Feedback, frogs and frolics

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Well, the reviews are coming in…. and our downright oddness is being addressed! (great success)

Thank you to everyone who came, performed and contributed to an amazing weekend. We still can’t quite believe just how much fun we had!

Here is a selection of our favourite reviews so far…

Summer Festival Guide

Data Transmission

GigSlutz

eFestivals

Global Mouse Travels

Groovement

Daddacool

The Metropolist

Red Peffer

I am Hip Hop

But don’t leave all the feedback to the press. Let us know what you thought about Nozstock 2015 by filling in our survey.  Might even be a prize in it for yer!

If you are already missing the frolics on the farm then never fear…The lovely Tribe of Frog crew have provided 36 hours of amazing recordings from The Coppice…

Or, if quickfire recall is more your thing then check out this 40 seconds hyperlapses teaser from Painted Life Productions. More videos on the way soon Nozzers!

Phil Nichol Touches Down in the Laughing Stock …

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Ladies and gentlealiens of Nozstock, prepare yourself for Phil Nichol’s touchdown in the Laughing Stock. We can promise there’ll be no side left unsplit once he’s through with you…

Phil comes with many a feather in his hat, having written and starred in innumerable live comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, acted on the West End, and even got involved in the old tellybox, starring in shows such as BBC3’s ‘Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive’. His prowess hasn’t gone unnoticed – he’s been the recipient of more awards than you can shake a stick at, including the Stage Award for Acting Excellence, the Scotsman Fringe First award and many other nominations.

A truly unique performer, Phil will win you over immediately with his uncanny charisma, musical ability and knack for improvisation – no boundary unbroken, no funnybone left untickled, Phil will shock, entertain and mystify you in equal measure.

Get down early to get a seat – he truly must be seen to be believed …

More tasty line up treats revealed including Fuse ODG, Neville Staple Band, P Money

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Greetings earthlings! It’s all go here as the Nozstock elves come out to play preparing your favourite weekend so it’s exactly how you like it. Just in case you weren’t excited enough already about the line-up, we’ve just added a whole host of tasty line up treats to get you in the mood for summer fun…

Friday welcomes Urban Music Award winner Fuse ODG to The Orchard Stage along with the original reggae rudeboy Neville Staple Band. With style and hair vaguely reminiscent of late 80’s cult films, Will and The People are set to bring the whole indie package, whilst flow heavy bass masters The Mouse Outfit ft. Dr Syntax & Sparkz return to show Nozstock how it’s done. We also welcome saviours of soul The Computers and the self dubbed ‘cross pollinated reggae group’ By The Rivers.

Clarence Clarity hails the arrival of a deranged, dervish of creativity; one of the most exciting newcomers on the scene, whilst Welsh group White Noise Sound introduce their hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration. One of the most memorable acts of 2014, Disco Panther return to The Hidden Valley. Folk fancies Keston Cobblers Club and swing specialists Broken Brass Ensemble join them along with garage-punk quartet The Black Tambourines.

 Over in The Coppice Psytrance stalwarts Tribe of Frog return to Nozstock to bring guests from across the pulsating psy-spectrum, including Brainiac, Asimilon, Psymettrix and Occular all doing live sets.  The Garden Stage also stars Granville Sessions, NLP, Afrocluster, Future Dub Project and Ella Martini whilst The Bandstand hosts House of Lions, Evenu, Circe’s Diner, Rozelle and Black Persuasion amongst others. 

See the line up pages for full details. All this plus interactive theatre, workshops for the little ones and a stellar space themed cinema programme. Nozzers, we are good to you…

Seann Walsh leads Laughing Stock line up

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All Nozstockers know that Laughing Stock offers side-splitting surrealism and observational comedic genius from some amazing household names alongside a new breed of flourishing talent… well 2015 is no exception.

Seann Walsh will be taking up headline duties on Saturday effortlessly combining humour and real life scenarios which has seen him as a regular on Mock The Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Virtually Famous. By poking holes in everyday situations, Seann has been described by The Guardian as ‘unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation.’

