Elephant’s Grave

Local Legend tells of a Chapman’s Circus from Birmingham, who hosted a menagerie of magnificent creatures to enthralled spectators. But during the Second World War the Circus could no longer operate and the owner, Miss Chapman, who Noz himself remembers as a young child, moved to Bromyard – living on the neighbouring Tack Farm. Stories from the time talk of her strange collection of exotic beasts parading through Bromyard’s high street. Part of the Nozstock site was then owned by Miss Chapman. In fact the banks you can see on the other side of the lake and The Coppice were home to her animals. As the creatures passed away they were buried around the farm. The remains of an elephant was found near the top gate in the early 70s. Although nobody is sure exactly where the rest of the animals are laid to rest, we know Miss Chapman’s matriach elephant was buried near Lake Shepherd, right underneath your feet…

Elephants from Chapman's Circus

2017 welcomed a brand new area to Nozstock, Elephant’s Grave. Set just below the Garden Bar and adjacent to Lake Shepherd, Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark…

Curated after dark by Sonny Wharton, a firm fixture in the house and techno scene, this exclusive 10 minute mini-mix gives you a little taster of what to expect when the sun goes down…

2019 line up includes…


Reggae by day…

Bass collective Subwork return to Elephants Grave. Illaman is on mic duties, making tsunami like waves with his vibrantly mad brand of MCing. He’s joined by 1020 Radio regular Tenz and ‘the alan partridge of the loop station’ Natty Speaks alongside George Oscar and founder of Dub Bait, Larsey.
Ft. Kelvin 373, Fat Stash, No Ice Cream Sound, Apprentice Live PA and Feeline
Let award-winning party purveyors, Rumble In The Jungle guide you into an immersive reggae and dancehall paradise. They are joined by another award winner, Kelvin 373 who was named Best Breakthrough DJ 2016 at We Love Jungle Awards plus Fat Stash, Plymouth-based reggae sound system, No Ice Cream Sound, Apprentice Live PA and Feeline.
Ft Ed Cox, Stivs, Mistafire, Jago, Shumba Youth, Papa B and Gurnsey
Firmly rooted in Bristol’s diverse underground music scene, Kaotik Kartel are a collective of DJs, producers and vocalists playing the finest in forward thinking dancehall, hip-hop, grime and jungle. They’re joined by Ed Cox, an accordion player /producer whose love of traditional music inspired him to use folky melodies when writing jungle and techno. The result was called Clowncore. Along with Stivs, he is a founding member of the Life4Land Collective, known for their boundary pushing music, art and antics from within the European free party scene. As if that wasn’t enough you can also expect lyricism from Mistafire, Jago, positive music and upfullness from Shumba Youth, a household name in the London reggae scene plus Papa B and Gurnsey. Nozstockers, we can’t wait.
Ft. Dutchie, Ickle, Supplya, Drift Continental, Roots Agenda ft. Tennor

Conscious Collective of producers, selectas and soundsystem operators out of Bristol, Hold Tight Records focus on pushing positive vibes to the masses. Busy on the festival scene this year you can catch Hold Tight Showcase’s at Nozstock, Boomtown and Nass. This is Rub-A-Dubstep and Rootstep at it’s best.

Tenor Steppa is a producer and saxophonist with a love of musical culture. He regularly performs with Roots Agenda. He’s joined by Indra, resident MC for Hold Tight Records and Still Bizzy, from hip-hop group The Aristocrats.
Disorda has been behind the decks and rocking the set since the early 90’s, having caught the vinyl bug at a very early age he’s collected and selected a serious amount of records over the years, and continually brings the vibe to the dance. With a huge passion for reggae, hip-hop, soul, funk & disco, his extensive record collection regularly gets the call to be played out. He manages and runs the online record store & label Suspect-Packages.com, which has been in operation since 1996. Selling, releasing and promoting UK based hip-hop & reggae..
Sasha Steppa hails from Bristol and heralds the new wave of sound system DJs, as an emerging, vital collector of strictly roots & culture vinyl. She has grown her presence on the UK club circuit, and some of her festival appearances include Love Saves The Day and now Nozstock
DJ / Producer / Musician Timbali originated from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. This is where his love affair with dub music began thanks to having the infamous Zion Train as neighbours. With over 10 years of playing various instruments in bands including rock, ska, reggae, hip hop and most recently African Fusion, today he is writing, recording and producing reggae, dancehall and dub. His signature sound has been described as an authentic, modern take on reggae. Having already supported the likes of David RamJam Rodigan, Lethal Bizzle, Neville Staples and The Skints, Timbali is collaborating with established artists within the reggae and dancehall scene, including Lutan Fyah, Peppery and Blackout Ja.
Ital Sounds is an established reggae collective who have been running parties in the Worcestershire area for over 13 years as well as performing at festivals and UK dub events. They are known for bringing a concious uplifting selection from classic roots to modern scrub a dub sounds like Mungos Hi Fi and Steppas’ music. The sound is brought to life with live elements such as Dub fx, Percussions by Drumlove, Melodica and of course vocals. Currently Ital Sounds are working on original Dub Productions.


