One week to go!

Nozstock 2015

Are you ready to walk, dance and stumble like an egyptian at Nozstock 2016? We are, and we can’t wait for you to arrive! With just under one week to go we’re sure your festival prep is in full swing, excitement is brewing and the difficult packing process is underway. 

Here’s a few pointers before we welcome you through the gates of Angkor Wat next week! *Drumroll Please*

TICKETS & ENTRY

  • If you’reaged 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 identification with you. 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.
  • Pedestrian gate opening hours for the weekend are…
Thurs 17:00 – 23:00
Fri 09:00 – 23:00
Sat 10:00 – 22:00
Sun 10:00 – 17:00
Mon Closes at 13:00

TRAVEL & GREEN INITATIVES

  • Not managed to find your chariot to get here?Fear not, there are plenty of ways to get to Nozstock. 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
  • Nozstock is held on a working farm – please help us keep the cows happy and respect our community.
  • 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.

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 avoid those nasty egyptian tomb robbers!
  • Register your belongings to Immobilise to improve the chances of getting your stuff back if unfortunately it does go walkabout.
  • We pride ourselves on being one of the fastest festival queues in the UK but you might notice things are a bit slower this year as we’re going to be carrying out thorough bag searches in accordance with national security recommendations. Be patient with us and your fellow festivalers and take the time to make new friends in the queue!
  • 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! Check out our top tips to stay safe.
  • Check out our Rules & RegsFAQ page and Site and Festival Map
  • For further information please visit here
  • Remember, having fun is compulsory!

 

To the theatre!

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The ancient Greeks were a society pretty into their entertainment. So, we think they’d be pretty chuffed with the simply outrageous line-up of theatrical wonders to behold at the Hidden Valley this year.

The Bantam of the Opera will be host to the weird and the wonderful, the joyous and the jaw-dropping. There is a whole kaleidoscope of entertainment; from the hip-crobatics of Nula Hula, to the vagabond talents of the Threadbare Jugglers. You can experience dialectal debauchery from Monkey Poet, Irrational Behaviour’s recycled travelling machine, psychedelic audio/visual spectacles from Hummadruz and crazy contortion from acro-balancer Matt Horton. Missing your Saturday night bingo? Don’t panic! Backyard Bingo awaits; to fulfil all your bingo-ing needs and more. With belly-dancing, balloon modelling, poetry and even Professor Pumpernickel’s laboratory of lunacy, there is more to see than you could pull out of a magician’s top hat (please note: rabbits are not permitted at Nozstock).

The thrilling theatrics of Noz are not confined to the Bantam of the Opera though my friends, oh no! All the farm’s a stage and you are the beloved audience. There will be walkabout wonders a’plenty for your entertainment, participation and interaction if you should so fancy.

And…scene.

Mark Marks announced as winner of #MCNoz2016

Back in early June we collaborated with hip-hop publisher Bonafide and long term musical legends and headliners of our Orchard Stage this year Jurassic 5 to provide an exciting opportunity for a budding MC to win a host of tasty prizes. The winner was to be judged by Akil the MC, and other members of J5. Yes, one aspiring microphone assassin would get the chance to perform live at Nozstock! Through this competition we all gained personal and unseen access to the bedroom talents of many Nozstock fans and sterling up-and-coming MC talent, as they used the hashtag #MCNoz2016 to share their lyrical abilities with the world.

At Nozstock HQ we attempted to critically assess the entries, whittling them down to a shortlist of five. Then, came the job of the difficult final selection, but frankly, who better to do it than world-famous wordsmiths J5?

It was a close decision, as according to Jurassic 5 ‘they all had skills’. The Lady Sanity got an honourable mention and runner up Abakus came a close second. However, we are pleased to announce the winner is Mark Marks! Akil commented that Marks’ “very polished flow, delivery and content meant he outshined others with his presentation”.

So, on the judgement and recommendation of J5, we are honoured to welcome Mark Marks, aspiring lyrical mastermind, to Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2016!

Check out our winner Mark Marks, when he performs in The Bullpen at 11.30am on Saturday.
To see his winning entry, check Youtube right here.

And don’t forget to share the love for this most auspicious winner of #MCNoz2016.

