Weekend tickets now sold out. Sunday tickets available on the gate.

Well Nozstockers our 20th edition has proved more popular than ever before. The campsites are humming, Chase & Status killed it on the main stage last night and we’re ready for Grandmaster Flash to headline this evening. If your reading this from your tent then drag yourself out immediately The Hidden Valley awaits…(if you’re reading this from your computer at home…don’t worry you can still join us – Sunday tickets are available on the gate for £50. These are limited so get here nice and early the gates open at 10am.

#20YearsOfNoz #Noztock2018

Noz’s Top 20 Picks for Nozstock 2018

We are huge fans of each act heading to Nozstock this year. With it being our 20th anniversary, we thought we’d let you in on Noz’s top 20 picks from this year’s line-up from across the festival.

 

1. Chase & Status (DJ Set + Rage)

Our Friday headliner, and an act that need no introduction…drum ‘n’ bass royalty, Chase & Status. With multi-platinum albums, regular appearances in the charts and industry awards to their name, you can’t miss their incomparable sound at this year’s Nozstock.

2. CW Jones 

Blues poet, Soul Junkie & Psychedelic wizard, CW Jones, will soothe your soul and invigorate your mind with his fresh and eclectic sound.

3. Pengshui 

We couldn’t leave Pengshui off this list. With vocals from Illaman (Foreign Beggars, Goldie, Chinese Man), Fatty on bass (Submotion Orchestra, Alex Clare) and Pravvy Prav on drums (Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club) this new live act are set to bring a raw and visceral live show to Nozstock.

4. Feel Good Experiment

Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, Feelgood Experiment feature the best of Bristol’s music scene with rhythms rooted in jazz, soul and R&B and rich lyrical content. With their first single being produced by Jim Barr (Portishead) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), this group are well on their way to breaking into the UK jazz scene.

5. Honeyfeet

For some years, Honeyfeet have been the conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture or Manchester based musicians. Once referred to as Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, with that description, you know they are unlike any band on the circuit.

6. Oh My God! It’s The Church

Returning to Nozstock to baptize your ears and eyes with their Pentecostal parody party, it is the heavenly, Oh My God! It’s The Church. Join Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and DJ Sister Mary Lou for wild sermons and an unapologetically holy disco.

7. Macka B

With a career spanning over 30 years, Macka B is a British Reggae and dancehall legend and activist.
He has worked with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy and performed with Nelson Mandela. Catch him on the Orchard Stage.

8. Chris Tofu

Chris Tofu’s tracks come with the dust of a thousand mad all-night magical festivals, over fifteen years, all over Europe. Fusing every genre under the festival season sun, we can’t wait to hear the sound of his legendary past of DJing.

9. Stiff Joints

From a four piece reggae outfit of four brothers in 2009, The Stiff Joints have evolved into an eleven-piece Ska collective and also a Nozstock favourite. Come and party to their infectious two-tone self described ‘ska-feast’.

10. Mollie Collins

With beautiful liquid vocals over jump-up basslines, and named the Drum and Bass Breakthrough DJ of 2017, we can’t wait to have Mollie Collins’ incredible techniques fill The Cubicles.

11. Capas

After lighting up The Bandstand last year with a 12 piece, horn-led cinematic sound, we welcome back the sensational Capas. A talent not to be missed.

12. Buffos Wake

Hailing from Brighton and armed with accordions, violins and buckets of gusto, Buffos Wake waltz, tango and mosh their way through various influences from Balkam to punk rock. Catch them on the Orchard Stage.

13. True Strays 

Good time vintage roots rock and roll, fuelled by rhythm and blues! You can find the True Strays leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry.

14. Collette The Dots

Heading to our Garden Stage, is the brainchild of top drum ‘n’ bass vocalist Collette Warren, Collette The Dots. Having worked with many top producers, she has releaseson Soul:r, Exit Records, Innerground and many more. Performing as a live seven-piece, expect funk, soul, jazz and of course, drum ‘n’ bass.

15. Kelvin 373 ft. Gardna

Performing as part of the Rumble In The Jungle Takeover down at Elephant’s Grave this year is Levin 373 & Gardna. Kelvin 373 has been hugely influenced by the underground free party movement and Bristol lyricist Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene. You know it’s gonna be huge.

