With Nozstock festival looming on the horizon we are getting very excited to be attending for the very first time. Last week I caught up with Ella, creative director at Nozstock, to find out how the festival has changed since she had kids of her own.
Ella has grown up helping to organise the festival and her outlook and priorities have changed over the years. From partying through the small hours to making sure the kids were entertained, Ella has seen her role at the festival grown with her and her expanding family.
One of the things we discussed in detail was how Nozstock Festival manages to strike a good balance between being family friendly and suitable for Festival goers without kids. Ella was very honest that the balance was a bit of a struggle for a few years but that families are becoming more of a focus. Since she became a Mum herself she had understood the practicalities that make camping and attending a festival with a family easier. There is a family camping area where only people camping with kids can set up and although there is a separate family area the kids are welcome across the site. Nozstock Festival has two very different aspects to it with the raves/dancing at night time and the daytime being very friendly and welcoming.
The family entertainment has changed over the years and it has gone more from watching entertainment to crafts, activities and workshops where the kids can join in and experience these things. The activities are free which means that you won’t constantly be putting your hand in your pocket to keep the children entertained.
The reason that Nozstock Festival is so successful and has lasted for 20 years is that it feels like a really friendly festival with a great community and homely feel. There is a very diverse range of music with lots of different stages to cater to everyone so you are bound to find something that appeals to you.
We can’t wait to experience this festival for ourselves and see if our girls enjoy all of the family entertainment on offer. We have our tent ready and we can’t wait to get started.
Nozstock The Hidden Valley – celebrating 20 years
Friday 20th – 22nd July 2018
@ Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS
Tickets: From £115 for adults / From £95 teens / 12s and under free
www.nozstock.com / @Nozstock
Artists so far include Chase and Status and DJ Rage, Goldfrapp, The Selecter, We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Dub Pistols, Honeyfeet, Electric Swing Circus, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, The Lovely Eggs, DJ sets from Grandmaster Flash, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & G.Q, Black Sun Empire, S.P.Y, Audio, Dillinja, Randall and many more