‘A true old skool festival experience’

photo credit – gareth dalley

Well, the show might be over but the curtain’s not quite closed. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the artwork for another weekend in a different Summer.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had this year. Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed in any way. You make Nozstock what it is. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Evening Standard

Efestivals

Data Transmission

In Reach

This Welsh Mother

Stimulate Your Soul

Skiddle

Safe Concerts

Hereford Times

GlobalMouse

Hedge Combers

Daddacool

Circuit Sweet

Mum In The Mad House

Tired Mummy of Two

 

Nozstock 2017: You smashed it

Image credit – Tanya Burns

Did Louise find her windmill? Did Greg find his shoe? And what happened to the theatre tent’s chicken on the rampage? All this and more was answered at the most amazing, surreal and special Nozstock we’ve had yet.

Friday nights watery deluge dampened no spirits here. You guys came ready to smash it out of the park. You were friendly, you were fun and Nozzers, we loved it. Thank you so much for all the love you send our way year on year. It’s you that make it all worth it.

As ever, credit where credit is due to the acts who kept you on your feet and/or on the edge of your seat, as well as to the traders who kept the Nozstock army marching, fed and sharply attired, to the media bods who captured the magic and to the hordes of volunteers who descended on the farm to keep it clean, safe and sparkly for you all to do your thang in. We are so greatful to everyone involved and part of the Noz family.

We will be posting videos, reviews and a reminder of all the best bits very soon, we just need a bit of time to catch some Zzzs and wash the festival filth from our brows. You can already check out some of the photo highlights here.

Don’t worry folks, we’ll see you all again for 2018 – celebrating 20 years of Nozstock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trippy Picture wins #MCNoz2017

This year we teamed up with Brapp to give one MC the chance to perform live at the festival. After some deliberation from High Focus Record’s Dabbla he has decided to crown Trippy Picture as this years winner. He will join the likes of Goldie Lookin Chain, General Levy, Ocean Wisdom, Levelz, MC Eksman and Rodney P & Skitz.

Watch his entry below…

Trippy Picture – real name Ben Evans – started writing bars in school at age 14 after being inspired by poetry lessons, since then he has performed all around the UK and now he’s coming to the farm for his first UK festival performance. Make sure you catch his performance on the Garden Stage at 3.55PM on the Friday!

Who are you recent influencers?

Lowkey, Mr Key, Aesop and Jam Baxter and U.K. Hip Hop in general. Anything with a crazy rhythm or hard content or perferably both.

What’s your favourite track right now?

I have recently been listening to Homeboy Sandman recomended to me by Zhubat which has been pretty inspiring.

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

Good people, good music and good food, everything else is a bonus really.

Josh Ace Q&A

We sat down with a virtual cuppa, nice slice of Battenberg and Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ace to ask those all important questions that are on the tip of everyone’s tongue:

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

Kurt Vile. Its that kind of grooving Americana thing going on that’s great in a field with everyone having a good time.

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Guitar, Beer, Tent

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing you can put in print

PJ Harvey at Field Day 2016
Photo: WENN

What is your best memory from a festival?

PJ Harvey was amazing at Field Day, maybe that is my most recent memory.

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

Glastonbury, all I remember is the clown. I was about 4.

How did you get into music?

My father is a musician so picked up the basics that way.

 What can we expect from your performance / set?

30 mins of fast paced rock ‘n’ roll.

Bob Dylan on a rooftop in New York City, 1962

 Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Welsh Punk Rock.

Any musical heroes?

Bob Dylan.

 Highlight of your career so far?

Being played on BBC 6music.

Thanks Josh! We’re looking forward to seeing your set on the Bandstand at Noz 2017!

What’s on at the Wrong Directions Cinema…

The Wrong Directions Cinetent is hosted by local experimental collective MASH Cinema, and is the destination to experience all things audio-visual.

This year’s theme ‘Keep It Surreal’ gave MASH Cinema the nod to push their weird genre hopping programme to the max, treating us to an eclectic mix of cinema classics, artist moving image, short film programmes, retrospectives, documentaries, AV performance and random happenings.

Each morning starts with family friendly classic cartoons and films, this year featuring a kids’ mix from BAFTA award winning writer/ illustration duo The Brothers McLeod (who also provide a late night version for grown-ups too!)

[Trailer for The Brothers McLcLeod]

The mornings make way for an afternoon programme of thought provoking documentary, feature films as well as cinema classics such as Man With A Movie Camera. Made in 1929, this unclassifiable film is the work of pioneering Soviet experimenter Dziga Vertov. Ranked number 8 in the BFI 50 Greatest Movies of all Time list!
At 7pm the tent switches to night mode, and only admits audiences aged 18 and over. The programme gets more experimental featuring shorts from the likes of Plink Flojd and Jonathan Gillie, as well as short documentarys like Secondhand Sureshots which features producers J-Rocc, Daedelus, Nobody, and Ras G.

