Hungry for the summer are you?

Well, might be the season to be jolly and cold and full of mulled wine and delicious cheese, but you fest-heads have once again surprised us with your thirst for summer fun. Yes, the super early Christmas tickets for subscribers only have all gone already, in record time, hope you got yours.

For those of you that missed out, please don’t despair – early birds will go on sale in 2014. If you want to be the first to know subscribe to the newsletter on our homepage.

Here’s a little treat from The Jailhouse and Nozstock resident DJ Mayhem. Merry Christmas!

Reviews for 2013’s bonanza

Get your feast of the good reviews here…

 

Daddacool 

and his 6 year old son wrote a review as well (cuuuute)

Data Transmission

Andy C saying some nice things

Summer Festival Guide

Diary of a First Child

Urbanvox

The Voice – Worcester

…also interviewed and reviewed Misty Miller

and did a piece for their online newspaper

Festival Kidz

Midlands Today

The Mix Up – Interview with Andy C

Presenting Enei at the Jailhouse…

Nozstock The Hidden Valley presents one of the freshest names to hit DnB in years, the awesome ENEI, at one of our favourite local nightclubs, the Jailhouse, Hereford this Friday 12th October.

Homegrown in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alexey Egorchenkov began his endeavours into drum n bass in 2003. Since then he has hotfooted his way to the esteemed Critical label, under the wing of Kasra, with a signing to Dutch label Fokuz en route. Last year he came away from the Drum & Bass Arena Awards with ‘Best Newcomer Producer’. You can’t really argue with those kinds of accolades.

Self-professed Photek fan, Enei has been developing his own rigid form of drum n bass, with early music inspired by Kemal and Bad Company. Nowadays, he mixes old-school Neurofunk and Techstep with fresh and trendy futuristic minimal Drum&Bass and favourites producers such as Icicle, SPY and Alix Perez.

On the subject of his new EP, Resident Advisor state: ” “Stone Head,” and to a slightly lesser extent “No Fear,” are the aural equivalent of one of those royal guards who can never, ever break a smile…. The former is one of the most aggressive tracks Enei has put his name to, but it’s all about the deafening snares rather than the punishing basslines of a track like “Cracker” (which is given a percussive makeover here by Metalheadz associate Jubei)….

Riya’s vocal turn on “No Fear” largely accomplishes the same thing, the soulful diva reduced to barking catchphrases over an especially militant beat that moves so fast it seems to double back on its own shadow before a bar can even finish (think Rockwell-level detail here). The release is rounded off with “Movin’ Fast,” which sounds like Enei’s own take on Breakbeat Kaos pop-dnb…”

We’re looking forward to seeing where this producer gets to in the coming months, but for a taste of him on the up get yourselves to the Jailhouse for some proper Drum&Bass on 12th October. You’d be a fool to miss it.


2012: Categorically the Best Yet!

“Nozstock boasts a real laid-back vibe and is essentially the epitome of what a music festival originally set out to be.” ~ Summer Festival Guide

Only a few tickets off sellout at Nozstock this year, the site was brimming to capacity, and we really made the most of the weather. Nozstock 2012 was a proper weekend to remember and this showed in the smiling faces, brilliant personalities and astounding acts that were on show across the Farm.


Photo: Orchard by Jon Cornbill


Mr Pete ‘Noz’ Nosworthy himself said: “We were just so happy that the clouds had cleared, we could get the bales off the fields and really make it the best festival yet. There wasn’t a murmur of discontent at Nozstock this year, just ‘wow’s’ and ‘woops’ from across the Farm. It was really encouraging to see that we were enticing the right kind of fun-loving, caring crowd that we felt could bring so much originality and a great attitude to the Hidden Valley. Stand out moment had to be standing on the viewing platform with all my family, friends and loyal crew, watching the Proclaimers and thinking “Yes, we got there. It’s all been worth it.” “

