More Than Just Music

It’s a well-known fact that Nozstock is about more than just the late-night boogying…

During those glorious (hopefully!) sun-soaked festival mornings and afternoons, all farm-dwellers are invited to take a stroll around our very own ramshackle Nozstock Village. Indulge in a spot of pampering, treat yourself to an al-fresco lunch or even unleash some crafting abilities within yourself that you never knew you had…

If you’re after a quiet, reflective space amidst the festival hubbub, want to re-centre yourself after the late-night festivities, or are simply hankering for a relaxing massage to soothe some sleeping-bag induced aches, the Yeleni Healing Area is the place for you. Every year the lovely folk from the Yeleni Therapy & Support Centre in Hereford come to the farm with a varied programme of workshops and therapies including massage, meditation and yoga. The money they raise each year at Nozstock – which, in 2016 was over £2,500 – supports them in their work with those living with chronic illnesses. You can unwind in the hands of Yeleni’s trained specialists, safe in the knowledge that your pennies are going towards helping others feel better too – what more could you ask for?

After Yeleni have picked you up, untied all your knots and got you back on your feet, why not have a look-see what’s happening in the Craft area, tucked cosily behind all the action of the Orchard Stage.

Bryce’s Greenwood Workers will be on hand producing marvellous creations out of locally sourced wood, while local woodworker Mark Evans will be once again gracing the farm with his presence to assemble the most remarkable sculptures and objects before your very eyes – and keep an eye out for Brendan Rock’s wood-carvings, hidden in nooks and crannies around the farm. If you’re looking for something a bit edgier, our resident Chainsaw Carvers will be back, creating intricate sculptures with just a block of wood, a chainsaw and (hopefully) a steady hand! Mushroom Paul will be back, providing chainsaw-carved mushrooms and toadstools for you to take a pew, and even craft your very own little fungi from wood and copper.If just the thought of this has your hands itching to get creatin’, make sure to get yourself down to the sustainable textiles costume-making workshop hosted by the lovely ladies at My Ella, who make it their mission to help people express their creativity while doing their bit for the planet. They will be providing all the recycled materials you could need to create some surreal-iously weird costumes to help you stand out around the farm. Finally, there’s nothing quite as surreal as the ancient and inexplicable folk-customs of England, as you can learn for yourself in the Morris Dancing Workshop brought to you by the weird and wonderful Morris Team. You’ll be be-ribboned and bell-shaking before you know it…

If you’re wanting to treat yourself to a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner – that you didn’t have to cook for yourself, crouched over a camping stove – there’ll be a wide array of food vendors on hand to cater to (just about) every wish.

To get those engines running of a morning, check out Get Your Oats Here for authentic traditional oatcakes amongst other tasty breakfast goods. For a real kickstart, take a leaf out of Agent Cooper’s book and pick up a cup of joe from Callum’s Real Coffee, or, if you’re feeling wholesome, an organic smoothie or fruit juice from A Glass of Joy. Whether your vibe is more Parisian chic or homemade-Shrove-Tuesday-memories, Happy Crepes will be here to fulfill your pancake needs, or channel a backyard British summer BBQ with a quality, locally-reared burger or banger from Happy Herefords.Just because you’re in a field doesn’t mean you have to abandon all the comforts of home: Spuds u Love will be paying homage to the wonder that is the humble baked potato in all its forms, while The Fish and Chip Shed will be setting up shop to ply you all with Britain’s favourite cod-n-carb combo. If a good cuppa is all you need to perk you up, the Tea & Toast van will be serving what it says on the tin round the clock. But remember, you’re on holiday, after all, and you won’t have to travel far across the farm to sample a range of exotic culinary delights, like warming curries from Authentic India, a mouthwatering selection of Thai and pan-Asian street food favourites from Somtam Street, or deliciously fresh kebabs and mezze from The Middle Feast. Don’t forget to get friendly with Los Amigos and their delicious burritos, but make sure to save room for pudding – come rain or shine, what could be better than a scoop (or three) of ice-cream served from a vintage VW van, courtesy of The Splitscreen Icecream Company? If all else fails, Gallop Toasties will be here serving up the ultimate comfort snack – peace and a general sense of wellbeing between two slices of bread.

All that plus a host of stalls offering official Nozstock merchandise, vintage clothes and jewellery, glitter, face-paint, fancy-dress and just about every kind of shiny bauble you could ask for – as well as plenty of homegrown and reasonably-priced bars to keep you hydrated with local ciders and specially themed cocktails (keep an eye out for this year’s crop of surrealistic puns). Let’s hope you manage to find the time to actually see some music amongst it all…

Charity Begins at Noz

Down on the farm we like to make sure that we give something back to our lovely community and help some great causes at the same time. This year we are supporting some great causes, so, if you need a break from the festival buzz here’s what you can do…

Watch and enjoy the performing artists supported by the Herefordshire community music charity Music Pool on The Bandstand.

