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The Garden Stage hosts a diverse and eclectic brew of bands and DJs providing alternative sounds. This stage spans all genres from throbbing dance, funk, and hip hop, to blues, rock and acoustic musings. At the right time, you might even hear a burst of opera. Ideally situated on the hillside overlooking the Farm’s lake, with the Garden Bar just around the corner, this is the perfect spot to sit in the sun and wet your whistle to beautifully blended guitar riffs, stoking the fires for a late night dance to some filthy electronic beats.

2018 line up includes…

Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of hip-hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today. It’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him hip-hop’s first virtuoso. Today, he’s the voice of an entire generation of 1970’s hip-hop pioneers. From his electric live shows, to his production role on Netflix’ The Get Down, Grandmaster Flash is at once a historian, a storyteller, and a cultural force.
Famed for his inventive combos and wily technical chops, Krafty’s sets smack of a man addicted to funk in all its forms and have won countless awards, whilst his showman skills have remained as in demand as they were at the turn of the century. Just as likely to play Parliament as he is Plump DJs, Krafty’s party know-how and reputation for digging deep and catering for music lovers of many distinctions has ensured a legendary reputation the world over. Speakng of legends, we are very excited to have Chali 2na MC, painter, documentary film star and founding member of hip-hop supergroup Jurassic 5 returning to the farm. Known for his smooth, baritone vocals and quick delivery style, Chali’s frequent collaborations and passion for his craft single him out as one of the best n the busness.
In a career that spans over two decades, DJ Marky has gone from an avid record collector and music enthusiast in his native Brazil to an internationally revered DJ and producer, label-head of his own Innerground Records, and owner of the event series DJ Marky & Friends. From igniting dancefloors across the globe to producing some of the most seminal drum ‘n’ bass tracks to date, he continues to amass an unsurpassable list of achievements, all driven by his dedication and unique flair. He is widely regarded to be technically one of the top DJs in drum ‘n’ bass. Retaining the same passion for music as the day that it all started, DJ Marky stays at the forefront of not just the drum ‘n’ bass scene, but also the music world at large. He’s joined by none other than G.Q. MC-ing at the top of the chain for more than 20 years has taken GQ to all the corners of the globe, seen him achieve chart success and in 1999 an opportunity to establish his own label, Emcee Recordings, that helped break some of the leading names in D&B.
Fliptrix’ impact on U.K hip-hop is as significant as his songs are adventurous. The Brighton-based lyricist plies his trade as a solo artist (Fliptrix), as one-quarter of acclaimed outfit The Four Owls (Big Owl) and as Managing Director of High Focus Records (Zander). As you can probably gather, he is a busy guy. It’s no real surprise that his first LP dropped around the time that the hip-hop entered a period of renaissance. ‘Force Fed Imagery’ saw him burst onto the scene back in ’07 and Fliptrix can lay claim to a significant slice for the way in which the genre has grown since then. The journey that Fliptrix has embarked was never expected but one he always believed in; a journey that has taken him to every corner of the globe as a performer, seen him clash horns with a near-endless list of like-minded producers and lyricists, but moreover, launch and champion the careers of countless artists.
With intelligent yet comedic rhymes and a prolific number of releases, it’s no surprise that brothers Chester P and Farma G (better known to most as Taskforce) have become a well-respected force within U.K hip-hop, a core feature of the scene. The North-London duo formed in 1999 and since their first release, ‘New Mic Order’ have colloaborated with some of the best in the business including Jehst and Skinnyman as well as founding their own record label, ‘Music From The Corner’ in 2001. As if being at Nozstock wasn’t enough we are very excited to announce that the festival will be part of Chester P’s birthday celebrations. Come and get invovled, you might see a surprise or two…
High Focus regular and member of The Four Owls, Verb T recently joined forces with production wizard Pitch 92 for the new album ‘Good Evening’. Pitch, who has spent the past few years crafting beats for and intensively touring with Manchester based crew The Mouse Outfit, has excelled himself, bringing to the table golden soulful riffs and buttery bass lines over punchy percussion. Having spent 3 years writing for the project Verb has crafted some of his most intricate and personal rhymes to date delivered with a new found passion that sees the veteran build on the body of work that stretches back to the days of Lowlife records and now sees him as a major part of the ever expanding High Focus Records movement.
