VLP

Welcome to this week’s edition of the HogSozzle blog. My name’s Felix and I’m the Sales Manager of HogSozzle. Last year, we road tested the VLP (Very Lazy Pig) for the first time. Note the wording; we did it because as George Orwell once said ‘All pigs are equal, but some are lazier than others’ and so the VLP was born. Personally I’m a big fan of turning up to a festival with very little as Hobbs and Ben of Team Ridiculous will let you know. This is all part of the concept – bring yourself, a couple of bare essentials and that’s it! The VLP team work so you don’t have to, it’s every festival goers dream!

This year, Team Ridiculous all round superstar, Hobbs has put his own luxurious tinge on the VLP, beefing up the package, to enhance your creature comforts and give you the best kip possible. Hobbs does excellent hugs, which unfortunately don’t come with the package, but he’ll give them if you ask nicely 😉

So what actually is VLP?

When each VLP turns up, they will be greeted with;

  • A HogSozzle Weekend Ticket
  • A spacious tent pre-erected by our VLP team (We are pleased to announce NEW and IMPROVED tents for 2016!)
  • A blow up mattress, fully inflated!
  • Sleeping bag and pillow to keep you as snug as a bug!
  • White overalls, face mask and Official HogSozzle sunnies to ensure you are fully prepared for the PIG PAINT FIGHT
  • A crate of beer of cider and more goodies to help you get the party

All this for the bargain basement sum of £175! If you’ve already bought your ticket, you can upgrade to VLP for just £99

And to add the cherry to this Ridiculous cake, you can become an ULTIMATE PIG and we’ll give you all of the above AND we’ll pick you up and drop you off to Finsbury Park for just £199!

So party people, I hope you’re having a beautiful April; we’re all counting down the days to seeing all your pretty faces.

 Bring on HogSozzle 2016!

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I LOVE FESTIVALS & I LOVE PEOPLE (and glitter, and sparkly things, and all things generally colourful, and I love happy, positive and genuine vibes!)

You can usually find me parading around, caked head to toe in sequins, and smiling like there’s no tomorrow, because to me….that’s what a festival is all about. Blowing away any inhibitions, meeting new people and throwing it down like nobody’s business….Catch me parading around the main stage at Bestival dressed as a fabulous unicorn, or find me running a pop up restaurant at Secret Garden Party, you may even find me tongue-twisting on the microphone, riding a horse, on a carousel at Wilderness Festival…When it comes to festivals, needless to say, I am your MAN. I have been lucky to have been involved on the festival circuit for just under ten years and have been exposed to stage production, management, decor and design, workshops and installations for a number of UK festivals.

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Mr Hog and the Unicorn

What makes HogSozzle so special?

HogSozzle, however, is where it all flows into, and the love and energy that I take with me from elsewhere directly increases the output that me and the team have when we come to running this beautiful festival in May!

HogSozzle is like nothing else I have ever been involved in, fuelled with a beautiful bond between the whole team as we studied at University together, and nourished with the fact that we are all still now as close as we were then, this means that when it comes to working together, it’s natural and productive!! Sure we have our challenges but together we are the most capable team and we all have so much to offer in so many different ways.

My role?

I lead on the Creative / Decor & Build of the festival. My responsibilities lie in organising the aesthetic feel of the festival, the “ridiculousness” that you will all witness and become involved within and then any creative projects that bring colour, insanity and general festival sparkle to the festival (basically ALL THE FUN!!). For me, the festival journey for our fans is all about the “experience”. What I want is for everyone who walks through the gates to leave with nothing but EPIC memories, new connections, great stories, and a sense of belonging and attachment to us, because that’s what we pride ourselves on… intimacy, experience and outright ridiculousness. Sure we’re serious, of course we are, we are a festival, but what we’re serious about is very different from most… We’re serious about giving you something that you will never get somewhere else, and my outlook is all about conveying that and making that stick.

 

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What do the Creative Hogs have lined up for 2016?

Asides to an OUTRAGEOUS theme, (soon to be released!! Watch this space!!) we have tons on offer this year… We will have everything from Power Ballad Yoga to a giant sized Hungry Hippos game… Throw in some blindfold Twister, some team games and even a 5K run for those of you who are keen to get a morning stretch on! A few other things to watch out for will be some mind blowing live-graffiti sessions, workshops and fire poi… Needless to say, this doesn’t even scratch the surface… This is gonna be one EPIC party!! xx

And what is your most ridiculous or creative moment?

In 2014 we designed a wishing tree in the camping woods. We asked our punters to write a wish, and within reason we tried to make a few of them come true!! A lovely lady for whom it was her first festival had wished to see a real life unicorn. Low and behold, on the last day of the festival I was covered head to toe in glitter, and in a full length unicorn outfit designed by MadWag festival costumiers. She found me during that and broke down crying with joy. After she said that HogSozzle had made her ‘dream come true!’ t’was a special moment…

 

And…

Unicorns are real. And they are addicted to Ketchup.

And finally….

Our motto is “Let’s Get Ridiculous”, and that’s our vision for a reason!

Bring on 2016! This is gonna be one festival that you will never forget! You have our word 😉

 

 

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The perfect Glasto warm-up

http://www.baldhiker.com/2013/06/10/hogsozzle-the-perfect-glasto-warm-up-sun-music-and-hog/

I’m standing in the middle of a sunny field. My head is bowed down in a crowd. A heavy bass-line thumps in time to my quickening heart beat. I scrabble around for a balloon filled of dry paint. Every time I think I see one, a burst of colour obliterates my vision. Yellow, orange, blue; by the time I raise my head to the sunshine I am a Pollock-esque masterpiece. I’ve just experienced the paint fight at HogSozzle – an Indian Festival of Colours in a field near Stevenage…

There’s less than one week until the return of the Sozzle, and that means just a few days left to make sure you’re stocked up on the essentials. There’s always something crucial (spare pants etc.) we forget to pack, so we’ve put together a little list for you all.

Wellies

We’re not going to lie to you (even if we did, you wouldn’t believe us anyway!); this is England, after all, and despite the sizzler that’s apparently in store for us this summer, there’s every chance things may get a little wet – maybe not for long, but probably enough to dampen your socks (and your spirits) if you’re not prepared. So don’t be a nelly, and pack your wellies. Just think, with endless snazzy designs available, wellies are also an unbeatable way to show off your calves’ creative side.

Wet Wipes

Let’s not pretend that you’re going to shower (although we do have them if the feeling takes you!). You’re at festival remember; everyone will be equally ‘natural’ when it comes to cleanliness, and you don’t want to risk being the odd one out by smelling nice and fresh. You may, however, fancy giving yourself a quick wipe down now again with a trusty wet wipe. It’s the quick and easy way to wash without having to leave the comfort of your tent.

Tent

Whilst we’re on the subject, don’t forget to pack your ‘fabric fortress’. It may be an obvious candidate for the car boot, or perhaps sleeping under the stars may seem like a romantic way to snooze, but you don’t want to be caught without a roof if it starts to drizzle.

Sleeping Bag

Essential if you want to be snug as a bug in a rug. You may be nice and toasty during the day, but nights can be chilly without a cosy ‘Nap Sack’ to wrap up in. Sleeping in just a hoody and a blanket made up of spare bin bags and socks is not fun.

Torch

We’ve all been there… you’re half way back to your tent after a night of intense bopping, and you consider briefly popping to the loo before bed. Then you spot the size of the queue and decide that you’re a fully-functional grown-up with complete control of your bladder. Besides, once you’re tucked into your sleeping bag gravity will surely take care of the rest… Three hours later you’re wide awake, jiggling around bursting for a wee, and it’s pitch black outside and you have no idea where you’re going. Take a torch!

HogSozzle Ticket

Another obvious one, but crucial for getting beyond the gates. Those without a valid ticket will be left to listen to the festivities from the carpark/neighbouring field. Don’t let this be you!

See you soon, Sozzlers!

Every few weeks we’ll be introducing you to another member of Team Ridiculous. They’re a busy bunch, so when we say ‘introducing’, we mean we’ll be pinning them down and picking their piggy brains about all things HogSozzle! Up next is Nicola (aka NicNak!).

What part do you play in the world of HogSozzle?

I’m responsible for the legal (boring) side of things as well as organising the weekly ‘to do list’/event rota and generally bossing the team about. I’ll be seen on site with my earpiece and clipboard (yes I have OCD!) and will be the one that the rest of the team are hiding from (the little rascals!).

I will also feature at the bar drinking its entire stock of Rose Wine.

That sounds like a mighty plan. So, what inspired you to join this ridiculous herd of ‘little rascals’?

Definitely not the people who form Team Ridiculous (only joking!). They really are a lovely bunch of munchkins with the same outlook and intentions for the festival – to make it ridiculous and an extremely fun place to be with like-minded people!!!

I love the festival, really wanted to be part of what it’s about and get involved in such a great event.

Seeing everyone have a ridiculously epic time will be so rewarding.

Share your silliest HogSozzle story with the world. We don’t judge, but we may tell porky pies…

Erm…there are many, but I’d say that crawling through a muddy field pretending to be a pig whilst rather sozzled springs to mind…

We very much appreciate the pig play. After all, The Hog is an important part of the HogSozzle experience, but when you’re not tucking into a tasty hog roast, what’s your favourite pork-based snack?

Bacon. Enough said.

Of course! Equally, the Sozzle is a sacred element of the festival. Do you have a favourite drinking game?

‘Never Have I Ever’ is always amusing.

And often risky amongst new acquaintances…

It’s no secret that we’re big pig fans (we may have mentioned this), but we welcome all livestock here at HogSozzle. What’s your favourite farmyard animal and why?

Chickens.

Did you know:

  • There are more chickens on earth than there are people – over three billion in china alone!
  • Chickens are the closest living relative of the tyrannosaur.
  • If you have a fear of chickens you may be Alektorophobic.

Some nifty nuggets of trivia there, NicNak. They’re bound to come up on a pub quiz one day! 

Finally, the Comedy Tent went down a treat last year, and it will be back to tickle many a (BBQ) rib in May 2014. Hit us with your best lame joke!

Why didn’t the piglets listen to their father?
Because he was a boar.

OR

What kind of tie do pigs wear?
A pigstie.

OR

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?

Haloumi!

*Canned laughter*

A triple whammy of funny!

eFestivals Interview

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/hogsozzle/2014/interview-dan.shtml

eFestivals Synopsis

It’s not just the big commercial festivals with well known names we cover on the site, eFestivals spoke to Dan Rushton who started HogSozzle a small independent event five years ago. It all began on his birthday when with a small gathering of friends he wanted to do something a bit different and a bit memorable with a hog roast for 50 people in a friends large back garden. It went well, and his guests wanted to do it again, so with he decided to involve more people, they found a field, and before they knew it they had friends who built a scaffolding stage, and the whole thing just snowballed into a festival…

Every few weeks we’ll be introducing you to another member of Team Ridiculous. They’re a busy bunch, so when we say ‘introducing’, we mean we’ll be pinning them down and picking their piggy brains about all things HogSozzle! Up next is Gaz.

What part do you play in the world of HogSozzle?

I’m ‘in charge’ of the Main Stage. This involves everything from booking bands and organising the line-up to entertaining the bands backstage and passing out in the VIP area (all part of the job!).

I’m also the self-titled HogSozzle ‘Queen of Fashion’.

That’s one heck of a lot of responsibility – we’ll bet you’ve got some corking festival tales. Share your most ridiculous HogSozzle story with the world. We don’t judge, but we do tell porky pies…

As everyone will tell you, there are so many!

A particular giggly moment from last year was when Mr Tim Rial approached me complaining to have ‘super sore feet’. In our obviously sober states, it took us half an hour to realise he’d been wearing Tamsin’s size 5 wellies for an entire 14 hour dance session… Tim’s feet are size 10.

I giggled… Tim cried… and then we kissed.

I still don’t understand how he got them on!

Poor old Tim! We hope he’s invested in some appropriately-sized wellies as we take foot welfare very seriously here at HogSozzle.

We also take The Hog very seriously – it’s an important part of the HogSozzle experience, but when you’re not tucking into a tasty hog roast, what’s your favourite pork-based snack?

Pork Belly – I’m not an idiot!

Good answer! Equally, the Sozzle is a sacred element of the festival. Do you have a favourite drinking game?

Charades, The Ridicul-a-patch or Dictionary Wars.

(Ask me at HogSozzle 2014 for a demonstration of any of the above).  

Deal! It’s no secret that we’re big pig fans, but we welcome all livestock here at HogSozzle. What’s your favourite farmyard animal and why?

The Rooster. That bloke has the whole wardrobe thing totally nailed.

The King of the farm certainly knows how to dress, no arguments there.

Finally, the Comedy Tent went down a treat last year, and it will be back to tickle many a (BBQ) rib in May 2014. Hit us with your best lame joke!

What is yellow on the inside and green on the outside?

We’re stumped…

A banana dressed up as a cucumber!

Of course, it’s so obvious now! We’ll see you on the dance floor, Gaz. 

What part do you play in the world of HogSozzle young man?

I’m responsible for our online marketing presence, a bit of the legal side and generally sticking my oar in (not sure if it’s wanted).  I also like to dance for lengthy periods of time.

We’re very much looking forward to seeing the Pig Jig, Pork Walk and Swine Dance at this year’s HogSozzle. 

What inspired you to join this ridiculous herd of rascals?

Team Ridiculous, whilst rascals, are also a fantastic bunch.  Some are friends or friends of friends, but we all share the same reasons for being here and putting on the festival.  That is getting ridiculous, escaping reality for a long weekend and being amongst sound, like-minded people who are all here to have an EPIC time.  I’m really behind HogSozzle, get what it’s about and really wanted to be a part of it (not just as an attendee).  I also love meat.

Share your silliest HogSozzle story with the world. We don’t judge, but we do tell porky pies…

I bumped into one of the people on one of my post-grad courses from a few years back, and instead of having a good catch up and chit-chat, I was so Sozzled I managed to say about three words before having to run off because I couldn’t speak!

 

Trotters crossed that you can manage a whole sentence this year!

The Hog is an important part of the HogSozzle experience, but when you’re not tucking into a tasty hog roast, what’s your favourite pork-based snack?

Pork scratchings. Oh my days, they are a necessary evil in my life.  So right (yet so wrong)…

We whole-heartedly agree, Kyle. Equally, the Sozzle is a sacred element of the festival. Do you have a favourite drinking game?

I’ve always been a fan of “drink with [insert TV show, sporting event or anything on TV for that matter]”.  Particularly “drinking rugby”.  You pick a shirt number from the hat and there are certain rules/punishments depending on what that player does during the game.  Trust me, you don’t want the hooker or the fly half (unless you’re a glutton for punishment).

We certainly are. It’s also no secret that we’re big pig fans, but we do welcome all livestock here at HogSozzle. What’s your favourite farmyard animal and why?

My favourite would have to be the lamb.  Not only full of energy, fun and loves to have a frolic in the fields (like all HogSozzlers), but damn tasty too.

Finally, the Comedy Tent went down a treat last year, and it will be back to tickle many a (BBQ) rib in May 2014. Hit us with your best lame joke!

Two sausages in a pan, one says “jeez it’s bloody hot in here”. The other says “F**k me! A talking sausage!”.

*Canned laughter*

A pork-flavoured joke of this calibre deserves a round of applause. 

 

 

 

An amazingly wicked weekend of ridiculousness which will keep me smiling all year! :-)
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