Hazard Q&A

Originally hailing from Birmingham, and responsible for the most intense tracks the drum and bass world has even heard, we are so excited to have DJ Hazard tearing it up at this year’s festival!

With releases dating back from 2001, which include anthems such as: ‘Time Tripping’; ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’; and ‘Mr. Happy’, to name just a few. No party is complete without these dark, chaotic and pure genius tracks.

As well as being a producing mastermind, DJ Hazard’s DJ sets display what a highly seasoned and creative DJ Hazard really is. Prior to his highly anticipated performance at this year’s festival, Hazard has taken part in a Q&A with us, so we can get to know the Jump Up phenomenon a little better.

What three things can’t you live without at a festival

My car, an escape plan and a bottle of water!

What is your most embarrassing festival memory

There was one festival where I was playing an outdoor stage and it was chucking it down. I was really worried about getting electrocuted so was standing as far away from the decks as possible, trying not to touch too much – it definitely looked a bit embarrassing I’m sure.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Boomtown with Hype last summer. It was unreal.

If you had your own festival what three headliners would you pick?

Bryan G, Randall and Brockie.

What is your favourite song at the minute?

Any Taxman tune, he’s on fire right now.

When you’re not DJing what are you doing?

As little as possible. I’m very good at watching TV.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

To be honest, nobody – I hate working with other people in the studio!

Your tunes have become recognised all over the world, how does it feel seeing and hearing other DJ’s playing them to 1000’s of people?

At first it was really good, but now they’re just playing old tunes because I haven’t released anything for a while so the novelty has worn off a bit. Perhaps that’s the kick up the arse I need to get some new music out?

The Velveteen Valley Cabaret Highlights

From outrageous cabaret to comedic mayhem, this stage, like no other, will keep you wildly entertained for hours. Known for its naughtiness, dreamy dancing and hilarity, the Velveteen Valley’s 2017 line up promises to bring you just that.

Bringing the first lot of outrageous cabaret for the weekend, is Jolene Dover. A cabaret star for nine years, Jolene will be your Saturday night host and is set to be the star of the stage for one night only, right here at Nozstock. Ursula Dares will be bringing more cabaret in her form of a creative, theatrical and comedic approach, an experience not to be missed. The Glitter Kittens, too, will be performing their eclectic mix of traditional cabaret combined with alternative burlesque and circus.

If burlesque is what you’re after, then Jewel Personality and Flossie Smalls will be gracing the stage. Jewel Personality, an exciting, up and coming performer, will be performing a funny and cheeky burlesque set. While Flossie will be performing her popular, sweet and saucy routine ‘Cool Cat in Town’.

On Friday night Alistair Aitcheson’s Incredible Playable Show, will be inviting spectators onto the stage to become players for the night, where they must interact with each other and the audience to progress. A unique show, which takes games of his invention into the real world. Backyard Bingo, will be reinventing bingo as you know it, think unique, comedic entertainment and brilliant prizes, for this show.

Jackie Clementines, will be performing his new show, ‘Fool Bodied’, intertwining a mix of juggling, acrobatics and danger. And Jessticular Dancer and Her Highness will be performing a mix of street dance, pole, blues, burlesque and circus for an enticing performance for the senses.

Join us, one and all, in the Velveteen Valley for the quirkiest and naughtiest of line ups.  

Kasra – Q&A

Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
Goldie, Metalheadz

How did Critical Music come about?

I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.

When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?

I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.

When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?

Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!

Which artists do you look up to and why?

Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.

What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?

Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.

What are your future plans for Critical Music?

This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.

What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?

Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !

What three things can you not live without at a music festival?

Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus

Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

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

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

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

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

More artists revealed!

It many only be just over a month until the gates of The Hidden Valley open, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t got time to squeeze in a few more tasty line up treats for you! Today we have added a couple of cherrys on top of your very delicious Nozstock 2017 cake…

On The Orchard Stage we welcome back the steampunk flavoured Professor Elemental to brew you a nice hip-hop number, stir it with comedy and serve it with scones. Whilst Saturday welcomes Harpers Bazaars ‘one to watch’ energetic collective They Say Jump, alongside rip-roaring alt-folk outfit Noble Jacks and heavyweight roots-reggae crew King Solomon Band. They are joined by Westerman, Cousin Kula, Swansea Laptop Orchestra, Deaf Pictures, Hardwicke Circus  and over on the Garden Stage, Ushti Baba and Wovoka Gentle.

The Bandstand remains a haven for all things unsigned and diverse by welcoming melodic homegrown pop artist Chloe Foy, 60s rock and roll trio Dai and The Ross, nu folk artist Jo Rose, and funk sensations Buffalo Brothers. They are joined by Vaginapocalypse, White Feather Collective, How Dare You? That’s My Mother You’re Talking About, Soeur, Oh Man The Mountain, The Balkaneers, Lost Tuesday Society and Steve Strong.

The Coppice have been getting in on the action to with Tribe of Frog adding a host of sonic delights for your psytrance pleasure including Aardvark, Neutron, Steve OOOD, Rama, Jagerhertz, Psydigital and Orestis Sundance.

