‘A true old skool festival experience’

photo credit – gareth dalley

Well, the show might be over but the curtain’s not quite closed. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the artwork for another weekend in a different Summer.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had this year. Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed in any way. You make Nozstock what it is. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Evening Standard


Data Transmission

In Reach

This Welsh Mother

Stimulate Your Soul


Safe Concerts

Hereford Times


Hedge Combers


Circuit Sweet

Mum In The Mad House

Tired Mummy of Two


Just the ticket…

ONE DAY TO GO! Sorry for shouting, we’re just a little bit excited…

Haven’t got your ticket yet but looking to have a surreally good weekend? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Although online ticket sales close at 4pm on Thursday we’ve still got limited tickets on the gate. They’ll be available from 5pm until 11pm on Thursday night priced at £140, and from 9am on Friday priced at £130.

If you can’t make the whole weekend but still want in on all of the wonderful (and weird) sights and sounds of Noz, Sunday tickets will be available on the gate on a first come first served basis, priced at £45.

Whether you’re a seasoned Nozstocker or this is your first trip to the farm, we can’t wait to see all of your shiny, lovely faces this weekend. Keep yourselves safe, happy and definitely keep it surreal…

Trippy Picture wins #MCNoz2017

This year we teamed up with Brapp to give one MC the chance to perform live at the festival. After some deliberation from High Focus Record’s Dabbla he has decided to crown Trippy Picture as this years winner. He will join the likes of Goldie Lookin Chain, General Levy, Ocean Wisdom, Levelz, MC Eksman and Rodney P & Skitz.

Watch his entry below…

Trippy Picture – real name Ben Evans – started writing bars in school at age 14 after being inspired by poetry lessons, since then he has performed all around the UK and now he’s coming to the farm for his first UK festival performance. Make sure you catch his performance on the Garden Stage at 3.55PM on the Friday!

Who are you recent influencers?

Lowkey, Mr Key, Aesop and Jam Baxter and U.K. Hip Hop in general. Anything with a crazy rhythm or hard content or perferably both.

What’s your favourite track right now?

I have recently been listening to Homeboy Sandman recomended to me by Zhubat which has been pretty inspiring.

What three things can’t you live without at a music festival?

Good people, good music and good food, everything else is a bonus really.

1 week to go: are you ready?

Kids, Ladies, Gents, open the doors to the Hidden Valley, let the imaginary become real. Dali’s melting clock is ticking and that can only mean one thing: “7 DAYS TO GO!” Look up to the grass, down to the sky, just across the house, embrace phantasmagoric moments, dreams or nightmares, and don’t forget to remember, or remember to not forget… Surreal good times await.

We know you can’t wait to pitch your tent, sup from your first cool drink and have a look around so have a read of the below to make your arrival to Nozstock as easy as possible…


  • If you’re aged 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…
    • Thu 20   –   17:00-23:00
    • Fri 21      –   09:00-23:00
    • Sat 22     –   10:00-22:00
    • Sun 23   –   10:00-17:00
    • Mon 24  –   Closes at 13:00


  • Not managed to find your chariot to get here? Fear not, there are plenty of ways to get to Nozstock from our excellent bus services to GoCarShare where you can make new friends. 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.
  • Bring a full bag of rubbish to our litter station on the Monday morning after the festival, along with your barcoded ecobond ticket. As long as your bin bag is full and your ticket can be scanned you’ll be returned the £5 ecobond you bought with your ticket. Bags containing bottles or cans will not be accepted. These items should be placed in our recycling bins.


  • 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 try and avoid theft!
  • 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 and Accessibility pages and our Site and Festival Maps.
  • For further practical information please visit here and to remind yourself of our superb line up check here.

Remember, most of all to be lovely to each other. We have an unusually wonderful atmosphere at Nozstock and that’s down to the quality of you guys, our clientele. Look after each other, keep an eye out for your neighbours, communicate with our teams about any concerns or suggestions you have, and we’ll all have the best weekend known to man!


Lady Chann Q&A

The ferociously fast chatting Chanelle Williams a.k.a Lady Chann is responsible for bashment classics such as 2009’s ‘Your Eye Too Fast’ and 2010’s ‘Sticky Situation’, which earned her plaudits from The Guardian and Clash. Ahead of her performance on the Garden Stage we caught up with her for a little chat.

How did you get into performing?

I studied performing arts in college

Who are your current influences?

Lady Saw, Lady Patra, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Lauren Hill, Beyonce, Stormy, Double E, Busy Signal….those are mainly my staples….the list add i’m sure there’s more.

Three festival essentials you can’t live without

Plastic bags, wet wipes and snacks

Which acts do you look up to and why?

