The chortling continues…

Hackney Empire ‘New Act of the year’ Abandoman are sure to have your sides splitting with laughter at Nozstock this year. Known for their improvised rap music shows, their performance only gets better with audience participation and interaction.  So, if you relish in a cheeky bit of banter, wildly humorous rapping and razor sharp wit, this is an act not to be missed for a night of instant good fun.

Household name and long-time comedian Stephen Frost is gracing Nozstock with his presence this year. This comedy store favourite and king of improvisation guarantees the laughs come hard and fast.

With a winning line up courtesy of some kind suggestions from our friends at Avalon, and workshops aplenty to keep you entertained, we have a comedy treat for all you Nozstockers this year, with unparalleled talent from Phil Kay, Abandonman, the Stephen Frost Improv All Stars and many more sterling, surprising talents!

All of them certainly come with the Nozstock seal of approval.


Rough tweedy warmth with Phil Kay…

Looking for something a little bit different? We believe we have just the thing, with a man wild of beard, mane and mind… Phil Kay is a comedy genius.

With over 20 years of comic experience, Phil Kay knows exactly what he’s doing – he even knows what you‘re doing, given half the chance…

Known for being manic, slightly jumpy and blagging beer from late arrivals within minutes of taking to the stage, Phil Kay works his audiences well, and will have you in stitches and crying with laughter before the first half of his show is up.


Sika Studios present the Hip Hop Squat

The multi-skilled Sika Studios crew are a dab hand at festival creativity and have gained a reputation for producing high quality graffiti and circus shows and workshops at festivals. They use their extensive experience and incredible talents to take graffiti, music and entertainment to all ages, bringing you the best rain, mud or shine!

The Sika collective can turn their hand to anything and thrive in the festival environment. Programmed for your enjoyment at Nozstock this year, these specialists in underground hip hop present among others: Fliptrix – intelligent, streetwise lyrics, high-energy delivery; long-time rap merchant Dirty Dike; The 3 Amigos – tight lyrics, raw and original hip hop with sterling production; Leaf – this beat maker to the stars has been dabbling with wordplay for the best part of ten years; and resident Sika DJ Flash Harry – smashing sets in single and mashing up multiple genres across the country.

So with their innovative talents at your disposal, try your hand at some urban experimentation in a truly rural environment and get into the Bullpen at Nozstock this year.


Tribe of Frog bring the Coppice back!

Tribe of Frog are well known for putting on one hell of a party. Psytrance die hards will be pleased to know they are back hosting the Coppice at Nozstock: the Hidden Valley this year. The Bristol based outfit first appeared at Nozstock in 2009 with great reviews, smashed it up in 2010 and now they are back for more neon warfare. For some selective beats and progressive sounds from the extensive library of electronica, get yourself down to see the headliner Oood, who’s name arose from a trippy revelation one day in conversation… “Out Of Our Depth” … the collective OOOD give you sounds by artists with a real philosophy. “Psychedelia means we’re continually taking in new influences from the wider world of music… I think that’s the key and that’s the beauty of psychedelic trance, you can put all these influences into it and it works.” Get your knees up and your glosticks out!

The line up for 2011 has just been released its gonna be a weekend to remember…


Guilt-free, effortless travel to the Hidden Valley…

Nozstock wants you to get greener (as well as take it easy, relax, chill out and generally have a great time!) by taking the coach and helping cut our carbon bootprint!  Coaches reduce emissions by loads, just because there is more of you in one big happy bus.  Book now and avoid disappointment as buses book quickly….we’re offering locals regional travel from Hereford & Worcester train stations, as well as coaches from London and Bristol for you city slickers.

Kids fares are also available and 10% student discount, contact Festival Coaches to find out how you can claim it.

Hassle-free festivaling for all! We couldn’t make it any easier…


Adult & Teen Bundles all sold out!

You snooze, you lose people… Congratulations to those of you who got the great deal on the Adult & Teen Bundle, but they’re all gone now. So if any of you want guaranteed entry to the festival of the summer, get in quick and buy your tickets before they all sell out.

We’re buzzing here at the farm with building and painting and making beauty wherever we can. All our crew are hard at it getting the farm ready and the site is looking amazing with new structures popping up every day. It’s time to get busy and start planning your outfit and painting your flag so you can spot your tent in the campsite. We’re bringing you a few surprise pop-up sessions at Nozstock this year, so get yourself ready for even more entertainment and proper round-the-clock fun and make sure you check out every area of the site as there’ll be unusual surprises round every corner.

Just to get you warmed up and take the edge off the mid-week slump, enjoy some dirty chuckles courtesy of comedy whizz-kid Rob Rouse.