As a crew, we had an amazing year this year and this was all down to you being an incredible audience, not afraid to get stuck in and make the most of the sunny spell we all richly deserved! In a weekend where the reigning sock-wrestling champion held his title, two boys trying to jump the fence had to call rescue services to save them from a circling bull, and Phil Kay was wrestled to the floor and forced to eat hay by an organised team of children, the Farm housed unprecedented numbers of revellers and joymakers. It’s impossible to list them all but there were some sterling performances from a whole host of acts across nine stages including the Rubberbandits, Jake Bugg, Dreadzone, Zinc, The Correspondents, Four Owls, The Futureheads and of course, The Proclaimers. With a diverse programme to counter all others, the festival took punters on a whirlwind tour through ska, reggae, roots, indie, rock, swing, hip hop and the finest of heavy-tempo beats per minute.

Nozstock’s very own resident daughter (seen here cradling the newest member of the crew and family) Ella Noz said: “I’ve got to say that it really felt like the gods were thanking us for putting on a myths & legends theme. We couldn’t have hoped for a more beautiful sun-soaked weekend, glorious foody smells, smiling faces and a programme jam-packed with colour and proper old-fashioned entertainment. From the folk jam round the fire, the mesmerising cabaret, groundbreaking comedy and some of the strongest live performances in the business, I was so gutted to be working – I couldn’t help but look around and say to myself “I want to go to this festival, it looks amazing!” A proper explosion to the senses. We’re always thinking of the future here at Noz HQ and I can’t help but wonder “How are we going to top this?” We owe a massive thanks to all our friends and crew, old and new, that have supported Nozstock since it began as that party on the lawn 14 years ago. It’s amazing to see how it’s grown and we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Keep your eyes online for upcoming reviews and spot yourselves on our Facebook and Flickr pages over the coming days. And don’t forget, you can do it all again next year!

Photo: Ella and Caleb by Jon Cornbill

Get in free by joining the crew…

Here at Noz HQ, it’s all about making friends and seeing the fruits of our hard labour in the joy on your faces while you’re dancing, drinking and generally enjoying a high level of debauchery. We have some amazing long and short-term volunteers and this year is no different. So we just wanted to put a big shout out to say thanks to you all!

And also to let those of you interested in getting in free and getting into the fold, that there are a few much-coveted slots left doing bar or stewarding shifts over the weekend. There’s approx. 14 hours to cover all weekend per person so leaves you plenty of time to have mountains of fun and it stops that ever-growing dent in your pocket.

We’re a lovely bunch and so many of our volunteers come back year after year, they have so much fun, so why not give it a try?

Just fill in the volunteer application and we’ll ‘ave a look atcha!


Rubberbandits, Jason Rouse comedy + AV joy…

Comedy bookings for funny-bunnies

Continuing our growing reputation for hosting some of the finest UK comedy talent, we’ve got some esteemed guests coming along in July to road-test new material. Past luminaries have included the likes of Russell Howard, Phil Jupitus, Adrian Edmondson and Steven Frost to name a few, but headlining Saturday Night this year are the awardwinning and mask-wearing hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits. Made up of Mr. Chrome and Blindboy Boat Club their satirical, lewd and at times hypnogogic blend of music, comedy and crank calls deservedly earned them ‘Best Irish Act’ at the Entertainment.ie awards in 2011. Having shared a stage with the likes of Jessie J and performed to over 20, 000 people at Oxygen last year, The Rubberbandits have proved they are even more dynamic and entertaining live as on screen. Put that pen on your programme this year and mark the spot – you don’t want to miss this.

Also treading the hallowed boards of Laughing Stock’s comedy stage is self-proclaimed ‘jester from hell’ Jason Rouse (whose riotous act has been described byChortle as a “a tirade of unspeakable depravity”), Canadian funny-man and regular on Russell Howard’s Good News/Never Mind The Buzzcocks Tony Law, new kid on the block Darius Davies and a whole host of breakthrough talent.


