Get your winning Nozstock photo on our programme cover…

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Are you a loyal Nozstocker with a penchant for taking amazing photos? Fancy winning a free ticket to The Hidden Valley this year ? We’re looking for a photo that really encapsulates the magic of Nozstock and we think you’ve got the image we’re looking for. All you budding photographers need to do is to get a little Nozstalgic and dig into the photos you took last year – Find the gem that will win as the cover of our Nozstock 2016 programme.

Interested? Send a hi-resolution (300dpi) version of your photo to promotions@nozstock.com and then upload your photo to Instagram or Flickr and share it through your Facebook or Twitter tagging with #NozCoverShot #Nozstock to be in with a chance of a free ticket to this year’s festival and the fame.

Please check the standard competition terms & conditions before participation and we look forward to seeing your entries!

The winner will be announced on 30th June.

The buffest DnB line up.

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Our music team have been working like the clappers to bring you the tidiest DnB line up of the year.

As well as mammoth sets on the way from Friction ft. Linguistics, Dimension, Rene LaVice and The Prototypes, there’s a whole host of seminal turntablists representing at Noz this year. We thought we’d pick out a few highlights to whet your appetite!

This guy really needs no introduction; Goldie is a household name when it comes to drum ‘n’ bass and jungle. Since the start of his career in ’91, Goldie has performed at some of the biggest and best music venues and festivals across the planet. His first release, in ’92, was released under his alias ‘Ruffige Kru,’ and his calling card landed in ’94 when he started his own label, the world-renowned ‘Metalheadz’. The label has represented artists such as Dillinja, Total Science, and the late Diane Charlamaine. Goldie has his own style and his passion for music is apparent, resulting in him being awarded a MBE earlier this year by the Queen herself for services to music and young people, (Go Goldie!). Last year he brought his first show of the legendary album ‘Timeless’ to life, performing it with the Heritage Orchestra at sell-out shows across the country. This year is his eagerly awaited and unmissable debut appearance at The Hidden Valley. All hail Goldie!

Randall has been on the jungle scene for a whopping 24 years, a true pioneer of rave culture. His collaborations with other artists include legends DJ Hype, Andy C and Jumping Jack Frost. Randall’s sets are a fusion of DnB rollers and ‘ruff ‘n’ ready’ jungle- definitely one for the old school heads! Catch him tearing up the Garden Stage over the weekend.

This year we welcome the infamous DJ Marky! Hailing from Sau Paulo, Brazil, this guy is guarenteed to get your feet moving with his unique trademark style. With cult classics such as ‘LK’ and ‘Yellow Shoes’ under his belt, its no wonder people flock to see him play. Joined this year by the legendary MC GQ, Marky’s set will be a gud’un for sure, so sing it with us now- ‘It’s the waaaay!’

Back by popular demand, Dub Phizix returns to the farm this year, joined by one of the best UK MC’s around, Strategy. Dub Phizix smashed up the dance in 2012 with his set in The Cubicles, and we’re sure it’l be the same story with this deadly duo on the Garden Stage this year. With an unmistakeable style and catchy as anything tunes, such as ‘Marka’ and ‘I’m a creator’- this set is sure to go down a storm.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

Our other amazing acts include; Ulterior Motive b2b Jubei, Amoss, Teddy Killerz, Jaguar Skills, Rockwell, Xtrah & Stealth, Uncle Dugs, Octo Pi and more. So get your skankin’ shoes on, stretch those hamstrings and get ready for the best weekend of the year!!

To see the full Cubicles line up click here and check out the Garden Stage here.

Send your short films our way…

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Film maker in the making? Get your work seen on the Farm!

Here at Nozstock we’re all about the home-grown (geddit – because the festival takes place on a farm). While it’s an absolute honour to be able to bring some of the most exciting artists and performers from all over the globe to perform in the sleepy vales of Herefordshire, we also recognise that we’re sitting atop a veritable goldmine of untapped talent from the ‘Shire and beyond.

And while we’re certainly excited to be presenting another star-studded lineup which is sure to bring the Orchard Stage to its knees, we want to make sure that the nooks and crannies of the Hidden Valley will be gettin’ the love we think they deserve this year.

