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.

 

#Noz20YearsComp

We’ve got something exciting to tell you…to commemorate our 20th birthday this year we’ve dropped the biggest competition in Nozstock history on our Facebook page.  20 prizes up for grabs, 1 for every year we’ve been creating all the Noz memories and madness! #Noz20YearsComp

Terms & Conditions….

This competition is open to anyone who has already bought or who buys a ticket by midnight June 29th.   The competition will run on our Facebook pages over 3rd – 6th July each day at 6pm. Winners will be picked from a tombola and the prizes will be on a giant spinning tractor wheel on the farm, hosted by some of your favourite Nozstock crew! All ticket holders (outlets included), volunteers, Nozsquad ambassadors & Nozsquad ambassador ticket holders will be entered.

The 20 prizes are, *drumroll please…*

  1. X 1 ticket and Nozstock merch bag
  2. Free mega hamper of food & drink
  3. Free mega Nozstock merch bag selection of everything
  4. Free massage therapy from Yeleni
  5. X 2 free therapies or experiences from Yeleni
  6. Free hamper of deli food
  7. Free hamper of drinks
  8. Free Camplight pre-pitched tent
  9. Free Camplight plus food and drink hamper
  10. Backstage tour Friday with Noz and drinks backstage
  11. Invite to our Press reception for free cocktails and hobnob with the Noz crew
  12. Saturday backstage tour with Noz
  13. X 1 free ticket
  14. X 2 free tickets
  15. X 3 free tickets
  16. Free ticket to Noz 2018 & 2019
  17. Free tattoo of your choice (a real one!) up to £100
  18. Sunday backstage tour with Noz
  19. Meet an artist of your choice (agreement permitting)
  20. Nozstock Golden Ticket! X 1 free ticket, the food and drink hamper, Camplight tent and therapy from Yeleni, merch and press reception invite to meet the crew.

Good luck and remember to  keep everything crossed! Apart from your eyes…they should remain fully on the prize!

Even more tasty music to announce…

We’re also excited to drop a couple further announcements, just to keep you on your toes… Joining us with their dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop vibes are The Nextmen. On the cusp of releasing a new 12-track album, Pound for Pound, in collaboration with Gentlemen’s Dub Club, there’s never been a better time to catch these guys live. They’re even crowdfunding to deliver vinyl to their fans – find out more here.

We’re also really honoured to see the return of Aristocrats, who’ll be delivering a set dedicated to original member, Dubl Sweggerz, who loved Nozstock. We’re looking forward to seeing these hip hop kings doing it right.

H Grimace land with their discordant, energetic, psyche, fresh and punky sound that, ultimately, refuses to be pinned down. Say a hearty hello also to punky lyricist Lucia, garage-psych quartet Captain Suun, smooth folkster Pierre Donahue, one man arsenal of beats and melodies Steve Strong, heartfelt singer-songwriter Freddie Armstrong, indie-folk duo GXDS, Tel Avivian mellow folkster Rotem, Flowcase 2018 Beatbox Champion Beatfox, purveyor of Americana, flying solo, Al Fraser Green, indie-electronica project Yumi and the Weather, and the rest of the stellar talent on display on the Bandstand.

Tribe of Frog return to the Coppice bringing the neon, psytrance dreams to our retro rave. Get your groove on to genre-defying Geo, resident frogger Dr G, dark psy sound aficionado Hemp, high energy party starters Dirty Saffi, new, spiritually uplifting project Banyan, adventurer in music Mr Black, founder of wavey, psytrance heroes OOOD, Steve OOOD, and the rest!

Bristol’s pioneering, worldwide music station 10 Twenty Radio brings an all-female lineup on Saturday in collaboration with Concrete Jungyals, including DJ/producer Sherry S, in demand Jossy Mitsu, winner of Concrete Jungyals LSTD DJ comp Ludo, Concrete Jungyals resident Asterixx B2B with the unique DJ Raggo and more. On Friday, find 10 Twenty regular Dissident, grime and trap-lover Sour Phree B2B with Birmingham boy Circa ft. Wish and Dash Villz, vinyl enthusiast Nakes, chief at Insomniac Disco Walya, blender of beats Detrivore and more, meaning You’ve Been Prango’d will be buzzing all weekend with bass, garage and grime to die for.