For the house lovers amongst you, things get serious on Sunday night when Emotion stage a vinyl only takeover of Elephants Grave featuring Delirium, Dangerous Davies and Stinger, but if you prefer your late night entertainment with more than a hint of sass then check out the additions to Velveteen Valley including Sophia Disgrace, Kiki Mellek, Joanne Jordan and Owen Niblock.

Phew! And that’s not all we’ve got Masked Life Drawing, Break Dancing Workshops, Willow Weaving and Sound Art Collectives all announced today…not forgetting of course the surreal place where anything Orange goes, for all you orange-inal nutters…have you been Prango’d yet?

 

 

 

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!

Hayseed Dixie~A Hillbilly Rave

Photo: Rowan Zynoni

When John Wheeler (aka Barley Scotch) and Mike Daly ‘drank roughly enough whiskey to float a battleship from the Florida Coast over to Portugal and back’ in the summer of 2000, they were, unbeknownst to them, paving the Bourbon soaked path to the Rockgrass superpower that is Hayseed Dixie. Adding Reverend Hank Williams and Bishop Bon Scott to the their East Nashville coterie led to the first Rockgrass revolution – ten AC/DC songs ‘reinvented as Appalachian Mountain hillbilly rave-ups.’

17 years, 14 albums and 1,200 live shows later we have the pleasure of welcoming these genre defining gents to Nozstock. With a mix of originals and reimagined versions of everything from Motörhead’s Ace Of Spades to Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier, with Hayseed Dixie, you are guaranteed ‘high energy showmanship, loads of facial hair, an occasional flash of nipple and plenty of posing with one foot on the monitors whipping the crowd up and pulling preposterous rock god poses all combined with a wildness that’s almost punky’ (idp, Louder Than War, 2015).

Amongst the jocularity of their jamboree, there is political and social commentary and in their recently released ‘Free Your Mind…And Your Grass Will Follow’ (April 2017), their ability to fuse, transcend and conquer genre norms resonates loud and clear. Hayseed Dixie describe themselves as a ‘proper force’ that ‘most people either love, hate, or have never heard of. There isn’t really any middle ground, nor should they be.’

Are you ready to do-si-do ‘til dawn with this talented Tennessee troupe on the Orchard Stage? We certainly are!

Who’s gonna land on our lovely Bandstand?

Each year, the Bandstand enlivens our hilltop with a myriad of discovery and wall-to-wall (all three of them, that is) uniqueness. Our curious curators explore the eclectic scape of new and unsigned acts and bring them to you, our wonderful Nozstockers, for your viewing and listening delight.

Joining Youth, Boy Azooga, Andy Jones and Passion bel Canon we welcome the hypnotic, Keto. Likened to Cat Power and Elliot Smith, Keto have an oner lo-fi folk sound revered by BBC 6 Music, Drowned in Sound and Clash magazine. Having played shows alongside Sun Kil Moon, Lower Dens and Eaves, we can’t wait to have the celestial talents of Leah, Midds, Rob and Matt on our Bandstand stage.

Adding to the roster and described by the Line of Best Fit as having a ‘fun, vibrant energy that only comes from a group of friends jamming on what comes naturally’, Yassassin are a five-piece, alt-rock assembly comprised of members Anna, Joanna, Moa, Raissa & Ruth. Recognised for their fervent lyricism and rebellious riffs, Yassassin’s debut EP ‘Pretty Face’ produced by Dave Ellen (The Cure, Neneh Cherry, Depeche Mode) gained the Neu Pick spot in DIY Magazine upon release and their preceding track ‘Social Politics’ has a sense of invocation to irreverence and ideology. We can’t wait to get worked up with Yassassin.

Characterized as “shambolic, heartfelt, ludicrous pop” by their producer, Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack, The Maccabees, Goldfrapp), next up we have Bristol based five piece, Goan Dogs. After recording a session at the legendary Rockfield Studios and new release You Drive Me Wild, we can’t wait to witness, in their own words ‘some bangers’, ‘elastic dance moves’, ‘stories of love, trickery, fraud and dickery’. We’re not finished yet, Nozzers! Taking to the Bandstand stage we have Frauds, an energetic, over-the- top duo comprised of Chris Francombe (drum/vocals) and Mikey Alvarez (guitar/vocals). The band combines thick jagged riffs and beats with a mixture of humour and anger in equal measure. Over the last few years Frauds have shared a stage with Kagoule, USA Nails, Slaves, Queen Kwong and many more. Corr!

Coming to fill your ear and eyeholes, we’ve got the thick and fuzzy alt-rock sounds Beverly Shrills. Originally from Tewkesbury but now gaining momentum around Bristol, the sound is influenced by the likes of The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Debut single ‘Space Invaders’ was released earlier this year (pssst, go have a listen…it’s ace!). Also ace…is the Josh Ace Band (see what we did there?) who will also be partying on the Bandstand stage and bringing us Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana. Josh Ace tells tales of derailed dreams, dissolute companions and life in the times of social media and virtual collective consciousness. Humour, cynicism and psychedelia…what more could you want?

