Garden Stage

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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.


2017 line up includes…

KRAFTY KUTS
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. This is largely down to his ability to properly entertain, pay attention to detail and to dust his knuckles in his bottomless crates. 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 broad and loyal following the world over. Krafty Kuts is a DJ you can trust who doesn’t rely on big hits or over the top theatrics: A DJ who’s still inspired by blowing people away with blue sky musical dot-joining through decades of dancefloor heritage and intense dexterity.
HAZARD & EKSMAN
There are few artists who can claim to have shot to drum ‘n’ bass fame as quickly as DJ Hazard. In just a few short years this incredibly talented producer knocked out enough dancefloor bombs to be considered a serious sonic terrorist, adding to the noise pollution problems of neighbourhoods around the world with his earth-quaking basslines. His incredible anthems ‘Busted’ and ‘Mr Happy’ topped drum ‘n’ bass charts, receiving support from just about everyone in the scene. The incredible power of Hazard’s production and the insane levels he’s prepared to take it to has secured his place in the top echelons of drum & bass producers. He’s joined by Eksman, multi-award winning master of ceremonies, and the man behind the massive Overload & Award winning Next Hype parties. Eksman remains a huge inspiration for the next generation of budding mic-munchers. With a lyrical range that flexes from political observations to three-way hotel rendezvous, his delivery is one of the most distinctive available.
GENERAL LEVY
General Levy, real veteran of the UK urban music scene, grew up influenced by reggae music. Thanks to his older brother- a huge music fan – he was able to build up a consistent musical culture: from ska to rock, calypso to soul and hip-hop to reggae. He began writing his own lyrics and created his first sound system, ‘Third Dimension’ with friends. However it was ‘Tippertone Sound’ that really launched the General in the MC Circuit. From then on he began to build his reputation, signing to Fashion Records, one of the most influential reggae labels. By the time he was just 19 years old, with the release of second album ‘Wickeder General’, General Levy received international recognition, a best reggae album and best MC award and best single for ‘Heat.’ His song ‘Incredible’ with producer M-Beat was a top ten success and featured in the movie ‘Ali G In Da House.’ His other studio collaborations are just as impressive; Capleton and Sly and Desmond Dekker to name a few. Festivals across the globe have been conquered by the extraordinary talent of this performer. Now it’s Nozstock’s turn.
OCEAN WISDOM
Ocean Wisdom spent years perfecting his craft, remaining relatively quiet even in his home town of Brighton. That was until a chance encounter with UK hip-hop producer Dirty Dike. One take later and ‘Walkin’ was born. No hook, no ad-libs, just raw, unfiltered energy and originality. Since its release, Ocean Wisdom has enjoyed a meteoric rise. His blend of genre-merging flows and thought-provoking lyricism have seen an unprecedented takeover of the scene. A versatile artist with unparalleled lyrical creativity, his stage presence and flow has shut down main-stage crowds of over 10,000 people. His debut album ‘Chaos 93’ was named best of 2016 by Wordplay Magazine and hit the top ten in the iTunes album charts. In Summer 2016, social media giants Unilad posted an article claiming that Ocean Wisdom had dethroned Eminem as the ‘fastest rapper’ after managing to fit an impressive 4.45 words per second into ‘Walkin’ compared to Eminem’s 4.31 words per second in ‘Rap God’. The article went viral, being shared and commented on by some of the industry’s forerunners such as D12 and Akon.
LEVELZ
Though Levelz officially is less than 2 years old, the connections and stories between them go back decades. Each member came together organically to work as a collective, to build something bigger than the sum of their parts. Much of the lime-light has been on the MCs so far, being front and centre, but there is as a super-group of producers behind the project, with many of the MCs being those producers as well. There is a respect for musicianship, reflected by the fact that a five-piece live band with 8 MCs has been in rehearsals over a year already. There is an orbiting group of artists that also contribute; but it is all still linked by the fact that Manchester is the place that they call home. Levelz have already completed a 15 date UK Tour and have showcased their talents on platforms as diverse Channel 4, Radio 1, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music and 1Xtra. Their music has seen support from across the dance music community.
THE FREESTYLERS
After a 20 year career the Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre. Having achieved the kind of success most artists can only dream of, they’ve not rested on their laurels. The Freestylers began their career as an urban electronic music act and their early Tunes ‘B-Boy Stance,’ and ‘Warning’ set the marker. As their music progressed so did their anthems with the seminal tunes ‘Punks’ and ‘Fasten Your Seat-Belts.’ In addition to their status as underground heroes, they have gained commercial success with their global hit ‘Push Up’ and have had their music synched in many TV commercials and films, including the hugely successful comedy, Zoolander. Their ever-eclectic style and renegade approach to production focuses on everything in the bass music spectrum and was on show with their 5th Studio Album ‘The Coming Storm’ – designed for maximum dancefloor devastation. The Freestylers are here to stay and are definitely rocking even harder.
BENNY PAGE
Heavily inspired by the bass lines of dub music, ragga jungle and hip-hop a Benny Page Production does not go unheard in today’s ever changing bass music culture. Over the last decade his music has seen airplay on major radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and Kiss FM. His name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dance-floor tracks and clinical mixing skills. Storming onto the scene with his 2006 anthem ‘Turn Down The Lights’ he has gone on to release a slew of seminal ragga jungle cuts, as well as numerous well received productions across the dance music spectrum. With sights set firmly on the future it’s all about his very own label High Culture Recordings. Exemplifying Benny’s ability to move effortlessly through the different sounds of UK bass music, much of the labels output so far has been refreshingly diverse. Tracks such as ‘Raggamuffin’ and ‘What Must I Do’ draw influence from the UK funky house and dubstep movements, whilst ‘Top Rank Skank’ sees a return to classic Benny Page with its bouncy reggae backing track and huge vocals.
MUNGO'S HI FI
Mungo’s Hi Fi is a Glasgow-based sound system and production unit which pulls off that rare trick of making reggae/dancehall that is original and of quality. Mungo’s was the brainchild of two likeminded dance DJs at the turn of the millennium. True to reggae/dancehall’s DIY ethos, they built their first sound system from speakers found in a skip and began producing on an old Atari. Today Mungo’s is a global operation with five members: all committed to spreading their philosophy of serious, seismic productions plus easy going democratic dancehall fun. Highly collaborative, they’ve worked with everyone from Major Lazer to Solo Banton. All of Mungo’s releases combine a keen sense of history with a wicked creative streak and some industrial strength drum ‘n’ bass. Mungo’s Hi Fi are always looking for new collaborators and people who share their vision. It’s a vision based on taking music more seriously than yourself and pushing forward while never forgetting where you’re from.
GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN (LEGENDS SET)
In 2016 Rhys from Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Eggsy and DJ killer Tom have been doing a new show – Legends of GLC. It’s an old school hip-hop set up with a scratch DJ and video projections. Basically 3 men, 2 turntables and a projector. Legends set includes all the GLC favourites including Fresh Prince Of Cwmbran, Guns Don’t Kill People, Your Missus Is A Nutter, You knows I Loves You Baby, Your Mothers Got A Penis amongst other GLC classics. Eggsy says “it’s like a mix of stand up, hip-hop and a power point presentation. All brought together by our 14 year old DJ (he is really 32)”. Legends of GLC have played a bunch of gigs from the Young Farmers Village Festival in Builth Wells to The Ramsgate Music Hall to The Queen of Hoxton.
RODNEY P & SKITZ
Since his days in the seminal UK hip-hop group London Posse, inspiring British emcess by being the first to rap in his authentic London accent, Rodney P has been widely regarded as the Godfather of British hip-hop. Skitz is equally respected. An immediate success following the release of 1996’s 12” Skitz alongside Roots Manuva’ Skitz certainly caused a stir in the underground scene. Together Rodney P & Skitz are a UK hip-hop powerhouse. With award winning releases, remixes for the likes of Roni Size and a Radio 1Extra’s flagship hip-hop show under their belt, the duo are legendary figures who have played at clubs and festivals all over the world.
DABBLA WITH ILLAMAN + DJ FROSTY
Simply put, Dabbla is your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper. Since appearing with LDZ, Dabbla has proved himself to be one of the UK’s most valuable and original assets to Rap Music. His debut album ‘Year Of The Monkey’ was released last year on High Focus Records and featured impressive collaborations with the likes of Ocean Wisdom and Dirty Dike. To say Dabbla is an electric live performer is an understatement, his signature fast flow incites riotous behaviour. He has destroyed stages from Iceland to Australia to Glastonbury leaving very little ground untouched. He’s joined by DJ Frosty and Illaman, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, garage and grime in the last ten years. From small capacity clubs to festival stages across the world, Illaman is a versatile vocalist with an ability to flow over any style or genre.
LADY CHANN
Chanelle Williams – a.k.a Lady Chann – is an imitable female presence in the world of dancehall and bashment. She first burst onto scene with a cover version of Beenie Man’s ‘HMM HMM’, which quickly became a local underground anthem in early 2006. Since then Lady Chann has evolved as a solo artist in her own right, working with the best names in grime, dancehall and dubstep, including Toddla T and Skibadee. The ferociously fast chatting Chann is responsible for bashment classics such as 2009’s ‘Your Eye Too Fast’ and 2010’s ‘Sticky Situation’. She released ‘Sticky Situation’ as part of the EP of the same name, on Toddla T’s ‘Girl’s Music’ label which earned her plaudits from the The Guardian and Clash. Chann has been continuing her assaults as the go-to-girl for Dancehall since with a slew of releases including ‘The Trilogy Volumes 1-3’ and her mixtape ‘Dun Dem Season’ which received critical acclaim from the like of VICE & FACT Magazine.
JEREMIAH FERRARI
Jeramiah Ferrari fuse together styles of reggae, rock, ska and punk to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Brought up on a diet of Bob Marley, Toot and the Maytals and Sublime, the band have brought their own unique brand of dancing reggae ska to the festival stages. Their first release of ‘The Dubby Rock EP’ received strong radio airplay support across the UK and reached number 4 in the Itunes Reggae Charts. The band were also featured in a new documentary – ‘Manchester: Beyond Oasis’. They’ve played with the likes of Madness and UB40, performed at Boomtown and Kendal Calling and were special guests on The Wailers UK Tour.
SOLA ROSA SOUNDSYSTEM
Sola Rosa is one of Kiwi music’s most evolutionary and enduring acts. With seven full-length albums, four EPs, a handful of hits, countless collaborations and numerous world tours, it’s been a near 20-year labour of love for the man behind the music, Andrew Spraggon. And although it’s punctuated with twists and turns in the form of constant change and innovation, one thing has remained the same – Spraggon’s steadfast commitment to making great albums that seamlessly blend a myriad of genres, from hip-hop and jazz, to neo-soul, latin and funk.
GARDNA - LIVE PA
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. He has worked with the likes of Dr Meaker and Dreadsquad and is a favourite host for various headline DJs including Aries, Riddim Tuffa and Jinx. As time goes by, more and more opportunities are opening up with many collaborations in the pipeline. The sky is the limit for the Bristol underground’s most talented Dubwise MC.
MICALL PARKNSUN
Father and husband that happens to rap; Micall Parknsun in his own words. In 2006, “The Working Class Dad” defined Micall Parknsun as one the most dynamic MC’s on the UK hip-hop scene. His  ‘beat-driven bangers’ put a modern-twist on the classic Hip Hop sound, standing tall alongside UK Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Jest & Dirty Dyke. His latest album ‘Me Myself & Akai’ is entirely self-produced and showcases Micall’s skills on the MPC as well as the mic. 
NATTY SPEAKS
Returning for another year as our Garden Stage host, Natty Speaks is an irrepressible hip-hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. On stage he carries audiences on a journey via freestyle hip-hop, off-the-cuff comedy and human beatbox. It is an explosive combination that has ignited stages from Jazz Cafe to Glastonbury Festival. Off stage he is a producer, DJ, record label boss and inspirational workshop leader propelled by a passion for empowering young people. When Natty Speaks, people listen.
JUNIOR BILL
Junior Bill’s educated, street-sussed sounds cite a melting pot of global influences from sleek ska to deadly dub, Latin to raucous rock ‘n’ roll and even Portuguese rap. You may leave a gig of theirs feeling as though the world is a smaller place than it once was. Fronted by Costello-esque songwriter Rob Nichols and lightning fast Portuguese MC ‘L-hyo’, the band carry a unique cross cultural collaboration with a stage presence and vitality that is reminiscent of The Beat in their prime, whilst backed by deep dub grooves awash with delays and sirens. 
DESERT BOOTS
Up beat raw funk & soul 6-piece from Worcester, offering up some energy to get you moving and shaking! With influences in Northern soul, jazz, funk, soul & electronica, Desert Boots are an unstoppable funk force to be reckoned with. 
THE LASTING DAYS
The Lasting Days are an indie pop / rock five-piece formed by lead singer and guitarist/violinist Richard Smith late in 2007. They are signed to A Future Without label and gig regularly around Bristol.
CW JONES
Luton’s CW Jones is a blues poet, soul junkie & psychedelic wizard. He’s also the owner of Bone Dry Records and has collaborated with many names in UK hip-hop to make some fine tunes. Expect blues & hip-hop with jazzy accompaniments from this hard-working singer-songwriter.
THE FLAMENCO THIEF
Craig Sutton, better known as The Flamenco Thief, is an English guitarist whose phenomenal rise within the DIY music scene has seen him become one of the busiest touring artists in the country. Specializing in fast rhythmic guitar playing Craig has earned a reputation for mesmerising live performances in which he uses a Spanish acoustic guitar with the Boss RC loop pedal to blend modern rhythms with time-honoured Flamenco techniques. A particularly resourceful musician, Craig also utilizes the guitar as a percussive instrument by carefully beating the body; creating a unique energy that few solo instrumentalists manage to achieve. His early influences of ska, hip-hop and gypsy swing are evident throughout his music, helping him craft a catalogue of songs that are intelligent but accessible. Craig’s compositions revere Flamenco’s heritage while embracing music technology, and as a result each song is delicately poised between the classical and contemporary.
