‘Nozstock is the family run festival with a big heart’.

The gates are closed for another year, the cows are back in their fields. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the fabrics.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had for our 20th anniversary.  Thank you all so much. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

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Earth Based Fun

The Travel Magazine

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Travelynn Family

Mini Travellers

The Bangover podcast

Tired Mummy of Two

Munchies and Munchkins

Globalmouse

 

 

 

2019 tickets now on sale at the ticket hut!

It breaks our hearts to say this but Nozstock is almost over for another year. Our 20th edition has really been truly special, each and every person on the farm has given there all to celebrate our 20th anniversary in true Nozstock style.

So if you lovely sun-kissed bunch of humans are already thinking ahead for Nozstock 2019, then good because so are we. Super-early bird tickets for 2019 are now on sale at the ticket hut on site or online at the same price as last year for £105. If you want to bag yourself a bargain, then be quick, go and pick yours up at the on site now!

Photo: Charlie Rimmer

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.

What will you discover at the Department of Cultural Affairs?

Resting in the wacky, creative, theatrical world of Altered State, lies The Department of Cultural Affairs, focal point for all things theatre, culture and discussion. Come and enjoy psychedelic UV wonders, be left in awe by poetry, meet a lover dressed as an animal or possibly save a life or few.

Take a wonder and witness the spectacle of Hummadruz’ UV show, a truly unique visual treat that will take you on a journey of psychedelic beauty and intriguing stories. Come along on Friday at 22:00 to gain a memory that will last a life time.

Experience something refreshing and leave inspired from the words of the people of Bristol-based Milk Poetry. They have been nurturing home-grown talent and providing quality spoken word since their beginning in 2015, and their events have been praised as “one of the best spoken word nights in the UK” by Picador Books. Hosting their showcase is founder of Milk Poetry, Malaika Kegode. Get involved in their showcase of spoken word open mic, writing workshops and headline spoken word artists on Saturday at 14:30.

Looking for a lover? Soulmate? Or new best friend? Dive into this unusual spin on speed dating, the Love Gurus and their loyal Love Police bring you, Animal Attraction They’ll take you back to your animal instincts as you toss off your human shell to dress up as a member of the animal kingdom and have a boogie. Be sure to release your inner beast on Saturday at 21:00.

Saving the lives of people with blood cancer and other blood disorders, Anthony Nolan are going to be joining us at Nozstock on Saturday at 16:15 to talk about stem cell research. If you’ve ever wanted to become a stem cell donor or simply want to learn more about it then come along and chat with some of the donors themselves and learn of their experiences. You’ll also be able to join in a game of ‘Make me a Match’, a fun experiment designed to get you interacting with each other to try to find your perfect match.

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!

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.

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.

Enter the Cabinet of Lost Secrets…

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets is a multi-roomed immersive live music venue at Nozstock the Hidden Valley. It specialises in funk grooves, worldly beats, experimental sounds, interactive performance elements and surprises coupled with a unique design that changes every year; you will never see the same venue twice.

It is run by a team of people who want to create an unusual experience for anyone who steps inside. Led by Kate Cox (director, producer, programmer and venue manager), Phil Wilkins (co-director, design and build manager) and Graham Colledge (assistant build and design manager), the Cabinet is supported by a handful of other clever bods who work tirelessly to get the venue constructed, décor up and help to keep things running smoothly during the festival itself. All of the volunteers who help are absolutely integral to the Cabinet working. The Cabinet is part-produced by Clik Clik, (Kate’s main business) in collaboration with Nozstock. Vision, planning, design and programming starts in the autumn, then the site build starts in the spring.

Kate told us about how the Cabinet of Lost Secrets began: “I’d been performing at Nozstock for years doing walkabouts and pop-ups as my business guise ‘Clik Clik Collective’. I was keen to develop ideas for a small immersive secret venue tucked in the woods somewhere, but then Nozstock offered this huge piece of land! After chatting with my partner, musician Phil Wilkins (who can make anything with anything) we got our heads together and the Cabinet of Lost Secrets was born. The primary objective was to create a space where strange things would happen, people would get freaked out a little, and secret gigs might pop up. It was always intended that the music style would be more on the funk/world tip to offer something different to the other stages”.

We’re very excited to have installment no.4 of the Cabinet of Lost Secrets returning to Nozstock this year, with a new layout to confuse your minds plus a fine array of funk, world, soul, afro and latin grooves coupled with electronica, immersive experiences and DJ’s. And of course the animals are always watching you…..

So let’s skim through the performance delights on offer this year…

Friday

Getting things off to a fine start we have a little middle American stomping courtesy of The WooTown Hillbillies, then watch out as the Demon Barbers of the Cabinet will be lurking for beard trims and haircuts, while the DJ area in the garden kicks off (2018 features our residents Funky Navigation, plus Beatwell & Dante, and Larsey and Tenz – all rocking a funky groove each day until late). The evening entertainment starts with deep reggae and dub from The King Solomon Soundsystem, before we catch some beat heavy, experimental electronica from sound artists, Swansea Laptop Orchestra. Worldly sounds come next with 7Suns and their sublime Latin and afro rhythms, followed by soulfully hip-hop sounds from Brighton as we welcome back Normanton Street to the Cabinet stage. As it gets late, only the animals know what things might happen in the depths, however we discovered two things: a fresh new London 3-piece called Copper Feel with a funk vibe, then a dose of bizarre sing-songing, don’t miss Neil Pulling on his Organ!

Saturday

A Life Drawing Class and the customary sing-along with Play It Again Dan open the Cabinet doors, followed by some New Orleans street sounds from The Collective 43. The Barbers and the DJ’s are out and about before the main room kicks off late afternoon with a Balkan heavy two piece (and section of Mr Tea and The Minions) – Razzomo. Cinematic soundscapes and world grooves next from Worcester based Capas, then look out for hi-energy punk funk from Manchester’s Ask My Bull. Bringing things back to a soulful vibe we have Almatic with lush hip-hop and nu-soul, followed by electronic, glorious rock and roll swathed beats and visual treats from The Pink Diamond Revue (back by popular demand). Then those epic Seas of Mirth musical pirates will get you ready for dancing in shanty heaven. Later on, come and find more DJ’s, dark David Lynch inspired Deathly Pale Party and other things to wet your whistle.

Sunday

We open again with Life Drawing for a calm and creative start to the day and Play it Again Dan to get those tonsils tinkling in our weekend sing-song. The live music starts with a chilled reggae vibe from Worcester’s The Collective, then it is your last chance for that beard trim or hair cut as the Demon Barbers come out of the depths to service you one last time.
We pick up the late afternoon music with some ‘Nozstalgia’ courtesy of The Imaginary Hat – 1920’s jazz meets rock-punk. Funk is fully on the agenda next with the super-tight Mango Factory, followed up by 70’s Hammond-funk inspired grooves from Mohawkestra. The finale live act in the Cabinet on Sunday night is given to the massively current, soft nu-jazz styles of The Feelgood Experiment to bring things to a super-slick end before the funk jam kicks up a storm in the garden to close our slice of the playful pie for another year.

Of course, always expect the unexpected inside the belly of the Cabinet of Lost Secrets as things may appear and characters may prowl. Look out for the secrets, the weird, the hidden things and surprises tucked inside and come, explore, dance and relax in our homemade multi-roomed lair.

See you there…….

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!