Mark Marks announced as winner of #MCNoz2016

Back in early June we collaborated with hip-hop publisher Bonafide and long term musical legends and headliners of our Orchard Stage this year Jurassic 5 to provide an exciting opportunity for a budding MC to win a host of tasty prizes. The winner was to be judged by Akil the MC, and other members of J5. Yes, one aspiring microphone assassin would get the chance to perform live at Nozstock! Through this competition we all gained personal and unseen access to the bedroom talents of many Nozstock fans and sterling up-and-coming MC talent, as they used the hashtag #MCNoz2016 to share their lyrical abilities with the world.

At Nozstock HQ we attempted to critically assess the entries, whittling them down to a shortlist of five. Then, came the job of the difficult final selection, but frankly, who better to do it than world-famous wordsmiths J5?

It was a close decision, as according to Jurassic 5 ‘they all had skills’. The Lady Sanity got an honourable mention and runner up Abakus came a close second. However, we are pleased to announce the winner is Mark Marks! Akil commented that Marks’ “very polished flow, delivery and content meant he outshined others with his presentation”.

So, on the judgement and recommendation of J5, we are honoured to welcome Mark Marks, aspiring lyrical mastermind, to Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2016!

Check out our winner Mark Marks, when he performs in The Bullpen at 11.30am on Saturday.
To see his winning entry, check Youtube right here.

And don’t forget to share the love for this most auspicious winner of #MCNoz2016.

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Noz – How should one festival?

Kristian Lam-Clark Nozstock 2015 friends

Things to bring

  • Your favourite people
  • Not your best shoes – farms can be a muddy affair.
  • Socks – to keep your wellies company.
  • Decorations! To adorn both yourself and your tent.
  • A portable phone charger – unlike your festival spirit, your phone will die.
  • A money belt – to store hopes, dreams and gifts from strangers
  • Gaffa Tape- if gaffa can’t fix it, nothing can
  • Extra tent pegs.
  • Clothes that make your festi-loo experience a seamless operation (jumpsuits are quite the challenge…)
  • A light jacket – the perfect accessory to your most elaborate costume.
  • Dry shampoo (smells so good)
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Wet wipes – the efficient cousin of the shower.
  • A basic first aid kit for any minor mishaps that may occur.

Choose the right camping spot

All camping areas at Nozstock are full of fantastic folk, but finding your ideal site will mean you have a truly pitchin’ time. There is family camping if you’re bringing the little nozzers along and some areas closer to the main site for those who enjoy partaking in some fine Herefordshire Scrumpy after hours.

Respect the farm – keep it clean and green.

The last thing you want to wake up to is an unsightly site. Fill up the bin bag and recycling bag that you’ll be given when you arrive at the farm and hand it into the office (psst…you can even win tickets for next year’s festival when you do this!).

Be Noz to each other

Festivals are a treasure trove of excellent humans so treat everyone with kindness and care. Create community with your campsite neighbours and maybe you’ll meet some new compadres.

Noz-so-secrets of the Hidden Valley

At least once during the weekend, go and sit on the hill in the far field (near the carpark) and watch the sun rise – a crew favourite!

 

 

Mic assassins may apply – J5 will judge a winning MC for Nozstock

Jurassic 5


Bonafide are joining forces with us here at Nozstock to offer an aspiring MC the chance to perform live at the festival, with the winner selected by members of the legendary Jurassic 5.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of some of the world’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention ourselves — then assemble your thoughts, pick up that microphone and inspire us!

The winner will receive two artist tickets to Nozstock, a rider for their performance, UK travel expenses covered, an interview with the team of Noz posted on the Nozstock YouTube/Instagram, and of course their chance to perform in The Hidden Valley.

To enter, please submit your best track via Youtube by midnight 30 June 2016 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Bonafide Facebook page.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to YouTube/Instagram. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• Title the video #MCNoz2016 – Your Name”
• HashTag the mix: “#MCNoz2016″. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles.
• Send your video YouTube/Instagram link via email to promotions@nozstock.com along with your real name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.
• The shortlist will be selected by Bonafide and Nozstock curators. We will consider popularity and look at likes on social media but the final decision will be based on the quality of the individual’s performance.

It’s that simple, may the best bars win! Full terms and conditions apply.

Compete to be wordsmith of the year in NozSlam!

NozSlam 2016


NozSlam!

Nozstock’s very own poetic pugilism platform is entering its third year of existence and we want YOU to join the host of awesome amateurs, poetic professionals and (even!) national champions that have graced our ears, eyes and stage over the past two years by submitting for “NOZSLAM 2016!”

In case you’ve somehow missed out the last two times round, let us break it down for you: slam is performance poetry, but with a playful competitive edge.  Poems can be funny, sad, angry, happy, political, topical, rhythmic, lyrical, dressed up in sparkly spandex leggings doing stag leaps across a pond of peanut butter… whatever it is that tickles your cerebrum, just so long as it is tickled in less than three and a half minutes! Each performance gets scored out of 10 by our five judges, the highest and lowest scores are dropped, the results are tabulated, totted up and the top scorer takes home the trophy!