16. Kiko Bun

From North-West London to the Hidden Valley, Kiko Bun creates a contemporary sound interlaced with golden era hip-hop and reggae with a distinctive voice and infectious beats.

17. Mr Tea and the Minions

Do you want to dance? We do too. Come join the riff raff and dance with Gypsy, ska, dub, swing connoisseurs Mr Tea and the Minions.

18. Normanton Street 

Back at Nozstock with their warm bass grooves, lyrical mastery and dynamic sound, Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe aka Normanton Street are one of our favourites.

19. Roisin Crowley Linton 

Be more, do better, but don’t change. Writer, rhymer, actress and director, Roisin Crowley Linton asks “why is everyone so obsessed with love?” in a collection of stories and poems about self-improvement. Premiering at 2017’s Prague Fringe, she will be heading to Edinburgh this year, but first stop, Nozstock.

20. Verbal Highz 

Blending boom bap production with tongue twisting lyricism, Verbal Highz bring together 4 MCs and are guaranteed to win ever crew battle they find themselves in. Catch them on the Garden Stage this year.

One week to go!

This is a story all about how Nozstock appeared on the Bromyard Downs, we’d like to take a minute if you’ve got one spare, to remind you of all of the things you should bring there…

With only “7 DAYS TO GO” until the Nozstalgic celebration of our 20th edition of #Nozstock it’s time to think back to your childhood, celebrate the past and help us celebrate 20 years of making memories down on the farm. We know you can’t wait to pitch your tent, sup from your first cool drink and have a look around so have a read of the below to make your arrival to Nozstock as easy as possible.

TICKETS & ENTRY

  • If you’re aged 16 and under you will need a parent/guardian aged 21 or over accompanying you, otherwise we won’t be able to let you in.
  • Please, please, please don’t forget to bring a form of government identification with you. (Passport, Driving Licence, Citizen Card) Nozstock might be an escape from reality for the weekend, but you will need to present ID if asked to do so.
  • Print and check you have the correct tickets, if you have any queries our ticket team are on hand to help answer them  – tickets@nozstock.com.
  • Your tickets should have barcodes on them so you can get scanned and recieve your wristband on entry. We recommend you book parking in advance to make your access quicker and smoother.
  • Searching will be in operation on the gates. Please only bring a reasonable amount of alcohol.
  • Illegal drugs including, Nos and Psychoactive Substances are not allowed on site and are still against the law at Nozstock as they are in the outside world.
  • Pedestrian gate opening hours for the weekend are…
    • Thu 19   –   17:00-23:00
    • Fri 20   –   09:00-23:00
    • Sat 21   – 10:00-22:00
    • Sun 22   –   10:00-17:00
    • Mon 23   –   Closes at 13:00

TRAVEL

  • Still stuck for plans on your grand voyage to the festival? Fear not, there are plenty of ways to get to Nozstock from our excellent bus services to GoCarShare where you can make new friends. Visit our transport page and remember to travel safe!
  • All aboard the Noz Express! Save your money and our planet by travelling on our coaches.  Book your tickets from Hereford, Worcester, Bristol & London here

GREEN INITIATIVES

  • Nozstock is held on a working farm – please help us keep the cows happy and respect our community.
  • This year at Nozstock we are encouraging everyone to ‘Get Ready To Refill’ and bring a reusable bottle or container. We will have increased water taps across site so please do your bit and bring a reusable bottle.
  • Don’t forget the clean campsite competition judges will be awarding our cleanest eco Nozzers on Sunday at the Bandstand!
  • From Sunday afternoon our lovely green team will be collecting any donated items that you can spare from camp, that you’d like to share with People in Motion… these will be sent out to refugees across Europe.
  • Want to get your Eco-Bond back? Bring a full bag of rubbish to our litter station on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning after the festival, along with your barcoded ecobond ticket. As long as your bin bag is full and your ticket can be scanned you’ll be returned the £5 ecobond you bought with your ticket. Bags containing bottles or cans will not be accepted. These items should be placed in our recycling bins around site.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Although Nozstock is a family friendly festival, sadly, like many festivals, a small amount of tent thefts do occur each year. Check out our anti-theft tips on how to try and avoid theft!
  • Register your belongings to Immobilise to improve the chances of getting your stuff back if unfortunately it does go walkabout.
  • Festival Lost Property is located in the Information Hut in the main campsite and is open 24 hours. Please hand in anything you find, there is no better feeling then being reunited with your once lost items.
  • First Aid is located in the main campsite, near to the main gate, look for the British Red Cross!
  • Look after yourself and your fellow Nozstockers! Please drink responsibly. Check out our top tips to stay safe.
  • Check out our Rules & RegsFAQ and Accessibility pages and our Site and Festival Maps.
  • For further practical information please visit here and to remind yourself of our superb line up check here.