From comedy to cabaret, walkabout theatre to sock wrestling, there’s a mystery hidden ‘round every corner of the farm, and one of the most sparkling of jewels in Nozstock’s crown is our very own cinema. Year on year, the Wrong Directions cinema delivers a lovingly curated line-up of intriguing documentaries, experimental films and family classics to complement the festival theme and give the weary raver a place to rest his head and replenish his soul.

Not every festival-goer has the time to kick back for a full length feature film, however – and that’s why, every year, we assemble a reel of shorts from undiscovered, up-and-coming, or tried n’ tested film-makers to give visitors that much needed cinematic injection even if they’ve only five minutes to spare. From stop-motion animation to music videos, mini-documentaries to comedy sketches, we want them all – and we want them from you. It needn’t be related to this year’s theme – if it’s under 30 minutes, got decent production values, and an intriguing and original vision at its core, that’s all we care about. Creativity and freshness are the name of the game here, folks.

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Level up your Nozstock experience this year by having your work seen by thousands of people, on the same farm which has hosted such names as Martha Reeves, Roots Manuva, and Russell Howard. When it comes to cinema, we’re no strangers to celebrity either: in previous years we’ve screened short films from the BBC Film Network, onedotzero, Exposures, Encounters and Aardman to name but a few. Whether you’re a brand new film maker looking to get your work seen, or an old hand with tonnes of video experience under your belt, check out our guide to submissions for short films this year.

The deadline for submission of short films is the 20th of May, so get applying for the chance for your work to appear in Herefordshire’s answer to Hollywood.

All things hip-hop at Noz 2016

Alreet Nozzers! With so much music to get your ears around we decided it was only fair to let you in on some of our favourites. So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road. And what a show it is!  

Boy-oh-boy, do we have one big ol’ lineup full of hip hop treats for you to enjoy! With a billing that boasts underground talent alongside world-renowned artists, some people may say that Nozstock 2016 is crammed with more hip hop than ever before!  Where do we begin with this hotbed of lyrical delights and hip hop beats? Well…from the top! *drumroll please*

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First off, we welcome to the ancient world of Noz, all the way from the States, our headliners Jurassic 5. The hip hop moguls will be bringing the crew to the farm and turnin’ up the main stage with their infectious sound for ya’ll to enjoy. Named after a suggestion from a friend’s mum, the band have continued to deliver hit records and now have four studio albums under their belt. With a focus on music that comes from the heart their sound has become universal and rightly so! Expect drum machines, turntables, beats, scratches and one hell of a show for you to immerse yourself in. J5 have toured all over the world and love to entertain, which is why all of us at Noz HQ can’t wait to see them shut down the Orchard Stage.

Over on the Garden Stage, returnee headliners, the critically acclaimed Foreign Beggars, individually known as MCs Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis and DJ Nonames, have built a steadfast reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts. Always keen collaborators, the Beggars have worked with a plethora of worldwide artists from across the electronic spectrum. Highlights include Noisia, Dirtyphonics and Skrillex. With a top ten hit, over 50 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates ahead of them, things are going from strength to strength for the Beggars.

A major recent announcement is that we have booked hip hop DJ, prolific producer, and all round badman, the ninja that is… Jaguar Skills! Since 2002, this resident on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra has gained a reputation for his insane mixtapes spanning all genres. Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon will be bringing their beats too, so you can ‘hear them rattle’. Syntax first emerged onto the scene in 2003 and was a key player in the Foreign Beggars crew. Since going his own way in 2009 Syntax continues to get the recognition he deserves and has recently become front-man to The Mouse Outfit.  With tour dates up and down the country in music venues and at festivals there is no time to sit back and watch – time to get involved!  

