Q&A with… DJ RANDALL

With the days racing ahead until we welcome you lucky people onto the farm for our twentieth year, we thought it only appropriate to catch up with one of the most seasoned DJs in the drum ‘n’ bass game, DJ Randall, before his set in the Cubicles.

Hi mate, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us! Iʼm guessing youʼre preparing for a busy summer? Tell us a bit about what you have lined up this year.
Ez boys, yeah man it’s real busy at the moment which I’m thankful for, we’re up and down the country and abroad… just repping at loads of festivals, club nights, podcasts radio shows and livestreams.

Itʼs safe to say youʼve been in the scene for a while now and must have seen it go through itss ups and downs, what do you think of the current d’n’b scene and do you think itʼs being represented well at UK festivals?
Think it’s being well represented at the moment all over the country… it’s diverse, all angles of the genre is being represented over the past few years at festivals.

Although you have your hands in many d’n’b baskets, itʼs pretty impressive that youʼve made such an impact in the scene and have established yourself to the level you have, predominantly through your second-to-none mixing skills – could you briefly explain how you grew to be in this position?
I have no idea on that… all I can say is that I’ve had a passion for this music from an early age. From hip-hop in the 80ʼs to acid house in the late 80ʼs through to the 90ʼs drum ‘n’ bass/jungle era to current times. Always loved playing music to people and I’m blessed that I’m still here in this game and people out there like the way I play, the sound I bring them in the clubs and the radio. Really humbled by the love…!

Being in the day and age of social media, and with bedroom DJ equipment becoming more and more affordable, weʼre seeing a huge rise in amateur DJs looking to make their mark on the scene. What advice would you give up and coming selectors for them to stand out from the crowd and show versatility and uniqueness in their mixes?
Think as a DJ you always have to have originality in your set, selection is the key (not always the mix) and always knowing how to read a crowd work out what they want!

Weʼve been loving ‘Song and Danceʼ, can we expect to hear any more productions and/or collaborations from you in the coming months and will we be hearing any previews at Nozstock?Looking to get back in at some point with DLR, and Jaybee (when he lands in the UK). But at the moment just loving being out the repping the music… On Mac2 Recordings label got DJ Trex’s first Album High Time LP landing end of August 2018.

So let’s talk about Nozstock… you came down in 2016, did you enjoy your set and what do you think of the festival?
Loved the vibe of Nozstock the last time I was there was with Marky & GQ, from the setup of the stage we played on, to the live shows going on over there… was really impressed with it, 360 degrees of music is what a festival is all about… “we all come together”.

This year you’re back for the Metalheadz showcase and we canʼt wait! Itʼs been a pretty big year for the label and theyʼre showing no sign of slowing down… what can we expect from this showcase?
Some real good music will be getting played on this night from all DJs, trust me it will be a great night of music!

Sounds like weʼre in for a treat. Last question from us, what are you listening to at the minute outside of the d’n’b/jungle world? Nas’s new album, Children of Zeus – Travel Light album, plus one for the old heads KC & the Sunshine Band – album track ‘I Get Lifted’, can’t stop playing it once a day at least.

Thanks so much for having a chat with us, we really appreciate you taking the time out to answer a few questions and we look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Yeah man looking forward to it…Thanks for having us again!

Make sure you’re in the Cubicles on Friday night to get a taste of Randall’s legendary energy and mixing abilities, and we’ll see you very soon…

Noz’s Top 20 Picks for Nozstock 2018

We are huge fans of each act heading to Nozstock this year. With it being our 20th anniversary, we thought we’d let you in on Noz’s top 20 picks from this year’s line-up from across the festival.

 

1. Chase & Status (DJ Set + Rage)

Our Friday headliner, and an act that need no introduction…drum ‘n’ bass royalty, Chase & Status. With multi-platinum albums, regular appearances in the charts and industry awards to their name, you can’t miss their incomparable sound at this year’s Nozstock.

2. CW Jones 

Blues poet, Soul Junkie & Psychedelic wizard, CW Jones, will soothe your soul and invigorate your mind with his fresh and eclectic sound.

3. Pengshui 

We couldn’t leave Pengshui off this list. With vocals from Illaman (Foreign Beggars, Goldie, Chinese Man), Fatty on bass (Submotion Orchestra, Alex Clare) and Pravvy Prav on drums (Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club) this new live act are set to bring a raw and visceral live show to Nozstock.

4. Feel Good Experiment

Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, Feelgood Experiment feature the best of Bristol’s music scene with rhythms rooted in jazz, soul and R&B and rich lyrical content. With their first single being produced by Jim Barr (Portishead) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), this group are well on their way to breaking into the UK jazz scene.

5. Honeyfeet

For some years, Honeyfeet have been the conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture or Manchester based musicians. Once referred to as Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, with that description, you know they are unlike any band on the circuit.

6. Oh My God! It’s The Church

Returning to Nozstock to baptize your ears and eyes with their Pentecostal parody party, it is the heavenly, Oh My God! It’s The Church. Join Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and DJ Sister Mary Lou for wild sermons and an unapologetically holy disco.

7. Macka B

With a career spanning over 30 years, Macka B is a British Reggae and dancehall legend and activist.
He has worked with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy and performed with Nelson Mandela. Catch him on the Orchard Stage.

8. Chris Tofu

Chris Tofu’s tracks come with the dust of a thousand mad all-night magical festivals, over fifteen years, all over Europe. Fusing every genre under the festival season sun, we can’t wait to hear the sound of his legendary past of DJing.

9. Stiff Joints

From a four piece reggae outfit of four brothers in 2009, The Stiff Joints have evolved into an eleven-piece Ska collective and also a Nozstock favourite. Come and party to their infectious two-tone self described ‘ska-feast’.

10. Mollie Collins

With beautiful liquid vocals over jump-up basslines, and named the Drum and Bass Breakthrough DJ of 2017, we can’t wait to have Mollie Collins’ incredible techniques fill The Cubicles.

11. Capas

After lighting up The Bandstand last year with a 12 piece, horn-led cinematic sound, we welcome back the sensational Capas. A talent not to be missed.

12. Buffos Wake

Hailing from Brighton and armed with accordions, violins and buckets of gusto, Buffos Wake waltz, tango and mosh their way through various influences from Balkam to punk rock. Catch them on the Orchard Stage.

13. True Strays 

Good time vintage roots rock and roll, fuelled by rhythm and blues! You can find the True Strays leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry.

14. Collette The Dots

Heading to our Garden Stage, is the brainchild of top drum ‘n’ bass vocalist Collette Warren, Collette The Dots. Having worked with many top producers, she has releaseson Soul:r, Exit Records, Innerground and many more. Performing as a live seven-piece, expect funk, soul, jazz and of course, drum ‘n’ bass.

15. Kelvin 373 ft. Gardna

Performing as part of the Rumble In The Jungle Takeover down at Elephant’s Grave this year is Levin 373 & Gardna. Kelvin 373 has been hugely influenced by the underground free party movement and Bristol lyricist Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene. You know it’s gonna be huge.

16. Kiko Bun

From North-West London to the Hidden Valley, Kiko Bun creates a contemporary sound interlaced with golden era hip-hop and reggae with a distinctive voice and infectious beats.

17. Mr Tea and the Minions

Do you want to dance? We do too. Come join the riff raff and dance with Gypsy, ska, dub, swing connoisseurs Mr Tea and the Minions.

18. Normanton Street 

Back at Nozstock with their warm bass grooves, lyrical mastery and dynamic sound, Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe aka Normanton Street are one of our favourites.

19. Roisin Crowley Linton 

Be more, do better, but don’t change. Writer, rhymer, actress and director, Roisin Crowley Linton asks “why is everyone so obsessed with love?” in a collection of stories and poems about self-improvement. Premiering at 2017’s Prague Fringe, she will be heading to Edinburgh this year, but first stop, Nozstock.

20. Verbal Highz 

Blending boom bap production with tongue twisting lyricism, Verbal Highz bring together 4 MCs and are guaranteed to win ever crew battle they find themselves in. Catch them on the Garden Stage this year.

Sunday can truly be funday with Nozstock day tickets!

Can’t make a whole weekend of Nozstalgia? No need to stay at home, you can still get your fix with a Sunday ticket!

Who said Sunday was the day of rest? Not for us down on the farm, as The Hidden Valley is bursting with wonder, excitement, and of course, music. Seeing in the Sunday on the Orchard Stage are pop masters Childcare, followed by Mad Apple Circus, Macka B, Electric Swing Circus, Oh My God! It’s The Church, The Blockheads and finally Goldfrapp ending our Sunday with a bang.

If you head over to the Garden Stage, you’ll be greeted by an eclectic mix of electronic and dance, including Yama Warashi, Bone Dry Records, Gardna, Feelgood Experiment, Chris Tofu, Uncle Dugs and Billy Daniel Bunter, Serial Killaz, DJ Marky and JQ.

Hidden amongst the grass of The Dingle we have the best in unsigned and undiscovered acts at The Bandstand. Who’s there? Mama Racho, Lazy Day, Steve Strong, Jeremy Huggett’s Chosen 5, Josh Ace and True Strays – that’s who!

Down in Dingly Dell we have an exuberant, technical and vibrant performance from Frizzie Circus, with a wow factor you’ll love. Not to mention the daily paint fight down in The Sunken Yard as well as interactive games and party tunes. Elbowing their way to The Laughing Stock Takeover at The Altered State are a bunch of slow roasted, vine ripened comedians Joe Jacobs, Paul Sweeney, John Kearns, and Tony Law. Get down early for the best seats (and laughs) in the house!

Be sure to swing by the Little Wonderland, perfect for the younger festival goers, and the Wrong Direction Cinetent, to see what tricks and treats they have lined up! For those who enjoy a relaxing Sunday, head down to the Healing Zone with restorative and wind down yoga and dreamcatcher crafting to recuperate and rejuvenate.

This is just a small slice of Nozstock life, if you want to find out all the goings on across all 10 of our marvellous areas, delve in deep to the Nozstock website. Grab your tickets for Sunday on the gate.

All the important bits:

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

How much is it?
£50.

Can I camp?
Yes – your Sunday ticket permits you to camp Sunday night. Please remember that the campsite closes at 1pm on Monday 23rd 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.

Minirig Hunt – Clue #1…

Join us in a site-wide treasure hunt for one, very special limited edition Nozstock Minirig! If you think you should be the one DJing your way through Nozstock with your excellent tune selections, then read our first clue and see if you can be the first to the rig! Good luck, friends and happy hunting.

CLUE #1
She is D delirious
She is I incredible
She is S superficial
She is C complicated
She is O Oh, Oh, Oh!
Diva’s leading the way…

Solve clue #1 and it will lead you to clue #2 at the festival…

What will you discover at the Department of Cultural Affairs?

Resting in the wacky, creative, theatrical world of Altered State, lies The Department of Cultural Affairs, focal point for all things theatre, culture and discussion. Come and enjoy psychedelic UV wonders, be left in awe by poetry, meet a lover dressed as an animal or possibly save a life or few.

Take a wonder and witness the spectacle of Hummadruz’ UV show, a truly unique visual treat that will take you on a journey of psychedelic beauty and intriguing stories. Come along on Friday at 22:00 to gain a memory that will last a life time.

Experience something refreshing and leave inspired from the words of the people of Bristol-based Milk Poetry. They have been nurturing home-grown talent and providing quality spoken word since their beginning in 2015, and their events have been praised as “one of the best spoken word nights in the UK” by Picador Books. Hosting their showcase is founder of Milk Poetry, Malaika Kegode. Get involved in their showcase of spoken word open mic, writing workshops and headline spoken word artists on Saturday at 14:30.

Looking for a lover? Soulmate? Or new best friend? Dive into this unusual spin on speed dating, the Love Gurus and their loyal Love Police bring you, Animal Attraction They’ll take you back to your animal instincts as you toss off your human shell to dress up as a member of the animal kingdom and have a boogie. Be sure to release your inner beast on Saturday at 21:00.

Saving the lives of people with blood cancer and other blood disorders, Anthony Nolan are going to be joining us at Nozstock on Saturday at 16:15 to talk about stem cell research. If you’ve ever wanted to become a stem cell donor or simply want to learn more about it then come along and chat with some of the donors themselves and learn of their experiences. You’ll also be able to join in a game of ‘Make me a Match’, a fun experiment designed to get you interacting with each other to try to find your perfect match.

DJs heading to the Orchard, Garden & Cubicles

Get ready for the ultimate electronic extravaganza, from drum & bass to dance and techno to trance, this year’s knee-trembling lineup is stacked with acts for those craving the vibrations of the lower frequencies.

 

With just over a week go ’til our 20th birthday, here’s a DJ line up to remember for another 20.

 
And with one big long breath, we’ve got: Chase and Status and their cutting-edge beats and production techniques; Rap royalty and hip hop innovator Grandmaster Flash; founding member of hip-hop supergroup Jurassic 5, Chali 2na, alongside Krafty Kuts, the multi award-winning DJ and undisputed King of Breaks; Nozstock fave DJ Marky alongside Serial Killaz, one of the most sought after production duos in the industry; a DJ Mag Bunker and Metalheadz takeover brings a bag of bass heavy tricks welcoming respected and revered producer Dillinja and Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y.Randall loved by the public & the industry alike, as well as AmossAnt TC1 and special guest Octo Pi; Black Sun Empire representing the finest in dark and tech fuelled drum and bass alongside Audio, whose dilligency and creatively has garnered some serious respect; Bladerunner ft. Carasel one of the rising stars of Drum & Bass; Mollie Collins with her beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines; The ever popular Jungle guru Uncle Dugs; Remedy M.C. with his original, thoughtful and hard-hitting vocals; Billy Daniel Bunter a true pioneering icon of British underground music and culture; Modify Perspective with his liquid-driven productions; Scope whose fast paced, energetic sets send any dancefloor into a frenzy; Dex spinning tunes at Nozstock since the early days and Trafic M.C. with his intricate intonations and original prose.

Check out the line-up for more info…

20 reasons to celebrate with us at our 20th anniversary…

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we want you to read these 20 reasons why you need to come and celebrate with us here on the farm. 

1. IT’S THE 20th ANNIVERSARY!!!

We reckon that after 20 years in the game, and with the festival leaving its teenage years, we’ve got a pretty good handle on how to throw a scorcher of a party. But who are we to make such bold statements? You’ll have to come and make up your own mind. And who doesn’t love a good old anniversary knees up?!

2. Enchantingly handmade experience

Everything you see at Noz is meticulously handcrafted and painted by our fabby decor team. They really go the extra mile to make the Hidden Valley the immersive experience that it is.

3. 10 stages across a beautiful working farm

Scattered across the valley are 10 stages who make the farm their home over the weekend. We’re actually a cow farm you know. That field you rest up in after a long night of boogying? That’s the field that the cows rest up in after similarly long nights of moogying.

4. Family Run Festival Fun

Father and daughter super duo Noz and Ella continue to curate one of the UK’s longest running festivals. Thank you Noz’s!

5. Arts, crafts, performance, film and theatre

Nozstock truly is a festival for dabblers. We think the experience of the weekend by no means should be limited to just music. That’s why we put on a plethora of arty treats for you to stumble across. From crafts to performance art, film to theatre and cabaret, there’s no chance you’ll be bored.

6. Artisanal food and drink from across the region to feed the legion

Just because you’re cotching in a field doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice eating good food. That tin of baked beans looking pretty unsatisfying? That glorious sunshine giving you a hankering for homemade ice cream? Have no fear. The food stalls are here.

7. The Vibes, man…

Time and time again we’re upheld for our ‘garden party’ vibes across site. The farm crackles with an electric sense of intimacy and strong collective happiness.

8. The music genres? Completed them mate!

There’s no denying that when it comes to music , we’ve got something for everyone. Whether it’s a much anticipated favorite or the momentous discovery of a future fave. Follow the vibrations whereever they may take you.

