2019 volunteer applications now open!

With our line-up announcement just a few weeks away, Spring rolling in just around the corner it’s about time we open our volunteer applications for 2019! We were inundated last year with so many of you eager to lend a hand so if you want to join us down the yellow brick road make sure you get your apps in now!

Want to work over the weekend and still get time off to enjoy the festival? Join our stewarding, bar or sales teams at the 21st edition of Noztock The Hidden Valley for absolutely free! Fill in an application form now…

If you’re interested in joining our long term repeat offenders  crew with our pre- and post-show opps, then check out our join the team page for details of longer term roles. Want to put your stamp on the farm? Handy with a paintbrush? Whizz with a camera? Got what it takes to schmooze our traders, manage our theatre, or keep the festival running safely?

We have the best crew in all of the land (if we do say so ourselves) so you’ll be in the brightest, most creative company you could hope for…

Glamping packages now open!

It’s four months til Nozstock, our Wizard of Noz theme has been announced, and festival season and all the excitement that comes with it is on your mind – but there’s that one issue that crops up every year, camping.

We know there’s no place like home, so this year at Nozstock we’re offering a range of camping options to keep you well-rested after long days exploring the yellow brick road…

Glamping with Zoobells

If it’s privacy and luxury you’re after, Zoobells is the choice for you. All packages offer a pre-pitched canvas bell tent within a private campsite.

Formed with steel poles, a sewn-in ground sheet and stylish ventilated cotton bunting, all bell tents are fully weatherproof, so you can relax knowing you’re completely prepared for whatever the British summertime has to offer this year! 

Whether you simply seek a stylish bell-tent, or if you wish to sleep among the stars in lavish luxury, Zoobells offer classic, traditional and luxury packages to ensure your entire camping needs are met. Upgrade options include the choice to add comfy mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed sheets and rugs amongst other luxuries. 

Please bear in mind spaces are limited so if you fancy camping in style this year click here for further information and here to make a booking.

Camplight Pre-pitched Tents

Not a fan of glamping but don’t don’t fancy lugging your tent, sleeping-bag and chair combo all the way to Nozstock this year? Camplight offer the perfect solution.

Camplight will pre-pitch your tent ready for your arrival AND take it down after you leave – making your festival Monday blues that little bit easier. 

As well as freeing you from the stress of battling with pesky tent poles & pegs, all Camplight tents are handpicked from UK festivals, reducing festival wastage and recycling, so your conscience can be green-clean.

Starting from £52 all camplight packages include a pre-pitched tent, sleeping bag and roll mat. Book one of our Camplight packages by clicking here.

Follow the yellow brick road…2019 theme announced!

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Bromyard any more…

We get it. Every now and then the everyday world feels dull, dreary, black-and-white even, the drudgery of work, college, a flat pint in a cheap pub and a rainy walk home with only the thought of summer and a few weekends of freedom on the horizon to keep you going. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, go on an adventure, meet some new mates, get some new shoes, maybe melt an evil witch or two, generally have a good time. Maybe somewhere over the rainbow, where the sparkling emerald slopes of the Hidden Valley will melt away your troubles and where things are ready to get well and truly weird…

That’s right Nozstockers, this year we’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Noz – and you’re all coming along for the ride. Because we’re lovers of all things technicolour, trippy and ever so slightly terrifying – as well as a good pun – we have decided to spend our twenty first year paying tribute to the iconic 1939 film which inspired so many sequels, prequels, spin-offs and pop culture moments – as well as its fair share of childhood nightmares, we’re sure. Our humble farm will be transformed into the glittering Emerald City, and we’ll be inviting friends of Dorothy from far and wide to join us. From rainbows, lemondrops and cowardly lions to flying monkeys, psychiatric wards and Michael Jackson, there’s something for everyone within the Oz universe – and we’re looking forward to seeing your imaginations at work, my pretties.

Make sure you pack your red sequined wellies and remember – there’s no place like the farm!

#WizardOfNoz | www.nozstock.com | 18-21 July 2019

Food trader 2019 applications open!

We’re all partial to a bit of grub and we’re on the lookout for the tastiest traders in town to keep all of you Nozstockers and all of us nicely fed next year!

Apply here!

Need help with your application? Read this!

Applications close 31st March 2019. We receive thousands of applications each year so do not expect an immediate response. It can take several months to make final selections. We may be in touch for further information.