C.W. Stoneking to play the Orchard Stage…

If you’re craving music with a story, then you can’t miss C.W. Stoneking’s set on The Orchard Stage here at Nozstock: The Hidden Valley in just 25 days! Born in the Northern Territory of Australia, C.W learnt to play guitar aged 11, before dabbling with bands and later establishing his solo career as a singer-songwriter. Playing his calypso blues, C.W tells woeful stories of times past, such as when shipwrecked off the West-African coast whilst hunting for traditional Calypso music (as you do!). Stoneking’s most recent album ‘Jungle Blues’ won ‘Best Independent Blues/Roots Album’ at the AIR Awards in 2009. flyinshoes reviews says of Stoneking, ‘If you want your mind lifting out of its usual ruts, then C.W.’s the man for you. It’s mad, but lovably mad.’

The irresistible combination of his earthy, weathered voice, familiar, acoustic guitar and woeful melodies make C.W. Stoneking’s set here on the farm unmissable!



Who ruined dubstep?!

Fresh out of Tel Aviv and solely responsible for twisting a music genre, creating a monster…. its fair to say that “Borgore Ruined Dubstep”. Borgore, has unquestionably become a household name for those who follow the ever growing Dubstep sound. Distant from the main stages and social circles of Dubstep in Europe, especially in the UK, Borgore turned to creating a huge online presence using many social network platforms. His label ‘Buygore’ plays host to many underground artists such Tomba, Bare & Document. Borgore’s sound is unique, deluded and nothing like you have heard before! Definitely not for the faint hearted, Nozstockers, ask yourself one question – are you ready for the Gorestep onslaught?


Borgore

Groove Maintenance with Mooch…

Since its inception in early 2009 Mooch has consistently been rated by Time Out Magazine and Mixmag as the ‘only place to don your Saturday night glad rags when it comes to underground House & Techno’. Breaking away from the normal Eastend sounds of Shoreditch the 3 resident DJs/co-promoters Natalie Coleman, Ed Jones and Samantha Blackburn dig the crates to dish up their very own groove orientated and dubby brand of Tech-House, keeping the Mooch familiar on their toes until lights up.

The Mooch residents will be travelling to Nozstock this year, to show revelers the best that Underground Tech-House has to offer, sharing their technical prowess and educating punters young and old.

An essential listen.

And don’t miss out on sonic treats provided by Sonny Wharton on the Garden Stage. Sonny shot to fame by winning a DJ Mag mix-tape competition and has since been Toolroom knighted “a certified member of the house music elite”. 2011 sees the launch of his own ‘Sound Of Whartone’ events in London and new releases lined up on Stereo, Nocturnal Groove, Skint and Positiva.


Mooch London




 

Alabama 3 headline the Orchard…

We’re all getting rather excited at Nozstock HQ, as we have just had confirmation that Alabama 3 are to be our show-stopping Saturday headliner!

Famously known for “Woke Up This Morning” – soundtrack to the massively popular TV drama “The Sopranos”, quirky acid house band Alabama 3 will be upping the country blues techno, winning fans over with their inspirational tunes, and entertaining us throughout the hazy summer evening. Best described by the confirmed non-conformists themselves; ‘We’re the Alabama 3. We make Sweet Pretty Muthaf*ckin Country Acid House Music. All night long. We’re not from Alabama, and there’s not three of us. We never went on X Factor or Pop Idol or Stooge Quest. We did it the old fashioned way; Back in 1996, we threw a big old party, invited all our friends. We took a fistfull of blotters and half a dozen disco biscuits and then made it up as we went along.’

Known for captivating their audience with an intricate weave of harmonies, melodies and lyrics, which ranged from love and cheating to murder and social injustice, let yourself be carried away on a roots journey while Larry Love’s raspy, intense vocals take hold.

So, maybe you’ve done some good things in life, maybe some bad. Alabama 3 will forgive you. All they ask is that you dress up real sexy and come join the party…!



A Vintage Trouble Finale…

Vintage Trouble, with their live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d juke music, have now been confirmed as our Sunday night headliner! This unmissable LA act, just about to complete their tour supporting Bon Jovi, have an electrifying sound steeped in classic soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. This band will be sure to get your toes a tappin’, your fingers snappin’ and your hips a groovin’. Singer Ty Taylor calls Vintage Trouble’s music “primitive soul.” He says: “It’s raw, naked and hard-hitting – soul music with the balls of late ’60s/early ’70s rock ‘n’ roll.” Sure to be an exciting evening, we all can’t wait to get our funk on and dance our cares away. A perfect way to end an unforgettable weekend.



Teen Tickets Sold Out!

So popular have they been that we’ve sold out of teen tickets for Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2011! However, if you’re in a family and were hoping to buy concession tickets don’t despair. There are a limited number of ‘Adult & Young Teen Bundles’ to buy online.

*Please note that teens must be aged between 13 and 16 years old to be included in this ticket purchase. 17 year olds are not included.*

So if you fancy joining the hoe-down and want to get your teens in cheaper than the full price adult tickets get booking now before these ones sell out too.

Things are hotting up on the Farm, with structures getting built, artwork getting painted and ideas flowing. If you want to get in free to Nozstock 2011 then get applying as volunteer places are filling up quickly. If you’re friendly and you’ve got the gift of the gab we want to hear from you.

We can smell the summer… Can you?