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

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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!

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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.

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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.

Mark Marks announced as winner of #MCNoz2016

Back in early June we collaborated with hip-hop publisher Bonafide and long term musical legends and headliners of our Orchard Stage this year Jurassic 5 to provide an exciting opportunity for a budding MC to win a host of tasty prizes. The winner was to be judged by Akil the MC, and other members of J5. Yes, one aspiring microphone assassin would get the chance to perform live at Nozstock! Through this competition we all gained personal and unseen access to the bedroom talents of many Nozstock fans and sterling up-and-coming MC talent, as they used the hashtag #MCNoz2016 to share their lyrical abilities with the world.

At Nozstock HQ we attempted to critically assess the entries, whittling them down to a shortlist of five. Then, came the job of the difficult final selection, but frankly, who better to do it than world-famous wordsmiths J5?

It was a close decision, as according to Jurassic 5 ‘they all had skills’. The Lady Sanity got an honourable mention and runner up Abakus came a close second. However, we are pleased to announce the winner is Mark Marks! Akil commented that Marks’ “very polished flow, delivery and content meant he outshined others with his presentation”.

So, on the judgement and recommendation of J5, we are honoured to welcome Mark Marks, aspiring lyrical mastermind, to Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2016!

Check out our winner Mark Marks, when he performs in The Bullpen at 11.30am on Saturday.
To see his winning entry, check Youtube right here.

And don’t forget to share the love for this most auspicious winner of #MCNoz2016.

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OLD J’s FANTASTIC FOUR GRACE OUR BARS

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We could easily be accused of being disgracefully focused on a lovely bar experience at Nozstock – from our sweet and keen bar staff, through to our pub prices and homey environs. But nothing tops off that dreamy festival day more than one of our themed cocktails.

Every year, we rifle through the pages of our favourite recipes, hold long-winded but purposeful discussions about the pro’s and con’s of certain mixers and obviously taste-test in our own, perversely dedicated way. This year, we took the trial out of the equation, chancing upon some of the dreamiest rum in the land. Hence a delightful collaboration was born, between Old J Rum in it’s many, carefully blended varieties, and us with our penchant for tasty fruit-pulped, alcoholic beverages.

You’ll find Old J’s cocktails evoking the ‘Wonders of the Ancient World’ across all our bars at Nozstock this year, plus they’ll be giving out some free samples in the Orchard to whet your appetite.

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1.       House Vodka 12.5ml

2.       Old J Spiced Rum 12.5ml

3.       Tiki Fire 12.5ml

4.       Cointreau 12.5ml

5.       Bombay Sapphire Gin 12.5ml

6.       Fresh Lemon Juice 20ml

7.       Sugar Syrup 12.5ml

8.       Cola 50ml C

Power leads to debauchery and this drink is no different. Mind your step with this one. Everything in a glass.

 

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1.       25ml Old J

2.       25ml Briotet Peche

3.       75ml Pineapple

4.       ¼ lime wedge

5.      Lime wheel garnish

They dominated Mesoamerica and now feel them dominate your senses with  a peach and vanilla blast.

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1.       25ml Old J Cherry

2.      50ml Raspberry Cider

3.       1/8 Lime wedge

4.       Ting top

5.       Raspberries & mint garnish

As Mount Olympus in the dawn, Cherry Rum and Raspberry Cider rise and strike like lightening at your tounge!

 

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PLATO COLADA

1.       50ml Old J Gold

2.       25ml Real Coco

3.       75ml Pineapple Juice

4.       ¼ Fresh squeezed Lime wedge

5.       Pineapple garnish

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools,” they should just drink Pineapple and Coconut!!!

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Old J’s splendid blends on their website and we’ll see you very soon for some sampling splendour in the Hidden Valley… http://www.oldjspicedrum.co.uk/

COMPETITION TIME

Courtesy of our wonderful friends at Old J Spiced Rum we’re giving you and your rum-drink compadre the chance to win all these goodies! …2 tickets to Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2016, a weekend supply of the finest Old J Rum (4 bottles!) to be enjoyed in your very own Old J Camping mugs …of course whilst wearing these matching snazzy t’s 😉

To enter, click here.

Nozcast 001: Gentlemens Dub Club

Ahead of Nozstock 2016, Matt Roberts, from the legendary Gentleman’s Dub Club caught up with us to give us a glimpse into the life and history of one of the most prominent reggae, ska and dub bands in the UK right now.

Emerging from Leeds, in Yorkshire, the nine-piece band and Nozstock Saturday Night Headliners have supported Roots Manuva, The Streets and The Wailers but to name a few.

Matt talks to us about the bands early influences and there key festival prep. It’s now, a full 10 years since the band began, the nine-piece continue to deliver showstopping performances and have something very special planned for Nozstock 2016.

So give the first ever Nozcast (exciting times) a listen and find out what exactly makes this incredible band come to life on the stage and don’t forget to come see it for yourself!

 

Golden Welly Awards!

Fellow Nozstockers, it’s nearly time to start voting for your favourite independent festival at the Association of Independent Music Awards.

Vote by clicking on the link below and selecting Nozstock as the Best Independent Festival. Remember to share on social media to spread the word! Voting opens at 10am on Monday the 11th July and closes at 5pm on Monday 25th July – just after another epic weekend at the farm. Thank you loyal Nozzers!

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