2019 volunteer applications now open!

With our line-up announcement just a few weeks away, Spring rolling in just around the corner it’s about time we open our volunteer applications for 2019! We were inundated last year with so many of you eager to lend a hand so if you want to join us down the yellow brick road make sure you get your apps in now!

Want to work over the weekend and still get time off to enjoy the festival? Join our stewarding, bar or sales teams at the 21st edition of Noztock The Hidden Valley for absolutely free! Fill in an application form now…

If you’re interested in joining our long term repeat offenders  crew with our pre- and post-show opps, then check out our join the team page for details of longer term roles. Want to put your stamp on the farm? Handy with a paintbrush? Whizz with a camera? Got what it takes to schmooze our traders, manage our theatre, or keep the festival running safely?

We have the best crew in all of the land (if we do say so ourselves) so you’ll be in the brightest, most creative company you could hope for…

Glamping packages now open!

It’s four months til Nozstock, our Wizard of Noz theme has been announced, and festival season and all the excitement that comes with it is on your mind – but there’s that one issue that crops up every year, camping.

We know there’s no place like home, so this year at Nozstock we’re offering a range of camping options to keep you well-rested after long days exploring the yellow brick road…

Glamping with Zoobells

If it’s privacy and luxury you’re after, Zoobells is the choice for you. All packages offer a pre-pitched canvas bell tent within a private campsite.

Formed with steel poles, a sewn-in ground sheet and stylish ventilated cotton bunting, all bell tents are fully weatherproof, so you can relax knowing you’re completely prepared for whatever the British summertime has to offer this year! 

Whether you simply seek a stylish bell-tent, or if you wish to sleep among the stars in lavish luxury, Zoobells offer classic, traditional and luxury packages to ensure your entire camping needs are met. Upgrade options include the choice to add comfy mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed sheets and rugs amongst other luxuries. 

Please bear in mind spaces are limited so if you fancy camping in style this year click here for further information and here to make a booking.

Camplight Pre-pitched Tents

Not a fan of glamping but don’t don’t fancy lugging your tent, sleeping-bag and chair combo all the way to Nozstock this year? Camplight offer the perfect solution.

Camplight will pre-pitch your tent ready for your arrival AND take it down after you leave – making your festival Monday blues that little bit easier. 

As well as freeing you from the stress of battling with pesky tent poles & pegs, all Camplight tents are handpicked from UK festivals, reducing festival wastage and recycling, so your conscience can be green-clean.

Starting from £52 all camplight packages include a pre-pitched tent, sleeping bag and roll mat. Book one of our Camplight packages by clicking here.

Follow the yellow brick road…2019 theme announced!

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Bromyard any more…

We get it. Every now and then the everyday world feels dull, dreary, black-and-white even, the drudgery of work, college, a flat pint in a cheap pub and a rainy walk home with only the thought of summer and a few weekends of freedom on the horizon to keep you going. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, go on an adventure, meet some new mates, get some new shoes, maybe melt an evil witch or two, generally have a good time. Maybe somewhere over the rainbow, where the sparkling emerald slopes of the Hidden Valley will melt away your troubles and where things are ready to get well and truly weird…

That’s right Nozstockers, this year we’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Noz – and you’re all coming along for the ride. Because we’re lovers of all things technicolour, trippy and ever so slightly terrifying – as well as a good pun – we have decided to spend our twenty first year paying tribute to the iconic 1939 film which inspired so many sequels, prequels, spin-offs and pop culture moments – as well as its fair share of childhood nightmares, we’re sure. Our humble farm will be transformed into the glittering Emerald City, and we’ll be inviting friends of Dorothy from far and wide to join us. From rainbows, lemondrops and cowardly lions to flying monkeys, psychiatric wards and Michael Jackson, there’s something for everyone within the Oz universe – and we’re looking forward to seeing your imaginations at work, my pretties.

Make sure you pack your red sequined wellies and remember – there’s no place like the farm!

#WizardOfNoz | www.nozstock.com | 18-21 July 2019

Food trader 2019 applications open!

We’re all partial to a bit of grub and we’re on the lookout for the tastiest traders in town to keep all of you Nozstockers and all of us nicely fed next year!

Apply here!

Need help with your application? Read this!

Applications close 31st March 2019. We receive thousands of applications each year so do not expect an immediate response. It can take several months to make final selections. We may be in touch for further information.

Nozstockers…if you’ve got a particular pitch that tickles your pickle then let us know in the comments below!