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OLD J’s FANTASTIC FOUR GRACE OUR BARS

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We could easily be accused of being disgracefully focused on a lovely bar experience at Nozstock – from our sweet and keen bar staff, through to our pub prices and homey environs. But nothing tops off that dreamy festival day more than one of our themed cocktails.

Every year, we rifle through the pages of our favourite recipes, hold long-winded but purposeful discussions about the pro’s and con’s of certain mixers and obviously taste-test in our own, perversely dedicated way. This year, we took the trial out of the equation, chancing upon some of the dreamiest rum in the land. Hence a delightful collaboration was born, between Old J Rum in it’s many, carefully blended varieties, and us with our penchant for tasty fruit-pulped, alcoholic beverages.

You’ll find Old J’s cocktails evoking the ‘Wonders of the Ancient World’ across all our bars at Nozstock this year, plus they’ll be giving out some free samples in the Orchard to whet your appetite.

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1.       House Vodka 12.5ml

2.       Old J Spiced Rum 12.5ml

3.       Tiki Fire 12.5ml

4.       Cointreau 12.5ml

5.       Bombay Sapphire Gin 12.5ml

6.       Fresh Lemon Juice 20ml

7.       Sugar Syrup 12.5ml

8.       Cola 50ml C

Power leads to debauchery and this drink is no different. Mind your step with this one. Everything in a glass.

 

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1.       25ml Old J

2.       25ml Briotet Peche

3.       75ml Pineapple

4.       ¼ lime wedge

5.      Lime wheel garnish

They dominated Mesoamerica and now feel them dominate your senses with  a peach and vanilla blast.

OldJ-5RUM ZEUS

1.       25ml Old J Cherry

2.      50ml Raspberry Cider

3.       1/8 Lime wedge

4.       Ting top

5.       Raspberries & mint garnish

As Mount Olympus in the dawn, Cherry Rum and Raspberry Cider rise and strike like lightening at your tounge!

 

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PLATO COLADA

1.       50ml Old J Gold

2.       25ml Real Coco

3.       75ml Pineapple Juice

4.       ¼ Fresh squeezed Lime wedge

5.       Pineapple garnish

“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools,” they should just drink Pineapple and Coconut!!!

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Old J’s splendid blends on their website and we’ll see you very soon for some sampling splendour in the Hidden Valley… http://www.oldjspicedrum.co.uk/

COMPETITION TIME

Courtesy of our wonderful friends at Old J Spiced Rum we’re giving you and your rum-drink compadre the chance to win all these goodies! …2 tickets to Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2016, a weekend supply of the finest Old J Rum (4 bottles!) to be enjoyed in your very own Old J Camping mugs …of course whilst wearing these matching snazzy t’s 😉

To enter, click here.

Nozcast 001: Gentlemens Dub Club

Ahead of Nozstock 2016, Matt Roberts, from the legendary Gentleman’s Dub Club caught up with us to give us a glimpse into the life and history of one of the most prominent reggae, ska and dub bands in the UK right now.

Emerging from Leeds, in Yorkshire, the nine-piece band and Nozstock Saturday Night Headliners have supported Roots Manuva, The Streets and The Wailers but to name a few.

Matt talks to us about the bands early influences and there key festival prep. It’s now, a full 10 years since the band began, the nine-piece continue to deliver showstopping performances and have something very special planned for Nozstock 2016.

So give the first ever Nozcast (exciting times) a listen and find out what exactly makes this incredible band come to life on the stage and don’t forget to come see it for yourself!

 

Crew Profile: Martine van Dusschoten – “Volunteering at Nozstock, you won’t regret it!”

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A few years back I came to Nozstock as a punter and had an amazing time. The small scale of the festival makes it cosy but there’s still a broad array of entertainment and music: high-quality music. The enthusiasm is felt all around; I danced vigorously for more than half of the time! The next year I decided I wanted to be more part of the festival, to add to the lovely atmosphere and fun experienced. I worked as a volunteer behind the bar, serving quality drinks to fantastic people. I had such an extraordinary time that since then I haven’t visited a festival without getting involved.

Half a year ago I started volunteering for Nozstock as administrator and a walk-about assistant and I honestly have never met so many amazing people in one place. And the common denominator? We all love Nozstock. Apart from just looking good on your CV, volunteering at Nozstock brings you so much more. I feel like I have found my second family! My ‘non-biological’ family; where people will be there for me when I need them, where I feel at home, where you’re taught new skills through aiding in putting on the most epic festival and just the laughs, the endless laughs… Working in an environment like this stops becoming work; it becomes hobby, or maybe even passion. I would strongly recommend anyone to get involved in this festival; you won’t regret it!

Keen to volunteer?

Noz – How should one festival?

Kristian Lam-Clark Nozstock 2015 friends

Things to bring

  • Your favourite people
  • Not your best shoes – farms can be a muddy affair.
  • Socks – to keep your wellies company.
  • Decorations! To adorn both yourself and your tent.
  • A portable phone charger – unlike your festival spirit, your phone will die.
  • A money belt – to store hopes, dreams and gifts from strangers
  • Gaffa Tape- if gaffa can’t fix it, nothing can
  • Extra tent pegs.
  • Clothes that make your festi-loo experience a seamless operation (jumpsuits are quite the challenge…)
  • A light jacket – the perfect accessory to your most elaborate costume.
  • Dry shampoo (smells so good)
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Wet wipes – the efficient cousin of the shower.
  • A basic first aid kit for any minor mishaps that may occur.

Choose the right camping spot

All camping areas at Nozstock are full of fantastic folk, but finding your ideal site will mean you have a truly pitchin’ time. There is family camping if you’re bringing the little nozzers along and some areas closer to the main site for those who enjoy partaking in some fine Herefordshire Scrumpy after hours.

Respect the farm – keep it clean and green.

The last thing you want to wake up to is an unsightly site. Fill up the bin bag and recycling bag that you’ll be given when you arrive at the farm and hand it into the office (psst…you can even win tickets for next year’s festival when you do this!).

Be Noz to each other

Festivals are a treasure trove of excellent humans so treat everyone with kindness and care. Create community with your campsite neighbours and maybe you’ll meet some new compadres.

Noz-so-secrets of the Hidden Valley

At least once during the weekend, go and sit on the hill in the far field (near the carpark) and watch the sun rise – a crew favourite!

 

 

Get creative in our craft quarter…

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Our Craft Area invites you to weave a bit of magic and create beauty from all nature provides. Be wowed by the skills on show as our clever craft bods offer demonstrations of traditional techniques.  The industrious amongst you can learn a new skill or make a memento of your weekend with playful exploration of various techniques and materials. Utilising metal, wood, textiles or stone, come and be creative with the amazing workshops we have on offer.  Make hooks with our blacksmith, unique metal jewellery or dream-catchers out of willow. Learn all about knots and impress your friends by making the most spectacular wooden mushroom or welsh love spoon. Get dirty with clay and become a potter in a day with our drop in sessions.

If you are a craftsman yourself and feel like captivating The Hidden Valley with your skills then applications are still open. Get in touch with a completed application form available below.

Trader and Workshop Application 2016

Trader Application Guidance 2016

Mic assassins may apply – J5 will judge a winning MC for Nozstock

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Bonafide are joining forces with us here at Nozstock to offer an aspiring MC the chance to perform live at the festival, with the winner selected by members of the legendary Jurassic 5.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of some of the world’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention ourselves — then assemble your thoughts, pick up that microphone and inspire us!

The winner will receive two artist tickets to Nozstock, a rider for their performance, UK travel expenses covered, an interview with the team of Noz posted on the Nozstock YouTube/Instagram, and of course their chance to perform in The Hidden Valley.

To enter, please submit your best track via Youtube by midnight 30 June 2016 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Bonafide Facebook page.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to YouTube/Instagram. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• Title the video #MCNoz2016 – Your Name”
• HashTag the mix: “#MCNoz2016″. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles.
• Send your video YouTube/Instagram link via email to promotions@nozstock.com along with your real name and telephone number so we can contact you if you win.
• The shortlist will be selected by Bonafide and Nozstock curators. We will consider popularity and look at likes on social media but the final decision will be based on the quality of the individual’s performance.

It’s that simple, may the best bars win! Full terms and conditions apply.

GoCarShare and win tickets to Nozstock 2017

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Fellow Nozstockers,

It is often said that one of the defining moments of the ancient world was the discovery of the wheel. However THE defining moment of the ancient world was when we started to share the wheel with each other!

