Even more tasty music to announce…

We’re also excited to drop a couple further announcements, just to keep you on your toes… Joining us with their dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop vibes are The Nextmen. On the cusp of releasing a new 12-track album, Pound for Pound, in collaboration with Gentlemen’s Dub Club, there’s never been a better time to catch these guys live. They’re even crowdfunding to deliver vinyl to their fans – find out more here.

We’re also really honoured to see the return of Aristocrats, who’ll be delivering a set dedicated to original member, Dubl Sweggerz, who loved Nozstock. We’re looking forward to seeing these hip hop kings doing it right.

H Grimace land with their discordant, energetic, psyche, fresh and punky sound that, ultimately, refuses to be pinned down. Say a hearty hello also to punky lyricist Lucia, garage-psych quartet Captain Suun, smooth folkster Pierre Donahue, one man arsenal of beats and melodies Steve Strong, heartfelt singer-songwriter Freddie Armstrong, indie-folk duo GXDS, Tel Avivian mellow folkster Rotem, Flowcase 2018 Beatbox Champion Beatfox, purveyor of Americana, flying solo, Al Fraser Green, indie-electronica project Yumi and the Weather, and the rest of the stellar talent on display on the Bandstand.

Tribe of Frog return to the Coppice bringing the neon, psytrance dreams to our retro rave. Get your groove on to genre-defying Geo, resident frogger Dr G, dark psy sound aficionado Hemp, high energy party starters Dirty Saffi, new, spiritually uplifting project Banyan, adventurer in music Mr Black, founder of wavey, psytrance heroes OOOD, Steve OOOD, and the rest!

Bristol’s pioneering, worldwide music station 10 Twenty Radio brings an all-female lineup on Saturday in collaboration with Concrete Jungyals, including DJ/producer Sherry S, in demand Jossy Mitsu, winner of Concrete Jungyals LSTD DJ comp Ludo, Concrete Jungyals resident Asterixx B2B with the unique DJ Raggo and more. On Friday, find 10 Twenty regular Dissident, grime and trap-lover Sour Phree B2B with Birmingham boy Circa ft. Wish and Dash Villz, vinyl enthusiast Nakes, chief at Insomniac Disco Walya, blender of beats Detrivore and more, meaning You’ve Been Prango’d will be buzzing all weekend with bass, garage and grime to die for.

They join a bulging line up of tip-top talent including: Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Goldfrapp, Grandmaster Flash, The Selecter, We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Dub Pistols, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & MC GQ, Honeyfeet, Electric Swing Circus, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, The Lovely Eggs,  and many more…


Concrete Jungyals

#MeetTheNozCrew; Syph

Some of you Nozstockers may have seen that for our 20th edition we have been introducing you to our hardworking and dedicated crew. So *please be upstanding* for the one and only Syph, our master of ceremonies and firework extroadinare. #MeetTheNozCrew

What is your role at Nozstock?

“There are three phases to any Nozstock: the build-up, the festival weekend and the take-down.
For the build-up from end of April I stay up the Farm during the week and take care of the garbage and recycling. I also prepare the crew eating area. Another task is ordering and managing the fireworks and preparing the site for the display. And also being one of Noz’s b*ches I can get drawn into all kinds of farmyard related jobs – oh the joy!

During the festival weekend I am MC on the Orchard Stage and also set off the fireworks.

Finally I’m part of the small crew who for at least a month clear up and put the festival away for another year.”

What is your favourite Nozstock memory over the last 20 years?

“So many but two spring to mind.

The first would be standing at the back of the Orchard Stage with Noz while Martha Reeves was doing her thing and watching Julie dance her socks off. A Sunday night after another great weekend and after all her hard work Julie getting to relax and enjoy herself. Heartwarming.

The second was another Sunday closing act on the Orchard Stage. Vintage Trouble and the song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends: I sang throughout with tears rolling down my cheek. Memories of other festivals from the dim and distant past where we all sang along with Joe Cocker flooded in. Totally personal and overwhelming.”