House by night…

After unforgettable takeovers at Noz 17 and 18, head honcho Sonny Wharton and crew return to Elephants Grave to celebrate 10 Years of the amazing Whartone Records. Since its inception Whartone has championed forward thinking House & Electronica from up and coming talent all over the world. Established in 2009 the label has become an exciting hub for new artists breaking through in modern day electronic music. With acts like Will Clarke, OC & Verde and Leftwing & Kody right through to the likes of Rebuke and even Avicii all releasing some of their first records on Whartone it’s been an exciting decade for the label to say the least drawing support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez with plays on Radio 1 and celebrating numerous top 10’s across the download stores.
With a huge line up for 2019 including Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Kid Cut, G-Bace & Hobbs (back 2 back), House Meanz House and Paul Flynn, we can’t wait to see what their tenth birthday party will bring…
A firm fixture in the House and Techno scene, Sonny Wharton has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Breaking through by winning a mix-tape competition for Renaissance and DJMag immediately placed Sonny right in the heart of Ibiza’s nightlife with high profile shows at Amnesia and Space, and a weekly residency at Manumission whilst capturing the attention of key industry press and aligning him alongside the likes of Nic Fanciulli in Mixmag as a ‘Future Hero’. Sonny’s skillful ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection is what prominently positions him behind the decks of many of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Whilst sharing the bill with everyone from Laurent Garnier to Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz, Sonny consistently delivers on a global scale playing everywhere from Pacha, Sao Paolo and the Berlin Love Parade in Germany to London’s legendary Ministry of Sound and the iconic Glastonbury Festival. Holding international residencies at both Club Octagon in Seoul and Solidaritet in Stockholm, Sonny’s DJ career has been solid from the start. With his unique and intricate production style, Sonny’s signature sound has been strongly supported by BBC Radio 1. Originally showcased by Annie Nightingale Sonny continues to receive regular rotation from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and most notably Carl Cox who chose Sonny’s single “Raindance” as his ‘Ibiza Tune Of The Summer’ for Radio 1’s Review Show. It’s this level of tastemaker support that see’s Sonny release his music across a range of high- calibre labels and the catalyst to his long standing relationship with Brighton based Skint Records; a label that see’s him sit side by side with the likes of Dave Clarke, Tim Deluxe, and Tiga. Year on year Sonny continues to expand on his creative capabilities and his now reputable capacity in the studio has seen him collaborate with X-Press 2, DJ Chus and Roland Clark whilst remixing for a broad array of artists including Morcheeba, The Temper Trap, Frankie Knuckles and Fatboy Slim who subsequently named Sonny as his “producer of the year” firmly strengthening his position within modern Dance Music today.
As an artist, 2016 saw Dom Kane signed to mau5trap, with his music having previously been heard globally in DJ sets from the likes of Deadmau5 and James Zabiela to name a few, with plays on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM. As a DJ, Dom has held residencies at some of the world’s most legendary clubs. As a sound designer, the name Dom Kane has appeared in factory presets for synthesisers including FXpansion (D-CAM & Geist), Xfer (Nerve/Serum) and the legendary hardware synth company Moog (Animoog, Little Phatty, Slim Phatty, Sub 37 Tribute). Since Dom Kane was featured with an Artist Series sample pack on Loopmasters back in 2008, his sound banks and samples have appeared in studios worldwide via his own label Quantum Loops too. The past few years alone saw Dom Kane ascending fast amongst the ranks of House music producers: his singles and remixes topping the online Top 40 (Signal Rejected, Space, Blagger); as well as having a full artist feature and front cover DVD in Future Music Magazine. His music has appeared on TV channels including; Sky1 (Got To Dance), Channel 4 (Embarrassing Bodies), E4 (Made In Chelsea) and Channel 5 (Celebrity Big Brother) to name a few.
