Thank you for joining us for our 20th birthday!

Well, that was emotional!

A huge thank you to all our incredible crew, artists and most importantly, to you the audience for, frankly, what was the most spectacular Nozstock yet. We were left speechless by the beautiful people being lovely, the stellar talent, purely inspired decor across the site, hilarious encounters, dreamy visuals, sonic wonder, and all round vibe of delight. It was proper magic, so thank you everyone, for being a part of it and making it a sell-out year!

We’re still absorbing the events of the weekend, re-calibrating and already hatching plans for 2019. Dates have been set for Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2019, and super early birds are already on sale so snap ’em up quick before they run out. 

Spend 10 mins filling in our survey and you could win a tasty £150 to keep your festival season afloat. Nozstock is yours so tell us what we did right and what we could do better. And watch this space and our socials – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – for reviews, photos and the all important first line up announcement for 2019.

We might be saying goodbye to our year of Nozstalgia, and it’s a bittersweet departure, after such a year of beastly-good entertainment, but rest assured, we’re full of beans for 2019… a year goes by quick, and we’ll see you again in a field real soon…

Nos da, Nozstockers!

Photo: Conor Irvine

 

Even more tasty music to announce…

We’re also excited to drop a couple further announcements, just to keep you on your toes… Joining us with their dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop vibes are The Nextmen. On the cusp of releasing a new 12-track album, Pound for Pound, in collaboration with Gentlemen’s Dub Club, there’s never been a better time to catch these guys live. They’re even crowdfunding to deliver vinyl to their fans – find out more here.

We’re also really honoured to see the return of Aristocrats, who’ll be delivering a set dedicated to original member, Dubl Sweggerz, who loved Nozstock. We’re looking forward to seeing these hip hop kings doing it right.

H Grimace land with their discordant, energetic, psyche, fresh and punky sound that, ultimately, refuses to be pinned down. Say a hearty hello also to punky lyricist Lucia, garage-psych quartet Captain Suun, smooth folkster Pierre Donahue, one man arsenal of beats and melodies Steve Strong, heartfelt singer-songwriter Freddie Armstrong, indie-folk duo GXDS, Tel Avivian mellow folkster Rotem, Flowcase 2018 Beatbox Champion Beatfox, purveyor of Americana, flying solo, Al Fraser Green, indie-electronica project Yumi and the Weather, and the rest of the stellar talent on display on the Bandstand.

Tribe of Frog return to the Coppice bringing the neon, psytrance dreams to our retro rave. Get your groove on to genre-defying Geo, resident frogger Dr G, dark psy sound aficionado Hemp, high energy party starters Dirty Saffi, new, spiritually uplifting project Banyan, adventurer in music Mr Black, founder of wavey, psytrance heroes OOOD, Steve OOOD, and the rest!

Bristol’s pioneering, worldwide music station 10 Twenty Radio brings an all-female lineup on Saturday in collaboration with Concrete Jungyals, including DJ/producer Sherry S, in demand Jossy Mitsu, winner of Concrete Jungyals LSTD DJ comp Ludo, Concrete Jungyals resident Asterixx B2B with the unique DJ Raggo and more. On Friday, find 10 Twenty regular Dissident, grime and trap-lover Sour Phree B2B with Birmingham boy Circa ft. Wish and Dash Villz, vinyl enthusiast Nakes, chief at Insomniac Disco Walya, blender of beats Detrivore and more, meaning You’ve Been Prango’d will be buzzing all weekend with bass, garage and grime to die for.

They join a bulging line up of tip-top talent including: Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Goldfrapp, Grandmaster Flash, The Selecter, We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Dub Pistols, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & MC GQ, Honeyfeet, Electric Swing Circus, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, The Lovely Eggs,  and many more…


Concrete Jungyals

Quench that thirst, and customise your own merch…

Ever inventive, our potions experts have been rustling up a treat in the kitchen and have concocted a veritably delicious menu of nozstalgic cocktails to whet your whistles, taking you back to the heady days of sweet shops and sticky hands. You can treat yourselves to a Rola-cola, Sour Apple, Cornershop Fizzypop or Tutti Frutti.

Wye Valley Brewery Nozstalgia beer badge

And if beer’s more your thing, Wye Valley Brewery have brewed us up a commemorative fruity, pale ale of our very own; Nozstalgia. Get yours at our homegrown bars.

After the buzz it created last year, we didn’t feel we could miss out on the chance of inviting back Live Ink, to help you make your customised, official Nozstock garms. They return with some snazzy new screens this year (nod to the excellent work done by our design team on these), as well as the usual swag that you love – badges, tattoos, stickers and more. Who needs that royal wedding tea-towel when you’ve got 20th anniversary Nozstock merchandise on offer?

Find out what else is going on in the Village


Fireworks Kristian Lam Clark

The rapper’s rapper Dabbla to select #MCNoz winner for slot at Nozstock in BRAPP collaboration


BRAPP 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 favourite rapper’s favourite rapper, High Focus Records’ Dabbla.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of one of the UK’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention us and the forces behind burgeoning MC profile app BRAPP — 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 Tue 4 July 2017 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and BRAPP Facebook pages.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to BRAPP. You can download the app here. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• HashTag the video: “#MCNoz2017″. If you fail to tag the vid correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles. You can tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And BRAPP similarly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Make sure you are able to receive messages on the BRAPP app and your profile settings are open so your uploads can be viewed and we can message you if you win!
• The shortlist will be selected by BRAPP 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.
• The final winning selection will be made by Dabbla himself.
• Please ensure you are available to attend the festival for your performance on 21/22/23 July 2017, Herefordshire West Midlands.