We also welcome Mark Simmons who has the same passion for puns as Tim Vine; if you think of Tim’s quick-fire punnery you will love Mark in full flow. Sunday’s headliner Andrew Maxwell is adept at making shrewd political observations. He has won several major awards including Best Irish Comedian at the Entertainment.ie Awards. The much-acclaimed Mike Wozniak is known as a comedian, writer, actor and voice artist appearing in Channel 4’s Man Down, with writer credits on shows such as Radio 4’s The News Quiz and his own show Take the Hit which was nominated for the 2013 Edinburgh comedy award. Comedian, writer and actor Brett Goldstein landed a role in Channel 4’s hit series Derek and his award winning show Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature has received rave reviews.

The Bafta-award winning Spencer Jones previous Chortles’ Best Newcomers Pat Cahill and absurdist humourist John Kearns are joined by Matt Highton, Joe Davies, Joz Norris, Jayde Adams, Lee Kearn, Joey Page, Ross Lee and Jarred Christmas.

If good old fashioned wit and hilarity is your thing then Nozstockers, you will not be disappointed…

 

Reggae Roast, Sika Studios, The Blast and Tumble Audio take over The Bullpen

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We work with some amazing people to make The Hidden Valley the best it can be, but for 2015 we have really outdone ourselves with a selection of the UK’s premier promoters joining us to take over The Bullpen…

First up taking over Friday is The Blast. Back in the days when single genre music events were all the rage, a group of friends from Bristol decided to step outside the box and give the people around them a taste of musical variety. After many late nights experimenting with the boundaries of bass music The Blast was formed. Their line up is headlined by P Money – who has been in MTV’s list of the best UK MCs and toured with Example. P Money is joined by Chimpo, Sam Binga & Redders, Blazey, Jaydrop, TS2W, FireManSam, Remidy and Koast.

Also taking over on Friday with a mash up of Dubstep, UK Garage, Grime, 3 step, Basscore and Funky, Tumble Audio will be dropping their beats, showing The Bullpen what bass is all about with a line up showcasing the likes of Deadbeat UK, Killjoy, Hadean, Hank Limit and Sergic & Lyka.

Saturday daytime is the turn of Reggae Roast, who have forged a reputation as the leading light in the resurgence of the UK dub / reggae scene. Following on from their broadcast on Kiss FM with Rodigan, the Reggae Roast team have been in high demand performing at countless shows and festivals across Europe. Their line up includes Mad Professor one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation, Adam Prescott and Donovan Kingjay.

Saturday night and Sunday welcomes back Sika Studios, transforming The Bullpen into a hip hop squat. Enjoy Sika’s dynamic programming, bringing an urban style and a big time groove to your weekend. They welcome a sterling line up for 2015 including some of the most recognisable artists in the hip hop scene – Deadly Hunta, Klashnekoff, Devilman, Leaf Dog + BVA, Split Prophets, Tenchoo, and Team Dreebs.

We are beyond excited. Expect to enter the Bullpen and forget where you are…

 

Electric Swing Circus’ project Swingmajig comes to Swing Theory!

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If smokin’ hots beats, scandalous fancy dress, sizzling dance moves and lunacy all round are your thing than Swing Theory is just the place for you this year.

2015 welcomes three amazing promoters, joining us to spread a little vintage mayhem – Electric Ballroom Promotions, Swingmajig and Ragtime Records will each host a night in the speakeasy and we can’t wait!

Electric Ballroom will expose you to the freshest DJs and performing talent around, all wrapped up in one of the craziest and loudest parties you’ll ever go to whilst Swingmajig, organised by the amazing Electric Swing Circus takes the sounds and styles from the 1920s and brings them up to date with a modern twist. Ragtime Records take up duties on Sunday, with their Swing music for the 21st Century.

Between them they welcome the likes of Wolfie Razzmatazz, Madam Electrifie, C@ In The H@, Jenova CollectiveClan Dextine and F Block to name but a few.

