Nozstock 2017: You smashed it

Image credit – Tanya Burns

Did Louise find her windmill? Did Greg find his shoe? And what happened to the theatre tent’s chicken on the rampage? All this and more was answered at the most amazing, surreal and special Nozstock we’ve had yet.

Friday nights watery deluge dampened no spirits here. You guys came ready to smash it out of the park. You were friendly, you were fun and Nozzers, we loved it. Thank you so much for all the love you send our way year on year. It’s you that make it all worth it.

As ever, credit where credit is due to the acts who kept you on your feet and/or on the edge of your seat, as well as to the traders who kept the Nozstock army marching, fed and sharply attired, to the media bods who captured the magic and to the hordes of volunteers who descended on the farm to keep it clean, safe and sparkly for you all to do your thang in. We are so greatful to everyone involved and part of the Noz family.

We will be posting videos, reviews and a reminder of all the best bits very soon, we just need a bit of time to catch some Zzzs and wash the festival filth from our brows. You can already check out some of the photo highlights here.

Don’t worry folks, we’ll see you all again for 2018 – celebrating 20 years of Nozstock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets to Paradise…

Something very special is heading your way…


Nozstockers! We’re counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds by this point. The Farm is calling, the Nozstock bars stand aching for a thirsty punter to buy a pint, and the Orchard Stage awaits the rumble of thousands of dancing feet like the desert waits for the rain. But what’s that one little essential thing you need to ensure entry to these golden acres?

If you said ‘ticket’, you’re bang on the money. The time is nigh — prepare for your Charlie Bucket moment because, that’s right, you will very soon be in possession of your Golden Ticket (to Nozstock, that is).

Your Nozstock ticket barcodes were issued via email by TheTicketSellers from 11am on Wednesday, the 5th of July. Tickets can take up to 48 hours to arrive once they’ve been issued, so you should have been the proud owner of your Nozstock 2017 ticket by the end of the week – that is, Friday 7th of July.

Make sure to double-check your spam folders, as sometimes overzealous email filters can mistakenly categorise your tickets as spam (they’re just trying to look out for you!).

But what next (I hear you cry)?! How does a barcode on a screen translate into entry to my long-awaited weekend Farm retreat? Our pals at TheTicketSellers have written a very handy blog explaining what to do when you receive the email with your ticket barcodes – check it out here. Once you’ve received ’em, you can either print them off to present them at the gate, download them or, if you’re one of those tech-savvy types, add them to your passbook on your phone – but make sure you do this before you arrive at the Farm! The future is here, people. And the future is Nozstock.

If you’re having any problems or still haven’t received your ticket barcode by the end of the week, don’t hesitate to get in touch with TheTicketSellers on info@theticketsellers.co.uk, or 0844 870 0000 (out of hours) / +44 (0) 121 472 6688 (office hours).

And if you still haven’t purchased a ticket for Nozstock 2017 – a) why not and b) it’s never too late! Head on over to our tickets page to make sure you don’t miss out on what is going to be a surreally special weekend…

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All things green in 2016

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We are still on a complete high from Nozstock 2016. We were blown away with how all you Nozstocker’s upped your green game this year, by leaving your campsites cleaner than ever and handing in your rubbish and recycling to the bin bag exchange. Along with you beautiful lot, the traders that took part deserve a round or applause or five for their top notch carbon-footprint consciousness. We encourage all of our food traders to be as environmentally friendly as possible, ensuring that only biodegradable serve-ware is used and that Noz is full of local, Fairtrade and organic produce.

Each year, we give a Green Food Trader Award to the stall that comes to Nozstock with the most innovative and effective ways to reduce their environmental impact and who’ve shown an all round respect for our precious mother earth. The winner of 2016’s Green Food Trader Award is, drum roll please…Hot Rocks Pizza! Well deserved winners, they scored top marks on all environmental aspects of their operation and we were particularly impressed by their superb portable pizza oven which was fuelled by waste wood briquettes (wood that would have otherwise gone to landfill). Previous winners have included the Chicken Cow Café and Nomad Curries, who stood out from the crowd through going the extra spoonful to ensure their environmental impact was as low as possible. A huge well done and thank you to Hot Rocks Pizza (and all of our previous award winners) for their truly awesome food and being so respectful of the environment.

