Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

More artists revealed!

It many only be just over a month until the gates of The Hidden Valley open, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got time to squeeze in a few more tasty line up treats for you! Today we have added a couple of cherrys on top of your very delicious Nozstock 2017 cake…

On The Orchard Stage we welcome back the steampunk flavoured Professor Elemental to brew you a nice hip-hop number, stir it with comedy and serve it with scones. Whilst Saturday welcomes Harpers Bazaars ‘one to watch’ energetic collective They Say Jump, alongside rip-roaring alt-folk outfit Noble Jacks and heavyweight roots-reggae crew King Solomon Band. They are joined by Westerman, Cousin Kula, Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Deaf Pictures, Hardwicke Circus  and over on the Garden Stage, Ushti Baba and Wovoka Gentle.

The Bandstand remains a haven for all things unsigned and diverse by welcoming melodic homegrown pop artist Chloe Foy, 60s rock and roll trio Dai and The Ross, nu folk artist Jo Rose, and funk sensations Buffalo Brothers. They are joined by Vaginapocalypse, White Feather Collective, How Dare You? That’s My Mother You’re Talking About, Soeur, Oh Man The Mountain, The Balkaneers, Lost Tuesday Society and Steve Strong.

The Coppice have been getting in on the action to with Tribe of Frog adding a host of sonic delights for your psytrance pleasure including Aardvark, Neutron, Steve OOOD, Rama, Jagerhertz, Psydigital and Orestis Sundance.

For the house lovers amongst you, things get serious on Sunday night when Emotion stage a vinyl only takeover of Elephants Grave featuring Delirium, Dangerous Davies and Stinger, but if you prefer your late night entertainment with more than a hint of sass then check out the additions to Velveteen Valley including Sophia Disgrace, Kiki Mellek, Joanne Jordan and Owen Niblock.

Phew! And that’s not all we’ve got Masked Life Drawing, Break Dancing Workshops, Willow Weaving and Sound Art Collectives all announced today…not forgetting of course the surreal place where anything Orange goes, for all you orange-inal nutters…have you been Prango’d yet?

 

 

 

All things shiny and new for Noz

 

This year at Nozstock we’ve added more new and exciting things than you can shake a tent pole at and we’re very excited for you to see them. New stage, new sounds, new… ginger protectant? So much more to see and do at Noz 2017 but we promise we haven’t strayed too far from our humble farm roots.

 

Our newest addition to Noz, the Elephant’s Grave, will take us to a massive eleven stages for 2017 and is sure to be a hit for all you party animals out there. The brand new stage was grandly dubbed after the team learnt of the mysterious happenings on the farm in the early 70’s. During the Second World War the owner of Chapman’s Circus moved to Bromyard… along with her curious cast of creatures. Legends speak of exotic beasts parading through Bromyard’s high street – elephants, tigers, even the occasional milk man as well. Sadly, as time passed many four-legged members of Chapman’s cast were laid to rest around the farm. The remains of one elephant were found near the top gate, however, nobody knows where the rest of the animals were buried. Could they be right underneath where you’re dancing this Nozstock? Although it’s unlikely you’ll stumble upon any skeletons in the Elephant’s Grave, what you’ll definitely find is everything Dub and Reggae by day and by night House and Techno to tear the barnyard roof off. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based ‘From Berlin With Love‘ to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take the stage with ‘Forte‘.

Remi Harris will be joining the Bluejay Jazz Lounge on the Bandstand for 2017

Things will be swingin’ at the Bandstand in 2017 as we slide into our newest area – the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Think back to the unforgettable times of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong with a classic Noz-esk twist. Bluejay’s is set to host a smokin’, rhythmic fusion of all things jazz led by the sweet, sweet sounds of Remi Harris. Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular, artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. Only 29, Remi already has a string of awards and chart success under his belt, plus endorsements from some of the biggest and best in the industry. We’re sure Remi will hit the right cord for quite a few of you cool cats so if you’re diggin’ some jazzy tunes we say “Hit the road Jack!” and check out the Bluejay Jazz Lounge!

