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

 

Alter Your State of Mind

Venture into a world filled with the unexpected and unrestricted at Noz this year! The Altered State has been taken over by the some of the most fearless theatre, circus and craft aficionados who are ready to show you everything they’ve got. With games, workshops and impromptu paint fights by day to fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances by night…you never know what might just alter your state at Nozstock 2018.

There is a method to the madness of The State and for this Noz it has been themed the Department of Cultural affairs. The Department of Cultural Affairs will take the focus for all things theatre, culture and discussion so be prepared for drama, theatrics and, of course, a bit of magic.

Bringing that magical spark to this rebellious land will be the master of theatrical chemistry, Andrew Szydlo. Andrew dabbles in mysterious molecules and electrify elements to teach the whole family a few lessons on the magic of chemistry. If science doesn’t turn your wild world around, Michela Reghellin certainly will with her gravity defying hoop mastery. Get your hips moving with Michela as she teaches you everything you need to know in her hoop dance workshop.


Every post-coup city needs a bit of lovin’ right? You Topia has made sure that this lawless land is no exception to that … with their own unique twist of course. Unleash your inner creature and bust out those ferocious moves at Animal Attraction Speed Dating. Hummadruz will be adding fuel the rebellious fires of the Department of Cultural Affairs with their psychedelic UV show. Lose yourself in their labyrinth of flames and let the citizens of The State show you their revolutionary world.

There’s all this and so much more to discover at The Altered State so make sure you pay us a visit… you might want to go back.

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

2018 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

Well it’s here, the long awaited 20th anniversary line-up for you to get your highlighters at the ready and mark off your must sees …. #20YearsofNoz

*drum roll please*

Headlining The Orchard on Friday night is one of the most successful acts associated with drum and bass, electronic floor fillers Chase & Status. On Sunday it’s the turn of electronic pop duo Goldfrapp who have been releasing iridescent, intriguing pop since 1999. Friday night also welcomes The Selecter, a 2-Tone ska band featuring a racially diverse and politically charged line-up, not forgetting Barry Ashworth’s motley crew the Dub Pistols taking up pre-headlining duties on Saturday. Electric Swing Circus is a six-strong fusion of saucy ’20s swing and stomping electro beats, and The Lovely Eggs are a lo-fi psychedelic punk rock band. Next up are the The Stiff Joints, a ten-piece ska army with a raucous infusion of ska, punk and reggae. Oh My God! It’s The Church make a welcome return to save all you sinners’ souls, not to mention pirate shanty band Seas of Mirth, Latin grooves from Mad Apple Circus, peerless pop masterpieces from Catholic Action plus the best ska and Balkan inspired beats from the likes of Mr Tea and The Minions and Buffo’s Wake.

Over in The Garden, rap royalty Grandmaster Flash brings his incredible party-rocking acumen to the stage. Speaking of legends, Chali 2na, founding member of hip-hop supergroup Jurassic 5 returns to The Garden alongside Krafty Kuts; the multi award-winning DJ and undisputed King of Breaks. Nozstock fave DJ Marky returns with full-tilt club beats to headline our special Sunday night 20th anniversary drum ‘n’ bass party alongside one of the most sought after production duos in the industry; Serial Killaz.  Don’t miss reggae artist Kiko Bun, who’s surfing a dubby resurgence all the way to the top. There’s also the cream of the UKHH scene; Fliptrix, Taskforce, Verb T & Pitch 92 and Pengshui. To cap it all off don’t forget Saturday nights special ska and skank party. Come ready to move to some serious rocksteady rhythms.

In the bass-pulsating Cubicles, DJ Mag The Bunker in collaboration with Metalheadz brings a bag of bass heavy tricks on Friday. They welcome respected and revered producer Dillinja,  Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y. as a special guest, Randall makes a welcome return to the farm, also Amoss, Ant TC1 and special guest Octo Pi. On Saturday, Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fuelled drum and bass alongside Audio, whose dilligency and creatively has garnered some serious respect.

Elephants Grave returns for a second year of scrub-a-dub sounds in the daytime with Ital Sounds, but after dark, we welcome some true house grooves from Whartone  with ‘Kukushka’, headed up by Sonny Wharton alongside Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger and House Meanz House.

If the best of the UKs up and coming talent crop is more your thing The Bandstand is the place for you. We welcome Frauds, Average Sex, Heavy Lungs and Jeremy Hugget’s Swing Zing with plenty more to come.

If you prefer your Nozstock a little more weird and wonderful then look no further than The Cabinet of Lost Secrets where 7 Suns, The Pink Diamond Revue and The Imaginary Hat will enthrall and entertain. If thespians take your fancy we have everything from Roisin Crowley Lintons spoken word show through to Hummadruz‘s U.V extravaganza. Not to mention fun, games and crafts around site; try your hand at archery, learn a new skill at our blacksmiths forge or join conniseurs of a good time Sunken Yard for a paint throwing party.

And this is just a fraction of the fun at Nozstock 2018. We have soooo much more to share with you so please head to our line-up page for a full list from our first wave of artists and grab yourself a ticket here.

More announcements coming soon, but in the meantime get planning that Nozstalgic outfit! Head over to our Pinterest page for inspiration. Anything from flared jeans to Karate Kid, from game boys to ghostbusters and yes…even double denim…

Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2018 – first line up announcement from Nozstock The Hidden Valley on Vimeo.

Better put that shelf up….

Nozzers it’s Halloween, it’s 262 days until 2018’s festival begins and WE’VE ONLY GONE AND WON AN AWARD!!

Yes, that’s right, an award. Our closing festival fire show won ‘Most Mind-blowing Spectacle’ at the 2018 AIF UK Festival Awards.