Keeping you guys entertained we have Bristol’s very own hip hop collective, Split Prophets.  Since the 2011 release of their EP ‘Scribbled Thoughts’ the crew have gone on to support Wu-Tang Clan, MF Doom and Klasknekoff. Watch them cause  a ruckus worth getting involved in.  Moving on….’NICE UP!’ records most recent signing, Cut La Vis, will be bringing his funky hip-hop reggae beats down to the farm to join the party. Mashup maestro turned original producer, DJ Cut Las Vis is no stranger to the decks and know’s exactly how to keep the dance floor moving. Expect higher energy levels than normal, though, as award-winning MC Mystro will be accompanying him on his quest. Mystro has performed alongside many artists including KRS One, Dawn Penn and Junior Reid. With his next album titled ‘Mystrogen’ on the way we are definitely in for a treat.  It’s certainly going to be one hell of a crazy collaboration between these two!

As well as all this we have some fresh new talent for you hip hop lovers. Hot off the mark, Alexander Gold’s latest music project named Black Salvador will be taking centre stage. Join him on a journey that includes everything from hip hop beats through to punk rock.  

Returning to the Bullpen are Nozstock regulars and underground collective Sika Studios. They are bringing with them another eclectic lineup ready to rattle the Bullpen to its core. Featuring the likes of Klasknekoff, Devilman, Skuff & Inja, Tenchoo and many more. If this wasn’t enough, Sika Studios will be hosting a  R.L.D. showcase featuring Leaf Dog, BVA, Smellington Piff and Jack Jetson. Get your game faces on Nozzers and watch them tear up the stage.

Check out the full line-up here and if you haven’t got your ticket well then, why the bloody hell not!?

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Volunteer at Nozstock 2016 for a free ticket + barrels o’ laughs…

Consider yourself part of the furniture? Come volunteer at Nozstock 2016…

We’re sure that any repeat offender worth their salt will be well aware of the Noz mythology, but, for the uninitiated … Nozstock began 18 years ago as a BBQ hosted by the Nosworthy family which slowly but steadily got out of hand until it morphed into the ramshackle three-day-fun-fest you all know and love today.

While Nozstock nowadays may masquerade as a professional affair which can hold its own amongst the big’uns, we take a great deal of pride in maintaining that all-in-it-together, laughs and bevs with your mates atmosphere which comes from the festival’s origins as a private party for family and friends. And that’s where you come in!

Every year we recruit a talented and diverse team of festival volunteers to help with the creation and delivery of the beautiful beast that is Nozstock. Whether you’re a newcomer to the farm or an old hand looking to get a more hands-on experience of the festival, we welcome you with open arms.

What’s more, the success of the festival itself is completely dependent on our volunteers, who keep punters watered by working behind our bars, sell them precious mementoes of their weekend from the merch stand and help weary travellers find their way and enjoy the festival as stewards.

Volunteers will be expected to work between 12-16 hours over the weekend which, in exchange for a behind-the-scenes view of the Hidden Valley, free entry to the festival itself and the chance to make a bunch of new mates seems like a pretty sweet deal. It can be hard graft at times but the satisfaction of knowing you’ve played a part in keeping the farm ticking over makes those nights of freedom and dancing all the sweeter. So if you’re up for a good time and the chance to save a wodge of dosh in your summer hols then look no further than our volunteer application page


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Second wave of acts joining us in The Hidden Valley…

Deep in the Hidden Valley, we’ve been working hard to pull together some very special additions to the line-up, giving you a shiny horizon of musical motivation as we enter spring…

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Our first group needs no introduction, The Skints are legendary for their fusion of reggae, ska and hip hop. If the smooth sounds of jazz with an edge of rockabilly are more your flavour, the feisty Imelda May is going to wow you with her truly unique vocals.

To keep your feet moving as we enter the night, we present Jaguar Skills, famous for his stunning mixes of genre crossing sounds and his mysterious absence of identity. Meanwhile, icon of the London club scene, Goldie will be giving us a chance to see why his renowned label Metalheadz has recently earned him an MBE and from the not so far away land of Bristol, is My Nu Leng to mesmerise us with a blistering set and dark, smouldering vibes.

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Over in Laughing Stock we’ve picked the cream of comedic talent to get your sides-a-splittin’. Henning Wehn, German comedy ambassador to the U.K and hilarious TV regular skewers the British way of life with aplomb. He’s joined by one half of Lee and Herring and star of BBC2s ‘Fist of Fun’ the stellar Richard Herring plus the outlandish and eccentric funny man Phil Kay.