9. Awards Awards Awards

We always thought that as individuals we were spectacular, but we never thought we would be awarded for our collective spectacularness. Nozstock, The Hidden Valley is OFFICIALLY the winner of the Mind Blowing Spectacle Award, along with our Greener Festival Award and Outstanding Attitude Award. That’s not even mentioning the fact that we were nominated for more awards than any other festival in 2016! If the judges say it, it must be true.

10. Kids area

Strictly speaking, our festy is ONLY for kids, only some are bigger than others… Little Wonderland provides a sanctum of veritable treats and entertainments for your young ones, giving you the chance to have a wee tipple.

11. Headliner

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’ll already be of the hypest hype for these kings of collabs. We’ve pulled out all the stops this year with this blinder of a headliner. They were smashing then, they’re smashing now. With whomping basslines and instant dnb classics spanning over the last decade, we present to you ladies and gentlemen; Chase and Status.

12. Beautiful Herefordshire Countryside

You can’t really get more idyllic than the Hidden Valley. Nestled deep in the rolling countryside of Herefordshire, we’ve got views for days and plenty of fresh are for that recoup and rejuvenation. Don’t miss the sunrise/set either!

13. Party never stops

From dawn till dusk, and dusk till dawn. It goes on an on and on on on, the beat won’t stop until the break of dawn.

14. Unexpected Guests

We have many surprise and unexpected guests materialising on the farm over the weekend, so keep ya peepers peeled! Including but not limited to escaped chickens.

15. Keen, clean and retro green

Not to sound ultra hipster, but we’ve been on that eco-warrior tip for a loooong time. Support the festival, support the planet. Check out our Green Initiatives page for more info on all the awesome green eggs and ham going on at the festival.

16. Our Punters

If we do say so ourselves, our punters are ultimately the best. With a massive range of delightful and interesting characters, your presence and smiles are are sure fire winner to making life-long friends and making the festival the best environment for a good old jolly.

17. Yearly Theme

From dinosaurs to the wild west we’ve had it all. Our annual theme is decided over many carefully heated meetings in the local pub. It’s always such a tough task for us to decide as a family what the yearly theme should be. After careful considration 2018’s theme is Nozstalgia. We’re celebrating all things from yesteryear, the things you hold dear, loved or still love? Dig out your gameboys, dust off those furbies…We wanna see Scooby-Doo, Pokemon and if there’s not an Inspector Gadget walking around site, we’ll be very disappointed… Nanananana! Where ever in the time-space-nostalgia continuum you choose to get off, we have faith that you’re going to look and feel radical. Double denim, neon rave, acid-house, ra-ra skirts and MC Hammer pants… You remember something you loved? You got your outfit. Excellent.

18. Comedy

Us Nozstockers love a good laugh and we’ve had some great comedians down on the farm in the past few years including: Russell Howard, Henning Wehn, Phill Kay, Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montford and many more. 2018 see’s us joined by American comedian Reginald D. Hunter and we can’t wait!

19. Elephant’s Grave

2017’s new area and the stomping ground for all things house and techno by night & reggae & jungle by day needs to be seen to be believed.

20. Clik Clik presents The Cabinet of Lost Secrets

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for a fourth slice of weirdness at Nozstock the Hidden Valley, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange, multi-roomed underground lair! Expect the unexpected with immersive performance and pop up experiences, get properly ‘funked up’ with live funk & soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting-edge electronica, complimented by our dj funksters. And remember to keep an eye out for the secrets……

The green journey to The Hidden Valley begins!

Calling all Nozstockers! The time has come to pack your bags and set off on your journey to The Hidden Valley! Still stuck for plans on your grand voyage to the festival? Not to worry, as we have made it easier than ever for you to set off on your expedition to the land of fun, frenzy and Nozstalgia.

We may be tucked away in the rolling hills of Hertfordshire, but don’t let the working farm appearance fool you. We’re a stones throw away from the idyllic market town of Bromyard, with many ways for you to reach us…

We’re all about keeping things green and serene, so one of the best ways to reach us is by car share! Don’t want to travel alone? Other Nozstockers are using GoCarShare to fill up their empty seats, and there are people travelling from all across the country. Simply book your seat, or offer up your spare ones in, through the GoCarShare Nozstock page!