Massive thanks to all of our crew who made this happen, production, walkabout, construction, H&S, Hummadruz fire performers and of course all of you lovely lot who routed for us!

If you didn’t see 2017’s fire show then don’t worry watch the video below!

We’re busy plotting for our 20th-year celebration, plenty more mind-blowing things in the pipeline, promise.

Anyway we’re off to celebrate, the shelf can wait.

Xx

Dates announced for 2018!

2017 was the most amazing, surreal and special Nozstock we’ve had yet. After some time to digest the magic and of course put our feet up we’re ready (and hope you are too) to celebrate 20 YEARS OF NOZSTOCK! 

DATES for this years festival: Frday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July 2018.

20 years ago we would never have dreamed that our little family BBQ would become the sonic escape that all of you Nozzers enjoy. We can’t wait to celebrate 20 years of making memories, having fun, forming friendships and being magical the only way we know how.

See you on the farm. #20YearsOfNoz

TICKETS: Limited super early birds now on sale.

From £95 for adults / 12 and under free / Booking fees apply

Book here

 

The Velveteen Valley Cabaret Highlights

From outrageous cabaret to comedic mayhem, this stage, like no other, will keep you wildly entertained for hours. Known for its naughtiness, dreamy dancing and hilarity, the Velveteen Valley’s 2017 line up promises to bring you just that.

Bringing the first lot of outrageous cabaret for the weekend, is Jolene Dover. A cabaret star for nine years, Jolene will be your Saturday night host and is set to be the star of the stage for one night only, right here at Nozstock. Ursula Dares will be bringing more cabaret in her form of a creative, theatrical and comedic approach, an experience not to be missed. The Glitter Kittens, too, will be performing their eclectic mix of traditional cabaret combined with alternative burlesque and circus.

If burlesque is what you’re after, then Jewel Personality and Flossie Smalls will be gracing the stage. Jewel Personality, an exciting, up and coming performer, will be performing a funny and cheeky burlesque set. While Flossie will be performing her popular, sweet and saucy routine ‘Cool Cat in Town’.

On Friday night Alistair Aitcheson’s Incredible Playable Show, will be inviting spectators onto the stage to become players for the night, where they must interact with each other and the audience to progress. A unique show, which takes games of his invention into the real world. Backyard Bingo, will be reinventing bingo as you know it, think unique, comedic entertainment and brilliant prizes, for this show.

Jackie Clementines, will be performing his new show, ‘Fool Bodied’, intertwining a mix of juggling, acrobatics and danger. And Jessticular Dancer and Her Highness will be performing a mix of street dance, pole, blues, burlesque and circus for an enticing performance for the senses.

Join us, one and all, in the Velveteen Valley for the quirkiest and naughtiest of line ups.  

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.

Taking Nozstock onto the Streets

Every year you wonderful people excite and inspire us with your enthusiasm for Nozstock; it’s thanks to YOU our little old garden party grows and gets more diverse every single year.

For 2017 we’ve been looking at more ways to get you lot involved in the promotions side of the festival and some clever Nozstocker came up with the brilliant notion of the NozSquad Distribution Team!

We’re looking for a fistful of good pennies to help us promote Noz at gigs and festival venues in the run-up to this year’s event- you’ll need to be outgoing and friendly and willing to give us  a few of your evenings over the next few months.

In return for all your hard graft, and for sharing your passion for the ways of the Hidden Valley, you’ll earn yourself a free ticket, plus some exciting rewards if you’re extra successful. Good deal? You reckon!

To find out more about becoming a member of the NozSquad Distribution Team head over here.

 

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.

The Sugarhill Gang

Celebrated ‘Rappers Delight’ hit aficionados The Sugarhill Gang will be making an appearance in the Orchard for a legendary set of disco-funk and hip-hop vibes. The sensational trio, originating from Englewood New Jersey, were named after the culture-rich Sugar Hill neighbourhood in Harlem by producer Sylvia Robinson in the 1970s, owner of Sugar Hill label.

Robinson, on the lookout for a new and interesting sound, discovered 22 year old nightclub bouncer Henry Lee Jackson AKA Big Bank Hank, rapping Cold Crush Brothers’ rhymes outside the pizza parlour he worked at, rapping DJ Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) was soon after auditioned in Robinson’s car. Adding 6’5” rapper Wonder Mike into the mix, Robinson was unable to pick one out of the three, so decided to create a group and the Sugarhill Gang were born.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight Original single

They were assembled in 1979 to record a revolutionary new hip-hop single, reinventing the 70s music scene after disco had reached its peak. The Sugarhill Gang was the group that brought hip-hop to mainstream America, awakening the hip-hop scene with their first explosive single ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It was the first rap single ever to become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 8 million copies, taking their fresh and funky sound global.

The legends took the music world by storm, recording hit hip-hop records including ‘8th Wonder’, making it to the number 15 spot on the R&B charts, and crowd-starting ‘Apache’.

After taking a short break, The Sugarhill Gang returned to fame in 1999 and recorded ‘Jump on it’ a children’s hip-hop album.

 

The first rap group to reach international fame, they brought rap and hip-hop culture to the masses and helped launch a genre that has continued to grow and influence. Now the Sugarhill Gang are making a long awaited comeback with the addition of Melle Mel and a 30 date European tour, including the famed Funk & Soul Weekender and Boomtown festivals, with our little old Nozstock being one of their stop-offs in the middle.

Come join us my friends! A chance to revisit the roots of rap, get ready to ‘boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat’ with the hip-hop troupe themselves, here down on t’farm. The Gang promise to haul you through hit after hip-hop hit, get your booty moving and grooving down in the Orchard “Hip-hop, hippie to the hippie, to the hip-hip-hop and you don’t stop”