So If your driving to Nozstock this year and you have a space in your car head over to GoCarShare and see if anyone is making the same journey as you. You’ll save on petrol money, save the environment and we’ll even enter you into a draw to win a pair of tickets to Nozstock 2017!

That’s right, anyone who gives a lift or receives one to Nozstock through GoCarShare will be entered into the draw to win a pair of tickets to next years festival!

So if your stuck for a way to get to The Hidden Valley, or just looking to make a festival friend, check out GoCarShare where you will be matched with someone going the same way as you. And if you’re the winner of next years tickets we will email after the festival. What more motivation do you need to go green?

Compete to be wordsmith of the year in NozSlam!

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NozSlam!

Nozstock’s very own poetic pugilism platform is entering its third year of existence and we want YOU to join the host of awesome amateurs, poetic professionals and (even!) national champions that have graced our ears, eyes and stage over the past two years by submitting for “NOZSLAM 2016!”

In case you’ve somehow missed out the last two times round, let us break it down for you: slam is performance poetry, but with a playful competitive edge.  Poems can be funny, sad, angry, happy, political, topical, rhythmic, lyrical, dressed up in sparkly spandex leggings doing stag leaps across a pond of peanut butter… whatever it is that tickles your cerebrum, just so long as it is tickled in less than three and a half minutes! Each performance gets scored out of 10 by our five judges, the highest and lowest scores are dropped, the results are tabulated, totted up and the top scorer takes home the trophy!

If you’d like to throw your metaphorical hat in the ring, then all you need to do is make a little video of you performing your poem, and send it to nozslam@gmail.com along with your name and a description of up to 50 words to be featured alongside it by 30TH MAY!

We’ll upload all the submitted poems to the NozStock YouTube channel on 3RD JUNE where they’ll remain for the public’s viewing and VOTING pleasure until 17TH JUNE. The ten videos that receive the most YouTube ‘likes’ will be short-listed, and then it’s up to the whole NozStock team to discuss, disagree, debate, and eventually somehow decide on the five slammers (ANNOUNCED 27TH JUNE) who’ll receive FREE tickets to come and compete in the live Sunday final at this year’s NozStock Festival!

The winner of our main event slam will receive a whole host of NozStock goodies, heaps of adoration and, most importantly, a coveted spot in the Tent Of Temporary Thought line-up next year!

So whether you’ve always felt there was a poem burning in you that you’ve just gotta get out, or you’ve been doing this spoken word lark forever, it’s time to sharpen your pencil, limber up your larynx and show the world why you deserve to be NozSlam Champion 2016!

Rik & Matt

Tent Of Temporary Thought Stage Managers

P.S. If you’re stuck for inspiration or just want to see more of this slamming stupendousness – then head on over to www.youtube.com/NozstockFestival and check out entries from the last couple of years!

 

Crew Profile: Alana, Garden Stage Assistant Manager

Garden Stage Assistant Manager (Blondie in the middle) Alana Hepburn

Garden Stage Assistant Manager (Blondie in the middle) Alana Hepburn


Ahead of Noz 2016 we caught up with Alana Hepburn to find out what makes her tick during festival season. Keeping proceedings running smoothly on the Garden Stage is Alana’s forte!

What’s your number 1 festival survival tip?

Bring a hot water bottle for your tent at night – extra heat for the colder nights.

Tell us a funny festival story.

Once we had a stage invasion during Sicknote, there was about 40 people on the stage – shouting Death to unemployment! it was pretty crazy!

Have you ever been star-struck?

Not so much starstruck but was very thrilled to have meet and worked with Craig Charles for his funk and soul club performance on the garden stage.

What is it that you love about festivals?

The atmosphere, people, environment – Everything!

Got some Nozstalgia for us?

Anytime I leave my house I pass a farm in my hometown, it makes me think of Bromyard – Rowden Paddocks every time.

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

Enthusiastic. Determined. Helpful.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Every moment at Noz is my best moment!

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

Jurassic 5 – This year will be amazing! I have worked with Jurassic 5 several times before and I know they will be fantastic.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

People who pee all over the porta- toilets seats

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

Running events, working artist liaison and reppin’ gigs in Glasgow.