They join a bulging line up of tip-top talent including: Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Goldfrapp, Grandmaster Flash, The Selecter, We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Dub Pistols, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & MC GQ, Honeyfeet, Electric Swing Circus, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, The Lovely Eggs,  and many more…


Concrete Jungyals

Quench that thirst, and customise your own merch…

Ever inventive, our potions experts have been rustling up a treat in the kitchen and have concocted a veritably delicious menu of nozstalgic cocktails to whet your whistles, taking you back to the heady days of sweet shops and sticky hands. You can treat yourselves to a Rola-cola, Sour Apple, Cornershop Fizzypop or Tutti Frutti.

Wye Valley Brewery Nozstalgia beer badge

And if beer’s more your thing, Wye Valley Brewery have brewed us up a commemorative fruity, pale ale of our very own; Nozstalgia. Get yours at our homegrown bars.

After the buzz it created last year, we didn’t feel we could miss out on the chance of inviting back Live Ink, to help you make your customised, official Nozstock garms. They return with some snazzy new screens this year (nod to the excellent work done by our design team on these), as well as the usual swag that you love – badges, tattoos, stickers and more. Who needs that royal wedding tea-towel when you’ve got 20th anniversary Nozstock merchandise on offer?

Find out what else is going on in the Village


Fireworks Kristian Lam Clark

#MeetTheNozCrew; Syph

Some of you Nozstockers may have seen that for our 20th edition we have been introducing you to our hardworking and dedicated crew. So *please be upstanding* for the one and only Syph, our master of ceremonies and firework extroadinare. #MeetTheNozCrew

What is your role at Nozstock?

“There are three phases to any Nozstock: the build-up, the festival weekend and the take-down.
For the build-up from end of April I stay up the Farm during the week and take care of the garbage and recycling. I also prepare the crew eating area. Another task is ordering and managing the fireworks and preparing the site for the display. And also being one of Noz’s b*ches I can get drawn into all kinds of farmyard related jobs – oh the joy!

During the festival weekend I am MC on the Orchard Stage and also set off the fireworks.

Finally I’m part of the small crew who for at least a month clear up and put the festival away for another year.”

What is your favourite Nozstock memory over the last 20 years?

“So many but two spring to mind.

The first would be standing at the back of the Orchard Stage with Noz while Martha Reeves was doing her thing and watching Julie dance her socks off. A Sunday night after another great weekend and after all her hard work Julie getting to relax and enjoy herself. Heartwarming.

The second was another Sunday closing act on the Orchard Stage. Vintage Trouble and the song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends: I sang throughout with tears rolling down my cheek. Memories of other festivals from the dim and distant past where we all sang along with Joe Cocker flooded in. Totally personal and overwhelming.”

What are you most looking forward to at #Nozstock2018?

“Being part of the Nozstock magic and witnessing the happy mixing of kids of all ages. Meeting up with old friends and chatting with new Stockers. Having a successful firework shoot. Enjoying a few sorbets from the van next to the Orchard Stage. Would also like to catch some of Reginald D. Hunter but may clash with my MC duties. Heigh ho – that’s Nozstock for me – so much to enjoy, but so much to miss! And probably most importantly having good weather during the month of clear-up.”

When you are not at Nozstock what do you do?

“It has been said that there is no life outside Nozstock and for some of us planning in various forms goes on throughout the year. What to introduce, to change, to improve.

Apart from that I potter in the garden, act as the Bromyard Scarecrow, get roped into AmDram – My Fair Lady coming up, fathom out cryptic crosswords, travel to exotic times and places on my Xbox One X and kill opponents (well at least as a vegan, I don’t eat them) and generally try to give more than I take from life.”