 

Calling all Gingers! This year for Nozstock we’re inviting you to join your fellow pasty complexioned pals to gather for a bit of fun, laughter and plenty of sunscreen. Created by gingers, for gingers, You’ve Been Prangoed is being revived for Noz 2017 and is everything a red-head could dream of with games and silliness all round. Wear Orange for the occassion! If you’re up for a laugh and some quality ginger to ginger consultation then let your auburn locks loose and come join us for You’ve Been Prangoed. Please note: You’ve Been Prangoed will take place in a heavily shaded area for maximum ginger protection. See ya there!

More Than Just Music

It’s a well-known fact that Nozstock is about more than just the late-night boogying…

During those glorious (hopefully!) sun-soaked festival mornings and afternoons, all farm-dwellers are invited to take a stroll around our very own ramshackle Nozstock Village. Indulge in a spot of pampering, treat yourself to an al-fresco lunch or even unleash some crafting abilities within yourself that you never knew you had…

If you’re after a quiet, reflective space amidst the festival hubbub, want to re-centre yourself after the late-night festivities, or are simply hankering for a relaxing massage to soothe some sleeping-bag induced aches, the Yeleni Healing Area is the place for you. Every year the lovely folk from the Yeleni Therapy & Support Centre in Hereford come to the farm with a varied programme of workshops and therapies including massage, meditation and yoga. The money they raise each year at Nozstock – which, in 2016 was over £2,500 – supports them in their work with those living with chronic illnesses. You can unwind in the hands of Yeleni’s trained specialists, safe in the knowledge that your pennies are going towards helping others feel better too – what more could you ask for?

After Yeleni have picked you up, untied all your knots and got you back on your feet, why not have a look-see what’s happening in the Craft area, tucked cosily behind all the action of the Orchard Stage.

Bryce’s Greenwood Workers will be on hand producing marvellous creations out of locally sourced wood, while local woodworker Mark Evans will be once again gracing the farm with his presence to assemble the most remarkable sculptures and objects before your very eyes – and keep an eye out for Brendan Rock’s wood-carvings, hidden in nooks and crannies around the farm. If you’re looking for something a bit edgier, our resident Chainsaw Carvers will be back, creating intricate sculptures with just a block of wood, a chainsaw and (hopefully) a steady hand! Mushroom Paul will be back, providing chainsaw-carved mushrooms and toadstools for you to take a pew, and even craft your very own little fungi from wood and copper.If just the thought of this has your hands itching to get creatin’, make sure to get yourself down to the sustainable textiles costume-making workshop hosted by the lovely ladies at My Ella, who make it their mission to help people express their creativity while doing their bit for the planet. They will be providing all the recycled materials you could need to create some surreal-iously weird costumes to help you stand out around the farm. Finally, there’s nothing quite as surreal as the ancient and inexplicable folk-customs of England, as you can learn for yourself in the Morris Dancing Workshop brought to you by the weird and wonderful Morris Team. You’ll be be-ribboned and bell-shaking before you know it…

If you’re wanting to treat yourself to a spot of breakfast, lunch or dinner – that you didn’t have to cook for yourself, crouched over a camping stove – there’ll be a wide array of food vendors on hand to cater to (just about) every wish.

To get those engines running of a morning, check out Get Your Oats Here for authentic traditional oatcakes amongst other tasty breakfast goods. For a real kickstart, take a leaf out of Agent Cooper’s book and pick up a cup of joe from Callum’s Real Coffee, or, if you’re feeling wholesome, an organic smoothie or fruit juice from A Glass of Joy. Whether your vibe is more Parisian chic or homemade-Shrove-Tuesday-memories, Happy Crepes will be here to fulfill your pancake needs, or channel a backyard British summer BBQ with a quality, locally-reared burger or banger from Happy Herefords.Just because you’re in a field doesn’t mean you have to abandon all the comforts of home: Spuds u Love will be paying homage to the wonder that is the humble baked potato in all its forms, while The Fish and Chip Shed will be setting up shop to ply you all with Britain’s favourite cod-n-carb combo. If a good cuppa is all you need to perk you up, the Tea & Toast van will be serving what it says on the tin round the clock. But remember, you’re on holiday, after all, and you won’t have to travel far across the farm to sample a range of exotic culinary delights, like warming curries from Authentic India, a mouthwatering selection of Thai and pan-Asian street food favourites from Somtam Street, or deliciously fresh kebabs and mezze from The Middle Feast. Don’t forget to get friendly with Los Amigos and their delicious burritos, but make sure to save room for pudding – come rain or shine, what could be better than a scoop (or three) of ice-cream served from a vintage VW van, courtesy of The Splitscreen Icecream Company? If all else fails, Gallop Toasties will be here serving up the ultimate comfort snack – peace and a general sense of wellbeing between two slices of bread.

