DRIVING towards Nozstock in the torrential rain I wondered what I was letting myself in for.

Images of mud-soaked festival goers filled my mind as we struggled to put the tent up in the pouring rain.

But the festival site recovered as quickly as the rain had arrived and it turned out to be an amazing weekend of varied and exciting music.

Nozstock, near Bromyard, helped me fall in love with festivals and this year was no different.

There is a brilliant atmosphere on site with all ages from all walks of life enjoying the enlightened and welcoming festival atmosphere.

The stages are dotted throughout the working farm with drum 'n' bass in the cubicles, unsigned bands at the Bandstand, and the main Orchard Stage at the centre, among many others.

There was a new addition this year deep at the bottom of the site called The Elephant's Graveyard which was a haven for dub and reggae.

There seemed even more of a mix of music this year which is what makes festivals great as I was introduced to music which I have never heard before.

Mica Millar was a surprising find early on the Saturday on the Orchard Stage with an incredible voice and quite rightly compared to classic 60s soul singers.

Oh My God! It's The Church brought the crowd alive on Saturday afternoon with their insane version of a church service, where party is the new praising. They were mesmerising to watch, especially the dancers, and had everyone dancing to songs such as Hey Ya! and Uptown Funk.

Another festival highlight was Hayseed Dixie- their unique acoustic break-neck speed covers of songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Don't Stop Believin' were impressive to say the least. The chat between songs from frontman, John Wheeler, was funny and entertaining and the set was worth watching for Hippy Joe Hymas' facial expressions alone.

Headlining on the Friday night was blues musician, Seasick Steve, who was a dream to watch. He oozed charisma and it was remarkable to see his collection of homemade guitars.

The Sugarhill Gang brought so much energy to the site on the Saturday night and Sunday saw the legendary Happy Mondays taking to the main stage.

You can make the festival whatever you want it to be- as I was dancing to Happy Mondays I looked across to see the crowd at the Garden Stage raving to Hazard + MC Eskman.

There was so much to see and do across the weekend and I cannot wait to see what the organisers will bring to the festival next year to celebrate Nozstock's 20th anniversary.

To find out more go to nozstock.com