The Garden Stage 2018

Charlie Rimmer - crowd at Garden Stage

Photo: Charlie Rimmer

Nestled between our ramshackle Farmhouse and the Orchard Stage is the Garden Stage. To celebrate our 20th anniversary we’ve programmed a line-up full of internationally acclaimed party starters ranging from Funk and Hip Hop all the way to Drum & Bass alongside some of our long-serving Nozstock veterans. Believe us when we say you’re in for a treat… dust of your dancing shoes for this one.

At the top of the bill, with no need for an introduction we have the voice of a generation, one of Hip Hop’s innovators, the man himself: Grandmaster Flash. Hailing from South Bronx, this guys a true originator, he’s been in the scene since the early 70’s, when he developed a series of groundbreaking DJ techniques still followed religiously by selectors across the globe to this day. Known for his timeless dance floor classics such as ‘The Message‘ and ‘White Lines‘ and with an extensive back catalogue of records, sampling anything from Chic to Blondie and known for his electric, high energy live shows we can’t wait for the Grandmaster to grace the Garden Stage!

After the previous show they have put on for us, there was no way we couldn’t get Krafty Kuts & Chali 2na back to the Garden Stage for 2018. If you caught their set last year you’ll know.. if you didn’t then make sure you get to know! Expect nothing less than big breaks, funky samples and lyrical genius. Krafty Kuts has been a pivotal part of the UK breaks scene for a while now, with DJ sets full of energetic productions and technical turntablism he never disappoints. Joining him will be Chali 2na, hailing from LA and best known for his world famous Hip Hop group; Jurassic 5, Chill 2na is recognised for his quick delivery rapping style and energetic stage presence. The combination of these two artists creates the perfect recipe for a Nozstock party.

Next up it’s the legend: DJ Marky. With a career spanning over two decades, the Innerground Records head honcho is a veteran party starter and certainly knows how to bring the vibe. He’s been igniting dance-floors worldwide with his signature sound for years now and is showing no sign of slowing down. Producer of beat Drum ‘n’ Bass classics such as ‘Lk‘ and the more recent ‘Silly‘, he’s flying the flag for the Brazilian D&B sound and his sets are bound to put a smile on anyones face. Joining Marky will be none other than MC GQ another true veteran of the Jungle scene, known for his unmistakable and unique flow he’s been holding down races since day one and isn’t one of the most respected MC’s in the game for no reason.

Now it wouldn’t be the Garden Stage without some UK Hip Hop and this year we have the Crème de la crème of the scene, headlined by Taskforce and Fliptrix. Taskforce are some of the UK Hip Hop originators, responsible for helping develop and influence the UK Hip Hop sound we know today. Fliptrix is again a pivotal figure in the scene best known for tracks such as ‘The High Way’ and ‘See the Sun’ as well as being the founder of one of the most important labels in the game, High Focus Records.

Verb T & Pitch 92 will be joining the Hip Hop crew showcasing their latest album ‘Good Evening’. Pitch 92, producer for Manchester crew; The Mouse Outfit alongside long time High Focus don Verb T was always going to be a wicked link up, if you haven’t heard it already we suggest you check it out here. Another showcase that we’re really excited about is Pengshui, a new crew made up of Prav (Foreign Beggars), Illaman and Submotion Orchestra’s Fatty, the combination of these three dons is something we can’t wait to see. Supporting will be some of the scenes best upcoming lyrical geniust including; CW Jones and his Bone Dry Records crew, boom bap four piece Verbal Highz and spoken word maestro Natty Speaks.

Joining the D&B crew we have one of the most sought after production duos in the Jungle/D&B scene, we’re talking of course about Serial Killaz. Having been in the scene for well over ten years now these guys have a stockpile of tracks each with their signature reggae influenced sound as well as collaborations with Rebel MC and Ms Dynamite and remixes for the likes of Skream and Toddla T, representing the new school, expect things to get heavy when Serial Killaz step into the dance. Representing the old skool will be Uncle Dugs B2B Billy Bunter, two kings of the Jungle and pirate radio scene, these two are both encyclopaedias of all things Jungle so make sure you don’t miss it Nozstockers.

Pretty much every sunday night headline set on the Garden Stage will go down in history and remains a highlight for Nozstockers far and wide. So this year we’ll be celebrating 20 years of D&B smashers by inviting some of our favourites to join and celebrate Nozstock turning 20 in style. Expect a big line-up….

Topping off the bill will be Nozstock regulars Sonny Wharton, Octo Pi and Dex alongside some special guests still to be announced!

Joining us all the way from London town it’s Kiko Bun, bringing his contemporary and refreshing sound focusing on Reggae, Soul and golden age Hip Hop he knows how to rock a dance floor and his rhythms have been infiltrating the mainstream music scene for a while know. As well as Kiko with have Gardna, a certified microphone controller will be bringing a set that blends all reggae flavours from Dancehall to Drum ‘n’ Bass, him and his label Boom Sound have been nicing up dances all over the UK and beyond in the past couple of years so trust us when we say it’ll be a lively one. Speaking of amazing vocalists, Collette the Dots will be joining the Garden Stage party, having featured on tracks with Skeptical, DJ Marky and many more D&B kingpins, Collette Warren is a big name in the scene, her and her eight piece band have transformed her tracks into a full live show and we can’t wait to see the outcome!