Other heavy weight acts we’ve handpicked for you include Buster Shuffle, a cockney ska band with a rock and roll twist, The Lounge Kittens, a charming and cheeky trio, will a unique take on tunes that span genres from jazz to metal. We’ve also got a band known for their gorilla get up, The King Kong Company, who’ve been likened to the heavy bass sounds of Dreadzone combined with the hypnotic rhythms of The Chemical Brothers.

Plus hip-hop heavyweights SIKA studios return to The Bullpen with a tasty urban music line up topped off with the likes of Klashnekoff and Devilman, Tribe of Frog announce their headliners OOOD and Illegal Machines and The Blast return to The Bullpen bringing with them the likes of Sir Spyro and President T.

We’ve also got Uncle Dugs, Dutty Moonshine, Benjamin Yellowitz, Subculture Sage, Idles, Anchorsong, Funke and The Two Tone Baby and Seas of Mirth to name but a few! Check out our line up pages for more details and we’ll see you in just 106 days Nozzers!

Win a set in The Hidden Valley with our #DJNoz2016 competition

Think your DJ skills deserve a bigger stage than your bedroom?

Our annual competition for up and coming turntable talent returns in collaboration with Data Transmission.

We’re on the lookout for a DJ to get our bass-lovers bouncing at the festival this year, playing a set in the Cubicles, which this year boasts the likes of Friction, Dimension, Rene Lavice, The Prototypes and many more.  You’ll get 2 free weekend tickets to the festival and Data Transmission will do an exclusive interview with the winner, to be seen by their trusted readers, tweeters and Facebook troop. We’ll even throw in travel expenses and some food and drink in the dressing room, ’cause we’re nice like that.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 20 May 2016 following these simple steps:

  1. ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  2. Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  3. Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2016 – Your Name
  4. Tag the mix: “DJNoz2016 ”. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  5. Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description.
  6. Add tracklist.
  7. Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  8. Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission. All entrants must be based in the UK and available 22-24 July 2016. For full T&Cs and application info check out this page.

If you want to take a look at Data Transmission’s interview with last year’s winner, DKN, head over to their site.

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear your submissions!


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2016: First line up announcement!

All ye welcome to the Ancient World of Nozstock! It’s happened, that day is here and we’ve got one helluva line up for you to sink your nashers into… fanfare please…

We’ve only gone and got the Mesozoic, the major MCs, the massive JURASSIC 5. From the concrete streets of California to the grassy knolls of Rowden Paddocks, J5 will be rockin something fierce. For hardcore dub lovers, Gentleman’s Dub Club have a reputation for delivering the most fast-paced and energetic shows and after headlining our Garden stage in 2011, the Noz team are ear to ear chuffed to welcome Foreign Beggars back.

Manchester-based producer Dub Phizix and Strategy promise to bring the bad juju to the farm whilst self-acclaimed “Pyro-Circus Rave Massive”; Slamboree, are a one-of-a-kind ensemble. Bouncing onto the Orchard stage for a stomper of a 2 tone ska set; The Stiff Joints have swooped onto the festival scene and are not leaving in a hurry. They’re joined on The Orchard Stage by those bedraggled gentleman, Tankus The Henge, with a sound that draws from everything from rock and ragtime to reggae and blues. Not forgetting, the funky, one man beat-box harmonica eruption that is Son of Dave and if raccous, swaggering New Orleans sound is your thing than don’t miss The Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Presenting Dr Syntax with Pete Cannon on the ones and twos. Sound system massive: Channel Ones fusion of dub and reggae tops the heavyweight championships, get ready to get down. 25 year DJ champion Randall bring riddims both archaic and new school. Fed on a diet of pureed swan and old-fashioned British madness, Professor Elemental will be doing something weird we’re sure. Repping from our beloved Bristol; Split Prophets are a hip-hop collective with a lot to say and not forgetting 3 times UK DMC champion JFB  and veteran reggae wonder Solo Banton.

