Elephant’s Grave

Local Legend tells of a Chapman’s Circus from Birmingham, who hosted a menagerie of magnificent creatures to enthralled spectators. But during the Second World War the Circus could no longer operate and the owner, Miss Chapman, who Noz himself remembers as a young child, moved to Bromyard – living on the neighbouring Tack Farm. Stories from the time talk of her strange collection of exotic beasts parading through Bromyard’s high street. Part of the Nozstock site was then owned by Miss Chapman. In fact the banks you can see on the other side of the lake and The Coppice were home to her animals. As the creatures passed away they were buried around the farm. The remains of an elephant was found near the top gate in the early 70s. Although nobody is sure exactly where the rest of the animals are laid to rest, we know Miss Chapman’s matriach elephant was buried near Lake Shepherd, right underneath your feet…

Elephants from Chapman's Circus

2017 welcomed a brand new area to Nozstock, Elephant’s Grave. Set just below the Garden Bar and adjacent to Lake Shepherd, Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark…

2018 line up includes..

Reggae by day…
Purveyors of award-winning immersive parties, Bristol’s Rumble In The Jungle bring their multi-genre mash up on tour with a stellar line up featuring Kelvin 373, Gardna, Pull Up Collective, Kamoh and Gorilla Tactics takeover…
Kelvin 373 began his musical career from an early age and has been hugely influenced by the underground free party movement. A popular name on the underground circuit he frequently works as tour DJ for artists like Dubwise, Eva Lazarus and Lady Leshurr. Kelvin co runs his own label Born On Road and has released on a diverse range of labels including Chopstick Dubplace, and Joker Records. In short, Kelvin has established himself as one of the most exciting prospects on the underground scene right now.
The Bristol lyricist on a Dubwise tip, Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional Reggae and Dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. His EP with producer Kreed has been widely regarded as his best work yet. David Rodigan, Toddla T & Don Letts are amongst a list of tastemakers who are regularly supporting his work on BBC Radio. 
Pull Up Collective bring party music for serious party people. The Bristol-based production/dj duo tear up Jungle/ DnB. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Audiomission and High Hertz to bring the freshest international music.
Oliver Laycock AKA Kamoh, grew up in Bristol listening to a wide range of music. Through his teens he built a love for Jungle, venturing to as many raves and free parties he could. Moving to Malaga, Spain in his late teens, he wanted to bring the sound-system culture he had witnessed back home, abroad. This is where Joonglay kicked off and he started to work with artists such as Aries, Serial Killaz and Jacky Murda. Since moving back to Bristol in 2014, Ollie has found a new flare for his music and is now focusing more on his own sound rather than Promotion. Teaming up with 12:34 Productions & Born On Road in 2016 is when things started to gain momentum but 2017 is where things got serious. 2018 is set to be even bigger..
Gorilla Tactics describe themselves as a badboy events promotion & production collective. Bringing the party to the South West from 2014 til infinity they curate regular nights in Bristol & Bath as well as running festival stages all over the UK – including Wrong Side Of The Tracks at Boomtown. Their motto is to bring fun to anywhere, one or thing!
These top selecters provide dub, dancehall and everything inbetween. Bringing a wealth of experience to the table between them they’ve worked with Reggae Roast, Love Kulture Project Boom Sound and Bubble Up. Leo Samson’s first big release came in the form of a monster remix for Benny Page’s ‘Champion Sound’ which went on to become an underground anthem. Shumba Youth is one of the key artists in the new wave of talent coming out of the capitol.
