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…
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!
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…
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…
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 Psychonauts – This 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?
Ancient folk were big on their prophecies — Ragnarök, 2012, the second coming of Christ, you name it… While we all wait with baited breath to see which of their apocalyptic predictions come true, here at Noz HQ we’ve been cooking up a prophecy of our own…
Legends tell of a DJ whose ability to keep a crowd moving to the wee small hours was unparalleled, whose turntable wizardry surpassed all others – a talent to be discovered by Data Transmission as the winner of our DJ Noz competition. This DJ will ascend to the heady heights of the Cubicles at Nozstock 2016 to appease the hoards of bass-hungry revellers, taking their rightful place on a line-up alongside such heavyweights as Friction, Goldie, and The Prototypes, to name but a few.
Competition was stiff, but we are pleased as punch to be able to reveal Malaney Blaze as the Once and Future DJ. Nottingham based Malaney Blaze aka. Daniel Neal has a background in ska drumming which honed his ear for rhythm from an early age, as well as DJing hip hop and electronic vinyl. Somewhere along the line he landed on drum ‘n’ bass as his raison d’etre, but has never abandoned the eclectic genres of his youth.
As the winner of our DJ Noz competition, Malaney Blaze wins a Friday set in the Cubicles at this year’s festival, as well as some free tickets, fine winin’ and dinin’ backstage with the artist liaison crew, and an exclusive interview with Data Transmission. Check out his winning competition mix for a taste of what’s to come in just a few short weeks – fate has decreed that we’ll see you there…
Nozstock is a festival for everyone. No matter how old or young you are, whether you’re into reggae or indie, want to discover new bands and explore unusual sounds or just dance until you can’t feel your feet anymore, The Hidden Valley has something for every appetite and we’ve picked out a few acts for you to prove it!
Expect a huge range of music on the Orchard stage – from multi-instrumental extravaganzas to ska/ Britpop bands and ragey punk, there will be something to please each and every member of your gang!
Speaking of variety, we couldn’t help but begin with Slamboree. Described as “the perfect festival band” by Louder than War, Slamboree are a spectacular act, second to none. The 15-piece ensemble of theatrical artists and musicians haven’t released an album yet, but they have a strong presence on the UK festival circuit, building a loyal fanbase with their extravagant live shows. Their sound is a one-of-a-kind mash-up of electronic dance music, drum n’ bass, swing, and gypsy.
London-based Buster Shuffle, are coming to Nozstock with their brand new catchy album ‘Naked’. Their love for Britpop and ska is expressed through this album in its most complete form. Buster Shuffle have travelled all over Europe playing sold-out gigs and festivals. In the UK they have toured with the likes of The Holloways, The Wombats, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Chas ‘n’ Dave. This band is clearly doing what they love and we can’t wait to see them do what they do best.
The Lovely Eggs are a garage-pop duo from Lancaster expected to shake things up with their angry, girly vocals, loud guitars and surreal lyrics. They have built a reputation for their live shows, playing from squats in Europe and charity shops in Leeds, to SxSW in Austin, Texas and a two-month tour of America. They have produced four albums gaining much support from BBC 6 Music while their last record, ‘This is Our Nowhere’, received 8/10 in the NME.
Over at the Garden stage there is a little surprise for reggae lovers! Shanty represent the classic roots of reggae, but the soulful vocals of Sam Raywood breath a freshness that makes their sound truly modern.
Deep in the Cabinet of Lost Secrets, Collective 43 are Nozstock regulars, returning for the third time with their playful and engaging live show. They draw inspiration from New Orleans street bands while bringing in swing, funk, ragtime and dub references. With eight to 14 members performing, this multi-instrumental congregation will make the Cabinet of Lost Secrets the place to be!
At the Bandstand you will discover up-and-coming indie acts that’ll make you wonder why you’ve never heard of them! Nottingham is a city with a thriving underground scene and its new export, Kagoule is robust proof of that. Described as “ferocious noise-makers”, Kagoule produce a sound that entails widespread alternative rock references, but remains, as yet, unspecified. They have supported bands such as The Wytches, Iceage and Drenge and played last year’s BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Cardiff can take pride in Houdini Dax. These three young lads have been playing together since school and they’ve become a hit booking across this summer’s festival calendar. They bring a fresh take on the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, while their energy on stage will definitely get you moving!
Some of the best UK and international live bands will appear on our stages promising to make this year’s Nozstock unforgettable! If you’d like to explore more acts check out our hip-hop and DnB picks or dive into our full line up here!
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.
Presenting Dr Syntax with Pete Cannon on the ones and twos. Sound system massive: Channel One’s 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…
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
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 …
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