Nozstockers…if you’ve got a particular pitch that tickles your pickle then let us know in the comments below!

Noz HQ x

2019 Little Wonderland and family camping improvements!

With just over 200 days until Nozstock 2019 begins we’re already looking ahead to next year, and plans are afoot to entertain mini Nozstockers come next July! We have some big improvements planned for our Little Wonderland and family camping areas… 

The key changes for 2019 include:

  1. Increasing the capacity of family camping, meaning more space for more families! 
  2. 25% more toilets + kid sized loos! 
  3. Supplies available for family campers – loo roll, wet wipes, sanitiser, sun cream, plasters, toothpaste + site maps! 
  4. Little Wonderland Kids Area expanded to include more activities aimed at older children including workshops in break dancing, graffiti, beat boxing, felt-making, crazy cartoons and up-cycling clothes. As well, as chances to design your own Nozstock t-shirt. Don’t worry the little kids will still have plenty to do!
  5. A dedicated breastfeeding space
  6. ‘Save your space’ scheme. Want to make sure you have enough space to camp together? A limited amount of 5m x 2m pitches are available to pre-book for 2019!

Come and join the Noz Family…and remember all kids 12 and under attend the festival for free!!

Photo: Dan Barker

“We are still smiling, to be honest, after how amazing our 20th anniversary was. Selling out was really great and we had a packed site, it was lovely to see everyone having so much fun and to see so many kids on site really getting into everything! We wanted to announce some new elements for next year, after listening to feedback and realising there are some simple things we can do to enhance the experience for families – that’s what this news is all about.” – Ella Nosworthy. 

We’ve been nominated at the AIF for best ‘smart marketing campaign’

Well everyone…how the devil are you? It’s been a long time since we last spoke but we’ve been beavering on behind the scenes firming up some pretty big decisions for Nozstock 2019….but the real reason we’re here is to tell you that we’ve been nominated for another award at The Association Of Independent Festivals 2018.

After winning ‘Mind-blowing Spectacle’ last year we definitely didn’t think we’d be nominated for another award so we’re absolutely chuffed to be up for best ‘smart marketing campaign’ alongside four other well deserving festivals.

Of course our 20th anniversary saw us celebrate all things Nozstalgia and you guys made it the best 20th birthday we could have ever asked for. So we’re keeping our fingers, toes and anything else we can cross, crossed.

Speak soon! x

Watch 2018’s official video!

‘Ello ‘ello! We’re getting somewhat dewy-eyed watching our 20th anniversary video back and it’s about time you joined us! Massive love goes out to each and every one of ya’ for helping us celebrate our sell out 20th birthday, which saw us getting Nozstalgic and putting on our biggest party to date. Tickets for 2019 are now on sale at www.nozstock.com. Join the Facebook event and stay up to date with the latest news here.

Relive the magic and wonder with the best bits of Nozstock 2018 below…

2019 tickets now on sale at the ticket hut!

It breaks our hearts to say this but Nozstock is almost over for another year. Our 20th edition has really been truly special, each and every person on the farm has given there all to celebrate our 20th anniversary in true Nozstock style.

So if you lovely sun-kissed bunch of humans are already thinking ahead for Nozstock 2019, then good because so are we. Super-early bird tickets for 2019 are now on sale at the ticket hut on site or online at the same price as last year for £105. If you want to bag yourself a bargain, then be quick, go and pick yours up at the on site now!

Photo: Charlie Rimmer

One week to go!

This is a story all about how Nozstock appeared on the Bromyard Downs, we’d like to take a minute if you’ve got one spare, to remind you of all of the things you should bring there…

With only “7 DAYS TO GO” until the Nozstalgic celebration of our 20th edition of #Nozstock it’s time to think back to your childhood, celebrate the past and help us celebrate 20 years of making memories down on the farm. We know you can’t wait to pitch your tent, sup from your first cool drink and have a look around so have a read of the below to make your arrival to Nozstock as easy as possible.