Remember if you are travelling by car to book your car parking pass before you arrive.

We also have a free (you read that right) shuttle bus from the centre of Bromyard (Pump Street bus stop) that will take you to the official drop off point at Bromyard Rugby Club.. Those getting a lift will find it easiest to be dropped off here rather than at the  festival site as this can cause congestion and sad faces as you may be asked to head back towards the drop off point.

Local buses do travel between Hereford and Worcester to Bromyard Pump Street Bus Stop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. You can check the bus times by visiting the DRM website here. Visit Traveline Midlands to help plan your journey.

We’re also running coaches to and from the festival in Hereford, Worcester, Bristol and London to make your voyage to The Hidden Valley even easier Book your tickets in advance here.:

Hereford and Worcester:

Thursday 19 July 2018

7pm – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

8.30pm – Worcester Shrub Hill – Nozstock

Friday 20 July 2018

10am – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

11am – Nozstock – Hereford Train Station

12pm – Nozstock – Worcester Shrub Hill

Coaches for Hereford and Worcester are £6 advance and £7 on the day (subject to spaces!) Book your tickets in advance here.

London and Bristol:

Thursday 19 July 2018

12pmLondon – Nozstock

2pmBristol – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

10am – Nozstock – London

10am – Nozstock – Bristo

London coaches will cost £18 each day and Bristol coaches will cost £16 each day. Book your tickets here.

And finally for the greenest of them all, you can even ride your bike to Nozstock! Go at your own pace and soak up the picturesque countryside on the way. Cyclists will get secure bicycle parking by the wristband exchange as well as a pat on the back.

Plan your bicycle route with the Bike Hub’s free route planner.

Even though we’re called The Hidden Valley, we want you all to find us! For that all important postcode and full details of travel options, visit http://nozstock.com/about/directions/. We’re a laid back bunch here, and times and schedules may be subject to change. Be flexible and keep checking your arrangements so your journey to The Hidden Valley is a smooth sail.

Being green at Noz 2018

Each year, we strive to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, and monitoring and reducing our environmental impact is a key priority of ours. Festivals can be a concerning source of environmental impact and it is our duty as festival organisers, go-ers, and lovers to be as conscious of this as possible.

We have taken the Festival Vision 2025 Pledge which aims achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. So…Nozstockers we need you to help us with a few things…

Drastic on plastic

This year in collaboration with the AIF’s ‘Drastic On Plastic’ campaign we are implementing a “Let’s get Ready to Refill” campaign where we are encouraging people to bring a refillable water bottle to Nozstock, and use our taps rather than buying bottled water.

In addition, we’ve joined the final straw campaign, banning plastic straws from all our bars and food stalls.  Say no to the straw!

Reuseable cups will be available from the bars again – pay a pound for your first cup and you can exchange it for a clean one when you come back for another drink.

We are actively discouraging the use of non-biodegradable body glitter as it is a micro plastic. There will be biodegradable body glitter available and our artists have been encouraged to use it.

Travel

There are multiple ways to travel to Nozstock, and we would love it if you chose to get here via public transport or if you shared transport.

Coaches to and from the festival run from London, Bristol, Hereford and Worcester. Coaches from London and Bristol now run on the Thursday to the festival site to get there in time for Thursday opening. These are still the same low prices. You can find all the information you need on travel here.

Lift sharing is not only a more environmentally conscious decision, you may just make some new festival friends! You can organise a lift share via our official page on GoCarShare.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We’ll be running the Clean Campsite competition again this year, with prizes including 2 tickets to Noz 2019!

Alongside this, after the success of last year’s Eco Bond scheme which helped us separate and recycle 40% of the entire festival’s rubbish, we are running the eco-bond and recycling centre again. If you paid for a £5 Eco Bond when you bough you ticket, you can reclaim it by bringing a bag of rubbish or recycling to the Eco Bond recycling centre and sorting it on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.

Local charity People in Motion will also once again be running their salvage operation to reclaim as much useful and reuseable camping equipment and non-perishable food to be sent as aid to help refugees across Europe. Their work is vital so please support them at the festival and look out for their pop-up shop selling some of weird and wonderful things they’ve found which aren’t aid appropriate!