All that plus a host of stalls offering official Nozstock merchandise, vintage clothes and jewellery, glitter, face-paint, fancy-dress and just about every kind of shiny bauble you could ask for – as well as plenty of homegrown and reasonably-priced bars to keep you hydrated with local ciders and specially themed cocktails (keep an eye out for this year’s crop of surrealistic puns). Let’s hope you manage to find the time to actually see some music amongst it all…

The rapper’s rapper Dabbla to select #MCNoz winner for slot at Nozstock in BRAPP collaboration


BRAPP are joining forces with us here at Nozstock to offer an aspiring MC the chance to perform live at the festival, with the winner selected by favourite rapper’s favourite rapper, High Focus Records’ Dabbla.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of one of the UK’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention us and the forces behind burgeoning MC profile app BRAPP — then assemble your thoughts, pick up that microphone and inspire us!

The winner will receive two artist tickets to Nozstock, a rider for their performance, UK travel expenses covered, an interview with the team of Noz posted on the Nozstock YouTube/Instagram, and of course their chance to perform in The Hidden Valley.

To enter, please submit your best track via Youtube by midnight Tue 4 July 2017 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and BRAPP Facebook pages.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to BRAPP. You can download the app here. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• HashTag the video: “#MCNoz2017″. If you fail to tag the vid correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles. You can tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And BRAPP similarly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Make sure you are able to receive messages on the BRAPP app and your profile settings are open so your uploads can be viewed and we can message you if you win!
• The shortlist will be selected by BRAPP and Nozstock curators. We will consider popularity and look at likes on social media but the final decision will be based on the quality of the individual’s performance.
• The final winning selection will be made by Dabbla himself.
• Please ensure you are available to attend the festival for your performance on 21/22/23 July 2017, Herefordshire West Midlands.

It’s that simple, may the best bars win! Full terms and conditions apply.

Hayseed Dixie~A Hillbilly Rave

Photo: Rowan Zynoni

When John Wheeler (aka Barley Scotch) and Mike Daly ‘drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back’ in the summer of 2000, they were, unbeknownst to them, paving the Bourbon soaked path to the Rockgrass superpower that is Hayseed Dixie. Adding Reverend Hank Williams and Bishop Bon Scott to the their East Nashville coterie led to the first Rockgrass revolution – ten AC/DC songs ‘reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups.’

17 years, 14 albums and 1,200 live shows later we have the pleasure of welcoming these genre defining gents to Nozstock. With a mix of originals and reimagined versions of everything from Motörhead’s Ace Of Spades to Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier, with Hayseed Dixie, you are guaranteed ‘high energy showmanship, loads of facial hair, an occasional flash of nipple and plenty of posing with one foot on the monitors whipping the crowd up and pulling preposterous rock god poses all combined with a wildness that’s almost punky’ (idp, Louder Than War, 2015).

Amongst the jocularity of their jamboree, there is political and social commentary and in their recently released ‘Free Your Mind…And Your Grass Will Follow’ (April 2017), their ability to fuse, transcend and conquer genre norms resonates loud and clear. Hayseed Dixie describe themselves as a ‘proper force’ that ‘most people either love, hate, or have never heard of. There isn’t really any middle ground, nor should they be.’

Are you ready to do-si-do ‘til dawn with this talented Tennessee troupe on the Orchard Stage? We certainly are!

Charity Begins at Noz

Down on the farm we like to make sure that we give something back to our lovely community and help some great causes at the same time. This year we are supporting some great causes, so, if you need a break from the festival buzz here’s what you can do…

Watch and enjoy the performing artists supported by the Herefordshire community music charity Music Pool on The Bandstand.

The Music Pool’s work benefits a wide range of people of absolutely all ages, abilities and backgrounds; the youth music project Livewire provides workshops, helps to promote gigs and supports training opportunities, courses and recording sessions for young people in the Herefordshire area. Project manager Nicky Jaques has said “Performing at Nozstock provides the opportunity for young people to play to a festival audience and to soak up the sounds of the other bands and artists. They gain exposure to new music which will inspire them to keep developing their own sound and the whole experience gives them a massive confidence boost as young musicians.” Great stuff.

