Happily, Nozstock, which featured headline acts Fun Loving Crims and Roots Manuva, plus the RAM Records gang, The Skints, my own buddy superstar house producer Sonny Wharton and CALM ambassador Eddy TM (to name but a few), is located not far from where my parents live - so festival buddy Caractacus and I were able to enjoy their hospitality when it was most needed.
At the festival itself, much of the gang were working in the kids section; making dinosaur models, having jelly fights and generally running around causing chaos in all manner of Jurassic themed costumes.
Though I wasn't technically working, it seemed natural that the big kids hang out with the little kids, so I spent a good portion of my day doing the same.
When I wasn't climbing a tree or chasing children with an inflatable club, I was over at the Garden Stage, which was being managed by a friend from 13 years ago, back in the days of working at Little Verzons fruit farm for pocket money to spend on getting up to mischief with my buddie Charlie and the crew. So cool to see them again!
And so to the music: Roots was clashing with Sonny's set, but I wasn't to miss that, so after starting over at the Garden Stage with house that makes you wonder why you ever stopped listening to it, we figured we'd better head over to catch the headliners. Well, great though they may be, they couldn't hold this reveller's attention for long, as I was soon back to raving with Sonny. Check him out - he ain't just Fatboy Slim's Producer of the year, he's mine too!
Other highlights? The Skints, for sure, Calyx and Teebee of course, and Dizraeli and The Small Gods. This is one small festival you really want to consider if ska punk, reggae, dnb is your thing.
To be continued...