Herefordshire festival returns this summer

Monday 4th July 2022 9:30 am
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A popular arts and music festival is returning the Herefordshire countryside once again this summer.

Nozstock The Hidden Valley is annual boutique independent festival and will be held this year from July 21 - 24. Nozstock is nestled in the rolling Herefordshire countryside on the working Nosworthy family farm.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle and boasting outstanding views of the surrounding county, the Nosworthy family have created an intimate, eccentric and family-friendly event unlike anything else in the UK.

Due to the proximity of the festival to the Welsh borders there has always been a strong Welsh connection, with many of their crew and customers traveling to Herefordshire for the family friendly festival.

Ceri Williams, who has been working for Nozstock since 2014, said: “It’s great to see so many Welsh acts at Nozstock 2022. I feel Nozstock has a great relationship with Wales, not only supporting Welsh acts and giving them the time and space to shine but also the strong connection with Wales within the Nozstock team, I am always bumping into a fellow Welshie!”

Bandstand programmer Loz Fancourt was born in Gower, Swansea and ensures that the line-up has plenty of Welsh Acts including Welsh language act Adwaith, an indie rock band from Camarthern: “Call me bias, but there is a such a rich plethora of talent that comes out of Wales and I think it is really important to be able to showcase it. I’m very lucky in the sense that I get to hand pick and watch some of the best up and coming talent Wales has to offer. It’s also extremely rewarding to see bands such as Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and Boy Azooga go from The Bandstand to playing SXSW and opening for Neil Young!

“I am really excited to welcome more of the best up and coming artists to this year’s Nozstock festival!”

The team is delighted to be able to host the next wave of Welsh performers this July and their Welsh acts include Midding, Lost Tuesday Society, Josh Ace, Sarah Birch, Dactyl Terra, Adwaith, Raith, Pierre Donahue, Algal Bloom, Tom Emlyn, Peirant, Bella Collins and more.

The line-up also includes Sister Sledge, Andy C, Bill Bailey, Flava D, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Submotion Orchestra, Ibibio Sound Machine, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, Break, Rosie Jones and many more..

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 weekend is full to the brim with family-friendly activities, including theatre, games, workshops and opportunities to learn new skills.

To see the full line-up and find out more about the amazing artists and activities for 2022, visit nozstock.com/line-up/

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