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.

Nozstock receives a bronze Attitude is Everything award

Nozstock is very pleased to announce it has been awarded the Bronze Level on the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that focuses on improving access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

To qualify for Charter status, live music venues and festivals must demonstrate exemplary access provision and an on-going commitment to improving accessibility for their deaf and disabled customers. With over 100 music venues and festivals already committed to the Charter, from large-scale events such as  Glasto, Latitude and The 02 as well as small-sized venues and now us, we’re all super chuffed! We did it!


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So what was Noz specifically recognised for you may be asking? Here’s the lowdown…

  • Exceptional pre-event website information, including detailed photos and descriptions of the terrain, an accessibility breakdown of each stage and a social story so customers with autism or learning disabilities can understand what to expect at the festival.
  • A dedicated and stewarded accessible campsite with easy access to the area, welfare tent, parking and food & concession stands.
  • A viewing platform, accessible toilets and additional tickets for personal assistants at no extra cost.

Commenting on the award, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said:

“We’re really pleased to welcome Nozstock onto the Charter as they are a fantastic example of how a festival can overcome a challenging festival site and provide brilliant access through detailed pre-event information, a dedicated access team and a great attitude.   Today’s award is a testament to the Nozstock team’s outstanding level of engagement around accessibility and we look forward to supporting them to move up the Charter in future years.”

Ella Nosworthy, Big Chief AKA Creative Director of Nozstock, added:

“Everyone at Nozstock is absolutely delighted to have gained the bronze award from Attitude is Everything. With difficult terrain on site we weren’t sure what we could do to improve our accessibility but the support Attitude Is Everything have provided us in order to get to this level has been invaluable. It just goes to show that simple improvements can make all the difference to our visitors and attitude is indeed everything!”

Read some more about how the wonderful hidden valley of Nozstock how it bagged itself a bronze here.

 

Nozstock Survival Kit: A designer’s profile

We had a great time sifting through all the fabulous submissions for this years t-shirt competition but there was one that stood out; the cream of the crop-circle. The merchandise this year was out of this world and you’re surely wearing your hoodies wondering who fashioned these fantastic designs. Well, let us put your mind to rest! We caught up with Leanne to tell us a little about herself and her big win.

Hi Leanne. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a graphic communication student and freelance designer from Worcester and I designed one graphic for the 2015 official Nozstock merchandise.

We loved your design! Whats your process?Tshirts-all

The communication of messages and emotions is the most important aspect of being a graphic designer. So is knowing and understanding the brand, ethos and audiences, and thinking about how to meet the criteria in a visually exciting and interesting form.

That all sounds very scholarly. Where did you learn all the theory?

I am currently starting my third year of my degree, Graphic Communication at the University of South Wales. It’s helped me to develop and find myself as a designer. I have been lucky enough to work with several design companies as well as freelancing on projects creating designs for print, websites and re-branding. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to contribute a design to this year’s merchandise – it gave me an opportunity to be really creative. I was ecstatic to win!

You totally captured the theme! How did you come up with the design?

I loved the concept of ‘Guide to the Galaxy’, it really helped me get in the creative zone! I liked the idea of a checklist of everything you‘d need to survive and navigate in space, time and the galaxy. A lot of my inspiration came from ‘The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy’, with all the weird and wonderful life lessons communicated throughout the book. I also tried to encapsulate things you would need in space with items you would need for the festival itself. They all have double meanings.

Oo, multi-dimensional! So what’s the meaning of life?

Well that represents the date of the festival; when you can begin the process of planning your weekend! I wanted to illustrate all the exciting parts of the festival journey, from discovering it and getting ready, to arriving and exploring the Hidden Valley! They aren’t necessarily obvious when you look at the design but there’s hidden meanings in there; video calling relates to contacting every person you want to take with you, the spaceship is your transport to the festival, etc.

So, what was the best part of winning?

Being at the festival this year and seeing people buying and wearing my design was mind-blowing. It was really exciting meeting people wearing a t-shirt who tell you they love it. It is at that time you know that you have designed something great!

You sure did! 

I had such a great time this year, I can’t wait to come back. I’ve already had a few thoughts about some new designs, so…watch this space!

2016’s theme: Wonders of the Ancient World

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Winter is drawing in and 2015’s intergalactic fun may be beginning to seem like a beautiful dream – but never fear, Nozfans! Summer is on the horizon and preparations are already underway for Nozstock 2016. Next year’s dose of farm frolics is set to take place between the 22nd and 24th of July 2016, so get booking your time off and planning your costumes.