The Music Pool’s work benefits a wide range of people of absolutely all ages, abilities and backgrounds; the youth music project Livewire provides workshops, helps to promote gigs and supports training opportunities, courses and recording sessions for young people in the Herefordshire area. Project manager Nicky Jaques has said “Performing at Nozstock provides the opportunity for young people to play to a festival audience and to soak up the sounds of the other bands and artists. They gain exposure to new music which will inspire them to keep developing their own sound and the whole experience gives them a massive confidence boost as young musicians.” Great stuff.

You could come try your luck on our Human Fruit Machine….!

What is this wondrous idea you speak off? The Human Fruit Machine is quite literally what it says on the tin – A. Human. Fruit. Machine. With 50% of the profits going to good causes what’s not to love? It’s part of Nozstock’s charm, we have something refreshingly different to do around every corner.

 Sad and lonely old tent? No problem! Unfortunately we all know that tents and camping equipment get left behind at festivals…but fear not – you can donate your unloved camping equipment and tents to People in Motion. Focused on providing support and aid to displaced people your unwanted tents will be packed up and sent to help the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. Woo!

We are also supporting Trees for Cities again this year. They are the only charity who work on an international scale to create greener cities, raising awareness of the importance of tree planting in urban areas. Trees for Cities focus on improving the lives of people living in cities as well as helping to inspire children to grow and eat healthily. Since 1993 they have engaged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 trees (that’s an average of 21,428 loo rolls worth per person). These trees were planted in parks, schools, housing estates and streets to revitalise these areas, improving the lives of local people who live there.

As part of our green initiative scheme American Rockers Hayseed Dixie will be helping plant a tree to our ever growing Celebritree Avenue, with help from Trees for Cities. The tree will accompany those planted by The Proclaimers, Molotov Jukebox, Henning When, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and Electric Swing Circus. This gives you the chance to see your favourite artists supporting environmental awareness (and getting their hands dirty).

If you need to unwind after a long day ‘festivalling’ then you can head down to our Healing Zone for a treatment from Yeleni. The lovely Yeleni provide a place of peace for those having to deal with very difficult issues in their life, giving support and offering free therapy to people with chronic illnesses. They’ll be offering massages, hypnotherapy and various workshops to help your physical and emotional health. £10 of the money you pay for your treatment goes towards Yeleni’s charity work. By having a treatment you will help to deliver these therapy sessions to anyone with chronic illness and cancer around Herefordshire.

Each year the amazing Oxfam team provide some of our stewards who help keep you safe and secure on site.  The money raised from working with Nozstock goes towards helping people living in poverty around the world; it could buy 52 cows or 381 chickens for farmers, provide shelter and clean water for 32 Syrian refugee families or enable 247 young women to join schools in Ethiopia. Go us!

Three things we value really highly at Nozstock are creating a greener environment to live in, supporting all members of our wonderful community and having as much fun as possible. Getting involved with our charities and supporting causes does all of this so don’t miss out!

A Fistful of (charitable) Dollars…

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Time to give yourself a big ol’ slap on the back Nozzers. We are mega chuffed to say that thanks to your support we have raised more for charity in 2016 than ever before!

Those of you who got relaxed and replenished with a massage from Yeleni Healing Centre raised a massive £2564. This money will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness.

For all you fine diners at The Chicken Cow Café, your penchant for tasty cuisine has raised £556 for Trees for Cities, our new charity for 2016, who focus on planting trees to create greener cities. Those who got involved with Chicken Shit Bingo also raised £70 for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of our festival friend, Tracey.

Big In The Gambia’s inspiring education talks and funky tunes clearly made an impact on you all as they raised £600, which will help to improve the lives of Gambian mothers and babies.

A big thank you also need to go out to those who got played the Human Fruit Machine, sorted out their thirst with Frank Water or donated camping equipment to People In Motion.

Last but by no means least thank you to Oxfam who come every year and help to look after you lovely lot. Working with Oxfam at Nozstock pays for 91 midwives or 4200 school books.

Your donations have helped to save lives, offer quality care for patients and create a greener environment. Now go feel smug and we will see you all next year for another blinder…

Sweet Charity

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Well Nozstockers, we think it’s time to give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back and bask in your do gooding smugness…

We are very pleased to tell you that thanks to your support our official charities have done better than ever in 2015. The 450 of you who took a break from the festival hive and visited The Yeleni Healing Zone for a massage over the weekend have helped to raise £2165 which will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness. Thank you! It’s a massive boost for Yeleni. You can learn more about what they do here.

The foodies amongst you have been at it as well. Those who indulged in a delicious treat from The Chicken Cow Café have helped to raise £622 for Water Aid. That money will be used to help transform lives by improving access to water and sanitation.

We also need to thank all those who got involved with the Human Fruit Machine and supported The Music Pool’s Livewire performance on The Bandstand and the OMG Herefordshire performance on The Garden Stage. Last but not least a big shout out to all of our Oxfam Stewards. Through working at Nozstock Oxfam are able to provide 91 midwives, 52 cows or 4,200 school books. Festival stewarding is fun, but the money raised is serious, and your support saves lives.

Who would have thought festivalling could feel so good? 🙂