Line up announcement!

With the sun creeping over our Herefordshire horizon, we simply can’t wait any longer to give you gorgeous bunch your second line-up release, first up The Orchard Stage

I said a hip-hop, hippie-to-the-hippie, the hip, hip-a-hop, and you don’t stop, a-rock-it-out, bubba to the bang-bang-boogie, boobie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie-the-beat. No no my friends, what you hear is certainly not a test. We are delighted to welcome the guys with which you all wanna hang, The Sugarhill Gang. Named after Sugar Hill in Harlem, this old-school hip-hop troupe blasted into global charts with their 1979 single Rapper’s Delight. This pivotal tune is widely considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop to the US – hats off gents!

We’ve got another US super-group heading to the farm, but they’ll be crossing the pond with banjos, fiddles and a whole host of hilarity… say ‘Hey ’to Hayseed Dixie! Formed in 2001, Hayseed Dixie (a linguistic nudge to AC/DC) released their first album A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC and since, have single handedly created the genre ‘rockgrass’ through fusing bluegrass with comedy and reimagining a whole catalogue of hard-rock classics.

You may have guessed that if there is anything we love at Nozstock, it’s energy, loudness and uniqueness. You can imagine therefore, our excitement to announce that folk-Celtic-punk pioneers Ferocious Dog will be tearing up the Orchard Stage this year. This piercing punk outfit became the first independent act to sell out Nottingham’s Rock City in its 35 year history – and it sold out in 22 minutes may we add!

We also welcome to The Orchard a veritable smorgasbord of festival favourites including Le Galaxie, The Baghdaddies, The RPMs, Neck, SuperGlu, Mille Manders & The Shut Up, Ouroboros, Little Big Stuff, Mica Millar and Humdrum Express.

A short saunter from our Orchard, is the glorious Garden Stage and my, my Nozzers do we have quite the sonic selection for you…

First-up we welcome Levelz, the troop that have been generating hype across the UK and beyond with infectious energy since their inception in 2013. Being described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays,” it’s clear that this crew is difficult to pin-down. The core group is made up of 14 MCs, DJs and producers. This diversity creates a sound that spans multiple genres from hip-hop and grime to drum & bass and dubstep, even featuring house and jazz vibes.

Next up, we’ve got comedy, rap royalty Goldie Lookin’ Chain, who have been pushing boundaries and offending grandmas since they hit the mainstream in 2003. In August 2004, their single Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do, went straight in at Number Three, firmly establishing this crew as a cultural force to be reckoned with. Years later they are staying true to the band’s identity, with their latest album Pill Communication as controversial and explicit as ever.

Sunday night sees The Garden welcomes back Nozstock favourite Benny Page. Heavily inspired by the basslines of dub music, ragga jungle and hip-hop, over the last decade Benny Page’s name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dancefloor tracks and clinical mixing skills.

After a 20 year career The Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre, achieving the kind of success most artists can only dream of. In addition to their status of underground heroes, they have gained commercial success with their global hit Push Up and have had their music synched in many TV commercials and films, including hugely successful comedy Zoolander.

Garden Stage provides a haven for all things hip-hop, experimental and unsigned including The Lasting Days, CW Jones, Flamenco Thief, Verbal Highz, Snazzback and The Maitree Express.

For those of you who like their music funky over in The Cabinet of Lost Secrets we welcome Yusufla, Hallouminati, Hot Diamond Aces, Funky Navigation DJs, Beatwell & Dante, Rosebud, Calm Like A Riot, Mankala and The Discount Orchestra to the line up.

If seductive sass is more your thing, look no further than Velveteen Valley, hosting a bevy of cheeky beauties including Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, The Glitter Kittens and Jewel Personality.

The Bandstand has been getting in on the action too, we’ve got Yassassin, Goan Dogs, Keto, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Josh Ace Band and a takeover of the best local talent with BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester.