We can’t wait to welcome you, your reusable bottles and eco-glitter to the farm in just a couple of weeks.

The Sunken Yard & The Supper Club

 

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hidden Valley, obscured by a heady cloud of powder paint and dust from dancing feet, stands the Sunken Yard; a world away from reality…

Prepare for paint fights, party games, music and more, The Sunken Yard have got party jams and games a plenty… not to mention more paint than you could shake a piñata stick at!

After their epic all-day sessions at Noz ’17, these connoisseurs of a good time are back, bigger and better than ever, to take up residency as key players in their new adopted land; and this year, for the first time, they are curating a cuddly late-night disco into the early hours.

That’s right, The Sunken Yard will be staying open all night long!

Join them after their outrageous daytime shenanigans at their new ‘Supper Club’ and fulfil all your Funk, Soul & Disco needs, with DJs on rotation until the small hours. In need of some late night hip shaking? Grab the person next to you, roll down the hill and enter the infamous sunken love shack!

Photo by Alex Avery

Explore more of the entertainment on offer here.

Enter the Cabinet of Lost Secrets…

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets is a multi-roomed immersive live music venue at Nozstock the Hidden Valley. It specialises in funk grooves, worldly beats, experimental sounds, interactive performance elements and surprises coupled with a unique design that changes every year; you will never see the same venue twice.

It is run by a team of people who want to create an unusual experience for anyone who steps inside. Led by Kate Cox (director, producer, programmer and venue manager), Phil Wilkins (co-director, design and build manager) and Graham Colledge (assistant build and design manager), the Cabinet is supported by a handful of other clever bods who work tirelessly to get the venue constructed, décor up and help to keep things running smoothly during the festival itself. All of the volunteers who help are absolutely integral to the Cabinet working. The Cabinet is part-produced by Clik Clik, (Kate’s main business) in collaboration with Nozstock. Vision, planning, design and programming starts in the autumn, then the site build starts in the spring.

Kate told us about how the Cabinet of Lost Secrets began: “I’d been performing at Nozstock for years doing walkabouts and pop-ups as my business guise ‘Clik Clik Collective’. I was keen to develop ideas for a small immersive secret venue tucked in the woods somewhere, but then Nozstock offered this huge piece of land! After chatting with my partner, musician Phil Wilkins (who can make anything with anything) we got our heads together and the Cabinet of Lost Secrets was born. The primary objective was to create a space where strange things would happen, people would get freaked out a little, and secret gigs might pop up. It was always intended that the music style would be more on the funk/world tip to offer something different to the other stages”.

We’re very excited to have installment no.4 of the Cabinet of Lost Secrets returning to Nozstock this year, with a new layout to confuse your minds plus a fine array of funk, world, soul, afro and latin grooves coupled with electronica, immersive experiences and DJ’s. And of course the animals are always watching you…..

So let’s skim through the performance delights on offer this year…

Friday

Getting things off to a fine start we have a little middle American stomping courtesy of The WooTown Hillbillies, then watch out as the Demon Barbers of the Cabinet will be lurking for beard trims and haircuts, while the DJ area in the garden kicks off (2018 features our residents Funky Navigation, plus Beatwell & Dante, and Larsey and Tenz – all rocking a funky groove each day until late). The evening entertainment starts with deep reggae and dub from The King Solomon Soundsystem, before we catch some beat heavy, experimental electronica from sound artists, Swansea Laptop Orchestra. Worldly sounds come next with 7Suns and their sublime Latin and afro rhythms, followed by soulfully hip-hop sounds from Brighton as we welcome back Normanton Street to the Cabinet stage. As it gets late, only the animals know what things might happen in the depths, however we discovered two things: a fresh new London 3-piece called Copper Feel with a funk vibe, then a dose of bizarre sing-songing, don’t miss Neil Pulling on his Organ!