Remember, most of all to be lovely to each other. We have an unusually wonderful atmosphere at Nozstock and that’s down to the quality of you guys, our clientele. Look after each other, keep an eye out for your neighbours, communicate with our teams about any concerns or suggestions you have, and we’ll all have the best weekend known to man!

20 reasons to celebrate with us at our 20th anniversary…

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we want you to read these 20 reasons why you need to come and celebrate with us here on the farm. 

1. IT’S THE 20th ANNIVERSARY!!!

We reckon that after 20 years in the game, and with the festival leaving its teenage years, we’ve got a pretty good handle on how to throw a scorcher of a party. But who are we to make such bold statements? You’ll have to come and make up your own mind. And who doesn’t love a good old anniversary knees up?!

2. Enchantingly handmade experience

Everything you see at Noz is meticulously handcrafted and painted by our fabby decor team. They really go the extra mile to make the Hidden Valley the immersive experience that it is.

3. 10 stages across a beautiful working farm

Scattered across the valley are 10 stages who make the farm their home over the weekend. We’re actually a cow farm you know. That field you rest up in after a long night of boogying? That’s the field that the cows rest up in after similarly long nights of moogying.

4. Family Run Festival Fun

Father and daughter super duo Noz and Ella continue to curate one of the UK’s longest running festivals. Thank you Noz’s!

5. Arts, crafts, performance, film and theatre

Nozstock truly is a festival for dabblers. We think the experience of the weekend by no means should be limited to just music. That’s why we put on a plethora of arty treats for you to stumble across. From crafts to performance art, film to theatre and cabaret, there’s no chance you’ll be bored.

6. Artisanal food and drink from across the region to feed the legion

Just because you’re cotching in a field doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice eating good food. That tin of baked beans looking pretty unsatisfying? That glorious sunshine giving you a hankering for homemade ice cream? Have no fear. The food stalls are here.

7. The Vibes, man…

Time and time again we’re upheld for our ‘garden party’ vibes across site. The farm crackles with an electric sense of intimacy and strong collective happiness.

8. The music genres? Completed them mate!

There’s no denying that when it comes to music , we’ve got something for everyone. Whether it’s a much anticipated favorite or the momentous discovery of a future fave. Follow the vibrations whereever they may take you.

9. Awards Awards Awards

We always thought that as individuals we were spectacular, but we never thought we would be awarded for our collective spectacularness. Nozstock, The Hidden Valley is OFFICIALLY the winner of the Mind Blowing Spectacle Award, along with our Greener Festival Award and Outstanding Attitude Award. That’s not even mentioning the fact that we were nominated for more awards than any other festival in 2016! If the judges say it, it must be true.

10. Kids area

Strictly speaking, our festy is ONLY for kids, only some are bigger than others… Little Wonderland provides a sanctum of veritable treats and entertainments for your young ones, giving you the chance to have a wee tipple.

11. Headliner

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’ll already be of the hypest hype for these kings of collabs. We’ve pulled out all the stops this year with this blinder of a headliner. They were smashing then, they’re smashing now. With whomping basslines and instant dnb classics spanning over the last decade, we present to you ladies and gentlemen; Chase and Status.

12. Beautiful Herefordshire Countryside

You can’t really get more idyllic than the Hidden Valley. Nestled deep in the rolling countryside of Herefordshire, we’ve got views for days and plenty of fresh are for that recoup and rejuvenation. Don’t miss the sunrise/set either!