In addition to the Green Food Trader Award, every year at Noz we welcome someone from our our wonderful line-up to plant a tree on our Celebritree Avenue, with help from Charity Trees for Cities. This year, we were chuffed that comedy legend Henning Wehn wanted to join the likes of Molotov Jukebox and The Proclaimers and leave his leafy legacy for many Nozstocks to come. When we spoke to Henning earlier this year about environmental awareness and his love of the clean country air, he said ‘trees are obviously important to clean the air and as a habitat for wildlife. Trees are also crucial to generate a sense of community. Wherever there’s trees, plants or flowers it feels like an obvious place to come and pass the time.’ Thank you Mr Wehn for planting a tree on our lovely little avenue

As ever, we are aiming to further develop and improve our green initiatives for 2017. Stay tuned for how we get on with coming up with new gloriously green ideas.

A few more acts to buff up the best billing since 50BC …

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Oi Oi! It’s your lovable farm crew and we’re here to offer you some solace in this time of political madness.

Yes, on top of our already FIRE line up we’ve got a few extra treats to keep you burning. Blues rock slayers Wille and the Bandits return to the fields – “Edwards’ powerfully ranging voice can come carrying either a sledgehammer or a spoonful of honey.” (theupcoming)  – whilst Estrons bring their ferocious indie sound to The Orchard Stage. We’ve snagged cult hero Peter Bruntnell, credited as “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” (The Independent), and multi-instrumentalist Jaz DeLorean will wow audiences with his piano, accordion and trombone. Echo Town will get down with their djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica whilst The White Feather Collective smash through high-energy performances and the Smokin’ Durrys have got raw dynamism to fuel the heady Noz audience.

Brighton favourites Normanton Street bring their lyrically-focussed warm bass grooves to the Garden Stage, whilst The Lasting Days energise audiences with their infectious performances of American-influenced indie rock. The Bandstand presents Kudu Blue‘s combination of electrifying female vocals and experimental electronica. Further acts announced include Towers, Jaghana, Ed Crowley and The Man Who Painted Boats.

For all you insomniac, night-time fiends we’ve garnished our electronica feast with Natty Speaks, the irrepressible hip hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. Audio-visual prodigy DJ Cheeba has quickly made a name for himself with his ingenious live video projections, and promises to provide some sensory delight in the Garden. New for 2016 we’re keeping the good vibes flowing through the night at the Orchard Bar with resident DJ Dex, celebrating his 15th year at the festival by busting out the after hours party tunes! Dex is the Noz crew’s party DJ of choice so expect funk, soul and disco, ‘80s & ‘90s, obscure covers and remixes, festival anthems and all sorts in between as he plays extended sets on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Over in The Dingle Velveteen Valley have announced the cream of the cheekiest burlesque talent including Indira Skyflower and Doe Demure whilst at The Bantam of The Opera we have a plethora of poetry, comedy and song from the likes of Jiggery Spokery and Tinderbox Creations alongside some thought provoking dramatic pieces including the amazing Vagina Monologues making a welcome Nozstock debut. If belly laughs are what you’re looking for than Laughing Stock is the place for you – we’ve added Bob Slayer, Tom Parry and Ben Target to the bill. For those who like their entertainment wonderfully weird then be sure to visit our PsychonautsThis team of professional psycho-surgeons will be administering an audio visual assault of delirium and delights for those in need of a little light relief.

The good news just keeps on coming, ey?

Volunteer at Nozstock 2016 for a free ticket + barrels o’ laughs…

Consider yourself part of the furniture? Come volunteer at Nozstock 2016…

We’re sure that any repeat offender worth their salt will be well aware of the Noz mythology, but, for the uninitiated … Nozstock began 18 years ago as a BBQ hosted by the Nosworthy family which slowly but steadily got out of hand until it morphed into the ramshackle three-day-fun-fest you all know and love today.

While Nozstock nowadays may masquerade as a professional affair which can hold its own amongst the big’uns, we take a great deal of pride in maintaining that all-in-it-together, laughs and bevs with your mates atmosphere which comes from the festival’s origins as a private party for family and friends. And that’s where you come in!

Every year we recruit a talented and diverse team of festival volunteers to help with the creation and delivery of the beautiful beast that is Nozstock. Whether you’re a newcomer to the farm or an old hand looking to get a more hands-on experience of the festival, we welcome you with open arms.

What’s more, the success of the festival itself is completely dependent on our volunteers, who keep punters watered by working behind our bars, sell them precious mementoes of their weekend from the merch stand and help weary travellers find their way and enjoy the festival as stewards.

