Nozstock 2019 Line-Up Announcement 2

That’s right, Nozstockers. It’s time for us to share with you even more (I know) incredible acts that will be joining us at our 21st anniversary. So, without further ado, tap your ankles thrice and close your eyes, for your dreams are about to come true.

We are delighted to announce, that joining us this summer, headlining The Orchard Stage are working-class heroes Sleaford Mods. Fresh off the back of their epic UK tour, the Nottingham duo will be delivering snarky lyricism and gritty guitar solos that’ll knock your socks off. Segments of their new album Eton Alive are sure to make an appearance during their Friday night headline set. Amongst minimalist beats, wry humour and a hell of a lot of effing and blinding, the Mods will bring punk angst and sharp criticism of the Britain’s contemporary social and political climate. Arm yourselves with your best mosh-moves and prepare for some serious rage release.

Breaking hard-rock down to its purest form is Soeur – they’ve been broken and beaten down by their shared experiences on the fringes of British rock music, only to come back stronger each time. A brutal assault on the senses, the South West rockers rock riffs that are so substantial they’ve got their own postcode.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are Cape Town’s Stone Jets. Joining Soeur for the Sunday sessions, while they may sound like yet another English indie band from Manchester, the Stone Jets wrap up traditional African percussion in soulful, bluesy tones, making for the ultimate toe-tapping tunes. A real musical treat.

Yes that’s right, Jungle DJ extraordinaire Ed Solo is back again to bring some Amen breaks to the Garden stage. A Noz favourite, we just couldn’t resist inviting Ed to return and show us the mixing and selection skills that have made him an internationally renowned party-starter. D&B crew – let’s ‘ave it!

Walking the yellow brick road alongside us will be Kioko, using rhythmic melodies and strong lyricism to promote their message of realness and respectfulness over at the Garden Stage. Timbali Sound System will lend his local dub flavours, alongside Last Tree Squad – the seven-piece outfit from Hereford and Kent blending hip-hop, jungle and dancehall. Nobody puts baby in the corner, and nobody narrows Town of Cats into just one genre. This nine-piece blend Afrobeat and ska with lashings of Latino and a side helping of funk – delish.

Prepare to get schooled by Lyrix Organix & Natty Speaks – a pioneering charity promoting live music and poetry events for young people, with a top MC to boot. This group fly the flag for young lives, humanitarian causes and a love of the environment, meanwhile, the Ghetto Funk All Stars ft. Profit & Verbal Highz will draw you into their daring, hedonistic party of punchy boom bap and tongue twisting lyricism.

Bigging up The Bandstand is the rootsy, bluegrass folk of Uphill and Still, steel string acoustics from the beautiful Son of John and previous BBC Introducing artist Holly Redford Jones. Getting nasty so you don’t have to, will be the Seattle-based Naked Giant and scuzzed-out alt-rockers Leeches – both of which are bound to get you bouncing and sweating in the weekend sunshine.

We’re always up for a chuckle and this year is no different. Returning to Nozstock for 2019 we have the incredibly talented Reginald D Hunter.The sardonic American cum-honorary-Brit has been touring the UK for nigh-on 20 years, and can be seen on ‘Have I Got News for You,’ ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,’ and fronting his own show ‘Reginald D. Hunter’s Songs of the Border.’ Last year, he packed out the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Altered State hillside, and we are totally humbled that he wants to come spend the weekend with us again. If you missed him last year, this is the perfect opportunity to right that wrong!

Also tickling those funny bones at The Altered State for our 21st season is funnyman Phil Kay, award-winning writer, musician and comedian Phil Nicols and London-born Dane Baptiste who has been hailed as one of the best new acts in recent years.

Captaining the laughter ship is our favourite MC and comedienne Jayde Adams – the unruly Queen of social satire, musical interludes and queer characters.

Just as the name suggests, Stoned Cherries are a fruity and lively folk roots band from Bromyard bringing their signature sound to the stage. Injecting brand spanking new will be the Bone Dry Records Showcase ft. CW Jones, covering all genres from blues to hip-hop, while So So Sun will take us sweetly into Sunday with progressive structures and conceptual song writing.

Takeovers rule the Bullpen this year, and we’ve brought an enormous arsenal of friends ready to bring the barn down. Gorilla Tactics and MINIRIG are joining forces giving the venue a brand new soundsystem for ya’ll to enjoy. Hailing from mid-wales Black House join us for Friday down on the farm with Boundary B2B Fujin ft. Illustrate along with Shook x Bassface ft Phibes.

Saturday brings us Rinse FM regular and UK funky originator Marcus Nasty  who joins us to celebrate his birthday with us as part of the Durkle Disco Saturday takeover. Skank your head clean the following afternoon with the huge Rumble In The Jungle Takeover ft. Jungle legend, Remarc, a colossal B2B with Kelvin 373 & DJ Hybrid, and Bristol DJ Kamoh. More info on the takeovers coming soon!