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

Name our Nozstock beer and get a day out at Wye Valley Brewery!

Higgins' drinking beer at Nozstock - Emily Priestley

Who doesn’t love beer? And who doesn’t love feeling all-powerful?

Exactly. So, we bring you this year’s best creative collaboration. We’ve teamed up with master brewers, makers of the delightful Butty Bach and Hereford Pale Ale, Wye Valley Brewery (insert misty soft-focus image of a pint … and smiley beer garden faces, here). They’ve been our favourite brewers with the tastiest real ales for as long as we can remember, and many’s the time a weary Nozstocker has downed his tools and popped to the Rosie for a quick bevvie to muse on the day’s achievements.

Wye Valley Brewery are offering one lucky Nozstock fan the chance to NAME OUR NOZSTOCK BEER FOR 2017. This finest of brews will be distributed throughout the ‘Shire in the lead up to the festival. As you’re clearly the most creative pun-wizards a festival could ask for, we thought we’d lay down the gauntlet on naming rights to you lot, so don’t let us down!

Should you be selected as All-powerful Namer of Beers, you will receive entry for you and a friend to come and see the beer being brewed (13th June), plus you’ll get a complimentary pub lunch and a Wye Valley goody bag!

Get your sterling entries down in response to this post and we’ll select a winner at random on Sunday 28 May.

There’s a few rules, of course.

– You must be in receipt of a Nozstock ticket and will be asked to provide proof of purchase if you are selected as a winner.
– You must be aged 18 or over.
– You must be available to attend the brewing day on 13 June.
– You agree to be filmed and photographed as part of Nozstock promotions on the brewing day. This will be used to promote the festival through Nozstock’s website and social channels.

And this competition is subject to our standard competition terms & conditions here.

Groove to reggae by day at Elephant’s Grave

Chapman’s Circus may be long gone but the weird and wonderful vibes remain…

By day, you’ll be grooving to dub and reggae with the likes of Ital Sounds, who will be bringing everything from classic roots to modern scrub-a-dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music.

Drumlove perform as a full drumming troupe, a sight and sound to behold. Go With The Flo, Juggla and DJ Shogun, bring a collective 46 years worth of reggae experience to the decks, so expect some winding grooves and plenty of dubby flavour. On Friday night DJ Feva is bringing his unique combination of hip-hop skills and reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dance floors from Birmingham to Brazil. And expect something a little tropical from MadMax.

Ital Sounds will be joined over the weekend by Bristol-based Boom Sound, bringing underground reggae in the form of Fat Stash, who have championed artists such as Gardna and Uncle Dugs, are also joining the party to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. They’ll be representing alongside KreedHold Tight Collective, and many more.

Find out more over on the Elephant’s Grave page ….


Mike Hale - dancer Nozstock 2016

Give a child a cardboard box …

… and they will make a castle. Our Little Wonderland Kids Area encourages this creativity, letting kids (and big kids) imaginations’ run wild, with chances to get a bit messy in the process. The good news is that this year’s ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’ theme gives us free reign to make the weirdest and wackiest creations yet!

This year we’ve got it all, from mask-making to kite-crafting and everything in between.

Haven’t got time to think about a costume for this year’s festival? Fear not, our ‘Surreal Sculptural Headdresses’ and ‘Festival Fashion’ have got you covered… in glitter and feathers. Throughout the weekend, parents and littl’ns can channel their inner Dali and create a masterpiece at our ‘Freedom of Expression’ table, then make a frame worthy of showcasing the work at the ‘Surreal Frame’ workshop. To top off the topsy-turviness, you can experience the world upside down by making your very own pinhole camera.

And there is so much more in the melting clock – we mean, melting pot – of activities our wonderland has to offer. Check out the full listings of activities on our Little Wonderland page and grab your tickets to join in the fun – remember 12s and under get into Nozstock scott-free!


Bracken Bollaan - Kids at Nozstock 2016

Award winning green efforts…

We are very pleased to announce that Nozstock has been recognised with an Improvers Award in A Greener Festival Awards 2016. Improvers Awards are given to events which exhibit a significant engagement with the process of reducing environmental impact. A Greener Festival is a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of music festivals and events. Since 2007 they have assessed over 300 festivals and have been instrumental in helping events to become more environmentally conscious. Since the schemes relaunch in 2016, festivals have been challenged more than ever to be awarded so we are especially thrilled that our efforts have been recognised in this way. A huge thank you to all the AGF assessors and all our punters, crew, artists and traders who did everything they could to make Nozstock 2017 clean and green!

Keen bean volunteer?

Chloe Soffe - volunteer blowing bubbles

The New Year is upon us and some of you have already been asking how to get involved in the festival, you insatiable beasties, you!

Applications are now open to get involved over the weekend with stewarding, bar work and sales so if you fancy indulging in the delights of The Hidden Valley for absolutely free, nada, nothing, then fill in a form now…

If you’re interested in getting to grips with pre- and post-production, then check out our join the team page for details of longer term roles. Handy with a paintbrush? Whizz with a camera? Got what it takes to schmooze our traders, manage our theatre, or keep the festival running safely?

We have the best crew in the world (if we do say so ourselves) so you’ll be in the brightest, most creative company you could hope for…

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.

mark marks 2

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.