Get creative in our craft quarter…

Sophie Wheat Phaded - Nozstock 2015 crafty leather

Our Craft Area invites you to weave a bit of magic and create beauty from all nature provides. Be wowed by the skills on show as our clever craft bods offer demonstrations of traditional techniques.  The industrious amongst you can learn a new skill or make a memento of your weekend with playful exploration of various techniques and materials. Utilising metal, wood, textiles or stone, come and be creative with the amazing workshops we have on offer.  Make hooks with our blacksmith, unique metal jewellery or dream-catchers out of willow. Learn all about knots and impress your friends by making the most spectacular wooden mushroom or welsh love spoon. Get dirty with clay and become a potter in a day with our drop in sessions.

If you are a craftsman yourself and feel like captivating The Hidden Valley with your skills then applications are still open. Get in touch with a completed application form available below.

Trader and Workshop Application 2016

Trader Application Guidance 2016

Mic assassins may apply – J5 will judge a winning MC for Nozstock

Jurassic 5


Bonafide 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 members of the legendary Jurassic 5.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of some of the world’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention ourselves — 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 30 June 2016 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Bonafide Facebook page.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to YouTube/Instagram. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• Title the video #MCNoz2016 – Your Name”
• HashTag the mix: “#MCNoz2016″. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles.
• Send your video YouTube/Instagram link via email to promotions@nozstock.com along with your real name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.
• The shortlist will be selected by Bonafide 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.

It’s that simple, may the best bars win! Full terms and conditions apply.

GoCarShare and win tickets to Nozstock 2017

Crowd

Fellow Nozstockers,

It is often said that one of the defining moments of the ancient world was the discovery of the wheel. However THE defining moment of the ancient world was when we started to share the wheel with each other!

So If your driving to Nozstock this year and you have a space in your car head over to GoCarShare and see if anyone is making the same journey as you. You’ll save on petrol money, save the environment and we’ll even enter you into a draw to win a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2017!

That’s right, anyone who gives a lift or receives one to Nozstock through GoCarShare will be entered into the draw to win a pair of tickets to next years festival!

So if your stuck for a way to get to The Hidden Valley, or just looking to make a festival friend, check out GoCarShare where you will be matched with someone going the same way as you. And if you’re the winner of next years tickets we will email after the festival. What more motivation do you need to go green?

Compete to be wordsmith of the year in NozSlam!

NozSlam 2016


NozSlam!

Nozstock’s very own poetic pugilism platform is entering its third year of existence and we want YOU to join the host of awesome amateurs, poetic professionals and (even!) national champions that have graced our ears, eyes and stage over the past two years by submitting for “NOZSLAM 2016!”

In case you’ve somehow missed out the last two times round, let us break it down for you: slam is performance poetry, but with a playful competitive edge.  Poems can be funny, sad, angry, happy, political, topical, rhythmic, lyrical, dressed up in sparkly spandex leggings doing stag leaps across a pond of peanut butter… whatever it is that tickles your cerebrum, just so long as it is tickled in less than three and a half minutes! Each performance gets scored out of 10 by our five judges, the highest and lowest scores are dropped, the results are tabulated, totted up and the top scorer takes home the trophy!

If you’d like to throw your metaphorical hat in the ring, then all you need to do is make a little video of you performing your poem, and send it to nozslam@gmail.com along with your name and a description of up to 50 words to be featured alongside it by 30TH MAY!

We’ll upload all the submitted poems to the NozStock YouTube channel on 3RD JUNE where they’ll remain for the public’s viewing and VOTING pleasure until 17TH JUNE. The ten videos that receive the most YouTube ‘likes’ will be short-listed, and then it’s up to the whole NozStock team to discuss, disagree, debate, and eventually somehow decide on the five slammers (ANNOUNCED 27TH JUNE) who’ll receive FREE tickets to come and compete in the live Sunday final at this year’s NozStock Festival!

The winner of our main event slam will receive a whole host of NozStock goodies, heaps of adoration and, most importantly, a coveted spot in the Tent Of Temporary Thought line-up next year!

So whether you’ve always felt there was a poem burning in you that you’ve just gotta get out, or you’ve been doing this spoken word lark forever, it’s time to sharpen your pencil, limber up your larynx and show the world why you deserve to be NozSlam Champion 2016!

Rik & Matt

Tent Of Temporary Thought Stage Managers

P.S. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just want to see more of this slamming stupendousness – then head on over to www.youtube.com/NozstockFestival and check out entries from the last couple of years!

 

Crew Profile: Alana, Garden Stage Assistant Manager

Garden Stage Assistant Manager (Blondie in the middle) Alana Hepburn

Garden Stage Assistant Manager (Blondie in the middle) Alana Hepburn


Ahead of Noz 2016 we caught up with Alana Hepburn to find out what makes her tick during festival season. Keeping proceedings running smoothly on the Garden Stage is Alana’s forte!

What’s your number 1 festival survival tip?

Bring a hot water bottle for your tent at night – extra heat for the colder nights.

Tell us a funny festival story.

Once we had a stage invasion during Sicknote, there was about 40 people on the stage – shouting Death to unemployment! it was pretty crazy!

Have you ever been star-struck?

Not so much starstruck but was very thrilled to have meet and worked with Craig Charles for his funk and soul club performance on the garden stage.

What is it that you love about festivals?

The atmosphere, people, environment – Everything!

Got some Nozstalgia for us?

Anytime I leave my house I pass a farm in my hometown, it makes me think of Bromyard – Rowden Paddocks every time.

Describe yourself in three words (when you are in festival-mode!)…

Enthusiastic. Determined. Helpful.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Every moment at Noz is my best moment!

Who would be your ultimate-beyond-ultimate dream headliner at Nozstock?

Jurassic 5 – This year will be amazing! I have worked with Jurassic 5 several times before and I know they will be fantastic.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

People who pee all over the porta- toilets seats

When you’re not making Nozstock happen, what are you doing?

Running events, working artist liaison and reppin’ gigs in Glasgow.

A sonic explosion at Noz 2016 – live acts for every appetite!

Live acts round up blog

Nozstock is a festival for everyone. No matter how old or young you are, whether you’re into reggae or indie, want to discover new bands and explore unusual sounds or just dance until you can’t feel your feet anymore, The Hidden Valley has something for every appetite and we’ve picked out a few acts for you to prove it!

Expect a huge range of music on the Orchard stage – from multi-instrumental extravaganzas to ska/ Britpop bands and ragey punk, there will be something to please each and every member of your gang!

Speaking of variety, we couldn’t help but begin with Slamboree. Described as “the perfect festival band” by Louder than War, Slamboree are a spectacular act, second to none. The 15-piece ensemble of theatrical artists and musicians haven’t released an album yet, but they have a strong presence on the UK festival circuit, building a loyal fanbase with their extravagant live shows. Their sound is a one-of-a-kind mash-up of electronic dance music, drum n’ bass, swing, and gypsy.

London-based Buster Shuffle, are coming to Nozstock with their brand new catchy album ‘Naked’. Their love for Britpop and ska is expressed through this album in its most complete form. Buster Shuffle have travelled all over Europe playing sold-out gigs and festivals. In the UK they have toured with the likes of The Holloways, The Wombats, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Chas ‘n’ Dave. This band is clearly doing what they love and we can’t wait to see them do what they do best.

The Lovely Eggs are a garage-pop duo from Lancaster expected to shake things up with their angry, girly vocals, loud guitars and surreal lyrics. They have built a reputation for their live shows, playing from squats in Europe and charity shops in Leeds, to SxSW in Austin, Texas and a two-month tour of America. They have produced four albums gaining much support from BBC 6 Music while their last record, ‘This is Our Nowhere, received 8/10 in the NME.

Over at the Garden stage there is a little surprise for reggae lovers! Shanty represent the classic roots of reggae, but the soulful vocals of Sam Raywood breath a freshness that makes their sound truly modern.

Deep in the Cabinet of Lost Secrets, Collective 43 are Nozstock regulars, returning for the third time with their playful and engaging live show. They draw inspiration from New Orleans street bands while bringing in swing, funk, ragtime and dub references. With eight to 14 members performing, this multi-instrumental congregation will make the Cabinet of Lost Secrets the place to be!

At the Bandstand you will discover up-and-coming indie acts that’ll make you wonder why you’ve never heard of them! Nottingham is a city with a thriving underground scene and its new export, Kagoule is robust proof of that. Described as “ferocious noise-makers”, Kagoule produce a sound that entails widespread alternative rock references, but remains, as yet, unspecified. They have supported bands such as The Wytches, Iceage and Drenge and played last year’s BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Cardiff can take pride in Houdini Dax. These three young lads have been playing together since school and they’ve become a hit booking across this summer’s festival calendar.  They bring a fresh take on the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, while their energy on stage will definitely get you moving!