Serial Killaz first caught the attention of the drum ‘n’ bass and Jungle world when they remixed Tribe Of Issachar’s ‘Junglist’ back in 2005 for Rebel MC’s Congo Natty label. Not long after that, they began to establish themselves as one of the most sought after production duos in the industry. Serial Killaz have earned the reputation as the genre’s remix producers of choice reworking some of the most beloved tracks and giving them that signature Serial Killaz sound. Forever championing a strong reggae influence in their music, they began to carve out an increasingly unique take on the Jungle sound, the results of which have led to remixes for some of the music scene’s biggest names including Toddla T and Skream and work with vocalists such as Rebel MC and Ms Dynamite. With an unprecedented level of talent and skill when they hit the studio, the Serial Killaz have been riding high in the charts for well over ten years earning the respect and support from drum ‘n’ bass and Jungle’s biggest names.
Ska-punk rockers, Spunge were formed in the early 1990’s and after many years of touring, self-financed EPs, record deals, starting their own labels, sharing the stage with big name bands, playing festivals and, most importantly, never calling it a day in nearly 25 years, they are still doing what they love in front of the people that love what they do. The band claim to have hit upon their sound by accident, with an amalgamation of influences including The Clash and Sublime. One of the leading acts in the ska scene, not many bands can say they have been around for 25 Years yet Spunge show absolutely no sign of stopping.
Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree are one of a kind ensemble. The idea was hatched in the deepest darkest crevices of multi-award winning producer Mike Freear’s mind after working closely with vocal powerhouse and linguistic snake charmer Kathika Rabbit and guided by the tantalising visuals of theatrical artistic director Lizzie West. Slamboree is a collective of multi-skilled, revolutionary performers and musicians that put energy, passion and pure insanity into their unique and extravagant immersive stage experiences.
Now something of a resident, the ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs returns to Nozstock for the fifth year in a row. Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime oldskool / jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Dugs’ brand new autobiography, ‘Rave Diaries and Tower Block Tales’ is out now. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.
A true pioneering icon of British underground music and culture, Billy Daniel Bunter has been in the roots of many of the UK’s freshest dance movements for over 25 years. To try and categorise his style would be an insult as he’s spent his career breaking through boundaries and macheteing his way through a jungle of repetitive, static music design to consistently deliver the freshest of sounds.
Bristol lyricist on a Dubwise tip, Gardna brings a strong presence to the stage where he invites the audience into his carefree world of late nights and big bad sounds. Harbouring true passion for music culture and being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective to truly make an impact on the worldwide underground circuit. 2017 saw a string of inspired releases, concentrated on his label Boom Sound Recordings and featuring with Born on Road amongst others. His unique flare has sparked off collaborations with top end producers and vocalists whilst his celebrated live show goes off with an ever­growing­louder bang.To develop a simple MC style into a full live show has taken a lot of strength and commitment. Direct help and support comes from partners in crime; Kreed, Eva Lazarus, Gentlemans Dub Club, The Nextmen, Ed West, Inja & Parly B ­ the list keeps growing and the melting pot is always simmering.
North-West London’s Kiko Bun is one of these rare artists, offering a contemporary voice for his generation over music that feels timeless. Kiko has crafted a refreshing and contemporary sound based on the re-emergence of reggae, soul and golden era hip-hop that continues to infiltrate mainstream music. He’s long-reveled in the joy of crate-digging, crafting sample-based beats and creating roots-heavy reggae music, but it’s time that the wider world got to share this feeling.