13. Party never stops

From dawn till dusk, and dusk till dawn. It goes on an on and on on on, the beat won’t stop until the break of dawn.

14. Unexpected Guests

We have many surprise and unexpected guests materialising on the farm over the weekend, so keep ya peepers peeled! Including but not limited to escaped chickens.

15. Keen, clean and retro green

Not to sound ultra hipster, but we’ve been on that eco-warrior tip for a loooong time. Support the festival, support the planet. Check out our Green Initiatives page for more info on all the awesome green eggs and ham going on at the festival.

16. Our Punters

If we do say so ourselves, our punters are ultimately the best. With a massive range of delightful and interesting characters, your presence and smiles are are sure fire winner to making life-long friends and making the festival the best environment for a good old jolly.

17. Yearly Theme

From dinosaurs to the wild west we’ve had it all. Our annual theme is decided over many carefully heated meetings in the local pub. It’s always such a tough task for us to decide as a family what the yearly theme should be. After careful considration 2018’s theme is Nozstalgia. We’re celebrating all things from yesteryear, the things you hold dear, loved or still love? Dig out your gameboys, dust off those furbies…We wanna see Scooby-Doo, Pokemon and if there’s not an Inspector Gadget walking around site, we’ll be very disappointed… Nanananana! Where ever in the time-space-nostalgia continuum you choose to get off, we have faith that you’re going to look and feel radical. Double denim, neon rave, acid-house, ra-ra skirts and MC Hammer pants… You remember something you loved? You got your outfit. Excellent.

18. Comedy

Us Nozstockers love a good laugh and we’ve had some great comedians down on the farm in the past few years including: Russell Howard, Henning Wehn, Phill Kay, Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montford and many more. 2018 see’s us joined by American comedian Reginald D. Hunter and we can’t wait!

19. Elephant’s Grave

2017’s new area and the stomping ground for all things house and techno by night & reggae & jungle by day needs to be seen to be believed.

20. Clik Clik presents The Cabinet of Lost Secrets

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for a fourth slice of weirdness at Nozstock the Hidden Valley, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange, multi-roomed underground lair! Expect the unexpected with immersive performance and pop up experiences, get properly ‘funked up’ with live funk & soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting-edge electronica, complimented by our dj funksters. And remember to keep an eye out for the secrets……

The green journey to The Hidden Valley begins!

Calling all Nozstockers! The time has come to pack your bags and set off on your journey to The Hidden Valley! Still stuck for plans on your grand voyage to the festival? Not to worry, as we have made it easier than ever for you to set off on your expedition to the land of fun, frenzy and Nozstalgia.

We may be tucked away in the rolling hills of Hertfordshire, but don’t let the working farm appearance fool you. We’re a stones throw away from the idyllic market town of Bromyard, with many ways for you to reach us…

We’re all about keeping things green and serene, so one of the best ways to reach us is by car share! Don’t want to travel alone? Other Nozstockers are using GoCarShare to fill up their empty seats, and there are people travelling from all across the country. Simply book your seat, or offer up your spare ones in, through the GoCarShare Nozstock page!

Remember if you are travelling by car to book your car parking pass before you arrive.

We also have a free (you read that right) shuttle bus from the centre of Bromyard (Pump Street bus stop) that will take you to the official drop off point at Bromyard Rugby Club.. Those getting a lift will find it easiest to be dropped off here rather than at the  festival site as this can cause congestion and sad faces as you may be asked to head back towards the drop off point.

Local buses do travel between Hereford and Worcester to Bromyard Pump Street Bus Stop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. You can check the bus times by visiting the DRM website here. Visit Traveline Midlands to help plan your journey.

We’re also running coaches to and from the festival in Hereford, Worcester, Bristol and London to make your voyage to The Hidden Valley even easier Book your tickets in advance here.:

Hereford and Worcester:

Thursday 19 July 2018

7pm – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

8.30pm – Worcester Shrub Hill – Nozstock

Friday 20 July 2018

10am – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

11am – Nozstock – Hereford Train Station

12pm – Nozstock – Worcester Shrub Hill

Coaches for Hereford and Worcester are £6 advance and £7 on the day (subject to spaces!) Book your tickets in advance here.