Hanging with our two-tusked pals at the Elephant’s Graveyard on Friday daytime are Kaotik Kartel who bring us Ed Cox & Stivs joined by a massive daytime takeover from Gorilla Tactics. By night, the tunes turn to house music, with the biggest and best groovers in the business including Wax Worx, Ron Mexico, Roman Candles, Sandor, Groovekode and Milton Keynes massive Matt Brassington.

Sunday doesn’t slow down either, inviting Cardiff’s G-Bace, Mancunian Hobbs and legend of the Glaswegian underground scene Paul Flynn. With breaks as sharp as our elephant’s tusks, House Meanz House will bring an assault on the senses and Noz regulars Emotion return to takeover the Graveyard for an evening of old-school vinyl and classic rave anthems. We’ll bring the face paint.

Locked away in our Cabinet of Lost Secrets for 2019 are some of the wackiest and wildest with Rosebud electronics, Kingsley Salmon and The Stiff Joints will slide into your DMs with their island-inspired ska and reggae and we defy you not to get jiggy with Olubundi – a master of West African moves like juju, highlife and waka. Expect funk-punking from Ask My Bull and funk-souling from Bristol outfit The Bare Souls.

Without getting too cheesy, we’re delighted to welcome back Hallouminati and their Greek-inspired party punk to the Cabinet and say a big hello to 7Suns – the multicultural smorgasbord of Spanish, English, Latino and Caribbean rhythms. While you could say Junkoactive Wasteman does what he says on the tin, we’re not entirely sure what that tin is; part man part rubbish bin, expect toxic lyrics, terrific Tinphonia tunes and a helluva laugh.

We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for the party to come and that you’ve got your red sparkly wellies at the ready because the road to Noz isn’t as long as you might think…with only 84 days to go we’ll be opening those gates in no time.

Explore our 2019 line-up some more….

Women of Nozstock | Happy IWD day!

Here at Nozstock HQ we’re proud of our brilliant team. From our clean-up team to the stage designers, we are lucky to have a bunch of outstanding people committed to making Nozstock even bigger and better every single year.

However, today, on International Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to put in an extra special thank you to all of the incredible women that keep Nozstock keepin’ on. This year’s Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter – from grassroots initiatives to worldwide action, we’re moving into a period of history where the world expects balance. We’re starting to notice its absence more and more, even in the music industry.

In the recent statistics that have come to light as part of Smirnoff’s ‘Equalising Music Pledge’ (spearheaded by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Annie Mac) it’s clear we are noticing our pitfalls and are putting in the shift for equal representation in the industry. According to the research presented by the PRS Foundation, in the US in 2018, there was 76% male representation across festival stages to 14% female. Meanwhile, the overall gender divide in the music industry workforce is drastic, with 70% of the workforce currently made up of men. Only 30% of the workforce are women. 

At Nozstock, we’re so proud to work with a range of incredibly talented women, front and centre and behind the scenes, and today is better than any to celebrate their presence. We spoke to a couple of the Noz ladies about what makes the festival such a great place for them to work, and advice for the next generation of young women looking to close that industry gap even more. 

Maddie Williams, our brilliant Assistant to Managing Director Pete Nosworthy, found her feet with the team because “Nozstock is a welcoming and respectful environment to work in – the whole project is a collaborative effort, so from the moment you get on site there is a shared degree of respect and comradery which ties us all together.” Working closely with Pete, booking amazing artists and all the admin that comes with it, Maddie’s found herself saying yes to a plethora of opportunities that have helped her expand on existing skills, and learn new ones too.

But there’s still so much more to be done to bring young women into the industry. “We should be continuing our efforts to recognise individuals for their own skills and qualities regardless of gender.” Maddie says. And a word of advice to those of you reading this thinking, let’s do it; “Get involved! Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance, there are plenty of people willing to do this, don’t let being a woman ever defy what you want to achieve or how you achieve it.”

Roisin Linton, our Assistant to the Creative Director Ella Nosworthy, puts Nozstock’s awesome working environment down to one simple thing: “Skill set and drive comes above gender or age every single time.” Roisin knows the ups and downs of working in such a challenging industry, but believes in the power of perseverance, confidence and supportive networks: “Sometimes your idea will not be good, sometimes it just won’t be the best in the room, sometimes it will be brilliant, bordering on genius. But the point is, you should be working in a team which allows you to work through to the best solution together…The world is changing and you get to lead the way baby!”

Our very own Creative Director, Ella Nosworthy, has helped to build an environment that’s more focussed on skill set and creative ideas than gender, intentional or not: “It’s not something we’ve specifically tried to make happen…it’s been a gradual growth from a group of friends, so the love for all insights and perspectives has been there from the beginning.” And for Noz HQ it’s all about that family feel; knowing your ideas won’t be shot down, being given the space to be you and bring your unique insights to the table. 

That family aspect that we all know and love about Nozstock extends to our line-ups as well; “It’s about having an integrated approach across all sectors of production and programming, looking at who gets the opportunities and why.” And for all of you; whatever age, whatever gender you identify as, whatever your skill set looking to get involved in music, just remember one thing: “Be less scared of failure.”