With festival season now well under way, there are a number of different events which cater to a variety of tastes. Of course, there is the 80’s festival which I have regularly written about but what about those who would like a bit more variety?
In it’s seventeenth year, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley returns to it’s Herefordshire roots where it will be hosting a huge variety of acts. There is a diverse collection of arts, music, theatre, workshops and, of course, food and drink. Russell Howard calls it ‘A rural slice of English eccentricity’ and Phil Jupitus and The Blockheads have pronounced it ‘The best festival of its size in the UK’.
This family-friendly festival is set on a working farm called Rowen Paddocks in Bromyard. The main arena, known as the Hidden Valley, is built around a ramshackle Tudor farmhouse which sits on the side of the Valley in the middle of the festival setting. There is the Garden Stage, which hosts the eclectic bounce-inducing artists with an electronic turn post-sundown and The Orchard holds the bigger artists and party bands whilst the Bandstand offers experimental electro-acoustica from the unsigned artists.
Of course, it isn’t just about the music. The Opera Theatre explores another world with live performance, workshops and after-dark experimental cabaret while Laughing Stock bills the prime-time comedians and up-and-comers.
In order to cater for the kids, there is a place off the beaten track and over the bridge where the Dingle has a programme of workshops and theatrical splendor, where opportunities allow the youngsters to get interactive and remember how to play like only kids know how.
With arts & crafts for all ages, folk diversions and dance workshops, there’s entertainment and participation on offer, whatever your energy levels!
Ella Nosworthy, one of Nozstock’s founders, says:
“The arts side of Nozstock is the last piece of the festival really, and as we are now counting down the weeks and days toward the end of July this is when we really start to get excited! It’s a really important part of the festival which is away from the music and comedy, where we can really engage people with a wonderful range of interactive, experiential and experimental fun and games for everyone.”
There is a HUGE line-up including: Wu-Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Neville Staple Band, Beardyman, Hollie Cook, Molotov Jukebox, Will and The People, By The Rivers, The Mouse Outfit ft. Dr Syntax & Sparkz, The Computers, 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, Keston Cobblers Club, The Black Tambourines, Broken Brass Ensemble, Rebecca Clements, Will Joseph Cook, Clarence Clarity, Hannah Lou Clark, Harry David, Lisbee Stainton, Sean Grant, Peluché, Arkon Fly, Jurassic Pop, The Stiff Joints, Disco Panther, Tantz, Granville Sessions, Jolta, Future Dub Project, CryptoChrome, Red Eye Hi Fi, Captain Accident and The Disasters, The Anomalies, Cut Capers, Ella Martini, Afrocluster, Last Tree Squad, Benji Tranter and The Well Adjusted Individuals, Poor Old Dogs, Red Soul, Harri Davies, White Noise Sound, House of Lions, Daniel Glover, Evenu, Disraeli Gears, Gobow, Broken Fires, Circe’s Diner, Rozelle, Black Persuasion, Inscape, Doghouse, Heil Zilla, Hot Dog Grrl, HMS Morris, Ladyskins, Mook, Musicpool, Meg Bradley, Sea Cow, SHAW, Keygreen, Raptor & more.
Nozstock state that this is the quintessentially British festival – a little bit eccentric and a lot of fun, full of wonder, curiosities and a sprinkling of magic. I have no reason to doubt this!
Nozstock The Hidden Valley takes place on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July 2015 at Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS Tickets are from £105 –and children 12 and under go free. Tickets are available from the Nozstock website – but hurry! They are selling fast. You can also find more information on Facebook and Twitter.
The lovely organisers at Nozstock given me a pair of tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow the instructions in the Gleam widget below.
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- There is 1 prize of a pair of tickets to Nozstock Festival from 24th to 26th July 2015 – the prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge with an accompanying adult. Further tickets for any children over 12 may be provided at the discretion of the organisers.
- Winners details will be passed to the festival and they will organise your tickets with you.
- Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of the promoters (Verily Victoria Vocalises and Nozstock).
- Closing date for entries is 10.00pm GMT on 14 July 2015.
- Only one entry per person.
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- The winner will be informed by email or Tweet within 1 day of the closing date and will need to respond with their details within 3 days or a new winner will be chosen.
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- This is a joint promotion between Nozstock and Verily Victoria Vocalises.
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Disclosure: Please note that I have been compensated for this post