Introducing Pengshui, a raw new live band from London. Comprised of Illaman on vocals (Foreign Beggars, Goldie, Chinese Man), Fatty on bass (Submotion Orchestra, Alex Clare) and Pravvy Prav on drums (Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club). All 3 have played with and made music with many of the U.K’s finest musicians. They have a mutual love for hard, lively and energetic music, and put on visceral live shows. The music has taken the best of grime, rap, dance, punk and metal music based around 140bpm. Their first 4 track EP named ‘EP:i’ is a fine example of forward thinking music made with precision, and is unapologetic from the outset.
Feelgood Experiment features the best of Bristol’s blossoming music scene combining jazz, soul and R&B to create a truly progressive sound with compelling rhythm and mellifluous harmony doused with liberating improvisation and rich lyrical content. Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, they have already shared stages with Ezra Collective, Oscar Jerome, United Vibrations and Binker and Moses, and are now set to further break into the UK jazz scene with their forthcoming eponymous debut EP. The first single, “Blue Joy”, produced by Jim Barr (Portishead, Get the Blessing) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), was released in September shortly followed by a 7 track self titled EP.
Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom bap production infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. With four MC’s spanning four corners of the poetic spectrum, no lyrical stone is left unturned. Verbal Highz have decimated every crew battle they’ve entered and are fast becoming veterans of the festival circuit
Blues poet, Soul Junkie & Psychedelic wizard… CW Jones brings you a feast of flavours; blues, folk, hip-hop, jazz and sounds from around the Universe.
Collette The Dots is the brainchild of top drum ‘n’ bass vocalist Collette Warren, who has been working with many of the scene’s leading producers for over 6 years and performing all over the world as a solo artist. She has had releases on Soul:r, Exit Records, Innerground and many more respectable labels in the underground music scene. In the next chapter of Collette’s musical journey, she has joined forces with drum ‘n’ bass producers, Hugh Hardie, Lurch, Ben Soundscape (of The Insiders) and Octo_Pi to form a live seven-piece band also featuring bass player Joe Brown and backing singer Alice Payne. Together they have transformed Collette’s drum ‘n’ bass songs into full on live versions and have also collaborated on writing brand new music together. Expect funk, soul, jazz and of course drum ‘n’ bass! But also pure vibes & energy!
 First established in 2009 as a reggae outfit by four brothers Jorj, Will, Sam and Matt, The Stiff Joints have evolved into an eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands. Always a Nozstock favourite, their infectious brand of two-tone ska gets the whole crowd moving and is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. One of the most hardworking acts in the scene they have played over 100 shows and appeared ar numerous festivals including Boomtown and YNot. Their debut EP ‘Rowdy & Stoned’ was released at the end of 2012. EP #2 ‘Circus on Repeat’ followed at the end of 2013 before the aptly named ‘First Proper Album’ in 2017. Stiff Joints are the ultimate feel good act, a self-described ‘ska feast’.
 The Nextmen are a production duo from Cambridge consisting of Dom Search and Brad Baloo. Their sound incorporates hip-hop to drum ‘n’ bass to pop and soul and has led to gigs all over the world and work with the likes of Public Enemy, Pharcyde, Blackalicious and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Prolific releasers and active on the scene for 20 years, they’ve played at Glastonbury, T in the Park and Bestival to name a few plus performed for the likes of Jade Jagger and Richard Branson. The duo run their own label, Play Nice Recordings, and are currently working on their fifth studio album. In 2010 they started producing a monthly podcast, the first of which went straight to number 1 in the UK itunes music chart and remains popular.
Yama Warashi was formed by Bristol-based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara. Yama Warashi means a small child-like spirit which lives in the mountains. Her music has a dreamy evocative sound with a shadow of moon cake, inspired by Japanese folk dance music, Bon Odori, free jazz and African music with a slice of electric psychedelia. She sings in her mother tongue as well as in English. Songs are about mycelium, nuclear power stations and the tangled relationships of humans, nature and moon phases. Her debut album Moon Egg is available now.
