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. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you, we welcome Whartone Records as they take over with ‘Kukushka’

2018 line up includes..

Reggae by day…
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.

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.  
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.