Here at Noz we do love a collaboration and that’s why we have three stage takeovers on the Bandstand this year.
Firstly, we welcome the wonderful Music Pool with their Best of Livewire Project. Founded in 1998, The Music Pool is a community based music charity for Herefordshire and it’s borders. The Music Pool are dedicated to providing chances for people of all ages and abilities to make music together, because it is one of the most powerful ways to improve people’s lives and well-being. Their work affects a wide variety of groups from early years to those with special needs. You can catch the best of their Livewire youth music project right here, which gives teenagers an insight into the music industry, organizing training opportunities, music courses and gigs.

Our second takeover is by the mighty BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester featuring Capas, Ellisha Green, Invincible Youth and Karyo. We’re in for a real treat with this lot….Capas aka Phil Wilkins is a multi instrumentalist and producer based in Worcestershire, focusing on electronic and live recordings to create a cinematic sound. Influenced by the likes of Bonobo and Sigur Ros, Capas debut album, Undisclosed was released December 2016. The album was heavily supported locally, whilst track Bamboozle has received Radio One airplay. An aspiring 17 year old singer/songwriter from Kidderminster, Eliisha Green has just released her debut EP called ‘Platforms’ in November 2016 and has received great reviews on iTunes and Slap Magazine. She won Wyre Forest Young Musician of the year 2016 and has achieved Best Composition and Solo Singer as part of Bewdley Youth Festival. She performs frequently at places such as Hopfest in Bewdley and Dudley Beer Festival. Sam Butterworth and Callum Real are Hereford based Indie-electro duo Invincible Youth. Working hard to make music their way of living the boys have just released their ‘From The Light’ EP and have a UK tour planned this year. Their influences are varied, everything from Churches and Glass Animals to Slipknot and Nirvana. Last but as lovely as the rest, Karyo are a three-piece post-pop sample-funk band based in North London, via Worcester, comprised of three long-time friends and collaborators: Duncan Powell, Luke Fain and Tom Guilding. Their talents concentrate on eclectic instrumental music, with guest vocals becoming a key feature of their sound. No stranger to festivals, their second ever gig was at Glastonbury 2016!

Rounding up our announcements we are as dizzy as Gillespie to reveal that the Bandstand will swing into a rhythmic fusion of all things jazz, with more bluesy beats than you can shake a saxophone at on Sunday afternoon with our Bluejay Jazz Lounge takeover featuring 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.

WOW. Is it July yet?

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…

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.

Groove to reggae by day at Elephant’s Grave

Chapman’s Circus may be long gone but the weird and wonderful vibes remain…

By day, you’ll be grooving to dub and reggae with the likes of Ital Sounds, who will be bringing everything from classic roots to modern scrub-a-dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music.

Drumlove perform as a full drumming troupe, a sight and sound to behold. Go With The Flo, Juggla and DJ Shogun, bring a collective 46 years worth of reggae experience to the decks, so expect some winding grooves and plenty of dubby flavour. On Friday night DJ Feva is bringing his unique combination of hip-hop skills and reggae knowledge to drop bass heavy beats and live mash ups that shake up dance floors from Birmingham to Brazil. And expect something a little tropical from MadMax.

Ital Sounds will be joined over the weekend by Bristol-based Boom Sound, bringing underground reggae in the form of Fat Stash, who have championed artists such as Gardna and Uncle Dugs, are also joining the party to pump out some serious reggae, dancehall and dubwise tunes. They’ll be representing alongside KreedHold Tight Collective, and many more.

Find out more over on the Elephant’s Grave page ….


Mike Hale - dancer Nozstock 2016

Elephant’s Grave stampeding into Nozstock 2017

Elephant’s Grave will be coming alive for its first Nozstock appearance! Over three days, this brand new venue will be a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark.

Today, we’re profiling the house contingent…

Opening the stage is DJ, producer and innovator, House Meanz House, who will be charging our senses with his deep bass lines. With breaks as sharp as tusks, HMH’s synths and tech house style are beyond big league.

Hosting the Elephant’s Grave first night of Noz 2017, DJ and promoter collective From Berlin With Love are here to serve you a cocktail of all the finest minimalist house and techno, shaken up with a hearty dose of rough ‘n’ ready Bristolian clubbing attitude. Followed on Saturday by one of house music’s most exciting artists, Dirty Secretz, who will be serving a mash up of his legendary remixes that feature the likes of X-Press 2 and K-Klass alongside solo releases that have been unleashed on respected House music labels including Skint, Stealth and Nervous.

Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton, who has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK, will be hosting the party on Saturday night. Sonny’s ability to captivate audiences with his energetic performance and diverse track selection prominently positions him behind the decks of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Joining Sonny will be DJ collective Forte who will be providing a smorgasbord of futuristic house and techno, trampling over borders and boundaries and blowing your socks off in the process.

This is certainly a line-up that will have you dying to dance in the Elephant’s Grave. For full billing check out the dedicated line up page here.


Mike Hale - DJ Nozstock 2016