Jurassic 5 @ Nozstock: The Hidden Valley

This weekend, we saw something truly inspirational and extraordinary! Jurassic 5 made Nozstock: The Hidden Valley their own. Being one of the headliners, Jurassic 5 we’re clearly ready to be the stars of the show and did so in such an inspirational way. IMG_0984

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a Festival in Herefordshire, West Midlands, which attracted thousands of music fans over the weekend to see hundreds of acts over a number of stages. With the likes of Jurassic 5 and Imelda May headlining, it holds a great variation of music genres for every music lovers taste. The Hidden Valley really encapsulates the festival-goer and takes them into a wonderful world of their own interpretation. Like we always say, no two people will ever have the same experience at a festival. Line up’s can be great or a bit lack-luster in everyone’s opinion. But its what the festival goer and the performing acts make of it, that truly leaves a lasting impression.

Jurassic 5 took to the main stage to finish the day off and blew the roof off Nozstock. With nothing but stars in the sky, lit up by the incredibly and well-deserved light show seen on stage, Jurassic 5 made their interpretation of The Hidden Valley come to life in front of thousands of people’s eyes. Huge vocals, deep beats. Sounds of all variations clashing together to bring different people together as one. Towards the end of their set they thanked the festival-goers for such an unforgettable moment. They greeted fans who had the pleasure of watching their performance with signing of foreheads to T-Shirts and everything in-between.

IMG_0971It is only after the main headline act had finished Jurassic
5 really brought the festival’s main aims together. They brought the crowd together. A secret gig kicked off, and where better to do a secret gig than Nozstock in The Hidden Valley. They showed that MC’ing isn’t just for the acts and that the crowd should be encouraged to come on stage and give it a go.

Maybe even the next Eminem was born over the weekend?

But iIMG_0846t’s the end of the secret gig that gets us. In times like this, where we see things happening the world, that we don’t want to see. It is a true inspiration what Jurassic 5 did. As a band they’re an inspiration to many and used their voices to motivate and enlighten people of their self worth. Akil made a speech emphasizing how important each and every person is. “If you find your self in life being told you are nothing and find that people don’t respect you,”, He said, “Then you wake up, look in a mirror and tell your self that you are somebody.”.

All in chant, ‘I AM… SOMEBODY!’. All together as one. Not a crowd and Jurassic 5. But a collection of, somebody’s.

If this isn’t what music is about, then we simply do not know.

IMG_1016Jurassic 5:

“I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY”

Written by Stephen McMahon from IndieCentralMusic [http://indiecentralmusic.com/jurassic-5-nozstock/]

Photography by Conor Irvine from CSI Photography [http://www.csi-photography.co.uk

Honourable citizens of Noz – we thank you for your presence!

Charlie Rimmer - crowd at Garden Stage


Friends, Romans, countrymen … time to kick off your gladiator sandals, hang up your togas, put your sword and shield in storage for the winter and have yourself a nice sit down. Pop the kettle on. Bribe your mates to fan you with leaves and feed you grapes. You deserve it. Because, Nozzers, you smashed it out of the blimmin’ park this year.

From the littl’uns wowing us all with their arty crafty creations in the Kids Area to the dedicated partytroopers keeping the neighbouring cows awake til the wee small hours, each and every one of you brought a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings. Repeat offenders and brand-spanking-newbies all coming together as thousands of threads in the beautiful tapestry of Nozstock, if you will.

All of us here at NozHQ thought this year’s crowd was the most chilled, friendly and fun-hungry we’ve had in yonks – not to mention the Sun Dance shapes you were all pulling helped keep the rain at bay for the weekend. We make you earn your keep down here on the farm …

As ever, credit where credit is due to the acts who kept you on your feet and/or on the edge of your seat, as well as to the traders who kept the Nozstock army marching, fed and sharply attired, and to the hordes of volunteers who descended on the farm to keep it clean, safe and sparkly for you all to do your thang in.