Some of the best UK and international live bands will appear on our stages promising to make this year’s Nozstock unforgettable! If you’d like to explore more acts check out our hip-hop and DnB picks or dive into our full line up here!

 

Get your winning Nozstock photo on our programme cover…

Nozstock programmes

Are you a loyal Nozstocker with a penchant for taking amazing photos? Fancy winning a free ticket to The Hidden Valley this year ? We’re looking for a photo that really encapsulates the magic of Nozstock and we think you’ve got the image we’re looking for. All you budding photographers need to do is to get a little Nozstalgic and dig into the photos you took last year – Find the gem that will win as the cover of our Nozstock 2016 programme.

Interested? Send a hi-resolution (300dpi) version of your photo to promotions@nozstock.com and then upload your photo to Instagram or Flickr and share it through your Facebook or Twitter tagging with #NozCoverShot #Nozstock to be in with a chance of a free ticket to this year’s festival and the fame.

Please check the standard competition terms & conditions before participation and we look forward to seeing your entries!

The winner will be announced on 30th June.

The buffest DnB line up.

Goldie Randall DJ Marky Dub Phizix dnb at Nozstock

Our music team have been working like the clappers to bring you the tidiest DnB line up of the year.

As well as mammoth sets on the way from Friction ft. Linguistics, Dimension, Rene LaVice and The Prototypes, there’s a whole host of seminal turntablists representing at Noz this year. We thought we’d pick out a few highlights to whet your appetite!

This guy really needs no introduction; Goldie is a household name when it comes to drum ‘n’ bass and jungle. Since the start of his career in ’91, Goldie has performed at some of the biggest and best music venues and festivals across the planet. His first release, in ’92, was released under his alias ‘Ruffige Kru,’ and his calling card landed in ’94 when he started his own label, the world-renowned ‘Metalheadz’. The label has represented artists such as Dillinja, Total Science, and the late Diane Charlamaine. Goldie has his own style and his passion for music is apparent, resulting in him being awarded a MBE earlier this year by the Queen herself for services to music and young people, (Go Goldie!). Last year he brought his first show of the legendary album ‘Timeless’ to life, performing it with the Heritage Orchestra at sell-out shows across the country. This year is his eagerly awaited and unmissable debut appearance at The Hidden Valley. All hail Goldie!

Randall has been on the jungle scene for a whopping 24 years, a true pioneer of rave culture. His collaborations with other artists include legends DJ Hype, Andy C and Jumping Jack Frost. Randall’s sets are a fusion of DnB rollers and ‘ruff ‘n’ ready’ jungle- definitely one for the old school heads! Catch him tearing up the Garden Stage over the weekend.

This year we welcome the infamous DJ Marky! Hailing from Sau Paulo, Brazil, this guy is guarenteed to get your feet moving with his unique trademark style. With cult classics such as ‘LK’ and ‘Yellow Shoes’ under his belt, its no wonder people flock to see him play. Joined this year by the legendary MC GQ, Marky’s set will be a gud’un for sure, so sing it with us now- ‘It’s the waaaay!’

Back by popular demand, Dub Phizix returns to the farm this year, joined by one of the best UK MC’s around, Strategy. Dub Phizix smashed up the dance in 2012 with his set in The Cubicles, and we’re sure it’l be the same story with this deadly duo on the Garden Stage this year. With an unmistakeable style and catchy as anything tunes, such as ‘Marka’ and ‘I’m a creator’- this set is sure to go down a storm.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

Our other amazing acts include; Ulterior Motive b2b Jubei, Amoss, Teddy Killerz, Jaguar Skills, Rockwell, Xtrah & Stealth, Uncle Dugs, Octo Pi and more. So get your skankin’ shoes on, stretch those hamstrings and get ready for the best weekend of the year!!

To see the full Cubicles line up click here and check out the Garden Stage here.

Win a set in The Hidden Valley with our #DJNoz2016 competition

Think your DJ skills deserve a bigger stage than your bedroom?

Our annual competition for up and coming turntable talent returns in collaboration with Data Transmission.

