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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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…

Sophie Wheat Phaded - Nozstock 2015 crafty leather

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!

NozSlam 2016


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!

 

A sonic explosion at Noz 2016 – live acts for every appetite!

Live acts round up blog

Nozstock is a festival for everyone. No matter how old or young you are, whether you’re into reggae or indie, want to discover new bands and explore unusual sounds or just dance until you can’t feel your feet anymore, The Hidden Valley has something for every appetite and we’ve picked out a few acts for you to prove it!

Expect a huge range of music on the Orchard stage – from multi-instrumental extravaganzas to ska/ Britpop bands and ragey punk, there will be something to please each and every member of your gang!

Speaking of variety, we couldn’t help but begin with Slamboree. Described as “the perfect festival band” by Louder than War, Slamboree are a spectacular act, second to none. The 15-piece ensemble of theatrical artists and musicians haven’t released an album yet, but they have a strong presence on the UK festival circuit, building a loyal fanbase with their extravagant live shows. Their sound is a one-of-a-kind mash-up of electronic dance music, drum n’ bass, swing, and gypsy.

London-based Buster Shuffle, are coming to Nozstock with their brand new catchy album ‘Naked’. Their love for Britpop and ska is expressed through this album in its most complete form. Buster Shuffle have travelled all over Europe playing sold-out gigs and festivals. In the UK they have toured with the likes of The Holloways, The Wombats, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Chas ‘n’ Dave. This band is clearly doing what they love and we can’t wait to see them do what they do best.

The Lovely Eggs are a garage-pop duo from Lancaster expected to shake things up with their angry, girly vocals, loud guitars and surreal lyrics. They have built a reputation for their live shows, playing from squats in Europe and charity shops in Leeds, to SxSW in Austin, Texas and a two-month tour of America. They have produced four albums gaining much support from BBC 6 Music while their last record, ‘This is Our Nowhere, received 8/10 in the NME.

Over at the Garden stage there is a little surprise for reggae lovers! Shanty represent the classic roots of reggae, but the soulful vocals of Sam Raywood breath a freshness that makes their sound truly modern.

Deep in the Cabinet of Lost Secrets, Collective 43 are Nozstock regulars, returning for the third time with their playful and engaging live show. They draw inspiration from New Orleans street bands while bringing in swing, funk, ragtime and dub references. With eight to 14 members performing, this multi-instrumental congregation will make the Cabinet of Lost Secrets the place to be!

At the Bandstand you will discover up-and-coming indie acts that’ll make you wonder why you’ve never heard of them! Nottingham is a city with a thriving underground scene and its new export, Kagoule is robust proof of that. Described as “ferocious noise-makers”, Kagoule produce a sound that entails widespread alternative rock references, but remains, as yet, unspecified. They have supported bands such as The Wytches, Iceage and Drenge and played last year’s BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival.

Cardiff can take pride in Houdini Dax. These three young lads have been playing together since school and they’ve become a hit booking across this summer’s festival calendar.  They bring a fresh take on the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, while their energy on stage will definitely get you moving!

Some of the best UK and international live bands will appear on our stages promising to make this year’s Nozstock unforgettable! If you’d like to explore more acts check out our hip-hop and DnB picks or dive into our full line up here!

 

The buffest DnB line up.

Goldie Randall DJ Marky Dub Phizix dnb at Nozstock

Our music team have been working like the clappers to bring you the tidiest DnB line up of the year.

As well as mammoth sets on the way from Friction ft. Linguistics, Dimension, Rene LaVice and The Prototypes, there’s a whole host of seminal turntablists representing at Noz this year. We thought we’d pick out a few highlights to whet your appetite!

This guy really needs no introduction; Goldie is a household name when it comes to drum ‘n’ bass and jungle. Since the start of his career in ’91, Goldie has performed at some of the biggest and best music venues and festivals across the planet. His first release, in ’92, was released under his alias ‘Ruffige Kru,’ and his calling card landed in ’94 when he started his own label, the world-renowned ‘Metalheadz’. The label has represented artists such as Dillinja, Total Science, and the late Diane Charlamaine. Goldie has his own style and his passion for music is apparent, resulting in him being awarded a MBE earlier this year by the Queen herself for services to music and young people, (Go Goldie!). Last year he brought his first show of the legendary album ‘Timeless’ to life, performing it with the Heritage Orchestra at sell-out shows across the country. This year is his eagerly awaited and unmissable debut appearance at The Hidden Valley. All hail Goldie!

Randall has been on the jungle scene for a whopping 24 years, a true pioneer of rave culture. His collaborations with other artists include legends DJ Hype, Andy C and Jumping Jack Frost. Randall’s sets are a fusion of DnB rollers and ‘ruff ‘n’ ready’ jungle- definitely one for the old school heads! Catch him tearing up the Garden Stage over the weekend.