With an intoxicating level of up-and-comers cutting their comedic teeth, plus chips off the old block showing the youngsters how veterans do it best, don’t be surprised if you hear squeals and peals of joy, and the underbubble of dark chortles emanating from the Craft Quarter’s depths at Nozstock this year.

AV treats day and night, old and young

Things are getting a little bit exciting over in the Dingle’s Wrong Directions Cinetent where local collective MASH’s careful curation will result in a stunning programme of visual treats and inspiring eye-openers, including a highlight retrospective collection from esteemed animator and experimental artist Jeff Scher. Scher has work sited in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as in the Academy Film Archives and at the Pompidou Centre. With investigations into the culture of Mash Up, magical music videos and kid-friendly visual treats throughout the day, Mash will also be bringing you some live AV late night experiences.

Don’t miss Saturday afternoon’s Sound Art Zone. An emerging practice born out of avant-garde jazz, contemporary classical and conceptual visual art movement, sound art is a chance to open your ears and be dazzled by eclectic, live audio-visual performance and fusions of ambience, electronics, improvisation, noise and silence. Prepare to be amazed!

More hip-hop for your  mental wealth

If you haven’t heard already, beat bosses Sika Studios are once again ruling over the Bullpen, and they’ve squeezed in another load of hip-hop heroes for your viewing pleasure in the form of legendary Foreign Beggars member Dr Syntax, Bristol collective Rat Tash, explosive six-piece Raw Element, Croydon’s finest MC Du Jour, Cracker Jon and old school dons Ricta&Idyllic.

There’s so much to tell but here’s a few more upcoming highlights to get you plotting and planning the best weekend of your summer:
  • Cycle Competition – gather your liveliest of friends and convoy your way to the Farm (free tickets available – see competition details)
  • Artists – design an iconic postcard, see it in beautiful, professional technicolour and get in scott free!
  • Theme – dress up and delight in the Myths & Legends theme by donning your freakiest, furriest outfits and bring a bit of magic to play.
  • Tasty treats – A plethora of tasty meals and snacks will be offer with a chill out café for those seeking coffee-scented sanctuary.
  • Things to do – Workshops aplenty will give you that sense of achievement and whet your appetite for being clever.
  • Green Amusements – Clear campsite competitions, celebrity tree-plantings and sustainable arts & crafts.

See the latest line up and, for details and descriptions rich with palpitation-inducing suggestions, check out our line up venue pages to see what’s on offer across your intimate Farm festival site coming soon…. Oh, yes.

 

 

Nozstock takeover Brap FM…

Tuesday 22nd May 10pm – 12 pm was Brap FMs Subsize show where Nozstock took over the airwaves to give you a taste of what to expect from this year’s festival. Listen again to hear mixes from Nozstock residents Dex, Scope and other top sounds of Noz. Not only this but there was an exclusive mix from Ed Solo! Could there be a better way to get geared up for this year’s festival on a boring week night? We think not! So make sure you get involved to download and listen again at www.brap.fm


Design a winning postcard – get in free!

If you’ve got an artist’s hand and have been inspired by Nozstock’s theme for 2012 – MYTHS & LEGENDS – why not practice your skills and design an iconic postcard that best represents your favourite rural Herefordshire festival? You’ll see your creation brought into reproduced professional quality for the masses to keep, swap and send, and postcards can even be posted direct from our Nozstock ‘post office’ so you can gloat to all your absent friends. You could even send yourself a postcard to remind yourself what you got up to!

Whether it’s cow-unicorns, Medusa, Thor, centaurs or fawns that get your goat, pick up a pen and scribe your style. You can submit your designs to submissions@nozstock.com or post them to the Farm, Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LS by 8th June 2012. Make sure you agree to the T&Cs before sending in your work. Work cannot be returned so if you want to retain originals send us a copy!

