Nozstock Festival (Herefordshire, UK, July 2018)

Set on a working farm in Herefordshire, Nozstock combines music, performance arts and entertainment in a festival setting.

Nozstock night time closing show
Nozstock night time closing show (c) Alex Avery

What

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a boutique festival combining performance, art, electronic music and some good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing. The festival site is set on a working farm in Bromyard and has always attracted a diverse audience, from newbies coming for the very first time to seasoned festival goers. Over the last 20 years, the festival has evolved from 50 friends at the inaugural gathering into an intimate musical odyssey. Since its humble beginnings, Nozstock’s ethos has always been to provide a weekend of escapism far from the madding crowds.

The fancy dress and site theme for 2018 is Nozstalgia.

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Where

Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS.

When

The festival takes place in the weekend of 20-22 July 2018.

How much

From £115 for adults / From £95 teens / 12s and under free.

Tickets are available via the Nozstock website

What’s on

The music line-up at Nozstock encompasses everything from hip-hop, ska and folk to funk, pop and drum and bass. Headliners for this year’s festival include Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Goldfrapp and Grandmaster Flash, The Selecter, Dub Pistols and Electric Swing Circus.

Space butterflies at Nozstock
Space butterflies at Nozstock (c) Emma Gardiner

As well as the music, there’s plenty of games and activities to keep you amused and entertained. At The Cabinet of Lost Secrets, make like Alice and follow the white rabbit down into the jewel of the Hidden Valley, a maze of tunnels and trapdoors where time twists and turns as everyone plunges into the surreal. For your entertainment fix, head to The Bantam of the Opera, which showcases a variety of theatre, circus acts and puppetry. There’s also the Wrong Directions Cinema and crafts and activity village, where you can take part in basket weaving, costume making and mushroom carving.

Nozstock is a child-friendly festival
Nozstock is a child-friendly festival (c) Caz Holbrook

Nozstock is also a child-friendly festival, with games, pop-up performances, and workshops for little ones. All events and activities are free of charge in the Little Wonderland Kids’ Area across the whole weekend. There’s even a bottle warming service!