Saturday

A Life Drawing Class and the customary sing-along with Play It Again Dan open the Cabinet doors, followed by some New Orleans street sounds from The Collective 43. The Barbers and the DJ’s are out and about before the main room kicks off late afternoon with a Balkan heavy two piece (and section of Mr Tea and The Minions) – Razzomo. Cinematic soundscapes and world grooves next from Worcester based Capas, then look out for hi-energy punk funk from Manchester’s Ask My Bull. Bringing things back to a soulful vibe we have Almatic with lush hip-hop and nu-soul, followed by electronic, glorious rock and roll swathed beats and visual treats from The Pink Diamond Revue (back by popular demand). Then those epic Seas of Mirth musical pirates will get you ready for dancing in shanty heaven. Later on, come and find more DJ’s, dark David Lynch inspired Deathly Pale Party and other things to wet your whistle.

Sunday

We open again with Life Drawing for a calm and creative start to the day and Play it Again Dan to get those tonsils tinkling in our weekend sing-song. The live music starts with a chilled reggae vibe from Worcester’s The Collective, then it is your last chance for that beard trim or hair cut as the Demon Barbers come out of the depths to service you one last time.
We pick up the late afternoon music with some ‘Nozstalgia’ courtesy of The Imaginary Hat – 1920’s jazz meets rock-punk. Funk is fully on the agenda next with the super-tight Mango Factory, followed up by 70’s Hammond-funk inspired grooves from Mohawkestra. The finale live act in the Cabinet on Sunday night is given to the massively current, soft nu-jazz styles of The Feelgood Experiment to bring things to a super-slick end before the funk jam kicks up a storm in the garden to close our slice of the playful pie for another year.

Of course, always expect the unexpected inside the belly of the Cabinet of Lost Secrets as things may appear and characters may prowl. Look out for the secrets, the weird, the hidden things and surprises tucked inside and come, explore, dance and relax in our homemade multi-roomed lair.

See you there…….

2018’s Live Acts – Orchard & Garden

Whether you’re into rock or reggae, folk or funk, want to dance until your feet give out or sit back and soak up the sounds, we’ve prepared a feast of innovative acts to wet every appetite.

To celebrate 20 years of Noz in style we’ve sourced some serious live acts encompassing an eclectic mix of pop, ska, folk, funk, hip-hop and R&B, plus a whole lot more…

Here to grace our stages are:

Goldfrapp, providing iridescent and intriguing synth-pop since 1999; The Selecter with their anarchic passion, led by iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson; We Are Scientists who describe their own style as “rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety”; Dub Pistols, whose motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the U.K. dance scene; The Blockheads, a New-Wave English rock band whose lyrics provide a combination of poetry, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of British working-class life; Honeyfeet, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style; Electric Swing Circus, a live six-piece fusion of saucy swing and stomping electro beats; Kiko Bun, who’s crafted a refreshing and contemporary sound based on the re-emergence of reggae, soul and golden era hip-hop; Slamboree Soundsystem, a collective of multi-skilled, revolutionary performers and musicians that put energy, passion and pure insanity into their unique immersive stage experiences; Spunge, ska-punk rockers with an an amalgamation of influences including The Clash and Sublime; The Lovely Eggs, a surreal-psych, punk-rock duo with a fierce ethos; Oh My God! It’s The Church, a raucous, interactive parody of a Deep South Pentecostal church brimming with the best soul, blues and disco tunes; Mad Dog Mcrea with songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies…

And that’s just to name a few! We’ve also got:

Mr Tea and The Minions / Mad Apple Circus / Buffos Wake / Jalen N’Gonda / Harvey Causon / Childcare / Catholic Action / Collette the Dots / Normanton Street / Seas Of Mirth / The Stiff Joints / Pengshui / Smiley & The Underclass / Rachael Dadd / Alabaster De Plume / Lazy Day / Samsara Collective / Yama Warashi / Verbal Highz / The Whipjacks / Feelgood Experiment / Fliptrix / Taskforce / Verbal T & Pitch / Gardna / CW Jones / Old Baby Mackerel / Almatic

…and to top it off, a Saturday Night Ska & Skank Party, all about the rocksteady rhythms and infectious 2 tone sounds.

Get familiar with them all here or head over to our Orchard and Garden stages to check out the individual line ups.