We’re on the lookout for a DJ to get our bass-lovers bouncing at the festival this year, playing a set in the Cubicles, which this year boasts the likes of Friction, Dimension, Rene Lavice, The Prototypes and many more.  You’ll get 2 free weekend tickets to the festival and Data Transmission will do an exclusive interview with the winner, to be seen by their trusted readers, tweeters and Facebook troop. We’ll even throw in travel expenses and some food and drink in the dressing room, ’cause we’re nice like that.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 20 May 2016 following these simple steps:

  1. ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  2. Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  3. Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2016 – Your Name
  4. Tag the mix: “DJNoz2016 ”. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  5. Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description.
  6. Add tracklist.
  7. Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  8. Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission. All entrants must be based in the UK and available 22-24 July 2016. For full T&Cs and application info check out this page.

If you want to take a look at Data Transmission’s interview with last year’s winner, DKN, head over to their site.

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear your submissions!


Mike Hale DJNoz2016

Crew profile: Adele, admin powerhouse

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

We caught up with Adele, our info team queen, who spends her Nozstock weekend keeping you informed and ready for anything…

Describe yourself in three words (when you are in festival-mode!)…

Determined, Excited. Amazed.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Highlights have been The Jim Jones Revue a couple of years ago on the Orchard Stage, The Keys on the Bandstand in 2014, and any time The Correspondents play!

Who would be your ultimate-beyond-ultimate dream headliner at Nozstock?

The Pixes and or PJ Harvey.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

I hate the long walk from your tent to the car in big festivals, especially when you are packing up and leaving!

What are your thoughts on the future of the festival industry?

Its really tough to be a successful festival, there are so many out there competing with each other. But everyone loves a good festival, so long may it continue!

Is Nozstock what you expected it to be after 17 years?

I haven’t been here since the very beginning, like some of the hard-core crew members! But I am very proud to be a part of it now. From being a punter to part of the crew, as the festival has grown, has made me feel like I am really part of something special.

When you’re not making Nozstock happen, what are you doing?

I live in London with my boyfriend, who is the Orchard Stage Manager. We are very lucky to live in London and have loads of music on our doorstep, which we are always exploring! And I work for a festival bar company so I know my way around a few now!

And finally, what three things are always in your Noz survival kit?

Coffee. My duvet. My team!

Struggling to find that last minute present?

Christmas early bird tickets are now on sale so get those frosty fingers tip-tapping on that keyboard and get your friend, relative, or lover the best present of the year. 

fire girl

 

Nozstock Survival Kit: A designer’s profile

We had a great time sifting through all the fabulous submissions for this years t-shirt competition but there was one that stood out; the cream of the crop-circle. The merchandise this year was out of this world and you’re surely wearing your hoodies wondering who fashioned these fantastic designs. Well, let us put your mind to rest! We caught up with Leanne to tell us a little about herself and her big win.

Hi Leanne. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a graphic communication student and freelance designer from Worcester and I designed one graphic for the 2015 official Nozstock merchandise.

We loved your design! Whats your process?Tshirts-all

The communication of messages and emotions is the most important aspect of being a graphic designer. So is knowing and understanding the brand, ethos and audiences, and thinking about how to meet the criteria in a visually exciting and interesting form.

That all sounds very scholarly. Where did you learn all the theory?

I am currently starting my third year of my degree, Graphic Communication at the University of South Wales. It’s helped me to develop and find myself as a designer. I have been lucky enough to work with several design companies as well as freelancing on projects creating designs for print, websites and re-branding. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to contribute a design to this year’s merchandise – it gave me an opportunity to be really creative. I was ecstatic to win!

You totally captured the theme! How did you come up with the design?

I loved the concept of ‘Guide to the Galaxy’, it really helped me get in the creative zone! I liked the idea of a checklist of everything you‘d need to survive and navigate in space, time and the galaxy. A lot of my inspiration came from ‘The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy’, with all the weird and wonderful life lessons communicated throughout the book. I also tried to encapsulate things you would need in space with items you would need for the festival itself. They all have double meanings.

Oo, multi-dimensional! So what’s the meaning of life?

Well that represents the date of the festival; when you can begin the process of planning your weekend! I wanted to illustrate all the exciting parts of the festival journey, from discovering it and getting ready, to arriving and exploring the Hidden Valley! They aren’t necessarily obvious when you look at the design but there’s hidden meanings in there; video calling relates to contacting every person you want to take with you, the spaceship is your transport to the festival, etc.

So, what was the best part of winning?

Being at the festival this year and seeing people buying and wearing my design was mind-blowing. It was really exciting meeting people wearing a t-shirt who tell you they love it. It is at that time you know that you have designed something great!

You sure did! 

I had such a great time this year, I can’t wait to come back. I’ve already had a few thoughts about some new designs, so…watch this space!