London and Bristol:

Thursday 19 July 2018

12pmLondon – Nozstock

2pmBristol – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

10am – Nozstock – London

10am – Nozstock – Bristo

London coaches will cost £18 each day and Bristol coaches will cost £16 each day. Book your tickets here.

And finally for the greenest of them all, you can even ride your bike to Nozstock! Go at your own pace and soak up the picturesque countryside on the way. Cyclists will get secure bicycle parking by the wristband exchange as well as a pat on the back.

Plan your bicycle route with the Bike Hub’s free route planner.

Even though we’re called The Hidden Valley, we want you all to find us! For that all important postcode and full details of travel options, visit http://nozstock.com/about/directions/. We’re a laid back bunch here, and times and schedules may be subject to change. Be flexible and keep checking your arrangements so your journey to The Hidden Valley is a smooth sail.

Being green at Noz 2018

Each year, we strive to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and monitoring and reducing our environmental impact is a key priority of ours. Festivals can be a concerning source of environmental impact and it is our duty as festival organisers, go-ers, and lovers to be as conscious of this as possible.

We have taken the Festival Vision 2025 Pledge which aims achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. So…Nozstockers we need you to help us with a few things…

Drastic on plastic

This year in collaboration with the AIF’s ‘Drastic On Plastic’ campaign we are implementing a “Let’s get Ready to Refill” campaign where we are encouraging people to bring a refillable water bottle to Nozstock, and use our taps rather than buying bottled water.

In addition, we’ve joined the final straw campaign, banning plastic straws from all our bars and food stalls.  Say no to the straw!

Reuseable cups will be available from the bars again – pay a pound for your first cup and you can exchange it for a clean one when you come back for another drink.

We are actively discouraging the use of non-biodegradable body glitter as it is a micro plastic. There will be biodegradable body glitter available and our artists have been encouraged to use it.

Travel

There are multiple ways to travel to Nozstock, and we would love it if you chose to get here via public transport or if you shared transport.

Coaches to and from the festival run from London, Bristol, Hereford and Worcester. Coaches from London and Bristol now run on the Thursday to the festival site to get there in time for Thursday opening. These are still the same low prices. You can find all the information you need on travel here.

Lift sharing is not only a more environmentally conscious decision, you may just make some new festival friends! You can organise a lift share via our official page on GoCarShare.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We’ll be running the Clean Campsite competition again this year, with prizes including 2 tickets to Noz 2019!

Alongside this, after the success of last year’s Eco Bond scheme which helped us separate and recycle 40% of the entire festival’s rubbish, we are running the eco-bond and recycling centre again. If you paid for a £5 Eco Bond when you bough you ticket, you can reclaim it by bringing a bag of rubbish or recycling to the Eco Bond recycling centre and sorting it on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.

Local charity People in Motion will also once again be running their salvage operation to reclaim as much useful and reuseable camping equipment and non-perishable food to be sent as aid to help refugees across Europe. Their work is vital so please support them at the festival and look out for their pop-up shop selling some of weird and wonderful things they’ve found which aren’t aid appropriate!

We can’t wait to welcome you, your reusable bottles and eco-glitter to the farm in just a couple of weeks.

#Noz20YearsComp

We’ve got something exciting to tell you…to commemorate our 20th birthday this year we’ve dropped the biggest competition in Nozstock history on our Facebook page.  20 prizes up for grabs, 1 for every year we’ve been creating all the Noz memories and madness! #Noz20YearsComp

Terms & Conditions….

This competition is open to anyone who has already bought or who buys a ticket by midnight June 29th.   The competition will run on our Facebook pages over 3rd – 6th July each day at 6pm. Winners will be picked from a tombola and the prizes will be on a giant spinning tractor wheel on the farm, hosted by some of your favourite Nozstock crew! All ticket holders (outlets included), volunteers, Nozsquad ambassadors & Nozsquad ambassador ticket holders will be entered.

