All things hip-hop at Noz 2016

Alreet Nozzers! With so much music to get your ears around we decided it was only fair to let you in on some of our favourites. So, without further ado, let’s get this show on the road. And what a show it is!  

Boy-oh-boy, do we have one big ol’ lineup full of hip hop treats for you to enjoy! With a billing that boasts underground talent alongside world-renowned artists, some people may say that Nozstock 2016 is crammed with more hip hop than ever before!  Where do we begin with this hotbed of lyrical delights and hip hop beats? Well…from the top! *drumroll please*

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First off, we welcome to the ancient world of Noz, all the way from the States, our headliners Jurassic 5. The hip hop moguls will be bringing the crew to the farm and turnin’ up the main stage with their infectious sound for ya’ll to enjoy. Named after a suggestion from a friend’s mum, the band have continued to deliver hit records and now have four studio albums under their belt. With a focus on music that comes from the heart their sound has become universal and rightly so! Expect drum machines, turntables, beats, scratches and one hell of a show for you to immerse yourself in. J5 have toured all over the world and love to entertain, which is why all of us at Noz HQ can’t wait to see them shut down the Orchard Stage.

Over on the Garden Stage, returnee headliners, the critically acclaimed Foreign Beggars, individually known as MCs Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis and DJ Nonames, have built a steadfast reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile, creative and prolific acts. Always keen collaborators, the Beggars have worked with a plethora of worldwide artists from across the electronic spectrum. Highlights include Noisia, Dirtyphonics and Skrillex. With a top ten hit, over 50 million YouTube plays and a string of international headline dates ahead of them, things are going from strength to strength for the Beggars.

A major recent announcement is that we have booked hip hop DJ, prolific producer, and all round badman, the ninja that is… Jaguar Skills! Since 2002, this resident on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra has gained a reputation for his insane mixtapes spanning all genres. Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon will be bringing their beats too, so you can ‘hear them rattle’. Syntax first emerged onto the scene in 2003 and was a key player in the Foreign Beggars crew. Since going his own way in 2009 Syntax continues to get the recognition he deserves and has recently become front-man to The Mouse Outfit.  With tour dates up and down the country in music venues and at festivals there is no time to sit back and watch – time to get involved!  

Keeping you guys entertained we have Bristol’s very own hip hop collective, Split Prophets.  Since the 2011 release of their EP ‘Scribbled Thoughts’ the crew have gone on to support Wu-Tang Clan, MF Doom and Klasknekoff. Watch them cause  a ruckus worth getting involved in.  Moving on….’NICE UP!’ records most recent signing, Cut La Vis, will be bringing his funky hip-hop reggae beats down to the farm to join the party. Mashup maestro turned original producer, DJ Cut Las Vis is no stranger to the decks and know’s exactly how to keep the dance floor moving. Expect higher energy levels than normal, though, as award-winning MC Mystro will be accompanying him on his quest. Mystro has performed alongside many artists including KRS One, Dawn Penn and Junior Reid. With his next album titled ‘Mystrogen’ on the way we are definitely in for a treat.  It’s certainly going to be one hell of a crazy collaboration between these two!

As well as all this we have some fresh new talent for you hip hop lovers. Hot off the mark, Alexander Gold’s latest music project named Black Salvador will be taking centre stage. Join him on a journey that includes everything from hip hop beats through to punk rock.  

Returning to the Bullpen are Nozstock regulars and underground collective Sika Studios. They are bringing with them another eclectic lineup ready to rattle the Bullpen to its core. Featuring the likes of Klasknekoff, Devilman, Skuff & Inja, Tenchoo and many more. If this wasn’t enough, Sika Studios will be hosting a  R.L.D. showcase featuring Leaf Dog, BVA, Smellington Piff and Jack Jetson. Get your game faces on Nozzers and watch them tear up the stage.

Check out the full line-up here and if you haven’t got your ticket well then, why the bloody hell not!?

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Second wave of acts joining us in The Hidden Valley…

Deep in the Hidden Valley, we’ve been working hard to pull together some very special additions to the line-up, giving you a shiny horizon of musical motivation as we enter spring…

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Our first group needs no introduction, The Skints are legendary for their fusion of reggae, ska and hip hop. If the smooth sounds of jazz with an edge of rockabilly are more your flavour, the feisty Imelda May is going to wow you with her truly unique vocals.

To keep your feet moving as we enter the night, we present Jaguar Skills, famous for his stunning mixes of genre crossing sounds and his mysterious absence of identity. Meanwhile, icon of the London club scene, Goldie will be giving us a chance to see why his renowned label Metalheadz has recently earned him an MBE and from the not so far away land of Bristol, is My Nu Leng to mesmerise us with a blistering set and dark, smouldering vibes.