Noz HQ x

2019 Little Wonderland and family camping improvements!

With just over 200 days until Nozstock 2019 begins we’re already looking ahead to next year, and plans are afoot to entertain mini Nozstockers come next July! We have some big improvements planned for our Little Wonderland and family camping areas… 

The key changes for 2019 include:

  1. Increasing the capacity of family camping, meaning more space for more families! 
  2. 25% more toilets + kid sized loos! 
  3. Supplies available for family campers – loo roll, wet wipes, sanitiser, sun cream, plasters, toothpaste + site maps! 
  4. Little Wonderland Kids Area expanded to include more activities aimed at older children including workshops in break dancing, graffiti, beat boxing, felt-making, crazy cartoons and up-cycling clothes. As well, as chances to design your own Nozstock t-shirt. Don’t worry the little kids will still have plenty to do!
  5. A dedicated breastfeeding space
  6. ‘Save your space’ scheme. Want to make sure you have enough space to camp together? A limited amount of 5m x 2m pitches are available to pre-book for 2019!

Come and join the Noz Family…and remember all kids 12 and under attend the festival for free!!

Photo: Dan Barker

“We are still smiling, to be honest, after how amazing our 20th anniversary was. Selling out was really great and we had a packed site, it was lovely to see everyone having so much fun and to see so many kids on site really getting into everything! We wanted to announce some new elements for next year, after listening to feedback and realising there are some simple things we can do to enhance the experience for families – that’s what this news is all about.” – Ella Nosworthy. 

We’ve been nominated at the AIF for best ‘smart marketing campaign’

Well everyone…how the devil are you? It’s been a long time since we last spoke but we’ve been beavering on behind the scenes firming up some pretty big decisions for Nozstock 2019….but the real reason we’re here is to tell you that we’ve been nominated for another award at The Association Of Independent Festivals 2018.

After winning ‘Mind-blowing Spectacle’ last year we definitely didn’t think we’d be nominated for another award so we’re absolutely chuffed to be up for best ‘smart marketing campaign’ alongside four other well deserving festivals.

Of course our 20th anniversary saw us celebrate all things Nozstalgia and you guys made it the best 20th birthday we could have ever asked for. So we’re keeping our fingers, toes and anything else we can cross, crossed.

Speak soon! x

‘Nozstock is the family run festival with a big heart’.

The gates are closed for another year, the cows are back in their fields. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the fabrics.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had for our 20th anniversary.  Thank you all so much. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Efestivals

Plutonium Sox

National Student

Earth Based Fun

The Travel Magazine

DJ Mag

Travelynn Family

Mini Travellers

The Bangover podcast

Tired Mummy of Two

Munchies and Munchkins

Globalmouse

 

 

 

Thank you for joining us for our 20th birthday!

Well, that was emotional!

A huge thank you to all our incredible crew, artists and most importantly, to you the audience for, frankly, what was the most spectacular Nozstock yet. We were left speechless by the beautiful people being lovely, the stellar talent, purely inspired decor across the site, hilarious encounters, dreamy visuals, sonic wonder, and all round vibe of delight. It was proper magic, so thank you everyone, for being a part of it and making it a sell-out year!

We’re still absorbing the events of the weekend, re-calibrating and already hatching plans for 2019. Dates have been set for Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2019, and super early birds are already on sale so snap ’em up quick before they run out. 

Spend 10 mins filling in our survey and you could win a tasty £150 to keep your festival season afloat. Nozstock is yours so tell us what we did right and what we could do better. And watch this space and our socials – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – for reviews, photos and the all important first line up announcement for 2019.

We might be saying goodbye to our year of Nozstalgia, and it’s a bittersweet departure, after such a year of beastly-good entertainment, but rest assured, we’re full of beans for 2019… a year goes by quick, and we’ll see you again in a field real soon…

Nos da, Nozstockers!

Photo: Conor Irvine

 

2019 tickets now on sale at the ticket hut!

It breaks our hearts to say this but Nozstock is almost over for another year. Our 20th edition has really been truly special, each and every person on the farm has given there all to celebrate our 20th anniversary in true Nozstock style.

So if you lovely sun-kissed bunch of humans are already thinking ahead for Nozstock 2019, then good because so are we. Super-early bird tickets for 2019 are now on sale at the ticket hut on site or online at the same price as last year for £105. If you want to bag yourself a bargain, then be quick, go and pick yours up at the on site now!

