Levelz Up!

Described as ‘Wu tang- meets the Happy Mondays’ by FACT magazine, Levelz is an exciting group of 14 MCs, DJs and producers creating music in a diverse range of genres. From hip-hop to grime and dubstep, drum & bass to house and jazz, there’s a little bit of everything in the mix. Perfect for Noz!

Hailing from sunny Manchester, Levelz were formed way back in 2013 after local promoter and DJ, Rich Reason, pulled together artists and friends to form a new dynamic group of creatives. The diverse crew is made up of producers and musicians Biome, Bricks, Chimpo, Dub Phizix and Metrodome, with lyrics handled by Black Josh, Chunky, Fox, Skittles, Sparkz, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa; Jonny and Rich complete the crew as DJs. WOW!

What makes their sound so unique is the mix of individuals and personalities within the group, each bringing their unique skills and connections to the mix.

Described as a perfectly focused expression of British bass culture and Manc attitude, Levelz have gone from strength-to-strength since forming and have achieved a huge amount of success already, having completed a heavy duty 15 date UK tour and have showcased their talents on platforms as varied as Channel 4, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music, 1Xtra and Apple Music. On top of this they dropped their debut 13-track mixtape LVL11 in 2016 and won their hometowns edition of Red Bull Culture Clash, really stepping up a gear.

Since the crews conception, Levelz have become known as one of the most inherently versatile groups in Manchester due to the diverse genre and age range, with the oldest member into his forties and youngest still in their teens.

We cannot wait for Levelz to bring their notoriously infectious and energetic party to the Garden Stage. Get ready to join the party.  

The rapper’s rapper Dabbla to select #MCNoz winner for slot at Nozstock in BRAPP collaboration


BRAPP are joining forces with us here at Nozstock to offer an aspiring MC the chance to perform live at the festival, with the winner selected by favourite rapper’s favourite rapper, High Focus Records’ Dabbla.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to impress the ears of one of the UK’s most accomplished rappers — not to mention us and the forces behind burgeoning MC profile app BRAPP — then assemble your thoughts, pick up that microphone and inspire us!

The winner will receive two artist tickets to Nozstock, a rider for their performance, UK travel expenses covered, an interview with the team of Noz posted on the Nozstock YouTube/Instagram, and of course their chance to perform in The Hidden Valley.

To enter, please submit your best track via Youtube by midnight Tue 4 July 2017 following these simple steps:

• ‘Like’ the Nozstock and BRAPP Facebook pages.  Feel free to share a post!
• Upload your best rhymes of no more than 1 minute to BRAPP. You can download the app here. Write a short biography (50 words) including your MC name in the video description.
• HashTag the video: “#MCNoz2017″. If you fail to tag the vid correctly, your entry may be missed.
• Give your video a shout out on your social media profiles. You can tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And BRAPP similarly on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Make sure you are able to receive messages on the BRAPP app and your profile settings are open so your uploads can be viewed and we can message you if you win!
• The shortlist will be selected by BRAPP and Nozstock curators. We will consider popularity and look at likes on social media but the final decision will be based on the quality of the individual’s performance.
• The final winning selection will be made by Dabbla himself.
• Please ensure you are available to attend the festival for your performance on 21/22/23 July 2017, Herefordshire West Midlands.

It’s that simple, may the best bars win! Full terms and conditions apply.

The Garden Stage 2017 – Can you dig it?

Like a rose between two thorns, nestled between our lovely farmhouse and the Orchard is the Garden Stage. This years line-up promises to be a surreal display fit for Dali himself; spanning all genres from throbbing dance and funk to hip hop, blues, rock and acoustic musings. The Garden Stage is sure to unbury your desires for a late night dance to some filthy beats.

Kickstarting the bill is Krafty Kuts. Famed for his inventive combos and wily technical chops, the award-winning DJ is set to tear the roof off the Garden for Noz 2017! Krafty Kuts is a DJ you can trust to not 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.

There’s heaps of drum n bass madness occurring in The Garden this year and it starts with the dynamic duo Hazard & Eksman. The incredible power of Hazard’s production has secured his place in the top echelons of drum ‘n’ bass producers. Having knocked out enough dancefloor bombs to be considered a serious sonic terrorist with anthems including ‘Busted’ and ‘Mr Happy’ Hazard has topped drum ‘n’ bass charts all over the world. He’s accompanied by MC Eksman; a multi-award winning MC and the man behind the massive Overload & Award winning Next Hype parties.

Next up (phew what a line-up!), Ocean Wisdom will be spreading some wise words with his blend of genre-merging flows and thought-provoking lyricism that have secured his unprecedented takeover of the UK rpa scene. Versatile and with unparalleled creativity, his stage presence has shut down main-stage crowds of over 10,000 people. Also joining The Garden rap party is Dabbla with Illman + DJ Frosty. Simply put, Dabbla is your favourite rapper’s, favourite rapper, he has proved himself to be one of the UK’s most valuable and original assets to Rap Music. He’s joined by DJ Frosty and Illaman, a versatile vocalist with an ability to flow over any style

Described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays” by FACT magazine our next act needs no introducing and if you’ve got your finger on the pulse you will already know about the Levelz crew from Manchester. Consisting of 8 MCs and a 5-piece live band Levelz is a super-group of Manchester’s finest producers, creators and party animals. The 14 strong music collective have just completed a UK Tour generating hype all over the UK and are bringing the party down to the farm for a special set recorded by DJ Mag. Since starting in 2013 they have showcased their talents on Channel 4, Radio 1, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music and 1Xtra. We assure you Nozzers that the Levelz crew know how to throw a party, this is not to be missed!

Glasgow based soundsystem and production unit, Mungo’s Hifi, will be serving up a serious mix of chilled out beats and reggae bass lines of seismic productions. Expect democratic dancehall fun and quality sounds perfect to get you up on your feet.

 

‘Well big up all the original junglist massive. The original dancehall junglist dere. General Levy alongside the M-Beat. The world farm is in trouble.’ (We hope not!) After more than 20 years on stage, General Levy will be sharing his internationally acclaimed mix of jungle and reggae with us. Festivals across the globe have been conquered by the extraordinary talent of General Levy. Now it’s Nozstock’s turn.

Benny Page is joining the D&B party with his tight production, heavyweight dance-floor tracks and clinical mixing skills. Storming onto the scene with his 2006 anthem ‘Turn Down The Lights’ he’s gone on to release numerous well-received productions across the dance music spectrum. The Freestylers will be bringing their 20 years of experience with them to this year’s festival too, along with their ever-eclectic-style and renegade approach to production that focuses on everything in the bass music spectrum – designed for maximum dancefloor devastation.

Bringing the old school hip hop beats, we have Goldie Lookin Chain (Legends Set) and Rodney P & Skitz. In 2016 Rhys from Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Eggsy and DJ Killer Tom started a new show – Legends of GLC. It’s a old school hip-hop set up with a scratch DJ, video projections and all the best Goldie Lookin’ Chain anthems. In the words of Eggsy, it’s “a mix of stand up hip-hop and a powerpoint presentation.” (We’re pretty sure it won’t be your average powerpoint.) This legendary performance will be followed by UK hip-hop powerhouse Rodney P & Skitz; 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 iconic figures who have played all over the world.

Finally, bringing a bit of Dancehall into the mix we have the ferociously fast chatting Chanelle Williams a.k.a Lady Chann. Responsible for bashment classics such as 2009’s ‘Your Eye Too Fast’ and 2010’s ‘Sticky Situation’ which earned her plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and Clash.

But that’s not all! See exactly what else we’ve got growing in The Garden for Noz 2017.

The Sugarhill Gang

Celebrated ‘Rappers Delight’ hit aficionados The Sugarhill Gang will be making an appearance in the Orchard for a legendary set of disco-funk and hip-hop vibes. The sensational trio, originating from Englewood New Jersey, were named after the culture-rich Sugar Hill neighbourhood in Harlem by producer Sylvia Robinson in the 1970s, owner of Sugar Hill label.

Robinson, on the lookout for a new and interesting sound, discovered 22 year old nightclub bouncer Henry Lee Jackson AKA Big Bank Hank, rapping Cold Crush Brothers’ rhymes outside the pizza parlour he worked at, rapping DJ Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) was soon after auditioned in Robinson’s car. Adding 6’5” rapper Wonder Mike into the mix, Robinson was unable to pick one out of the three, so decided to create a group and the Sugarhill Gang were born.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight Original single

They were assembled in 1979 to record a revolutionary new hip-hop single, reinventing the 70s music scene after disco had reached its peak. The Sugarhill Gang was the group that brought hip-hop to mainstream America, awakening the hip-hop scene with their first explosive single ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It was the first rap single ever to become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 8 million copies, taking their fresh and funky sound global.

The legends took the music world by storm, recording hit hip-hop records including ‘8th Wonder’, making it to the number 15 spot on the R&B charts, and crowd-starting ‘Apache’.

After taking a short break, The Sugarhill Gang returned to fame in 1999 and recorded ‘Jump on it’ a children’s hip-hop album.

 

The first rap group to reach international fame, they brought rap and hip-hop culture to the masses and helped launch a genre that has continued to grow and influence. Now the Sugarhill Gang are making a long awaited comeback with the addition of Melle Mel and a 30 date European tour, including the famed Funk & Soul Weekender and Boomtown festivals, with our little old Nozstock being one of their stop-offs in the middle.

Come join us my friends! A chance to revisit the roots of rap, get ready to ‘boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat’ with the hip-hop troupe themselves, here down on t’farm. The Gang promise to haul you through hit after hip-hop hit, get your booty moving and grooving down in the Orchard “Hip-hop, hippie to the hippie, to the hip-hip-hop and you don’t stop”

All things hip-hop at Noz 2016

Alreet Nozzers! With so much music to get your ears around we decided it was only fair to let you in on some of our favourites. So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road. And what a show it is!  