You can find out more about this Nozstock legend and other crew members on our Facebook.

Camping: The Luxury Edition

Keen to camp but the thought of broken poles and missing tent pegs fills you with fear?

Up for the party but not for lugging your tent bag through the campsite?

 
With just a few weeks to go before Nozstock 2018, the excitement is setting in; but is the thought of turning up on site and having to set up camp playing on your mind? Would you rather dive straight into the arena and explore? Well we may have the solution…

If you’re looking for a little luxury, Zoobells will pre-pitch you a stunning canvas bell tent in their own private campsite complete with a sewn in ground sheet and beautiful bunting, perfect for those who are looking to rest their weary dancing feet in style.

In varying sizes and levels of lavishness, you’ve the choice to add comfy mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed sheets and rugs amongst other luxuries.

Get your hands on one here, but be quick – they’re filling up fast!

If you’re no Glamper but you dream of someone putting your tent up and taking it down for you then Camplight will be right up your street.

Arrive to a pre-pitched tent plus a sleeping bag, roll mat and chair. Not only that but you can forget about fighting your muddy tent back into its bag at the end of the festival as these guys will do it for you.

To top it off, as you kick-back whilst the rest of the festival pack up, you can feel good about yourself as all Camplight tents are handpicked from those abandoned at UK festivals, helping to clear events and reduce waste.

Pick yourself a tent and camping supplies here, or alternatively book one with your ticket on our ticket page

 

Interview with Ant TC1: from his first DJ show at 14, to managing Metalheadz

Manager of Metalheadz, co-founder of Dispatch Recordings and well known for his high energy DJ sets and dark productions, Ant TC1 is no stranger to the Drum ‘n’ Bass scene. This year Nozstock will be playing host to one of the most innovative and respected labels in the dance music scene, none of other of course than Metalheadz. Fresh back from living in Thailand, we caught up with Ant TC1 who will be representing for the Headz alongside Dillinja, S.P.Y, Randall, Amoss, Octo Pi  and Scope on Friday night at #Nozstock2018

So, what have you been up to recently?

I’ve pretty much only just moved back to the country, just getting used to being back here most of all and climatising. I’ve got 2 shows this weekend coming up and need to get some practice in and shake the rust off beforehand, can feel the nerves creeping in!

So, let’s start from the beginning. I’ve heard you’ve been DJing on pirate radios and in clubs since a very young age?

Yeah I turned 40 in Feb and I started falling in love with rave, jungle and as it’s now more commonly termed Drum & Bass at the age of 13 so back in 1991. Hearing Grooverider mix records together from a Fantazia live event mixtape in 1992 was what cemented my passion for only thinking about music 24-7 and wanting to learn to DJ and anything else I’m now doing today in relation to the music I still love a lot. I handed a demo in to a pirate radio station owner via a friend to get my first ever DJ show on pirate radio aged 14. I passed it over via a friend as I didn’t want the radio station owner / manager to know my age, I remember him laughing when I first showed up with a bag of vinyl ready for my first ever slot on the station but he let go at it, he was just shocked at my age really.

Since then you’ve made quite the name for yourself in the scene over the years and that all started off with yourself and Hidden Agenda launching Dispatch Recordings, right? Tell us a bit about that.

Yeah it was mostly Jason from Hidden Agenda, he’d moved to Leeds and I already had a residency at D.O.P.E (a weekly D&B night in the city that ran from I think 1994 onward), we met there, struck up a friendship and realised we were both into real similar music (swerving towards the deeper stuff at the time). I was already a massive fan of him and his brother Mark (who is now sadly no longer with us) as the Hidden Agenda duo, I just tried to not let on too much and be all fanboy about it. He asked for my help in setting up his own imprint and the label just grew into it’s own thing really over time, eventually Jason decided on a relocation back up north and wanted to take day job stuff / career more seriously as he’d recently had his first child, so rather than close the label I decided to carry it on with Jason’s full blessing.