Photo: Charlie Rimmer

Weekend tickets now sold out. Sunday tickets available on the gate.

Well Nozstockers our 20th edition has proved more popular than ever before. The campsites are humming, Chase & Status killed it on the main stage last night and we’re ready for Grandmaster Flash to headline this evening. If your reading this from your tent then drag yourself out immediately The Hidden Valley awaits…(if you’re reading this from your computer at home…don’t worry you can still join us – Sunday tickets are available on the gate for £50. These are limited so get here nice and early the gates open at 10am.

#20YearsOfNoz #Noztock2018

Q&A with… DJ RANDALL

With the days racing ahead until we welcome you lucky people onto the farm for our twentieth year, we thought it only appropriate to catch up with one of the most seasoned DJs in the drum ‘n’ bass game, DJ Randall, before his set in the Cubicles.

Hi mate, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us! Iʼm guessing youʼre preparing for a busy summer? Tell us a bit about what you have lined up this year.
Ez boys, yeah man it’s real busy at the moment which I’m thankful for, we’re up and down the country and abroad… just repping at loads of festivals, club nights, podcasts radio shows and livestreams.

Itʼs safe to say youʼve been in the scene for a while now and must have seen it go through itss ups and downs, what do you think of the current d’n’b scene and do you think itʼs being represented well at UK festivals?
Think it’s being well represented at the moment all over the country… it’s diverse, all angles of the genre is being represented over the past few years at festivals.

Although you have your hands in many d’n’b baskets, itʼs pretty impressive that youʼve made such an impact in the scene and have established yourself to the level you have, predominantly through your second-to-none mixing skills – could you briefly explain how you grew to be in this position?
I have no idea on that… all I can say is that I’ve had a passion for this music from an early age. From hip-hop in the 80ʼs to acid house in the late 80ʼs through to the 90ʼs drum ‘n’ bass/jungle era to current times. Always loved playing music to people and I’m blessed that I’m still here in this game and people out there like the way I play, the sound I bring them in the clubs and the radio. Really humbled by the love…!

Being in the day and age of social media, and with bedroom DJ equipment becoming more and more affordable, weʼre seeing a huge rise in amateur DJs looking to make their mark on the scene. What advice would you give up and coming selectors for them to stand out from the crowd and show versatility and uniqueness in their mixes?
Think as a DJ you always have to have originality in your set, selection is the key (not always the mix) and always knowing how to read a crowd work out what they want!

Weʼve been loving ‘Song and Danceʼ, can we expect to hear any more productions and/or collaborations from you in the coming months and will we be hearing any previews at Nozstock?Looking to get back in at some point with DLR, and Jaybee (when he lands in the UK). But at the moment just loving being out the repping the music… On Mac2 Recordings label got DJ Trex’s first Album High Time LP landing end of August 2018.

So let’s talk about Nozstock… you came down in 2016, did you enjoy your set and what do you think of the festival?
Loved the vibe of Nozstock the last time I was there was with Marky & GQ, from the setup of the stage we played on, to the live shows going on over there… was really impressed with it, 360 degrees of music is what a festival is all about… “we all come together”.

This year you’re back for the Metalheadz showcase and we canʼt wait! Itʼs been a pretty big year for the label and theyʼre showing no sign of slowing down… what can we expect from this showcase?
Some real good music will be getting played on this night from all DJs, trust me it will be a great night of music!

Sounds like weʼre in for a treat. Last question from us, what are you listening to at the minute outside of the d’n’b/jungle world? Nas’s new album, Children of Zeus – Travel Light album, plus one for the old heads KC & the Sunshine Band – album track ‘I Get Lifted’, can’t stop playing it once a day at least.

Thanks so much for having a chat with us, we really appreciate you taking the time out to answer a few questions and we look forward to seeing you on the farm!
Yeah man looking forward to it…Thanks for having us again!

Make sure you’re in the Cubicles on Friday night to get a taste of Randall’s legendary energy and mixing abilities, and we’ll see you very soon…

Noz’s Top 20 Picks for Nozstock 2018

We are huge fans of each act heading to Nozstock this year. With it being our 20th anniversary, we thought we’d let you in on Noz’s top 20 picks from this year’s line-up from across the festival.

 

1. Chase & Status (DJ Set + Rage)

Our Friday headliner, and an act that need no introduction…drum ‘n’ bass royalty, Chase & Status. With multi-platinum albums, regular appearances in the charts and industry awards to their name, you can’t miss their incomparable sound at this year’s Nozstock.