TICKETS & ENTRY

  • If you’re aged 16 and under you will need a parent/guardian aged 21 or over accompanying you, otherwise we won’t be able to let you in.
  • Please, please, please don’t forget to bring a form of government identification with you. (Passport, Driving Licence, Citizen Card) Nozstock might be an escape from reality for the weekend, but you will need to present ID if asked to do so.
  • Print and check you have the correct tickets, if you have any queries our ticket team are on hand to help answer them  – tickets@nozstock.com.
  • Your tickets should have barcodes on them so you can get scanned and recieve your wristband on entry. We recommend you book parking in advance to make your access quicker and smoother.
  • Searching will be in operation on the gates. Please only bring a reasonable amount of alcohol.
  • Illegal drugs including, Nos and Psychoactive Substances are not allowed on site and are still against the law at Nozstock as they are in the outside world.
  • Pedestrian gate opening hours for the weekend are…
    • Thu 19   –   17:00-23:00
    • Fri 20   –   09:00-23:00
    • Sat 21   – 10:00-22:00
    • Sun 22   –   10:00-17:00
    • Mon 23   –   Closes at 13:00

TRAVEL

  • Still stuck for plans on your grand voyage to the festival? Fear not, there are plenty of ways to get to Nozstock from our excellent bus services to GoCarShare where you can make new friends. Visit our transport page and remember to travel safe!
  • All aboard the Noz Express! Save your money and our planet by travelling on our coaches.  Book your tickets from Hereford, Worcester, Bristol & London here

GREEN INITIATIVES

  • Nozstock is held on a working farm – please help us keep the cows happy and respect our community.
  • This year at Nozstock we are encouraging everyone to ‘Get Ready To Refill’ and bring a reusable bottle or container. We will have increased water taps across site so please do your bit and bring a reusable bottle.
  • Don’t forget the clean campsite competition judges will be awarding our cleanest eco Nozzers on Sunday at the Bandstand!
  • From Sunday afternoon our lovely green team will be collecting any donated items that you can spare from camp, that you’d like to share with People in Motion… these will be sent out to refugees across Europe.
  • Want to get your Eco-Bond back? Bring a full bag of rubbish to our litter station on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning after the festival, along with your barcoded ecobond ticket. As long as your bin bag is full and your ticket can be scanned you’ll be returned the £5 ecobond you bought with your ticket. Bags containing bottles or cans will not be accepted. These items should be placed in our recycling bins around site.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Although Nozstock is a family friendly festival, sadly, like many festivals, a small amount of tent thefts do occur each year. Check out our anti-theft tips on how to try and avoid theft!
  • Register your belongings to Immobilise to improve the chances of getting your stuff back if unfortunately it does go walkabout.
  • Festival Lost Property is located in the Information Hut in the main campsite and is open 24 hours. Please hand in anything you find, there is no better feeling then being reunited with your once lost items.
  • First Aid is located in the main campsite, near to the main gate, look for the British Red Cross!
  • Look after yourself and your fellow Nozstockers! Please drink responsibly. Check out our top tips to stay safe.
  • Check out our Rules & RegsFAQ and Accessibility pages and our Site and Festival Maps.
  • For further practical information please visit here and to remind yourself of our superb line up check here.

Remember, most of all to be lovely to each other. We have an unusually wonderful atmosphere at Nozstock and that’s down to the quality of you guys, our clientele. Look after each other, keep an eye out for your neighbours, communicate with our teams about any concerns or suggestions you have, and we’ll all have the best weekend known to man!

20 reasons to celebrate with us at our 20th anniversary…

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we want you to read these 20 reasons why you need to come and celebrate with us here on the farm. 

1. IT’S THE 20th ANNIVERSARY!!!

We reckon that after 20 years in the game, and with the festival leaving its teenage years, we’ve got a pretty good handle on how to throw a scorcher of a party. But who are we to make such bold statements? You’ll have to come and make up your own mind. And who doesn’t love a good old anniversary knees up?!

2. Enchantingly handmade experience

Everything you see at Noz is meticulously handcrafted and painted by our fabby decor team. They really go the extra mile to make the Hidden Valley the immersive experience that it is.

3. 10 stages across a beautiful working farm

Scattered across the valley are 10 stages who make the farm their home over the weekend. We’re actually a cow farm you know. That field you rest up in after a long night of boogying? That’s the field that the cows rest up in after similarly long nights of moogying.

4. Family Run Festival Fun

Father and daughter super duo Noz and Ella continue to curate one of the UK’s longest running festivals. Thank you Noz’s!

5. Arts, crafts, performance, film and theatre

Nozstock truly is a festival for dabblers. We think the experience of the weekend by no means should be limited to just music. That’s why we put on a plethora of arty treats for you to stumble across. From crafts to performance art, film to theatre and cabaret, there’s no chance you’ll be bored.

