Crew profile: Adele, admin powerhouse

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

Office manager Adele with her twin Sarah and other Nozstock lovelies Beth and Ffion.

We caught up with Adele, our info team queen, who spends her Nozstock weekend keeping you informed and ready for anything…

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

Determined, Excited. Amazed.

Tell us about your best festival moment.

Highlights have been The Jim Jones Revue a couple of years ago on the Orchard Stage, The Keys on the Bandstand in 2014, and any time The Correspondents play!

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

The Pixes and or PJ Harvey.

Do you have any pet peeves at festivals!?

I hate the long walk from your tent to the car in big festivals, especially when you are packing up and leaving!

What are your thoughts on the future of the festival industry?

Its really tough to be a successful festival, there are so many out there competing with each other. But everyone loves a good festival, so long may it continue!

Is Nozstock what you expected it to be after 17 years?

I haven’t been here since the very beginning, like some of the hard-core crew members! But I am very proud to be a part of it now. From being a punter to part of the crew, as the festival has grown, has made me feel like I am really part of something special.

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

I live in London with my boyfriend, who is the Orchard Stage Manager. We are very lucky to live in London and have loads of music on our doorstep, which we are always exploring! And I work for a festival bar company so I know my way around a few now!

And finally, what three things are always in your Noz survival kit?

Coffee. My duvet. My team!

Nozstock Survival Kit: A designer’s profile

We had a great time sifting through all the fabulous submissions for this years t-shirt competition but there was one that stood out; the cream of the crop-circle. The merchandise this year was out of this world and you’re surely wearing your hoodies wondering who fashioned these fantastic designs. Well, let us put your mind to rest! We caught up with Leanne to tell us a little about herself and her big win.

Hi Leanne. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am a graphic communication student and freelance designer from Worcester and I designed one graphic for the 2015 official Nozstock merchandise.

We loved your design! Whats your process?Tshirts-all

The communication of messages and emotions is the most important aspect of being a graphic designer. So is knowing and understanding the brand, ethos and audiences, and thinking about how to meet the criteria in a visually exciting and interesting form.

That all sounds very scholarly. Where did you learn all the theory?

I am currently starting my third year of my degree, Graphic Communication at the University of South Wales. It’s helped me to develop and find myself as a designer. I have been lucky enough to work with several design companies as well as freelancing on projects creating designs for print, websites and re-branding. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to contribute a design to this year’s merchandise – it gave me an opportunity to be really creative. I was ecstatic to win!

You totally captured the theme! How did you come up with the design?

I loved the concept of ‘Guide to the Galaxy’, it really helped me get in the creative zone! I liked the idea of a checklist of everything you‘d need to survive and navigate in space, time and the galaxy. A lot of my inspiration came from ‘The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy’, with all the weird and wonderful life lessons communicated throughout the book. I also tried to encapsulate things you would need in space with items you would need for the festival itself. They all have double meanings.

Oo, multi-dimensional! So what’s the meaning of life?

Well that represents the date of the festival; when you can begin the process of planning your weekend! I wanted to illustrate all the exciting parts of the festival journey, from discovering it and getting ready, to arriving and exploring the Hidden Valley! They aren’t necessarily obvious when you look at the design but there’s hidden meanings in there; video calling relates to contacting every person you want to take with you, the spaceship is your transport to the festival, etc.

So, what was the best part of winning?

Being at the festival this year and seeing people buying and wearing my design was mind-blowing. It was really exciting meeting people wearing a t-shirt who tell you they love it. It is at that time you know that you have designed something great!

You sure did! 

I had such a great time this year, I can’t wait to come back. I’ve already had a few thoughts about some new designs, so…watch this space!

Galactic greatness: Nozstock in photos

Photo credit: Lulu Harrison

Huge thanks to a plethora of fabulous photographers who captured the wonder that was Nozstock 2015….

See their sets on Nozstock’s Flickr >>> 

DE LA SOUL TO REPLACE WU-TANG CLAN AFTER CANCELLATION OF EUROPEAN TOUR

It is with massive regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our Saturday night headliner, Wu-Tang Clan.

We’re really disappointed to drop this bombshell on everyone and suffice to say the crew here are seriously heartbroken that Wu can’t make it. For many of us it was going to be the highlight of our weekend and we are crestfallen that Wu-Tang Clan are going to be missing out on one of the best audiences they could ever wish for. You guys! We have received no specific reason for the cancellation of the rest of their tour and are without control to enforce their attendance at Nozstock. We are told we will receive an official cancellation announcement from their management by the end of this week, which we will share with you.
In the same breath, we have to say a massive thank you to De La Soul for agreeing to take to the Orchard Stage in their place. We’re really excited to have them here and to have them step up on such short notice.
For over 20 years they have rocked us with their De La songs full of inscrutable samplings, whimsically irreverent lyrics, social commentary, light rhythm and laid back rhymes. They have gained respect within and outside the hip-hop community with their contributions to rap, as well as jazz, funk, soul and alternative genres. Not only are their musical innovations acclaimed and respected worldwide, but they paved a path for many alternative rap groups to come after them.

