5 Reasons Not To Miss Nozstock: The Hidden Valley 2019
With just over 80 days to go until Nozstock 2019 commences, we know that for many of our readers, there are a couple UK festivals that you may be unsure about committing to. Nozstock used to be one of those festivals we felt indecisive about, however after experiencing Nozstock first-hand we have returned annually. Having checked this year’s first line-up announcement, we are extremely excited to revisit the infamous Nosworthy Farm for another weekend of madness on the festivals 21st anniversary. We wanted to ensure that anyone currently undecided are provided with a low-down of what to anticipate over the fun filled occasion. So without further ado, here are our 5 top reasons not to miss out on Nozstock 2019.
Among the most enticing features of Nozstock are the plethora of unique, makeshift stages dotted across Nosworthy Farm. At the heart of the festival is the Orchard Stage, Nozstock’s mainstage which headlines the weekend's biggest acts. Perched upon the nearby hillside you’ll find the Garden Stage overlooking the Nozstock lake, where revellers soak up sunshine and enjoy the sounds of everything from hip-hop to opera. For those interested in the unconventional, The Bandstand has an ethos of hosting unsigned, experimental artists to its stage, surrounded by comfy sofas as well as food and drink stalls. Party animals will find themselves at home in The Cubicles, Nozstock’s rave central which hosts DJ’s ranging from up-and-coming to the world-renowned. Fans of psytrance are likely to spend most of their time at The Coppice, held in an illuminated woodland which regulars return year after year to dance upon. Nearby is the Elephants Grave, a fan favourite since its late inception in 2017 - a paradise for dub/reggae enthusiasts by day and house/techno fiends by night. The Bullpen is Nozstock’s original dance arena, providing an abundance of underground sounds whilst bringing through dozens of local talents each year. For a slice of bizzarity, surprises and unconventional characters, climb down the rabbit hole into the Cabinet of Lost Secrets; expect the unexpected.
Jam Baxter - Since emerging with Contact Play back in ‘09, over the past decade Jam Baxter has become one of UK hip-hop’s most acclaimed emcees, due to his intricate, sometimes cryptic storytelling finesse. Since pairing with Dabbla of London Zoo to form Dead Players, Baxter bolstered his reputation by shelling down raves and festivals across the UK. Expect assured madness on his welcome return to Nosworthy Farm.
Dabbla - UK hip-hop veteran, founder of Potentfunk Records Dabbla has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. Releasing a succession of projects alongside London Zoo, Problem Child, Dead Players and his debut solo album over the past decade, Dabbla’s discography of bass heavy bangers always ensures an enjoyable performance.
Skinnyman - Requiring little introduction, Skinnyman is a world-renowned UK hip-hop legend. From establishing The Bury Crew to forming Mud Family in the 90’s, Skinnyman became immortalised by his debut solo album, ‘Council Estate Of Mind’ which released in 2004. Since then, Skinnyman has been listed in most people’s top three UK hip-hop artists of all time. Trust us, this is a performance you don’t want to miss.
Inja - From rolling with Delegates Of Culture, UK hip-hop demigods Task Force and Skuff to name a few, Inja honed his craft with poignant lyricism and positive vibes. The messages underpinning Inja’s rhymes consistently captivate crowds, whether they are recited over hip-hop, drum & bass or spoken word performances. Inja has a showmanship which few can match, his set should undoubtedly prove to be a highlight of the weekend.
Joe Burn & Skitz - Joe Burn’s sharp tongue and wit has moved crowds at club nights and festival slots for many years, bringing high energy performances with a variety bass heavy sounds underpinning his quick-fire rhymes. He will be backed on the ones and two’s by Skitz, a veteran homegrown producer who over his esteemed career has supported the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West. Anticipate a reggae-tinged, bass-driven, hip-hop infused setlist.
What is a festival without fun? Not worth attending. Nozstock recognises this and provides plenty of artful interactions to get involved with, suitable for people of all ages. You can find games, workshops and impromptu paint fights at The Sunken Yard - and by night, party on with fire shows and more. Or if physical activities aren’t on your agenda, take a seat in the Wrong Directions Cinema - an audio-visual sanctuary for weary travellers to be amused, confused and inspired throughout the whole weekend. If you need a break from the noise, stroll into the Village healing area for a proper pampering and soul-soothing session. Last but not least, the Little Wonderland Kids Area is the place for parents to make lasting memories with their children, with plenty of activities to ensure kids keep engaged as well as entertained.
Posted in the idyllic countryside of rural Herefordshire, journeying through signposted backroads en route to Nozstock immediately provides a sense of peace and solitude. Eventually you turn into the carpark entrance and the feeling doesn’t disappear, despite the arrival of festival goers in the thousands. The scenery consisting of rolling hilltops and emerald green fields are often described as breathtaking, particularly by those unaccustomed to country life. By keeping to a strict ticket limit of 5,000, Nozstock remains an intimate site for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Less attendee’s means less crowding, less unsavoury characters and less queuing. Altogether these factors attribute to making Nozstock’s location exceedingly special as well as memorable.
Let’s be real, a majority of our adult readers are parents who have to think about their kids before deciding which festivals to book. Fortunately at Nozstock, bringing families of all ages is not only encouraged but wholly accommodated for. Over the weekend, there is a variety of engaging activities and entertainment to be amazed by. Families are invited to enjoy storytelling sessions, cinema screenings, art workshops, sculpturing exercises and so much more. Workshops are hosted by the fantastic Spare Arts Room, specialising in outdoor events and music festivals since 2010 - earning gold awards for their excellent efforts. All events and activities are free, which means children will leave with a whole heap of things they have made and magical memories they won’t soon forget. There is even a bottle warming service for parents with young children, and other helpful facilities designed to assist with child care. Now for the best part - all children under 12 can enter Nozstock with their parents absolutely free of charge!