Sitting inside the top 20 of Traxsource’s ‘House Artists Of The Year’, Dirty Secretz ascend to the top is set to continue throughout 2019. With tracks released on hugely respected labels like Nervous Records, Phoenix Music, Madtech, Stealth and Skint Records, he also runs his own successful imprint Everyday Hustlers. His tracks and remixes have gained support from heavyweights such as Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, Danny Howard, Sam Divine, Mark Knight and many more. As a Pioneer DJ artist, Dirty Secretz is an ambassador for their hybrid DJ/production hardware, creating stunning performances on the DJS-1000, Toraiz and Nexus range of equipment. Using this state-of-the-art technology his sets combine live elements and on-the-fly remixing, along with being renowned for his unique edits that make every set special. With his own unique house sound blending influences from US house, garage, soul, tech and classic house, his style is one fusion that’ll be hitting hard in 2019.
Inspired heavily by the early 90’s Rave Scene, UK based DJ/Producer Luke Stanger is certainly one to keep your eye on. A regular on the Festival circuit Luke’s energetic and percussive style of Tech House see’s him play year after year at Nozstock, Milecastle and Wickerman alongside the likes of Steve Lawler, Riva Starr and X-Press 2 as well as holding down a much revered bi-monthly residency at Glasgow’s infamous Club69. Fast becoming a rising star within the UK house scene, Luke’s production skills have not gone unnoticed and seen him sign to German based Chibar Records and storm through the ranks at Whartone with a consistent run of Top 10 chart successes across several leading download stores including Traxsource. Summer 2018 saw the launch of Luke’s own label Kukushka which hosts a selection of the finest upcoming & established artists from Europe including Sonny Wharton, Kid Cut, Karlos Cheadle & Gordon John to name but a few and with key international support across the board from their debut releases the future is looking bright.
Kid Cut is the best-known pseudonym of Brighton-based DJ / producer Nick Burdick. Having been brought up on a musical diet of everything from Chas and Dave to The Gibson Brothers, he found himself falling for the big beat sound of Fatboy Slim and the Midfield General in the late 90s. His productions have found home on labels like Toolroom, Kukushka and Whartone, Kukushka and Toolroom and as a DJ he’s recently won the prestigious Brighton Music Conference DJ competition and made the finals in the Mixmag Coors Light ‘Rave Cave’ competition. 2018 saw him continue to rise quickly within the tech house world picking up club and festival gigs including last year’s 20th Anniversary Nozstock Festival. His production work shows no sign of slowing down with support from the likes of Mark Knight, Low Steppa and De La Swing. In the last few months alone, he has remixed everyone from international headliner and Whartone label boss Sonny Wharton to up and coming Japanese tech house star Square Factory. Needless to say he is stoked to be back alongside the Whartone Records gang as they look to shake things up at this year’s Nozstock with their tech house sound in 2019 before heading off round the country on the label’s 10th anniversary tour!
Cardiff based DJ, Producer and Co-Founder of The Chewb Radio Station G-Bace has been rigorously crafting and progressing his sound within the world of House and Techno with releases on Whartone Records, In The Loop, Freakin 909, GaGa, Jula Music and Kukushka. His most recent single ‘Back To Acid’ on Whartone topped the Traxsource download chart at Number 1 for 3 weeks. Expect heavy driving beats and baselines in his set at Nozstock this year.
Matt Hobin is Manchester based DJ/Producer – Hobbs. With a music career spanning several years, Matt has played a number of venues in the UK and Europe including shows in Ibiza and ADE alongside the likes of Doorly. His crowd-pleasing performances of rolling tech house, expertly woven with melodic, tribal elements create a truly unique sound. Since making the natural transition from being a DJ to the studio Matt has seen some considerable success and support. His work released on labels such as Whartone Records, Shanghaied, Purple Music, Freakin’ 909 and In the Loop with support from the likes of Roger Sanchez, D Ramirez, Billy Kenny, Vanilla Ace and many more. Hobbs is also no stranger to DJ and download charts with two ‘Traxsource top 10’s’. Matt appears weekly as Hobbs on the acclaimed ‘The Chewb Radio Network’ a mainstream online radio station of which he is also the co-founder. With a busy release schedule including a return to Data Transmission’s ‘Shanghaied’, and several club and festival bookings already under his belt, 2019 will be another huge year for Matt and his ‘Hobbs’ brand. An artist that is not afraid to push boundaries in and out of the studio that leads to captivating grooves, keeping people on the Underground scene moving via more heartfelt productions and immersive live performances. A true breath of fresh air.