If you’re looking to give us a little token of your appreciation for the weekend you’ve just had – or if your Nozstock wasn’t quite up to standard and you want to let us know – please have a click on our Nozstock 2016 feedback form. There’s £100 of Amazon vouchers up for grabs for one lucky entrant to sweeten the deal.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks for photographic evidence of your time on the farm – to keep you going through those lonely winter nights when Nozstock 2016 begins to seem like a distant dream. Don’t worry folks, we’ll be back before you know it – see you in 2017…

Check out a few photo highlights right now.

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

martine

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?

Mix of the Millennium: J5 meets BBC Radio 6 Music

DJ Nu-Mark BBC 6 Mix

Here on the farm it’s fair to say that we love a good ol’ playlist to jam along to. Whether it’s Ella listening to the Spice Girls or Farmer Noz listening to a heavy dnb mix there’s always a tune a’ playing.

To get you in the mood for a festy, the irrepressible DJ Nu-Mark has teamed up with Tom Ravenscroft to get y’all excited for a Nozstock extravaganza. Pulling up the brakes on BBC Radio 6 Music,  one sixth of the dynamite hip hop crew; the supreme, the ultimate Jurassic 5, has produced an exclusive mix for the good old beebs.

With tunes from legendaries such as The Sugarhill Gang, A-Skills, Mobb Deep, Krafty Kutz and Bowie (Rest in Rock Star Peace) Nu-Mark’s guest mix is just the ticket for those summer vibes and Noz jitterbugs. Ch..ch..ch..check it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07g8n71

Catch you on the flippity flop Nu-Mark!

 

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.

2016: First line up announcement!

All ye welcome to the Ancient World of Nozstock! It’s happened, that day is here and we’ve got one helluva line up for you to sink your nashers into… fanfare please…

We’ve only gone and got the Mesozoic, the major MCs, the massive JURASSIC 5. From the concrete streets of California to the grassy knolls of Rowden Paddocks, J5 will be rockin something fierce. For hardcore dub lovers, Gentleman’s Dub Club have a reputation for delivering the most fast-paced and energetic shows and after headlining our Garden stage in 2011, the Noz team are ear to ear chuffed to welcome Foreign Beggars back.

Manchester-based producer Dub Phizix and Strategy promise to bring the bad juju to the farm whilst self-acclaimed “Pyro-Circus Rave Massive”; Slamboree, are a one-of-a-kind ensemble. Bouncing onto the Orchard stage for a stomper of a 2 tone ska set; The Stiff Joints have swooped onto the festival scene and are not leaving in a hurry. They’re joined on The Orchard Stage by those bedraggled gentleman, Tankus The Henge, with a sound that draws from everything from rock and ragtime to reggae and blues. Not forgetting, the funky, one man beat-box harmonica eruption that is Son of Dave and if raccous, swaggering New Orleans sound is your thing than don’t miss The Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Presenting Dr Syntax with Pete Cannon on the ones and twos. Sound system massive: Channel Ones fusion of dub and reggae tops the heavyweight championships, get ready to get down. 25 year DJ champion Randall bring riddims both archaic and new school. Fed on a diet of pureed swan and old-fashioned British madness, Professor Elemental will be doing something weird we’re sure. Repping from our beloved Bristol; Split Prophets are a hip-hop collective with a lot to say and not forgetting 3 times UK DMC champion JFB  and veteran reggae wonder Solo Banton.

Over in The Rave Yard, multi-award winning Friction will smash the Cubicles whilst DJ Marky will have you old school dnb lovers on your feet. Comin’ straight atcha from London town is Dimension. He may be young but that says nothing for his prowess behind the decks. At the top of their game, we’ve also got, Ulterior Motive b2b with Jubei, Rene LaVice with Stapleton and The Prototypes sweeping in with an unprecedented level of bass face. Teddy Killerz’ glitchy drum and bass adds a zesty twist for you shape throwers whilst further action comes from Rockwell and a back-to-back set with Xtrah and Stealth.

We’ve also got the amazing Eva Lazarus, Harlieghblu, Jenna and The Gs, The Lovely Eggs, Kagoule, Houdini Dax, Youth Man, Shanty, Castles, Amoss, Octo Pi, Sam Redmore, Beatwell and so much more! Check out our line up page for full details on what’s in store for you in The Hidden Valley. And remember, there’s more to come…

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