6. Artisanal food and drink from across the region to feed the legion

Just because you’re cotching in a field doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice eating good food. That tin of baked beans looking pretty unsatisfying? That glorious sunshine giving you a hankering for homemade ice cream? Have no fear. The food stalls are here.

7. The Vibes, man…

Time and time again we’re upheld for our ‘garden party’ vibes across site. The farm crackles with an electric sense of intimacy and strong collective happiness.

8. The music genres? Completed them mate!

There’s no denying that when it comes to music , we’ve got something for everyone. Whether it’s a much anticipated favorite or the momentous discovery of a future fave. Follow the vibrations whereever they may take you.

9. Awards Awards Awards

We always thought that as individuals we were spectacular, but we never thought we would be awarded for our collective spectacularness. Nozstock, The Hidden Valley is OFFICIALLY the winner of the Mind Blowing Spectacle Award, along with our Greener Festival Award and Outstanding Attitude Award. That’s not even mentioning the fact that we were nominated for more awards than any other festival in 2016! If the judges say it, it must be true.

10. Kids area

Strictly speaking, our festy is ONLY for kids, only some are bigger than others… Little Wonderland provides a sanctum of veritable treats and entertainments for your young ones, giving you the chance to have a wee tipple.

11. Headliner

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’ll already be of the hypest hype for these kings of collabs. We’ve pulled out all the stops this year with this blinder of a headliner. They were smashing then, they’re smashing now. With whomping basslines and instant dnb classics spanning over the last decade, we present to you ladies and gentlemen; Chase and Status.

12. Beautiful Herefordshire Countryside

You can’t really get more idyllic than the Hidden Valley. Nestled deep in the rolling countryside of Herefordshire, we’ve got views for days and plenty of fresh are for that recoup and rejuvenation. Don’t miss the sunrise/set either!

13. Party never stops

From dawn till dusk, and dusk till dawn. It goes on an on and on on on, the beat won’t stop until the break of dawn.

14. Unexpected Guests

We have many surprise and unexpected guests materialising on the farm over the weekend, so keep ya peepers peeled! Including but not limited to escaped chickens.

15. Keen, clean and retro green

Not to sound ultra hipster, but we’ve been on that eco-warrior tip for a loooong time. Support the festival, support the planet. Check out our Green Initiatives page for more info on all the awesome green eggs and ham going on at the festival.

16. Our Punters

If we do say so ourselves, our punters are ultimately the best. With a massive range of delightful and interesting characters, your presence and smiles are are sure fire winner to making life-long friends and making the festival the best environment for a good old jolly.

17. Yearly Theme

From dinosaurs to the wild west we’ve had it all. Our annual theme is decided over many carefully heated meetings in the local pub. It’s always such a tough task for us to decide as a family what the yearly theme should be. After careful considration 2018’s theme is Nozstalgia. We’re celebrating all things from yesteryear, the things you hold dear, loved or still love? Dig out your gameboys, dust off those furbies…We wanna see Scooby-Doo, Pokemon and if there’s not an Inspector Gadget walking around site, we’ll be very disappointed… Nanananana! Where ever in the time-space-nostalgia continuum you choose to get off, we have faith that you’re going to look and feel radical. Double denim, neon rave, acid-house, ra-ra skirts and MC Hammer pants… You remember something you loved? You got your outfit. Excellent.

18. Comedy

Us Nozstockers love a good laugh and we’ve had some great comedians down on the farm in the past few years including: Russell Howard, Henning Wehn, Phill Kay, Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montford and many more. 2018 see’s us joined by American comedian Reginald D. Hunter and we can’t wait!

19. Elephant’s Grave

2017’s new area and the stomping ground for all things house and techno by night & reggae & jungle by day needs to be seen to be believed.

20. Clik Clik presents The Cabinet of Lost Secrets

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for a fourth slice of weirdness at Nozstock the Hidden Valley, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange, multi-roomed underground lair! Expect the unexpected with immersive performance and pop up experiences, get properly ‘funked up’ with live funk & soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting-edge electronica, complimented by our dj funksters. And remember to keep an eye out for the secrets……

The green journey to The Hidden Valley begins!

Calling all Nozstockers! The time has come to pack your bags and set off on your journey to The Hidden Valley! Still stuck for plans on your grand voyage to the festival? Not to worry, as we have made it easier than ever for you to set off on your expedition to the land of fun, frenzy and Nozstalgia.