What are you most looking forward to at #Nozstock2018?

“Being part of the Nozstock magic and witnessing the happy mixing of kids of all ages. Meeting up with old friends and chatting with new Stockers. Having a successful firework shoot. Enjoying a few sorbets from the van next to the Orchard Stage. Would also like to catch some of Reginald D. Hunter but may clash with my MC duties. Heigh ho – that’s Nozstock for me – so much to enjoy, but so much to miss! And probably most importantly having good weather during the month of clear-up.”

When you are not at Nozstock what do you do?

“It has been said that there is no life outside Nozstock and for some of us planning in various forms goes on throughout the year. What to introduce, to change, to improve.

Apart from that I potter in the garden, act as the Bromyard Scarecrow, get roped into AmDram – My Fair Lady coming up, fathom out cryptic crosswords, travel to exotic times and places on my Xbox One X and kill opponents (well at least as a vegan, I don’t eat them) and generally try to give more than I take from life.”

You can find out more about this Nozstock legend and other crew members on our Facebook.

Camping: The Luxury Edition

Keen to camp but the thought of broken poles and missing tent pegs fills you with fear?

Up for the party but not for lugging your tent bag through the campsite?

 
With just a few weeks to go before Nozstock 2018, the excitement is setting in; but is the thought of turning up on site and having to set up camp playing on your mind? Would you rather dive straight into the arena and explore? Well we may have the solution…

If you’re looking for a little luxury, Zoobells will pre-pitch you a stunning canvas bell tent in their own private campsite complete with a sewn in ground sheet and beautiful bunting, perfect for those who are looking to rest their weary dancing feet in style.

In varying sizes and levels of lavishness, you’ve the choice to add comfy mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed sheets and rugs amongst other luxuries.

Get your hands on one here, but be quick – they’re filling up fast!

If you’re no Glamper but you dream of someone putting your tent up and taking it down for you then Camplight will be right up your street.

Arrive to a pre-pitched tent plus a sleeping bag, roll mat and chair. Not only that but you can forget about fighting your muddy tent back into its bag at the end of the festival as these guys will do it for you.

To top it off, as you kick-back whilst the rest of the festival pack up, you can feel good about yourself as all Camplight tents are handpicked from those abandoned at UK festivals, helping to clear events and reduce waste.

Pick yourself a tent and camping supplies here, or alternatively book one with your ticket on our ticket page

 

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 Garden Stage 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!

Metalheadz, DJ Mag Bunker, Black Sun Empire + more to takeover The Cubicles

 

“I’d never heard of Nozstock but I remember speaking to Andy C years ago and he said he was playing, so that triggered something. Festivals like this, those kind of un-sung hero’s… it’s hard for them. I was told, you can f****** play anything here because the crowd, they get it. The first three tunes I thought, let me see how they react, and they really f******* reacted to the deeper side of the music. Sometimes I struggle at festivals because I wanna play underground and play on the edge. I don’t want to compromise the music. It’s always a really good test (of the type of crowd) when you can play a lot deeper.” (Goldie)

Now with 20 years under our belt it is without question that drum ‘n’ bass holds a special place in our heart. Since the very beginning we’ve championed this sound with some of the UK’s drum ‘n’ bass pioneers coming to perform down on the farm.  We assure you that 2018 will be no exception…it’s going to be unmissable.

*Please be upstanding* Kicking things off and one of our three Orchard headliners we have English D&B duo, Chase & Status, performing a DJ set alongside MC Rage. Having formed in 2003, the same time our official D&B area, The Cubicles, was born, it seems fitting to have them take centre stage at this years festival, we’re more excited than ever before. Do not miss this one Nozstockers!

After two epic live stream sets last year from Levelz and Uncle Dugs, DJ Mag Bunker are back and this year in The Cubicles. Catch them collaborating with Metalheadz ready to bring you a bag of bass heavy tricks.  On Friday night they welcome respected and revered producer Dillinja, Remidy MC, Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y as a special guest, the man with 25 years’ experience under his belt, Randall with M.C Trafic plus support from Dispatch Recordings’ Amoss, Metalheadz head honcho Ant TC1, and our special guest and long standing Nozstock veteran, Octo Pi, and homegrown local talent Scope. There is only one place we will be spending our Friday night.

