Drastic On Plastic

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, 38.5 million water bottles are used every day and 91% of this plastic is not recyclable. So…this year at Nozstock we are joining the Association of Independent Festivals campaign and going drastic on single-use plastic!  So cover yourself with guilt-free glitter, and get ready to refill.

I’m sure we both agree that festivals use a helluva load of plastic so here at Nozstock we’re doing our bit to help reduce the amount we use through three simple steps…

  1. Our bars will only serve drinks in our Nozstock branded goblets. These will cost £1 to buy but when you bring the cup back you get a new one!
  2. We will be joining the AIF campaign and getting rid of plastic straws across the site, something that has been on our minds for the last few years.
  3. AND plastic water bottles will be cut drastically meaning you guys NEED to bring a re-usable water bottle!

More plans about how we’re keeping it green this year announced soon!

More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!

 

Do it for the cows!

For most of the year the lush green rolling slopes of Nozstock are home to a herd of hungry Hereford cows, who are always eager to get back into their fields after the festival. With this in mind we like to do our bit to preserve the land and last year we were lucky enough to win a bronze Greener Festival Award.

So what have we introduced this year you might be asking? Ladies and Gentlemen please be upstanding as for the first time we have introduced a £5 eco bond to help us keep the site even more clean, green, and cow friendly.

How does it work? You will be given bin bags when you arrive, fill up a bag of recycling or rubbish bring it down to our new cecyrcling centre to sort on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning and you will get your £5 back. Simples!

Our clean campsite team will also be coming round to meet everyone and provide some gentle words of encouragement. Clean campsite judge, Cydney, said, “The campsite is a collection of little communities and we will be visiting your area to check out the friendliness and cleanliness of your crew. There are some great prizes to be won and you can extra points for recycling, decorating your area and showing us any special skills.”

We are also introducing a new clean campsite award this year – The Neighbourly Award. Clean Campsite judge Cass said, “The Neigbourly award celebrates the finest in human compassion and good will. We will be looking for tales of those who have reached out and helped their Noz-door neighbours”

So we will be asking you to “do it for the cows!” and you might just get a pat on the back for picking up your tat!

There are plenty of other opportunities to help green-up the festival; have you considered how you are getting to Nozstock yet? Check out our travel page for buses, lift sharing, and more!

If you are coming by car, why not offer up any spare seats through the GoCarShare website – by offering a spare seat, or by putting in a request for a lift on the site you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2018! Alternatively Coaches are running from key locations including London, Bristol, Hereford and Worcester.

This year there will also be a reuseable cup scheme at the bar. Pay a pound for your first cup and you can get a fresh clean cup every time you bring it back to the bar.

Read more about how were keepin’ it green at Nozstock 2017

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…