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Nozstock, The Hidden Valley Herefordshire, UK

I like songs events, however had never ever come across Nozstock (20-22 July 2018) up until a pal mentioned it in passing to me earlier this year. Nestled deep in the Herefordshire countryside, it is located on a rather ranch near the market community of Bromyard.

Nozstock is run by the father and also little girl team of Pete as well as Ella Nosworthy. What started as a humble BBQ with a solitary phase in 1998 has turned into a full-on event extravaganza with 11 phases and a varied program of songs, funny, movie theater, traditional crafts and even burlesque.Imressed with this year's outstanding songs line-up (including Chase & Standing and Goldfrapp), I determined to check it out for myself.

That Mosts likely to Nozstock?

Nozstock is a fairly tiny festival, fitting around 5,000 people. The crowd is a genuine mix of young ravers and households, that handle to live and also dance with each other in best harmony. What actually struck me about Nozstock was the lovely atmosphere-- individuals were friendly and also considerate, with near-constant smiles smudged on their faces.

This comes as no surprise to Ella Nosworthy, who informed The Travel Magazine: "I do not recognize whether it's because Nozstock is small, homemade or has a rustic feeling, yet it is different to many festivals I have actually participated in. It is something special, like being invited by the family to a huge event."

If you like costume, after that Nozstock is additionally the event for you. Among the glitter-clad youth we detected a guy dressed as the TARDIS, a girl impersonating Gandalf and also another man clothed head to toe as Jim Carrey's "The Mask".

Holiday accommodation

Nozstock is significantly a camping event, and the primary camping site is located right next to the event entrance. There is likewise a household outdoor camping area and "Van Haven" for live-in camping automobiles. You can cook your very own food as well as drink your own alcohol in the camping sites, and there's a camping shop, welfare location and 24-hour food shop on-site.

What's the Music like at Nozstock?

We got here late on Friday evening just in time to watch the pleasantly suave ska rebirth band, The Selecter, whose stylish lyrics dealt with everything from sexism as well as bigotry to the pressures of success. Other main stage highlights consisted of a bonkers, foot stomping efficiency by the digital veterans, the Dub Pistols, as well as a joyously enjoyable hour of dancing like a happy pirate to Mr Tea and also the Minions. I was likewise pleasantly stunned by the smooth and silky voice of Jalen N'Gonda, whose songs is inspired by his dad's collection of jazz, spirit as well as hip-hop classics.

As testament to the "Nozstalgic" theme commemorating all things 80s as well as 90s, the major stage was constructed to appear like a 1980s movie theater, with a lot of fluorescent illumination and the headliners noted on the top of the stage like film titles.The very first headliner, drum and also bass prodigies Chase & Status, drew in one of the biggest groups of the event. The environment was electrical and the group launched into a flurry of manic dance as quickly as the very first beats pumped through the speakers.

The 2nd headliner, DJ and also hip-hop musician Grandmaster Flash, was an actual group pleaser, although I directly found his conversation a little repetitive. I liked the ethereal and also surprisingly pugnacious performance by electronic duo Goldfrapp, whose diva Alison Goldfrapp is the queen of old-school cool.

Elsewhere, the "Yard Phase", which was made to appear like an old fashioned video games console, held a vast array of acts from reggae to hip-hop to forest-- a kind of hardcore digital music favoured by ravers. The Yard Phase is cleverly positioned simply nearby from the main stage, so festivalgoers can easily flit in between both, and also outstanding acoustic style prevents any kind of music overlap.

Though fairly little in dimension, Nozstock is loaded with different phases, so it's well worth avoiding the primary location and also experiencing music additional afield. This consists of the "Cupboard of Lost Keys" phase Beauty & Health, which can only be accessed by climbing with a small door as well as following a labyrinthine mirror puzzle.

One of the most recent addition is the interestingly called "Elephant's Tomb", appropriately decorated with elephant heads and also (confusingly) a small rollercoaster. This location was a company favourite of the more youthful group, who invested lots of hours gladly guiding to the rhythm of the electronic beats.

Another point that really excited me regarding Nozstock was the focus to information. The "Nozstalgic" theme was wonderfully stood for by statuaries as well as paints of follower favourites such as Super Mario, the Simpsons, Scooby Doo as well as Thomas the Storage Tank Engine.

Experience has additionally plainly educated the Nosworthys that festivalgoers like to relax and also recoup from hours of dance, so they helpfully placed lots of comfortable couches in front of the stages. It was rather fascinating snuggling on a sofa in the sunlight, listening to the music and absorbing the atmosphere.


What Else is Taking place?

Besides the songs, there's plenty to keep the masses entertained at Nozstock. The "Department of Cultural Affairs" held a range of theatre, comedy, verse and also circus acts throughout the event. My personal highlights were The Fetch, an option of individual puppet efficiencies by individuals with learning disabilities, and a fantastic late-night burlesque show with sensational efficiencies interspersed with (family members unfriendly) comedy.

For those requiring a little rest and relaxation, the "Wrong Instructions Movie theater" offered a blissful retreat from the warmth, with lots of sofas, totally free snacks as well as lots of trippy art-house movies. There were also different craft delays at "The Modified State" offering art courses and also wood carving for the smallest of costs. We had fun making our own wooden mushrooms for simply ₤ 2.50 a pop.

Unlike most songs celebrations I have participated in, Nozstock makes a big effort to be child-friendly. There's a different household camping zone and also the "Little Paradise's Children Area" hosts daily activities and also crafts workshops for free. They also provide container warming services for the tiny kids.

The festival finished in vogue with a firework screen accompanied by fire professional dancers and the ritual burning of the "Bowser Tower".

Food as well as Consume alcohol

Festivalgoers can bring their very own booze to the camping sites at Nozstock, but not into the festival itself. Pints of beer as well as cider expense as little as ₤ 3.80 as well as red wine, cocktails and also spirits are additionally available for a relative bargain. In an attempt to minimize plastic waste, you pay ₤ 1 for your plastic pint glass and also re-use this throughout the celebration (exchanging it for a tidy one if you so wish).

Leading idea: Bring cash with you as the bars are cash-only. There are cash machines on website but we were charged ₤ 5 for the enjoyment of using them (ouch!). The food at Nozstock was without a doubt the very best I have actually ever before experienced at a celebration-- even our ₤ 8.00 "Bunga Bunga" burger with blue cheese from Super Tidy Burgers deserved every cent. I additionally liked the gloriously cheesy chips with garlic salt and also chives from Pimp my Fries.


Nozstock has actually managed to carry out the near impossible: holding a festival with a stellar music line-up that is both intimate and also extremely climatic. The food is delicious, the beverages are cheap and also the ambience is extremely positive.

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