Are you ready to explore the Magpies Nest?

“Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you. If you dare to explore they will show you the doors to your darker side, the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored…”

Make like Alice and follow that white rabbit down into the jewel of the Hidden Valley, the maze of tunnels and trapdoors known as The Cabinet of Lost Secrets, a bizarre topsy-turvy Wonderland where time twists and turns around you as you plunge into the surreal.

Shortlisted for the AIF Festival Award ‘Most Unique Arena 2015’, The Cabinet of Lost Secrets returns for its third year at Nozstock, bringing you surprises and dancing in this strange underground lair!

Produced by Clik Clik Collective and put together by the finest and freakiest minds around, you should expect the unexpected. Be prepared to get properly “funked” up by big dance floor funk ‘n’ soul grooves, upbeat world rhythms and a touch of cutting edge electronica.

The Cabinet of Lost Secrets changes each year, piecing together a programme of immersive performances, mind-bending installations and tricks ‘n’ treats aplenty to keep you on the edge of your seat and the tips of your toes. If you were lucky enough to witness 2016’s secret performance from Jurassic 5’s MC Akil, or the Stiff Joints’ surprise appearance in 2015, you’ll know what we mean. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it – but there’s always something else worth seeing just ‘round the next corner.

All are invited to get stuck into life in the Cabinet: you can also have a good ol’ sing along, take part in a life drawing class, get a haircut or beard trim, relax in the Burrow and catch some fine tunage from live music and DJ’s — all under the watchful gaze of the resident animals…

You can expect all manner of artists and performers in the magpie’s nest that is the Cabinet, including the Brighton-based group Normanton Street, who graced us with a surprise gig last year and are returning to the farm and to our hearts with their soulful hip-hop vibes. Be ready to get down with Hallouminati and their tongue-twisting blend of gypsy-punk-ska-ragga madness, bringing you traditional Greek rembetiko with more edges than a dodecahedron.

Bristol-based Mankala will be blessing you with their irresistible roots dance music forged from a blend of genres from varying African nations, while The Discount Orchestra will be giving you a good old-fashioned sonic shakedown courtesy of gypsy-punk, speed-folk and everything in between.

Sheffield-bred seven-piece Hot Diamond Aces will be on hand to make sure you’re getting your fill of brassy funk, jazz and Afrobeat, while the Galactic Funk Militia will be enforcing a (non)hostile take-over and ordering all Cabinet-dwellers to report to the party for some audacious dancefloor bangers. Funk-Latin-pedlars Mango Factory will be bringing some class to the affair with their super-tight rhythm section and spine-tingling vocals.

If you’re a-hankerin’ for some analogue jams, veteran vinyl collector and DJ Beatwell is your man: he’ll be teaming up with Dante of Family Funktunes to bring you a carefully curated and infernally infectious selection of up-beat soul, funk and disco tunes. Worcester-based six-piece Desert Boots will be continuing the theme with an injection of raw funk and Northern Soul, and Londoners LIT FM taking it one step further with their skilfully honed soul-dub fusion.

Get ready to be taken to another dimension by the psych-jazz-trip and powerful saxophones of Yusufla, and then to be shaken to your very core by the digital Cerberus that is Rosebud, who’ll be coughing up a terrifying mish-mash of electronica, industrial, dub and punk for your… delectation. Calm Like a Riot will be making their illustrious return to the Nozstock stage after last year’s shenanigans, bringing you their very British spin on hip-hop, rock and funk-fusion. If all else fails, never fear – resident troublemakers Del and Dan of Funky Navigation will be here to bombard you with rare groove, funk, soul, disco, Latin and Afrobeat until you find yourself compelled by some unearthly force to get up on your feet and start dancing…

But wait! It’s not all about the dancing. Weary revellers looking for an escape from the non-stop acoustic onslaught of songstresses and groove-makers will be relieved to discover an assortment of pop-up playfulnesses, immersive experiences and artistry. You can take a cheeky peek at The Demon Barbers, Play It Again Dan, Collective Unconscious, sound art from the Swansea Lap Top Orchestra and Deaf Pictures along with a life drawing class and much, much more to be revealed and discovered…

The delectable treats described above are just a small selection of the smorgasbord that is the Cabinet of Lost Secrets – ‘secrets’ being the name of the game in the lair where time has no meaning and a surprise performance or sneaky gig could kick off at any moment. If you don’t want to be kicking yourself for missing out on some of the most memorable moments of the weekend, make sure to head on down to the Cabinet for a rummage around…

DJ Noz 2017

Win a set in The Cubicles with #DJNoz 2017

Think your DJ skills deserve a bigger stage than your bedroom?

Our annual competition for up and coming turntable talent returns in collaboration with Data Transmission.

We’re on the lookout for a DJ to get our bass-lovers bouncing at the festival this year, playing a set in The Cubicles, which this year boasts the likes of Delta Heavy, Critical Records takeover, Loadstar and many more.  You’ll get 2 free weekend tickets to the festival and Data Transmission will do an exclusive interview with the winner, to be seen by their trusted readers, tweeters and Facebook troop. We’ll even throw in travel expenses and some food and drink in the dressing room, ’cause we’re nice like that.

To enter, please submit your best track via Mixcloud by midnight 9th June following these simple steps:

  1. ‘Like’ the Nozstock and Data Transmission Facebook pages.
  2. Upload a mix of no more than 20 minutes to Mixcloud.
  3. Title the mix “Nozstock Data Transmission DJ Comp 2017 – Your Name
  4. Tag the mix: “DJNoz2017 ”. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  5. Write a short biography including your DJ name, real name and mixcloud user name in the description.
  6. Add tracklist.
  7. Use the competition cover-art provided here.
  8. Your mix should reflect the set you would play at Nozstock. Make sure it’s huge!

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from Nozstock and Data Transmission and will be informed via email, which must be responded to within 3 working days to confirm prize receipt All entrants must be based in the UK and available 21-23rd July. For full T&Cs and application info check out this page.

Get yourself in the mood by listening to last year’s winning mix from Malaney Blaze

Good luck, we can’t wait to hear your submissions!

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”

How D’ya Like Them Apples…?

They say that variety is the spice of life; if that’s true then the 2017 Orchard Stage is spicier than a jalapeno on hot sauce dancing the Salsa.

Nestled at the heart of the Nozstock site and set in a gently sloping natural auditorium, the Orchard is the festival’s main stage. By day a whole load of fun and family friendly entertainment occurs in, on and around it but by night it becomes a different beast entirely – a variety stage like no other, with the electric atmosphere of a stage many, many times the size, but so intimate that you can almost feel the breath of the artists on your face as they perform.

This stage has seen memorable action from Jurassic 5, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jake Bugg, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Ben Howard, Roots Manuva and Fun Lovin Criminals to name but a few, with many a cider drinker lured in to dance a merry jig or two.

This year’s lineup continues to build on the fantastic work of the last eighteen years, bringing the Orchard a mind-bending mix of acts from all over the world – with rock ‘n’ roll, indie, ska, hip hop, psych and much more…

Jurassic 5 on the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2016

Jurassic 5 in the Orchard in 2016

The 2017 line-up looks as promising as past years’ with the hobo rock ‘n’ roll legend that is Seasick Steve taking his place at the helm, bringing his gravelly basslines from an assortment of cobbled-together guitars and his dulcet tones waxing lyrical about sleeping under bridges.

Seasick Steve plays the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017

 

 

Since his breakthrough performance on Jools Holland in 2006, Steve’s toured internationally, received Brit Award nominations and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Led Zeppelin. But when he picks up that three-stringed guitar it may as well just be you and him schmoozing round a camp-fire…

From soulful hobo-rock, to bouncy ska from the Stiff Joints (see, we promised variety!)

An eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands, The Stiff Joints are always so popular at Nozstock they’ve become a bit of a resident band. They’ll be bringing their infectious brand of two-tone ska along too, making it impossible to sit still in their presence.

Taking the accolade of ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ from BBC Introducing, the guys are currently working on a new release for 2017. Exciting!

Talking of legends – also billed for the Orchard in 2017 are indie household names of the 80s and 90s, Happy Mondays. Their 1990’s album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ went platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies and marking them as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK.

ince then we’ve enjoyed regular releases from the Happies, including 2012’s best-of album ‘Double Double Good’, extensive tours, various TV appearances, sell-out arenas and numerous festival shows across the UK and Europe. It’s amazing to see them play Noz with pretty much the original line up too.

They brought their own special brand of hip-hop into the mainstream in the 1970s, and now to Nozstock in 2017; The Sugarhill Gang are mostly famed for their iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which was the first true hip-hop track to hit the Top 40. EVER.

 

The old-school hip-hop troupe will be bringing their infectious disco-funk sounds to the Orchard Stage for our audio enjoyment and guarantee to have every age of Nozstocker smoothly grooving their way through the weekend.

You want cult heroes? We’ve got cult heroes! Beans on Toast is an Essex born folk songwriter, singing simple songs that tackle big issues, making you laugh but also making you think, with honest lyrics and quick wit.

He’s opened for Kate Nash, Glastonbury and toured with Frank Turner- his eighth album ‘Spanner in the Works’ was met with critical applause as he explored the themes of anger and love using a more worldly approach to his historically folk-punk style. He always retains that DIY festival feel, which is why he’s a firm favourite for the Nozstock stage.

More cult heroes!

Ferocious Dog are well known for their high octane live performances, mixing folk, rock, reggae and Celtic vibrationstogether to create a sound that has been fit to tour with the LeveFerocious Dog play the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017llers, Wonder Stuff and New Model Army.

In 2015 they played the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury, bringing record numbers to the stage. Nozstockers can expect much of the same from this high energy folk/punk fusion act, to say we’re excited is an understatement; pogos ready!

Variety is what we’re about here at Nozstock and what would a variety stage be without a big dollop of hillbilly rave, in the form of Hayseed Dixie.

The Dixies will be playing original songs alongside covers of AC/DC classics and reinterpretations of R&B and soul hits. These purveyors of ‘rockgrass’ will have you chortling, jigging and generally do-si-do-ing ’til dawn. Brush down your Stetson and hunt down your stompin’ boots, this stage is a’goin to get noisy!

But wait…there’s more!

The Orchard crams in as many acts as possible over the weekend, including The Correspondents, Land of the Giants, The Meow Meows, Jasper in the Company of Others, Oh My God It’s The Church!, Chainska Brassika, Hannah Peel and more!

For the released line up click here.

Line up announcement!

With the sun creeping over our Herefordshire horizon, we simply can’t wait any longer to give you gorgeous bunch your second line-up release, first up The Orchard Stage

I said a hip-hop, hippie-to-the-hippie, the hip, hip-a-hop, and you don’t stop, a-rock-it-out, bubba to the bang-bang-boogie, boobie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie-the-beat. No no my friends, what you hear is certainly not a test. We are delighted to welcome the guys with which you all wanna hang, The Sugarhill Gang. Named after Sugar Hill in Harlem, this old-school hip-hop troupe blasted into global charts with their 1979 single Rapper’s Delight. This pivotal tune is widely considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop to the US – hats off gents!

We’ve got another US super-group heading to the farm, but they’ll be crossing the pond with banjos, fiddles and a whole host of hilarity… say ‘Hey ’to Hayseed Dixie! Formed in 2001, Hayseed Dixie (a linguistic nudge to AC/DC) released their first album A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC and since, have single handedly created the genre ‘rockgrass’ through fusing bluegrass with comedy and reimagining a whole catalogue of hard-rock classics.