It will be a swing session to remember, so don your top hat, saddle up your unicorn, and join them on their magical journey to the dancefloor…

Hospitality take over The Cubicles: London Elektricity, Etherwood, Danny Byrd…

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So Noztrekkers, have we got an out of this world treat for you?! Hospital Records are taking over The Cubicles on Friday Night! Since 1996, Hospitality has grown to be the best known independent label in the UK dance music scene. To name but a few, we are delighted to say we have the big chief himself  London Elektricity on the bill plus Etherwood who is undoubtedly one of the most promising young talents in the scene today having received support from Radio One, XFM and remixed high profile artists including Lana Del Ray. We also have Danny Byrd, one of the first artists to sign to the Hospital label, with his own inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum & Bass, plus Metrik and Krakota impressing the dance floor. It’s going to be epic. Expect Intergalactic beats while you do the old robotic rave…

Line up announcement: Wu-Tang Clan & Martha Reeves headline The Orchard

We’re sorry to announce the cancellation of Wu-Tang Clan. De La Soul will be headlining on Saturday at Nozstock. See the details here.

We thought it was high time to reveal the first tasty line up tit bits for this years festy and not to speak too soon- but it looks like 2015 is going to be our biggest and bestest festival ever. Huzzah! Hold on to your hats while we take you on the very first whirlwind tour of Nozstock announcement goodness…

Bam! Start getting excited for hip-hop heroes Wu Tang Clan, scrummy motown legend Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, London trop-pop icon Hollie Cook, improvisational wizard Beardyman, dandy old Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, and Gyp-Step six-piece Molotov Jukebox. Expect great things from legendary pairing Ed Rush & Optical, as well as prolific drum and bass producer, Dillinja.

Congo Natty will be bringing his reggae-infused, rootsy sound to the Garden Stage, and jump-up hero DJ Hype is set to smash it. British folk favourite Beans on Toast will sing his heart out just for you lovely lot, and don’t forget to pack your bass faces ready for legendary DJs Ed Solo and Deekline.

If you’re a hunter of some serious beats then never fear- Nozstock is here. We’ve got performances from Dr Syntax and we’ve teamed up with the one and only Uncle Dugs, who’ll be performing AND bringing some of his favourites with him- expect big things from Ratpack, Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, and Billy Daniel Bunter.

All this plus the likes of Electric Swing Circus, Mr Woodnote & Eva Lazarus, Lisbee Stainton, Skinny Lister, Best Friends and the cream of the up and coming crop. Plus many more to be announced.

Like what you’re hearing? Check out the full line up and Get your tickets, here

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Nozstockers Guide to The Galaxy

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Calling all intergalactic occupants! Let us beam you up to ‘Nozstockers Guide to the Galaxy’. Yes that’s right the 2015 theme has been announced! So Noztrekkies, grab your time machine and light sabers and lets us teleport you to a mind-boggling futuristic adventure. Expect a Sci Fi extravaganza, with anything from A.I., aliens, space and time travel with other-worldly weirdness in between! We will be holding a best fancy-dressed competition on the Sunday, so get your creative thinking hats on, because you could be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets for Nozstock 2016! To get you all into the sci-fi mood let us know your favorite line from a sci-fi movie. Tweet us using #nozstar…and we’ll retweet our very faves!

Join the team & be part of Nozstock 2015

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It’s the time of year again when we start looking to expand our Nozstock family. If you’re creative, enthusiastic and enjoy a challenge then Nozstock is the place to be. There are so many exciting positions from short to long term and paid to volunteer and a chance to meet some ridiculously cool people (the Nozstock team). You also get the opportunity to bring something unique to the table and help make Nozstock a success, whether that’s pushing bar or merch sales or designing some of our key sets or even keeping punters happy by providing all kinds of information. Another beauty of working for us is your free ticket!! And even if you are working over the festival, plenty of time to enjoy it!

Why not check out the link below and read about a few of the roles on offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

https://www.nozstock.com/get-involved/join-the-team/

Super Early Birds on sale (limited supply)

SUPER EARLY BIRDS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT BUT WE’LL BE RELEASING MORE THIS SIDE OF XMAS, HAVE NO FEAR!

If imagining yourself at Nozstock 2015 is all that is getting you through the thought of the night’s drawing in then we’ve got some news for you…

The festival will take place 24 – 26 July 2015 and a limited amount of super early bird tickets will go on sale Tuesday 7 November at 6pm. They will be priced at £80 for a Friday arrival ticket, £90 for Thursday arrival. Note these are only available from our website ticket’s page.

We expect these tickets to sell like flaming hot hot cakes so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to get online at 6pm sharpish!

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Photo by Richard Aldred

Photo by Richard Aldred