Nozstock Festival provides a huge medley of high quality entertainments for such an intimate venue, including onsite theatrics, comedy, circus, poetry, storytelling, a kids area, cinema, workshops, as well as a tractor exhibit and fire show.
Nozstock began as a party on the lawn at Rowden Paddocks in the summer of 1998, a gathering of good friends with a barbecue, some acoustic sounds provided by local artist Will Killeen, and a few scattered tents.
Since then, and with the help of the family and friends of Pete Nosworthy, it has grown organically each year to incorporate more bands and many more onsite venues encouraging performances by local talent and celebrated UK names from bands to solo artists, from theatrical performances to workshops, and from DJs to dancers! Now Nozstock boasts 5 musical venues, a theatre + comedy tent, a childrens area, a cinetent, its own bars, cafe, + designated food area, + a campsite to cater for all the family!
The origin of the Nozstock name stems from a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for a party that seemed to keep recurring annually, due to the need for all the friends of the Paddocks to regather from their ever-changing lives each summer and to create an occasion of fun and excitement for themselves and all their friends. The Festival even had its own band, Electric Shepherd, formed from 5 members at the core of the group, who would meet each year for this special performance.
Many of Nozstocks long-held traditions from its smaller days are still a part of the festival now, despite its becoming a much more public event. The grand firework display has grown into a more spectacular affair each year; Nozstock still encourages local home grown talent alongside its better known acts; it still aims to keep the range of entertainments broad + to cater for all appetites; and is still organized by the keen volunteers who offered a week of their summer every year. As it flourishes to welcome more visitors, Nozstocks friends are still keen to keep the intimacy, hospitality and accessibility that have always been the leading purpose of the festival, alongside creating a thriving community of artists to entertain the masses.