UK: Reaching its 18th year in 2016, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley will return to the heart of Herefordshire from July 22 – 24. Joining the dots between hip-hop, ska, reggae, folk, funk, soul, drum and bass, psytrance, electro-swing and a whole lot more across nine stages, plus interactive adventure and performance, Nozstock touts itself as a playground for all. This year’s festival theme is ‘Wonders of the Ancient World,’ so attendees can expect wild fancy dress displays and breathtaking decor.
Included in the line-up for this year are Jurassic 5, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Hot 8 Brass Band, Foreign Beggars, Slamboree, Kagoule, Houdini Dax, Eva Lazarus, Friction ft. Linguistics, DJ Marky & GQ, Dimension, Rene LaVice, Stapleton, JFB, The Prototypes, Ulterior Motive, Jubei, Rockwell, Randall, and more.
As ever, Nozstock brings a plethora of captivating arts to its generation-spanning audience, including adventures for kids in Spare Room Arts’ Little Wonderland, with Mayan mask and Aztec sundial-making, features and shorts in Mash Cinema’s Wrong Directions tent, enthralling theatre at the Bantam of the Opera, brow-raising cabaret in Velveteen Valley, plus more hidden surprises in Clik Clik’s award-nominated Cabinet of Lost Secrets which for 2015 welcomes funky hip-hop five piece, Cantaloop and one off the UK’s most respected remixers, Sam Redmore. The Chicken Cow Cafe hosts fun and games, plus some eye-opening discussions, and the Tent of Temporary Thought will be staging its annual Nozslam competition for wordsmiths all over to battle out their wits.