channel 4’s Man Down, with writer credits on shows such as Radio 4’s The News Quiz and his own show Take the Hit which was nominated for the 2013 Edinburgh comedy award. Comedian, writer and actor Brett Goldstein landed a role in Channel 4’s hit series Derek and his award winning show Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature has received rave reviews.

The Bafta-award winning Spencer Jones previous Chortles’ Best Newcomers Pat Cahill and absurdist humourist John Kearns are joined by Matt Highton, Joe Davies, Joz Norris, Jayde Adams, Lee Kearn, Joey Page, Ross Lee and Jarred Christmas.

If good old fashioned wit and hilarity is your thing then Nozstockers, you will not be disappointed…

 

Reggae Roast, Sika Studios, The Blast and Tumble Audio take over The Bullpen

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We work with some amazing people to make The Hidden Valley the best it can be, but for 2015 we have really outdone ourselves with a selection of the UK’s premier promoters joining us to take over The Bullpen…

First up taking over Friday is The Blast. Back in the days when single genre music events were all the rage, a group of friends from Bristol decided to step outside the box and give the people around them a taste of musical variety. After many late nights experimenting with the boundaries of bass music The Blast was formed. Their line up is headlined by P Money – who has been in MTV’s list of the best UK MCs and toured with Example. P Money is joined by Chimpo, Sam Binga & Redders, Blazey, Jaydrop, TS2W, FireManSam, Remidy and Koast.

Also taking over on Friday with a mash up of Dubstep, UK Garage, Grime, 3 step, Basscore and Funky, Tumble Audio will be dropping their beats, showing The Bullpen what bass is all about with a line up showcasing the likes of Deadbeat UK, Killjoy, Hadean, Hank Limit and Sergic & Lyka.

Saturday daytime is the turn of Reggae Roast, who have forged a reputation as the leading light in the resurgence of the UK dub / reggae scene. Following on from their broadcast on Kiss FM with Rodigan, the Reggae Roast team have been in high demand performing at countless shows and festivals across Europe. Their line up includes Mad Professor one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation, Adam Prescott and Donovan Kingjay.

Saturday night and Sunday welcomes back Sika Studios, transforming The Bullpen into a hip hop squat. Enjoy Sika’s dynamic programming, bringing an urban style and a big time groove to your weekend. They welcome a sterling line up for 2015 including some of the most recognisable artists in the hip hop scene – Deadly Hunta, Klashnekoff, Devilman, Leaf Dog + BVA, Split Prophets, Tenchoo, and Team Dreebs.

We are beyond excited. Expect to enter the Bullpen and forget where you are…

 

Win a DJ slot at Nozstock 2015

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Are you a budding bedroom talent and fancy getting a chance to perform to a larger audience alongside the likes of Dillinja, Ed Rush & Optical? Well this is the competition for you. We’ve teamed up with Data Transmission to offer some lucky soul a spot at Nozstock 2015. The winner will receive 2 artists tickets to the festival, free drink in the dressing room, all travel expenses covered and of course a set in The Cubicles during the Data Transmission takeover. This is your chance to show our fantastic crowds what you have to offer. You will also be interviewed by Data Transmission for their readers, facebook fans and twitter troop.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 30th April 2015 following these simple steps:

  • ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  • Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  • Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2015 – Your Name
  • Tag the mix: “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2015″. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description
  • Add tracklist
  • Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  • Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

It’s that simple! The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission and announced early May. Full details, terms and conditions are available here.