De La Soul

As per our terms & conditions, tickets are non-refundable as the festival is sold as a whole experience. Please check here for the full ticket terms & conditions. Please do not contact our office or ticket team to request a refund as we will be unable to oblige. We understand that this will be frustrating for some of you but we hope the new bookings will go some way to compensating.
As you know Nozstock is a homegrown, grassroots festival full of colour and wonder. The programme is crammed full with hundreds of the most astounding, incredible and inspiring artists on this planet. The site is looking mind-blowingly intergalactic and downright super-spacey. We also have so many other exciting performances happening over the weekend, we know we’re going to take your brain to another dimension.
It’s time to buckle up and step aboard the Starship Noz, have an exhilarating time with new and old friends, live in the moment and look forward to having one of the best weekends of your life!  As ever, more than anything, Noz is about it’s heart… and at the centre of ours is YOU, our crazy, beautiful and amazing punters.
Thanks for your undying support and your understanding with this change in the programming so late in the day.
Phasers set to fun, astronauts!
If you wish to discuss this news further, please email info@nozstock.com

Pair of tickets for the ultimate sci-fi impression…

Nozstock have joined up with Wye Valley Brewery to share a pair of Nozstock tickets to whoever can pull off the most inspired, innovative and downright hilarious sci-fi character impression of all time.

That’s right – are you a yodelling Yoda, a dithering Dalek, a voluptuous Vogon or a heuristically programmed HAL 9000? Take this opportunity to shine in a resplendent other-worldly starlight, good humans of earth.

Ffion a la 5th Element

Photo, costume & model: Ffion Nolwenn Roberts

To enter, prepare your hilarious photo or video and post it via YouTube, Instagram or Twitter tagging it with the hashtag #nozstar – the winning image or performance selected by Wye Valley Brewery and Nozstock will be shared across the multitude of Nozstock social media, posted in a blog on the website and the winner gets two freebies to this year’s festival. Join the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Beardyman, DJ Hype, Neville Staple Band, Hospitality and so many more in this interstellar adventure.

Deadline for all entries: 13 July 2015

Have a gander here for the full terms & conditions for entering Nozstock competitions.

Make it so.

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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!

Remember to be the first to hear all our news and updates subscribe to our newsletter HERE (see the purple box on the right) and maybe you could look as happy as this guy….

Photo by Richard Aldred

Photo by Richard Aldred

Share your insights @The Festival Congress

Message from the

WHAT ABOUT THE FANS?

If you have attended a festival in the UK or internationally this season, AIF want to hear from you.

There will be a panel at the Festival Congress in Cardiff on 18 October, for which we need contribution from festival attendees.
To apply to participate in the panel discussion and win a free conference and after party ticket to The Festival Congress, fill out this FORM.

This audience focused panel will explore: What makes the best experience of a festival, both in the UK and overseas? Are fans loyal to one festival? How important is the music line-up now? How important are additional activities and immersive elements? Has technology changed the way that people interact with festivals? What are the key issues fans face? What makes a dream festival scenario? What do you love and hate about festivals? What changes and improvements would you like to see from organisers?

The Festival Congress is a two-day conference and celebration taking place in Cardiff (17 – 18 Oct), featuring top festival/music industry speakers Rob da Bank (Bestival), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Jude Kelly (Southbank Centre), Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury Festival) and many more. Info available on the website.

 

Will Mason Jones

Will Mason Jones

A little tasty teaser for you…

Alright festivalites! To get everyone in the party spirit and to welcome the spring back into our step, Nozstock The Hidden Valley bring you a tasty launch party to get your teeth into.

We’ll be taking over one of Cardiff’s most exciting venues, slap bang in the middle of the action, and there’ll be some exclusive performances from some of the UK’s hottest acts.

Alongside an array of festival surprises, Bristol’s favourite exports DUB MAFIA bring their 100% live dance experience to Cardiff Arts Institute. Fusing dub, drum and bass and dubstep in epic proportions, this is one live show not to be missed. With support from Renegade Hardware’s most recent signing AMOSS and an array of talent from across the South West, including Nozstock’s very own OCTO PI and TENZ, Cardiff favourites SHANTI BASS ALL STARS and one of the South West’s biggest hosts MC REMIDY. Shimmy on down to Wales for this, the first in a series of launch events to welcome in the fun and frolics in store at Nozstock The Hidden Valley.



Since forming in November 2009 Dub Mafia have attracted global attention. The high energy 100% live dance act has had an incredible first year, playing shows and festivals across the UK and Europe, including appearances at 2010’s Boomtown and Secret Garden Party. This unique act boast an incredible live set up and sound, and have widespread appeal, which attracts both dance music and live band lovers alike.

Drum and Bass duo Andy and James, a.k.a. AMOSS, represent all that is best about the deeper side of drum and bass business. These guys boast support from the likes of Spectrasoul, Loxy, Teebee, Ulterior Motive and Doc Scott and back all this up with guest mixes for the likes of Mix Mag and forthcoming releases with one of the industry’s leading labels Renegade Hardware.

Come and join us on April 15th at the Cardiff Arts Institute for some serious stimulation. Let’s make it a worthy warm up for the oncoming summer shenanigans. Bring your party-hard shoes kids.

* Tickets not available in advance. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. *