160 FEET DEEP is a collective of London-based DJs and producers dedicated to raising the profile of footwork, juke and 160bpm music in the UK. Resident DJs Teleport100, YLTCU, CDNephew and These Evil Streets perform back-to-back DJ sets spinning a crowd-friendly blend of footwork, jungle and anything else that works at 160. With the ultimate aim of building a platform for the UK’s community of 160bpm artists 160 FEET DEEP throws fun, high-energy nightclub events.
A long time ago 2 DJs, decided to team up and start producing together. When they started all they wanted to do was make their own edits, remixes and dancefloor bombs of tracks people already knew and loved, with the sole purpose of making the people on the dancefloor get down. Inventive remixers and proud “editors” of other peoples work, The Dancefloor Outlaws bring a unique performance every time. Exclusive and unique, be it peak time festival slots or 6 hour all nighters they get it right every time.
Bristol’s Green King Cuts bring it to Elephant’s Grave alongside founder of Bone Dry Records’ CW Jones, and Tailored Sounds who can normally be found playing sax, but he’ll be showing Elephants Grave just how it’s done.
Disorda brings the vibe to many a house party, club and festival. Not content with running the world’s longest running online record store specialising in UK hip-hop, ‘Suspect-Packages.com’, managing a record label and presenting a 17 year running radio show of the same name, He also presents the mighty ‘Dub Chronicles’ show, a rotation of all things Dub. The essence of a DJ true to his roots, Disorda’s recent venture TheVinylWorkshop.com has him teaching the next generation too, keen to keep the vinyl vibe alive…
Ital Sounds is an established reggae collective who have been running parties and residencies in bars in the Worcestershire area for over 12 years as well as performing at festivals and UK dub events. They are known for bringing a concious uplifting selection from classic roots to modern scrub a dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music. The sound is brought to life with live elements such as Dub FX, Percussions by Drumlove, Melodica and of course vocals.
Bass collective Subwork takeover Elephants Grave, bringing a stellar line-up featuring Garden Stage curator and Brap FM regular Tenz, turntablist and party rocker DJ, Bristol’s Revrt and the versatile and outspoken hip-hop entertainer Natty Speaks.
Head honcho at Dub Bait, Herefordshire’s own DJ/Producer Larsey is comfortable spinning everything from Afrobeat to Disco, House to Dancehall.
As part of Emotion‘s 26th year celebrations in dance we are delighted to announce that they return to takeover Elephants Grave on Sunday. Expect a vinyl only night of Classic house, rave anthems and hard house with Emotion regulars Delirium, Oberon, Stu Clark and Chris Draper.
Mark Lively AKA Delirium is one of the early pioneering rave promoters, starting out as Genisis, but now celebrating 26 years of underground Parties with current incarnation Emotion. Promoting nights for 26 years has kept him busy, he’s performed at Fantazia, Obsession and Naughty But Nice and at clubs across Europe. Expect a viyl only set of the best house and rave anthems.
Oberon has been an Emotion regular since 1994. He made his name on the London underground trance scene in the late 1990s, with residencies at all of the major London underground trance clubs including Pendragon and Antiworld, plus globe-trotting to more than 20 countries, including Japan, Canada and Australia. As a producer Oberon has made a healthy impact on the charts of the cooler underground download stores.
Stu Clark is an Emotion regular with his tough DnB style, playing the early iconic Clyro Court, Clearwell Raves, before later moving to Leeds and getting involved in the pioneering techno scene there at the time. Stu still plays regularly at underground parties in Mid-Wales. At Nozstock he’ll be playing a vinyl only techno set to finish up Elephants Grave in style.
Chris Draper is a DJ who was at the backbone of early dance music, with a residency for Technology at The Robin Hood, followed by regular performances at Mavericks, loads of free parties and sets at Clyro Court for Emotion. He’s also held residencies for rave giants Quest and supported the likes of Trevor Rockclife and Mr C. Chris will be serving up a vinyl only set of hard house.


