‘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

 

The RPMs Q&A

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

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

 

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

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

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

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

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

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

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

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

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

How did you get into music?

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

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

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

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

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

How D’ya Like Them Apples…?

They say that variety is the spice of life; if that’s true then the 2017 Orchard Stage is spicier than a jalapeno on hot sauce dancing the Salsa.

Nestled at the heart of the Nozstock site and set in a gently sloping natural auditorium, the Orchard is the festival’s main stage. By day a whole load of fun and family friendly entertainment occurs in, on and around it but by night it becomes a different beast entirely – a variety stage like no other, with the electric atmosphere of a stage many, many times the size, but so intimate that you can almost feel the breath of the artists on your face as they perform.

This stage has seen memorable action from Jurassic 5, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jake Bugg, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Ben Howard, Roots Manuva and Fun Lovin Criminals to name but a few, with many a cider drinker lured in to dance a merry jig or two.

This year’s lineup continues to build on the fantastic work of the last eighteen years, bringing the Orchard a mind-bending mix of acts from all over the world – with rock ‘n’ roll, indie, ska, hip hop, psych and much more…

Jurassic 5 on the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2016

Jurassic 5 in the Orchard in 2016

The 2017 line-up looks as promising as past years’ with the hobo rock ‘n’ roll legend that is Seasick Steve taking his place at the helm, bringing his gravelly basslines from an assortment of cobbled-together guitars and his dulcet tones waxing lyrical about sleeping under bridges.

Seasick Steve plays the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017

 

 

Since his breakthrough performance on Jools Holland in 2006, Steve’s toured internationally, received Brit Award nominations and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Led Zeppelin. But when he picks up that three-stringed guitar it may as well just be you and him schmoozing round a camp-fire…

From soulful hobo-rock, to bouncy ska from the Stiff Joints (see, we promised variety!)

An eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands, The Stiff Joints are always so popular at Nozstock they’ve become a bit of a resident band. They’ll be bringing their infectious brand of two-tone ska along too, making it impossible to sit still in their presence.

Taking the accolade of ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ from BBC Introducing, the guys are currently working on a new release for 2017. Exciting!

Talking of legends – also billed for the Orchard in 2017 are indie household names of the 80s and 90s, Happy Mondays. Their 1990’s album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ went platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies and marking them as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK.

ince then we’ve enjoyed regular releases from the Happies, including 2012’s best-of album ‘Double Double Good’, extensive tours, various TV appearances, sell-out arenas and numerous festival shows across the UK and Europe. It’s amazing to see them play Noz with pretty much the original line up too.

They brought their own special brand of hip-hop into the mainstream in the 1970s, and now to Nozstock in 2017; The Sugarhill Gang are mostly famed for their iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which was the first true hip-hop track to hit the Top 40. EVER.

 

The old-school hip-hop troupe will be bringing their infectious disco-funk sounds to the Orchard Stage for our audio enjoyment and guarantee to have every age of Nozstocker smoothly grooving their way through the weekend.

You want cult heroes? We’ve got cult heroes! Beans on Toast is an Essex born folk songwriter, singing simple songs that tackle big issues, making you laugh but also making you think, with honest lyrics and quick wit.

He’s opened for Kate Nash, Glastonbury and toured with Frank Turner- his eighth album ‘Spanner in the Works’ was met with critical applause as he explored the themes of anger and love using a more worldly approach to his historically folk-punk style. He always retains that DIY festival feel, which is why he’s a firm favourite for the Nozstock stage.

More cult heroes!

Ferocious Dog are well known for their high octane live performances, mixing folk, rock, reggae and Celtic vibrationstogether to create a sound that has been fit to tour with the LeveFerocious Dog play the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017llers, Wonder Stuff and New Model Army.

In 2015 they played the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury, bringing record numbers to the stage. Nozstockers can expect much of the same from this high energy folk/punk fusion act, to say we’re excited is an understatement; pogos ready!

Variety is what we’re about here at Nozstock and what would a variety stage be without a big dollop of hillbilly rave, in the form of Hayseed Dixie.

The Dixies will be playing original songs alongside covers of AC/DC classics and reinterpretations of R&B and soul hits. These purveyors of ‘rockgrass’ will have you chortling, jigging and generally do-si-do-ing ’til dawn. Brush down your Stetson and hunt down your stompin’ boots, this stage is a’goin to get noisy!

But wait…there’s more!

The Orchard crams in as many acts as possible over the weekend, including The Correspondents, Land of the Giants, The Meow Meows, Jasper in the Company of Others, Oh My God It’s The Church!, Chainska Brassika, Hannah Peel and more!

For the released line up click here.

Cabinet of Lost Secrets nominated in AIF’s Festival Congress Awards…

‘Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you.
If you dare to explore, they will show you the doors to your darker side……the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored.’

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

What can we say folks? We all know of your twisted love for the curious, weird and whacky and now so does the rest of the festival world! Our very own perpetrators of the illusive strangeness, Clik Clik Collective have been nominated for Unique Festival Arena by the Association of Independent Festivals. The Cabinet of Lost Secrets drew in the hoards with their underground lair of madness, animal residents and secret chambers of oddity. They delighted and dazzled with secret interactive performances, installations and artistic prowess. Hailed by reviewers as having “unprecedented madness” (Summer Festival Guide) tales of the Cabinet will live on through time for all those intergalactic warriors who discovered its treats…

Kate Cox, Clik Clik’s Director/Producer said “Influenced from many years of sniffing out weird and secret spaces, I’m thrilled that the Cabinet is nominated for this award.  A big ‘woop’ for the whole ‘Cabinet of Lost Secrets’ crew who gave everything to make it come to life!”

Keep your peepers peeled for the winners announcement at the Festival Congress Awards on the 5th November, and keep your fingers and paws crossed for the fantastic Clik Clik Collective.

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