Independent arts and music festival Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a precious cultural stone located on The Rowden Padocks Farm in Bromyard, Herefordshire. The event provides entertainment for all types of festival goers. Music has a primary role displayed in eight stages, three DJ stages and three live/ acoustic stages.
“Lack of commercialism is the very charm of the festival, along with its emphasis on local talent and green initiatives.” In the words of Summer Festival Guide, Nozstock represents a “real laid-back vibe and is essentially the epitome of what a music festival originally set out to be.”
Strongly connected to an independent motto, Nozstock welcomes all kinds of visitors. The concept evolved since its foundation which remounts to July 20th of 1998. Now the festival has a capacity of about 5,000 people. A family and its relatives, friends and acquaintances united efforts and creativity in order to create a gathering that would attract an universe of interesting people available to share their ideas, stories, skills or simply play guitar, tell a few jokes and interact.
Now the Nozstock has developed into an established and still an intimate collective peregrination across the lands of pop, folk, ska, funk, soul, indie, house, and many other music genres. Firmly one of the country’s leading boutique festivals, The Hidden Valley has a lot of activities exploring the wonders of its rural setting. Slices of music, comedy, workshops and other fun activities fill the day of those who enter Nozstock. “A rural slice of English eccentricity,” describes British comedian Russell Howard.
The most recent edition of this colourful extravaganza has received artists like London-based rapper Roots Manuva, British neo soul and funky band The Heavy and East London Reggae quartet The Skints, among many others.
This rural side of paradise has been nominated for UK Festival Awards three years in a row (2008, 2009 and 2010). Among the categories were: Best Small Festival, the Family Festival Award and Best Dance Event.