House by night…
After an unforgettable debut at Nozstock 2017, the Whartone Records crew return to Elephants Grave to present ‘Kukushka’ Founded in 2009 Whartone Records has drawn support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, received plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital and celebrated numerous top 10’s across the download stores. 
A firm fixture in the house and techno scene, Sonny Wharton has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Sonny’s skillful ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection is what prominently positions him behind the decks of many of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Whilst sharing the bill with everyone from Laurent Garnier and Steve Lawler, to Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz, Sonny consistently delivers on a global scale playing everywhere from Pacha, Sao Paolo and the Berlin Love Parade in Germany to London’s legendary Ministry of Sound and the iconic Glastonbury Festival. Holding international residencies at both Club Octagon in Seoul and Solidaritet in Stockholm, Sonny’s DJ career has been solid from the start.
As an artist, 2016 saw Dom Kane signed to mau5trap, with his music having previously been heard globally in DJ sets from the likes of Deadmau5 and James Zabiela to name a few, with plays on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM. As a DJ, Dom has held residencies at some of the world’s most legendary clubs. As a sound designer, the name Dom Kane has appeared in factory presets for synthesisers including FXpansion (D-CAM & Geist), Xfer (Nerve/Serum) and the legendary hardware synth company Moog (Animoog, Little Phatty, Slim Phatty, Sub 37 Tribute). Since Dom Kane was featured with an Artist Series sample pack on Loopmasters back in 2008, his sound banks and samples have appeared in studios worldwide via his own label Quantum Loops too. The past few years alone saw Dom Kane ascending fast amongst the ranks of House music producers: his singles and remixes topping the online Top 40 (Signal Rejected, Space, Blagger); as well as having a full artist feature and front cover DVD in Future Music Magazine. His music has appeared on TV channels including; Sky1 (Got To Dance), Channel 4 (Embarrassing Bodies), E4 (Made In Chelsea) and Channel 5 (Celebrity Big Brother) to name a few.
 Dirty Secretz is one of house music’s most exciting artists. With tracks unleashed on respected house music labels includng Skint, Stealth and Nervous alongside a wealth of track support from Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry and Fatboy Slim to name a few, it’s easy to see why this Leicester-based DJ is causing a fuss on both sides of the Atlantic. Dirty Secretz music frequently hits the radio airwaves with support across BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM & Capital. From remixing legendary artists X-Press 2 & K-Klass to focusing on his solo releases and DJing for Rolling Stone, Dirty Secretz refuses to stand still. 
Nothing quite expresses those summer festival vibes better than upbeat, groovy house music, and nobody does upbeat, groovy house music like Luke Stanger. With that catchy vocal, a cheeky nod to the rave days and another funk enfused bassline Luke’s next single ‘Acid House’, forthcoming on Whartone Records, will transport you from the rolling Hills of Herefordshire to the glistening beaches of Miami.  
Working with twelveten management and Whartone Records it’s no surprise Harvey Wallbanger is a producer on the up. His track with Model One ‘Drives Me Crazy’ was a big hit at the Miami Music Conference this year and was placed at no 23 in the DMC Miami Buzzchart alongside the likes of Claptone, Camelphat & Claude Von Stroke.
Kid Cut is a DJ / Producer set for big things. He won the Brighton Music Conference DJ Competition in 2016 and since then has bought his tech house sound to the Whartone Records family. First releasing at the end of 2017, tracks Roll Up, All About House and Back to Church are out on Whartone now.
DJ, producer and innovator, House Meanz House will be charging our senses with his deep bass lines. With breaks as sharp as tusks, HMH’s synths and tech house style are beyond big league. With releases on Whartone Records and Chicago’s Deep Hype Sounds, this Glasgow based talent derives inspiration from the US House sound of the early 90s and continues to explore and reinvent the sonic scape of electronica. It’s gonna be colossal.
Lifelong music lover Paul Flynn has spent the last few years quietly creating music geared towards the dance floor, whilst retaining a melodic edge. Producing a range of tracks from analogue techno to organic, melodic house he has quickly gained a following from those who have discovered his work. He has caught the attention of Trax Records, Optimo, Young Society and Whartone. He has already received support from international DJs including Wanklemut, Stacey Pullen, JD Twitch and Glasgow Underground’s Kevin McKay.
Lee Field, better known as LeeRoy Fitz, is a producer in high demand. He’s done guest mixes for Select Radio and Sessions Society and released regularly in 2017 with tracks Break It, Wise Guy and Akkai all highlighting his tech house skills.
Data Transmission feel just as passionate about good dance music as Nozstockers do, so it made perfect sense to invite them to take up the reigns for Friday night at Elephant’s Grave. The online dance music authority, DT’s wide scope means they have one of the busiest news sections around, with interviews and features from the worlds most exciting DJ talent.
Currently based in Buckinghamshire, Ben Sterling is a self-taught house DJ and producer, capable of playing across the range of his genre but perhaps best known for his Chicago house style. His sets are characterized by a mesmerizing uplifting fluidity and raw, rhythmic grooves. Ben has performed at some of the countries top venues including Ministry of Sound and 02 Academy and alongside labels such as Subliminal and Defected House. “His star is rapidly rising throughout the UK and Beyond” (Data Transmission)
 Lady of house music, L.O.R.D.I.E has made an explosive entrance to the scene. Already causing quite a stir amongst some of the worlds most respected artists for her productions and DJ sets alike, L.O.R.D.I.E has a keen ear for underground music that has a real groove.
Archie B’s style of music production is hard to set into one genre. With a combination of UK Garage, House and bass he is setting his own trend with his own style. DJ’ing for 22 years Archie B is a well-known face and name within the London area House Music scene, supporting acts such as Rudimental, Red-light and Gorgon City at Switch Oxford. He has also guest mixed for Kiss FM and Rinse FM.
A man of many talents Jobi is a DJ, Producer, Remixer and Promoter. He has been bringing the vibes as founder and resident at Milton Keynes’ premier house music night Driven, who have been packing in some big line ups.
Owner of Habits Records, 2018 is set to be a big year for Billy Rath with releases coming on Music Related, Habits & East Project, not to mention a set in The Hidden Valley…
Ron Mexico AKA Grahame Farmer is the main man behind Data Transmission. 2018 marks 10 Years of Data Transmission, so when he isn’t busy selecting mixes for the DT channels, Ron has been busy celebrating. He recently played their birthday party at XOYO but he says his most memorable gig was playing Defected, Croatia 2017.