If you’d like to throw your metaphorical hat in the ring, then all you need to do is make a little video of you performing your poem, and send it to nozslam@gmail.com along with your name and a description of up to 50 words to be featured alongside it by 30TH MAY!

We’ll upload all the submitted poems to the NozStock YouTube channel on 3RD JUNE where they’ll remain for the public’s viewing and VOTING pleasure until 17TH JUNE. The ten videos that receive the most YouTube ‘likes’ will be short-listed, and then it’s up to the whole NozStock team to discuss, disagree, debate, and eventually somehow decide on the five slammers (ANNOUNCED 27TH JUNE) who’ll receive FREE tickets to come and compete in the live Sunday final at this year’s NozStock Festival!

The winner of our main event slam will receive a whole host of NozStock goodies, heaps of adoration and, most importantly, a coveted spot in the Tent Of Temporary Thought line-up next year!

So whether you’ve always felt there was a poem burning in you that you’ve just gotta get out, or you’ve been doing this spoken word lark forever, it’s time to sharpen your pencil, limber up your larynx and show the world why you deserve to be NozSlam Champion 2016!

Rik & Matt

Tent Of Temporary Thought Stage Managers

P.S. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just want to see more of this slamming stupendousness – then head on over to www.youtube.com/NozstockFestival and check out entries from the last couple of years!

 

Win a set in The Hidden Valley with our #DJNoz2016 competition

Think your DJ skills deserve a bigger stage than your bedroom?

Our annual competition for up and coming turntable talent returns in collaboration with Data Transmission.

We’re on the lookout for a DJ to get our bass-lovers bouncing at the festival this year, playing a set in the Cubicles, which this year boasts the likes of Friction, Dimension, Rene Lavice, The Prototypes and many more.  You’ll get 2 free weekend tickets to the festival and Data Transmission will do an exclusive interview with the winner, to be seen by their trusted readers, tweeters and Facebook troop. We’ll even throw in travel expenses and some food and drink in the dressing room, ’cause we’re nice like that.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 20 May 2016 following these simple steps:

  1. ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  2. Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  3. Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2016 – Your Name
  4. Tag the mix: “DJNoz2016 ”. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  5. Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description.
  6. Add tracklist.
  7. Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  8. Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission. All entrants must be based in the UK and available 22-24 July 2016. For full T&Cs and application info check out this page.

If you want to take a look at Data Transmission’s interview with last year’s winner, DKN, head over to their site.

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear your submissions!


Mike Hale DJNoz2016

Crew profile: Adele, admin powerhouse

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

We caught up with Adele, our info team queen, who spends her Nozstock weekend keeping you informed and ready for anything…

Describe yourself in three words (when you are in festival-mode!)…

Determined, Excited. Amazed.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Highlights have been The Jim Jones Revue a couple of years ago on the Orchard Stage, The Keys on the Bandstand in 2014, and any time The Correspondents play!

Who would be your ultimate-beyond-ultimate dream headliner at Nozstock?

The Pixes and or PJ Harvey.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

I hate the long walk from your tent to the car in big festivals, especially when you are packing up and leaving!

What are your thoughts on the future of the festival industry?

Its really tough to be a successful festival, there are so many out there competing with each other. But everyone loves a good festival, so long may it continue!

Is Nozstock what you expected it to be after 17 years?

I haven’t been here since the very beginning, like some of the hard-core crew members! But I am very proud to be a part of it now. From being a punter to part of the crew, as the festival has grown, has made me feel like I am really part of something special.

When you’re not making Nozstock happen, what are you doing?

I live in London with my boyfriend, who is the Orchard Stage Manager. We are very lucky to live in London and have loads of music on our doorstep, which we are always exploring! And I work for a festival bar company so I know my way around a few now!

And finally, what three things are always in your Noz survival kit?

Coffee. My duvet. My team!

Struggling to find that last minute present?

Christmas early bird tickets are now on sale so get those frosty fingers tip-tapping on that keyboard and get your friend, relative, or lover the best present of the year. 

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Cabinet of Lost Secrets nominated in AIF’s Festival Congress Awards…

‘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.’

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

What can we say folks? We all know of your twisted love for the curious, weird and whacky and now so does the rest of the festival world! Our very own perpetrators of the illusive strangeness, Clik Clik Collective have been nominated for Unique Festival Arena by the Association of Independent Festivals. The Cabinet of Lost Secrets drew in the hoards with their underground lair of madness, animal residents and secret chambers of oddity. They delighted and dazzled with secret interactive performances, installations and artistic prowess. Hailed by reviewers as having “unprecedented madness” (Summer Festival Guide) tales of the Cabinet will live on through time for all those intergalactic warriors who discovered its treats…

Kate Cox, Clik Clik’s Director/Producer said “Influenced from many years of sniffing out weird and secret spaces, I’m thrilled that the Cabinet is nominated for this award.  A big ‘woop’ for the whole ‘Cabinet of Lost Secrets’ crew who gave everything to make it come to life!”

