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

That’s right, 2017 welcomes 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. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds and Boom Sound 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 over with ‘Forte’

2017 line up includes…

Reggae by day…
↓↓↓ BOOM SOUND ↓↓↓
Boom Sound is an independent, Bristol based record label promoting underground music worldwide. They have worked with some notable names in the underground music scene including JMan and Eva Lazarus.
Bristol’s Fat Stash join us to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. Putting on regular nights at venues like Cosies in Bristol they have championed artists such as Gardna, Wonkavision and Uncle Dugs.
Bristol’s Joe Baker AKA Kreed plays anything within the spectrum of electronica, dub and bass music but for his Nozstock debut he’ll be focusing on a dubwise, dubstep and reggae set. A core member of Boom Sound, he’s also associated with Hold Tight Records and Lifestyle Recordings.
Bristol-based dub, steppers, dubwise, rub-a-dubstep & rootstep record label, Hold Tight Collective aims to bringing positive vibrations to the masses.
Dutchie is a female producer, DJ, sound engineer and musician based in Bristol. She’ll be putting out a set jammed packed with reggae, steppas and dubstep sounds.
After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent. Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe including Outlook and Boomtown. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.
DJ Vint-1 (Matt Vinton) is a DJ/ producer/ promoter from Bath. With a love for all styles of music he can mix a huge range of genres from reggae, dub, hip-hop, grime, house and anything that has a good rhythm. VINT-1 has had residencies at various club nights and played all over the UK. He’s also supported the likes of Danny Byrd, Mungos HiFi and Run Tingz Cru.
Curator for our Garden Stage, Director at Subsize and regular broadcaster at BrapFM DJ Tenz has a packed schedule. He’s worked with artists like Natty Speaks and his song ‘Stankin’ was recently championed by BBC Introducing. With an astonishing ability to read the crowd you could call Tenz, not so much a jack of all trades, but a master.
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. Currently Ital Sounds is involved in the launch of Boat parties throughout 2017 for Reggae on the River Severn, working on original Dub Productions and DJing at events.
Drumlove was started over 20 years ago taking the rhythms of the world to the people of the UK. As well as performing as a full drumming troupe they are known for providing vibrant drum sessions for people to take part in. Drumlove have performed at many different festivals across the UK over the years and reggae events. The area gives people a chance to drop in and take part in a relaxed setting. Currently Drumlove is providing drumming for youth and families at MelloFest in May and performing at UKs top Reggae Fest’ OneLove in September.
French Italian DJ whose been promoting since 2011 his Go With The Flo nights at the epic PST club, starting with roots dub music and exploring all branches from that revolutionary movement.
Juggla is a producer, DJ and singer with over 20 years of experience. He inspired a whole generation of dj and reggae singers through his band Overproof Soundsystem, alongside Douglas Messenger. They have toured all over Europe and can now been seen regularly at PST Club.
DJ Shogun is an eclectic DJ with firm roots in reggae and jungle. He has 20 years experience playing alongside stalwarts of the reggae drum and bass scene including JamJah, Young Culture, Jinx and Roni Size. He’s performed at some of the biggest venues in Birmingham as well festivals like Standon Calling and City of Colours. Shogan can read any dancefloor and cater for all.
Blending and deconstructing musical elements using techniques such as turntablist trickery and applied dubology, DJ Feva combines hip-hop skills with reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dancefloors from Birmingham to Brazil. A resident in Birmingham’s popular PST reggae club, Feva has also performed at Shambala and Boomtown.
MadMax is a DJ and MC from London. He produces the Border Clash radio show on Kanefm.com and co promotes the Love Carnival Party in London. He plays a range of bass heavy music from tropical bass, jungle, dub, techno and ragga.

