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

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Urbanista

Evening Standard

Mini Travellers

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Data Transmission

Slummy Single Mummy

The Wheelers on The Bus

Festival Kidz

All things green in 2016

Claire Leach 2016 - Campsite

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.

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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.

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“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

Honourable citizens of Noz – we thank you for your presence!

Charlie Rimmer - crowd at Garden Stage


Friends, Romans, countrymen … time to kick off your gladiator sandals, hang up your togas, put your sword and shield in storage for the winter and have yourself a nice sit down. Pop the kettle on. Bribe your mates to fan you with leaves and feed you grapes. You deserve it. Because, Nozzers, you smashed it out of the blimmin’ park this year.

From the littl’uns wowing us all with their arty crafty creations in the Kids Area to the dedicated partytroopers keeping the neighbouring cows awake til the wee small hours, each and every one of you brought a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings. Repeat offenders and brand-spanking-newbies all coming together as thousands of threads in the beautiful tapestry of Nozstock, if you will.

All of us here at NozHQ thought this year’s crowd was the most chilled, friendly and fun-hungry we’ve had in yonks – not to mention the Sun Dance shapes you were all pulling helped keep the rain at bay for the weekend. We make you earn your keep down here on the farm …

As ever, credit where credit is due to the acts who kept you on your feet and/or on the edge of your seat, as well as to the traders who kept the Nozstock army marching, fed and sharply attired, and to the hordes of volunteers who descended on the farm to keep it clean, safe and sparkly for you all to do your thang in.

If you’re looking to give us a little token of your appreciation for the weekend you’ve just had – or if your Nozstock wasn’t quite up to standard and you want to let us know – please have a click on our Nozstock 2016 feedback form. There’s £100 of Amazon vouchers up for grabs for one lucky entrant to sweeten the deal.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks for photographic evidence of your time on the farm – to keep you going through those lonely winter nights when Nozstock 2016 begins to seem like a distant dream. Don’t worry folks, we’ll be back before you know it – see you in 2017…

Check out a few photo highlights right now.

Nominated for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival 2016!

Happy festival go-er in the sunshine

The sun is shining, the flags are a’waving and we just cannot contain our excitement to welcome all you glorious Nozstockers to the farm this weekend. To add to all the love and happiness, we’ve only gone and been nominated for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2016! Every year, the Association of Independent Music gives you, oh wonderful festival lover, the opportunity to choose your favourite independent festival based on all round creativity, commitment and brilliance. You can see where we’re going with this…

Each year at Nozstock, our farm family aim to create an eclectic, participatory and all round blissful little world for all of our lovely festival go-ers. The Nosworthy’s and their network of dedicated and imaginative friends spend all year round thinking of the most inventive ways to make each year a sonic, visual and sensory playground for everyone.

If there was an award for best festival go-er, we’d vote for you every time! Jus’ saying. Oh, and would you look at that…voting closes on Monday 25th July 2016, the day we that we give the cows back their home after Nozstock 2016. If you love Nozstock, like Nozstock loves you, then get your vote in for The Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival 2016 soon. Then, come to Nozstock this weekend and we’ll show you that you made the right choice. Thank you lovelies!

Vote for Nozstock here.

Voting closes 5pm, Monday 25th July.

#Nozcast 002: Jurassic 5 Interview with Akil The MC

“What is this thing? … Oh this is hip-hop.”

Ahead of their European tour, J5’s Akil the MC talks to Mica Millar about his experience of the growing and shifting hip-hop scene, his first ever performance and the reasons behind the break-up and reunion of the band.

Growing up in L.A in the ’70’s, Akil was right in the centre of the emerging hip-hop scene. Controversially though, he doesn’t see hip-hop culture forming with the likes of Sugar-Hill Gang and Grandmaster Flash – he associates the start of the movement with the arrival of Run-DMC:
“Sugar-Hill Gang came out and I still didn’t know it was hip-hop. Even though they was like ‘hip-hop a hippy…’ but we just thought it was like some… funny type of song or whatnot…Then when Run-DMC came, that’s when I said ‘what is this thing?’…Oh this is hip-hop. That’s when all the elements came together, from rapping to graffiti to mc-ing.”

Akil pinpoints 1983, when he was 13 years old, as when “hip-hop came to [him] as an artform and a culture”. It was around this time that he attempted an open-mic contest and very openly admits that he’d only written his rap on the day and it didn’t quite go to plan:
“I was like I’m gonna mention my friends’ names and this that and the other… and then I got up there and I was like ‘errrrrrrr…’ I just froze. *laughs*”

Since then, though, his career skyrocketed with the birth of Jurassic 5. Despite their success, however, they decided to split in 2007, a period of time that they would all rather forget by the sounds of it. On the subject Akil said that “the universe has its ways of saying okay it’s time to stop… [and] okay it’s time to come back together and stuff.” He used a very relatable analogy of sibling rivalry:
“Yo, you go to your room, I’ll go to my room, but if someone is trying to break into your house… you’re gonna forget being mad at your brother or sister and you’re both gonna come together to try to protect the house.”

It seems then that Jurassic 5 are back and here to defend their house. Akil suggests that he wants to get back to the “hypnotising” beats and “nice lyrics” of ‘90s hip-hop and just send out something different from the club tracks and braggadocious tracks that are out at the moment. He does say that there are a couple of artists that he likes right now, Kendrick Lamar being one of those. He says that Kendrick is what he feels hip-hop should be right now, bringing back the aesthetic of the past whilst still being connected to today: “I can appreciate him meshing the two and then coming out on his own and saying I’mma show you the future”. Now that would be one hell of a collaboration!

Catch J5, Saturday night, on the Orchard Stage.

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Sunday Tickets Available

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Can’t make it to the farm for the whole weekend? Don’t panic! You can still get your Noz-fix with a Sunday ticket.

What’s happening on Sunday, you ask? Well, the valley is home to 10 wonder-filled areas full of diverse sounds, ridiculous comedy and elaborate visual delights. Filling the final day with their musical genius, our Sunday headline acts on the Orchard Stage: Imelda May, The Skints, Professor Elemental and Willie & the Bandits. Across on the Garden Stage there will be some delicious sounds from Mystro and Cut la Vis, Eva Lazarus, Solo Banton and the Upper Cut Band, Randall and DJ Marky. The Bullpen will be blasting some serious sound from the likes of Tea Unit, Verbal Highz, The Skuff and Klashnekoff.

Fancy some comedy to cure those Sunday blues? Head to the Laughing Stock to have your sides well and truly split by Phil Kay, Henning Wehn and many more. Be impressed by our NozSlam spoken word finalists and as with all of Nozstock, there is plenty of kids entertainment too. If getting creative on a Sunday if your thing, try your hand at making greek pots, magic lanterns, Bandhani tie dye and Aztec sundials. Don’t worry about missing your sunday roast at the pub, we have good, affordable local food and drink to satisfy your every need.There is a whole lot more going on, but you’ll have to bring your ears, eyes and glitter to experience it!

Where do I buy a Sunday ticket? Show up at the entrance gate between 10am and 5pm to get your wristband.

How much is it? £35.

Can I camp? Yes – your Sunday ticket permits you to camp Sunday night. Please remember that the campsite closes at 1pm on Monday 25th July

Can I park? Yes – parking on Sunday costs £10.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, email us at info@nozstock.com or give us a ring on 01885 475005.

One week to go!

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Are you ready to walk, dance and stumble like an egyptian at Nozstock 2016? We are, and we can’t wait for you to arrive! With just under one week to go we’re sure your festival prep is in full swing, excitement is brewing and the difficult packing process is underway. 

Here’s a few pointers before we welcome you through the gates of Angkor Wat next week! *Drumroll Please*

TICKETS & ENTRY

  • If you’reaged 16 and under you will need a parent/guardian aged 21 or over accompanying you otherwise we won’t be able to let you in.
  • Please, please, please don’t forget to bring a form of identification with you. Nozstock might be an escape from reality for the weekend, but you will need to present ID if asked to do so.
  • Print and check you have the correct tickets, if you have any queries our ticket team are on hand to help answer them  – tickets@nozstock.com.
  • Your tickets should have barcodes on them so you can get scanned and recieve your wristband on entry. We recommend you book parking in advance to make your access quicker and smoother.
  • Pedestrian gate opening hours for the weekend are…
Thurs 17:00 – 23:00
Fri 09:00 – 23:00
Sat 10:00 – 22:00
Sun 10:00 – 17:00
Mon Closes at 13:00

TRAVEL & GREEN INITATIVES

  • Not managed to find your chariot to get here?Fear not, there are plenty of ways to get to Nozstock. Visit our transport page and remember to travel safe!
  • All aboard the Noz Express! Save your money and our planet by travelling on our coaches.  Book your tickets from Hereford, Worcester, Bristol & London here
  • Nozstock is held on a working farm – please help us keep the cows happy and respect our community.
  • Don’t forget the clean campsite competition judges will be awarding our cleanest eco Nozzers on Sunday at the Bandstand!
  • From Sunday afternoon our lovely green team will be collecting any donated items that you can spare from camp, that you’d like to share with People in Motion… these will be sent out to refugees across Europe.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Although Nozstock is a family friendly festival, sadly, like many festivals, a small amount of tent thefts do occur each year. Check out our anti-theft tips on how to avoid those nasty egyptian tomb robbers!
  • Register your belongings to Immobilise to improve the chances of getting your stuff back if unfortunately it does go walkabout.
  • Festival Lost Property is located in the Information Hut in the main campsite and is open 24 hours. Please hand in anything you find, there is no better feeling then being reunited with your once lost items.
  • First Aid is located in the main campsite, near to the main gate, look for the British Red Cross!
  • Look after yourself and your fellow Nozstockers! Check out our top tips to stay safe.
  • Check out our Rules & RegsFAQ page and Site and Festival Map
  • For further information please visit here
  • Remember, having fun is compulsory!