Boy-oh-boy, do we have one big ol’ lineup full of hip hop treats for you to enjoy! With a billing that boasts underground talent alongside world-renowned artists, some people may say that Nozstock 2016 is crammed with more hip hop than ever before!  Where do we begin with this hotbed of lyrical delights and hip hop beats? Well…from the top! *drumroll please*

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First off, we welcome to the ancient world of Noz, all the way from the States, our headliners Jurassic 5. The hip hop moguls will be bringing the crew to the farm and turnin’ up the main stage with their infectious sound for ya’ll to enjoy. Named after a suggestion from a friend’s mum, the band have continued to deliver hit records and now have four studio albums under their belt. With a focus on music that comes from the heart their sound has become universal and rightly so! Expect drum machines, turntables, beats, scratches and one hell of a show for you to immerse yourself in. J5 have toured all over the world and love to entertain, which is why all of us at Noz HQ can’t wait to see them shut down the Orchard Stage.

Over on the Garden Stage, returnee headliners, the critically acclaimed Foreign Beggars, individually known as MCs Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis and DJ Nonames, have built a 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.

A major recent announcement is that we have booked hip hop DJ, prolific producer, and all round badman, the ninja that is… Jaguar Skills! Since 2002, this resident on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra has gained a reputation for his insane mixtapes spanning all genres. Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon will be bringing their beats too, so you can ‘hear them rattle’. Syntax first emerged onto the scene in 2003 and was a key player in the Foreign Beggars crew. Since going his own way in 2009 Syntax continues to get the recognition he deserves and has recently become front-man to The Mouse Outfit.  With tour dates up and down the country in music venues and at festivals there is no time to sit back and watch – time to get involved!  

Keeping you guys entertained we have Bristol’s very own hip hop collective, Split Prophets.  Since the 2011 release of their EP ‘Scribbled Thoughts’ the crew have gone on to support Wu-Tang Clan, MF Doom and Klasknekoff. Watch them cause  a ruckus worth getting involved in.  Moving on….’NICE UP!’ records most recent signing, Cut La Vis, will be bringing his funky hip-hop reggae beats down to the farm to join the party. Mashup maestro turned original producer, DJ Cut Las Vis is no stranger to the decks and know’s exactly how to keep the dance floor moving. Expect higher energy levels than normal, though, as award-winning MC Mystro will be accompanying him on his quest. Mystro has performed alongside many artists including KRS One, Dawn Penn and Junior Reid. With his next album titled ‘Mystrogen’ on the way we are definitely in for a treat.  It’s certainly going to be one hell of a crazy collaboration between these two!

As well as all this we have some fresh new talent for you hip hop lovers. Hot off the mark, Alexander Gold’s latest music project named Black Salvador will be taking centre stage. Join him on a journey that includes everything from hip hop beats through to punk rock.  

Returning to the Bullpen are Nozstock regulars and underground collective Sika Studios. They are bringing with them another eclectic lineup ready to rattle the Bullpen to its core. Featuring the likes of Klasknekoff, Devilman, Skuff & Inja, Tenchoo and many more. If this wasn’t enough, Sika Studios will be hosting a  R.L.D. showcase featuring Leaf Dog, BVA, Smellington Piff and Jack Jetson. Get your game faces on Nozzers and watch them tear up the stage.

Check out the full line-up here and if you haven’t got your ticket well then, why the bloody hell not!?

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Reggae Roast, Sika Studios, The Blast and Tumble Audio take over The Bullpen

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We work with some amazing people to make The Hidden Valley the best it can be, but for 2015 we have really outdone ourselves with a selection of the UK’s premier promoters joining us to take over The Bullpen…

First up taking over Friday is The Blast. Back in the days when single genre music events were all the rage, a group of friends from Bristol decided to step outside the box and give the people around them a taste of musical variety. After many late nights experimenting with the boundaries of bass music The Blast was formed. Their line up is headlined by P Money – who has been in MTV’s list of the best UK MCs and toured with Example. P Money is joined by Chimpo, Sam Binga & Redders, Blazey, Jaydrop, TS2W, FireManSam, Remidy and Koast.

Also taking over on Friday with a mash up of Dubstep, UK Garage, Grime, 3 step, Basscore and Funky, Tumble Audio will be dropping their beats, showing The Bullpen what bass is all about with a line up showcasing the likes of Deadbeat UK, Killjoy, Hadean, Hank Limit and Sergic & Lyka.

Saturday daytime is the turn of Reggae Roast, who have forged a reputation as the leading light in the resurgence of the UK dub / reggae scene. Following on from their broadcast on Kiss FM with Rodigan, the Reggae Roast team have been in high demand performing at countless shows and festivals across Europe. Their line up includes Mad Professor one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation, Adam Prescott and Donovan Kingjay.

Saturday night and Sunday welcomes back Sika Studios, transforming The Bullpen into a hip hop squat. Enjoy Sika’s dynamic programming, bringing an urban style and a big time groove to your weekend. They welcome a sterling line up for 2015 including some of the most recognisable artists in the hip hop scene – Deadly Hunta, Klashnekoff, Devilman, Leaf Dog + BVA, Split Prophets, Tenchoo, and Team Dreebs.

We are beyond excited. Expect to enter the Bullpen and forget where you are…