This summer Nozstock: The Hidden Valley finally returns in all its glory post-Covid…and what a festival it’s shaping up to be!
This fabulous festival is located in the rolling hills of Herefordshire and runs from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th July.
The relatively small, family-run event is set in a beautiful rural part of Herefordshire on a working farm. Friendly, welcoming and independent, the festival has evolved from a 50-friend gathering into an intimate musical and arts odyssey; and is now one of the UK’s longest running festivals.
As ever, it’s a kaleidoscopic mix of headline names, up and coming talent and seasoned stars forming an incredible range of styles across the event’s ten stages.
Iconic dancefloor fillers Sister Sledge have been soundtracking parties, festivals and your stay at home playlists since the 70s. The multi-lead vocal group hailing from Philadelphia are responsible for some of the biggest dance anthems of all time. Joining them on the Orchard stage is the indomitable Andy C ft. Tonn Piper. An underground phenomenon, Andy C has made himself a household name with his infectious brand of drum and bass.
Comedy is always a vital part of Nozstock, and in 2022 Bill Bailey will make history as the first comedian to take a headline slot on the Orchard stage. Be prepared for endless belly laughs and boogies. Speaking of belly laughs, making her Noz debut this year is Rosie Jones, armed with her uniquely dark, cheeky sense of humour.
Over on the Garden stage is the unprecedented force of drum and bass Calyx & Teebee w/ LX One. Calyx & Teebee have certainly forged their own path, swooping up numerous awards along the way. One of the UK’s biggest producers Flava D will be bringing her best tunes to get your limbs shaking and grooving. Shaking the rafters of the Cubicles this year is the myth, the legend that is Break – one of the drum and bass scene’s most prolific producers and wavemakers.
The Kids Area
As always, the weekend is set to be full to the brim with family-friendly activities, including theatre, games, workshops and opportunities to learn funky new skills.
This will be our families 6th Nozstock, and we have always found it to be a friendly and welcoming environment for both parents and little ones alike. For us, this fabulous little festival has always signalled the start of the summer holidays!
The Little Wonderland Kid’s Area features a vibrant spectrum of children’s entertainment. All are welcome to get creative, be amazed by wondrous stories, sculptures and entertainment, or roll their sleeves up for some physical fun.
All events and activities are free of charge in the Little Wonderland Kid’s Area across the whole weekend. Nozstock provides a range of activities for all children from the very young to the tweens and teens. Over the years our boys have enjoyed activities as diverse as bhangra dancing, beat boxing, tie-dye t-shirt making and clay sculptures. There’s even a bottle warming service and plenty of changing space for the really little ones.
For more information on what to expect from our favourite, family friendly festival please see my review of the last Nozstock to take place in 2019.
For more details and tickets have a look at the official Nozstock: The Hidden Valley website.