The award-winning team behind the boutique family festival, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley brought its own brand of family-orientated festivity and some of its best-loved acts to Castle Green during the Hereford River Carnival in 2017.
Following the successful festival in 2017, we look forward to welcoming Nozstock back in 2018.
In case you missed it, here is the fantastic line of up of acts that took part in 2017.
Sat 29th April 2017.
12.30-1pm – Woo Town Hillbillies
1.25-2pm – Steve Strong
2.25-3.10 – King Solomon Band
3.35-4.20 – Cantaloop
4.45-5.30 – Desert Boots
Funky family tunes between the acts were supplied by the fantastic Rob Williams.
The Woo Town Hillbillies
Up beat raw funk & soul 6-piece from Worcester, offering up some energy to get you moving and shaking! With influences in Northern Soul, jazz, funk, soul & electronica, Desert Boots are an unstoppable funk force to be reckoned with. See them on the web, Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube.
Steve Strong is a one-man multi-instrumentalist specialising in sweeping soundscapes and heartfelt melodies that speak to the soul. His debut album, Three Hands Tall was four years in the making, blending elements of Math-Rock with heavy influences from Four Tet and Squarepusher’s instrumental albums. Strong creates a captivating and genre-defying sound that fills the room, painting the air with sonic pictures. Follow him on Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube.
Cantaloop have always been able to adapt to the ever changing music industry volcano, yet they still retain their truly distinctive sound so whatever guise their music takes, you can still smell that funk! It’s part of their DNA and with it they’ve continued to deliver their jaw dropping live shows which are an infectious blend of funk-hip-hop-soul with floor-filling swagger that ignites and unifies crowds nationwide, and has done since the day they began! Catch up with them on Facebook, the web or YouTube.
King Solomon Band
King Solomon is a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10 strong collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013. This year, King Solomon marched onto the festival circuit coinciding with the release of the highly anticipated debut album, ‘Ceasefire’. To top off 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows. Without rest, the band are now working on new material and rehearsing a spectacular show for 2017’s performances.
Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70’s & 80’s yet original in style. King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.
What is Nozstock?
Like the very best of festivals, Nozstock was founded by a fun-loving family, their extended relatives, friends, acquaintances and pretty much everyone who had a guitar to play or a joke to tell. It was a hazy, optimistic time at the turn of the millenium, when life felt simple and summers were long and full of amusements. The Hidden Valley has successfully retained this homely, welcoming nostalgia, but we’ve woven it into a delightful amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing, thanks to some great advice and not a small dose of audience participation and feedback. Now an established family event, Nozstock is a sonic escape boasting nine stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.
When its visitors down tools and hand themselves over to Nozstock’s crew, safe in the knowledge that their hedonistic needs will be met, they discover there’s a small world of frivolity to find, all scrupulously programmed by the festival’s founders, the Nosworthy family and their eclectically informed friends.
The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. It’s an ever-changing event with a clear agenda; to invite conversation, interaction and serious recreation. Above all, Nozstock The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.