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 includes…
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.
Cardiff is better known for rugby than reggae but Junior Bill are one such band that call the welsh capital home. Fronted by the smooth-singing Rob Nichols whose intelligent lyrics make social commentary on south welsh urban living. They’ve got a ska sound reminiscent of the Beat with a dash of dub grooves, delays and sirens. They can lay claim to BBC radio plays and you can witness these lively lads on the Garden stage.
Black Salvador is the brand new musical project of UK producer, musician and director Alexander Gold. His debut EP ‘4our’ showcases sounds from hip-hop and grime all the way through to punk rock.
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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Beardyman, DJ Hype, MC Daddy Earl, Ed Solo, Congo Natty