Difficult one, because I’m still influenced by the oldies…but i’d have to say Beyonce, her work ethic is amazing and stage show presence, so i definitely have learned over watching her through the years good ways to perform.

If you could collab with any artist who would you pick and why?

There’s loads, from Stormzy to Dj Khaled to Busy Signal…and whoever else in between lol!

I saw you in Berlin lasty ear as part of The Bug’s new albumn launch when can we expect some of that to drop?

Yes we have  a track or two in the works. so staaaaaaand by! 🙂

Most embarrasing festival moment

Haven’t really had one tbh, but the only closet thing I can think of is last year at Glastonbury just before I performed, it was so full of mud , that me and my friend pulled up in a nice BMW, and got stuck and then had to await to be retrieved. THEN also enroute walking to the backstage area, my trainers got caught in the mud and my agent had to piggy back me to the stage with my trainers in my hand! Looool!

THEN! when we were leaving Glasto, myself and my mate got stuck in the mud AGAIN and the jeep unit who came to help us, THEY got stuck, and the van that came to help them? THEY got stuck.. and we met about 6 nice lads that ended up pushing our car out of the mud at 6am

All paths lead to the Hidden Valley!

Nozstock adventure time is nearly upon us! Have you figured out how you’re getting here yet? Fear not brave traveller! For we have made it super easy to find out your travel options to make your journey as smooth and hassle free as possible!

Nozstock is tucked away in the magical green rolling fields of Herefordshire, just a stones throw from the picturesque market town of Bromyard, and there are plenty of easy ways to get get here.

The smuggest way to get here has to be by car sharing – not only do you get to split the cost of the fuel and car parking ticket; meet fabulous new festival buds en route; and score green points for the planet; but you could also be in with a chance of winning a pair of free tickets to Nozstock 2018! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is offer or request a lift through the Nozstock GoCarShare car sharing webpage!

We are also running coaches from major train stations in Hereford, Worcester, Bristol and London to make linking up with public transport that much easier.

Thursday 20th July 2017

7pm – from Hereford Train Station (£6 advance)

8.30pm – from Worcester Shrub Hill (£6 advance)

Friday 21st July 2017

10am – from London Kings Cross St Pancreas (£18 advance, not available on the day)
10am – from
Bristol Temple Meads (£16 advance, not available on the day)

10am – from Hereford Train Station (£6 advance)

Monday 24th July 2017

10am – to London Kings Cross St Pancreas (£18 advance)
10am – to
Bristol Temple Meads (£16 advance)

11am to Hereford Train Station (£6 advance)

12pm – to Worcester Shrub Hill (£6 advance)

Book your coach tickets here. Advanced booking is advised and children under 13 travel for free (although a seat must be booked for them).

There is a free (yes free!) shuttle bus service that runs between Bromyard and Nozstock approximately every 20 minutes for the duration of the festival’s opening hours. The shuttle bus runs from the Pump Street bus stop in town, to the Conquest Theater car park, to the drop-off point at Bromyard Rugby Ground and on to the festival site.

Local bus services run from Hereford and Worcester to Pump Street on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Monday, so all you have to do is wait there for the free Nozstock shuttle bus to pick you up and take you on site. Check out the local timetables here.

You can even ride your bike to Nozstock! Plan your route using Bike Hub’s free route plannerand soak up the glorious countryside on your way. Cyclists will find a warm welcome and secure bicycle parking by the wristband exchange.

Find full details of all your travel options and that all important postcode here!  http://nozstock.com/about/directions/

Remember if you are driving to Nozstock you will need to purchase a parking pass if you haven’t already done so. 

Josh Ace Q&A

We sat down with a virtual cuppa, nice slice of Battenberg and Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ace to ask those all important questions that are on the tip of everyone’s tongue:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Kurt Vile. Its that kind of grooving Americana thing going on that’s great in a field with everyone having a good time.

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Guitar, Beer, Tent

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing you can put in print

PJ Harvey at Field Day 2016
Photo: WENN

What is your best memory from a festival?

PJ Harvey was amazing at Field Day, maybe that is my most recent memory.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury, all I remember is the clown. I was about 4.

How did you get into music?

My father is a musician so picked up the basics that way.

 What can we expect from your performance / set?

30 mins of fast paced rock ‘n’ roll.

Bob Dylan on a rooftop in New York City, 1962

 Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Welsh Punk Rock.

Any musical heroes?

Bob Dylan.

 Highlight of your career so far?

Being played on BBC 6music.

Thanks Josh! We’re looking forward to seeing your set on the Bandstand at Noz 2017!

What’s on at the Wrong Directions Cinema…

The Wrong Directions Cinetent is hosted by local experimental collective MASH Cinema, and is the destination to experience all things audio-visual.