The 20 prizes are, *drumroll please…*

  1. X 1 ticket and Nozstock merch bag
  2. Free mega hamper of food & drink
  3. Free mega Nozstock merch bag selection of everything
  4. Free massage therapy from Yeleni
  5. X 2 free therapies or experiences from Yeleni
  6. Free hamper of deli food
  7. Free hamper of drinks
  8. Free Camplight pre-pitched tent
  9. Free Camplight plus food and drink hamper
  10. Backstage tour Friday with Noz and drinks backstage
  11. Invite to our Press reception for free cocktails and hobnob with the Noz crew
  12. Saturday backstage tour with Noz
  13. X 1 free ticket
  14. X 2 free tickets
  15. X 3 free tickets
  16. Free ticket to Noz 2018 & 2019
  17. Free tattoo of your choice (a real one!) up to £100
  18. Sunday backstage tour with Noz
  19. Meet an artist of your choice (agreement permitting)
  20. Nozstock Golden Ticket! X 1 free ticket, the food and drink hamper, Camplight tent and therapy from Yeleni, merch and press reception invite to meet the crew.

Good luck and remember to  keep everything crossed! Apart from your eyes…they should remain fully on the prize!

Interview with Ant TC1: from his first DJ show at 14, to managing Metalheadz

Manager of Metalheadz, co-founder of Dispatch Recordings and well known for his high energy DJ sets and dark productions, Ant TC1 is no stranger to the Drum ‘n’ Bass scene. This year Nozstock will be playing host to one of the most innovative and respected labels in the dance music scene, none of other of course than Metalheadz. Fresh back from living in Thailand, we caught up with Ant TC1 who will be representing for the Headz alongside Dillinja, S.P.Y, Randall, Amoss, Octo Pi  and Scope on Friday night at #Nozstock2018

So, what have you been up to recently?

I’ve pretty much only just moved back to the country, just getting used to being back here most of all and climatising. I’ve got 2 shows this weekend coming up and need to get some practice in and shake the rust off beforehand, can feel the nerves creeping in!

So, let’s start from the beginning. I’ve heard you’ve been DJing on pirate radios and in clubs since a very young age?

Yeah I turned 40 in Feb and I started falling in love with rave, jungle and as it’s now more commonly termed Drum & Bass at the age of 13 so back in 1991. Hearing Grooverider mix records together from a Fantazia live event mixtape in 1992 was what cemented my passion for only thinking about music 24-7 and wanting to learn to DJ and anything else I’m now doing today in relation to the music I still love a lot. I handed a demo in to a pirate radio station owner via a friend to get my first ever DJ show on pirate radio aged 14. I passed it over via a friend as I didn’t want the radio station owner / manager to know my age, I remember him laughing when I first showed up with a bag of vinyl ready for my first ever slot on the station but he let go at it, he was just shocked at my age really.

Since then you’ve made quite the name for yourself in the scene over the years and that all started off with yourself and Hidden Agenda launching Dispatch Recordings, right? Tell us a bit about that.

Yeah it was mostly Jason from Hidden Agenda, he’d moved to Leeds and I already had a residency at D.O.P.E (a weekly D&B night in the city that ran from I think 1994 onward), we met there, struck up a friendship and realised we were both into real similar music (swerving towards the deeper stuff at the time). I was already a massive fan of him and his brother Mark (who is now sadly no longer with us) as the Hidden Agenda duo, I just tried to not let on too much and be all fanboy about it. He asked for my help in setting up his own imprint and the label just grew into it’s own thing really over time, eventually Jason decided on a relocation back up north and wanted to take day job stuff / career more seriously as he’d recently had his first child, so rather than close the label I decided to carry it on with Jason’s full blessing.

What then got you into producing?

I’m not gonna lie, I had what I felt were strong ideas towards making music but was always petrified of approaching making music, it all looked so daunting and too complicated, I lacked confidence, just like I did in my DJ’ing for the first 2 years even though I can now look back and see technically I was OK at least (at a young age really I guess) for way longer than I felt I was personally. Eventually I met an old friend Graham (AKA Stress Level) who was starting out on musical production at the time, he had way more technical know how than me and taught me the basics, I always felt our first collabs were way more me simply adding to his own productions and I felt some unease at even having my name next to his on a finished track but through experience and his teaching I got a lot more involved. Next thing, after dedicated weekends working on our sound we sent out demos and got stuff signed pretty quickly, next thing we were having music played on radio 1 and both DJ’ing all over Europe and the rest of the world (which was something neither of us had really had the opportunity of doing much of previously other than the odd local shows at the odd night).

