‘A true old skool festival experience’

photo credit – gareth dalley

Well, the show might be over but the curtain’s not quite closed. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the artwork for another weekend in a different Summer.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had this year. Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed in any way. You make Nozstock what it is. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Evening Standard

Efestivals

Data Transmission

In Reach

This Welsh Mother

Stimulate Your Soul

Skiddle

Safe Concerts

Hereford Times

GlobalMouse

Hedge Combers

Daddacool

Circuit Sweet

Mum In The Mad House

Tired Mummy of Two

 

Gardna Q&A

Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional reggae and dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent.

Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe including Outlook and Boomtown. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.

Ahead of this years festival we got the chance to ask him a few questions…

How long have you been MCing?

I first started trying to spit bars out with the kids hanging around outside the local Sainsburys in the town I grew up in when I was about 12. We’d be trying to slew one another over the latest grime instrumentals that we’d been Bluetoothed on our Sony Erricson walkman phones. I’m 22 now and looking back we were all terrible but you’ve gotta start somewhere don’t ya!

How did Boom Sound Recordings come about?

Myself, Jack Fat Stash, Adam ASBO Disco and James Wonka where all working together at our old office space in Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. They were all doing work for the agency work for Boom Artists but we’d all just hang out there throughout the week and bang out ideas. Artists like myself on the agency started collaborating with one another, great music started happening and we just had to release it ourselves. We couldn’t just give it away.

What are your three festival essentials?

  1. Peach Ice Tea & Havana Club Rum
  2. Wavey Sunglasses
  3. STICKERS! (come find me)

Most embarrassing festival moment?

I think that’ll be the time I fell asleep a few hours before my set and got sabotaged with a permanent sharpie pen. I hosted this huge Jungle b2b with Benny Page, Aries, Marcus Visionairy, Kelvin 373 and more with a massive you know what on my face, obviously nobody told me. The photos are horrendous!

If you ran Nozstock and had to pick three headliners who would you pick?

Depends where we where but.

  1. Chronnix
  2. Bonobo (live)
  3. The Internet

When you’re not making music what are you doing?

Gigging the music. I don’t stop I swear. Always up to something. But apart from that, eating good, drinking good, just gernerally living good. It’s alright here in Bristol. There’s always something on, i’m forever going out to events to get my inspiration for lyrics and live shows. It’s cool.

Have you been to Nozstock before? If not what are you expecting?

I came for an evening a few years ago with The ASBO Disco, it was short and sweet but I am well excited to come back this year with the label and spend some proper time at the festival. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

All things shiny and new for Noz

 

This year at Nozstock we’ve added more new and exciting things than you can shake a tent pole at and we’re very excited for you to see them. New stage, new sounds, new… ginger protectant? So much more to see and do at Noz 2017 but we promise we haven’t strayed too far from our humble farm roots.

 

Our newest addition to Noz, the Elephant’s Grave, will take us to a massive eleven stages for 2017 and is sure to be a hit for all you party animals out there. The brand new stage was grandly dubbed after the team learnt of the mysterious happenings on the farm in the early 70’s. During the Second World War the owner of Chapman’s Circus moved to Bromyard… along with her curious cast of creatures. Legends speak of exotic beasts parading through Bromyard’s high street – elephants, tigers, even the occasional milk man as well. Sadly, as time passed many four-legged members of Chapman’s cast were laid to rest around the farm. The remains of one elephant were found near the top gate, however, nobody knows where the rest of the animals were buried. Could they be right underneath where you’re dancing this Nozstock? Although it’s unlikely you’ll stumble upon any skeletons in the Elephant’s Grave, what you’ll definitely find is everything Dub and Reggae by day and by night House and Techno to tear the barnyard roof off. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds 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 the stage with ‘Forte‘.

Remi Harris will be joining the Bluejay Jazz Lounge on the Bandstand for 2017

Things will be swingin’ at the Bandstand in 2017 as we slide into our newest area – the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Think back to the unforgettable times of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong with a classic Noz-esk twist. Bluejay’s is set to host a smokin’, rhythmic fusion of all things jazz led by the sweet, sweet sounds of Remi Harris. Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular, artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. Only 29, Remi already has a string of awards and chart success under his belt, plus endorsements from some of the biggest and best in the industry. We’re sure Remi will hit the right cord for quite a few of you cool cats so if you’re diggin’ some jazzy tunes we say “Hit the road Jack!” and check out the Bluejay Jazz Lounge!

 

Calling all Gingers! This year for Nozstock we’re inviting you to join your fellow pasty complexioned pals to gather for a bit of fun, laughter and plenty of sunscreen. Created by gingers, for gingers, You’ve Been Prangoed is being revived for Noz 2017 and is everything a red-head could dream of with games and silliness all round. Wear Orange for the occassion! If you’re up for a laugh and some quality ginger to ginger consultation then let your auburn locks loose and come join us for You’ve Been Prangoed. Please note: You’ve Been Prangoed will take place in a heavily shaded area for maximum ginger protection. See ya there!