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…

A history of Nozstock #20YearsOfNoz

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With 116 days to go until we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look back at the past 20 years of Nozstock. From the very start we have provided a platform for young artists to flourish and showcase their work to the world and we’re proud to have brought acts from all over the globe to our humble Herefordshire. Everyone loves a rags-to-riches, small-town-boy-turned-good, underdog tale, but how exactly did our little BBQ of family and friends supping tinnies on the front lawn turn into a fully-fledged festival with eleven stages and sights and sounds to please every eye-and-earhole?

The Orchard Stage has had innumerable musical giants treading its boards in its time but every year revellers and performers alike big up the Garden Stage as having that certain je ne sais quoi; perhaps, like the early Britons building their stone circles, they can sense that something magical happened here once upon a time. And indeed the Garden Stage is where it all began! Growing right off the tumbledown farmhouse that actually houses our Noz family year-round, like a wonderful wart; it was in 1998 that the first Nozstock took place, and the proto-Garden Stage was where its first acts played, with friends and family enjoying the odd BBQ sausage and the strains of Farmer Nosworthy’s supergroup, Electric Shepherd (Papa Noz on guitar, his son Rob Noz on bass, Darren, main stage manager on vocals, if anyone’s interested). Perhaps everything that came to pass in the intervening years can be blamed on Dad’s unquenchable thirst for rock-stardom: perhaps it was simply meant to be.

Our farmhouse acted as a green room, with the Shepherds climbing through the kitchen window to get on and off stage and avoid the hordes of adoring fans. We were all pretty spurred on by this taste of ‘fame’, Nozstock began in earnest and indeed 1999 was the year the festival got its name (a pun on Nosworthy + Woodstock – geddit?).

In 2000, Richard Bayliss aka DJ Dex joined the party, as Farmer Noz invited him to spin a few records after Electric Shepherd had played their set.  The dancefloor was what is now our crew canteen- such as it was back then – filled instantly, and DJ Dex has played at every Nozstock, Noz-party and Noz-wedding ever since! DJ Dex was pivotal in expanding the festival beyond the Garden Stage and, with it, beyond the boundaries of genre.

2003 saw Nozstock’s first dance arena born, The Cubicles.  Noz regulars had been soaking up the drum ‘n’ bass, dance and hip hop in what is now our crew kitchen and faster than the DJs could dish it out, and so – like a brand new volcanic island being spat out by a tectonic plate – the Cubicles were formed out of our converted cowshed. Our overgrown garden party was still a ‘by invitation only’ kind of event, though the invite had spread from friends to friends of friends to friends of friends of friends (with tickets still including a free burger!). Until…

2005 was very much a game changer for the us as a family: Mama Noz stood in the farmhouse kitchen making cucumber sandwiches for everyone who had come to join the fun, she looked out the window and realised that what her family BBQ had morphed into a thousand people sitting in the yard. It was make or break time for us as a festival: do we get license, do we open our gates to the masses, or get out the industrial sized broom and shoo the revellers off our front yard, threatening to burst our football next time they kicked it over their fence? We chose the latter. 2005 was also the year the Orchard Stage opened for business, though any seasoned Nozstocker may be surprised to learn it began as a humble little acoustic stage rather than the scene-stealer it is now.

The friends who had previously come over to eat burgers and have a muddy jig found themselves becoming stage managers, decor queens and marketing wizards practically overnight. DJ Dex, roped in as a booker, found that initially asking agents to let their artists play in a converted cowshed in the middle of the countryside was a bit of a tough sell. Once the acts had seen the farm for themselves – and felt the energy radiating from the Nozstock crowds – they would play on late into the night, running over their allotted times and practically begging to come back the next year.

It’s a testament to Nozstock’s chameleon-like nature that just about every Nozstock veteran has a different answer to the question “who’s the best artist you’ve ever booked?”. For some, it was DJ Friction’s first year; for others, Andy C stands out as the sign that Nozstock had really ‘made it’ as a festival (turns out he’s just as addicted to the Cowsheds as you all are, as he’s since become a firm friend of the festival and Nozstock regular); and who wouldn’t feel an almost godlike power at being able to book your favourite childhood artists like Jurassic 5, Roots Manuva or The Buzzcocks to play in your own flippin’ front garden? Lucky 2015 attendees may even have caught a glimpse of Mama Noz in the wild when – temporarily freed from her duties as chief of all things ticket and finance related – she got onstage with life-long favourite Martha Reeves and her Vandellas to showcase Herefordshire’s finest dance moves.

With the main stages sorted, we realised the time was ripe to scratch some of our more eccentric itches and give the people what they didn’t even know they wanted; namely, an amalgam of craft, theatre, burlesque and general absurdity to rival any primary school art teacher’s supply closet. And thus Wok’s bridge was erected across Bluebell End towards the Dingle, which opened in 2007 and is now home to the Wrong Directions Cinema Tent, Little Wonderland kids’ area and – apple of Phil Jupitus’s eye – The Bandstand, to name but a few.

By 2008 the farm was starting to fill up – not only with revellers, but with artists, stages and structures and we started to know what we were doing, well at least we felt like this. With the cowsheds and milking parlour already full to the brim with dance and drum ‘n’ bass, Tribe of Frog made their home in the group of trees at the bottom of the hill leading down to what is now known as the Coppice: among the shrubbery and UV butterflies, they have been delivering psytrance and good vibes to the Nozstock masses ever since.

The years have passed like grains of sand through an hourglass (occasionally torrentially muddy sand, through a rainy hourglass, admittedly). Although Nozstock has been well established for the last ten years, the festival and the site itself have never stopped evolving, like some many-headed hydra which can only be appeased with a serious dose of revelry.

In 2011 Sika Studios were welcomed onto the farm to take over the Bullpen and make the area their own, including a very memorable takeover from High Focus records in their inaugural year. In 2015 the Cabinet of Lost Secrets burrowed their way into the farm and into our hearts when their secret underground lair opened for business, leaving festival goers bewildered, bamboozled and desperate for more… The discovery that Rowden Paddocks had once played host to a real live circus and is the final resting place of its pachyderm performers prompted the most recent addition to the farm, the Elephant’s Grave, home to reggae by day and handpicked house and techno by night.

The non-believers among you may say that’s that: surely there’s no room for more stages, hidden areas or unexpected experiences on our overflowing farm. And to those doubters we say: we will party on the beaches, on the hills and in the fields, we will party in the streets. When there is no room left on the paddocks, we’ll build stages in the trees; we’ll be the first to play dubstep at the core of the earth; we won’t rest until the Nozstock flag flies proud upon the moon… you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Written by – Anna Stewart – Nozstock The Hidden Valley

Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2018 line up

 

All things green in 2017

Every year at Nozstock we aim to reduce our environmental impact and 2017 was no exception. With the introduction of our eco-bond scheme and resuable cups site wide, combined with the best ‘rubbish’ team going our cows got to return to the farm in just under a week after all of you went home! So…credit where credit is due, a big THANKYOU to all Nozstock revellers, staff, volunteers and traders your efforts are commended!!

AWARDED ‘IMPROVERS LEVEL’ AT A GREENER FESTIVAL AWARDS 2017. 

Nozstockers as if we weren’t already delighted enough with our 2017 awards, we have only gone and bagged ourselves another. A Greener Festival assess all aspects of sustainability issues at the festival, including transport, energy and waste, and our overall carbon footprint. Nozstock achieved an Improvers level Award which recognises the huge efferts that have been made to make our festival cleaner and greener. We are all fired up with plans to build on this for 2018.

