It’s getting to that time of year again where festival season is looming ever closer and it’s getting even harder to decide which festivals to invest in. Once again however, Nozstock Festival has us hook line and sinker, after recently releasing the first wave of their weekend line-up featuring the likes of the Wu Tang Clan, Beardyman, Congo Natty, and a showcase from London’s Hospital Records incredible roster of drum and bass talent, bringing Etherwood, Danny Byrd, Metrik, Krakota, Elektricity and MC Dynamite to the stage. As well as these, Nozstock promises to announce more iconic acts set to perform over the three day weekend taking place across 24-26th July, this year embracing a sci-fi theme entitled “The Nozstocker’s Guide To The Galaxy”
“Nozstock is the ideal festival escape, bringing together good people and good vibes – just what’s needed for a night of Hospitality raving. A weekend guaranteed to be full of unique experiences with inspiringly creative production around every corner. We’re really excited for new and longstanding members of the Hospital team to come together to tear up the Cubicles dance arena, bringing drum & bass through loud and clear ‘til the early hours!” – Nikki Ellis, Hospital Records
Having evolved from a gathering of friends into one of Britain’s most acclaimed boutique festivals, this summer Nozstock celebrates its 17th year running on the legendary Nosworthy farm, situated deep within the beautiful hillside of the Herefordshire countryside, offering a sensation of escapism truly like no other. Promoting the very best of underground culture, Nozstock entertains music appreciators from every side of the spectrum, including old school hip-hop, relentless drum and bass, traditional folk and vintage rock, situated over seven stages across the picturesque farmyard.
“Nozstock is a wonderful rural haven, an eccentric place of fun, frolics and play for everyone. It’s small, intimate and homemade. We have some of the biggest and best acts in the world coming to play including hip hop heroes Wu Tang Clan, scrummy motown legend Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, London trop-pop icon Hollie Cook, improvisational wizard Beardyman, dandy old Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, and expect great things from legendary pairing Ed Rush & Optical, as well as a Hospital Records takeover and prolific drum and bass producer, Dillinja. Congo Natty will be bringing his reggae-infused, rootsy sound to the Garden Stage, and jump-up hero DJ Hype is set to smash it. British folk favourite Beans on Toast will sing his heart out just for you lovely lot, and don’t forget to pack your bass faces ready for legendary DJs Ed Solo and Deekline. All this plus an amazing theatre, crafts and comedy line up still to be announced that will keep you entertained all weekend. It’s a treat for Noztrekkers the world over…” – Ella Nosworthy, Nozstock founder and chief event organiser
So if your tastes are more suited towards the rugged stylings of revolutionary hip-hop collective the Wu Tang Clan, or are more immersed by the hectic stylings of Hospital Records, or vibe to the african-inspired rhythms of Deekline, or would prefer to swing with Electric Ballroom Promotions (you see where I’m going with this)… there’s something for everybody to enjoy.
“The feeling of community and family at Nozstock is like nothing else. Spending a weekend on a farm in the West-Mids country side with people who are on the same level and there for the same reason. Anarchistic chaos in every way you could ever want it to be.” – Mr Jay, Electric Ballroom Promotions
The ethos of Nozstock is one of community, and as such warmly welcomes audiences of all ages for a range of family friendly activities, which aside from raving ranges from hilarious comedy in the Laughing Stock tent, to enthralling theatre from the Bantam of the Opera stage. Over the weekend there are also daily workshops for people who wish to take a break from the partying, to either train their circus skills at The Enchanted Glade Kids Area or simply find solace in the Tent of Temporary Thought.
“Playing at Noz to me is made so special by the people in attendance and the people behind the scenes. It’s a real grassroots celebration and it’s easy to see just how much heart, soul and passion has gone into the organising and it has a real sense of character as a result. This character attracts an amazing range of wild and whacky types that look forward to Nozstock all year round, and really make it a weekend to remember. The Nozstock crowd is hands down the liveliest and most engaging I’ve ever had the pleasure of performing in front of. All about that vibe.” – Modify Perspective, Liquifyah
Despite Nozstock’s increasing popularity they have determinately keep ticket numbers limited to 5000, ensuring that the weekend maintains the rare intimacy it’s become so renowned for, which you simply couldn’t find at mainstream festivals such as V Festival or Leeds/Reading. What this also means is that having having announced what is surely their most supreme line-up to date, tickets for Nozstock this year will be flying out faster than ever. The first tier of tickets has already run out, currently tickets are being sold on the second tier for the reasonable sum of £115 for a Thursday arrival before the weekend begins, with free entry for all children under the age of 12.
Before you clock off this preview, take another look at the line-up SO FAR below and ask yourself, can you really afford NOT to miss out?
Nozstock is also desperate for any volunteers willing to join the Nozstock team and be a part of the day-to-day running of the festival, so if cash is tight and you have a heart of gold perhaps this path is for you. Volunteer applicants can apply HERE.
Tier 2 tickets are still available HERE.
By Ethan Everton