Keep your peepers peeled for the winners announcement at the Festival Congress Awards on the 5th November, and keep your fingers and paws crossed for the fantastic Clik Clik Collective.

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Galactic greatness: Nozstock in photos

Photo credit: Lulu Harrison

Huge thanks to a plethora of fabulous photographers who captured the wonder that was Nozstock 2015….

See their sets on Nozstock’s Flickr >>> 

DE LA SOUL TO REPLACE WU-TANG CLAN AFTER CANCELLATION OF EUROPEAN TOUR

It is with massive regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our Saturday night headliner, Wu-Tang Clan.

We’re really disappointed to drop this bombshell on everyone and suffice to say the crew here are seriously heartbroken that Wu can’t make it. For many of us it was going to be the highlight of our weekend and we are crestfallen that Wu-Tang Clan are going to be missing out on one of the best audiences they could ever wish for. You guys! We have received no specific reason for the cancellation of the rest of their tour and are without control to enforce their attendance at Nozstock. We are told we will receive an official cancellation announcement from their management by the end of this week, which we will share with you.
In the same breath, we have to say a massive thank you to De La Soul for agreeing to take to the Orchard Stage in their place. We’re really excited to have them here and to have them step up on such short notice.
For over 20 years they have rocked us with their De La songs full of inscrutable samplings, whimsically irreverent lyrics, social commentary, light rhythm and laid back rhymes. They have gained respect within and outside the hip-hop community with their contributions to rap, as well as jazz, funk, soul and alternative genres. Not only are their musical innovations acclaimed and respected worldwide, but they paved a path for many alternative rap groups to come after them.

De La Soul

As per our terms & conditions, tickets are non-refundable as the festival is sold as a whole experience. Please check here for the full ticket terms & conditions. Please do not contact our office or ticket team to request a refund as we will be unable to oblige. We understand that this will be frustrating for some of you but we hope the new bookings will go some way to compensating.
As you know Nozstock is a homegrown, grassroots festival full of colour and wonder. The programme is crammed full with hundreds of the most astounding, incredible and inspiring artists on this planet. The site is looking mind-blowingly intergalactic and downright super-spacey. We also have so many other exciting performances happening over the weekend, we know we’re going to take your brain to another dimension.
It’s time to buckle up and step aboard the Starship Noz, have an exhilarating time with new and old friends, live in the moment and look forward to having one of the best weekends of your life!  As ever, more than anything, Noz is about it’s heart… and at the centre of ours is YOU, our crazy, beautiful and amazing punters.
Thanks for your undying support and your understanding with this change in the programming so late in the day.
Phasers set to fun, astronauts!
If you wish to discuss this news further, please email info@nozstock.com

Pair of tickets for the ultimate sci-fi impression…

Nozstock have joined up with Wye Valley Brewery to share a pair of Nozstock tickets to whoever can pull off the most inspired, innovative and downright hilarious sci-fi character impression of all time.

That’s right – are you a yodelling Yoda, a dithering Dalek, a voluptuous Vogon or a heuristically programmed HAL 9000? Take this opportunity to shine in a resplendent other-worldly starlight, good humans of earth.

Ffion a la 5th Element

Photo, costume & model: Ffion Nolwenn Roberts

To enter, prepare your hilarious photo or video and post it via YouTube, Instagram or Twitter tagging it with the hashtag #nozstar – the winning image or performance selected by Wye Valley Brewery and Nozstock will be shared across the multitude of Nozstock social media, posted in a blog on the website and the winner gets two freebies to this year’s festival. Join the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Beardyman, DJ Hype, Neville Staple Band, Hospitality and so many more in this interstellar adventure.

Deadline for all entries: 13 July 2015

Have a gander here for the full terms & conditions for entering Nozstock competitions.

Make it so.

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Super Early Birds on sale (limited supply)

SUPER EARLY BIRDS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT BUT WE’LL BE RELEASING MORE THIS SIDE OF XMAS, HAVE NO FEAR!

If imagining yourself at Nozstock 2015 is all that is getting you through the thought of the night’s drawing in then we’ve got some news for you…

The festival will take place 24 – 26 July 2015 and a limited amount of super early bird tickets will go on sale Tuesday 7 November at 6pm. They will be priced at £80 for a Friday arrival ticket, £90 for Thursday arrival. Note these are only available from our website ticket’s page.

We expect these tickets to sell like flaming hot hot cakes so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to get online at 6pm sharpish!

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Photo by Richard Aldred

Photo by Richard Aldred