2. CW Jones 

Blues poet, Soul Junkie & Psychedelic wizard, CW Jones, will soothe your soul and invigorate your mind with his fresh and eclectic sound.

3. Pengshui 

We couldn’t leave Pengshui off this list. With vocals from Illaman (Foreign Beggars, Goldie, Chinese Man), Fatty on bass (Submotion Orchestra, Alex Clare) and Pravvy Prav on drums (Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club) this new live act are set to bring a raw and visceral live show to Nozstock.

4. Feel Good Experiment

Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, Feelgood Experiment feature the best of Bristol’s music scene with rhythms rooted in jazz, soul and R&B and rich lyrical content. With their first single being produced by Jim Barr (Portishead) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), this group are well on their way to breaking into the UK jazz scene.

5. Honeyfeet

For some years, Honeyfeet have been the conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture or Manchester based musicians. Once referred to as Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, with that description, you know they are unlike any band on the circuit.

6. Oh My God! It’s The Church

Returning to Nozstock to baptize your ears and eyes with their Pentecostal parody party, it is the heavenly, Oh My God! It’s The Church. Join Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and DJ Sister Mary Lou for wild sermons and an unapologetically holy disco.

7. Macka B

With a career spanning over 30 years, Macka B is a British Reggae and dancehall legend and activist.
He has worked with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy and performed with Nelson Mandela. Catch him on the Orchard Stage.

8. Chris Tofu

Chris Tofu’s tracks come with the dust of a thousand mad all-night magical festivals, over fifteen years, all over Europe. Fusing every genre under the festival season sun, we can’t wait to hear the sound of his legendary past of DJing.

9. Stiff Joints

From a four piece reggae outfit of four brothers in 2009, The Stiff Joints have evolved into an eleven-piece Ska collective and also a Nozstock favourite. Come and party to their infectious two-tone self described ‘ska-feast’.

10. Mollie Collins

With beautiful liquid vocals over jump-up basslines, and named the Drum and Bass Breakthrough DJ of 2017, we can’t wait to have Mollie Collins’ incredible techniques fill The Cubicles.

11. Capas

After lighting up The Bandstand last year with a 12 piece, horn-led cinematic sound, we welcome back the sensational Capas. A talent not to be missed.

12. Buffos Wake

Hailing from Brighton and armed with accordions, violins and buckets of gusto, Buffos Wake waltz, tango and mosh their way through various influences from Balkam to punk rock. Catch them on the Orchard Stage.

13. True Strays 

Good time vintage roots rock and roll, fuelled by rhythm and blues! You can find the True Strays leading festival line-dances or sparking late night revelry.

14. Collette The Dots

Heading to our Garden Stage, is the brainchild of top drum ‘n’ bass vocalist Collette Warren, Collette The Dots. Having worked with many top producers, she has releaseson Soul:r, Exit Records, Innerground and many more. Performing as a live seven-piece, expect funk, soul, jazz and of course, drum ‘n’ bass.

15. Kelvin 373 ft. Gardna

Performing as part of the Rumble In The Jungle Takeover down at Elephant’s Grave this year is Levin 373 & Gardna. Kelvin 373 has been hugely influenced by the underground free party movement and Bristol lyricist Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene. You know it’s gonna be huge.

16. Kiko Bun

From North-West London to the Hidden Valley, Kiko Bun creates a contemporary sound interlaced with golden era hip-hop and reggae with a distinctive voice and infectious beats.

17. Mr Tea and the Minions

Do you want to dance? We do too. Come join the riff raff and dance with Gypsy, ska, dub, swing connoisseurs Mr Tea and the Minions.

18. Normanton Street 

Back at Nozstock with their warm bass grooves, lyrical mastery and dynamic sound, Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe aka Normanton Street are one of our favourites.

19. Roisin Crowley Linton 

Be more, do better, but don’t change. Writer, rhymer, actress and director, Roisin Crowley Linton asks “why is everyone so obsessed with love?” in a collection of stories and poems about self-improvement. Premiering at 2017’s Prague Fringe, she will be heading to Edinburgh this year, but first stop, Nozstock.

20. Verbal Highz 

Blending boom bap production with tongue twisting lyricism, Verbal Highz bring together 4 MCs and are guaranteed to win ever crew battle they find themselves in. Catch them on the Garden Stage this year.