OLD J’s FANTASTIC FOUR GRACE OUR BARS

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

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

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

oldjcocktail-11aBABYLON ICED TEA

1.       House Vodka 12.5ml

2.       Old J Spiced Rum 12.5ml

3.       Tiki Fire 12.5ml

4.       Cointreau 12.5ml

5.       Bombay Sapphire Gin 12.5ml

6.       Fresh Lemon Juice 20ml

7.       Sugar Syrup 12.5ml

8.       Cola 50ml C

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

 

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1.       25ml Old J

2.       25ml Briotet Peche

3.       75ml Pineapple

4.       ¼ lime wedge

5.      Lime wheel garnish

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

OldJ-5RUM ZEUS

1.       25ml Old J Cherry

2.      50ml Raspberry Cider

3.       1/8 Lime wedge

4.       Ting top

5.       Raspberries & mint garnish

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

 

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PLATO COLADA

1.       50ml Old J Gold

2.       25ml Real Coco

3.       75ml Pineapple Juice

4.       ¼ Fresh squeezed Lime wedge

5.       Pineapple garnish

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

 

 

 

 

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

COMPETITION TIME

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

To enter, click here.

Nozcast 001: Gentlemens Dub Club

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

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

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

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

 

Golden Welly Awards!

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

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

diymag.com/aimawards – Not active until the 11th July

Crew Profile: Martine van Dusschoten – “Volunteering at Nozstock, you won’t regret it!”

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A few years back I came to Nozstock as a punter and had an amazing time. The small scale of the festival makes it cosy but there’s still a broad array of entertainment and music: high-quality music. The enthusiasm is felt all around; I danced vigorously for more than half of the time! The next year I decided I wanted to be more part of the festival, to add to the lovely atmosphere and fun experienced. I worked as a volunteer behind the bar, serving quality drinks to fantastic people. I had such an extraordinary time that since then I haven’t visited a festival without getting involved.

Half a year ago I started volunteering for Nozstock as administrator and a walk-about assistant and I honestly have never met so many amazing people in one place. And the common denominator? We all love Nozstock. Apart from just looking good on your CV, volunteering at Nozstock brings you so much more. I feel like I have found my second family! My ‘non-biological’ family; where people will be there for me when I need them, where I feel at home, where you’re taught new skills through aiding in putting on the most epic festival and just the laughs, the endless laughs… Working in an environment like this stops becoming work; it becomes hobby, or maybe even passion. I would strongly recommend anyone to get involved in this festival; you won’t regret it!

Keen to volunteer?

Mix of the Millennium: J5 meets BBC Radio 6 Music

DJ Nu-Mark BBC 6 Mix

Here on the farm it’s fair to say that we love a good ol’ playlist to jam along to. Whether it’s Ella listening to the Spice Girls or Farmer Noz listening to a heavy dnb mix there’s always a tune a’ playing.

To get you in the mood for a festy, the irrepressible DJ Nu-Mark has teamed up with Tom Ravenscroft to get y’all excited for a Nozstock extravaganza. Pulling up the brakes on BBC Radio 6 Music,  one sixth of the dynamite hip hop crew; the supreme, the ultimate Jurassic 5, has produced an exclusive mix for the good old beebs.

With tunes from legendaries such as The Sugarhill Gang, A-Skills, Mobb Deep, Krafty Kutz and Bowie (Rest in Rock Star Peace) Nu-Mark’s guest mix is just the ticket for those summer vibes and Noz jitterbugs. Ch..ch..ch..check it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07g8n71

Catch you on the flippity flop Nu-Mark!

 

Enjoy yourself and help the world become a better place!

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While you’re at the farm, please make sure to get involved to some fun activities hosted by the charities participating at this year’s Nozstock or just hi-five the amazing volunteers who are working hard to improve the lives of other individuals in Hereford, the UK and the world.

Here are a few things you can do to help others while you’re having fun at Nozstock:

Grab a coffee and a bite from The Chicken Cow Cafe and play games at the Human Fruit Machine. 50% of their profits go towards good causes.

Check out The Music Pool’s recruits at The Bandstand. The Music Pool is a community based music charity for Herefordshire and its borders, dedicated to providing chances for people of all ages and abilities to make music.

Cheer up Oxfam stewards! A proportion of our Nozstock stewards are provided by Oxfam every year. With the money Oxfam raise from working at Nozstock they can make amazing things happen like buying 52 cows or 381 chickens for farmers to support their families, provide shelter and clean water for 32 Syrian refugee families or enable 247 young women to attend school in Ethiopia.

Head to Yeleni in the Healing Zone for a massage and unwind. By having a treatment for yourself you help Yeleni deliver free complementary therapy sessions to anyone with cancer and chronic illness in Herefordshire and the surrounding counties. So whether you want a back massage or a few hypnotherapy sessions, £10 of the money you pay for your treatment will go towards supporting their charity work.

Join the Big In The Gambia takeover in the theatre tent on Sunday night, featuring the best of world music inspired sounds. The Gambian Maternity Foundation has been set up to help improve the lives of mothers & babies within The Gambia. Their need is great as the health system there lacks the basic supplies & equipment needed to effectively sustain itself. They organise events to raise funds and awareness, providing information & stories from the Gambia to give people a real insight into the country they help.

Legs4Africa’s founding principle is to minimise waste and maximise life. By collecting redundant prosthetic legs from across the UK and shipping them out to Western Africa, the charity is helping to dispel the isolation that disability can bring. In just two years they have managed to get 1500 African amputees walking again. They will be decorating prosthetic legs whilst on site.

Stay hydrated with FRANK Water Refill bottles. FRANK Water Is a Safe Water & Sanitation Charity, since 2005 they have managed to fund safe drinking water and sanitation for more than 300,000 people in 208 communities. FRANK will be running a FreeFill event at Nozstock selling lovely FRANK Water Refill bottles. People can then fill them for free all weekend at the refill station with refreshing, chilled, filtered water.

Trees for Cities is the only charity working on an international scale specialising in planting much needed urban trees, improving the lives of city dwellers and inspiring children to grow and eat good food. They plant trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates. The charity began in 1993 and has since engaged over 70,000 people to plant more than 600,000 trees in cities worldwide. They will be making willow wands!

…and for when you get home! Beat the post-Nozstock blues by helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons. Stanford University’s Folding@home programme is inviting you to donate your unused computer power, to crunch some of the numbers, in order to find a cure and new therapies, which will save lives. Nozstock has been sharing computer power and now you can too by simply clicking on the link above.

Noz – How should one festival?

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Things to bring

  • Your favourite people
  • Not your best shoes – farms can be a muddy affair.
  • Socks – to keep your wellies company.
  • Decorations! To adorn both yourself and your tent.
  • A portable phone charger – unlike your festival spirit, your phone will die.
  • A money belt – to store hopes, dreams and gifts from strangers
  • Gaffa Tape- if gaffa can’t fix it, nothing can
  • Extra tent pegs.
  • Clothes that make your festi-loo experience a seamless operation (jumpsuits are quite the challenge…)
  • A light jacket – the perfect accessory to your most elaborate costume.
  • Dry shampoo (smells so good)
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Wet wipes – the efficient cousin of the shower.
  • A basic first aid kit for any minor mishaps that may occur.

Choose the right camping spot

All camping areas at Nozstock are full of fantastic folk, but finding your ideal site will mean you have a truly pitchin’ time. There is family camping if you’re bringing the little nozzers along and some areas closer to the main site for those who enjoy partaking in some fine Herefordshire Scrumpy after hours.

Respect the farm – keep it clean and green.

The last thing you want to wake up to is an unsightly site. Fill up the bin bag and recycling bag that you’ll be given when you arrive at the farm and hand it into the office (psst…you can even win tickets for next year’s festival when you do this!).

Be Noz to each other

Festivals are a treasure trove of excellent humans so treat everyone with kindness and care. Create community with your campsite neighbours and maybe you’ll meet some new compadres.

Noz-so-secrets of the Hidden Valley

At least once during the weekend, go and sit on the hill in the far field (near the carpark) and watch the sun rise – a crew favourite!