Over in The Rave Yard, multi-award winning Friction will smash the Cubicles whilst DJ Marky will have you old school dnb lovers on your feet. Comin’ straight atcha from London town is Dimension. He may be young but that says nothing for his prowess behind the decks. At the top of their game, we’ve also got, Ulterior Motive b2b with Jubei, Rene LaVice with Stapleton and The Prototypes sweeping in with an unprecedented level of bass face. Teddy Killerz’ glitchy drum and bass adds a zesty twist for you shape throwers whilst further action comes from Rockwell and a back-to-back set with Xtrah and Stealth.

We’ve also got the amazing Eva Lazarus, Harlieghblu, Jenna and The Gs, The Lovely Eggs, Kagoule, Houdini Dax, Youth Man, Shanty, Castles, Amoss, Octo Pi, Sam Redmore, Beatwell and so much more! Check out our line up page for full details on what’s in store for you in The Hidden Valley. And remember, there’s more to come…

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The ultimate festival fundraiser

44 tickets. 22 festivals. 1 great cause.

22 festivals have got together for a one off mega festival fundraiser with the aim of raising funds and awareness for refugees in Northern France. Events involved include Nozstock, Boomtown, Bestival and Secret Garden Party. 100% of the funds raised go to refugee charitys. Get involved with the biggest ever combined festival fundraiser! Be in with a chance to win tickets to one of these amazing events and find out more about a very worthy cause. Enter and donate here www.fundsurfer.com/project/festival-draw

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Crew profile: Adele, admin powerhouse

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

We caught up with Adele, our info team queen, who spends her Nozstock weekend keeping you informed and ready for anything…

Describe yourself in three words (when you are in festival-mode!)…

Determined, Excited. Amazed.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Highlights have been The Jim Jones Revue a couple of years ago on the Orchard Stage, The Keys on the Bandstand in 2014, and any time The Correspondents play!

Who would be your ultimate-beyond-ultimate dream headliner at Nozstock?

The Pixes and or PJ Harvey.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

I hate the long walk from your tent to the car in big festivals, especially when you are packing up and leaving!

What are your thoughts on the future of the festival industry?

Its really tough to be a successful festival, there are so many out there competing with each other. But everyone loves a good festival, so long may it continue!

Is Nozstock what you expected it to be after 17 years?

I haven’t been here since the very beginning, like some of the hard-core crew members! But I am very proud to be a part of it now. From being a punter to part of the crew, as the festival has grown, has made me feel like I am really part of something special.

When you’re not making Nozstock happen, what are you doing?

I live in London with my boyfriend, who is the Orchard Stage Manager. We are very lucky to live in London and have loads of music on our doorstep, which we are always exploring! And I work for a festival bar company so I know my way around a few now!

And finally, what three things are always in your Noz survival kit?

Coffee. My duvet. My team!

Struggling to find that last minute present?

Christmas early bird tickets are now on sale so get those frosty fingers tip-tapping on that keyboard and get your friend, relative, or lover the best present of the year. 

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Our Nozslam 2015 winner is…

We caught up for a little chat about all things poetic with our second ever Nozslam 2015 winner *drumroll*…Jack Macmillan.

Where do you get your ideas for your poems? Real life or imagination?
Well, it depends on the poem. Sometimes I write about a real life experience, like falling in love with someone. And sometimes I write about something silly like falling in love with a toaster.

What is the most embarrassing poem youve ever written?

I do have a poem about a romantic experience with a 66 year old woman that may or may not be based on true events.

Whats the most amazing experience youve had through poetry so far?

The most amazing experience I have had in poetry so far would be the nozslam. I came all the way from the other end of the country and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Then when I got there I met so many amazing people and had such an amazing time.

And the worst?

The time I went onto the stage and forgot all of my poems and also how to speak and just sort of stood there for a bit before side­stepping slowly off the stage.

When and how did you start writing poetry?

I started writing poetry in February of 2015, so I’m relatively new.

What advice would you give to someone starting off in spoken word?

Do every open mic you see! Keep it original and have fun with it.

Questions from Roisin Crowley Linton

Want to know some more about Nozslam or think you could be the next winner then check it out and of course…don’t forget to check out some of  Jack’s poems as well.