On Sunday afternoon we invite you to be as cool as Coltrane and feel as dizzy as Gillespie as The Bandstand becomes the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Headlined by exciting young guitarist Remi Harris who has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Summertime and the living will be eassssy….

And that’s not all that’s new this year, we are very excited to announce a brand new venue in The Hidden Valley. Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds and Boom Sound pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based From Berlin With Love to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take over with Forte. Other artists on the bill include Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Drumlove, Gardna and MadMax. Learn the story behind the new venue name here…

As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also added more amazing workshops and creative activities for your mini Nozstockers in Little Wonderland and experimental, visual collective Mash have announced the highlights in Wrong Directions Cinema with a selection of surrealist shorts, live A/V performances, and BAFTA winning films. There’s side splitting a plenty with a host of witty talent during Laughing Stock’s takeover of the theatre and curious sights, interesting debate and powerful poetry lurk around every corner thanks to our walkabout entertainment.

Gosh, we need a strong cuppa after all of that excitement! Stay tuned for more line-up announcements coming your way soon and check out the line up pages for full festival billing.

Get your tickets here and we’ll see you in July!

Delta Heavy, Critical Music, DJ Mag + more to takeover The Cubicles

“Nozstock just happens to be in my favourite part of the world and happens to be one of my favourite festivals in the world, which is run by the nicest people. Unpretentious, full of love and with the best stages ever. I love playing The Cubicles, from the outside it’s a massive cow shed, inside it’s a massive cow shed jam packed with carefree ravers going totally bonkers. It’s one of those gigs where you take one look at the decks and one at the crowd and you simply can’t wait to get started. Then Noz himself wanders up with a bottle of bubbly, you know this is a real family occasion. Long may nozstock rule.” – Tony Colman, London Elektricity.

It’s no secret that over the past few years our converted cowsheds have been rammed to the rafters full of you Nozzers, rattling the walls to their very core. The Cubicles have been run by our own avid drum ‘n’ bass residents, Dex, Octo-pi and Koncept ever since the festival got a license, and it’s due to their love for the music that this, one of our most popular dance arenas, was born.

Each year our music moguls carefully craft and finetune you a line-up guaranteed to send bass into your soul and shivers up your spine. This year The Cubicles boasts a billing chocful with cream of the crop artists from the international d’n’b circuit alongside local and emerging talent. Our boys have done good and we’re sure you’ll think so too. Over the weekend we have some select bookings from RAM Records a takeover from 15 years of Critical, plus a DJ Mag presents ‘The Bunker’ takeover in the form of an Uncle Dugs + Billy Daniel Bunter showcase.


First up to grace the decks are Delta Heavy, described as “forward-thinking, impact-based electronic music with a twist to the next level.” In 2010 the duo joined Andy C’s leading drum ‘n’ bass label, ‘RAM’, and although they might be relative newbies, Delta Heavy have definitely proved their salt. Recently nominated for ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the Drum and Bass Awards, Simon and Ben have come along way since meeting at University in 2003. Their latest release, ‘Kaleidoscope’, was eagerly anticipated by fans and it’s welcomed reception proves the musical production of this duo holds no bounds.

Next up on the 1s and 2s  is Loadstar. Hailing from Bristol, Gavin and Nick really are at the helm of the drum ‘n’ bass world – just take a look at their calendar! With their second studio album, ‘I Need The Night’, due for imminent release, this pair continue to delve deeper into the dance, and plan to take you with them. Trust us, few things say ‘next level’ like a live show of Loadstar proportions…

Three is the magic number, which meant it was only fair to squeeze in one more RAM duo for ya! *drumroll please* Mind Vortex started out, in 2003, after six years of honing their trade, Laurie and Stefan began to ring through their wish list of labels. RAM was top of the list, so they picked up the phone. The rest is drum ‘n’ bass history…. Their debut single ‘Hotbox’ followed, and with fans including Mistajam, Grooverider and DJ Hype, the duo have quickly cemented themselves as hot property. Completing the RAM billing we have Frankee. Like a younger brother to our duos but equally talented, he recently won ‘Best Newcomer and Producer’ at the Drum & Bass Awards 2014 and is an artist that continues to smash up dancefloors and charts worldwide.


