The RPMs Q&A

We sat down and shared a virtual cuppa with the gang from The RPMs.

Young guns Jack,  Callum and Miguel formed in Brighton and shot to Glastonbury’s Pilton Party fame with the fortuitous winning of a new bands competition in 2015, launching their debut single ‘I Don’t Like it’ with the help of BBC Introducing. They’ve played Glasto, Camden Rocks, 2000 Trees and Beautiful Days and now they’re joining the fantastically friendly Nozstock family for 2017.

 

We asked them some slightly probing questions to ease our rampant curiosity:

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Abba, cos that reunion is way overdue

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Well after toilet paper being the absolute essential (take it from experience) it would be wellies and some sort of crazy hat.

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Some spring to mind, but they all involve toilets so they get a bit graphic.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Definitely playing the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury!

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Answered by Jack Valero (Front man) – Well my first festival was Camp Bestival and I went there with a school friend of mine who drove us there in a Triumph Herald which was this really old rickety car from the sixties but looked brilliant. We spent three days there and I ended up singeing my eye lashes when I used my lighter and forgot I’d jacked it up.

How did you get into music?

Well I think we all started to feel evermore alienated and lost from our own generation and normally when kids feel that way they find a subculture to be a part of, but we don’t really have any of our own not artistically anyway. So music seemed to be the best way to help us express ourselves and find our place within it all.

What can we expect from your performance / set at Nozstock this year?

Tonnes of energy and catchy tuneful songs to get you moving.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Catchy, thoughtful and contemporary.

Any musical heroes?

Ryan Adams, Nico & Kevin Parker

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably the BBC Intro stage again.

Thanks guys! We can’t wait to see you on the Orchard Stage very soon.

Ferocious Dog Q&A

Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.

From playing Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their European tour, Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on and dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European tours booked for 2017 and slots at some of the UK’s favourite festivals, we can’t wait to welcome them down on the farm and ahead of their performance we asked them a few questions….

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Ken Bonsall said Friday night House of Pain, Saturday night Rancid, Sunday night Levellers because these are 3 of my favourite bands

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Beer. Beer carrier. Cheese and hp brown sauce cob

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Trying to stop Les carter aka Fruitbat from drunkenly gatecrashing the Avalon cafe stage while a band was playing. But it turned out in the end that he knew the band who were Flipron

What is your best memory from a festival?

Seeing Dans face at Glastonbury ’92 coming out of the Carter USM mosh pit at 12 years old.

It was a picture

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury 92. Main reason we went is so Dan could see the Levellers for the first time and so we could all see Carter USM

Highlight of your career so far?

Selling out Rock City on our first attempt and making history as the first unsigned band to do so in its 35 year history. And it’s our home town of Nottingham which made it extra special

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”

Who in Darnation is Seasick Steve?

American hobo blues artist Seasick Steve is famous for his creative use of self-made guitars and the mature age he broke into the mainstream. He shot to stardom over ten years ago, with his gnarly, raw performance on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny in 2006. He has continued to enthrall music fans from every corner of the globe ever since with his expressive and rustic take on the blues.

Since 2006  Steve’s released seven albums as well as winning a MOJO Award in 2007 for Best Breakthrough Act and headlining the iconic SSE Arena, Wembley last year. Collaborating with rock legends such as Jack White and Led Zepplin’s John Paul Jones over the years he’s come a long way from living rough after leaving home at fourteen and playing to anyone who’d listen.

“Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.”

Part of his early life was spent riding freight trains around America, working from job to job; he’d been a cowboy and a farmhand before settling into a life of music. He famously said “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.” These stages in his life are often reflected in his music where he sings of his journeys on the open road; his stories of drinking and heartbreak and winning the hearts of his audiences through his honest and gritty lyrics.

Throughout the seventies, Steve worked as a session musician, as well as producing an album by indie rock band Modest Mouse. He released his first solo album, ‘Doghouse Music’ while he was in his sixties, with his more recent albums depicting a more confident performer.

He’ toured extensively since his rise to fame; playing a variety of festivals over the years from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock in Japan. He’s a charismatic live performer, both he and drummer Dan Magnusson combine raw sounds and emotion to create a captivating live experience. Regardless of Seasick Steve’s highly romanticised backstory, his music is compelling enough to support itself.

We’re thrilled to welcome Seasick Steve to the Orchard Stage and can’t wait for the toe-tapping hootin’ and hollerin’ to commence in true Nozstock fashion.

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!

Jurassic 5 @ Nozstock: The Hidden Valley

This weekend, we saw something truly inspirational and extraordinary! Jurassic 5 made Nozstock: The Hidden Valley their own. Being one of the headliners, Jurassic 5 we’re clearly ready to be the stars of the show and did so in such an inspirational way. IMG_0984

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a Festival in Herefordshire, West Midlands, which attracted thousands of music fans over the weekend to see hundreds of acts over a number of stages. With the likes of Jurassic 5 and Imelda May headlining, it holds a great variation of music genres for every music lovers taste. The Hidden Valley really encapsulates the festival-goer and takes them into a wonderful world of their own interpretation. Like we always say, no two people will ever have the same experience at a festival. Line up’s can be great or a bit lack-luster in everyone’s opinion. But its what the festival goer and the performing acts make of it, that truly leaves a lasting impression.

Jurassic 5 took to the main stage to finish the day off and blew the roof off Nozstock. With nothing but stars in the sky, lit up by the incredibly and well-deserved light show seen on stage, Jurassic 5 made their interpretation of The Hidden Valley come to life in front of thousands of people’s eyes. Huge vocals, deep beats. Sounds of all variations clashing together to bring different people together as one. Towards the end of their set they thanked the festival-goers for such an unforgettable moment. They greeted fans who had the pleasure of watching their performance with signing of foreheads to T-Shirts and everything in-between.

IMG_0971It is only after the main headline act had finished Jurassic
5 really brought the festival’s main aims together. They brought the crowd together. A secret gig kicked off, and where better to do a secret gig than Nozstock in The Hidden Valley. They showed that MC’ing isn’t just for the acts and that the crowd should be encouraged to come on stage and give it a go.

Maybe even the next Eminem was born over the weekend?

But iIMG_0846t’s the end of the secret gig that gets us. In times like this, where we see things happening the world, that we don’t want to see. It is a true inspiration what Jurassic 5 did. As a band they’re an inspiration to many and used their voices to motivate and enlighten people of their self worth. Akil made a speech emphasizing how important each and every person is. “If you find your self in life being told you are nothing and find that people don’t respect you,”, He said, “Then you wake up, look in a mirror and tell your self that you are somebody.”.

All in chant, ‘I AM… SOMEBODY!’. All together as one. Not a crowd and Jurassic 5. But a collection of, somebody’s.

If this isn’t what music is about, then we simply do not know.

IMG_1016Jurassic 5:

“I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY”

Written by Stephen McMahon from IndieCentralMusic [http://indiecentralmusic.com/jurassic-5-nozstock/]

Photography by Conor Irvine from CSI Photography [http://www.csi-photography.co.uk

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*

Hiphop blog

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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