On Saturday, Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fuelled alongside another killer line-up featuring Mollie Collins, our very own Nozstocker Modify Perspective, returning legends Uncle Dugs & Billy Daniel Bunter and a special set from one of our favourite producers, Bladerunner ft. Carasel. The Cubicles are looking stronger than ever before just get us in them cowsheds!

Sunday sees a takeover of mammoth proportions on The Garden Stage but we can’t reveal much more then this yet…all we’re saying is if you love D&B we’ll be giving you over 6 hours of it closing 2018’s festival with an almighty bang.

Catch live performances from Goldfrapp, Macka B, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Electric Swing Circus, Kiko Bun, The Lovely Eggs, Oh My God! It’s The Church & many more… The theme for the 20th anniversary is Nozstalgia – anything from Gameboys and Ghostbusters to the Karate Kid and flared jeans. The festival takes place across an idyllic working farm set in beautiful countryside.

The Garden Stage 2018

Charlie Rimmer - crowd at Garden Stage

Photo: Charlie Rimmer

Nestled between our ramshackle Farmhouse and the Orchard Stage is the Garden Stage. To celebrate our 20th anniversary we’ve programmed a line-up full of internationally acclaimed party starters ranging from Funk and Hip Hop all the way to Drum & Bass alongside some of our long-serving Nozstock veterans. Believe us when we say you’re in for a treat… dust of your dancing shoes for this one.

At the top of the bill, with no need for an introduction we have the voice of a generation, one of Hip Hop’s innovators, the man himself: Grandmaster Flash. Hailing from South Bronx, this guys a true originator, he’s been in the scene since the early 70’s, when he developed a series of groundbreaking DJ techniques still followed religiously by selectors across the globe to this day. Known for his timeless dance floor classics such as ‘The Message‘ and ‘White Lines‘ and with an extensive back catalogue of records, sampling anything from Chic to Blondie and known for his electric, high energy live shows we can’t wait for the Grandmaster to grace the Garden Stage!

After the previous show they have put on for us, there was no way we couldn’t get Krafty Kuts & Chali 2na back to the Garden Stage for 2018. If you caught their set last year you’ll know.. if you didn’t then make sure you get to know! Expect nothing less than big breaks, funky samples and lyrical genius. Krafty Kuts has been a pivotal part of the UK breaks scene for a while now, with DJ sets full of energetic productions and technical turntablism he never disappoints. Joining him will be Chali 2na, hailing from LA and best known for his world famous Hip Hop group; Jurassic 5, Chill 2na is recognised for his quick delivery rapping style and energetic stage presence. The combination of these two artists creates the perfect recipe for a Nozstock party.

Next up it’s the legend: DJ Marky. With a career spanning over two decades, the Innerground Records head honcho is a veteran party starter and certainly knows how to bring the vibe. He’s been igniting dance-floors worldwide with his signature sound for years now and is showing no sign of slowing down. Producer of beat Drum ‘n’ Bass classics such as ‘Lk‘ and the more recent ‘Silly‘, he’s flying the flag for the Brazilian D&B sound and his sets are bound to put a smile on anyones face. Joining Marky will be none other than MC GQ another true veteran of the Jungle scene, known for his unmistakable and unique flow he’s been holding down races since day one and isn’t one of the most respected MC’s in the game for no reason.

Now it wouldn’t be the Garden Stage without some UK Hip Hop and this year we have the Crème de la crème of the scene, headlined by Taskforce and Fliptrix. Taskforce are some of the UK Hip Hop originators, responsible for helping develop and influence the UK Hip Hop sound we know today. Fliptrix is again a pivotal figure in the scene best known for tracks such as ‘The High Way’ and ‘See the Sun’ as well as being the founder of one of the most important labels in the game, High Focus Records.

Verb T & Pitch 92 will be joining the Hip Hop crew showcasing their latest album ‘Good Evening’. Pitch 92, producer for Manchester crew; The Mouse Outfit alongside long time High Focus don Verb T was always going to be a wicked link up, if you haven’t heard it already we suggest you check it out here. Another showcase that we’re really excited about is Pengshui, a new crew made up of Prav (Foreign Beggars), Illaman and Submotion Orchestra’s Fatty, the combination of these three dons is something we can’t wait to see. Supporting will be some of the scenes best upcoming lyrical geniust including; CW Jones and his Bone Dry Records crew, boom bap four piece Verbal Highz and spoken word maestro Natty Speaks.

Joining the D&B crew we have one of the most sought after production duos in the Jungle/D&B scene, we’re talking of course about Serial Killaz. Having been in the scene for well over ten years now these guys have a stockpile of tracks each with their signature reggae influenced sound as well as collaborations with Rebel MC and Ms Dynamite and remixes for the likes of Skream and Toddla T, representing the new school, expect things to get heavy when Serial Killaz step into the dance. Representing the old skool will be Uncle Dugs B2B Billy Bunter, two kings of the Jungle and pirate radio scene, these two are both encyclopaedias of all things Jungle so make sure you don’t miss it Nozstockers.

Pretty much every sunday night headline set on the Garden Stage will go down in history and remains a highlight for Nozstockers far and wide. So this year we’ll be celebrating 20 years of D&B smashers by inviting some of our favourites to join and celebrate Nozstock turning 20 in style. Expect a big line-up….

Topping off the bill will be Nozstock regulars Sonny Wharton, Octo Pi and Dex alongside some special guests still to be announced!

Joining us all the way from London town it’s Kiko Bun, bringing his contemporary and refreshing sound focusing on Reggae, Soul and golden age Hip Hop he knows how to rock a dance floor and his rhythms have been infiltrating the mainstream music scene for a while know. As well as Kiko with have Gardna, a certified microphone controller will be bringing a set that blends all reggae flavours from Dancehall to Drum ‘n’ Bass, him and his label Boom Sound have been nicing up dances all over the UK and beyond in the past couple of years so trust us when we say it’ll be a lively one. Speaking of amazing vocalists, Collette the Dots will be joining the Garden Stage party, having featured on tracks with Skeptical, DJ Marky and many more D&B kingpins, Collette Warren is a big name in the scene, her and her eight piece band have transformed her tracks into a full live show and we can’t wait to see the outcome!

If you like your live dance music acts then you surely know about the live D&B enigma that is the mighty Slamboree Sound System. If this is the first you’ve heard of Slamboree then make sure you don’t miss their set at this years Nozstock and expect live dance music like you’ve never heard before, circus acts, pyrotechnics and special effects galore. Slamboree’s immersive, theatrical show is nothing less of a spectacle and will be sure to leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.

As always, Saturday night is all about the Ska Skank and this year we have guests including the Stiff Joints, ska-punk rockers [Spunge] and many more still to be announced so dust off your Dr Martens and get ready for a proper Ska party.

 

Also joining the Garden Stage lineup are a handful of bands and DJ’s that we just love and we hope you will too, ranging from the soul-hop crews; The Feel Good Experiment and Almatic alongside Yama Warashi, Rachel Dadd and Alabaster DePlume as well as DJ’s Chris Tofu and Revrt.

Orchard Stage 2018


Photo: Chloe Soffe, 2016, Orchard Stage

Guess what? There is only 78 days to go until the kingdom of Noz comes alive with 10 stages filled with sensational sound. We are just itching to see all your lovely faces!

You’ll find the Orchard Stage (our main stage) right in the middle of the farm and the line-up this year is…well, we wouldn’t want to brag, so you can see for yourself here.

To get you in the Noz spirit, you can listen to our Orchard Stage playlist on Spotify.

Here is a glimpse at who will be on the Orchard this year…

There is no introduction necessary for these DnB kings. First emerging in 2003, Chase & Status have risen to royalty status with their cutting edge beats and production techniques, resulting in achievements like spending 35 weeks in the UK top 40 with their album ‘No More Idols’ which subsequently gained double-platinum status. Previous Glastonbury headliners, Chase & Status continue to blend a multitude of genres to achieve their distinctive and unstoppable sound.

Next up and Ooh La La La La La, what a treat…we have the celestial synth surfers, Goldfrapp headlining the Orchard this year. Melting the boundaries of genre since their nascence in 1999, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have received vast critical acclaim, their third album Supernature (2005-06), including top five track “Ooh La La”, gained platinum status in the UK and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Electronic / Dance Album. With an ever-progressing sound, we are excited to be one of Goldfrapp’s 5 confirmed UK dates this year. It’s going to be special.

Following their divinely raucous performance on the Orchard Stage in 2017, we welcome back a congregation so funky, so soulful that it’s, well, positively unholy…it’s Oh My God! It’s The Church. Described as ‘nothing you’ve ever experienced before, yet as familiar as your Grandmammy’s biscuit tin’, this is a church service that must be experienced to be believed. So come and let the holy water wash over you and repent in this blessed disco party. Also a guaranteed party, we welcome festival legends, Electric Swing Circus who will be gracing the main stage with their swing / jazz / electro fusion

From Maryland to Liverpool, Jalen N’Gonda is a formidable talent, with his own sell out shows across the UK and beyond and we can’t wait to see him play in the heart of the festival. With previous support slots for industry giants like Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill we implore you to come and soak in his soulful voice and bluesy arrangements (and hopefully the sun… fingers crossed).

Coming to Nozstock for the first time, Childcare are a band rapidly gaining recognition across the UK. After releasing their debut EP in April 2017, Ed, Emma, Rich and Glyn have since gone on to do a headline tour and support Bastille along with receiving extensive radio play of their three singles ‘Omega Grey’. ‘Film Club’, and ‘Kiss’. Head over to the page to find out how the band got their name.

There isn’t enough space on this lovely little page to give you details of all the Orchard Stage acts, but you can find details of them all here.

Also on the line-up: Mad Apple Circus, Smiley and the Underclass, Harvey Causon, Lazy Day, The Whipjacks, Seas of Mirth, Catholic Action, Mr Tea and the Minions, Samsara Collective, Buffos Wake, The Lovely Eggs, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Gemini Jets, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, We Are Scientists, Mad Dog Mcrea, Honey Feet, The Blockheads

Drastic On Plastic

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, 38.5 million water bottles are used every day and 91% of this plastic is not recyclable. So…this year at Nozstock we are joining the Association of Independent Festivals campaign and going drastic on single-use plastic!  So cover yourself with guilt-free glitter, and get ready to refill.

I’m sure we both agree that festivals use a helluva load of plastic so here at Nozstock we’re doing our bit to help reduce the amount we use through three simple steps…

  1. Our bars will only serve drinks in our Nozstock branded goblets. These will cost £1 to buy but when you bring the cup back you get a new one!
  2. We will be joining the AIF campaign and getting rid of plastic straws across the site, something that has been on our minds for the last few years.
  3. AND plastic water bottles will be cut drastically meaning you guys NEED to bring a re-usable water bottle!

More plans about how we’re keeping it green this year announced soon!

More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!

 

Nozstock takeover Hereford River Carnival on 5th May!

It’s at this point in the year we can feel Summer in our bones… That’s right it’s Hereford River Carnival time! Catch Nozstock taking over once again this year on our very own stage.

The Carnival is a day of fun for everyone, celebrating the beauty and vitality of the River Wye and the life that it brings to the city of Hereford.

The River Carnival is run entirely by volunteers and has welcomed more than 12 000 people since it’s relaunch in 2014. Over 130 local groups are involved showcasing what us Herefordians do best. It is an amazing day of fun for the family. Expect a street carnival, amazing puppet creation, food village, the H.Energy green village, drinks, stalls, children’s activities, floats and of course, some incredible music!

