Great news Nozzers! We has been nominated with just 5 other festivals to win The Greener Festival Award 2016. The award is to celebrate festivals in the UK who are striving to minimise their environmental impact. All shortlisted events are judged by A Greener Festival – a not for profit organisation who have assesed over 350 festivals since 2007. We are thrilled that our efforts to make Nozstock as clean and green as we can have been recognised. Big thanks to our Queen of Green Kathy Tate and our Clean Campsite Crew for all their efforts. Final winners are announced at the UK Festival Awards on 28th November. Good luck to all the other nominees!
Time to give yourself a big ol’ slap on the back Nozzers. We are mega chuffed to say that thanks to your support we have raised more for charity in 2016 than ever before!
Those of you who got relaxed and replenished with a massage from Yeleni Healing Centre raised a massive £2564. This money will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness.
For all you fine diners at The Chicken Cow Café, your penchant for tasty cuisine has raised £556 for Trees for Cities, our new charity for 2016, who focus on planting trees to create greener cities. Those who got involved with Chicken Shit Bingo also raised £70 for St Michael’s Hospice in memory of our festival friend, Tracey.
Big In The Gambia’s inspiring education talks and funky tunes clearly made an impact on you all as they raised £600, which will help to improve the lives of Gambian mothers and babies.
A big thank you also need to go out to those who got played the Human Fruit Machine, sorted out their thirst with Frank Water or donated camping equipment to People In Motion.
Last but by no means least thank you to Oxfam who come every year and help to look after you lovely lot. Working with Oxfam at Nozstock pays for 91 midwives or 4200 school books.
Your donations have helped to save lives, offer quality care for patients and create a greener environment. Now go feel smug and we will see you all next year for another blinder…
The nominees for the Association of Independent Festival’s third Festival Congress have been announced and Nozstock is up for two awards.
The Act of Independence award highlights a moment in the festival season that embodied the spirit of independence and for General Public’s Hip Hop Pickers Ball it’s ‘Straight Outta Bromyard’ to the nominee list.
We are also super excited that our Clean Campsite Crew are getting a nod in The Backstage Award nominations which is a brand new award for 2016.
Massive thanks to General Public for such an interesting installation and to Neil and his campsite judges for keeping it tidy! Winners are announced in November…
Everyone at the farm is super excited to announce we have been nominated in five (yes five!) UK Festival Awards for 2016. We are up for Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event, The Grass Roots Award and Best Toilets. The winners are decided by public vote and will be announced in November. Please take a couple of minutes to vote for us here and not only will you make an old farmer very happy but you could grab yourself tickets to every winning event. Keep your fingers crossed Nozzers!
Big shout out to everyone involved in the Visit Herefordshire Awards 2016 where we were thrilled to be named Best Festival (Commercial) in Herefordshire. It was the cherry on top of a lovely afternoon at Eastnor Castle with some absolutely amazing organisations. Congratulations to all the very worthy winners and a massive thanks from all of the Nozstock crew for the support and recognition. The award has pride of place on Noz’s desk, right next to his treasured photo of Andy C. Here’s a photo of our site manager Rob, collecting the award…
Well, the fields are clean, the equipments packed up and the chickens rule the roost once more but we’ve still got Nozstock on the brain. What an amazing time we had in 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed and sent in a review. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews so far to help you relive your best bits…
We are still on a complete high from Nozstock 2016. We were blown away with how all you Nozstocker’s upped your green game this year, by leaving your campsites cleaner than ever and handing in your rubbish and recycling to the bin bag exchange. Along with you beautiful lot, the traders that took part deserve a round or applause or five for their top notch carbon-footprint consciousness. We encourage all of our food traders to be as environmentally friendly as possible, ensuring that only biodegradable serve-ware is used and that Noz is full of local, Fairtrade and organic produce.