House by night…
DJ and promoter collective From Berlin With Love are here to serve you a cocktail of all the finest minimalist house and techno the German capital is known for, shaken up with a hearty dose of rough ‘n’ ready Bristolian clubbing attitude – rest assured you’ll be in safe, if intoxicating, hands.
Sam Morgan is a DJ and Producer under the name of Morginio. Inspired by a combination of influences he is working towards creating a solid alloy for his own sound within the Techno genre. His aim when performing is to lead a journey through different soundscapes; connecting with the audience with deep melodic sounds through to powerful and punchy tracks that will bring you back to life.
Blake Parker is a techno DJ from Port Talbot. He’s been DJing for many years and is an expert of the craft. He’s a resident for nights such as Maison, Solo and Converge. He is also booked regularly for nights in Cardiff such as Memorex, Mi casa and Deep Inside. He’s had the privilege of playing back to
 back sets with the likes of Dale Howard and has supported some huge names in the scene such as Boddika, Ron Costa and Jasper James.
Dan and Scott Parker began throwing unique parties and club nights at The Jailhouse in Hereford under the name ‘Daybreak’. House music has been their passion for many years and their aim is to become established tastemakers rather than producers, spending countless hours searching for hidden gems. Worse 4 Wear believe that quality over quantity is key when it comes to selection. Since January 2016 they’ve been promoting in Bristol and have become residents/organisers for From Berlin with Love.
DJ, promoter and party-goer ten years in the making, Will Richards has honed his skills and tastes in some of the world’s best house and techno scenes: Bristol and Berlin. The epicentre of all things underground, Berlin became the feeling he just couldn’t not share. As founder of the party brand From Berlin with Love, it represents a musical postcard which aims to deliver the best sounds from the nonstop hauptstadt, straight to their Bristol clubbing family. Will plays regularly at Bristol’s house and techno haunts; Motion, Dojos, B45, Blue Mountain and more.
Tom Whittaker and Ollie Norton aka Nautz and Toppa are both based in Weston-Super-mare. Ollie is currently studying music production in London with the hopes of getting his foot in the industry. He is producing tunes with harmonic melody’s and groovy baselines, hoping to bring an euphorical effect to the crowd and intensify the emotion within their sets. They strive to better and push themselves to the best of their abilities. Nautz & Toppa have played at various venues and nights across Bristol such as, Motion, Thekla , Apex and of course From Berlin With Love. They have supported the likes of Kerry Chandler, DJ Wild, Shadow Child and Saytek.
Josh Smalley is a House DJ based in Herefordshire. He recently played Leftfest at LeftBank Village. Now he’s come to show Elephant’s Grave what he’s got…
Jack Jones is part of the Trek family, based in Manchester. He’ll be coming to Nozstock with a house music set to go down in Hidden Valley history.
Bringing the rolling sounds of underground house and techno to Hereford is Discotek DJs. With imaginative events and an atmosphere unique to the occasion these guys put on a party that never disappoints.
↓↓↓ FORTE ↓↓↓
After a string of events across the UK and Europe, DJ collective Forte have well and truly proven that they know how to throw a proper party. This summer they’ll be touching down at Nozstock to provide a smorgasbord of futuristic house and techno, trampling over borders and boundaries and blowing your socks off in the process.
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. Breaking through by winning a mix-tape competition for Renaissance and DJMag immediately placed Sonny right in the heart of Ibiza’s nightlife. His ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection prominently positions him behind the decks of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. With his unique and intricate production style, Sonny’s signature sound has been strongly supported by BBC Radio 1. He receives regular rotation from Pete Tong, Annie Mac and most notably Carl Cox who chose Sonny’s single ‘Raindance’ as his ‘Ibiza Tune Of The Summer’ for Radio 1’s Review Show. It’s this level of tastemaker support that sees Sonny release his music across a range of high-caliber labels. Year on year Sonny continues to expand on his creative capabilities and his now reputable capacity in the studio has seen him collaborate with X-Press 2 and Roland Clark whilst remixing for a broad array of artists including Morcheeba and Fatboy Slim who subsequently named Sonny as his ‘producer of the year’ firmly strengthening his position within modern Dance Music today.
As an artist, 2016 has seen 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.
Here at Nozstock we pride ourself in sniffing out emerging talent like musical truffle hogs, and Innerkey is certainly one to watch. Having signed his first release with Whartone Records in early 2017, the only way is up for this newcomer, who plumbs the murky depths between house and techno to come up with something special that’ll keep you moving all night long.
In the Hidden Valley last year the only thing brighter than the sunshine were the spitits of its inhabitants, and nothing quite expresses summer vibes than upbeat, groovy house music, and nobody does upbeat, groovy house music like Luke Stanger. With its smooth vocal melody and funk enfused bassline, his latest single ‘Cananza’, released on Whartone Records will transport you from the rolling Hills of Herefordshire to the glistening beaches of Miami.
Exploding onto the scene in 2008, Jason Young’s talents were immediately picked up by Pete Tong who added Jason’s debut single ‘Fever’ to his ‘Fast Trax’ promotion. A Whartone records veteren who, as well as receiving international success through his productions, also now hosts the labels monthly radio show. With his vast knowledge of both label and scene you can be sure that his diverse and quality selection will make you misbehave in Elephants Grave.
Cardiff’s Tom Gatley believes that a creative life is a happy life. And we couldn’t agree more. Tom’s certainly putting the work in. He releases regular overground and underground house remixes and is also a succesful filmmaker. His films have been played at Cannes and LA Cinefest. He’s also a bit of a globetrotter having worked in Spain, Stuttgart and Croatia.
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.
In his own words, Chris Lockie is ‘house music mad’. The hard working DJ makes up one third of Gru Promotions – purveyors of quality house music.
↓↓↓ EMOTION ↓↓↓
Emotion celebrate 25 years in dance by hosting our Sunday night in Elephant’s Grave. They’ll be playing a VINYL ONLY night of classic house, rave Anthems, and hard house, with Emotion regulars Delirium, Dangerous Davies and Stinger!
Mark Lively is one of the early pioneering local rave promoters, starting out as Genesis, now celebrating 25 years of underground parties with current incarnation Emotion. Having promoted nights for the last 25 years, and DJ’d at Fantazia, Obsession, Pendragon, Naughty but Nice, ‘Up For It’ and into Europe and the States… Mark will be playing a VINYL ONLY set of classic house, rave anthems and hard house.
Having got the dance music bug in the late ’90s whilst he was in his mid teens, Zac is now 20 years into his journey Which has seen him
DJ throughout Wales and the west for some of the more prominent club based dance music brands to include Hed Kandi, Hed Funk, Intrinsic and Memorex. In addition to this, Zac has lined up for the legendary underground brand Emotion on many occasions. Zac will play a vinyl set of hard and chunky house.
Martin has played a massive part in the underground scene for the last 20 years, promoting his own parties, supplying sound systems and DJing at Emotion and many other parties in the UK and France. Stinger returns to Nozstock and Emotion’s hallowed turntables for a vinyl only set of pumping house and hard house.