 

 

Get creative in our craft quarter…

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Our Craft Area invites you to weave a bit of magic and create beauty from all nature provides. Be wowed by the skills on show as our clever craft bods offer demonstrations of traditional techniques.  The industrious amongst you can learn a new skill or make a memento of your weekend with playful exploration of various techniques and materials. Utilising metal, wood, textiles or stone, come and be creative with the amazing workshops we have on offer.  Make hooks with our blacksmith, unique metal jewellery or dream-catchers out of willow. Learn all about knots and impress your friends by making the most spectacular wooden mushroom or welsh love spoon. Get dirty with clay and become a potter in a day with our drop in sessions.

If you are a craftsman yourself and feel like captivating The Hidden Valley with your skills then applications are still open. Get in touch with a completed application form available below.

Trader and Workshop Application 2016

Trader Application Guidance 2016

Malaney Blaze wins DJNoz 2016

Ancient folk were big on their prophecies — Ragnarök, 2012, the second coming of Christ, you name it… While we all wait with baited breath to see which of their apocalyptic predictions come true, here at Noz HQ we’ve been cooking up a prophecy of our own…

Legends tell of a DJ whose ability to keep a crowd moving to the wee small hours was unparalleled, whose turntable wizardry surpassed all others – a talent to be discovered by Data Transmission as the winner of our DJ Noz competition. This DJ will ascend to the heady heights of the Cubicles at Nozstock 2016 to appease the hoards of bass-hungry revellers, taking their rightful place on a line-up alongside such heavyweights as Friction, Goldie, and The Prototypes, to name but a few.

Competition was stiff, but we are pleased as punch to be able to reveal Malaney Blaze as the Once and Future DJ. Nottingham based Malaney Blaze aka. Daniel Neal has a background in ska drumming which honed his ear for rhythm from an early age, as well as DJing hip hop and electronic vinyl. Somewhere along the line he landed on drum ‘n’ bass as his raison d’etre, but has never abandoned the eclectic genres of his youth.

As the winner of our DJ Noz competition, Malaney Blaze wins a Friday set in the Cubicles at this year’s festival, as well as some free tickets, fine winin’ and dinin’ backstage with the artist liaison crew, and an exclusive interview with Data Transmission. Check out his winning competition mix for a taste of what’s to come in just a few short weeks – fate has decreed that we’ll see you there…

Nozslam 2016 Voting Now Open!

Oh my goodness – it’s so exciting!  Here they are!!! This year’s entries for the online preliminary round to Nozstock’s very own, highly popular, nationwide POETRY SLAM COMPETITION!!!


Who would you like to see in the live finals at Nozstock 2016? It’s up to you! Watch the entries here. 

All you need to do is watch the videos in this playlist and give the poems you like a ‘thumbs up’ before Friday 17th June. The top ten most ‘liked’ videos will be sent to our judges to pick their favourite five, who will each receive a free ticket to come and compete in the live finals headlining The Bantam Of The Opera Theatre Stage on Sunday 24th July at Nozstock this year!

Winners announced on Monday 27th June! Watch, like and share your favourites!

(Not sure what a poetry slam is? Head to www.nozstock.com/nozslam for all the info!)

Mic assassins may apply – J5 will judge a winning MC for Nozstock

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Bonafide 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 members of the legendary Jurassic 5.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of some of the world’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention ourselves — 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 30 June 2016 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Bonafide Facebook page.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to YouTube/Instagram. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• Title the video #MCNoz2016 – Your Name”
• HashTag the mix: “#MCNoz2016″. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles.
• Send your video YouTube/Instagram link via email to promotions@nozstock.com along with your real name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.
• The shortlist will be selected by Bonafide 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.

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

GoCarShare and win tickets to Nozstock 2017

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Fellow Nozstockers,

It is often said that one of the defining moments of the ancient world was the discovery of the wheel. However THE defining moment of the ancient world was when we started to share the wheel with each other!

So If your driving to Nozstock this year and you have a space in your car head over to GoCarShare and see if anyone is making the same journey as you. You’ll save on petrol money, save the environment and we’ll even enter you into a draw to win a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2017!

That’s right, anyone who gives a lift or receives one to Nozstock through GoCarShare will be entered into the draw to win a pair of tickets to next years festival!

So if your stuck for a way to get to The Hidden Valley, or just looking to make a festival friend, check out GoCarShare where you will be matched with someone going the same way as you. And if you’re the winner of next years tickets we will email after the festival. What more motivation do you need to go green?