If you like your live dance music acts then you surely know about the live D&B enigma that is the mighty Slamboree Sound System. If this is the first you’ve heard of Slamboree then make sure you don’t miss their set at this years Nozstock and expect live dance music like you’ve never heard before, circus acts, pyrotechnics and special effects galore. Slamboree’s immersive, theatrical show is nothing less of a spectacle and will be sure to leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.

As always, Saturday night is all about the Ska Skank and this year we have guests including the Stiff Joints, ska-punk rockers [Spunge] and many more still to be announced so dust off your Dr Martens and get ready for a proper Ska party.

 

Also joining the Garden Stage lineup are a handful of bands and DJ’s that we just love and we hope you will too, ranging from the soul-hop crews; The Feel Good Experiment and Almatic alongside Yama Warashi, Rachel Dadd and Alabaster DePlume as well as DJ’s Chris Tofu and Revrt.

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!

 

‘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

 

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.  

The Garden Stage 2017 – Can you dig it?

Like a rose between two thorns, nestled between our lovely farmhouse and the Orchard is the Garden Stage. This years line-up promises to be a surreal display fit for Dali himself; spanning all genres from throbbing dance and funk to hip hop, blues, rock and acoustic musings. The Garden Stage is sure to unbury your desires for a late night dance to some filthy beats.

Kickstarting the bill is Krafty Kuts. Famed for his inventive combos and wily technical chops, the award-winning DJ is set to tear the roof off the Garden for Noz 2017! Krafty Kuts is a DJ you can trust to not rely on big hits or over the top theatrics; A DJ who’s still inspired by blowing people away with blue sky musical dot-joining through decades of dancefloor heritage and intense dexterity.

There’s heaps of drum n bass madness occurring in The Garden this year and it starts with the dynamic duo Hazard & Eksman. The incredible power of Hazard’s production has secured his place in the top echelons of drum ‘n’ bass producers. Having knocked out enough dancefloor bombs to be considered a serious sonic terrorist with anthems including ‘Busted’ and ‘Mr Happy’ Hazard has topped drum ‘n’ bass charts all over the world. He’s accompanied by MC Eksman; a multi-award winning MC and the man behind the massive Overload & Award winning Next Hype parties.

Next up (phew what a line-up!), Ocean Wisdom will be spreading some wise words with his blend of genre-merging flows and thought-provoking lyricism that have secured his unprecedented takeover of the UK rpa scene. Versatile and with unparalleled creativity, his stage presence has shut down main-stage crowds of over 10,000 people. Also joining The Garden rap party is Dabbla with Illman + DJ Frosty. Simply put, Dabbla is your favourite rapper’s, favourite rapper, he has proved himself to be one of the UK’s most valuable and original assets to Rap Music. He’s joined by DJ Frosty and Illaman, a versatile vocalist with an ability to flow over any style

Described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays” by FACT magazine our next act needs no introducing and if you’ve got your finger on the pulse you will already know about the Levelz crew from Manchester. Consisting of 8 MCs and a 5-piece live band Levelz is a super-group of Manchester’s finest producers, creators and party animals. The 14 strong music collective have just completed a UK Tour generating hype all over the UK and are bringing the party down to the farm for a special set recorded by DJ Mag. Since starting in 2013 they have showcased their talents on Channel 4, Radio 1, Rinse FM, Radio 6 Music and 1Xtra. We assure you Nozzers that the Levelz crew know how to throw a party, this is not to be missed!

Glasgow based soundsystem and production unit, Mungo’s Hifi, will be serving up a serious mix of chilled out beats and reggae bass lines of seismic productions. Expect democratic dancehall fun and quality sounds perfect to get you up on your feet.

 

‘Well big up all the original junglist massive. The original dancehall junglist dere. General Levy alongside the M-Beat. The world farm is in trouble.’ (We hope not!) After more than 20 years on stage, General Levy will be sharing his internationally acclaimed mix of jungle and reggae with us. Festivals across the globe have been conquered by the extraordinary talent of General Levy. Now it’s Nozstock’s turn.

Benny Page is joining the D&B party with his tight production, heavyweight dance-floor tracks and clinical mixing skills. Storming onto the scene with his 2006 anthem ‘Turn Down The Lights’ he’s gone on to release numerous well-received productions across the dance music spectrum. The Freestylers will be bringing their 20 years of experience with them to this year’s festival too, along with their ever-eclectic-style and renegade approach to production that focuses on everything in the bass music spectrum – designed for maximum dancefloor devastation.

Bringing the old school hip hop beats, we have Goldie Lookin Chain (Legends Set) and Rodney P & Skitz. In 2016 Rhys from Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Eggsy and DJ Killer Tom started a new show – Legends of GLC. It’s a old school hip-hop set up with a scratch DJ, video projections and all the best Goldie Lookin’ Chain anthems. In the words of Eggsy, it’s “a mix of stand up hip-hop and a powerpoint presentation.” (We’re pretty sure it won’t be your average powerpoint.) This legendary performance will be followed by UK hip-hop powerhouse Rodney P & Skitz; with award winning releases, remixes for the likes of Roni Size and a Radio 1Extra’s flagship hip-hop show under their belt, the duo are iconic figures who have played all over the world.

Finally, bringing a bit of Dancehall into the mix we have the ferociously fast chatting Chanelle Williams a.k.a Lady Chann. Responsible for bashment classics such as 2009’s ‘Your Eye Too Fast’ and 2010’s ‘Sticky Situation’ which earned her plaudits from the likes of The Guardian and Clash.

But that’s not all! See exactly what else we’ve got growing in The Garden for Noz 2017.