Cubicles

Pulsing with whompin’ basslines through the night to the wee hours of the morn, Nozstock’s largest dance arena is a converted cowshed run by our own musical prodigies, Dex, Octo-pi & Koncept. This dance arena houses deep and dirty drum ‘n’ bass.  Cubicles revellers will be treated to the heart shaking bass and breaks of local resident talents alongside some of the most skillful world-renowned turntablists from the DJ establishment.

 

Friday Night – Hospitality Takeover

KINGS OF THE ROLLERS

“Few artists master a pioneering sound while keeping true to the roots of the craft. A foundation of jungle influences remain rampant in Kings of the Rollers production and DJ styles whilst moulding a new D+B movement. Serum, Voltage and Bladerunner have become figureheads individually but together they are much more than the sum of their parts. The exceptional rise of the Kings Of The Rollers collective is nothing short of remarkable. As solo artists they’ve released music across some of the scene’s biggest labels including Hospital Records, Metalheadz and Ram.Their pedigree is clear and the quality even more so. The unmistakeable sound of their debut single ‘Burnt Ends’ kickstarted 2018 on Hospital Records. This Beatport D+B chart-topper had heads turning with support streaming in from the likes of ReneLaVice, Randall, Friction and more. Their notoriety and prestige has been earnt behind the decks having played to crowds of tens of thousands. The full-throttle and electrifying showcase has set the bar high and showing young guns,and old dogs alike how it should be done.

DANNY BYRD

Drum ‘n’ bass icon and king of the dancefloor, Danny Byrd has a unique take on the genre with strong hip-hop and R&B influences ever present in his music. His signature mixing style and production flair render him one of the scene’s greats. His debut album, 2008’s Supersized dropped to thunderous reception. This fantastic LP included signature banger ‘Red Mist’, which received monolithic support on the daytime Radio One playlist. Danny followed the success of Supersized with his liquid-funk edit of the rave classic ‘Sweet Harmony.’ A tune that reached Number 1 on the UK Dance Chart. Swiftly followed up by second studio album Rave Digger in 2010, the seminal compendium featured the certified slammer ‘Ill Behaviour’ which rode the hype train all the way into the UK top 40. His third album Golden Ticket landed in 2013 with an eclectic sound range of UKG, house, hip-hop and of course, D&B. Five years later, after numerous tours across the globe, Danny Byrd’s time buried in his home studio was well spent as he released ‘Devil’s Drop’ which featured on Hospital’s ‘Sick Music 2018’ series. Few D&B acts can boast such universal success on dancefloors and on the airwaves, but Danny isn’t just anyone. It’s with certainty we say that Byrd is the word.

KEENO

Since being named in Knowledge Magazine’s top 20 producers to watch out for in 2013, Keeno has come a long way. December that same year saw the release of his 6 track EP Nocturne. With BBC Radio 1 airtime from the likes of Friction and Mistajam the EP grabbed the attention of the scene and shortly after in May 2014, Keeno released his debut album Life Cycle. A stunning release which demonstrated his ability to add orchestral and cinematic elements to drum and bass while retaining a strong dance floor impact. Three years on from his first release, Keeno’s prowess in the world of drum & bass continued to grow to new heights with the release of his second album Futurist which stunned critics and contemporaries alike. By 2017 Keeno was a household name in the international scene. In a further display of his talent he released Music for Orchestra: Drums and Bass. The four-track EP, displays his true talent in producing music that beautifully bridges the gap between two disassociated genres. His third studio album All The Shimmering Things is perhaps his most exquisite body of work to date. Broad and versatile, this album delivers not only Keeno’s signature orchestral style, but high octane slammers and dancefloor primed rollers alike. Hailed by Andy C as a’ masterpiece’ it’s safe to say this composition is everything we have come to love about Keeno and more.
UNGLUED

From ravers on the ground to A-list DJ’s in booths and studios, the D+B universe has had one name stuck in their minds, Unglued. First releasing on the 2017 Hospitality In The Park compilation with ‘Ay!’, he swiftly upped the levels with ‘Bootstrap Bill’. It’s decimated dancefloors across the globe with spins from the likes of Andy C, Danny Byrd, Randall and Hospital Records’ label boss London Elektricity, as well as receiving widespread support on the airwaves from Metrik, Noisia, Skankandbass and BBC Radio 1’s Rene LaVice. The enigmatic Unglued is also the proud owner of 2018’s most sought after dubplate. His bootleg of High Contrast’s anthem, ‘If We Ever’ has had everyone talking, catapulting him straight into the stratosphere of the D&B elite. He’s already been tipped as one to watch by bass powerhouse UKF and internationally renowned magazines DJ Mag and The Wire. From bedroom DJs to A-list selectors, everyone wants a piece and for good reason.
INJA

Having cut his teeth from an early age upon hearing GQ, Stevie Hyper D and Bassman on a cassette tape, like so many before him, he was immediately drawn in by the lyrical craft. From rolling with Delegates of Culture, UK hip-hop demigods Task Force and Cambridge wordsmith Skuff, he honed his craft with poignant lyrics, positive vibes and a unique showmanship that few can rival. His message has always been an integral feature of Inja’s work, and nothing captures this more so than his spoken word features on The Huffington Post and The Guardian, tackling issues from Immigration to Women’s Rights, Inja speaks out wherever he see’s fit. Inja 
CARASEL
‘Different flows for different shows’ is how Carasel responds when asked to describe his style. Versatility is key and knowing when to hype and when to get lyrical can only be perfected with experience, but Carasel has that by the truckload – he has worked and performed with pretty much every major brand in the scene. Carasel’s passion for music is clear and he loves to set himself ahead of the pack with his great knowledge of the music he is hosting. He presents a weekly radio show, showcasing new music on Bristol’s Ujima 98fm and runs his own label, AFT Records. His tracks have  gained supported from Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss and Rinse and he is the preferred host of choice for a wide range of artists including TC, Benny Page and DC Breaks. 

Saturday Night

ED RUSH

There aren’t many artists who can claim to have changed the face of a genre of music, let alone to have changed that face more than once. Ed Rush however, is an exception to that rule. Ever since his first production outings alongside his neighbour (and infamous owner of No U Turn Records), Nico Sykes, Ed Rush has consistently proven he has the ideas and attitude to transform drum & bass and is never afraid to push that infamous envelope.
A.M.C

Since breaking through as a DJ in 2007, A.M.C has diligently dented the last decade (and counting) with a fierce 24/7 focus that’s led to a prominent and influential position as one of the most respected modern DJs, producers and label owners in the game. He has honed a tight technical mixing skill that’s creative, energetic and inherently in demand: From his global DJ schedule of headline bookings to high profile live streams and mixes, A.M.C’s signature strong-arm selector style proceeds him and has led to multiple awards. Picking up Best Newcomer trophies within years of making himself known, his four-deck sets are regarded and respected as some of the very best. Never spamming or releasing-for-the-sake-of-releasing, his unhurried less-is-more approach has led to an impressive body of work that comprises high profile, peer-rinsed anthems such as ‘Thor’, ‘Southpaw’ and ‘Spark Out’. The last 10 years has seen A.M.C develop a unique, influential and respected position within drum & bass. His attention to detail, technical articulation and patience paying off more and more with every year.
BENNY L B2B SHIMON

