Nozstock Festival Greatest Success to Date…and it ‘Beefs’ Up The Security!
Quick update from the Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival team and a rather unbelieva-bull story of two ill-fated opportunists…
Despite economic doomsayers and them wall street evil-doers, the Nozstock team are recovering from their most successful festival to date, only 100 tickets shy of selling out this year (capacity 5000). Full of colour and friendly vibes, there was something for everyone from families with young children to hardcore ravers.
In its 14th consecutive year, the festival saw headliners Dreadzone, Futureheads and The Proclaimers knocking out amazing sets, as the weather behaved itself all weekend. Punters were treated to a wide variety of arts, crafts, cinema, poetry, comedy, theatre, great food and even better music.
Of particular amusement to the festival’s organisers was receiving a call from the police, informing them of two young men who had tried to get into the festival without tickets by cutting across a neighbouring field.
The hapless pair were forced up a tree thanks to a Nozstock’s newest volunteer steward – an angry bull. The beefy bouncer (image here – http://bit.ly/MRGaDD) continued to menace them, and after a few hours they had to call local police to help them escape. They later appeared on Nozstock’s Facebook page to reveal their identity, ‘take a bow’ and correct the story (as they had been rescued from a field NOT the tree).
Said Pete ‘Noz’ Nosworthy: “We were just so happy that the clouds had cleared, we could get the bales off the fields and really make it the best festival yet. There wasn’t a murmur of discontent at Nozstock this year, just ‘wow’s’ and ‘woops’ from across the Farm. It was really encouraging to see that we were enticing the right kind of fun-loving, caring crowd that we felt could bring so much originality and a great attitude to the Hidden Valley. Stand out moment had to be standing on the viewing platform with all my family, friends and loyal crew, watching the Proclaimers and thinking ‘Yes, we got there. It’s all been worth it.’ ”
Ella Nosworthy, Festival Coordinator explained “I’ve got to say that it really felt like the gods were thanking us for putting on a myths & legends theme. We couldn’t have hoped for a more beautiful sun-soaked weekend, glorious foody smells, smiling faces and a programme jam-packed with colour and proper old-fashioned entertainment. From the folk jam round the fire, the mesmerising cabaret, groundbreaking comedy and some of the strongest live performances in the business.“