 

To the theatre!

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The ancient Greeks were a society pretty into their entertainment. So, we think they’d be pretty chuffed with the simply outrageous line-up of theatrical wonders to behold at the Hidden Valley this year.

The Bantam of the Opera will be host to the weird and the wonderful, the joyous and the jaw-dropping. There is a whole kaleidoscope of entertainment; from the hip-crobatics of Nula Hula, to the vagabond talents of the Threadbare Jugglers. You can experience dialectal debauchery from Monkey Poet, Irrational Behaviour’s recycled travelling machine, psychedelic audio/visual spectacles from Hummadruz and crazy contortion from acro-balancer Matt Horton. Missing your Saturday night bingo? Don’t panic! Backyard Bingo awaits; to fulfil all your bingo-ing needs and more. With belly-dancing, balloon modelling, poetry and even Professor Pumpernickel’s laboratory of lunacy, there is more to see than you could pull out of a magician’s top hat (please note: rabbits are not permitted at Nozstock).

The thrilling theatrics of Noz are not confined to the Bantam of the Opera though my friends, oh no! All the farm’s a stage and you are the beloved audience. There will be walkabout wonders a’plenty for your entertainment, participation and interaction if you should so fancy.

And…scene.

Lose yourself in the Velveteen Valley

Lock up your daughters, batten down the hatches and pour yourself a stiff drink …

When the clock strikes midnight, Nozstock’s home of all things thespian – the Bantam of the Opera – takes on an altogether slicker, sleazier and silkier edge. On Friday and Saturday night the Theatre tent plays host to the Velveteen Valley, your one stop shop for all things burlesque, cabaret, comedy, circus and all the little oddities that wallpaper the cracks in between.

After a long day’s dancing, surrender yourself to sheer sensuous delight down in the Hidden Valley. Prepare to be engaged on every sensory level: let your eyes be dazzled by the sight of bodies doing things you never knew bodies could do, with hula-hooping – of both the fire and LED variety – by Indira Skyflower and Nula Hula and mesmerising, James Bond-inspired bellydance from Doe Demure.

Serving you up a big, sizzling platter of burlesque, we have Ci Ci Noir, who’ll have feathers – and your hearts – a’flutter, and Mike Bathke, who’ll be taking the medium apart, shaking it about and sticking it back together again topsy-turvy in his ‘talk’ on How to Burlesque… maybe even inspiring a few of you to give it a go for yourselves.

Finally, once the Laughing Stock has closed for the night, our cabaret-comedian-comperes will take up the mantle of their daytime peers to give your funnybones a sly old tickle. Shamefaced circus maverick Tom Hunt will be attempting to juggle and charm his way into your affections; Ursula Dares … to go places no act has gone before with her ingenious character comedy; Owen Niblock comes armed with poetry, flute skills and a ringing endorsement from Russell Howard; and Jolene Dover and Vicky Lee bring up the – ahem – rear with their outrageous cabaret stylings and larger than life stage presence.

Ladles and jellyspoons, while our cabaret acts are a sight for sore eyes, they’re certainly not a show for young ears, so once the kids are asleep, climb out the bathroom window, down the drainpipe and into the Velveteen Valley for a little taste of what makes Nozstock oh-so-special…

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2016’s Celebritree – Henning Wehn

Henning Wehn is not only a comedy connoisseur, he cares about the planet too. This year, as well as gracing the Laughing Stock with his downright hilarity, Mr Wehn is our very own Celebritree Avenue tree planter. We caught up with the German comedy ambassador to discuss all things green.

Henning Wehn
Q: What does being ‘green’ really mean to you?

A: To have some awareness of the environmental impact of your actions.

Q: Why you think it’s important for cities like your own to be filled with trees?

A: 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.

Q: Nature has inspired us for centuries, can you tell us about a time when it’s inspired you?

A: Never mind inspiring, I feel the countryside is mocking me. When I encounter fields and forests and clean air they tend to look at me and ask: “What are you doing living in London? You’ve only got one life and you’re wasting it there? What sort of tool are you?” What can I say? Their guess is as good as mine. It makes no sense.

Q: Are you looking forward to heading out to the sticks for Nozstock festival? Do you enjoy rural festivals?
 
A: I have been to Nozstock a good 10 years ago. It was essentially a small Do in someone’s garden. I wonder how the festival has changed. I wouldn’t mind it being a bit less wet than that year but I hope the character is still the same.

We simply can’t wait to see Henning Wehn planting his feet firmly on stage AND in Noz’s Celebritree Avenue this year.