With the focus on organic growth and culture at Nozstock, we thought it was about time we asked our friends at Critical Music to pay us a visit. They’re a label close to our hearts who have laid some of the later foundations of the drum ‘n’ bass scene and given a platform to the industry’s most prolific artists. Now with 15 years in the game the crew are coming down to celebrate Nozstock style with a takeover headlined by Break, pioneer of Symmetry Recordings, and a firm favourite amongst the industry. In 2014 and 2016, Break topped Beatport’s Drum & Bass download chart, and later that year released his truly iconic LP,  “10 years of of Symmetry.” Next in line are Ivy Lab, so dust off your raving shoes and be upstanding. His trio continue to push the boundaries of drum ‘n’ bass after being voted one of the ‘Top 10 DJ’s of 2015’ by MixMag and after their recent E.P.  “Peninsula” gaining over 300K plays in 14 days.

Keep um coming you say? Bristol based producer, Foreign Concept took to the turntables in 2004 and will be bringing his truly signature blends to The Cubicles this year. He has firmly established himself on the DJ map with a worldwide DJ schedule and residencies in many popular night spots. (We’re almost done, promise.) It wouldn’t be fair to invite Critical Music down and leave Kasra behind. Curator, DJ, head honcho, top-cat, bossman, Kasra, founded Critical Music back in 2003. His vision and determination is second-to-none and he’s played a vital role in the drum ‘n’ bass movement over the past 15 years. In 2012 Kasra was asked to mix the latest Fabric Live album which resulted in FabricLive 62 being one of the most successful drum ‘n’ bass mix albums of the year. The Critical Music flag will no doubt be flying high for many more years, so come and celebrate with them at Nozstock 2017.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

We told you it was a corker! DJ Mag’s ‘The Bunker’ will oversee a showcase brought by Uncle Dugs and Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, old skool veterans of d’n’b, who’ve seen all the genre’s many mutations. They come at their sets with all the knowledge and skill required from years on the scene, so expect a rousing mix of anthems, and proper knees-up party-level d’n’b activity.

One of our favourite residents Octo-Pi, a true trojan among the turntablists will be weaving a journey through jump up, deep and dark, and dropping some of his own fresh bangers in there too.
We advise you grab yourself a disco nap, cover yourself in glitter and douse yourself in deodorant because things are gonna get dirty!

To see the full Cubicles line up in all it’s glory click here.

Join us Nozzers, at the Hereford River Carnival

We’ve been busy bees down on the farm and we are very excited to announce that for the first time we will be joining the team at the fantastic Hereford River Carnival on Saturday 29th April to host our own Nozstock 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 Herefordshire does best. An amazing day of fun for the family, there is a street carnival, amazing puppet creations, an indie food village, the H.Energy green village, drink, stalls, children’s activities, floats and of course, some incredible music!

The Nozstock stage is showcasing some seriously funky artists, fun filled tunes and a sneaky peek of what to expect at The Hidden Valley this year:

Woo Town Hillbillies

The Woo Town Hillbillies are a collective of musicians playing fun-fuelled tunes from bluegrass to jug band music along with their own compositions.

Desert Boots

Up beat raw funk & soul 6-piece from Worcester, offering up some energy to get you moving and shaking! With influences in Northern Soul, jazz, funk, soul & electronica, Desert Boots are an unstoppable funk force to be reckoned with.

Steve Strong

Steve Strong is a one-man multi-instrumentalist specialising in sweeping soundscapes and heartfelt melodies that speak to the soul. His debut album, Three Hands Tall was four years in the making, blending elements of Math-Rock with heavy influences from Four Tet and Squarepusher’s instrumental albums. Strong creates a captivating and genre-defying sound that fills the room, painting the air with sonic pictures.

Cantaloop

Cantaloop have always been able to adapt to the ever changing music industry volcano, yet they still retain their truly distinctive sound so whatever guise their music takes, you can still smell that funk! It’s part of their DNA and with it they’ve continued to deliver their jaw dropping live shows which are an infectious blend of funk-hip-hop-soul with floor-filling swagger that ignites and unifies crowds nationwide, and has done since the day they began!

King Solomon Band

King Solomon is a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10 strong collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013. This year, King Solomon marched onto the festival circuit coinciding with the release of the highly anticipated debut album, ‘Ceasefire’. To top off 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows. Without rest, the band are now working on new material and rehearsing a spectacular show for 2017’s performances.

Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70’s & 80’s yet original in style. King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.

Rob Williams

Rob will be providing us some funky, family friendly tunes in between sets to keep the party going!

Spare Rooms Arts

After an amazing festival in 2017, The Spare Room Arts crew will be joining us at The River Carnival supplying some amazing workshops and activities to keep little hands busy! Come and get creative with surreal mask making, making your very own kite, making a carnival banner and even a chance to dress up and play pretend as a carnival king or queen!

Clik Clik Collective

Clik Clik produces unique, creative entertainment for all kinds of events; taking the arts to the people, encouraging everyone to experience something different and more importantly, have fun! Their creations will be wandering around the carnival – watch out for Peggy the cleaner – she likes to make sure you stay spic and span!

 

We can’t wait! If July seems just as far away to you as it does to us, join us at Castle Green, Hereford on Saturday 29th April to whet your festival appetite!

Give a child a cardboard box …

… and they will make a castle. Our Little Wonderland Kids Area encourages this creativity, letting kids (and big kids) imaginations’ run wild, with chances to get a bit messy in the process. The good news is that this year’s ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’ theme gives us free reign to make the weirdest and wackiest creations yet!

This year we’ve got it all, from mask-making to kite-crafting and everything in between.

Haven’t got time to think about a costume for this year’s festival? Fear not, our ‘Surreal Sculptural Headdresses’ and ‘Festival Fashion’ have got you covered… in glitter and feathers. Throughout the weekend, parents and littl’ns can channel their inner Dali and create a masterpiece at our ‘Freedom of Expression’ table, then make a frame worthy of showcasing the work at the ‘Surreal Frame’ workshop. To top off the topsy-turviness, you can experience the world upside down by making your very own pinhole camera.

And there is so much more in the melting clock – we mean, melting pot – of activities our wonderland has to offer. Check out the full listings of activities on our Little Wonderland page and grab your tickets to join in the fun – remember 12s and under get into Nozstock scott-free!


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Celebrate 15 years of weird and wonderful films with MASH Cinema…

After Nozstock is over and done with and you go back to normal life, do you wish you could still visit the Wrong Directions Cinetent and see weird and wonderful short films?

Well Nozzers you are in luck! Our cinetent residents MASH Cinema are celebrating their 15th anniversary by hosting three events slap bang in the middle of Hereford as part of Borderlines Film Festival 2017.

19.00, Thursday 9 March – STATIC: TREELINE
Featuring live music from Live Wire’s Jessie, Maddie Mew, The Locks, Beat Bang Bong, Sproatly Smith and El Squids. AV live performances from Chromatouch and Ferric Lux. Plus films and installations, and our very own Psychonauts will also be on site to ease your mental tension.

19.30, Friday 10 March – Short film night
MASH Cinema reach deep in to their back catalogue of weird and wonderful genre-hopping short films, taking you on a journey into the unknown. It promises to be inspiring, challenging and visually arresting. Also featuring 90-second films produced by students from Hereford College of Arts BA Short Film course, plus music by DJ Jus’Jay with visuals by MASH Cinema.

