‘A true old skool festival experience’

photo credit – gareth dalley

Well, the show might be over but the curtain’s not quite closed. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the artwork for another weekend in a different Summer.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had this year. Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed in any way. You make Nozstock what it is. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Evening Standard

Efestivals

Data Transmission

In Reach

This Welsh Mother

Stimulate Your Soul

Skiddle

Safe Concerts

Hereford Times

GlobalMouse

Hedge Combers

Daddacool

Circuit Sweet

Mum In The Mad House

Tired Mummy of Two

 

Nozstock 2017: You smashed it

Image credit – Tanya Burns

Did Louise find her windmill? Did Greg find his shoe? And what happened to the theatre tent’s chicken on the rampage? All this and more was answered at the most amazing, surreal and special Nozstock we’ve had yet.

Friday nights watery deluge dampened no spirits here. You guys came ready to smash it out of the park. You were friendly, you were fun and Nozzers, we loved it. Thank you so much for all the love you send our way year on year. It’s you that make it all worth it.

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, to the media bods who captured the magic 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. We are so greatful to everyone involved and part of the Noz family.

We will be posting videos, reviews and a reminder of all the best bits very soon, we just need a bit of time to catch some Zzzs and wash the festival filth from our brows. You can already check out some of the photo highlights here.

Don’t worry folks, we’ll see you all again for 2018 – celebrating 20 years of Nozstock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Gaw wins DJ Noz 2017

Every year we run the DJ Noz competition with Data Transmission to uncover the freshest new musical talent and this year has been no different, with almost all of the mixes having us skanking round the kitchen and pulling the bass face as we eat our breakfast.
After some deliberation we have decided to crown DJ Dr Gre, now re christened as DJ GAW, as our winner and award him with a coveted set in the fields at this year’s festival. What marked DJ GAW’s entry apart from the others was his no holds barred selection of jump up and techy DnB blended to perfection with some of the darkest rollers and dirtiest basslines we’ve heard in a long time. He will join the likes of Delta Heavy and Kasra on this year’s lineup as well as bagging himself an exclusive interview with Data Transmission.
DJ GAW -real name George Whettleton- has only been Dj’ing for two years but has already performed at events in London and Bristol and with this set at Noz he’s now got his sights on more appearances over the coming year. Be sure to catch his set on Friday at 19:00 in The Cubicles and keep your eyes peeled for him in the future!

You can listen to his winning mix here

 

More artists revealed!

It many only be just over a month until the gates of The Hidden Valley open, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got time to squeeze in a few more tasty line up treats for you! Today we have added a couple of cherrys on top of your very delicious Nozstock 2017 cake…

On The Orchard Stage we welcome back the steampunk flavoured Professor Elemental to brew you a nice hip-hop number, stir it with comedy and serve it with scones. Whilst Saturday welcomes Harpers Bazaars ‘one to watch’ energetic collective They Say Jump, alongside rip-roaring alt-folk outfit Noble Jacks and heavyweight roots-reggae crew King Solomon Band. They are joined by Westerman, Cousin Kula, Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Deaf Pictures, Hardwicke Circus  and over on the Garden Stage, Ushti Baba and Wovoka Gentle.

The Bandstand remains a haven for all things unsigned and diverse by welcoming melodic homegrown pop artist Chloe Foy, 60s rock and roll trio Dai and The Ross, nu folk artist Jo Rose, and funk sensations Buffalo Brothers. They are joined by Vaginapocalypse, White Feather Collective, How Dare You? That’s My Mother You’re Talking About, Soeur, Oh Man The Mountain, The Balkaneers, Lost Tuesday Society and Steve Strong.

The Coppice have been getting in on the action to with Tribe of Frog adding a host of sonic delights for your psytrance pleasure including Aardvark, Neutron, Steve OOOD, Rama, Jagerhertz, Psydigital and Orestis Sundance.

For the house lovers amongst you, things get serious on Sunday night when Emotion stage a vinyl only takeover of Elephants Grave featuring Delirium, Dangerous Davies and Stinger, but if you prefer your late night entertainment with more than a hint of sass then check out the additions to Velveteen Valley including Sophia Disgrace, Kiki Mellek, Joanne Jordan and Owen Niblock.

Phew! And that’s not all we’ve got Masked Life Drawing, Break Dancing Workshops, Willow Weaving and Sound Art Collectives all announced today…not forgetting of course the surreal place where anything Orange goes, for all you orange-inal nutters…have you been Prango’d yet?

 

 

 

Join us Nozzers, at the Hereford River Carnival

We’ve been busy bees down on the farm and we are very excited to announce that for the first time we will be joining the team at the fantastic Hereford River Carnival on Saturday 29th April to host our own Nozstock Stage.

