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.
2016’s line up included…
Let’s kick things off from the top…We would like to introduce our Garden Stage compere for 2016, Natty Speaks. Natty Speaks is an irrepressible hip hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. On stage he carries audiences on a journey via freestyle hip hop, reggae toasting, 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.
Since their formation in 2002, Foreign Beggars’ unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip-hop heroes to trailblazing electronic crossover act without ever forsaking an ounce their inimitable energy from studio recordings to a second-to-none live show. The crew has recorded five studio albums: Asylum Speakers, Stray Point Agenda, United Colours Of Beggattron, The Uprising and I AM LEGION with Dutch production wizards Noisia. The critically acclaimed group, individually known as MCs Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis and DJ Nonames, have built this steadfast reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts. Always keen collaborators, the Beggars have worked with a plethora of worldwide artists from across the electronic spectrum. Highlights include Noisia, Dirtyphonics and Skrillex. With a top ten hit, over 50 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates ahead of them, things are going from strength to strength for the Beggars.
It all began in 1991 at a club night called Rage at Heaven. This is where well-travelled Walsall born B boy Goldie, a name he got while customising his gold teeth, ended up. There was no turning back: Goldie had found his purpose in life. He was going to make music, and his music was going to be played at clubs like Rage. Soon Goldie met Mark and Dego aka 4 Hero from Reinforced Records. Under their guidance he grew in confidence and made his first official release, 1992s ‘Darkrider.’ His passion and determination were rewarded with ‘Terminator’ a release which bought a fresh, darker edge to the scene. Jungle had reached another level. Later, his twisted hymn to urban Britain, the sumptuous ‘Timeless’ was hailed unanimously and the album sold over 250 000 copies. Fame kept rising beyond music. While turning into a bona fide celebrity with acting in films and TV shows and gaining a well deserved MBE in February this year and becoming a fixture in the gossip columns, Goldie never ever lost touch with his jungle roots…
The rise and rise of Jaguar Skills has been well documented. Honing his craft for the last 20 years Jag has kept a mysterious edge to his character; with details of his real name, age and home town left largely unconfirmed. One thing is known though. He has been responsible for some of the most exciting musical projects of the past few years. Largely centered around producing stunning mixes and mash-ups, Jag has caught the ear and worked with the likes of Urban Outfitters, Carling Zest, Renault Clio, and of course BBC Radio 1. His relationship with the station started with a weekly 10 Minute Mash Up Mix for the Trevor Nelson Show which ran for several years. This led to him turning in his now legendary mixtape “1979-2006: A Hip-Hop Odyssey – 800 Tracks In 45 Minutes” which was downloaded over a million times. Follwing this Jag also turned in his ‘History of DnB mix’ and also a ‘History of Ayia Napa’ Mix for the station, such was the demand for his mixing prowess. Jaguar Skills has consistently been a regular festival feature, having forged lasting relationships with a number of high profile events. 2015 saw performances at Glastonbury, Bestival and SW4 amongst others, each show he does providing an aural assault of every tempo; from house to drum n bass, and everything in-between.
My Nu Leng are known for their blistering sets and dark, smouldering vibe, heavy on the mood but always compulsively danceable. From their adopted home of Bristol where early reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep pioneers all the way to Massive Attack and Portishead informed their cultural history, both Tommy and Jammo understood the heritage and importance of bass music in the city. My Nu Leng have toured all over the world, emphasising the realisation of how far they’ve come from their first singles to their most recent EP getting heavy radio support on BBC 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1. With new music on the way and a packed diary of live tour dates, these are exciting times for My Nu Leng, proving they’re equally at home on underground tracks and Official Number One records. A tricky ask, Tommy and Jammo, just like their meteoric career so far, have made it look easy.
In his own right, Dr Syntax is a well-known face on the British hip-hop scene. He has released numerous albums including 2007’s Self Taught, which is widely regarded as a UK rap classic. In recent years, Pete Cannon has cemented his reputation as a versatile, prolific and in-demand producer, working with acts such as Dirty Dike and Verb T.
Subculture Sage is producer Subculture Sounds and lyricist Hypeman Sage. Since the release of their debut single two years ago, they have manifested themselves as one of the UK’s most innovative and talked about hip-hop acts. An early 2014 feature with Mixmag likened them to the Streets and Roll Deep and Daily Mirror later ran a feature on them, describing them as “one of the most exciting hip-hop duos around”. The summer of 2014 saw the release of their debut self-titled EP on Subculture’s label ‘Twisted Hearts Records’, which saw Sage shifting between topics of youth, mischief and morality while producer Subculture fused contemporary urban beats with tropical colour, referencing jazz, afrobeat and indie as closely as their hip-hop foundation. The EP garnered support from Complex, Clash, NME and more. Over the past year, the duo have been in the studio focusing on their debut album. They have meanwhile released a few singles and remixes, continuing their radio support from a long list of Radio 1, Radio 6 and XFM DJs and also an XFM X-Posure Track of the Week with their single ‘Chances’.
