The Jim Jones Revue, Adrian Edmondson + The Bad Shepherds, Foreign Beggars, CW Stoneking and many moreNozstock have just confirmed a host of new acts for the 2011 festival including the Jim Jones Revue who are one of the hottest bands on the up. They have been described by Mojo as “deranged rock +roll” reminiscent of the Stooges. Produced by Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos, their album, Burn Down Your House, has been getting recent media attention but it’s live where this band excels. They’re joined by Adrian Edmondson + The Bad Shepherds who’ve garnered excellent reviews for their folk-style reworking of classic songs such as ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight.’ With a skillful array of multi-instrumentalists they’ll be a “must-see” at Nozstock.
Also announced is CW Stoneking, an American-Australian who defies time and place with his Deep South Blues, having already claimed an appearance on ‘Later Live With Jools.’ Foreign Beggars, recently nominated for Best European Hip Hop Act at the 2010 Urban Music Awards will be playing their bassline grooves. The Wurzels are a perfect accompaniment to cider and hog roast as the sun sets over The Hidden Valley on Sunday evening, completing one of Nozstock’s most diverse line-ups yet with many more acts still to unveil.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley was founded by local residents at the turn of the millennium, it’s a homegrown event built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing. Now in its 13th year, Nozstock is a sonic escape boasting eight main stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.
The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. Above all, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as families en bloc, keeping in the spirit of those early days.
This year’s theme for the event is ‘Twisted Carnival’, festival goers are encouraged to dress up in the brightest, eye-catching outfits they can procure. The theme should inspire all sorts of warped imaginations. Be bold, be free, be you!
Nozstock’s home-grown bars will offer the Wye Valley's favourite brew Butty Bach, local Kingston Rosey & Press ciders... the usual spirits, lagers, wines and homemade cocktails, embellished with our own special ingredients.
Food will be sourced locally where possible. An eclectic mix from around the world to stimulate the taste buds. For carnivores there’ll be the delicious Hog on the Spit, tasty burgers and there’s healthy vegan and veggie options too.
Nozstock’s main arena, The Hidden Valley, is landscaped around a ramshackle Tudor farmhouse which sits on the side of the Valley in the centre of the festival site. It’s nestled against The Garden Stage, which hosts an array of eclectic bounce-inducing artists with an electronic turn post-sundown. The Orchard boasts the bigger names and good rollicking party bands as the Bandstand offers experimental electro-acoustica from diverse and unsigned artists.
The converted cowsheds include the Cubicles, sub-thumping drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep, to be found aside the Bullpen, knees-up housey beats and alternative dance. The Coppice’s luminous sounds from veterans of psytrance Tribe of Frog are the blissful converse to the Bantam of the Opera Theatre which explores another world with live performance, workshops and after-dark experimental cabaret while Laughing Stock bills prime-time comedians and up-and-comers, providing raucous chuckles and proper belly rumbles.
Shenanigans for the mini-festival goer occur off the beaten track and over the bridge where the Dingle is programmed with workshops aplenty and theatrical splendor, where opportunities abound to get interactive and remember how to play like only kids know how.
You can also catch a late night short film or music video from the mesmerising screenings on offer in the Cinetent, or grab some delicious local fare and a cocktail and take a tour round the site, letting your curiosity get the better of you.
Adult advance weekend tickets are £75, teen advance tickets (13-17 yrs old) £55.00 (16s and under must be accompanied by adult), child ticket (12 and under) free (must be accompanied by adult), camper van/live in vehicle pass £28.00 and a parking pass for the full weekend is £5.00 in advance.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley - 29th – 31st July 2011 - The Farm, Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire.