Metalheadz, DJ Mag Bunker, Black Sun Empire + more to takeover The Cubicles

 

“I’d never heard of Nozstock but I remember speaking to Andy C years ago and he said he was playing, so that triggered something. Festivals like this, those kind of un-sung hero’s… it’s hard for them. I was told, you can f****** play anything here because the crowd, they get it. The first three tunes I thought, let me see how they react, and they really f******* reacted to the deeper side of the music. Sometimes I struggle at festivals because I wanna play underground and play on the edge. I don’t want to compromise the music. It’s always a really good test (of the type of crowd) when you can play a lot deeper.” (Goldie)

Now with 20 years under our belt it is without question that drum ‘n’ bass holds a special place in our heart. Since the very beginning we’ve championed this sound with some of the UK’s drum ‘n’ bass pioneers coming to perform down on the farm.  We assure you that 2018 will be no exception…it’s going to be unmissable.

*Please be upstanding* Kicking things off and one of our three Orchard headliners we have English D&B duo, Chase & Status, performing a DJ set alongside MC Rage. Having formed in 2003, the same time our official D&B area, The Cubicles, was born, it seems fitting to have them take centre stage at this years festival, we’re more excited than ever before. Do not miss this one Nozstockers!

After two epic live stream sets last year from Levelz and Uncle Dugs, DJ Mag Bunker are back and this year in The Cubicles. Catch them collaborating with Metalheadz ready to bring you a bag of bass heavy tricks.  On Friday night they welcome respected and revered producer Dillinja, Remidy MC, Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y as a special guest, the man with 25 years’ experience under his belt, Randall with M.C Trafic plus support from Dispatch Recordings’ Amoss, Metalheadz head honcho Ant TC1, and our special guest and long standing Nozstock veteran, Octo Pi, and homegrown local talent Scope. There is only one place we will be spending our Friday night.

On Saturday, Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fuelled alongside another killer line-up featuring Mollie Collins, our very own Nozstocker Modify Perspective, returning legends Uncle Dugs & Billy Daniel Bunter and a special set from one of our favourite producers, Bladerunner ft. Carasel. The Cubicles are looking stronger than ever before just get us in them cowsheds!

Sunday sees a takeover of mammoth proportions on The Garden Stage but we can’t reveal much more then this yet…all we’re saying is if you love D&B we’ll be giving you over 6 hours of it closing 2018’s festival with an almighty bang.

Catch live performances from Goldfrapp, Macka B, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Electric Swing Circus, Kiko Bun, The Lovely Eggs, Oh My God! It’s The Church & many more… The theme for the 20th anniversary is Nozstalgia – anything from Gameboys and Ghostbusters to the Karate Kid and flared jeans. The festival takes place across an idyllic working farm set in beautiful countryside.

Interview: Macka B on how it all began, his new EP and more…

We caught up with British reggae artist, performer and activist Christopher McFarlane aka Macka B to discuss the beginning of his career and what he just can’t do without at a festival.

How did your career start? 

My career started on Sound Systems in Wolverhampton playing in Youth Clubs. At first, just going to the record shop at weekends and bringing home music to play on the sound was enough for me. Carrying boxes and being part of the sound system was great. At home I  used to practice on the microphone but I wasn’t confident enough to do it in public. One day we set up the sound at a local youth club and I was left to watch the sound while the others got something to eat. Thinking everyone had gone, I picked up the microphone and tried it out. They hadn’t gone yet and they ran back saying ‘we didn’t know you could chat on the mic’. So from then I had to keep chatting on the sound.

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

Music, water and vibes.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Nozstock? 

Smiling faces.

What music are you working on right now? 

Working on a new EP vintage style riddims.

We’re a big fan of your health is wealth video series…whats your favourite vegetable? 

Callaloo.

What is your favourite memory from performing? 

Performing at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash for the first time and getting a great reception.


Macka B will be performing on the Orchard Stage, click here to find out who else is on the line up.

Not suitable for adults…

In case we haven’t hammered it home enough by now: Nozstock is very much a family affair.

Founded by a family in their ramshackle farmhouse twenty years ago with the aid of a few friends and local troublemakers, now uncles, cousins, grandchildren and other assorted Nosworthy clan members are called in from across the country on a yearly pilgrimage to get stuck in and lend a hand with the festivities.

Numerous Nosworthy-and-extended-family sprogs have come into the world since Nozstock’s inception so the Noz HQ team are no strangers to the challenge of combining festival frolics and family fun. In fact, it’s partly the reason why Nozstock prides itself on being so family friendly – that, and our belief that a good festival is for everyone, whether you’re into late-night skanking or glue, glitter and tie-dyeing.

In 2018, Sarah and the Spare Room Arts crew will return to our Little Wonderland kids area to ensure our littlest festivalgoers are suitably enthralled, entertained and enchanted over the weekend. Whether it’s learning a new skill, getting stuck in to make a Nozstock memory to take home with you, or just having a good old fashioned boogie – you’ll find it in the Little Wonderland (and, best of all, it’s all completely free!). Come and learn a few new moves at the Pimp Souls dance workshop, or take an hour out to reset and unwind with yoga classes (and storytelling) for kids and adults alike. Behind The Scenes theatre company will be on hand to take you back in time with immersive storytelling sessions, and the Spare Room Arts resident disco queen will be bringing the party to the Little Wonderland with a guided tour through the hits of yore – with some modern tunes thrown in for good measure – at our Mini Disco. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get yourself all dolled up, with regular facepainting, costume-making sessions, head-dress and mask workshops and tie-dying classes (for mum and dad to get all nostalgic about the 90s). The pessimistic among you can even glam up your wellies in case of rain. Once you’re properly suited and booted, learn a new craft or show off your skills with one of our many workshops. From willow weaving to felt creations, instrument-making to clay pots, pom-pom bunting to kites and puppeteering, whatever you create will surely have pride of place in your home and make you nozstalgic for festival life long after the face-paint has flaked away. Finally, for the tiniest among us who want to chill out in style after a hard day’s toddling, we’ve added a soft-play area for 2018, complete with paddling pools, sandpits and everything you could need to soak up the festival vibes without going near a DJ booth. As well as all this, the Nozstock arena is pretty much a little one’s dream, with captivating walkabout theatre, cinema and interactive artworks, not to mention the music. In addition, all areas which might be unsuitable for under-18-year old eyes will be strictly signposted.

But it’s not all fun and games (though it mostly is) – we know from hard-earned experience the realities of bringing little ‘uns to a festival, and have tried our best over the years to make the whole process as smooth as possible. In the Little Wonderland, you’ll find free bottle-warming services and changing mats, as well as the Lost Kids area where you can stop by for a special wristband to write parents’ mobile numbers on in case a mini raver should wander off the beaten path. If you’re wary of the revelry to be found in the general campsite, then bed down in our dedicated Family Camping area. Family Camping is strictly stewarded so only families with children can camp there, and it’s far away from the music so you can get a solid chunk of sleep every night: however, it has its own dedicated entrance to the Dingle – home of the Little Wonderland – so those little legs are just a hop, skip and a jump away from arts, crafts and fun. The Family Camping area comes complete with nearby food traders, entertainment and games for the kids while you’re setting up camp, and even showers for you to truly create your home away from home. And if all this doesn’t convince you – did we mention that kids aged 12 and under get in scott free to Nozstock?

Phew, there we have it – a quick-stop guide to all the reasons we positively encourage you to bring the littlest members of your tribes with you. But you don’t have to take our word for it: many before you have brought their families to Noz and lived to blog the tale. Daddacool hales us as ‘exactly the sort of festival that is great for kids’, Mum in the Madhouse says ‘the setting is just perfect and the upkeep is great’ (and includes a list of essential Top Tips for festivalling with tweens that would be compulsory reading at Nozstock university), while Tired Mummy of Two says Nozstock ‘feels welcoming and safe for children’. Finally, we were chuffed to bits to be named one of Festivalkidz’s Best Family Festivals in the Midlands 2018. So if you’re trying to find the perfect summer getaway that’ll cater to all ages, tastes and attitudes to glitter, why not come on down and join the ever-expanding Nozstock family in the Hidden Valley…

Orchard Stage 2018


Photo: Chloe Soffe, 2016, Orchard Stage

Guess what? There is only 78 days to go until the kingdom of Noz comes alive with 10 stages filled with sensational sound. We are just itching to see all your lovely faces!

You’ll find the Orchard Stage (our main stage) right in the middle of the farm and the line-up this year is…well, we wouldn’t want to brag, so you can see for yourself here.

To get you in the Noz spirit, you can listen to our Orchard Stage playlist on Spotify.

Here is a glimpse at who will be on the Orchard this year…

There is no introduction necessary for these DnB kings. First emerging in 2003, Chase & Status have risen to royalty status with their cutting edge beats and production techniques, resulting in achievements like spending 35 weeks in the UK top 40 with their album ‘No More Idols’ which subsequently gained double-platinum status. Previous Glastonbury headliners, Chase & Status continue to blend a multitude of genres to achieve their distinctive and unstoppable sound.

Next up and Ooh La La La La La, what a treat…we have the celestial synth surfers, Goldfrapp headlining the Orchard this year. Melting the boundaries of genre since their nascence in 1999, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have received vast critical acclaim, their third album Supernature (2005-06), including top five track “Ooh La La”, gained platinum status in the UK and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Electronic / Dance Album. With an ever-progressing sound, we are excited to be one of Goldfrapp’s 5 confirmed UK dates this year. It’s going to be special.

Following their divinely raucous performance on the Orchard Stage in 2017, we welcome back a congregation so funky, so soulful that it’s, well, positively unholy…it’s Oh My God! It’s The Church. Described as ‘nothing you’ve ever experienced before, yet as familiar as your Grandmammy’s biscuit tin’, this is a church service that must be experienced to be believed. So come and let the holy water wash over you and repent in this blessed disco party. Also a guaranteed party, we welcome festival legends, Electric Swing Circus who will be gracing the main stage with their swing / jazz / electro fusion

From Maryland to Liverpool, Jalen N’Gonda is a formidable talent, with his own sell out shows across the UK and beyond and we can’t wait to see him play in the heart of the festival. With previous support slots for industry giants like Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill we implore you to come and soak in his soulful voice and bluesy arrangements (and hopefully the sun… fingers crossed).

Coming to Nozstock for the first time, Childcare are a band rapidly gaining recognition across the UK. After releasing their debut EP in April 2017, Ed, Emma, Rich and Glyn have since gone on to do a headline tour and support Bastille along with receiving extensive radio play of their three singles ‘Omega Grey’. ‘Film Club’, and ‘Kiss’. Head over to the page to find out how the band got their name.

There isn’t enough space on this lovely little page to give you details of all the Orchard Stage acts, but you can find details of them all here.

Also on the line-up: Mad Apple Circus, Smiley and the Underclass, Harvey Causon, Lazy Day, The Whipjacks, Seas of Mirth, Catholic Action, Mr Tea and the Minions, Samsara Collective, Buffos Wake, The Lovely Eggs, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Gemini Jets, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, We Are Scientists, Mad Dog Mcrea, Honey Feet, The Blockheads

More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!

 

What’s on at the Wrong Directions Cinema…

The Wrong Directions Cinetent is hosted by local experimental collective MASH Cinema, and is the destination to experience all things audio-visual.

This year’s theme ‘Keep It Surreal’ gave MASH Cinema the nod to push their weird genre hopping programme to the max, treating us to an eclectic mix of cinema classics, artist moving image, short film programmes, retrospectives, documentaries, AV performance and random happenings.

Each morning starts with family friendly classic cartoons and films, this year featuring a kids’ mix from BAFTA award winning writer/ illustration duo The Brothers McLeod (who also provide a late night version for grown-ups too!)

[Trailer for The Brothers McLcLeod]

The mornings make way for an afternoon programme of thought provoking documentary, feature films as well as cinema classics such as Man With A Movie Camera. Made in 1929, this unclassifiable film is the work of pioneering Soviet experimenter Dziga Vertov. Ranked number 8 in the BFI 50 Greatest Movies of all Time list!
At 7pm the tent switches to night mode, and only admits audiences aged 18 and over. The programme gets more experimental featuring shorts from the likes of Plink Flojd and Jonathan Gillie, as well as short documentarys like Secondhand Sureshots which features producers J-Rocc, Daedelus, Nobody, and Ras G.

[Trailer for Secondhand Sureshot] Make sure to catch live polyrhythmic eyeball bubblebath performances from Hereford based Mynydd Poly, as well as dark menacing electronica from Ferric Lux.

If that wasn’t enough, head over on Saturday morning for the under 7s rave, and then assemble your team for the Loopy Christmas Festive Film Quiz on Saturday afternoon.

“Open throughout the whole weekend, the Wrong Directions Cinetent is an audio-visual sanctuary for the weary traveller. Re-energise your mind with informative and provocative documentaries; immerse yourself in cinema classics; reset your cultural compass with an array of quality shorts; and be hypnotised by an eclectic selection of experimental works. “

Some of our must see’s below…

FRIDAY

11:00 Ну, Погоди!

12:00 Gulliver’s Travels

13:15 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

16:40 Future States – Plastic

Bag

17:00 Of Oz The Wizard

20:10 Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

Electronic Art

01:15 Banana M*therf*%>£r

SATURDAY

10.00 Pink Panther

12.45 Star Wars Uncut

15.55 Yoda – Do or Do not

22.45 DJ Cheeba’s After School Special

23.55 Dismaland – The Official Unofficial

01.00 Ferric Lux (Live AV)

02.05 Plink Flojd Selection

SUNDAY

11.20 The Brothers McLeod – Kids Mix

11.50 The Evolution of Yo-Yo

12.00 Raiding the Lost Ark

16.00 Return of The Jedi – Making Of…

21.50 Angela Stempel Selection

Levelz Up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

DJ Gaw wins DJ Noz 2017

Every year we run the DJ Noz competition with Data Transmission to uncover the freshest new musical talent and this year has been no different, with almost all of the mixes having us skanking round the kitchen and pulling the bass face as we eat our breakfast.
After some deliberation we have decided to crown DJ Dr Gre, now re christened as DJ GAW, as our winner and award him with a coveted set in the fields at this year’s festival. What marked DJ GAW’s entry apart from the others was his no holds barred selection of jump up and techy DnB blended to perfection with some of the darkest rollers and dirtiest basslines we’ve heard in a long time. He will join the likes of Delta Heavy and Kasra on this year’s lineup as well as bagging himself an exclusive interview with Data Transmission.
DJ GAW -real name George Whettleton- has only been Dj’ing for two years but has already performed at events in London and Bristol and with this set at Noz he’s now got his sights on more appearances over the coming year. Be sure to catch his set on Friday at 19:00 in The Cubicles and keep your eyes peeled for him in the future!

You can listen to his winning mix here

 

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

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