You may have guessed that if there is anything we love at Nozstock, it’s energy, loudness and uniqueness. You can imagine therefore, our excitement to announce that folk-Celtic-punk pioneers Ferocious Dog will be tearing up the Orchard Stage this year. This piercing punk outfit became the first independent act to sell out Nottingham’s Rock City in its 35 year history – and it sold out in 22 minutes may we add!

We also welcome to The Orchard a veritable smorgasbord of festival favourites including Le Galaxie, The Baghdaddies, The RPMs, Neck, SuperGlu, Mille Manders & The Shut Up, Ouroboros, Little Big Stuff, Mica Millar and Humdrum Express.

A short saunter from our Orchard, is the glorious Garden Stage and my, my Nozzers do we have quite the sonic selection for you…

First-up we welcome Levelz, the troop that have been generating hype across the UK and beyond with infectious energy since their inception in 2013. Being described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays,” it’s clear that this crew is difficult to pin-down. The core group is made up of 14 MCs, DJs and producers. This diversity creates a sound that spans multiple genres from hip-hop and grime to drum & bass and dubstep, even featuring house and jazz vibes.

Next up, we’ve got comedy, rap royalty Goldie Lookin’ Chain, who have been pushing boundaries and offending grandmas since they hit the mainstream in 2003. In August 2004, their single Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do, went straight in at Number Three, firmly establishing this crew as a cultural force to be reckoned with. Years later they are staying true to the band’s identity, with their latest album Pill Communication as controversial and explicit as ever.

Sunday night sees The Garden welcomes back Nozstock favourite Benny Page. Heavily inspired by the basslines of dub music, ragga jungle and hip-hop, over the last decade Benny Page’s name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dancefloor tracks and clinical mixing skills.

After a 20 year career The Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre, achieving the kind of success most artists can only dream of. In addition to their status of 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 hugely successful comedy Zoolander.

Garden Stage provides a haven for all things hip-hop, experimental and unsigned including The Lasting Days, CW Jones, Flamenco Thief, Verbal Highz, Snazzback and The Maitree Express.

For those of you who like their music funky over in The Cabinet of Lost Secrets we welcome Yusufla, Hallouminati, Hot Diamond Aces, Funky Navigation DJs, Beatwell & Dante, Rosebud, Calm Like A Riot, Mankala and The Discount Orchestra to the line up.

If seductive sass is more your thing, look no further than Velveteen Valley, hosting a bevy of cheeky beauties including Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, The Glitter Kittens and Jewel Personality.

The Bandstand has been getting in on the action too, we’ve got Yassassin, Goan Dogs, Keto, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Josh Ace Band and a takeover of the best local talent with BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester.

On Sunday afternoon we invite you to be as cool as Coltrane and feel as dizzy as Gillespie as The Bandstand becomes the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Headlined by exciting young guitarist Remi Harris who has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Summertime and the living will be eassssy….

And that’s not all that’s new this year, we are very excited to announce a brand new venue in The Hidden Valley. Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds and Boom Sound pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based From Berlin With Love to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take over with Forte. Other artists on the bill include Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Drumlove, Gardna and MadMax. Learn the story behind the new venue name here…

As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also added more amazing workshops and creative activities for your mini Nozstockers in Little Wonderland and experimental, visual collective Mash have announced the highlights in Wrong Directions Cinema with a selection of surrealist shorts, live A/V performances, and BAFTA winning films. There’s side splitting a plenty with a host of witty talent during Laughing Stock’s takeover of the theatre and curious sights, interesting debate and powerful poetry lurk around every corner thanks to our walkabout entertainment.

Gosh, we need a strong cuppa after all of that excitement! Stay tuned for more line-up announcements coming your way soon and check out the line up pages for full festival billing.

Get your tickets here and we’ll see you in July!