Speaking of which, it is our great honour to reveal the official theme for Nozstock 2016. Votes were cast, suggestions were made, arguments were had – but only one could come out on top: Wonders of the Ancient World. We’ll have you donning togas, walking like Egyptians. moving like Mayans and battling it out like gladiators before you know it, all set in Bromyard’s answer to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Expect to see pyramids, colosseums, and the best of the ancient civilisations decorating the skyline of our humble farm – and keep your eyes peeled for more ticket announcements and line-up info further along the line to see you through the winter months …

Cabinet of Lost Secrets nominated in AIF’s Festival Congress Awards…

‘Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you.
If you dare to explore, they will show you the doors to your darker side……the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored.’

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

What can we say folks? We all know of your twisted love for the curious, weird and whacky and now so does the rest of the festival world! Our very own perpetrators of the illusive strangeness, Clik Clik Collective have been nominated for Unique Festival Arena by the Association of Independent Festivals. The Cabinet of Lost Secrets drew in the hoards with their underground lair of madness, animal residents and secret chambers of oddity. They delighted and dazzled with secret interactive performances, installations and artistic prowess. Hailed by reviewers as having “unprecedented madness” (Summer Festival Guide) tales of the Cabinet will live on through time for all those intergalactic warriors who discovered its treats…

Kate Cox, Clik Clik’s Director/Producer said “Influenced from many years of sniffing out weird and secret spaces, I’m thrilled that the Cabinet is nominated for this award.  A big ‘woop’ for the whole ‘Cabinet of Lost Secrets’ crew who gave everything to make it come to life!”

Keep your peepers peeled for the winners announcement at the Festival Congress Awards on the 5th November, and keep your fingers and paws crossed for the fantastic Clik Clik Collective.

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Win tickets to Nozstock 2016

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Got anything to say about your 2015 festival experiences? Every year the Association of Independent Festivals surveys festiheads across the country to find the latest trends in festival travel, sustainability, eating habits and audience opinions. Fill in the survey below to be in with a chance of winning tickets to Nozstock 2016: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJKTLKT

Vote for Nozstock

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Nozstock could win many a prize… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 only if you vote for them! It’s that time of year again, the nominations for the UK Festival Awards are out and gee have we cashed in. With a grand total of five nominations we’re raring to enter the race and bag ’em all. Never fear, all votes are weighted by the festival size so we have just as much of a chance of winning as the festival giants.

As a tasty incentive for you, all voters are entered into the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award. Summer hook up or what! Old hats, you know the drill, Nozstock newbies take note; vote Nozstock: The Hidden Valley for the winner of Best Small Festival, the Grass Roots Award, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event and of course most importantly… Best Toilets.

Voting is live now and will run until Sunday 25th October here:  http://www.festivalawards.com/vote-now/

THANK YOU!

Sweet Charity

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Well Nozstockers, we think it’s time to give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back and bask in your do gooding smugness…

We are very pleased to tell you that thanks to your support our official charities have done better than ever in 2015. The 450 of you who took a break from the festival hive and visited The Yeleni Healing Zone for a massage over the weekend have helped to raise £2165 which will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness. Thank you! It’s a massive boost for Yeleni. You can learn more about what they do here.

The foodies amongst you have been at it as well. Those who indulged in a delicious treat from The Chicken Cow Café have helped to raise £622 for Water Aid. That money will be used to help transform lives by improving access to water and sanitation.

We also need to thank all those who got involved with the Human Fruit Machine and supported The Music Pool’s Livewire performance on The Bandstand and the OMG Herefordshire performance on The Garden Stage. Last but not least a big shout out to all of our Oxfam Stewards. Through working at Nozstock Oxfam are able to provide 91 midwives, 52 cows or 4,200 school books. Festival stewarding is fun, but the money raised is serious, and your support saves lives.

Who would have thought festivalling could feel so good? :-)

Feedback, frogs and frolics

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Well, the reviews are coming in…. and our downright oddness is being addressed! (great success)

Thank you to everyone who came, performed and contributed to an amazing weekend. We still can’t quite believe just how much fun we had!

Here is a selection of our favourite reviews so far…

Summer Festival Guide

Data Transmission

GigSlutz

eFestivals

Global Mouse Travels

Groovement

Daddacool

The Metropolist

Red Peffer

I am Hip Hop

But don’t leave all the feedback to the press. Let us know what you thought about Nozstock 2015 by filling in our survey.  Might even be a prize in it for yer!

If you are already missing the frolics on the farm then never fear…The lovely Tribe of Frog crew have provided 36 hours of amazing recordings from The Coppice…

Or, if quickfire recall is more your thing then check out this 40 seconds hyperlapses teaser from Painted Life Productions. More videos on the way soon Nozzers!