Offering a truly unique performance like no other, the renowned Japanese DJ, AnchorSong blends traditional and modern music, created live before your eyes (and ears) with his shows often being described as “like watching a painter drawing on a blank canvas” We are fortunate enough to have the solo performer with us this year having just finished his successful European Tour. AnchorSong will undoubtedly revive your vibes with tribal rhythms and smooth electronica… Not an act you will want to miss! So get your wacky wellies on and head down to the Garden Stage.
Known for his multi faceted style, explosive energy, unmatched live shows and some of the best underground music to have come out of the UK in recent years, Jman has come along way from his days of growing up in Croydon. At 15 he was hosting for some of the biggest names in the scene and was named ‘Best Dubstep mc 2011’ By 18 he was signed to Greasy Vinyl and extensively toured Europe, not having released one single. Fast forward to a critically acclaimed debut album, mutiple plays on radio stations such as BBC 1xtra, Rinse fm and performing to 100k+ audiences at some of the best events in the world, it’s plain to see Jman is destined for great things.
DJ, VJ, and all-round audio-visual prodigy Cheeba has been kicking ass and taking names since 2010, when he was first invited aboard the Solid Steel radio crew. He quickly made a niche for himself by slicing and dicing video – from green screen footage, undiscovered YouTube gems, old movies, you name it – to accompany his beats live on the decks, touring from continent to continent in the process. Having trod the boards with Nozstock alumni such as Roots Manuva in the past, it’s high time DJ Cheeba took to the Garden Stage for his very own set to fill your eye ‘n’ ear-holes with goodness…
Brighton favourites Normanton Street bring their lyrically-focussed warm bass grooves to the Garden Stage this year. The 4-piece is made up of Bradford boys Ned and Nicholson infusing jazz guitar with tight hip-hop vocals, the smooth soulful tones of Phoebe and Nico’s sleek drum rhythms. Supporting Talib Kweli and Kate Tempest over the past 18 months, Normanton Street’s genre-fusing sound has been recognised across Europe and now further a-field following their recent set at the world-famous SXSW in Austin, Texas. With sweet-soul vocals, smooth saxophone riffs and sharp spoken word, prepare for some delicious chilled jazz-soul rhythms coming your way…
This five-piece electronica band from Brighton has a soulful and captivating sound that washes over you in waves of tinges and passion. The combination of electrifying female vocals and experimental electronica is truly musical art. Currently making tracks up and down the country, we are delighted that Kudu Blue will be playing on the Garden Stage this year.
Natty Speaks is an irrepressible hip hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. On stage he carries audiences on a journey via freestyle hip-hop, reggae toasting, 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.
Battle rapper Quake Matthews comes to the farm all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to present his rap infused brand of hip-hop. His newest album ‘Rap Music’ is available now.
Multi-faceted musical pro, Bobbie Johnson hits producing, rapping and singing hard. This girl is dynamite and we’re thrilled to have her at Noz.
This 7-piece, genre defying group smash the boundaries of live performance, recreating our favorite electronic styles originally on stage.
Songwriter Benji Tranter drinks earl grey, hates early starts and writes songs about people. He has been making music locally for years with his band The Well Adjusted Individuals. Now based in London, he’ll be returning to the Shire for some earnest anti-folk and poetic lyricism.
Nautical rockers Seas Of Mirth have been causing quite the ruckus at shows and festivals across UK and Europe for the last five years or so. The nine-strong crew based in Nottingham come with their varying sound of worldly rhythms, interactive silliness, and bizarre sea-based song concepts, filling the independent festival circuit with their unique shanty style. Their headline slot on the Pirate Ship stage at last years Boomtown Fair shows they deliver a strong upbeat and rambunctious performance to more than please the crowds.
Since 2008 the Lasting Days have wowed audiences with high-energy performances at many local and international festivals including The Big Chill, Beautiful Days and Larmer Tree and gained worldwide exposure when their music featured on acclaimed travel show ‘Departures’. Their third album, We Simplify, showcases their appealing and unique blend of americana-influenced indie rock. The band is fronted by songwriter Richard Smith who delivers unforgettable melodies and riffs on guitar and violin.
Emily Capell is a singer/songwriter from North West London with a story or ten to share. Raised on a diet of Johnny Cash, The Clash, The Smiths, Mod culture and the top 40, Emily’s approach to song writing is eclectic. Featuring a mixture of blues, indie, pop and punk. Her musical stylings draw from a pool deep and wide and is affectionately described as sounding like the adopted daughter of Jamie T and Billy Bragg, and a distant relative of The Clash and The Libertines.
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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Beardyman, DJ Hype, MC Daddy Earl, Ed Solo, Congo Natty