Volunteers will be expected to work between 12-16 hours over the weekend which, in exchange for a behind-the-scenes view of the Hidden Valley, free entry to the festival itself and the chance to make a bunch of new mates seems like a pretty sweet deal. It can be hard graft at times but the satisfaction of knowing you’ve played a part in keeping the farm ticking over makes those nights of freedom and dancing all the sweeter. So if you’re up for a good time and the chance to save a wodge of dosh in your summer hols then look no further than our volunteer application page


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Give the gift of Nozstock for Christmas…

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Now that it’s dark so early and cold outside the best place to be is by the fire dreaming of summer and the amazing time awaiting you at the farm. With that in mind we thought it was high time we released tickets…so…

Early Bird tickets will go on sale on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 6pm. Grab your loved ones the gift of Nozstock this Christmas for the bargain price of £85 for Adult Weekend and £75 for Teen Weekend. There is a limited amount available and as ever, we expect them to sell fast..Tell the droid to pour you a long, cool drink and be waiting at your communications port, fingers ready at 6pm…

Crew Profile- Ella Nosworthy, Creative Director and Organisational Guru

Meet Ella, Nozstock’s Creative Director, bearer of all post-it notes and multitasking goddess. If you don’t know, get to know…

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Describe yourself in three words (when you are in festival-mode!)…

Erm, proud, tired and kind of terrified!

 

Tell us about your best festival moment

It was in 2008 and I was watching the main stage. The Anomalies were playing and the crowd was huge! With so many people dancing and smiling and having a great time, I looked around and thought wow, we did this. It was a great feeling. The festival is a lot of work, building up to one weekend, but the best bit every single year is seeing how much people are loving it. 

 

Who would be your ultimate-beyond-ultimate dream headliner at Nozstock?

Muse.

 

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

When there is nothing to do except sit at the main stage all day. I like being entertained, seeing interesting things around the site. 

 

What are your thoughts on the future of the festival industry?

It will get harder and harder I think. People have less money in their pockets than they used to and have to be a lot choosier about where they spend it.  

 

Is Nozstock what you expected it to be after sixteen years?

Not even a bit! It’s grown beyond my wildest dreams.

 

When you’re not making Nozstock happen, what are you doing?

Sleeping for about six months.

 

Best moment of Nozstocks past?

First time Andy C played. We achieved something we had wanted from the very beginning. We felt like a ‘proper’ festival then…

 

And finally, what three things are always in your Noz survival kit?

Oh god- so many things! Top three is probably, gaffa tape, a biro and… my office ladies. Ok they aren’t in a kit but I couldn’t cope without them!

 

 

 

 

Let’s get dollied…

In honour of the lady of bouncy buxom herself, we are hosting a Dolly Parton Guinea Book of Ragworms this year at Nozstock. The idea is simples. Come one, come y’all, to the ‘Let’s Get Dollied’ booth on Saturday, wearing your best Dolly assets. Think wigs, think boobs and rainbow faces. Own it. We will have a few wigs for sale on the day for as little as possible (with a donation going to the Play charity, which helps children who do not know how to play start the adventure!) We will only have a few though, so please rise up and BRING YOUR OWN WIGS! We will all sing ‘Jolene’ dressed in our homage du fromage to the lady of the Wildest West herself so get practicing those lyrics. This is a Guinea Book of Wackords attempt, sponsored by Pete Noz, come join, do the conga, and remember, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”
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The Bandstand part of town…

We’re not all about the big name bands here at Nozstock (although we have got buckets of them if that’s your fancy). We love to celebrate unknown acts on our amazing Bandstand stage, hidden far far away, deep in the Dingle. We can pretty much promise that you’ll find your new favourite band there, clutching a cider, basking in the sunshine and recovering from last nights Noz-flavoured antics. The Bandstand hosts our widest variety of styles too, be sure to look out for everything from bluegrass to beat-boxers and indie to Indian-sitar. Have a mooch over, find a spot in the grass and chill away an afternoon on the farm…

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Yippee Yurts are all filled up!

Well you Nozzers must love your cosy camping as its official- all of the Yippee Yurts have been filled! Well done to all the sensible folk who will be cotching their way through Nozstock, and to the rest of you- remember to get in early next year!

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Crew Profile- Darren Beale, Master of the Orchard

299288_265334093509163_1413850466_nWhat was your favourite festival moment in Nozstocks past?
Electric Shepherd- you had to be there!

What’s your top tip for surviving the festival?
Get some sleep, even if it is only thirty minutes.

What three things couldn’t you live without over the weekend?
Pillow, duvet and coke (a-cola)

The funniest thing you’ve seen at Nozstock was…
During the build up last year, when Shane Dixon managed to pin himself to the Trojan Horse with a compressed air pin gun. Classic.

What are you most looking forward to at Noz’13?
Sunday night!

Random interesting fact…
Scrambled eggs with marmite= Winner.

Sunday Tickets!

We are very pleased to announce that we are going to release SUNDAY DAY TICKETS! They will be £30 in cash on the gate. The ticket hut will be open 10am – 4pm and tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Hope you can all come and join us in the sun!