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“Nozstock is the best festival of its size in the UK”Phill Jupitus and The Blockheads
Aug 14, 2014
DnB was all right and TOF kept it psycherdelic, electro swing is oky if it’s your bag, but where was the night time fluffyness, need a good House stage to keep everyone smiling!
Neil Woods says:
I’m a seasoned festival goer, most years I have been to at least three, and I’ve been doing that for at least 20 years so I feel I’m well placed to be a critic. Noztock is the only festival I could get to this year and it was my first time. I was astonished by how much you manage to fit in! For such a small event it has a big feel about it. And you really make the most of such beautiful surroundings; the view from outside the delightful Chicken Cow café is breath-taking, day or night.
The sound quality from the main stage was excellent, and that area is so well arranged for enjoying the acts. I have never known a festival with so much seating, and nice areas to hang out. This effectively means that rain could never ruin the event.
Someone above mentioned the security, well I found them great. Friendly, but very alert and assertive where needed. It is a fairly young demographic which slightly dictates how security react to some instances. I saw one instance where a security person gave some stern advice to a guy who was approximately 17. I’m sure the lad was a touch startled and might complain to his mates from hurt pride, but believe me he was lucky not to be immediately thrown off the site. The security were proportionate, and reassuring to someone like me who also had teenage kids at the festival. And for those that moan about security, consider those festivals where police are everywhere. Beautiful Days and others are like that. It’s less comfortable, believe me! Security behave in the way they do so the licence for the event remains, and so that they get left alone by police in the future
Someone above also complained about not being able to take drinks into the arena! What small festival could possibly maintain a decent standard otherwise? The bar prices were less than other festivals but far better quality than most. Decent local real ale at a festival! Marvellous. The food was a good mix of great quality that enticed me to leave my camping stove switched off most of the time.
All the other staff were really helpful and friendly too, either when we lost something, or when I had to be helped off sight with a flat battery. Nothing was too much trouble.
A slight criticism of some of the music; I love music that comes from the free party scene, and I know Tribe of Frog have a good reputation but whenever I visited that glorious little copse down the hill it was like the same tune had been on all weekend. How about some Tribal, Tech, or Progressive House? Something to interest the mind
There was some marvellous varied music on at the bandstand. I was even delighted to hear some fairly good metal. Outstanding though were The Mourning Suns. My only complaint with that stage, it being extremely close to where I was camped was how early it started playing recorded music in the morning and especially the choice of music. Best of Bob Marley just after 9 in the morning, two mornings running! Why would anyone want to do that to me? Why not wait until the stage opens properly for music? And why not burn your Bob Marley CD?
I was aware some people suffered thefts. A friend had her bag stolen the first night and went home upset. There are scum that prey on every festival of course. Have you considered asking Greenpeace or CND to run one of their lock ups? I’m not sure if they do it for small events, but I have volunteered at them in the past and they make a massive difference, If well advertised and endorsed by organisers, so that they get used.
I absolutely loved Noztock and I will be there every year from now on. I have already persuaded friends to join me next year. Can’t wait!
Aug 15, 2014
Very comprehensive feedback Neil, thank you very much! xx
Feb 4, 2014
It gets really crowded in the cubicles, would be nice to hear some house and techno in there, maybe move the dnb out to the garden stage for a couple of hours each night? Would allow some different people to get to the front
It gets really full in the cubicles, how about mixing up the music in there a bit? I would love to hear some techno in there, I know the DnB is really popular, maybe move it to the garden stage for one or two sets? Give different people a chance to get near to the front, if not, a couple of fairly big house and techno names on the garden stage or bull pen would be nice
Feb 11, 2014
Hi Spence, thanks for the suggestions I’ll pass it on…
Oct 25, 2012
I’d like to see the music at the festival brought up to the standard of similar sized independent festivals. Festivals which don’t feel the need to stop you taking your own booze in, with the obvious intention of then selling you 3.50 a pint beer inside. If this is to be the case, then I feel agrieved listening to an average (at best) band described as “Bromyard’s answer to Coldplay” or some band once described by Zane Lowe as “I might consider givign them another listen” – honestly, the program’s descriptions provided us with more laughs than the music itself. Fair enough, the festival has clearly spent a large amount of the entertainment budget on some massive drum and bass acts – but even that is ill planned, and its near impossible to actually enjoy them without some pilled up teenage idiots flying into you as the area had only one entrance and exit – at the back – meaning access was rubbish and unless you were right in the front, it was pointless trying to get into any zone at all with the, at times, quite decent drum and base.
Oct 26, 2012
Hi Si, thanks for your feedback, it is really useful for us to know where you feel we can improve…
stuart binnington says:
Sep 17, 2012
hows about some old school house music !!
Hi Stuart, we are looking into programming more house music this year…watch this space!
Sarah Phillips says:
Feb 28, 2012
Awesome festival, lovely beautiful location, friendly people and a good mix of music and entertainment. Can’t wait to go back!
Loved nozstocks small feel. I liked the fact that it was easy to get back to your tent etc unlike big commercial festival which seem to get far too busy.
Feb 18, 2012
Loved Nozstock, but you need to do something about the mental security guys!
Feb 19, 2012
Hi Meredith, We’re sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with our security. We’ve had a mixed bag of feedback but mainly it’s been positive. Can I ask you to email firstname.lastname@example.org with more details about the experience you had and a description or name of the security person, if you spotted their name badge, so we can follow this up? Of course, we strive for the friendliest, most knowledgeable security here at Nozstock. Thanks.
Emma Blythe says:
One of the best festivals iv been to
SIR TUN-LEE you have a very good point
SIR TUN-LEE, I couldn’t have put it better my self!
Steve Kinloch says:
Jan 26, 2012
How about some Techno this year?
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