Keen bean volunteer?

The New Year is upon us and some of you have already been asking how to get involved in the festival, you insatiable beasties, you! If you’re interested in getting to grips with pre- and post-production, then check out our join the team page for details of longer term roles; we are looking for stalls co-ordinators, admin interns and construction workers amongst others. We have the best crew in the world (if we do say so ourselves) so you’ll be in the brightest, most creative company you could hope for!

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Keepin’ It Surreal

*Theme announcement*

That’s right, our twirly-faced favourites – the theme is announced! For Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2017, we’ll be ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’. We’re talking all your favourite twisted incarnations – from Dali’s melting clocks, to Magritte’s floating bowler hats, from the Magic Roundabout to Adventure Time – it’s going to be a whirling, splendid and mind-bending journey into the oddest, and downright quirkiest, of weekends. And we can’t wait to see what you bring to it. No-one dresses better than our audience!

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Nozstock wins Outstanding Attitude Award!

Attitude is Everything is a charity that understand that live music is for everyone. They work to improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. Their help has been invaluable in improving Nozstock’s accessibility.

2016 saw the launch their inaugural Outstanding Attitude Awards – recognising festivals and venues at the forefront of innovative access for disabled audiences. Nozstock is thrilled to announce we are a winner – and one of only 3 festivals recieving an award.

We won the award thanks to our detailed online access information including photo guides, distances to key locations and a downloadable social story for people with autism and learning disabilities. We are really proud of our online information and are so pleased to be recognised in this way.

Big thanks to Jacob, Paul and all the Attitude Is Everything team plus of course big thumbs up to John and all the Noz crew that helped us win this award. Here’s our site manager, Rob, collecting the award and looking very smug indeed!

 

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Nozstock up for The Greener Festival Award 2016

Great news Nozzers! We has been nominated with just 5 other festivals to win The Greener Festival Award 2016.  The award is to celebrate festivals in the UK who are striving to minimise their environmental impact. All shortlisted events are judged by A Greener Festival – a not for profit organisation who have assesed over 350 festivals since 2007. We are thrilled that our efforts to make Nozstock as clean and green as we can have been recognised. Big thanks to our Queen of Green Kathy Tate and our Clean Campsite Crew for all their efforts. Final winners are announced at the UK Festival Awards on 28th November. Good luck to all the other nominees!

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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…

Tell us about your festival habits and win tickets to 2017

Those nice folk over at the Association of Independent Festivals want to know all about your festival habits and experiences.  Fill in this short survey and you could win a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2017 whilst helping us to make your favourite independent festivals even better!
photo credit - Charlie Rimmer

photo credit – Charlie Rimmer

 


 

 

Nozstock nominated in The Festival Congress awards

photo credit - Gareth Dalley

photo credit – Gareth Dalley

The nominees for the Association of Independent Festival’s third Festival Congress have been announced and Nozstock is up for two awards.

The Act of Independence award highlights a moment in the festival season that embodied the spirit of independence and for General Public’s Hip Hop Pickers Ball it’s ‘Straight Outta Bromyard’ to the nominee list.

We are also super excited that our Clean Campsite Crew are getting a nod in The Backstage Award nominations which is a brand new award for 2016.

Massive thanks to General Public for such an interesting installation and to Neil and his campsite judges for keeping it tidy! Winners are announced in November…

Vote for Nozstock!

Everyone at the farm is super excited to announce we have been nominated in five (yes five!) UK Festival Awards for 2016. We are up for Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event, The Grass Roots Award and Best Toilets. The winners are decided by public vote and will be announced in November. Please take a couple of minutes to vote for us here and not only will you make an old farmer very happy but you could grab yourself tickets to every winning event.  Keep your fingers crossed Nozzers!

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Nozstock named Best Festival in The Shire

Big shout out to everyone involved in the Visit Herefordshire Awards 2016 where we were thrilled to be named Best Festival (Commercial) in Herefordshire.  It was the cherry on top of a lovely afternoon at Eastnor Castle with some absolutely amazing organisations. Congratulations to all the very worthy winners and a massive thanks from all of the Nozstock crew for the support and recognition. The award has pride of place on Noz’s desk, right next to his treasured photo of Andy C. Here’s a photo of our site manager Rob, collecting the award…

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This was Nozstock 2016…

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Photographer credit Gareth Dalley

Well, the fields are clean, the equipments packed up and the chickens rule the roost once more but we’ve still got Nozstock on the brain. What an amazing time we had in 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed and sent in a review. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews so far to help you relive your best bits…

The Independent

Virtual Festivals

Circuit Sweet

Urbanista

Evening Standard

Mini Travellers

Gigwise

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Data Transmission

Slummy Single Mummy

The Wheelers on The Bus

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All things green in 2016

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We are still on a complete high from Nozstock 2016. We were blown away with how all you Nozstocker’s upped your green game this year, by leaving your campsites cleaner than ever and handing in your rubbish and recycling to the bin bag exchange. Along with you beautiful lot, the traders that took part deserve a round or applause or five for their top notch carbon-footprint consciousness. We encourage all of our food traders to be as environmentally friendly as possible, ensuring that only biodegradable serve-ware is used and that Noz is full of local, Fairtrade and organic produce.

