‘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

 

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

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!

The Sugarhill Gang

Celebrated ‘Rappers Delight’ hit aficionados The Sugarhill Gang will be making an appearance in the Orchard for a legendary set of disco-funk and hip-hop vibes. The sensational trio, originating from Englewood New Jersey, were named after the culture-rich Sugar Hill neighbourhood in Harlem by producer Sylvia Robinson in the 1970s, owner of Sugar Hill label.

Robinson, on the lookout for a new and interesting sound, discovered 22 year old nightclub bouncer Henry Lee Jackson AKA Big Bank Hank, rapping Cold Crush Brothers’ rhymes outside the pizza parlour he worked at, rapping DJ Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) was soon after auditioned in Robinson’s car. Adding 6’5” rapper Wonder Mike into the mix, Robinson was unable to pick one out of the three, so decided to create a group and the Sugarhill Gang were born.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight Original single

They were assembled in 1979 to record a revolutionary new hip-hop single, reinventing the 70s music scene after disco had reached its peak. The Sugarhill Gang was the group that brought hip-hop to mainstream America, awakening the hip-hop scene with their first explosive single ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It was the first rap single ever to become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 8 million copies, taking their fresh and funky sound global.

The legends took the music world by storm, recording hit hip-hop records including ‘8th Wonder’, making it to the number 15 spot on the R&B charts, and crowd-starting ‘Apache’.

After taking a short break, The Sugarhill Gang returned to fame in 1999 and recorded ‘Jump on it’ a children’s hip-hop album.

 

The first rap group to reach international fame, they brought rap and hip-hop culture to the masses and helped launch a genre that has continued to grow and influence. Now the Sugarhill Gang are making a long awaited comeback with the addition of Melle Mel and a 30 date European tour, including the famed Funk & Soul Weekender and Boomtown festivals, with our little old Nozstock being one of their stop-offs in the middle.

Come join us my friends! A chance to revisit the roots of rap, get ready to ‘boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat’ with the hip-hop troupe themselves, here down on t’farm. The Gang promise to haul you through hit after hip-hop hit, get your booty moving and grooving down in the Orchard “Hip-hop, hippie to the hippie, to the hip-hip-hop and you don’t stop”

How D’ya Like Them Apples…?

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

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

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

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

Jurassic 5 on the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2016

Jurassic 5 in the Orchard in 2016

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

Seasick Steve plays the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

More cult heroes!

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

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

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

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

But wait…there’s more!

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

For the released line up click here.