This year we welcome the infamous DJ Marky! Hailing from Sau Paulo, Brazil, this guy is guarenteed to get your feet moving with his unique trademark style. With cult classics such as ‘LK’ and ‘Yellow Shoes’ under his belt, its no wonder people flock to see him play. Joined this year by the legendary MC GQ, Marky’s set will be a gud’un for sure, so sing it with us now- ‘It’s the waaaay!’

Back by popular demand, Dub Phizix returns to the farm this year, joined by one of the best UK MC’s around, Strategy. Dub Phizix smashed up the dance in 2012 with his set in The Cubicles, and we’re sure it’l be the same story with this deadly duo on the Garden Stage this year. With an unmistakeable style and catchy as anything tunes, such as ‘Marka’ and ‘I’m a creator’- this set is sure to go down a storm.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

Our other amazing acts include; Ulterior Motive b2b Jubei, Amoss, Teddy Killerz, Jaguar Skills, Rockwell, Xtrah & Stealth, Uncle Dugs, Octo Pi and more. So get your skankin’ shoes on, stretch those hamstrings and get ready for the best weekend of the year!!

To see the full Cubicles line up click here and check out the Garden Stage here.

Second wave of acts joining us in The Hidden Valley…

Deep in the Hidden Valley, we’ve been working hard to pull together some very special additions to the line-up, giving you a shiny horizon of musical motivation as we enter spring…

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Our first group needs no introduction, The Skints are legendary for their fusion of reggae, ska and hip hop. If the smooth sounds of jazz with an edge of rockabilly are more your flavour, the feisty Imelda May is going to wow you with her truly unique vocals.

To keep your feet moving as we enter the night, we present Jaguar Skills, famous for his stunning mixes of genre crossing sounds and his mysterious absence of identity. Meanwhile, icon of the London club scene, Goldie will be giving us a chance to see why his renowned label Metalheadz has recently earned him an MBE and from the not so far away land of Bristol, is My Nu Leng to mesmerise us with a blistering set and dark, smouldering vibes.

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Over in Laughing Stock we’ve picked the cream of comedic talent to get your sides-a-splittin’. Henning Wehn, German comedy ambassador to the U.K and hilarious TV regular skewers the British way of life with aplomb. He’s joined by one half of Lee and Herring and star of BBC2s ‘Fist of Fun’ the stellar Richard Herring plus the outlandish and eccentric funny man Phil Kay.

Other heavy weight acts we’ve handpicked for you include Buster Shuffle, a cockney ska band with a rock and roll twist, The Lounge Kittens, a charming and cheeky trio, will a unique take on tunes that span genres from jazz to metal. We’ve also got a band known for their gorilla get up, The King Kong Company, who’ve been likened to the heavy bass sounds of Dreadzone combined with the hypnotic rhythms of The Chemical Brothers.

Plus hip-hop heavyweights SIKA studios return to The Bullpen with a tasty urban music line up topped off with the likes of Klashnekoff and Devilman, Tribe of Frog announce their headliners OOOD and Illegal Machines and The Blast return to The Bullpen bringing with them the likes of Sir Spyro and President T.

We’ve also got Uncle Dugs, Dutty Moonshine, Benjamin Yellowitz, Subculture Sage, Idles, Anchorsong, Funke and The Two Tone Baby and Seas of Mirth to name but a few! Check out our line up pages for more details and we’ll see you in just 106 days Nozzers!

Win a set in The Hidden Valley with our #DJNoz2016 competition

Think your DJ skills deserve a bigger stage than your bedroom?

Our annual competition for up and coming turntable talent returns in collaboration with Data Transmission.

We’re on the lookout for a DJ to get our bass-lovers bouncing at the festival this year, playing a set in the Cubicles, which this year boasts the likes of Friction, Dimension, Rene Lavice, The Prototypes and many more.  You’ll get 2 free weekend tickets to the festival and Data Transmission will do an exclusive interview with the winner, to be seen by their trusted readers, tweeters and Facebook troop. We’ll even throw in travel expenses and some food and drink in the dressing room, ’cause we’re nice like that.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 20 May 2016 following these simple steps:

  1. ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  2. Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  3. Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2016 – Your Name
  4. Tag the mix: “DJNoz2016 ”. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  5. Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description.
  6. Add tracklist.
  7. Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  8. Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission. All entrants must be based in the UK and available 22-24 July 2016. For full T&Cs and application info check out this page.

If you want to take a look at Data Transmission’s interview with last year’s winner, DKN, head over to their site.

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear your submissions!


Mike Hale DJNoz2016