The RPMs Q&A

We sat down and shared a virtual cuppa with the gang from The RPMs.

Young guns Jack,  Callum and Miguel formed in Brighton and shot to Glastonbury’s Pilton Party fame with the fortuitous winning of a new bands competition in 2015, launching their debut single ‘I Don’t Like it’ with the help of BBC Introducing. They’ve played Glasto, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Beautiful Days and now they’re joining the fantastically friendly Nozstock family for 2017.

 

We asked them some slightly probing questions to ease our rampant curiosity:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Well after toilet paper being the absolute essential (take it from experience) it would be wellies and some sort of crazy hat.

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Some spring to mind, but they all involve toilets so they get a bit graphic.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Answered by Jack Valero (Front man) – Well my first festival was Camp Bestival and I went there with a school friend of mine who drove us there in a Triumph Herald which was this really old rickety car from the sixties but looked brilliant. We spent three days there and I ended up singeing my eye lashes when I used my lighter and forgot I’d jacked it up.

How did you get into music?

Well I think we all started to feel evermore alienated and lost from our own generation and normally when kids feel that way they find a subculture to be a part of, but we don’t really have any of our own not artistically anyway. So music seemed to be the best way to help us express ourselves and find our place within it all.

What can we expect from your performance / set at Nozstock this year?

Tonnes of energy and catchy tuneful songs to get you moving.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see you on the Orchard Stage very soon.

Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

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.

Join us Nozzers, at the Hereford River Carnival

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

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

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

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

Woo Town Hillbillies

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

Desert Boots

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

Steve Strong

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

Cantaloop

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

King Solomon Band

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

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

Rob Williams

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

Spare Rooms Arts

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

Clik Clik Collective

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First wave of acts revealed for 2017!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s your first 2017 line-up release, you lucky things you! We have quite the bouquet of acts this year, with more variety than a fancy box of chocolates. Drumroll please…

We are almost TOO excited to announce that Seasick Steve will be at Nozstock 2017. Yes that’s right, folks; the king of American blues, the Sonic Soul Surfer, the dungaree-clad master of diddley bow and banjo will be bringing his Oakland spirit to the Orchard Stage!

Next up…attention 24 Hour Party People! Clap Your Hands and Rave On because The Boys Are Back in Town…our town Bromyard to be precise – in case you hadn’t guessed already, we welcome the legendary Happy Mondays to Noz this year! Returning to the farm in 2017 is barefoot troubadour and a cult legend, Beans on Toast!  Our next announcement is a very bassy one indeed…we’ve got Delta Heavy on board to fill your earholes with their paradisiacal sound.

We’re not done there. We have the reigning King of bass and remixery, Krafty Kuts. With multiple awards to his name, we can’t wait to see what mayhem he causes on our grassy dance floor when he’s joined by Dynamite MC. Up next and as hard hitting as cupid’s arrow, is this dream team: Birmingham Drum & Bass powerhouse Hazard and party master MC Eksman. Even more bass to add to that face, we are beyond pumped to have 15 Years of Critical Music featuring Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra and Foreign Concept.

Where is the reggae music you ask? Oh Nozstockers…prepare yourselves for the officer of the highest ragga rank, General Levy who is coming to party with you on the farm. Joining the General, are music makers and reggae innovators, Mungo’s Hi Fi. We’ve got a sensational crop of the very best hip-hop this year too. Praised as “the future of UK hip-hop” by Complex Magazine, Ocean Wisdom brings his revolutionary sound to our homestead. Joining him, is certified legend and original RiddimKilla himself, Rodney P & Skitz, versatile vocalist Dabbla with Illaman & DJ Frosty and the imitable Lady Chann.

If you weren’t already head over heels for 2017’s line up; we’ve got the energetic and extraordinary pioneers of all things electro, The Correspondents, who will be tearing up the farm with their swing bass creations. We challenge you not to dance! That applies to our next act too…they have the Rodigan stamp of approval, Lewisham boys, Chainska Brassika will be lighting up the Orchard Stage with their pumped up ska anthems, as will Land of The Giants with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiam.

If you hadn’t guessed it, we are putting all of our love into this year’s festival and we can’t wait to rendezvous with you on the farm. Have a look at the other GLORIOUS artists that will be joining the Noz family this year
here and keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon. So good it’s almost surreal…