The Carnival is a day of fun for everyone, celebrating the beauty and vitality of the River Wye and the life that it brings to the city of Hereford.

The River Carnival is run entirely by volunteers and has welcomed more than 12 000 people since it’s relaunch in 2014. Over 130 local groups are involved showcasing what Herefordshire does best. An amazing day of fun for the family, there is a street carnival, amazing puppet creations, an indie food village, the H.Energy green village, drink, stalls, children’s activities, floats and of course, some incredible music!

The Nozstock stage is showcasing some seriously funky artists, fun filled tunes and a sneaky peek of what to expect at The Hidden Valley this year:

Woo Town Hillbillies

The Woo Town Hillbillies are a collective of musicians playing fun-fuelled tunes from bluegrass to jug band music along with their own compositions.

Desert Boots

Up beat raw funk & soul 6-piece from Worcester, offering up some energy to get you moving and shaking! With influences in Northern Soul, jazz, funk, soul & electronica, Desert Boots are an unstoppable funk force to be reckoned with.

Steve Strong

Steve Strong is a one-man multi-instrumentalist specialising in sweeping soundscapes and heartfelt melodies that speak to the soul. His debut album, Three Hands Tall was four years in the making, blending elements of Math-Rock with heavy influences from Four Tet and Squarepusher’s instrumental albums. Strong creates a captivating and genre-defying sound that fills the room, painting the air with sonic pictures.

Cantaloop

Cantaloop have always been able to adapt to the ever changing music industry volcano, yet they still retain their truly distinctive sound so whatever guise their music takes, you can still smell that funk! It’s part of their DNA and with it they’ve continued to deliver their jaw dropping live shows which are an infectious blend of funk-hip-hop-soul with floor-filling swagger that ignites and unifies crowds nationwide, and has done since the day they began!

King Solomon Band

King Solomon is a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10 strong collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013. This year, King Solomon marched onto the festival circuit coinciding with the release of the highly anticipated debut album, ‘Ceasefire’. To top off 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows. Without rest, the band are now working on new material and rehearsing a spectacular show for 2017’s performances.

Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70’s & 80’s yet original in style. King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.

Rob Williams

Rob will be providing us some funky, family friendly tunes in between sets to keep the party going!

Spare Rooms Arts

After an amazing festival in 2017, The Spare Room Arts crew will be joining us at The River Carnival supplying some amazing workshops and activities to keep little hands busy! Come and get creative with surreal mask making, making your very own kite, making a carnival banner and even a chance to dress up and play pretend as a carnival king or queen!

Clik Clik Collective

Clik Clik produces unique, creative entertainment for all kinds of events; taking the arts to the people, encouraging everyone to experience something different and more importantly, have fun! Their creations will be wandering around the carnival – watch out for Peggy the cleaner – she likes to make sure you stay spic and span!

 

We can’t wait! If July seems just as far away to you as it does to us, join us at Castle Green, Hereford on Saturday 29th April to whet your festival appetite!

Celebrate 15 years of weird and wonderful films with MASH Cinema…

After Nozstock is over and done with and you go back to normal life, do you wish you could still visit the Wrong Directions Cinetent and see weird and wonderful short films?

Well Nozzers you are in luck! Our cinetent residents MASH Cinema are celebrating their 15th anniversary by hosting three events slap bang in the middle of Hereford as part of Borderlines Film Festival 2017.

19.00, Thursday 9 March – STATIC: TREELINE
Featuring live music from Live Wire’s Jessie, Maddie Mew, The Locks, Beat Bang Bong, Sproatly Smith and El Squids. AV live performances from Chromatouch and Ferric Lux. Plus films and installations, and our very own Psychonauts will also be on site to ease your mental tension.

19.30, Friday 10 March – Short film night
MASH Cinema reach deep in to their back catalogue of weird and wonderful genre-hopping short films, taking you on a journey into the unknown. It promises to be inspiring, challenging and visually arresting. Also featuring 90-second films produced by students from Hereford College of Arts BA Short Film course, plus music by DJ Jus’Jay with visuals by MASH Cinema.

19.30, Saturday 11 March – Run Wrake Retrospective
Widely regarded as one of the most influential animation filmmakers of our time, Run Wrake had the ability to synthesize everything happening around him in contemporary culture – Pop Art and collage, Punk/New Wave graphics, video art, Electronica – and filter it through a trippy, looping Fleischer Bros. animation sensibility. Also featuring work by students from Hereford College of Arts BA Illustration and Animation course.
All three events take place in a disused industrial space above restaurants in Old Market Hereford. [http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk/venue/hereford-old-market] Suitable for 15 +
Food and drink available from the Beefy Boys
Tickets £6.50/£7

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…