19.30, Saturday 11 March – Run Wrake Retrospective
Widely regarded as one of the most influential animation filmmakers of our time, Run Wrake had the ability to synthesize everything happening around him in contemporary culture – Pop Art and collage, Punk/New Wave graphics, video art, Electronica – and filter it through a trippy, looping Fleischer Bros. animation sensibility. Also featuring work by students from Hereford College of Arts BA Illustration and Animation course.
All three events take place in a disused industrial space above restaurants in Old Market Hereford. [http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk/venue/hereford-old-market] Suitable for 15 +
Food and drink available from the Beefy Boys
Tickets £6.50/£7

First wave of acts revealed for 2017!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s your first 2017 line-up release, you lucky things you! We have quite the bouquet of acts this year, with more variety than a fancy box of chocolates. Drumroll please…

We are almost TOO excited to announce that Seasick Steve will be at Nozstock 2017. Yes that’s right, folks; the king of American blues, the Sonic Soul Surfer, the dungaree-clad master of diddley bow and banjo will be bringing his Oakland spirit to the Orchard Stage!

Next up…attention 24 Hour Party People! Clap Your Hands and Rave On because The Boys Are Back in Town…our town Bromyard to be precise – in case you hadn’t guessed already, we welcome the legendary Happy Mondays to Noz this year! Returning to the farm in 2017 is barefoot troubadour and a cult legend, Beans on Toast!  Our next announcement is a very bassy one indeed…we’ve got Delta Heavy on board to fill your earholes with their paradisiacal sound.

We’re not done there. We have the reigning King of bass and remixery, Krafty Kuts. With multiple awards to his name, we can’t wait to see what mayhem he causes on our grassy dance floor when he’s joined by Dynamite MC. Up next and as hard hitting as cupid’s arrow, is this dream team: Birmingham Drum & Bass powerhouse Hazard and party master MC Eksman. Even more bass to add to that face, we are beyond pumped to have 15 Years of Critical Music featuring Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra and Foreign Concept.

Where is the reggae music you ask? Oh Nozstockers…prepare yourselves for the officer of the highest ragga rank, General Levy who is coming to party with you on the farm. Joining the General, are music makers and reggae innovators, Mungo’s Hi Fi. We’ve got a sensational crop of the very best hip-hop this year too. Praised as “the future of UK hip-hop” by Complex Magazine, Ocean Wisdom brings his revolutionary sound to our homestead. Joining him, is certified legend and original RiddimKilla himself, Rodney P & Skitz, versatile vocalist Dabbla with Illaman & DJ Frosty and the imitable Lady Chann.

If you weren’t already head over heels for 2017’s line up; we’ve got the energetic and extraordinary pioneers of all things electro, The Correspondents, who will be tearing up the farm with their swing bass creations. We challenge you not to dance! That applies to our next act too…they have the Rodigan stamp of approval, Lewisham boys, Chainska Brassika will be lighting up the Orchard Stage with their pumped up ska anthems, as will Land of The Giants with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiam.

If you hadn’t guessed it, we are putting all of our love into this year’s festival and we can’t wait to rendezvous with you on the farm. Have a look at the other GLORIOUS artists that will be joining the Noz family this year
here and keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon. So good it’s almost surreal…

Award winning green efforts…

We are very pleased to announce that Nozstock has been recognised with an Improvers Award in A Greener Festival Awards 2016. Improvers Awards are given to events which exhibit a significant engagement with the process of reducing environmental impact. A Greener Festival is a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of music festivals and events. Since 2007 they have assessed over 300 festivals and have been instrumental in helping events to become more environmentally conscious. Since the schemes relaunch in 2016, festivals have been challenged more than ever to be awarded so we are especially thrilled that our efforts have been recognised in this way. A huge thank you to all the AGF assessors and all our punters, crew, artists and traders who did everything they could to make Nozstock 2017 clean and green!

Keen bean volunteer?

Chloe Soffe - volunteer blowing bubbles

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!

Applications are now open to get involved over the weekend with stewarding, bar work and sales so if you fancy indulging in the delights of The Hidden Valley for absolutely free, nada, nothing, then fill in a form now…

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. Handy with a paintbrush? Whizz with a camera? Got what it takes to schmooze our traders, manage our theatre, or keep the festival running safely?

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…

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…