Plus Levelz, Ferocious Dog, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and some new stages for 2017
Curated by the father and daughter duo of Noz and Ella and a huge extended family who work across the entire festival, Nozstock is an enchanting adventure and have now announce its second wave of artists performing this summer on the working farm in the heart of Herefordshire.
Newly added to the event are The Sugarhill Gang, Hayseed Dixie, Levelz, Ferocious Dog, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, The Baghdaddies, Le Galaxie, The Freestylers, Super Glu, Millie Manders, Neck, The Flamenco Thief, CW Jones, Goan Dogs, Keto, Yassassin, Mica Millar, Humdrum Express, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Ouroborus, The Discount Orchestra and The RPMs.
The Sugarhill Gang
Nozstock are also introducing a brand-new stage this summer – Elephant’s Grave will be a warm and inviting wooded escape with an overhead canopy, adjacent to one of the festival’s lakes. By day expect the best of reggae, dancehall and rocksteady rhythms from the likes of Drumlove, Go With The Flo, Fat Stash, Kreed, Hold Tight Collective, Dutchie and Gardna amongst others. Then, by night, the new stage takes an altogether different direction, with house and techno on Friday night courtesy of From Berlin With Love featuring Morgino, Blake Parker, Worse 4 Wear, Will Richards, Nautz & Toppa and more. The Saturday night’s Forte party features more rocking 4/4 from Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Innerkey, Luke Stanger, Jason Young, Tom Gatley and more.
Just across the lake in The Coppice, is an open-air psychedelic stage inhabited by Bristol's Tribe of Frog collective, who create a cornucopia of colour and sound with their renowned decoration and acts from the Psytrance scene, including the likes of Dirty Saffi, Alta, Psymmetrix, Monk3yLogic, Occular, Subliminal System, Lurk, Nuky and DJ Lorraine.
Over on The Bandstand there's a new offering - Bluejay’s Jazz Lounge - headlined by gypsy-jazz guitarist Remi Harris. Sunday morning is all about upcoming talent with a takeover from BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester featuring Ellisha Green, Capas, Invincible Youth and Karyo.
More names have been announced for Laughing Stock comedy including Simon Munnery, Tom Ward and Pat Cahill. There’s more workshops for mini-Nozstockers in Little Wonderland with Music Workshops with Dodgy’s Nigel Clark, Forest School Sessions, including wood-whittling and toasting marshmallows, Meditation and Sound Baths, even the chance to do some baking. Herefordshire-based, experimental visual collective MASH announces the highlights of the weekends cinema programme, including surrealist shorts, Live A/V performances, BAFTA award winning The Brothers McLeod – Retrospective and Channel 4’s Random Acts Short Films.
Also just announced is a host of acts for Velveteen Valley cabaret, welcoming award-winning developer Alistair Aitcheson with his Incredibly Playful Show, prizes mixed with comedic entertainment from Backyard Bingo, plus some of the UK’s best burlesque talent with Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, Jackie Clementines, Jesticular Dancer, Jewelled Personality and The Glitter Kittens. For those who prefer the highbrow, the first names for The Bantam of The Opera Theatre won’t disappoint with panel discussions on The State of The Arts, talks from the likes of Marika McKennell, the return of the mad scientist Andrew Szydlo, and surreal theatre group Hummadruz, plus a BSL workshop with Abbi Brown.
Set on a beautiful working farm in the heart of Herefordshire, the independent festival has evolved from 50 friends at the inaugural gathering and flourished into an intimate, musical odyssey. With interactive adventure and performance for all ages, Nozstock is a playground for everyone, from seasoned festival goers to newbies setting out for the first time.
Nozstock The Hidden Valley will take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017 at The Farm, Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire.