Just the ticket…

ONE DAY TO GO! Sorry for shouting, we’re just a little bit excited…

Haven’t got your ticket yet but looking to have a surreally good weekend? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Although online ticket sales close at 4pm on Thursday we’ve still got limited tickets on the gate. They’ll be available from 5pm until 11pm on Thursday night priced at £140, and from 9am on Friday priced at £130.

If you can’t make the whole weekend but still want in on all of the wonderful (and weird) sights and sounds of Noz, Sunday tickets will be available on the gate on a first come first served basis, priced at £45.

Whether you’re a seasoned Nozstocker or this is your first trip to the farm, we can’t wait to see all of your shiny, lovely faces this weekend. Keep yourselves safe, happy and definitely keep it surreal…

Josh Ace Q&A

We sat down with a virtual cuppa, nice slice of Battenberg and Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ace to ask those all important questions that are on the tip of everyone’s tongue:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Kurt Vile. Its that kind of grooving Americana thing going on that’s great in a field with everyone having a good time.

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Guitar, Beer, Tent

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing you can put in print

PJ Harvey at Field Day 2016
Photo: WENN

What is your best memory from a festival?

PJ Harvey was amazing at Field Day, maybe that is my most recent memory.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury, all I remember is the clown. I was about 4.

How did you get into music?

My father is a musician so picked up the basics that way.

 What can we expect from your performance / set?

30 mins of fast paced rock ‘n’ roll.

Bob Dylan on a rooftop in New York City, 1962

 Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Welsh Punk Rock.

Any musical heroes?

Bob Dylan.

 Highlight of your career so far?

Being played on BBC 6music.

Thanks Josh! We’re looking forward to seeing your set on the Bandstand at Noz 2017!

The RPMs Q&A

We sat down and shared a virtual cuppa with the gang from The RPMs.

Young guns Jack,  Callum and Miguel formed in Brighton and shot to Glastonbury’s Pilton Party fame with the fortuitous winning of a new bands competition in 2015, launching their debut single ‘I Don’t Like it’ with the help of BBC Introducing. They’ve played Glasto, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Beautiful Days and now they’re joining the fantastically friendly Nozstock family for 2017.

 

We asked them some slightly probing questions to ease our rampant curiosity:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Well after toilet paper being the absolute essential (take it from experience) it would be wellies and some sort of crazy hat.

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Some spring to mind, but they all involve toilets so they get a bit graphic.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Answered by Jack Valero (Front man) – Well my first festival was Camp Bestival and I went there with a school friend of mine who drove us there in a Triumph Herald which was this really old rickety car from the sixties but looked brilliant. We spent three days there and I ended up singeing my eye lashes when I used my lighter and forgot I’d jacked it up.

How did you get into music?

Well I think we all started to feel evermore alienated and lost from our own generation and normally when kids feel that way they find a subculture to be a part of, but we don’t really have any of our own not artistically anyway. So music seemed to be the best way to help us express ourselves and find our place within it all.

What can we expect from your performance / set at Nozstock this year?

Tonnes of energy and catchy tuneful songs to get you moving.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see you on the Orchard Stage very soon.

Levelz Up!

Described as ‘Wu tang- meets the Happy Mondays’ by FACT magazine, Levelz is an exciting group of 14 MCs, DJs and producers creating music in a diverse range of genres. From hip-hop to grime and dubstep, drum & bass to house and jazz, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix. Perfect for Noz!

Hailing from sunny Manchester, Levelz were formed way back in 2013 after local promoter and DJ, Rich Reason, pulled together artists and friends to form a new dynamic group of creatives. The diverse crew is made up of producers and musicians Biome, Bricks, Chimpo, Dub Phizix and Metrodome, with lyrics handled by Black Josh, Chunky, Fox, Skittles, Sparkz, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa; Jonny and Rich complete the crew as DJs. WOW!

What makes their sound so unique is the mix of individuals and personalities within the group, each bringing their unique skills and connections to the mix.

Described as a perfectly focused expression of British bass culture and Manc attitude, Levelz have gone from strength-to-strength since forming and have achieved a huge amount of success already, having completed a heavy duty 15 date UK tour and have showcased their talents on platforms as varied as Channel 4, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music, 1Xtra and Apple Music. On top of this they dropped their debut 13-track mixtape LVL11 in 2016 and won their hometowns edition of Red Bull Culture Clash, really stepping up a gear.

Since the crews conception, Levelz have become known as one of the most inherently versatile groups in Manchester due to the diverse genre and age range, with the oldest member into his forties and youngest still in their teens.

We cannot wait for Levelz to bring their notoriously infectious and energetic party to the Garden Stage. Get ready to join the party.  

All things shiny and new for Noz

 

This year at Nozstock we’ve added more new and exciting things than you can shake a tent pole at and we’re very excited for you to see them. New stage, new sounds, new… ginger protectant? So much more to see and do at Noz 2017 but we promise we haven’t strayed too far from our humble farm roots.

 

Our newest addition to Noz, the Elephant’s Grave, will take us to a massive eleven stages for 2017 and is sure to be a hit for all you party animals out there. The brand new stage was grandly dubbed after the team learnt of the mysterious happenings on the farm in the early 70’s. During the Second World War the owner of Chapman’s Circus moved to Bromyard… along with her curious cast of creatures. Legends speak of exotic beasts parading through Bromyard’s high street – elephants, tigers, even the occasional milk man as well. Sadly, as time passed many four-legged members of Chapman’s cast were laid to rest around the farm. The remains of one elephant were found near the top gate, however, nobody knows where the rest of the animals were buried. Could they be right underneath where you’re dancing this Nozstock? Although it’s unlikely you’ll stumble upon any skeletons in the Elephant’s Grave, what you’ll definitely find is everything Dub and Reggae by day and by night House and Techno to tear the barnyard roof off. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based ‘From Berlin With Love‘ to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take the stage with ‘Forte‘.

Remi Harris will be joining the Bluejay Jazz Lounge on the Bandstand for 2017

Things will be swingin’ at the Bandstand in 2017 as we slide into our newest area – the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Think back to the unforgettable times of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong with a classic Noz-esk twist. Bluejay’s is set to host a smokin’, rhythmic fusion of all things jazz led by the sweet, sweet sounds of Remi Harris. Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular, artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. Only 29, Remi already has a string of awards and chart success under his belt, plus endorsements from some of the biggest and best in the industry. We’re sure Remi will hit the right cord for quite a few of you cool cats so if you’re diggin’ some jazzy tunes we say “Hit the road Jack!” and check out the Bluejay Jazz Lounge!

 

Calling all Gingers! This year for Nozstock we’re inviting you to join your fellow pasty complexioned pals to gather for a bit of fun, laughter and plenty of sunscreen. Created by gingers, for gingers, You’ve Been Prangoed is being revived for Noz 2017 and is everything a red-head could dream of with games and silliness all round. Wear Orange for the occassion! If you’re up for a laugh and some quality ginger to ginger consultation then let your auburn locks loose and come join us for You’ve Been Prangoed. Please note: You’ve Been Prangoed will take place in a heavily shaded area for maximum ginger protection. See ya there!

Taking Nozstock onto the Streets

Every year you wonderful people excite and inspire us with your enthusiasm for Nozstock; it’s thanks to YOU our little old garden party grows and gets more diverse every single year.

For 2017 we’ve been looking at more ways to get you lot involved in the promotions side of the festival and some clever Nozstocker came up with the brilliant notion of the NozSquad Distribution Team!

We’re looking for a fistful of good pennies to help us promote Noz at gigs and festival venues in the run-up to this year’s event- you’ll need to be outgoing and friendly and willing to give us  a few of your evenings over the next few months.

In return for all your hard graft, and for sharing your passion for the ways of the Hidden Valley, you’ll earn yourself a free ticket, plus some exciting rewards if you’re extra successful. Good deal? You reckon!

To find out more about becoming a member of the NozSquad Distribution Team head over here.

 

The Sugarhill Gang

Celebrated ‘Rappers Delight’ hit aficionados The Sugarhill Gang will be making an appearance in the Orchard for a legendary set of disco-funk and hip-hop vibes. The sensational trio, originating from Englewood New Jersey, were named after the culture-rich Sugar Hill neighbourhood in Harlem by producer Sylvia Robinson in the 1970s, owner of Sugar Hill label.

Robinson, on the lookout for a new and interesting sound, discovered 22 year old nightclub bouncer Henry Lee Jackson AKA Big Bank Hank, rapping Cold Crush Brothers’ rhymes outside the pizza parlour he worked at, rapping DJ Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) was soon after auditioned in Robinson’s car. Adding 6’5” rapper Wonder Mike into the mix, Robinson was unable to pick one out of the three, so decided to create a group and the Sugarhill Gang were born.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight Original single

They were assembled in 1979 to record a revolutionary new hip-hop single, reinventing the 70s music scene after disco had reached its peak. The Sugarhill Gang was the group that brought hip-hop to mainstream America, awakening the hip-hop scene with their first explosive single ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It was the first rap single ever to become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 8 million copies, taking their fresh and funky sound global.

The legends took the music world by storm, recording hit hip-hop records including ‘8th Wonder’, making it to the number 15 spot on the R&B charts, and crowd-starting ‘Apache’.

After taking a short break, The Sugarhill Gang returned to fame in 1999 and recorded ‘Jump on it’ a children’s hip-hop album.

 

The first rap group to reach international fame, they brought rap and hip-hop culture to the masses and helped launch a genre that has continued to grow and influence. Now the Sugarhill Gang are making a long awaited comeback with the addition of Melle Mel and a 30 date European tour, including the famed Funk & Soul Weekender and Boomtown festivals, with our little old Nozstock being one of their stop-offs in the middle.

Come join us my friends! A chance to revisit the roots of rap, get ready to ‘boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat’ with the hip-hop troupe themselves, here down on t’farm. The Gang promise to haul you through hit after hip-hop hit, get your booty moving and grooving down in the Orchard “Hip-hop, hippie to the hippie, to the hip-hip-hop and you don’t stop”

How D’ya Like Them Apples…?

They say that variety is the spice of life; if that’s true then the 2017 Orchard Stage is spicier than a jalapeno on hot sauce dancing the Salsa.

Nestled at the heart of the Nozstock site and set in a gently sloping natural auditorium, the Orchard is the festival’s main stage. By day a whole load of fun and family friendly entertainment occurs in, on and around it but by night it becomes a different beast entirely – a variety stage like no other, with the electric atmosphere of a stage many, many times the size, but so intimate that you can almost feel the breath of the artists on your face as they perform.

This stage has seen memorable action from Jurassic 5, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jake Bugg, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Ben Howard, Roots Manuva and Fun Lovin Criminals to name but a few, with many a cider drinker lured in to dance a merry jig or two.

This year’s lineup continues to build on the fantastic work of the last eighteen years, bringing the Orchard a mind-bending mix of acts from all over the world – with rock ‘n’ roll, indie, ska, hip hop, psych and much more…

Jurassic 5 on the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2016

Jurassic 5 in the Orchard in 2016

The 2017 line-up looks as promising as past years’ with the hobo rock ‘n’ roll legend that is Seasick Steve taking his place at the helm, bringing his gravelly basslines from an assortment of cobbled-together guitars and his dulcet tones waxing lyrical about sleeping under bridges.

Seasick Steve plays the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017

 

 

Since his breakthrough performance on Jools Holland in 2006, Steve’s toured internationally, received Brit Award nominations and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Led Zeppelin. But when he picks up that three-stringed guitar it may as well just be you and him schmoozing round a camp-fire…

From soulful hobo-rock, to bouncy ska from the Stiff Joints (see, we promised variety!)

An eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands, The Stiff Joints are always so popular at Nozstock they’ve become a bit of a resident band. They’ll be bringing their infectious brand of two-tone ska along too, making it impossible to sit still in their presence.

Taking the accolade of ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ from BBC Introducing, the guys are currently working on a new release for 2017. Exciting!

Talking of legends – also billed for the Orchard in 2017 are indie household names of the 80s and 90s, Happy Mondays. Their 1990’s album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ went platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies and marking them as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK.

ince then we’ve enjoyed regular releases from the Happies, including 2012’s best-of album ‘Double Double Good’, extensive tours, various TV appearances, sell-out arenas and numerous festival shows across the UK and Europe. It’s amazing to see them play Noz with pretty much the original line up too.

They brought their own special brand of hip-hop into the mainstream in the 1970s, and now to Nozstock in 2017; The Sugarhill Gang are mostly famed for their iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which was the first true hip-hop track to hit the Top 40. EVER.

 

The old-school hip-hop troupe will be bringing their infectious disco-funk sounds to the Orchard Stage for our audio enjoyment and guarantee to have every age of Nozstocker smoothly grooving their way through the weekend.

You want cult heroes? We’ve got cult heroes! Beans on Toast is an Essex born folk songwriter, singing simple songs that tackle big issues, making you laugh but also making you think, with honest lyrics and quick wit.

He’s opened for Kate Nash, Glastonbury and toured with Frank Turner- his eighth album ‘Spanner in the Works’ was met with critical applause as he explored the themes of anger and love using a more worldly approach to his historically folk-punk style. He always retains that DIY festival feel, which is why he’s a firm favourite for the Nozstock stage.

More cult heroes!

Ferocious Dog are well known for their high octane live performances, mixing folk, rock, reggae and Celtic vibrationstogether to create a sound that has been fit to tour with the LeveFerocious Dog play the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017llers, Wonder Stuff and New Model Army.

In 2015 they played the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury, bringing record numbers to the stage. Nozstockers can expect much of the same from this high energy folk/punk fusion act, to say we’re excited is an understatement; pogos ready!

Variety is what we’re about here at Nozstock and what would a variety stage be without a big dollop of hillbilly rave, in the form of Hayseed Dixie.

The Dixies will be playing original songs alongside covers of AC/DC classics and reinterpretations of R&B and soul hits. These purveyors of ‘rockgrass’ will have you chortling, jigging and generally do-si-do-ing ’til dawn. Brush down your Stetson and hunt down your stompin’ boots, this stage is a’goin to get noisy!

But wait…there’s more!

The Orchard crams in as many acts as possible over the weekend, including The Correspondents, Land of the Giants, The Meow Meows, Jasper in the Company of Others, Oh My God It’s The Church!, Chainska Brassika, Hannah Peel and more!

For the released line up click here.

Celebritree Avenue 2017 Edition

It’s that time of year again where we announce the act who cares about our planet enough to get their hands dirty, roll up their sleeves and plant a tree in our famous Celebritree Avenue. This year the act picking up the shovel will be American Rock band Hayseed Dixie. Inspired by the legendary AC/DC the talented Hayseed Dixie will not only be bringing a hillbilly rave to Nozstock this year but also looking out for our environment and supporting our green initiative scheme by planting us a tree. The famous tree will sit amongst many others in our tree walk of fame along with Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer, Molotov Jukebox, The Electric Swing Circus, The Proclaimers and Henning Wehn.

We look forward to welcoming a Hayseed Dixie tree to the avenue!

Celebritree Avenue

Who in Darnation is Seasick Steve?

American hobo blues artist Seasick Steve is famous for his creative use of self-made guitars and the mature age he broke into the mainstream. He shot to stardom over ten years ago, with his gnarly, raw performance on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny in 2006. He has continued to enthrall music fans from every corner of the globe ever since with his expressive and rustic take on the blues.

Since 2006  Steve’s released seven albums as well as winning a MOJO Award in 2007 for Best Breakthrough Act and headlining the iconic SSE Arena, Wembley last year. Collaborating with rock legends such as Jack White and Led Zepplin’s John Paul Jones over the years he’s come a long way from living rough after leaving home at fourteen and playing to anyone who’d listen.

“Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.”

Part of his early life was spent riding freight trains around America, working from job to job; he’d been a cowboy and a farmhand before settling into a life of music. He famously said “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.” These stages in his life are often reflected in his music where he sings of his journeys on the open road; his stories of drinking and heartbreak and winning the hearts of his audiences through his honest and gritty lyrics.

Throughout the seventies, Steve worked as a session musician, as well as producing an album by indie rock band Modest Mouse. He released his first solo album, ‘Doghouse Music’ while he was in his sixties, with his more recent albums depicting a more confident performer.

He’ toured extensively since his rise to fame; playing a variety of festivals over the years from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock in Japan. He’s a charismatic live performer, both he and drummer Dan Magnusson combine raw sounds and emotion to create a captivating live experience. Regardless of Seasick Steve’s highly romanticised backstory, his music is compelling enough to support itself.

We’re thrilled to welcome Seasick Steve to the Orchard Stage and can’t wait for the toe-tapping hootin’ and hollerin’ to commence in true Nozstock fashion.