You could come try your luck on our Human Fruit Machine….!

What is this wondrous idea you speak off? The Human Fruit Machine is quite literally what it says on the tin – A. Human. Fruit. Machine. With 50% of the profits going to good causes what’s not to love? It’s part of Nozstock’s charm, we have something refreshingly different to do around every corner.

 Sad and lonely old tent? No problem! Unfortunately we all know that tents and camping equipment get left behind at festivals…but fear not – you can donate your unloved camping equipment and tents to People in Motion. Focused on providing support and aid to displaced people your unwanted tents will be packed up and sent to help the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. Woo!

We are also supporting Trees for Cities again this year. They are the only charity who work on an international scale to create greener cities, raising awareness of the importance of tree planting in urban areas. Trees for Cities focus on improving the lives of people living in cities as well as helping to inspire children to grow and eat healthily. Since 1993 they have engaged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 trees (that’s an average of 21,428 loo rolls worth per person). These trees were planted in parks, schools, housing estates and streets to revitalise these areas, improving the lives of local people who live there.

As part of our green initiative scheme American Rockers Hayseed Dixie will be helping plant a tree to our ever growing Celebritree Avenue, with help from Trees for Cities. The tree will accompany those planted by The Proclaimers, Molotov Jukebox, Henning When, Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer and Electric Swing Circus. This gives you the chance to see your favourite artists supporting environmental awareness (and getting their hands dirty).

If you need to unwind after a long day ‘festivalling’ then you can head down to our Healing Zone for a treatment from Yeleni. The lovely Yeleni provide a place of peace for those having to deal with very difficult issues in their life, giving support and offering free therapy to people with chronic illnesses. They’ll be offering massages, hypnotherapy and various workshops to help your physical and emotional health. £10 of the money you pay for your treatment goes towards Yeleni’s charity work. By having a treatment you will help to deliver these therapy sessions to anyone with chronic illness and cancer around Herefordshire.

Each year the amazing Oxfam team provide some of our stewards who help keep you safe and secure on site.  The money raised from working with Nozstock goes towards helping people living in poverty around the world; it could buy 52 cows or 381 chickens for farmers, provide shelter and clean water for 32 Syrian refugee families or enable 247 young women to join schools in Ethiopia. Go us!

Three things we value really highly at Nozstock are creating a greener environment to live in, supporting all members of our wonderful community and having as much fun as possible. Getting involved with our charities and supporting causes does all of this so don’t miss out!

CREW Q&A Roisin – Ella’s Assistant

If theres one thing that makes Nozstock the best festival then it has to be our crew. We caught up with Roisin, everybody’s favourite Geordie lass, to get the inside scoop on her 8 years with us at the farm.

What is your role at Nozstock?

My role at Nozstock is… well I’m Ella’s (festival director) assistant but that essentially means keeping her sane, doing french plaits, being a welcoming face and knowing who is who on the crew so I can point people in the right direction/get the best gossip.

What is your most embarassing Nozstock Memory?

Christ. I mean, after working on the farm with the same wrong’uns for eight years there’s basically no shame left. Being woken up on the sofa of the womans toilets by the general public coming into them was pretty bad. Best two hours sleep I had that whole weekend though.

What three things can’t you do Nozstock without

The rest of the crew (literally and emotionally), giant vats of iced coffee and dry shampoo!

When you are not at Nozstock what are you doing?

I make theatre, so I perform and write and direct and work with children and young people alot! They’re my favourite to work with because they’ll tell you if they think somethings rubbish even though I’m in charge.

Favourite Food

Honestly, I love a good side salad.

What is funniest problem you have had to deal with at Nozstock?

A good few years back, I generously offered to help clean out the dressing rooms as it was super late in the game and they needed all the help they could get. However, I left the office and soon realised it was too hot for sweeping and hauling in those little sweat box caravans, so I did what every grown woman in a professional environment does, went to mama noz (Julie) and she said “well you’ve got irish blood in you babe, we’re not built for the heat! Sit yourself down at once sweetie, if anyone asks I’ll say you’re not leaving the office under my orders.”
If in doubt, get a Noz to sort it out.

