Groove to reggae by day at Elephant’s Grave

Chapman’s Circus may be long gone but the weird and wonderful vibes remain…

By day, you’ll be grooving to dub and reggae with the likes of Ital Sounds, who will be bringing everything from classic roots to modern scrub-a-dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music.

Drumlove perform as a full drumming troupe, a sight and sound to behold. Go With The Flo, Juggla and DJ Shogun, bring a collective 46 years worth of reggae experience to the decks, so expect some winding grooves and plenty of dubby flavour. On Friday night DJ Feva is bringing his unique combination of hip-hop skills and reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dance floors from Birmingham to Brazil. And expect something a little tropical from MadMax.

Ital Sounds will be joined over the weekend by Bristol-based Boom Sound, bringing underground reggae in the form of Fat Stash, who have championed artists such as Gardna and Uncle Dugs, are also joining the party to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. They’ll be representing alongside KreedHold Tight Collective, and many more.

Find out more over on the Elephant’s Grave page ….


Mike Hale - dancer Nozstock 2016

Elephant’s Grave stampeding into Nozstock 2017

Elephant’s Grave will be coming alive for its first Nozstock appearance! Over three days, this brand new venue will be a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark.

Today, we’re profiling the house contingent…

Opening the stage is DJ, producer and innovator, House Meanz House, who will be charging our senses with his deep bass lines. With breaks as sharp as tusks, HMH’s synths and tech house style are beyond big league.

Hosting the Elephant’s Grave first night of Noz 2017, DJ and promoter collective From Berlin With Love are here to serve you a cocktail of all the finest minimalist house and techno, shaken up with a hearty dose of rough ‘n’ ready Bristolian clubbing attitude. Followed on Saturday by one of house music’s most exciting artists, Dirty Secretz, who will be serving a mash up of his legendary remixes that feature the likes of X-Press 2 and K-Klass alongside solo releases that have been unleashed on respected House music labels including Skint, Stealth and Nervous.

Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton, who has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK, will be hosting the party on Saturday night. Sonny’s ability to captivate audiences with his energetic performance and diverse track selection prominently positions him behind the decks of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Joining Sonny will be DJ collective Forte who will be providing a smorgasbord of futuristic house and techno, trampling over borders and boundaries and blowing your socks off in the process.

This is certainly a line-up that will have you dying to dance in the Elephant’s Grave. For full billing check out the dedicated line up page here.


Mike Hale - DJ Nozstock 2016

Honourable citizens of Noz – we thank you for your presence!

Charlie Rimmer - crowd at Garden Stage


Friends, Romans, countrymen … time to kick off your gladiator sandals, hang up your togas, put your sword and shield in storage for the winter and have yourself a nice sit down. Pop the kettle on. Bribe your mates to fan you with leaves and feed you grapes. You deserve it. Because, Nozzers, you smashed it out of the blimmin’ park this year.

From the littl’uns wowing us all with their arty crafty creations in the Kids Area to the dedicated partytroopers keeping the neighbouring cows awake til the wee small hours, each and every one of you brought a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings. Repeat offenders and brand-spanking-newbies all coming together as thousands of threads in the beautiful tapestry of Nozstock, if you will.

All of us here at NozHQ thought this year’s crowd was the most chilled, friendly and fun-hungry we’ve had in yonks – not to mention the Sun Dance shapes you were all pulling helped keep the rain at bay for the weekend. We make you earn your keep down here on the farm …

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, 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.

If you’re looking to give us a little token of your appreciation for the weekend you’ve just had – or if your Nozstock wasn’t quite up to standard and you want to let us know – please have a click on our Nozstock 2016 feedback form. There’s £100 of Amazon vouchers up for grabs for one lucky entrant to sweeten the deal.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks for photographic evidence of your time on the farm – to keep you going through those lonely winter nights when Nozstock 2016 begins to seem like a distant dream. Don’t worry folks, we’ll be back before you know it – see you in 2017…

Check out a few photo highlights right now.

Nominated for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival 2016!

Happy festival go-er in the sunshine

The sun is shining, the flags are a’waving and we just cannot contain our excitement to welcome all you glorious Nozstockers to the farm this weekend. To add to all the love and happiness, we’ve only gone and been nominated for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2016! Every year, the Association of Independent Music gives you, oh wonderful festival lover, the opportunity to choose your favourite independent festival based on all round creativity, commitment and brilliance. You can see where we’re going with this…

Each year at Nozstock, our farm family aim to create an eclectic, participatory and all round blissful little world for all of our lovely festival go-ers. The Nosworthy’s and their network of dedicated and imaginative friends spend all year round thinking of the most inventive ways to make each year a sonic, visual and sensory playground for everyone.

If there was an award for best festival go-er, we’d vote for you every time! Jus’ saying. Oh, and would you look at that…voting closes on Monday 25th July 2016, the day we that we give the cows back their home after Nozstock 2016. If you love Nozstock, like Nozstock loves you, then get your vote in for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival 2016 soon. Then, come to Nozstock this weekend and we’ll show you that you made the right choice. Thank you lovelies!

Vote for Nozstock here.

Voting closes 5pm, Monday 25th July.

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.

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!

 

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!

 

Galactic greatness: Nozstock in photos

Photo credit: Lulu Harrison

Huge thanks to a plethora of fabulous photographers who captured the wonder that was Nozstock 2015….

See their sets on Nozstock’s Flickr >>> 

Super Early Birds on sale (limited supply)

SUPER EARLY BIRDS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT BUT WE’LL BE RELEASING MORE THIS SIDE OF XMAS, HAVE NO FEAR!

If imagining yourself at Nozstock 2015 is all that is getting you through the thought of the night’s drawing in then we’ve got some news for you…

The festival will take place 24 – 26 July 2015 and a limited amount of super early bird tickets will go on sale Tuesday 7 November at 6pm. They will be priced at £80 for a Friday arrival ticket, £90 for Thursday arrival. Note these are only available from our website ticket’s page.

We expect these tickets to sell like flaming hot hot cakes so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to get online at 6pm sharpish!

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Photo by Richard Aldred

Photo by Richard Aldred