So if you need your Nozstock fix then come on down and get a taste of what to expect in The Hidden Valley this year. Our 2018 line-up below…

The Stiff Joints

The Stiff Joints  are an 11-piece ‘Ska Army’ from the West Midlands bringing an an infectious brand of two-tone ska that makes it impossible to sit still to.

7Suns

Blending Afro/Latin, Ska, Hip Hop, Funk & Rock sounds, 7Suns are a multi cultural outfit based in London making universal music for universal people.

Capas

Capas aka Phil Wilkins is a Worcestershire based, multi instrumentalist composer and producer using electronic and live recordings to create big cinematic sounds. Capas joins forces with drummer Daren Wood and guitarist Olly Irwin creating a super tight unit working in many forms from electronica, jazz, dub, afro and trip-hop.

Performing as a three piece or by bringing in other musicians for larger shows, Capas’ style is diverse and flexible with solid grooves to get your feet moving and haunting melodies to captivate your soul.

Teddy Matthews

Kidderminster based singer-songwriter Teddy Matthews started to turn heads last year with a couple of his releases getting airplay on BBC Introducing (Hereford & Worcester and West Midlands) and BBC 6 Music on the  Tom Robinson Show. Since then Teddy has put together a five-piece band and performed at a number of festivals, whilst still taking in solo acoustic sets along the way.

Drumlove

Bringing their upbeat mix of worldly rhythms, including  African, Latin and Caribbean, Drumlove are professional players, teachers and makers of drums from all across the globe.  ‘Promoting unity through rhythm since 1996’.

Kringo Blue

Worcestershire based Kris Rolfe bringing his original mix of acoustic soul with blues influences. His powerful yet distinctly smooth voice, melodic choruses and articulate rhythmical guitar blends with well thought out lyrics to provide a varied and soulful performance.

DJ Rob Williams spinning tunes in between sets!

Giving something back…

Charities at Nozstock

While we celebrate 20 years of Nozstock and look back over our best bits, remembering the memories we have created, the friends we have made and all the cider we have drunk, we can’t forget how important it is to give something back to the local community. 2018, is as always, going to be a year of giving back, making a positive impact where we can and shouting about the wonderful causes going on around us. So have a read below on how us and you can support our chosen causes…

The Music Pool, local to us in Herefordshire, will be bringing some of their finest talent down to play at #20YearsOfNoz. Founded in 1988 The Music Pool supports all ages and abilities to make a noise and express themselves creatively – participation for everyone is something we firmly believe in here at Noz!

Every year Oxfam kindly provide us with some of our stewards for the festival who help create a safe and secure environment for all of you Nozstockers. In return for this Oxfam are able to provide vital aids and resources to those in need. This could be sending children to school in Ethiopia, buying 32 cows or providing water to a Syrian village. Pretty amazing, huh? You can sign up to be an Oxfam steward at Nozstock and many other festivals here. 

If the hustle and bustle of farm life gets too much for you then pop along to the Yeleni Support Centre. Based on site 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.

Any one with green fingers can pop along to see Trees for Cities, a charity established in 1993 and has planted a whopping 600,000 in cities around the world. These trees were planted in parks, schools, housing estates and streets to revitalise these areas, improving the lives of local people who live there.

Want to dump your old camping equipment or spare food at Noz? Well this is the only way you can! Dotted around Noz you will see People in Motion who will be collecting any reusable and non perishable items and making use of the by aiding the refugee crisis currently going on around Europe.

Lastly, have you ever wondered what you could do with your unused computer or phone power? Nozstock have found the answer for you and teamed up with Folding @ Home. By signing up to Folding @ Home you can donate you unused phone and computer power to the whiz kids at Stanford University and support them in their quest to find cures for many disease such as Alzheimer’s and various cancers. Looking for a cure and processing this information requires millions of calculations, so the more computer power the quicker the calculations can get done. Ready to start folding! We are….

Be sure to keep an eye out  for these wonderful causes while you bop around Nozstock 2018! See you on the flipside…