If you could choose three headliners who would you pick?

Chance The Rapper, Beyonce, Dolly Parton.

If you were a cocktail what would you be and why?

I’d just be a vodka, lime and soda.
Sweet, straight to the point and will get you messy!

Tell us a joke…

This works best in a geordie accent…
I was speaking to this bit of pasta the other day, it was a tube and all covered cheese and spinach. Anyways, I said to him “how are you feeling?” And he says back “eeh, not great. The wife left us the other day and now I’m cannelloni.” CANNELLONI. CANNY LONELY.

Taking Nozstock onto the Streets

Every year you wonderful people excite and inspire us with your enthusiasm for Nozstock; it’s thanks to YOU our little old garden party grows and gets more diverse every single year.

For 2017 we’ve been looking at more ways to get you lot involved in the promotions side of the festival and some clever Nozstocker came up with the brilliant notion of the NozSquad Distribution Team!

We’re looking for a fistful of good pennies to help us promote Noz at gigs and festival venues in the run-up to this year’s event- you’ll need to be outgoing and friendly and willing to give us  a few of your evenings over the next few months.

In return for all your hard graft, and for sharing your passion for the ways of the Hidden Valley, you’ll earn yourself a free ticket, plus some exciting rewards if you’re extra successful. Good deal? You reckon!

To find out more about becoming a member of the NozSquad Distribution Team head over here.

 

Who’s gonna land on our lovely Bandstand?

Each year, the Bandstand enlivens our hilltop with a myriad of discovery and wall-to-wall (all three of them, that is) uniqueness. Our curious curators explore the eclectic scape of new and unsigned acts and bring them to you, our wonderful Nozstockers, for your viewing and listening delight.

Joining Youth, Boy Azooga, Andy Jones and Passion bel Canon we welcome the hypnotic, Keto. Likened to Cat Power and Elliot Smith, Keto have an oner lo-fi folk sound revered by BBC 6 Music, Drowned in Sound and Clash magazine. Having played shows alongside Sun Kil Moon, Lower Dens and Eaves, we can’t wait to have the celestial talents of Leah, Midds, Rob and Matt on our Bandstand stage.

Adding to the roster and described by the Line of Best Fit as having a ‘fun, vibrant energy that only comes from a group of friends jamming on what comes naturally’, Yassassin are a five-piece, alt-rock assembly comprised of members Anna, Joanna, Moa, Raissa & Ruth. Recognised for their fervent lyricism and rebellious riffs, Yassassin’s debut EP ‘Pretty Face’ produced by Dave Ellen (The Cure, Neneh Cherry, Depeche Mode) gained the Neu Pick spot in DIY Magazine upon release and their preceding track ‘Social Politics’ has a sense of invocation to irreverence and ideology. We can’t wait to get worked up with Yassassin.

Characterized as “shambolic, heartfelt, ludicrous pop” by their producer, Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack, The Maccabees, Goldfrapp), next up we have Bristol based five piece, Goan Dogs. After recording a session at the legendary Rockfield Studios and new release You Drive Me Wild, we can’t wait to witness, in their own words ‘some bangers’, ‘elastic dance moves’, ‘stories of love, trickery, fraud and dickery’. We’re not finished yet, Nozzers! Taking to the Bandstand stage we have Frauds, an energetic, over-the- top duo comprised of Chris Francombe (drum/vocals) and Mikey Alvarez (guitar/vocals). The band combines thick jagged riffs and beats with a mixture of humour and anger in equal measure. Over the last few years Frauds have shared a stage with Kagoule, USA Nails, Slaves, Queen Kwong and many more. Corr!

Coming to fill your ear and eyeholes, we’ve got the thick and fuzzy alt-rock sounds Beverly Shrills. Originally from Tewkesbury but now gaining momentum around Bristol, the sound is influenced by the likes of The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Debut single ‘Space Invaders’ was released earlier this year (pssst, go have a listen…it’s ace!). Also ace…is the Josh Ace Band (see what we did there?) who will also be partying on the Bandstand stage and bringing us Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana. Josh Ace tells tales of derailed dreams, dissolute companions and life in the times of social media and virtual collective consciousness. Humour, cynicism and psychedelia…what more could you want?