Winners will be notified by 29th June and the winning work will be printed in technicolour and presented on sale at the festival. You, of course, will get in free as well as receiving a Nozstock goodie bag, plus a percentage of proceeds from your postcards will go to one of our official charities, Yeleni Support.


Glamp in style with Hotel Belltent

Welcome to the wonderful world of Hotel Bell Tent. Your Camping with Soul, hassle free delight that will revolutionise the way you go camping. Hotel Bell Tent provides a unique and magical touch to any camping experience and whilst it has been likened to staying in a hotel – you will be in the field, at the heart of Nozstock The Hidden Valley.  We hope to help create that unforgettable, not to mention cosy, experience –  you simply book your ‘room’, turn up and check in – leaving all the hard work to us giving you more time to enjoy Nozstock’s top notch music, dazzling theatrics & tickling comedy!


Hotel Bell Tent will provide you with the lavishness of home comforts, a truly unique space to unwind in after a day or night out and excellent 24hr customer service.

Ideal for families, groups of friends or couples looking for something out of the ordinary  … we just know you are going to love it!

All our beautiful canvas Bell Tents come fabulously dressed with accessories from our ‘camping with soul’ range – luxury inflatable mattresses (as required per tent), hand loomed rugs, coir door mats for muddy boots & shoes, tea light candle chandeliers (for light and warmth), low level hand painted tables, and OPTIONAL 100% Egyptian cotton bedding and lovely soft towels.

Booking more than one tent? Checking in with kids? Let us know and we will accommodate your requirements.

Visit www.hotelbelltent.co.uk  for more information and to make your booking.

Looking forward to seeing you in a field soon!

Tricka Technology to headline Garden Stage!

If the sunshine wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got another golden nugget of line-up treasure to bring to you today; Tricka Technology will be headlining the Garden Stage on Saturday night. The killer trio will be smashing out their finest just for you with their signature fusion of beat and breaks music. Globally acclaimed Krafty Kuts, the man, nay! the legend with a shelf of international DJ awards under his belt alongside a catalogue of club culture anthems is joined by A-Skillz, notorious breakbeat scratch’n’mixer whose presence has been felt from Glastonbury to Ibiza and to guide you on the way to ultimate bass-dom is Dynamite MC, a tongue twisting legend whose years of jungle, dnb and breaks MC-ing will bring nothing but hype, hype, hype.


Christmas comes early – Tickets for 2012…

UPDATE – CHRISTMAS TICKETS SOLD OUT! EARLY BIRDS WILL GO ON SALE IN THE NEW YEAR…

Yes, we are really good to you. And we’re told ’tis the season to be jolly. And giving. And all that.

So whether you want to treat your nan, your mum, your daughter, your mate or your own very deserving self, click your way to our tickets page and book yourself into a summer of fun so there’s something very wonderful to look forward to whilst we consider the coming of winter.

Hope you’re all making the best of this incredible heatwave and seeing out the summer with some barbecue magic and a bit more festival fun…

Any questions about tickets email tickets@nozstock.com
For general info, to reap your affections upon us or give us an earful email info@nozstock.com


JonesMrJones - Nozstock 2011

The iconic image of Nozstock 2011

We asked you to come up with the best image of Nozstock 2011 and you didn’t disappoint. There have been some real corkers from amateurs and professionals but we feel here at Noz HQ that Joe Hulbert’s image is our favourite all-encompassing image of Nozstock this year. It has all the essential elements – mystery, beauty, colour, surrealism and it’s finished off perfectly by the tiny pink bear (with a very long tail!) dancing in the middle of this enchanted backlit wonderland. Cute. Thank you Joe for a fabulous representation of the dark magic that was Nozstock 2011. We’ll be in touch soon to award you with your year’s subscription to Digital SLR…. and we hope to see you with your camera in 2012.

Click on the photo to see it in full size glory on Flickr.


ToF at Nozstock 2011 by Joe H