How did all of this then lead onto you managing Metalheadz?

Long story short, I started working on Headz events for Goldie. One day he called me and asked me to run the label, he liked what I’d done with Dispatch and said he liked working with me all round. He told me that he felt I genuinely loved the music, understood it and put it first above anything else so I was the person he felt comfortable offering the role to. I accepted, crazy feeling at the time and now, I had 2nd copies of the first Headz singles on my wall as a teenager, never would have imagined one day managing the label.

So you’re booked for The Cubicles at Nozstock this year alongside Dillinja, Randall, S.P.Y, Amoss & more…how do you think that’s going to go down?

You’ve got some real varied artists on, it’s a great line up, everyone is gonna offer something different and all of those artists are strong faves of mine, I think people are gonna have a blast start to finish, I hope so anyway!

What three things can’t you live without at a festival?

Jaffa Cakes, a spare back up tent and of course, the music.

What can we expect from Metalheadz in the rest of 2018?

We’ve got heaps of events worldwide, the label is showing no signs of slowing down, singles and EPs most weeks and albums from Blocks & Escher, OneMind, Goldie, Agzilla, we’ve got Lenzman, Jubei and Commix well into progress on their 2nd / follow up albums also.

Tell us about one of your favourite festival sets?

I’ve been lucky to play many over the years now, Outlook festival is always a good one, good memories of playing in the ‘Moat Arena’ to an almost ‘bumper sized long corridor’ arena full of people down the side wall of an abandoned fort. There’s something really unique about looking out at the crowd from the performance area.

Thanks to Ant Tc1 for taking time out of what sounds like a very busy schedule! We look forward to seeing him in July.

That Nozstalgia Feel

Now this is a story all about how Nozstock appeared on the Bromyard Downs, we’d like to take a minute if you’ve got one spare, to tell you all about how Noz over these past 20 years has fared.

Banging throwback tunes aside… people have you heard?! It’s our 20th birthday – and we thought it only right to travel waaay back through all the great times of old.

That’s it folks, the official 2018 theme is Nozstalgia and boy o boy are we excited.

We all reminisce about the good old days, and this year we’re going to bring ALL the good old days bang smack into one weekend. The best of the past, and some of the worst (Yeah Baby, Yeeah!) we’re talking about frosted tips, ¾ length trackies and mullets.

Our humble roots stretch all the way back to ‘98 and what a time to fondly remember. You just know our decor team will go all out on this one: from your favorite cartoon characters, TV and film, to retro games, toys and famous legends of the past. This all will culminate of course in a stellar line up that picks up on our very favorite acts from previous Noz appearances and the last few decades of musical innovation.

NOZ HQ, we hear you ask, but what does that mean for my amazing festival costume? Well we’re expecting big things from ya costumes this year Nozzers, and we reckon you’ve got some pretty great scope to play around with too. We wanna see Scooby-Doo, Pokemon and if there’s not an Inspector Gadget walking around site, we’ll be very disappointed… Nanananana! Where ever in the time-space-nostalgia continuum you choose to get off, we have faith that you’re going to look and feel radical. Double denim, neon rave, acid-house, ra-ra skirts and MC Hammer pants… You remember something you loved? You got your outfit. Excellent.

Our brains are reeling with smashing times gone by, but what about you? What are you Nozstalgic about? What do you think fondly of? Let us know!

Interview with Sonny Wharton

Ahead of Whartone Records takeover at Elephants Grave this year we caught up with head honcho, Sonny Wharton. 

1)         Can you walk us through the career journey you’ve been on?

It’s been quite a surreal adventure to be honest – as a DJ it started by winning a good ol’ fashioned mixtape competition and becoming resident at Manumission and Renaissance in Ibiza and then things seems to snowball quite quickly playing shows all over the world, guest mixes for Radio 1 and international residencies in Barcelona, Seoul and Stockholm. As a producer things really picked up speed when I signed to Skint Records with Fatboy Slim naming me as his ‘Producer of the year’ and Carl Cox championing my record ‘Raindance’ whilst Radio 1 made it their ‘Tune of the week’… all sounds quite mad really when I try to write it down on here!

