2016’s theme: Wonders of the Ancient World

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Winter is drawing in and 2015’s intergalactic fun may be beginning to seem like a beautiful dream – but never fear, Nozfans! Summer is on the horizon and preparations are already underway for Nozstock 2016. Next year’s dose of farm frolics is set to take place between the 22nd and 24th of July 2016, so get booking your time off and planning your costumes.

Speaking of which, it is our great honour to reveal the official theme for Nozstock 2016. Votes were cast, suggestions were made, arguments were had – but only one could come out on top: Wonders of the Ancient World. We’ll have you donning togas, walking like Egyptians. moving like Mayans and battling it out like gladiators before you know it, all set in Bromyard’s answer to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  Expect to see pyramids, colosseums, and the best of the ancient civilisations decorating the skyline of our humble farm – and keep your eyes peeled for more ticket announcements and line-up info further along the line to see you through the winter months …

Win tickets to Nozstock 2016

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Got anything to say about your 2015 festival experiences? Every year the Association of Independent Festivals surveys festiheads across the country to find the latest trends in festival travel, sustainability, eating habits and audience opinions. Fill in the survey below to be in with a chance of winning tickets to Nozstock 2016: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJKTLKT

Vote for Nozstock

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Nozstock could win many a prize… 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 only if you vote for them! It’s that time of year again, the nominations for the UK Festival Awards are out and gee have we cashed in. With a grand total of five nominations we’re raring to enter the race and bag ’em all. Never fear, all votes are weighted by the festival size so we have just as much of a chance of winning as the festival giants.

As a tasty incentive for you, all voters are entered into the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award. Summer hook up or what! Old hats, you know the drill, Nozstock newbies take note; vote Nozstock: The Hidden Valley for the winner of Best Small Festival, the Grass Roots Award, Best Family Festival, Best Dance Event and of course most importantly… Best Toilets.

Voting is live now and will run until Sunday 25th October here:  http://www.festivalawards.com/vote-now/

THANK YOU!

Sweet Charity

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Well Nozstockers, we think it’s time to give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back and bask in your do gooding smugness…

We are very pleased to tell you that thanks to your support our official charities have done better than ever in 2015. The 450 of you who took a break from the festival hive and visited The Yeleni Healing Zone for a massage over the weekend have helped to raise £2165 which will go towards helping those with cancer and chronic illness. Thank you! It’s a massive boost for Yeleni. You can learn more about what they do here.

The foodies amongst you have been at it as well. Those who indulged in a delicious treat from The Chicken Cow Café have helped to raise £622 for Water Aid. That money will be used to help transform lives by improving access to water and sanitation.

We also need to thank all those who got involved with the Human Fruit Machine and supported The Music Pool’s Livewire performance on The Bandstand and the OMG Herefordshire performance on The Garden Stage. Last but not least a big shout out to all of our Oxfam Stewards. Through working at Nozstock Oxfam are able to provide 91 midwives, 52 cows or 4,200 school books. Festival stewarding is fun, but the money raised is serious, and your support saves lives.

Who would have thought festivalling could feel so good? 🙂

WOW!! Thank you, what a belter!

Thank you 2015

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to each and every last one of you.

To all the artists, traders, crew + our crazy loyal punters who all danced and sang the weekend away – YOU ALL ROCK!

Loads of pics coming soon Nozzers, in the meantime, please share your favourite bits with us here.

Photo by: Matt Allsop – http://www.mattallsop.com/

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Jiggy Stardust …

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Calling all Starmen, Starwomen, Starboys-and-girls!

One of our newer Nozstock traditions – this’ll be the third year in a row – is our good ol’ fashioned Sunday Flash Mob. In 2013 you Dolly Parton’d with the best of ‘em, in 2014 you Got It On as Marc Bolan, and who better to emulate in 2015’s space odyssey than the Man who Fell to Earth himself … monsieur David Bowie, the original rock ‘n’ roll alien.