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Over in Laughing Stock we’ve picked the cream of comedic talent to get your sides-a-splittin’. Henning Wehn, German comedy ambassador to the U.K and hilarious TV regular skewers the British way of life with aplomb. He’s joined by one half of Lee and Herring and star of BBC2s ‘Fist of Fun’ the stellar Richard Herring plus the outlandish and eccentric funny man Phil Kay.

Other heavy weight acts we’ve handpicked for you include Buster Shuffle, a cockney ska band with a rock and roll twist, The Lounge Kittens, a charming and cheeky trio, will a unique take on tunes that span genres from jazz to metal. We’ve also got a band known for their gorilla get up, The King Kong Company, who’ve been likened to the heavy bass sounds of Dreadzone combined with the hypnotic rhythms of The Chemical Brothers.

Plus hip-hop heavyweights SIKA studios return to The Bullpen with a tasty urban music line up topped off with the likes of Klashnekoff and Devilman, Tribe of Frog announce their headliners OOOD and Illegal Machines and The Blast return to The Bullpen bringing with them the likes of Sir Spyro and President T.

We’ve also got Uncle Dugs, Dutty Moonshine, Benjamin Yellowitz, Subculture Sage, Idles, Anchorsong, Funke and The Two Tone Baby and Seas of Mirth to name but a few! Check out our line up pages for more details and we’ll see you in just 106 days Nozzers!

Our Nozslam 2015 winner is…

We caught up for a little chat about all things poetic with our second ever Nozslam 2015 winner *drumroll*…Jack Macmillan.

Where do you get your ideas for your poems? Real life or imagination?
Well, it depends on the poem. Sometimes I write about a real life experience, like falling in love with someone. And sometimes I write about something silly like falling in love with a toaster.

What is the most embarrassing poem youve ever written?

I do have a poem about a romantic experience with a 66 year old woman that may or may not be based on true events.

Whats the most amazing experience youve had through poetry so far?

The most amazing experience I have had in poetry so far would be the nozslam. I came all the way from the other end of the country and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Then when I got there I met so many amazing people and had such an amazing time.

And the worst?

The time I went onto the stage and forgot all of my poems and also how to speak and just sort of stood there for a bit before side­stepping slowly off the stage.

When and how did you start writing poetry?

I started writing poetry in February of 2015, so I’m relatively new.

What advice would you give to someone starting off in spoken word?

Do every open mic you see! Keep it original and have fun with it.

Questions from Roisin Crowley Linton

Want to know some more about Nozslam or think you could be the next winner then check it out and of course…don’t forget to check out some of  Jack’s poems as well.

Nozstock receives a bronze Attitude is Everything award

Nozstock is very pleased to announce it has been awarded the Bronze Level on the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that focuses on improving access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

To qualify for Charter status, live music venues and festivals must demonstrate exemplary access provision and an on-going commitment to improving accessibility for their deaf and disabled customers. With over 100 music venues and festivals already committed to the Charter, from large-scale events such as  Glasto, Latitude and The 02 as well as small-sized venues and now us, we’re all super chuffed! We did it!


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So what was Noz specifically recognised for you may be asking? Here’s the lowdown…

  • Exceptional pre-event website information, including detailed photos and descriptions of the terrain, an accessibility breakdown of each stage and a social story so customers with autism or learning disabilities can understand what to expect at the festival.
  • A dedicated and stewarded accessible campsite with easy access to the area, welfare tent, parking and food & concession stands.
  • A viewing platform, accessible toilets and additional tickets for personal assistants at no extra cost.

Commenting on the award, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said:

“We’re really pleased to welcome Nozstock onto the Charter as they are a fantastic example of how a festival can overcome a challenging festival site and provide brilliant access through detailed pre-event information, a dedicated access team and a great attitude.   Today’s award is a testament to the Nozstock team’s outstanding level of engagement around accessibility and we look forward to supporting them to move up the Charter in future years.”

Ella Nosworthy, Big Chief AKA Creative Director of Nozstock, added:

“Everyone at Nozstock is absolutely delighted to have gained the bronze award from Attitude is Everything. With difficult terrain on site we weren’t sure what we could do to improve our accessibility but the support Attitude Is Everything have provided us in order to get to this level has been invaluable. It just goes to show that simple improvements can make all the difference to our visitors and attitude is indeed everything!”

Read some more about how the wonderful hidden valley of Nozstock how it bagged itself a bronze here.