2)         What piece of advice would you give DJs just starting out?

It’s tougher than ever so try and stay focused on what you want to achieve and don’t deviate from that plan – quality over quantity counts for a lot so choose your gigs, releases and alliances carefully as these will ultimately shape your path as an artist moving forwards.

3)         What’s the biggest influence on your sound?

Its tough to say as I’ve such a broad taste in music but I guess predominately it’s the 90’s rave era that always plays a big part of everything I do.

4)         Whartone Records are returning to headline Elephants Grave 2018. What makes Nozstock special? Why do you keep coming back?

Nozstock IS special and I feel proud to be part of such a great festival year on year. Everyone involved really puts their heart and soul into making it an amazing event and this is clearly evident across the weekend when you look at the attention to detail across the site. This will be my tenth year and to host the Elephants Grave Arena is something I’m looking forward to massively!

5)         What are your 3 most essential things for a festival?

Good tunes, Good vibes, Good people

6)         Who is your DJ pick for the future? Who is one to watch?

Tricky one to answer this as so many wicked new artists coming through right now. Gotta go with my boys OC & Verde though as they’re really on fire this year – already tipped as Pete Tong’s ‘New Names For 2018’ they’re off to a flying start!

7)         Get Nozstalgic for us…give us your best festival memory / best moment of your career so far (whichever you prefer)

Soooo many great festival memories over the year and several at Nozstock (including a stage invasion during my set on the Garden Stage!) but last summer I got to play main stage at a festival called Beats For Love in Czech Republic supporting Fatboy Slim and playing tunes looking out at 40,000 people as the sun was going down is something I think I’ll struggle to top!

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More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!

 

Nozstock takeover Hereford River Carnival on 5th May!

It’s at this point in the year we can feel Summer in our bones… That’s right it’s Hereford River Carnival time! Catch Nozstock taking over once again this year on our very own 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 us Herefordians do best. It is an amazing day of fun for the family. Expect a street carnival, amazing puppet creation, food village, the H.Energy green village, drinks, stalls, children’s activities, floats and of course, some incredible music!

So if you need your Nozstock fix then come on down and get a taste of what to expect in The Hidden Valley this year. Our 2018 line-up below…

The Stiff Joints

The Stiff Joints  are an 11-piece ‘Ska Army’ from the West Midlands bringing an an infectious brand of two-tone ska that makes it impossible to sit still to.

7Suns

Blending Afro/Latin, Ska, Hip Hop, Funk & Rock sounds, 7Suns are a multi cultural outfit based in London making universal music for universal people.

Capas

Capas aka Phil Wilkins is a Worcestershire based, multi instrumentalist composer and producer using electronic and live recordings to create big cinematic sounds. Capas joins forces with drummer Daren Wood and guitarist Olly Irwin creating a super tight unit working in many forms from electronica, jazz, dub, afro and trip-hop.

Performing as a three piece or by bringing in other musicians for larger shows, Capas’ style is diverse and flexible with solid grooves to get your feet moving and haunting melodies to captivate your soul.

Teddy Matthews

Kidderminster based singer-songwriter Teddy Matthews started to turn heads last year with a couple of his releases getting airplay on BBC Introducing (Hereford & Worcester and West Midlands) and BBC 6 Music on the  Tom Robinson Show. Since then Teddy has put together a five-piece band and performed at a number of festivals, whilst still taking in solo acoustic sets along the way.

Drumlove

Bringing their upbeat mix of worldly rhythms, including  African, Latin and Caribbean, Drumlove are professional players, teachers and makers of drums from all across the globe.  ‘Promoting unity through rhythm since 1996’.

Kringo Blue

Worcestershire based Kris Rolfe bringing his original mix of acoustic soul with blues influences. His powerful yet distinctly smooth voice, melodic choruses and articulate rhythmical guitar blends with well thought out lyrics to provide a varied and soulful performance.

DJ Rob Williams spinning tunes in between sets!