What then got you into producing?

I’m not gonna lie, I had what I felt were strong ideas towards making music but was always petrified of approaching making music, it all looked so daunting and too complicated, I lacked confidence, just like I did in my DJ’ing for the first 2 years even though I can now look back and see technically I was OK at least (at a young age really I guess) for way longer than I felt I was personally. Eventually I met an old friend Graham (AKA Stress Level) who was starting out on musical production at the time, he had way more technical know how than me and taught me the basics, I always felt our first collabs were way more me simply adding to his own productions and I felt some unease at even having my name next to his on a finished track but through experience and his teaching I got a lot more involved. Next thing, after dedicated weekends working on our sound we sent out demos and got stuff signed pretty quickly, next thing we were having music played on radio 1 and both DJ’ing all over Europe and the rest of the world (which was something neither of us had really had the opportunity of doing much of previously other than the odd local shows at the odd night).

How did all of this then lead onto you managing Metalheadz?

Long story short, I started working on Headz events for Goldie. One day he called me and asked me to run the label, he liked what I’d done with Dispatch and said he liked working with me all round. He told me that he felt I genuinely loved the music, understood it and put it first above anything else so I was the person he felt comfortable offering the role to. I accepted, crazy feeling at the time and now, I had 2nd copies of the first Headz singles on my wall as a teenager, never would have imagined one day managing the label.

So you’re booked for The Cubicles at Nozstock this year alongside Dillinja, Randall, S.P.Y, Amoss & more…how do you think that’s going to go down?

You’ve got some real varied artists on, it’s a great line up, everyone is gonna offer something different and all of those artists are strong faves of mine, I think people are gonna have a blast start to finish, I hope so anyway!

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

Jaffa Cakes, a spare back up tent and of course, the music.

What can we expect from Metalheadz in the rest of 2018?

We’ve got heaps of events worldwide, the label is showing no signs of slowing down, singles and EPs most weeks and albums from Blocks & Escher, OneMind, Goldie, Agzilla, we’ve got Lenzman, Jubei and Commix well into progress on their 2nd / follow up albums also.

Tell us about one of your favourite festival sets?

I’ve been lucky to play many over the years now, Outlook festival is always a good one, good memories of playing in the ‘Moat Arena’ to an almost ‘bumper sized long corridor’ arena full of people down the side wall of an abandoned fort. There’s something really unique about looking out at the crowd from the performance area.

Thanks to Ant Tc1 for taking time out of what sounds like a very busy schedule! We look forward to seeing him in July.

That Nozstalgia Feel

Now this is a story all about how Nozstock appeared on the Bromyard Downs, we’d like to take a minute if you’ve got one spare, to tell you all about how Noz over these past 20 years has fared.

Banging throwback tunes aside… people have you heard?! It’s our 20th birthday – and we thought it only right to travel waaay back through all the great times of old.

That’s it folks, the official 2018 theme is Nozstalgia and boy o boy are we excited.

We all reminisce about the good old days, and this year we’re going to bring ALL the good old days bang smack into one weekend. The best of the past, and some of the worst (Yeah Baby, Yeeah!) we’re talking about frosted tips, ¾ length trackies and mullets.

Our humble roots stretch all the way back to ‘98 and what a time to fondly remember. You just know our decor team will go all out on this one: from your favorite cartoon characters, TV and film, to retro games, toys and famous legends of the past. This all will culminate of course in a stellar line up that picks up on our very favorite acts from previous Noz appearances and the last few decades of musical innovation.

NOZ HQ, we hear you ask, but what does that mean for my amazing festival costume? Well we’re expecting big things from ya costumes this year Nozzers, and we reckon you’ve got some pretty great scope to play around with too. 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.

Our brains are reeling with smashing times gone by, but what about you? What are you Nozstalgic about? What do you think fondly of? Let us know!