This year’s theme ‘Keep It Surreal’ gave MASH Cinema the nod to push their weird genre hopping programme to the max, treating us to an eclectic mix of cinema classics, artist moving image, short film programmes, retrospectives, documentaries, AV performance and random happenings.

Each morning starts with family friendly classic cartoons and films, this year featuring a kids’ mix from BAFTA award winning writer/ illustration duo The Brothers McLeod (who also provide a late night version for grown-ups too!)

[Trailer for The Brothers McLcLeod]

The mornings make way for an afternoon programme of thought provoking documentary, feature films as well as cinema classics such as Man With A Movie Camera. Made in 1929, this unclassifiable film is the work of pioneering Soviet experimenter Dziga Vertov. Ranked number 8 in the BFI 50 Greatest Movies of all Time list!
At 7pm the tent switches to night mode, and only admits audiences aged 18 and over. The programme gets more experimental featuring shorts from the likes of Plink Flojd and Jonathan Gillie, as well as short documentarys like Secondhand Sureshots which features producers J-Rocc, Daedelus, Nobody, and Ras G.

[Trailer for Secondhand Sureshot] Make sure to catch live polyrhythmic eyeball bubblebath performances from Hereford based Mynydd Poly, as well as dark menacing electronica from Ferric Lux.

If that wasn’t enough, head over on Saturday morning for the under 7s rave, and then assemble your team for the Loopy Christmas Festive Film Quiz on Saturday afternoon.

“Open throughout the whole weekend, the Wrong Directions Cinetent is an audio-visual sanctuary for the weary traveller. Re-energise your mind with informative and provocative documentaries; immerse yourself in cinema classics; reset your cultural compass with an array of quality shorts; and be hypnotised by an eclectic selection of experimental works. “

Some of our must see’s below…


11:00 Ну, Погоди!

12:00 Gulliver’s Travels

13:15 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

16:40 Future States – Plastic


17:00 Of Oz The Wizard

20:10 Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Electronic Art

01:15 Banana M*therf*%>£r


10.00 Pink Panther

12.45 Star Wars Uncut

15.55 Yoda – Do or Do not

22.45 DJ Cheeba’s After School Special

23.55 Dismaland – The Official Unofficial

01.00 Ferric Lux (Live AV)

02.05 Plink Flojd Selection


11.20 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

11.50 The Evolution of Yo-Yo

12.00 Raiding the Lost Ark

16.00 Return of The Jedi – Making Of…

21.50 Angela Stempel Selection

The RPMs Q&A

We sat down and shared a virtual cuppa with the gang from The RPMs.

Young guns Jack,  Callum and Miguel formed in Brighton and shot to Glastonbury’s Pilton Party fame with the fortuitous winning of a new bands competition in 2015, launching their debut single ‘I Don’t Like it’ with the help of BBC Introducing. They’ve played Glasto, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Beautiful Days and now they’re joining the fantastically friendly Nozstock family for 2017.


We asked them some slightly probing questions to ease our rampant curiosity:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Well after toilet paper being the absolute essential (take it from experience) it would be wellies and some sort of crazy hat.

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Some spring to mind, but they all involve toilets so they get a bit graphic.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Answered by Jack Valero (Front man) – Well my first festival was Camp Bestival and I went there with a school friend of mine who drove us there in a Triumph Herald which was this really old rickety car from the sixties but looked brilliant. We spent three days there and I ended up singeing my eye lashes when I used my lighter and forgot I’d jacked it up.

How did you get into music?

Well I think we all started to feel evermore alienated and lost from our own generation and normally when kids feel that way they find a subculture to be a part of, but we don’t really have any of our own not artistically anyway. So music seemed to be the best way to help us express ourselves and find our place within it all.

What can we expect from your performance / set at Nozstock this year?

Tonnes of energy and catchy tuneful songs to get you moving.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see you on the Orchard Stage very soon.

Levelz Up!

Described as ‘Wu tang- meets the Happy Mondays’ by FACT magazine, Levelz is an exciting group of 14 MCs, DJs and producers creating music in a diverse range of genres. From hip-hop to grime and dubstep, drum & bass to house and jazz, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix. Perfect for Noz!

Hailing from sunny Manchester, Levelz were formed way back in 2013 after local promoter and DJ, Rich Reason, pulled together artists and friends to form a new dynamic group of creatives. The diverse crew is made up of producers and musicians Biome, Bricks, Chimpo, Dub Phizix and Metrodome, with lyrics handled by Black Josh, Chunky, Fox, Skittles, Sparkz, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa; Jonny and Rich complete the crew as DJs. WOW!

What makes their sound so unique is the mix of individuals and personalities within the group, each bringing their unique skills and connections to the mix.