VERBAL HIGHZ
Chillman, Coosie, K.P, Goose, Entra P and Sayk make up Verbal Highz, an Underground U.K hip-hop group based in Hereford. The group was formed in April of 2012 and since then have made great progress with regular live gigs. They have supported acts like Split Prophets, Dirty Dike, Chester P and more.
SNAZZBACK
Bristol’s Snazzback are a five-piece jazz, funk, soul and groove band. They have had a busy year so far with performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Wonder Fields in Devon. Their EP, recorded at Jute Box studios is scheduled for release this year.
THE MAITREE EXPRESS
The Maitree Express is a 7 piece band that is influenced by roots music and plays reggae, ska, hip-hop, funk, swing, drum & bass and beats to get you moving! The band was formed by a group of friends aiming to bring a fresh outlook on live music, playing all the styles they love in a live and original setting.
MANGO FACTORY
Mixing the finest elements of many musical styles is no mean feat, but Bristol based Mango Factory are up to the challenge. Comprising a super tight rhythm section, explosive horns and two incredible vocalists, the Mangos have been blasting their way across the South West and beyond, gaining rave reviews wherever they play. Their music is a mash-up of funk, Latin, soul, ska and more, with shout-along choruses and infectious hooks.  
PORT ERIN
“Garnering near-cult status as purveyors of original genre-bending music, the past decade has seen Port Erin extensively tour the U.K. performing over 600 shows at some prestigious venues. They have played Glastonbury four times, done live sessions for BBC Introducing and been aired numerous times on BBC Radio. Their musicality is magnetic with tightly wound dives and grooves. A milieu of sonic textures are at play with echoes of jazz, coupled with mechanical Krautrock undertones. They are as punk as they are prog and as political as they are personal. 2017 sees the release of their fourth album ‘Ocean Grey’ ” (Alec Michael Wilson)
EQUALS
 Equals are an East-London based electronic soul duo; James Low and Ade Omotayo. They combine James’ songwriting and soundscapes with Ade’s emotive and powerful vocals. Across three releases to date, Equals have continued to garner the support of a growing online following with support from Fader, Line Of Best Fit, and CLASH Magazine, whilst pricking up industry ears from Capital Xtra to BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne. Live, they have performed from the beaches of Croatia at Dimensions festival to some of London’s best venues, from Dalston basement clubs to Koko and the Albert Hall. They are currently working a debut LP to be released in 2017.
NECK
 A six-piece ‘Psycho-Ceilídh’ band juxtaposing perfectly the swirling, spiritual abandon of authentic, traditional Irish music with the electric energy blast of a full-on, pumped-up punk band and in the process, distilling the sound of two other mighty London rebel bands, The Clash & The Pogues. Neck are ‘carrying the torch on’ with their own, unique London-Irish brew!
WOVOKA GENTLE
 Wovoka Gentle is constantly evolving project. They love the structure and soundscape in folk songs – but wanted to work from those foundations to develop a new vocabulary, a new kind of songwriting. Having formed in the summer of 2014, the band wrote and performed the score for avant-garde physical theatre company Stasis’ production A Table, directed by Aniela Piasecka, and went on to provide music for the world premiere of Alex Howarth’s stage adaptation of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape at London’s Bridewell Theatre. Informed by such collaborations as these, the use of performance art, installations and projected visuals has made its way to the heart of Wovoka Gentle’s live shows. Wovoka Gentle launched their first EP, Wovoka Gentle [Yellow], via Yucatan Records in July 2015 with a sold out show at London’s Cecil Sharp House. Their next EP Wovoka Gentle [Blue] followed in November 2015 with a sold out show at Electrowerkz. Third EP Wovoka Gentle [Red], produced by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, Interpol) was released on October 7th 2016 alongside a sell out headline at Chat’s Palace.
USHTI BABA
Ushti Baba are a Bristol-based band who blend a mixture of Eastern and Western European folk music with iungle, drum n bass and dubstep rhythms. Combining an array of acoustic instruments and beatbox they are originators and pioneers of Gypsy jungle turbo folkstep, the title of their first EP. The set covers sea-shanty gabba, songs about agricultural revolution, Romany Gypsy numbers, Sicilian exorcism tunes and traditional Klezmer wedding tunes.

 


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