It’s the day of NozFest. The day had finally fallen upon us. There was a lot of anticipation and nervousness leading up to the event. It was all brought together and organised by local promoter Jodie Bowie. After a series of Rock Nights, she held her first festival. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with her before the doors opened about the festival, her plans for 2020 and advice she would give to those trying to make it in the creative industry.
Hello Jodie, thanks for joining us today here at NozFest. How are you feeling today?
Really good thanks, really nervous though.
So, this is your first festival today, please tell us more about it?
It’s a New Wave of Classic Rock Festival and it’s featuring all the best up and coming bands in the New Wave of Classic Rock. It’s completely new, self-funded, self-promoted and it’s an independent festival. It’s different and new, hopefully it will grow. We have bands such as Massive Wagons and Marco Mendoza.
What can the readers expect?
I have no idea but I do know we can expect some fun, discovering new music, making new friends. Everyone here is super lovely, there’s already a group where people have started meeting each other and stuff which is amazing. People are already calling themselves Nozzers. It’s going to be fun and I expect there will be lots of excitement.
Word has it you already have plans for NozFest 2020.
Yes, indeed there is already a plan for NozFest 2020. There’s a date.
Can you tell us a bit more about the bands playing today?
Most of the bands are New Wave of Classic Rock bands so it means they have their own modern spin on the modern rock sound. Some of them are quite big, others are just starting out. 27 Days come from just down the road, they’ve only been going for about a year. We’ve got The Wicked Jackals who have recently changed their name, they’re from Watford. We also have Massive Wagons who have just come off tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Those Damn Crows have just played Download. Of course, Marco Mendoza from The Dead Daisies.
What advice would you give to those who are trying to make it into the creative industry?
Work very hard at it and don’t listen to those who tell you that it’s not going to happen because if you want it enough, it will happen.
Thank you Jodie for speaking with us and best of luck with the festival today.
Words: Lotty Whittingham
Photo: Rikki Wolf