First wave of acts revealed for 2017!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s your first 2017 line-up release, you lucky things you! We have quite the bouquet of acts this year, with more variety than a fancy box of chocolates. Drumroll please…

We are almost TOO excited to announce that Seasick Steve will be at Nozstock 2017. Yes that’s right, folks; the king of American blues, the Sonic Soul Surfer, the dungaree-clad master of diddley bow and banjo will be bringing his Oakland spirit to the Orchard Stage!

Next up…attention 24 Hour Party People! Clap Your Hands and Rave On because The Boys Are Back in Town…our town Bromyard to be precise – in case you hadn’t guessed already, we welcome the legendary Happy Mondays to Noz this year! Returning to the farm in 2017 is barefoot troubadour and a cult legend, Beans on Toast!  Our next announcement is a very bassy one indeed…we’ve got Delta Heavy on board to fill your earholes with their paradisiacal sound.

We’re not done there. We have the reigning King of bass and remixery, Krafty Kuts. With multiple awards to his name, we can’t wait to see what mayhem he causes on our grassy dance floor when he’s joined by Dynamite MC. Up next and as hard hitting as cupid’s arrow, is this dream team: Birmingham Drum & Bass powerhouse Hazard and party master MC Eksman. Even more bass to add to that face, we are beyond pumped to have 15 Years of Critical Music featuring Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra and Foreign Concept.

Where is the reggae music you ask? Oh Nozstockers…prepare yourselves for the officer of the highest ragga rank, General Levy who is coming to party with you on the farm. Joining the General, are music makers and reggae innovators, Mungo’s Hi Fi. We’ve got a sensational crop of the very best hip-hop this year too. Praised as “the future of UK hip-hop” by Complex Magazine, Ocean Wisdom brings his revolutionary sound to our homestead. Joining him, is certified legend and original RiddimKilla himself, Rodney P & Skitz, versatile vocalist Dabbla with Illaman & DJ Frosty and the imitable Lady Chann.

If you weren’t already head over heels for 2017’s line up; we’ve got the energetic and extraordinary pioneers of all things electro, The Correspondents, who will be tearing up the farm with their swing bass creations. We challenge you not to dance! That applies to our next act too…they have the Rodigan stamp of approval, Lewisham boys, Chainska Brassika will be lighting up the Orchard Stage with their pumped up ska anthems, as will Land of The Giants with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiam.

If you hadn’t guessed it, we are putting all of our love into this year’s festival and we can’t wait to rendezvous with you on the farm. Have a look at the other GLORIOUS artists that will be joining the Noz family this year
here and keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon. So good it’s almost surreal…

Keepin’ It Surreal

*Theme announcement*

That’s right, our twirly-faced favourites – the theme is announced! For Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2017, we’ll be ‘Keepin’ it Surreal’. We’re talking all your favourite twisted incarnations – from Dali’s melting clocks, to Magritte’s floating bowler hats, from the Magic Roundabout to Adventure Time – it’s going to be a whirling, splendid and mind-bending journey into the oddest, and downright quirkiest, of weekends. And we can’t wait to see what you bring to it. No-one dresses better than our audience!

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Going greener for 2017

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We’ve been busy hatching plans for how we can go greener for Noz’ 2017.  One of the big suggestions to come out of the survey from you guys, was the introduction of a refundable eco-bond to encourage visitors to clean up their campsite. These have been introduced across a whole bunch o’ festivals lately and we feel it’s time to do the same here in the Hidden Valley. So, you’ll find a £5 deposit is added to each ticket when purchasing from today onwards. This is fully refunded at the festival on the Monday morning, when you provide us with a full bin bag of rubbish (no bottles and cans please – they’re for the recycling), and your barcoded eco-bond ticket. We’re really looking forward to seeing how sparkling the site can look with a gentle nudge in a greener direction and thank you for all the other green and clean suggestions you’ve been sending in – keep ’em coming!