Nozstock Festival is comingBy Editor
Celebrating its 17th year as one of the UK's leading home-made festivals, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley will be back this summer. Like always, there will be the usual mix of eclectic music and carefree vibes, with the theme set to be 'Nozstocker’s Guide to The Galaxy'.
The line-up is looking pretty exciting at the moment, as New York's finest, Wu Tang Clan and Motown legend, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas will head up the main stage and dance music coming in the form of Beardyman, Dj Hype and Dillinja
A handmade festival
As an independent festival is known for being unlike other summer festivals, being one that welcomes uniqueness and merriment in equal measure, hence why the father and daughter combination of Noz and Ella put together a festival full of a range of musical styles such as pop, ska, folk, funk, soul, indie, drum and bass, psytrance and, of course, house.
Just look how cracking it looked last year.
There is much to do at Nozstock
Made up of nine different stages, The Hidden Valley is located in the centre of Herefordshire and includes the Orchard Stage, a grassy area featuring a slope that is perfect for getting a good view, as well as the Garden Stage, a converted cowshed and the place to be if you're in the mood for some electronic sounds. There is also an emphasis on art in the Dingle, a place to go to get creative and watch short films or a theatre production.
For a festival that is a great contrast to most others, having built a steady reputation for nearly two decades, Nozstock is a must for the free spirited music lover. It's a place devoid of judgement, where fun is the principle objective.
Starting on Friday 24th July and climaxing on Sunday 26th July, Nozfest takes place at Rowden Paddocks in Bromyard, Herefordshire.
Photo courtesy of Lucy Chippendale
The lineup is looking amazing so far
The live line up so far: Wu Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Beardyman, Hollie Cook, Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Beans on Toast, Skinny Lister, Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon, Mr Woodnote & Eva Lazarus, Gypsy Hill, Solko, Sounds of Harlowe, Lisbee Stainton, Sean Grant, Peluché, The Stiff Joints, & more tba.
DJ line up so far: DJ Hype, Hospitality featuring London Elektricity, Etherwood, Danny Byrd, Metrik, Krakota, MC Wrec. Also Ed Rush and Optical Dillinja, Congo Natty, Ed Solo, Deekline, Uncle Dugs, Ratpack, Slipmatt, Kenny Ken, Billy Daniel Bunter, Dead Players with Jam Baxta, Dabbla and Ghost Town, Smokey Joe & The Kid, Ruffnek Diskotek w/Dub Boy, Dutty Inspectors and Ghost Writerz, Octo Pi, Scope, Modify Perspective, Remidy M.C and Trafic M.C, Nozstock Speakeasy featuring Electric Ballroom Promotions, Swingmajig and Ragtime Records with Wolfie Razzmatazz, Madam Electrifie, C@ In The H@, Jenova Collective, The Chicken Brothers, Clan Dextine, F Block, Velocity Raptor, M.O.B, Mr Jay, Sir Jasper, Zest FX, Billy Chillfingers, Tribe of Frog, Sika Studios and more will be announced soon.
Tickets are priced at £80 for a teenager and £105 for an adult and can be bought here, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
(Banner image courtesy of Richard Aldred)