Here at Noz we do love a collaboration and that’s why we have three stage takeovers on the Bandstand this year.
Firstly, we welcome the wonderful Music Pool with their Best of Livewire Project. Founded in 1998, The Music Pool is a community based music charity for Herefordshire and it’s borders. The Music Pool are dedicated to providing chances for people of all ages and abilities to make music together, because it is one of the most powerful ways to improve people’s lives and well-being. Their work affects a wide variety of groups from early years to those with special needs. You can catch the best of their Livewire youth music project right here, which gives teenagers an insight into the music industry, organizing training opportunities, music courses and gigs.

Our second takeover is by the mighty BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester featuring Capas, Ellisha Green, Invincible Youth and Karyo. We’re in for a real treat with this lot….Capas aka Phil Wilkins is a multi instrumentalist and producer based in Worcestershire, focusing on electronic and live recordings to create a cinematic sound. Influenced by the likes of Bonobo and Sigur Ros, Capas debut album, Undisclosed was released December 2016. The album was heavily supported locally, whilst track Bamboozle has received Radio One airplay. An aspiring 17 year old singer/songwriter from Kidderminster, Eliisha Green has just released her debut EP called ‘Platforms’ in November 2016 and has received great reviews on iTunes and Slap Magazine. She won Wyre Forest Young Musician of the year 2016 and has achieved Best Composition and Solo Singer as part of Bewdley Youth Festival. She performs frequently at places such as Hopfest in Bewdley and Dudley Beer Festival. Sam Butterworth and Callum Real are Hereford based Indie-electro duo Invincible Youth. Working hard to make music their way of living the boys have just released their ‘From The Light’ EP and have a UK tour planned this year. Their influences are varied, everything from Churches and Glass Animals to Slipknot and Nirvana. Last but as lovely as the rest, Karyo are a three-piece post-pop sample-funk band based in North London, via Worcester, comprised of three long-time friends and collaborators: Duncan Powell, Luke Fain and Tom Guilding. Their talents concentrate on eclectic instrumental music, with guest vocals becoming a key feature of their sound. No stranger to festivals, their second ever gig was at Glastonbury 2016!

Rounding up our announcements we are as dizzy as Gillespie to reveal that the Bandstand will swing into a rhythmic fusion of all things jazz, with more bluesy beats than you can shake a saxophone at on Sunday afternoon with our Bluejay Jazz Lounge takeover featuring Remi Harris. Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. Only 29, Remi already has a string of awards and chart success under his belt, plus endorsements from some of the biggest and best in the industry.

WOW. Is it July yet?

Are you ready to explore the Magpies Nest?

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

Make like Alice and follow that white rabbit down into the jewel of the Hidden Valley, the maze of tunnels and trapdoors known as The Cabinet of Lost Secrets, a bizarre topsy-turvy Wonderland where time twists and turns around you as you plunge into the surreal.

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for its third year at Nozstock, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange underground lair!

Produced by Clik Clik Collective and put together by the finest and freakiest minds around, you should expect the unexpected. Be prepared to get properly “funked” up by big dance floor funk ‘n’ soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting edge electronica.

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets changes each year, piecing together a programme of immersive performances, mind-bending installations and tricks ‘n’ treats aplenty to keep you on the edge of your seat and the tips of your toes. If you were lucky enough to witness 2016’s secret performance from Jurassic 5’s MC Akil, or the Stiff Joints’ surprise appearance in 2015, you’ll know what we mean. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it – but there’s always something else worth seeing just ‘round the next corner.

All are invited to get stuck into life in the Cabinet: you can also have a good ol’ sing along, take part in a life drawing class, get a haircut or beard trim, relax in the Burrow and catch some fine tunage from live music and DJ’s — all under the watchful gaze of the resident animals…

You can expect all manner of artists and performers in the magpie’s nest that is the Cabinet, including the Brighton-based group Normanton Street, who graced us with a surprise gig last year and are returning to the farm and to our hearts with their soulful hip-hop vibes. Be ready to get down with Hallouminati and their tongue-twisting blend of gypsy-punk-ska-ragga madness, bringing you traditional Greek rembetiko with more edges than a dodecahedron.