‘Like a lost Simple Minds epic remixed by Kevin Saunderson’ was how Glasgow Underground’s Kevin McKay responded when trying to sum up Scottish producer Paul Flynn’s sound. Paul has releases on Whartone, Glasgow Underground and Young Society as he builds a following for his unique take on the more melodic side of dance music. Producing tracks that work equally well on the dancefloor as they do on headphones, his music is brimming with nostalgia and emotion. It’s easy to see why Paul is quickly building a rapidly growing following with those who have heard his tracks. Forging his own path, Paul Flynn has found the perfect space between the club and the afterparty.
DJ, producer and innovator, House Meanz House will be charging our senses with his deep bass lines. With breaks as sharp as tusks, HMH’s synths and tech house style are beyond big league. With releases on Whartone Records and Chicago’s Deep Hype Sounds, this Glasgow based talent derives inspiration from the US House sound of the early 90s and continues to explore and reinvent the sonic scape of electronica. It’s gonna be colossal.
Data Transmission feel just as passionate about good dance music as Nozstockers do, so it made perfect sense to invite them back to take up the reigns again for Friday night at Elephant’s Grave. The online dance music authority, DT’s wide scope means they have one of the busiest news sections around, with interviews and features from the worlds most exciting DJ talent.
“Gooooood DJ, well worth a punt” – Eats Everything.
Winner of Fatboy Slim and LWE Events 2015 Smile High DJ competition; you’ll never hear another set quite like Wax Worx’s. 2017 was quite a year for Wax Worx, having already cemented his name as ‘One To Watch’ with a string of high profile releases on labels such as Suara, Simma and Playmobil, and his music being played by industry heavyweights such as Carl Cox, Claude Von Stroke, Solardo, Santé and Todd Terry to name a choice few. He kicked off the year launching his co-owned label ‘Shanghaied’ with his ‘Bump Shake’ track, which was then picked up by Radio 1’s Monki and premiered on her show. Soon after he found out that his unofficial remix of the Human Resource classic ‘Dominator’ was being hammered by Techno king Paco Osuna, and been a mainstay of his sets for over 6months! With such high demand for the track, the summer saw it receive an official release on Armada Subjekt, becoming one of the top selling and streamed tracks ever on the label, going on to be highlighted by Mixmag when Eats Everything kicked off his set with it at the re-opening of Warehouse Project in Manchester. As the year drew to a close his production continued to gain high critical acclaim, having developed his own unique sound, it reached the ears of the ‘King Of Space’ Steve Lawler, who singled out his production style as ‘creatively different’ applauding his work and signing 3 tracks to VIVa Limited, ensuring Wax Worx’s unstoppable rise throughout 2019
A silent guardian, a watchful protector and avid drinking of tequila the elusive Ron Mexico is chief selector for Data Transmission’s podcast & mix series.
Proudly at the forefront of the next wave of female artists to break through in the UK, Roman Candles is a talented, young, Birmingham-bred DJ/Producer with a promising future ahead of her. A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a Masters Degree in Music Technology, she has already amassed an impressive resume of achievements and accolades in a relatively short space of time. Drawing creativity from Soul, Disco and Chicago House; a blend of authentic and progressive dance music influence can be felt throughout her performance both remotely and in person. She has an intellectual understanding of electronic dance music, likened to many of the pioneering names in the industry. Roman Candles is no stranger to the big stage, not only has she held down a residency with events brand ‘Voyage’, but she has also appeared on lineups at Lab11, O2 Institute, Nozstock, MADE & Birmingham Pride. Such bookings have given her the opportunity to support artists like Mehmet Aslan, HAAi, Chris Lorenzo, Shy FX, RAYE and many more. Not only a talented performer, but Roman Candles has also featured heavily on BBC Music Introducing along with signing a release to Data Transmission’s ‘Shanghaied’ imprint and was even invited to Toolroom Records’ HQ to share her work with their A&R team as part of the ‘WeAreListening’ program. After being shortlisted in Honey Dijon’s top 10 finalists in the Smirnoff Equalising Music competition, trumping hundreds of other talented artists in the process, it’s apparent that she is an artist with a wealth of potential and a name that you can expect to see a lot of in the coming months and years.