Each year, we give a Green Food Trader Award to the stall that comes to Nozstock with the most innovative and effective ways to reduce their environmental impact and who’ve shown an all round respect for our precious mother earth. The winner of 2016’s Green Food Trader Award is, drum roll please…Hot Rocks Pizza! Well deserved winners, they scored top marks on all environmental aspects of their operation and we were particularly impressed by their superb portable pizza oven which was fuelled by waste wood briquettes (wood that would have otherwise gone to landfill). Previous winners have included the Chicken Cow Café and Nomad Curries, who stood out from the crowd through going the extra spoonful to ensure their environmental impact was as low as possible. A huge well done and thank you to Hot Rocks Pizza (and all of our previous award winners) for their truly awesome food and being so respectful of the environment.

In addition to the Green Food Trader Award, every year at Noz we welcome someone from our our wonderful line-up to plant a tree on our Celebritree Avenue, with help from Charity Trees for Cities. This year, we were chuffed that comedy legend Henning Wehn wanted to join the likes of Molotov Jukebox and The Proclaimers and leave his leafy legacy for many Nozstocks to come. When we spoke to Henning earlier this year about environmental awareness and his love of the clean country air, he said ‘trees are obviously important to clean the air and as a habitat for wildlife. Trees are also crucial to generate a sense of community. Wherever there’s trees, plants or flowers it feels like an obvious place to come and pass the time.’ Thank you Mr Wehn for planting a tree on our lovely little avenue

As ever, we are aiming to further develop and improve our green initiatives for 2017. Stay tuned for how we get on with coming up with new gloriously green ideas.

Jurassic 5 @ Nozstock: The Hidden Valley

This weekend, we saw something truly inspirational and extraordinary! Jurassic 5 made Nozstock: The Hidden Valley their own. Being one of the headliners, Jurassic 5 we’re clearly ready to be the stars of the show and did so in such an inspirational way. IMG_0984

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a Festival in Herefordshire, West Midlands, which attracted thousands of music fans over the weekend to see hundreds of acts over a number of stages. With the likes of Jurassic 5 and Imelda May headlining, it holds a great variation of music genres for every music lovers taste. The Hidden Valley really encapsulates the festival-goer and takes them into a wonderful world of their own interpretation. Like we always say, no two people will ever have the same experience at a festival. Line up’s can be great or a bit lack-luster in everyone’s opinion. But its what the festival goer and the performing acts make of it, that truly leaves a lasting impression.

Jurassic 5 took to the main stage to finish the day off and blew the roof off Nozstock. With nothing but stars in the sky, lit up by the incredibly and well-deserved light show seen on stage, Jurassic 5 made their interpretation of The Hidden Valley come to life in front of thousands of people’s eyes. Huge vocals, deep beats. Sounds of all variations clashing together to bring different people together as one. Towards the end of their set they thanked the festival-goers for such an unforgettable moment. They greeted fans who had the pleasure of watching their performance with signing of foreheads to T-Shirts and everything in-between.

IMG_0971It is only after the main headline act had finished Jurassic
5 really brought the festival’s main aims together. They brought the crowd together. A secret gig kicked off, and where better to do a secret gig than Nozstock in The Hidden Valley. They showed that MC’ing isn’t just for the acts and that the crowd should be encouraged to come on stage and give it a go.

Maybe even the next Eminem was born over the weekend?

But iIMG_0846t’s the end of the secret gig that gets us. In times like this, where we see things happening the world, that we don’t want to see. It is a true inspiration what Jurassic 5 did. As a band they’re an inspiration to many and used their voices to motivate and enlighten people of their self worth. Akil made a speech emphasizing how important each and every person is. “If you find your self in life being told you are nothing and find that people don’t respect you,”, He said, “Then you wake up, look in a mirror and tell your self that you are somebody.”.

All in chant, ‘I AM… SOMEBODY!’. All together as one. Not a crowd and Jurassic 5. But a collection of, somebody’s.

If this isn’t what music is about, then we simply do not know.

IMG_1016Jurassic 5:

“I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY”

Written by Stephen McMahon from IndieCentralMusic [http://indiecentralmusic.com/jurassic-5-nozstock/]

Photography by Conor Irvine from CSI Photography [http://www.csi-photography.co.uk