CELEBRITREE AVENUE

It’s Nozstock tradition that every year we choose someone from our wonderful line-up to plant a tree on our Celebritree Avenue in partnership with Trees For Cities. So this year Beans on Toast rocked on down to celebritree avenue and got his hands dirty! Special thanks to everyone who chose to donate to trees for cities during the ticket buying process.

Beans on Toast being Beans on Toast thought he could get away without a photo of this most entertaining moment but not on our watch! This might have resulted in him planting the same tree twice but we assure you it made us laugh!

HOW MUCH DID WE RECYCLE?

Our first year doing the eco bond was a real success. Hundreds of people brought bags of rubbish and recycling to the eco bond exchange, where our boundlessly enthusistic tribe of bin divers helped recover as much recycling as possible. This made a huge difference and helped us recycle nearly 40% of our rubbish on site!

Local refugee charity People in Motion were also able to salvage half a tonne of reuseable camping gear, tents, sleeping bags and non-perishable food that you guys donated or left on site which was shipped out to help refugees across Europe. Huge thanks to everyone who helped by keeping their campsites tidy, especially our glorious winners of 2017’s clean campsite comp! Seperating your recycling from their rubbish might seem like hard work but we were really impressed with the amount of you that did this! Good work Nozstockers!

PLANS FOR 2018

#20YearsOfNozstock is on the horizon and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our green sleeves for 2018!

Nozstock time, mistletoe and wine.

With only 20 sleeps until Santa visits it’s about time we got in touch with all you Nozstockers. If you’re stil looking for the perfect present for your festival partner-in-crime or a favourite family member then look no further than one of our Tier 1 tickets!

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We’ve extended their availability to 18 December, so make the most of this festive spirit, and bag ’em quick. Tier 1 tickets will transfer over to the next tier on 18 December.

Remember, Nozstock is for life, not just for Christmas…

Get me a ticket

 

Better put that shelf up….

Nozzers it’s Halloween, it’s 262 days until 2018’s festival begins and WE’VE ONLY GONE AND WON AN AWARD!!

Yes, that’s right, an award. Our closing festival fire show won ‘Most Mind-blowing Spectacle’ at the 2018 AIF UK Festival Awards.

Massive thanks to all of our crew who made this happen, production, walkabout, construction, H&S, Hummadruz fire performers and of course all of you lovely lot who routed for us!

If you didn’t see 2017’s fire show then don’t worry watch the video below!

We’re busy plotting for our 20th-year celebration, plenty more mind-blowing things in the pipeline, promise.

Anyway we’re off to celebrate, the shelf can wait.

Xx

Vote for us in the UK Festival Awards

Calling all Nozzers! We are busy planning, plotting and preparing for #20YearsOfNoz. But this week, we’ve had some exciting news, we are up for some awards and are feeling the love from you all!

The UK Festival Awards takes place every year celebrating the best within the industry and this year we’re lucky enough to be nominated in three categories – “Best small festival, best family festival and the grass roots festival award.”

You know how much we love you, and we know how much you love us, so, if you have five minutes head over to the UK Festival Awards website and give us a vote! Give us your vote here. Voting closes on October 23rd.

If this wasn’t exciting enough our Sunday night closing festival firework show is up for the Mindblowing spectacle award!

We have also made it onto the shortlist A Greener Festival Award 2017. 

With only 281 days to go until the gates open we long for your return. It’s going to be incredible. #20YearsOfNoz

Dates announced for 2018!

2017 was the most amazing, surreal and special Nozstock we’ve had yet. After some time to digest the magic and of course put our feet up we’re ready (and hope you are too) to celebrate 20 YEARS OF NOZSTOCK! 

DATES for this years festival: Frday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July 2018.

20 years ago we would never have dreamed that our little family BBQ would become the sonic escape that all of you Nozzers enjoy. We can’t wait to celebrate 20 years of making memories, having fun, forming friendships and being magical the only way we know how.

See you on the farm. #20YearsOfNoz

TICKETS: Limited super early birds now on sale.

From £95 for adults / 12 and under free / Booking fees apply

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