Each year, we give a Green Food Trader Award to the stall that comes to Nozstock with the most innovative and effective ways to reduce their environmental impact and who’ve shown an all round respect for our precious mother earth. The winner of 2016’s Green Food Trader Award is, drum roll please…Hot Rocks Pizza! Well deserved winners, they scored top marks on all environmental aspects of their operation and we were particularly impressed by their superb portable pizza oven which was fuelled by waste wood briquettes (wood that would have otherwise gone to landfill). Previous winners have included the Chicken Cow Café and Nomad Curries, who stood out from the crowd through going the extra spoonful to ensure their environmental impact was as low as possible. A huge well done and thank you to Hot Rocks Pizza (and all of our previous award winners) for their truly awesome food and being so respectful of the environment.
In addition to the Green Food Trader Award, every year at Noz we welcome someone from our our wonderful line-up to plant a tree on our Celebritree Avenue, with help from Charity Trees for Cities. This year, we were chuffed that comedy legend Henning Wehn wanted to join the likes of Molotov Jukebox and The Proclaimers and leave his leafy legacy for many Nozstocks to come. When we spoke to Henning earlier this year about environmental awareness and his love of the clean country air, he said ‘trees are obviously important to clean the air and as a habitat for wildlife. Trees are also crucial to generate a sense of community. Wherever there’s trees, plants or flowers it feels like an obvious place to come and pass the time.’ Thank you Mr Wehn for planting a tree on our lovely little avenue
As ever, we are aiming to further develop and improve our green initiatives for 2017. Stay tuned for how we get on with coming up with new gloriously green ideas.
This weekend, we saw something truly inspirational and extraordinary! Jurassic 5 made Nozstock: The Hidden Valley their own. Being one of the headliners, Jurassic 5 we’re clearly ready to be the stars of the show and did so in such an inspirational way.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a Festival in Herefordshire, West Midlands, which attracted thousands of music fans over the weekend to see hundreds of acts over a number of stages. With the likes of Jurassic 5 and Imelda May headlining, it holds a great variation of music genres for every music lovers taste. The Hidden Valley really encapsulates the festival-goer and takes them into a wonderful world of their own interpretation. Like we always say, no two people will ever have the same experience at a festival. Line up’s can be great or a bit lack-luster in everyone’s opinion. But its what the festival goer and the performing acts make of it, that truly leaves a lasting impression.
Jurassic 5 took to the main stage to finish the day off and blew the roof off Nozstock. With nothing but stars in the sky, lit up by the incredibly and well-deserved light show seen on stage, Jurassic 5 made their interpretation of The Hidden Valley come to life in front of thousands of people’s eyes. Huge vocals, deep beats. Sounds of all variations clashing together to bring different people together as one. Towards the end of their set they thanked the festival-goers for such an unforgettable moment. They greeted fans who had the pleasure of watching their performance with signing of foreheads to T-Shirts and everything in-between.
It is only after the main headline act had finished Jurassic
5 really brought the festival’s main aims together. They brought the crowd together. A secret gig kicked off, and where better to do a secret gig than Nozstock in The Hidden Valley. They showed that MC’ing isn’t just for the acts and that the crowd should be encouraged to come on stage and give it a go.
Maybe even the next Eminem was born over the weekend?
But it’s the end of the secret gig that gets us. In times like this, where we see things happening the world, that we don’t want to see. It is a true inspiration what Jurassic 5 did. As a band they’re an inspiration to many and used their voices to motivate and enlighten people of their self worth. Akil made a speech emphasizing how important each and every person is. “If you find your self in life being told you are nothing and find that people don’t respect you,”, He said, “Then you wake up, look in a mirror and tell your self that you are somebody.”.
All in chant, ‘I AM… SOMEBODY!’. All together as one. Not a crowd and Jurassic 5. But a collection of, somebody’s.
If this isn’t what music is about, then we simply do not know.
“I AM SOMEBODY,
I AM SOMEBODY,
I AM SOMEBODY”
Written by Stephen McMahon from IndieCentralMusic [http://indiecentralmusic.com/jurassic-5-nozstock/]
Photography by Conor Irvine from CSI Photography [http://www.csi-photography.co.uk
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…
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.
“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.