Bristol-based Mankala will be blessing you with their irresistible roots dance music forged from a blend of genres from varying African nations, while The Discount Orchestra will be giving you a good old-fashioned sonic shakedown courtesy of gypsy-punk, speed-folk and everything in between.

Sheffield-bred seven-piece Hot Diamond Aces will be on hand to make sure you’re getting your fill of brassy funk, jazz and Afrobeat, while the Galactic Funk Militia will be enforcing a (non)hostile take-over and ordering all Cabinet-dwellers to report to the party for some audacious dancefloor bangers. Funk-Latin-pedlars Mango Factory will be bringing some class to the affair with their super-tight rhythm section and spine-tingling vocals.

If you’re a-hankerin’ for some analogue jams, veteran vinyl collector and DJ Beatwell is your man: he’ll be teaming up with Dante of Family Funktunes to bring you a carefully curated and infernally infectious selection of up-beat soul, funk and disco tunes. Worcester-based six-piece Desert Boots will be continuing the theme with an injection of raw funk and Northern Soul, and Londoners LIT FM taking it one step further with their skilfully honed soul-dub fusion.

Get ready to be taken to another dimension by the psych-jazz-trip and powerful saxophones of Yusufla, and then to be shaken to your very core by the digital Cerberus that is Rosebud, who’ll be coughing up a terrifying mish-mash of electronica, industrial, dub and punk for your… delectation. Calm Like a Riot will be making their illustrious return to the Nozstock stage after last year’s shenanigans, bringing you their very British spin on hip-hop, rock and funk-fusion. If all else fails, never fear – resident troublemakers Del and Dan of Funky Navigation will be here to bombard you with rare groove, funk, soul, disco, Latin and Afrobeat until you find yourself compelled by some unearthly force to get up on your feet and start dancing…

But wait! It’s not all about the dancing. Weary revellers looking for an escape from the non-stop acoustic onslaught of songstresses and groove-makers will be relieved to discover an assortment of pop-up playfulnesses, immersive experiences and artistry. You can take a cheeky peek at The Demon Barbers, Play It Again Dan, Collective Unconscious, sound art from the Swansea Lap Top Orchestra and Deaf Pictures along with a life drawing class and much, much more to be revealed and discovered…

The delectable treats described above are just a small selection of the smorgasbord that is the Cabinet of Lost Secrets – ‘secrets’ being the name of the game in the lair where time has no meaning and a surprise performance or sneaky gig could kick off at any moment. If you don’t want to be kicking yourself for missing out on some of the most memorable moments of the weekend, make sure to head on down to the Cabinet for a rummage around…

Name our Nozstock beer and get a day out at Wye Valley Brewery!

Higgins' drinking beer at Nozstock - Emily Priestley

Who doesn’t love beer? And who doesn’t love feeling all-powerful?

Exactly. So, we bring you this year’s best creative collaboration. We’ve teamed up with master brewers, makers of the delightful Butty Bach and Hereford Pale Ale, Wye Valley Brewery (insert misty soft-focus image of a pint … and smiley beer garden faces, here). They’ve been our favourite brewers with the tastiest real ales for as long as we can remember, and many’s the time a weary Nozstocker has downed his tools and popped to the Rosie for a quick bevvie to muse on the day’s achievements.

Wye Valley Brewery are offering one lucky Nozstock fan the chance to NAME OUR NOZSTOCK BEER FOR 2017. This finest of brews will be distributed throughout the ‘Shire in the lead up to the festival. As you’re clearly the most creative pun-wizards a festival could ask for, we thought we’d lay down the gauntlet on naming rights to you lot, so don’t let us down!

Should you be selected as All-powerful Namer of Beers, you will receive entry for you and a friend to come and see the beer being brewed (13th June), plus you’ll get a complimentary pub lunch and a Wye Valley goody bag!

Get your sterling entries down in response to this post and we’ll select a winner at random on Sunday 28 May.

There’s a few rules, of course.

– You must be in receipt of a Nozstock ticket and will be asked to provide proof of purchase if you are selected as a winner.
– You must be aged 18 or over.
– You must be available to attend the brewing day on 13 June.
– You agree to be filmed and photographed as part of Nozstock promotions on the brewing day. This will be used to promote the festival through Nozstock’s website and social channels.

And this competition is subject to our standard competition terms & conditions here.