We may be tucked away in the rolling hills of Hertfordshire, but don’t let the working farm appearance fool you. We’re a stones throw away from the idyllic market town of Bromyard, with many ways for you to reach us…

We’re all about keeping things green and serene, so one of the best ways to reach us is by car share! Don’t want to travel alone? Other Nozstockers are using GoCarShare to fill up their empty seats, and there are people travelling from all across the country. Simply book your seat, or offer up your spare ones in, through the GoCarShare Nozstock page!

Remember if you are travelling by car to book your car parking pass before you arrive.

We also have a free (you read that right) shuttle bus from the centre of Bromyard (Pump Street bus stop) that will take you to the official drop off point at Bromyard Rugby Club.. Those getting a lift will find it easiest to be dropped off here rather than at the  festival site as this can cause congestion and sad faces as you may be asked to head back towards the drop off point.

Local buses do travel between Hereford and Worcester to Bromyard Pump Street Bus Stop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. You can check the bus times by visiting the DRM website here. Visit Traveline Midlands to help plan your journey.

We’re also running coaches to and from the festival in Hereford, Worcester, Bristol and London to make your voyage to The Hidden Valley even easier Book your tickets in advance here.:

Hereford and Worcester:

Thursday 19 July 2018

7pm – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

8.30pm – Worcester Shrub Hill – Nozstock

Friday 20 July 2018

10am – Hereford Train Station – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

11am – Nozstock – Hereford Train Station

12pm – Nozstock – Worcester Shrub Hill

Coaches for Hereford and Worcester are £6 advance and £7 on the day (subject to spaces!) Book your tickets in advance here.

London and Bristol:

Thursday 19 July 2018

12pmLondon – Nozstock

2pmBristol – Nozstock

Monday 23 July 2018

10am – Nozstock – London

10am – Nozstock – Bristo

London coaches will cost £18 each day and Bristol coaches will cost £16 each day. Book your tickets here.

And finally for the greenest of them all, you can even ride your bike to Nozstock! Go at your own pace and soak up the picturesque countryside on the way. Cyclists will get secure bicycle parking by the wristband exchange as well as a pat on the back.

Plan your bicycle route with the Bike Hub’s free route planner.

Even though we’re called The Hidden Valley, we want you all to find us! For that all important postcode and full details of travel options, visit https://nozstock.com/about/directions/. We’re a laid back bunch here, and times and schedules may be subject to change. Be flexible and keep checking your arrangements so your journey to The Hidden Valley is a smooth sail.

#Noz20YearsComp

We’ve got something exciting to tell you…to commemorate our 20th birthday this year we’ve dropped the biggest competition in Nozstock history on our Facebook page.  20 prizes up for grabs, 1 for every year we’ve been creating all the Noz memories and madness! #Noz20YearsComp

Terms & Conditions….

This competition is open to anyone who has already bought or who buys a ticket by midnight June 29th.   The competition will run on our Facebook pages over 3rd – 6th July each day at 6pm. Winners will be picked from a tombola and the prizes will be on a giant spinning tractor wheel on the farm, hosted by some of your favourite Nozstock crew! All ticket holders (outlets included), volunteers, Nozsquad ambassadors & Nozsquad ambassador ticket holders will be entered.

The 20 prizes are, *drumroll please…*

  1. X 1 ticket and Nozstock merch bag
  2. Free mega hamper of food & drink
  3. Free mega Nozstock merch bag selection of everything
  4. Free massage therapy from Yeleni
  5. X 2 free therapies or experiences from Yeleni
  6. Free hamper of deli food
  7. Free hamper of drinks
  8. Free Camplight pre-pitched tent
  9. Free Camplight plus food and drink hamper
  10. Backstage tour Friday with Noz and drinks backstage
  11. Invite to our Press reception for free cocktails and hobnob with the Noz crew
  12. Saturday backstage tour with Noz
  13. X 1 free ticket
  14. X 2 free tickets
  15. X 3 free tickets
  16. Free ticket to Noz 2018 & 2019
  17. Free tattoo of your choice (a real one!) up to £100
  18. Sunday backstage tour with Noz
  19. Meet an artist of your choice (agreement permitting)
  20. Nozstock Golden Ticket! X 1 free ticket, the food and drink hamper, Camplight tent and therapy from Yeleni, merch and press reception invite to meet the crew.

Good luck and remember to  keep everything crossed! Apart from your eyes…they should remain fully on the prize!