When Benny L witnessed the legendary Dillinja at London’s Cable nightclub he knew he should follow a similar path. He went on to a performing arts academy, learning the trade as well as all that goes in the industry. After being discovered by Audioporn head honcho and pivotal drum & bass player, Shimon his first track ‘Speakers Vibrate’ landed in Shimon’s inbox. The Granulate EP followed suit, as well as the definitive ‘Thunder’ which firmly put him on the map. The release of ‘Low Blow’ on Metalheadz, saw Benny plant a seismic crater within drum & bass. Meanwhile Shimon’s legacy is as old as drum and bass. Whilst tracks like the infamous radio smasher ‘Body Rock’ saw him collaborate with Andy C, he also produced the likes of Titan as part of esteemed outfit Ram Trilogy. Shimon’s standalone releases like Hush Hush and Crossbow saw him meet with critical acclaim across the globe, 2007 saw the birth of his label Audioporn Records. Shimon wanted to push forward newcomers who knew what small steps it took to shape the overall feel of a track. It’s easy to see this reflected in Audioporn’s output.. His influence has seeped into its every page, which is why decades on, he’s still one of DnBs players.
KANINE

Supported by some of the biggest and most influential names in Drum & Bass, the young Londoner known as Kanine is living up to his potential and developing into a headline act with a long career ahead of him. Originally recognised as one of the leading names in the new wave of Jump Up producers that have helped force the sound into the mainstream, his sound is evolving all the time as he moves towards being one of the more versatile artists in the 175 BPM range. 
OCTO PI
 Octo Pi‘s style of drum ‘n’ bass can only be described as ‘up front,’ with most of his tracks featuring punchy drums coupled with complex melodic basslines, set on a backdrop of euphoric, evolving pads. 2015 was a great year for this Swansea lad, with releases on Signal Jam Records, AFT Records and his biggest success to date with heavy-hitting ‘ Matter’ on Viper Recordings ‘Summer Slammers 2015’ Annual. Octo Pi’s technical ability is something to behold. Blending together a selection of the very best of old and new on 3 decks with oodles of energy and finesse, he’ll tear off the roof of any venue he plays in. Previous events have seen him play alongside the likes of Andy C, Sub Focus and S.P.Y to name a few. He’s also appeared on the synonymous D&B TV after winning the Drum & Bass Arena Competition for Remixing DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’ and was recently featured on Rene LaVices Radio 1 show. With a new album dropping Summer 2018, this is certainly one cephalopod to keep a very close eye on.
 
NU MOTIVE TAKEOVER

Nu Motive started in July 2016 in the small city of Hereford. In past years they’ve gone from holding shows for 400 attendees to hosting events across the U.K which have included some of the finest names in the underground scene. Ranging from drum and bass to dubstep to bassline, catch these guys before they go straight to the top…

 

And on the mic…

PHANTOM
Luton’s MC Phantom has hosted for some of the biggest names in the business and performed at some of the most respected club nights across the UK, including Fabric London and Brighton’s Hideout. Having featured on Kiss FM, D&B TV it’s no surprise he is AMC’s MC of choice and will be taking up mic duties for the influential DJ on Saturday night.
PASTRY MAKER
Accompanying Benny L and Shimon is the vocal talent of Pastry Maker. All the way from London, Pastry Maker is one part of UK rap and production duo SoSouthern and is signed to Shimon’s Audioporn.
REMIDY MC
Nozstock’s resident, Remidy MC has had a keen interest in drum ‘n’ bass since the turn of the millennium. His passion started after being taken to raves in Birmingham and being amazed by the unique sounds he was hearing. He set about trying to contribute to the scene by writing some vocals of his own and soon the whole package of drum ‘n’ bass became an intense passion. 2006 saw Remidy pick up his first sizable gigs with the likes of Zinc and Grooverider and by 2010 he has become resident MC at huge nights such as Run and Shit The Bed. Remidy’s niche is in the deeper and more tech side of things with his original, thoughtful and hard-hitting complimentary vocal styles. He remains a respected and inspirational figure, with a true understanding for what is required at a drum ‘n’ bass show and a solid positive attitude.
TRAFIC MC
Trafic is part of the well respected Liqifiyah crew and has been tearing up our stages for years. Hosting events regularly around Bristol he’s in high demand and it’s easy to see why. His intricate intonations and original prose create a vibe that not only makes you consider yourself, but also has a cheeky little wink at life. This ball of effervescent energy will make you stand up… If you’re not skankin’, please continue walkin’.

 

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