In July Mooch was invited back to host the Bullpen @ Noztock 2012. What started as a modest BBQ party has grown to a 5000+ capacity, boutique style festival not dissimilar to the likes of Secret Garden Party or Camp Bestival. Celebrating its 14th year, Nozstock ran from Friday to Sunday at Rowden Paddocks Farm in Bromyard, this year it featured eight stages of entertainment all with a weird and wonderful myths & legends theme.

                       

After the 3 hour drive from London we set up camp in our usual spot, cracked open our beers and headed onto the site. Only a short walk from our field saw ample (clean) toilets / shower facilities, cash ‘n’ fag outlets, which is exactly what you want when living in a tent! Just inside the main entrance a selection of food stalls, serving hangover curing ‘all day breakfast pizzas’, tasty 100% Herefordshire beef burgers and not forgetting the finest west country Scrumpy and Perry cider all of which was our staple diet for the next 24hr.

Our corner of the festival was the ‘The Rave Yard’ an area which is home to the Cubicles and Bullpen (an actual former bull pen and working milking parlour.) Come sundown the yard filled up quickly with people fresh from a days hibernation due to their previous legendary mash up Friday night! The Cubicles hosted D&B heavyweights though out the evening while our home for the next 8 hours was the Bullpen. The space had earlier been in the good hands of Sika Studios hosting UK Hip Hop through out the day, but now it was early Saturday night, the stage was set and we were ready to rock. Natalie Coleman, Ed Jones, Dirty Byrd Samantha Blackburn and Noz residents Choose Life provided the crowd with House and Techno all night long….

 

The next morning was spent chilling and more eating before the journey home, the sun stayed out for us the whole time which was definitely the icing on our Noz festival cake. Jokes of the weekend were defiantly on the 2 blokes trying to get into the festival without tickets, they ended up a tree for hours having then to call the police to save them from the Bull literary acting as field security! Mooch crew highly recommend those of you wanting a festival that feels intimate, fresh, varied and well away from those commercial sponsors…..More info on 2013 tickets etc.? You can visit their website HERE.

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