We had to call someone, so we picked you, our loyal Nozzers – we’ll need you to turn up to Bluebell End (the wooden decking down by The Dingle by any other name) at 15:30 on the Sunday of the festival to get made up in your Ziggy Stardust finest before we troop over to the Bandstand at 16:00 with the rest of the Spiders from Mars for a cosmos-shaking performance of ‘Starman’.

If you’re feeling a little shy, why not come along to support your starmates – it might just blow your minds!

Bring along anything sparkly, spangly or downright spacey you might have on hand to perfect that gender-bending hot-tramp chic.

What’s that sound drifting across the farm? That ain’t no DJ (for once…) it’s the hazy cosmic jive of the Nozstock crew warming up for what promises to be an out-of-this-world flash mob …

Rock down to Celebritree Avenue…

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Mr B’s Celebritree…

Before delighting you with his elegant rhymes about cricket, high society and pipe smoking, Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer has agreed to lay down his banjolele, gracefully remove his tweed jacket and ever so elegantly roll up his sleeves. Why you might ask? Well being the gentleman that he is, Mr.B has charmingly agreed to get his hands dirty (perhaps for the first time…) and join us at Celebritree Avenue! This is the place where Nozstockers can see the stars of the show showing us their concern for our carbon wellyprint by planting a tree. A tree that we are sure will grow to be as well dressed as the man who planted it! By doing this Mr.B will be joining a list of other greats including Molotov Jukebox, The Electric Swing Circus and The Proclaimers who’ve all planted a tree at the star studded Celebritree Avenue.

 

Travelling to Noz – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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To make it nice and easy we’ve got a one-stop page where you can find all the travel info on how to get to Nozstock including:

* Pre booked coaches from London, Bristol, Hereford and Worcester.

* National Rail train information

* Car share with GoCarShare

* Parking

* Free shuttle bus from Bromyard

* Local Buses

So whether you’re coming to Nozstock by car, coach or train be sure to check out our travel page here for all the info.

#PlayNoz 2015 competition in partnership with Gigslutz

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Nozstock and Gigslutz band competition open for 2015!

Reckon your tunes have what it takes to captivate a crowd? Are your friends telling you you’re going to be the next big thing? Well, we want to hear from you! Here at Noz HQ we have teamed up with Gigslutz, for your chance to win a slot on our main stage!

Yes – you heard it right, you could be up there with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Martha Reeves, Fuse ODG, Neville Staple and The Mouse Outfit!

On top of this, Gigslutz will feature an interview with the winning band on their website and do a session and interview for GSTV at the festival too, plus we’ll throw in free weekend tickets, food and drink and cover your travel.

To be in with a chance of winning, please submit your best track via our SoundCloud Group by midnight Sunday 21st June 2015 following these simple steps:

1. Through your bands Soundcloud account (if you don’t have one, sign up here), upload your best track to the #Playnoz 2015 with Gigslutz group on Soundcloud here.
* Your track should be labelled in this format: “PlayNoz2015 – ARTIST NAME – Track Name”.
* This has to be a fresh upload, so the track starts at 0 likes.
* No covers please, original tracks only

2. Tweet Gigslutz and Nozstock to let us know you have entered with a link to more information on your band. This could be a Facebook or website link.
Use this format: Hey @Gigslutz_ @Nozstock we’ve entered the #PlayNoz2015 competition! HTTP://WWW.YOURLINKHERE.COM/

Only bands that follow both steps of the submission process will be considered for the competition. It’s that simple!

Public voting will then open from 9am Monday 22nd June 2015 and will close on midnight Sunday 28th June 2015.

The top 5 artists with the most likes on their song will then be put forward to a panel of judges from Gigslutz and Nozstock who will then pick a winner.
(This will be judged on song merit and which artist is most suited to the festival.)

Please read carefully the full Ts + Cs and how to apply by clicking here.

Entries have to be in by midnight Sunday 21st June 2015 so get uploading!

 

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…