[Trailer for Secondhand Sureshot] Make sure to catch live polyrhythmic eyeball bubblebath performances from Hereford based Mynydd Poly, as well as dark menacing electronica from Ferric Lux.

If that wasn’t enough, head over on Saturday morning for the under 7s rave, and then assemble your team for the Loopy Christmas Festive Film Quiz on Saturday afternoon.

“Open throughout the whole weekend, the Wrong Directions Cinetent is an audio-visual sanctuary for the weary traveller. Re-energise your mind with informative and provocative documentaries; immerse yourself in cinema classics; reset your cultural compass with an array of quality shorts; and be hypnotised by an eclectic selection of experimental works. “

Some of our must see’s below…

FRIDAY

11:00 Ну, Погоди!

12:00 Gulliver’s Travels

13:15 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

16:40 Future States – Plastic

Bag

17:00 Of Oz The Wizard

20:10 Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Electronic Art

01:15 Banana M*therf*%>£r

SATURDAY

10.00 Pink Panther

12.45 Star Wars Uncut

15.55 Yoda – Do or Do not

22.45 DJ Cheeba’s After School Special

23.55 Dismaland – The Official Unofficial

01.00 Ferric Lux (Live AV)

02.05 Plink Flojd Selection

SUNDAY

11.20 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

11.50 The Evolution of Yo-Yo

12.00 Raiding the Lost Ark

16.00 Return of The Jedi – Making Of…

21.50 Angela Stempel Selection

Levelz Up!

Described as ‘Wu tang- meets the Happy Mondays’ by FACT magazine, Levelz is an exciting group of 14 MCs, DJs and producers creating music in a diverse range of genres. From hip-hop to grime and dubstep, drum & bass to house and jazz, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix. Perfect for Noz!

Hailing from sunny Manchester, Levelz were formed way back in 2013 after local promoter and DJ, Rich Reason, pulled together artists and friends to form a new dynamic group of creatives. The diverse crew is made up of producers and musicians Biome, Bricks, Chimpo, Dub Phizix and Metrodome, with lyrics handled by Black Josh, Chunky, Fox, Skittles, Sparkz, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa; Jonny and Rich complete the crew as DJs. WOW!

What makes their sound so unique is the mix of individuals and personalities within the group, each bringing their unique skills and connections to the mix.

Described as a perfectly focused expression of British bass culture and Manc attitude, Levelz have gone from strength-to-strength since forming and have achieved a huge amount of success already, having completed a heavy duty 15 date UK tour and have showcased their talents on platforms as varied as Channel 4, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music, 1Xtra and Apple Music. On top of this they dropped their debut 13-track mixtape LVL11 in 2016 and won their hometowns edition of Red Bull Culture Clash, really stepping up a gear.

Since the crews conception, Levelz have become known as one of the most inherently versatile groups in Manchester due to the diverse genre and age range, with the oldest member into his forties and youngest still in their teens.

We cannot wait for Levelz to bring their notoriously infectious and energetic party to the Garden Stage. Get ready to join the party.  

Gardna Q&A

Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional reggae and dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent.

Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe including Outlook and Boomtown. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.

Ahead of this years festival we got the chance to ask him a few questions…

How long have you been MCing?

I first started trying to spit bars out with the kids hanging around outside the local Sainsburys in the town I grew up in when I was about 12. We’d be trying to slew one another over the latest grime instrumentals that we’d been Bluetoothed on our Sony Erricson walkman phones. I’m 22 now and looking back we were all terrible but you’ve gotta start somewhere don’t ya!

How did Boom Sound Recordings come about?

Myself, Jack Fat Stash, Adam ASBO Disco and James Wonka where all working together at our old office space in Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. They were all doing work for the agency work for Boom Artists but we’d all just hang out there throughout the week and bang out ideas. Artists like myself on the agency started collaborating with one another, great music started happening and we just had to release it ourselves. We couldn’t just give it away.

What are your three festival essentials?

  1. Peach Ice Tea & Havana Club Rum
  2. Wavey Sunglasses
  3. STICKERS! (come find me)

Most embarrassing festival moment?

I think that’ll be the time I fell asleep a few hours before my set and got sabotaged with a permanent sharpie pen. I hosted this huge Jungle b2b with Benny Page, Aries, Marcus Visionairy, Kelvin 373 and more with a massive you know what on my face, obviously nobody told me. The photos are horrendous!

If you ran Nozstock and had to pick three headliners who would you pick?

Depends where we where but.

  1. Chronnix
  2. Bonobo (live)
  3. The Internet

When you’re not making music what are you doing?

Gigging the music. I don’t stop I swear. Always up to something. But apart from that, eating good, drinking good, just gernerally living good. It’s alright here in Bristol. There’s always something on, i’m forever going out to events to get my inspiration for lyrics and live shows. It’s cool.

Have you been to Nozstock before? If not what are you expecting?

