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.

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?

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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!