With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK) and Broken Sound (UK) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, 6 Music and France Musique, experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd has just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere. Two years in the making ‘We Resonate’ is an uplifting celebration of life and by far her most collaborative. Born from the richness of Rachael Dadd’s semi-nomadic lifestyle, partly recorded live in a studio followed by playful overdubbing in Rachael’s front room, ‘We Resonate’ carves out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental. Pulsing with poly-rhythms on prepared-piano, homemade xylophone, voice, clarinets, typewriter, boxes of matches, steel drum, tap-dancing, clapping, and even the heartbeat of Rachael’s baby in the womb, it reveals that her love of African field-recordings and the spirit embodied within them has seeped into the diverse mix of influences. Rachael has performed to audiences of up to 3000 and in recent times has taken to the stage at countless festivals including Glastonbury, End of The Road and Green Man.
Alabaster dePlume’s ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken word elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society. His show, described by The Guardian as “a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be”, enjoys an emphasis on candid interaction and warmth. He has performed for BBC Radio 3, National Theatre and clubs and festivals across the U.K.
Director of the amazing Continental Drifts, DJ Chris Tofu comes from a legendary past of DJ’ing in fields and under rotten canvas. His records come with the dust of a thousand mad all-night magical festivals, over fifteen years, all over Europe. His sets are the last word in perfect party music. Expect to hear Balkan soundclash, electro swing, ska, polka stomp, flamenco, hip-hop and everything in between.
Natty Speaks will be hosting, freestyling and entertaining on the Garden Stage again this year. When he’s not hosting stages you will find him smashing up sets with Ghetto Funk, Lyrix Organix or regurgitating his first and only album ‘Abouttime’ again and again until the PRS or Ronaldo (Yes the footballer) pay him for the use of his minerals!
Almatic are a hip-hop five-piece based in Bristol, although the term hip-hop is too simple. Effortlessly melding styles including neo-soul, folk and breakbeat they create a truly captivating high-energy show with moments of intimacy crafted into each performance. Fronted by rapper Olly Hobaps who’s formidable skills as a conscious wordsmith create a perfect balance to the hauntingly beautiful tones of singer Katie Riddle. Combine these two with next-level percussion, intelligent keys and infectious bass lines and you have an innovate live-outfit pushing the envelope and creating banging tunes. Excelling in their first year, from their debut headlining the Attic in Bristol to packed out festival shows including Boomtown, Shambala and Beatherder; which helped grab the attention of Diplomats of Sound who now have Almatic on their roster. Almatic are continuing to raise the bar in 2018.
Revrt is a party-rocker turntablist that dwells within the realms of hip hop, funk, R&B, soul and pretty much anything else that’ll make you bust a groove. Delivering a live performance of scratching, beat juggling and all-round turntable wizardry.
Old Baby Mackerel play bluegrass music that makes you “yee-haw” harder than a 9-pound hammer. Good old fashioned songs about whisky, murder, railroads and Jesus played at 500 bpm & angelic harmonies that make the Beach Boys sound like Eric Cartman!
Saturday night is all about the rocksteady rhythms and the infectious 2 tone sounds as we invite you to get your skank on for our stellar ska party. Top notch tunes provided by: The Stiff Joints & more to be announced!
Pretty much every Sunday night headline set from recent years will go down in Garden Stage history and remains a highlight for Nozstockers far and wide. So what better way to celebrate 20 years of drum ‘n’ bass smashers than by inviting some of our favourites to join us for a 20th anninversary drum ‘n’ bass party. Join our host Remidy MC as he brings back some of our Nozstock favourites alongside some of the best on the scene right now to celebrate in style. Headlined by none other than DJ Marky & GQ whose 2016 headline set picked us up by the (metaphorical) ankles and shook out our brains for loose change, we will also be joined by Serial Killaz, one of the most sought after production duos in jungle / drum ‘n’ bass. They’ll be joined by the cream of the previous Nozstock crops; Sonny Wharton, Uncle Dugs and a few extra special guests!

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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Beardyman, DJ Hype, Mr Scruff, Foreign Beggars, Friction, DJ Marky, Ed Solo, Hazard, Krafty Kuts, Congo Natty