I came for an evening a few years ago with The ASBO Disco, it was short and sweet but I am well excited to come back this year with the label and spend some proper time at the festival. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

Ferocious Dog Q&A

Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.

From playing Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their European tour, Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on and dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European tours booked for 2017 and slots at some of the UK’s favourite festivals, we can’t wait to welcome them down on the farm and ahead of their performance we asked them a few questions….

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

Ken Bonsall said Friday night House of Pain, Saturday night Rancid, Sunday night Levellers because these are 3 of my favourite bands

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Beer. Beer carrier. Cheese and hp brown sauce cob

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Trying to stop Les carter aka Fruitbat from drunkenly gatecrashing the Avalon cafe stage while a band was playing. But it turned out in the end that he knew the band who were Flipron

What is your best memory from a festival?

Seeing Dans face at Glastonbury ’92 coming out of the Carter USM mosh pit at 12 years old.

It was a picture

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

Glastonbury 92. Main reason we went is so Dan could see the Levellers for the first time and so we could all see Carter USM

Highlight of your career so far?

Selling out Rock City on our first attempt and making history as the first unsigned band to do so in its 35 year history. And it’s our home town of Nottingham which made it extra special

Hazard Q&A

Originally hailing from Birmingham, and responsible for the most intense tracks the drum and bass world has even heard, we are so excited to have DJ Hazard tearing it up at this year’s festival!

With releases dating back from 2001, which include anthems such as: ‘Time Tripping’; ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’; and ‘Mr. Happy’, to name just a few. No party is complete without these dark, chaotic and pure genius tracks.

As well as being a producing mastermind, DJ Hazard’s DJ sets display what a highly seasoned and creative DJ Hazard really is. Prior to his highly anticipated performance at this year’s festival, Hazard has taken part in a Q&A with us, so we can get to know the Jump Up phenomenon a little better.

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

My car, an escape plan and a bottle of water!

What is your most embarrassing festival memory

There was one festival where I was playing an outdoor stage and it was chucking it down. I was really worried about getting electrocuted so was standing as far away from the decks as possible, trying not to touch too much – it definitely looked a bit embarrassing I’m sure.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Boomtown with Hype last summer. It was unreal.

If you had your own festival what three headliners would you pick?

Bryan G, Randall and Brockie.

What is your favourite song at the minute?

Any Taxman tune, he’s on fire right now.

When you’re not DJing what are you doing?

As little as possible. I’m very good at watching TV.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

To be honest, nobody – I hate working with other people in the studio!

Your tunes have become recognised all over the world, how does it feel seeing and hearing other DJ’s playing them to 1000’s of people?

At first it was really good, but now they’re just playing old tunes because I haven’t released anything for a while so the novelty has worn off a bit. Perhaps that’s the kick up the arse I need to get some new music out?

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.  

Kasra – Q&A

Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
Goldie, Metalheadz

How did Critical Music come about?

I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.

When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?

I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.

When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?

Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!

Which artists do you look up to and why?

Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.

What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?

Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.

What are your future plans for Critical Music?

This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.

What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?

Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !

What three things can you not live without at a music festival?

Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus

Do it for the cows!

For most of the year the lush green rolling slopes of Nozstock are home to a herd of hungry Hereford cows, who are always eager to get back into their fields after the festival. With this in mind we like to do our bit to preserve the land and last year we were lucky enough to win a bronze Greener Festival Award.

So what have we introduced this year you might be asking? Ladies and Gentlemen please be upstanding as for the first time we have introduced a £5 eco bond to help us keep the site even more clean, green, and cow friendly.

How does it work? You will be given bin bags when you arrive, fill up a bag of recycling or rubbish bring it down to our new cecyrcling centre to sort on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning and you will get your £5 back. Simples!

Our clean campsite team will also be coming round to meet everyone and provide some gentle words of encouragement. Clean campsite judge, Cydney, said, “The campsite is a collection of little communities and we will be visiting your area to check out the friendliness and cleanliness of your crew. There are some great prizes to be won and you can extra points for recycling, decorating your area and showing us any special skills.”

We are also introducing a new clean campsite award this year – The Neighbourly Award. Clean Campsite judge Cass said, “The Neigbourly award celebrates the finest in human compassion and good will. We will be looking for tales of those who have reached out and helped their Noz-door neighbours”

So we will be asking you to “do it for the cows!” and you might just get a pat on the back for picking up your tat!

There are plenty of other opportunities to help green-up the festival; have you considered how you are getting to Nozstock yet? Check out our travel page for buses, lift sharing, and more!

If you are coming by car, why not offer up any spare seats through the GoCarShare website – by offering a spare seat, or by putting in a request for a lift on the site you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2018! Alternatively Coaches are running from key locations including London, Bristol, Hereford and Worcester.

This year there will also be a reuseable cup scheme at the bar. Pay a pound for your first cup and you can get a fresh clean cup every time you bring it back to the bar.

Read more about how were keepin’ it green at Nozstock 2017