Nozstock named Best Festival in The Shire

Big shout out to everyone involved in the Visit Herefordshire Awards 2016 where we were thrilled to be named Best Festival (Commercial) in Herefordshire.  It was the cherry on top of a lovely afternoon at Eastnor Castle with some absolutely amazing organisations. Congratulations to all the very worthy winners and a massive thanks from all of the Nozstock crew for the support and recognition. The award has pride of place on Noz’s desk, right next to his treasured photo of Andy C. Here’s a photo of our site manager Rob, collecting the award…

Rob winner

Nozstock receives a bronze Attitude is Everything award

Nozstock is very pleased to announce it has been awarded the Bronze Level on the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that focuses on improving access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

To qualify for Charter status, live music venues and festivals must demonstrate exemplary access provision and an on-going commitment to improving accessibility for their deaf and disabled customers. With over 100 music venues and festivals already committed to the Charter, from large-scale events such as  Glasto, Latitude and The 02 as well as small-sized venues and now us, we’re all super chuffed! We did it!

Izzy smiling Orchard Stage

So what was Noz specifically recognised for you may be asking? Here’s the lowdown…

  • Exceptional pre-event website information, including detailed photos and descriptions of the terrain, an accessibility breakdown of each stage and a social story so customers with autism or learning disabilities can understand what to expect at the festival.
  • A dedicated and stewarded accessible campsite with easy access to the area, welfare tent, parking and food & concession stands.
  • A viewing platform, accessible toilets and additional tickets for personal assistants at no extra cost.

Commenting on the award, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said:

“We’re really pleased to welcome Nozstock onto the Charter as they are a fantastic example of how a festival can overcome a challenging festival site and provide brilliant access through detailed pre-event information, a dedicated access team and a great attitude.   Today’s award is a testament to the Nozstock team’s outstanding level of engagement around accessibility and we look forward to supporting them to move up the Charter in future years.”

Ella Nosworthy, Big Chief AKA Creative Director of Nozstock, added:

“Everyone at Nozstock is absolutely delighted to have gained the bronze award from Attitude is Everything. With difficult terrain on site we weren’t sure what we could do to improve our accessibility but the support Attitude Is Everything have provided us in order to get to this level has been invaluable. It just goes to show that simple improvements can make all the difference to our visitors and attitude is indeed everything!”

Read some more about how the wonderful hidden valley of Nozstock how it bagged itself a bronze here.


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!

Cabinet of Lost Secrets nominated in AIF’s Festival Congress Awards…

‘Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you.
If you dare to explore, they will show you the doors to your darker side……the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored.’

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

What can we say folks? We all know of your twisted love for the curious, weird and whacky and now so does the rest of the festival world! Our very own perpetrators of the illusive strangeness, Clik Clik Collective have been nominated for Unique Festival Arena by the Association of Independent Festivals. The Cabinet of Lost Secrets drew in the hoards with their underground lair of madness, animal residents and secret chambers of oddity. They delighted and dazzled with secret interactive performances, installations and artistic prowess. Hailed by reviewers as having “unprecedented madness” (Summer Festival Guide) tales of the Cabinet will live on through time for all those intergalactic warriors who discovered its treats…

Kate Cox, Clik Clik’s Director/Producer said “Influenced from many years of sniffing out weird and secret spaces, I’m thrilled that the Cabinet is nominated for this award.  A big ‘woop’ for the whole ‘Cabinet of Lost Secrets’ crew who gave everything to make it come to life!”

Keep your peepers peeled for the winners announcement at the Festival Congress Awards on the 5th November, and keep your fingers and paws crossed for the fantastic Clik Clik Collective.