Described as a perfectly focused expression of British bass culture and Manc attitude, Levelz have gone from strength-to-strength since forming and have achieved a huge amount of success already, having completed a heavy duty 15 date UK tour and have showcased their talents on platforms as varied as Channel 4, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music, 1Xtra and Apple Music. On top of this they dropped their debut 13-track mixtape LVL11 in 2016 and won their hometowns edition of Red Bull Culture Clash, really stepping up a gear.

Since the crews conception, Levelz have become known as one of the most inherently versatile groups in Manchester due to the diverse genre and age range, with the oldest member into his forties and youngest still in their teens.

We cannot wait for Levelz to bring their notoriously infectious and energetic party to the Garden Stage. Get ready to join the party.  

Tickets to Paradise…

Something very special is heading your way…

Nozstockers! We’re counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds by this point. The Farm is calling, the Nozstock bars stand aching for a thirsty punter to buy a pint, and the Orchard Stage awaits the rumble of thousands of dancing feet like the desert waits for the rain. But what’s that one little essential thing you need to ensure entry to these golden acres?

If you said ‘ticket’, you’re bang on the money. The time is nigh — prepare for your Charlie Bucket moment because, that’s right, you will very soon be in possession of your Golden Ticket (to Nozstock, that is).

Your Nozstock ticket barcodes were issued via email by TheTicketSellers from 11am on Wednesday, the 5th of July. Tickets can take up to 48 hours to arrive once they’ve been issued, so you should have been the proud owner of your Nozstock 2017 ticket by the end of the week – that is, Friday 7th of July.

Make sure to double-check your spam folders, as sometimes overzealous email filters can mistakenly categorise your tickets as spam (they’re just trying to look out for you!).

But what next (I hear you cry)?! How does a barcode on a screen translate into entry to my long-awaited weekend Farm retreat? Our pals at TheTicketSellers have written a very handy blog explaining what to do when you receive the email with your ticket barcodes – check it out here. Once you’ve received ’em, you can either print them off to present them at the gate, download them or, if you’re one of those tech-savvy types, add them to your passbook on your phone – but make sure you do this before you arrive at the Farm! The future is here, people. And the future is Nozstock.

If you’re having any problems or still haven’t received your ticket barcode by the end of the week, don’t hesitate to get in touch with TheTicketSellers on info@theticketsellers.co.uk, or 0844 870 0000 (out of hours) / +44 (0) 121 472 6688 (office hours).

And if you still haven’t purchased a ticket for Nozstock 2017 – a) why not and b) it’s never too late! Head on over to our tickets page to make sure you don’t miss out on what is going to be a surreally special weekend…


Gardna Q&A

Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional reggae and dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent.

Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe including Outlook and Boomtown. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.

Ahead of this years festival we got the chance to ask him a few questions…

How long have you been MCing?

I first started trying to spit bars out with the kids hanging around outside the local Sainsburys in the town I grew up in when I was about 12. We’d be trying to slew one another over the latest grime instrumentals that we’d been Bluetoothed on our Sony Erricson walkman phones. I’m 22 now and looking back we were all terrible but you’ve gotta start somewhere don’t ya!

How did Boom Sound Recordings come about?

Myself, Jack Fat Stash, Adam ASBO Disco and James Wonka where all working together at our old office space in Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. They were all doing work for the agency work for Boom Artists but we’d all just hang out there throughout the week and bang out ideas. Artists like myself on the agency started collaborating with one another, great music started happening and we just had to release it ourselves. We couldn’t just give it away.

What are your three festival essentials?

  1. Peach Ice Tea & Havana Club Rum
  2. Wavey Sunglasses
  3. STICKERS! (come find me)

Most embarrassing festival moment?

I think that’ll be the time I fell asleep a few hours before my set and got sabotaged with a permanent sharpie pen. I hosted this huge Jungle b2b with Benny Page, Aries, Marcus Visionairy, Kelvin 373 and more with a massive you know what on my face, obviously nobody told me. The photos are horrendous!

If you ran Nozstock and had to pick three headliners who would you pick?

Depends where we where but.

  1. Chronnix
  2. Bonobo (live)
  3. The Internet

When you’re not making music what are you doing?

Gigging the music. I don’t stop I swear. Always up to something. But apart from that, eating good, drinking good, just gernerally living good. It’s alright here in Bristol. There’s always something on, i’m forever going out to events to get my inspiration for lyrics and live shows. It’s cool.

Have you been to Nozstock before? If not what are you expecting?

I came for an evening a few years ago with The ASBO Disco, it was short and sweet but I am well excited to come back this year with the label and spend some proper time at the festival. Can’t wait to get stuck in.