Sandor, one of the most exciting producers and DJs in the Tech House scene to emerge in 2018,and for good reason. Just ask Solardo who’ve playing his tracks all over the world in legendary clubs such as Space Miami. If that wasn’t enough to peak your interest he’s even gathered support from the likes of Detlef, Richy Ahmed and Amine Edge & DANCE as well. Sandor’s style of big basslines and energetic crowd engagement has earnt him a reputation in his hometown Brighton, playing sets after many big names such as Darius Syrossian, Camelphat and Michael Bibi.
Groovekode were formed after a chance meeting between established DJs and Producers Dave Earl and Loz Bull (Nu-Lab) in Ibiza, late 2018. With over 20 years experience between them they have played at some of the UK’s top venues including the coveted Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher & Roadmender. On a production front the duo have had Individual releases internationally and on some of the UK’s most established labels, with support from genre heavyweights such as Marco Carola and Richie Hawtin, Foreign Beggars & Billy Kenny. The duo have individually had consistent airplay on Radio 1, Kiss FM, BBC Introducing and several other mainstream FM and Internet stations. Groovekode share a love of house and tech house music, playing and producing rolling tech grooves with an inspired tribal twist. A live stream b2b with world-renowned artist Doorly cemented the pairs desire to move forward as a duo. A further outing as Groovekode to Ibiza Rocks confirmed that the duos are just beginning a fresh and exciting journey. The latter half of 2018 saw Groovekode support the likes of Doorly, Gawp & Hauswerks at clubs across the UK & lay down some serious studio time. The duo will move forward into 2019 with a number of Ibiza and UK bookings & a string of releases in the pipeline.
OLEM is Matt Brassington, a DJ and producer from Milton Keynes, UK. After years of collecting and archiving great music for his own pleasure OLEM was spotted and recruited by Roger Sanchez and his Get Booked Academy. A true ‘selector’ spanning the more playful side of ‘Disco House’ music, Matt is now rightly being recognised as an emerging talent. Matt and his ‘OLEM’ brand have moved forward into the industry with full force. He has launched his ‘Breaking Through with OLEM’ Podcast cross multiple platforms, discussing both music and wellness within the industry. This has sprouted an ever-growing audience and recently hit an iTunes no.5 ranking. His organic social media following has grown alongside this hitting close to 5k. Matt has had a steady stream of bookings since the turn of the year, appearing at London’s ‘Ministry of Sound’ and the ‘Shoreditch’ circuit. Matt has also taken his ‘OLEM’ brand across the country playing at ‘Society’ in the Midlands alongside Brandon Block, and also appearing at several ’MIND’ charity events – again raising the profile of mental health within the industry. On a production front, Matt is logging some serious studio hours. His first EP at the end of last year received a warm response. This was debuted by Brandon Block and appeared at a number of other events including the headline track for the DJ Growth Conference in Birmingham. With his production skills taking a sharp rise, it won’t be long before a release schedule is formed and eagerly awaited promos are sent out.
After 27 years in the industry, we are delighted to announce that Emotion return to takeover Elephants Grave on Sunday evening. Expect a vinyl only night of classic house, rave anthems and hard house with all the Emotion regulars.
Mark Lively is one of the early pioneering local rave promoters, starting out as Genesis, now celebrating 28 years of underground parties with current incarnation Emotion. Having promoted nights for the last 26 years, performing at Fantazia, Obsession, Pendragon, Naughty but Nice, ‘Up For It’, MoS and into Europe and the States… Mark will be playing a vinyl only set of classic house, rave anthems and hard house.
A Genesis and Emotion, regular with his tough DnB style, playing the early iconic Clyro Court, Clearwell Raves, later moving to Leeds and becoming involved with the pioneering techno scene of the time. To this day playing underground parties in Mid Wales.. Stu will be playing a vinyl only techno & classics set.
Chris Draper is one of the djs’ who were the backbone of early dance music, with a residency for Technology @ The Robin Hood, followed by regular performances at Mavericks, loads of free parties and Clyro Court raves for Emotion, later a residency in the Que club in Birmingham for rave giants Quest, Venue (fetish) supporting the likes of Trevor Rockclife, Daz Saund and Mr C, Chris will be playing a Vinyl only set of house and hard house
Martin is one of those faces that is at every festival and dance party since forever, there isn’t a local party he hasn’t played, or supplied sound and lighting for locally. Nearly 30 years on the scene, he will be bringing a crafted vinyl set of trance and hard house bangers!

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