Garden Stage

The Garden Stage hosts a diverse and eclectic brew of bands and DJs providing alternative sounds. This stage spans all genres from throbbing dance, funk, and hip hop, to blues, rock and acoustic musings. At the right time, you might even hear a burst of opera. Ideally situated on the hillside overlooking the Farm’s lake, with the Garden Bar just around the corner, this is the perfect spot to sit in the sun and wet your whistle to beautifully blended guitar riffs, stoking the fires for a late night dance to some filthy electronic beats. Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Beardyman, DJ Hype, Mr Scruff, Foreign Beggars, Friction, DJ Marky, Ed Solo, Hazard, Krafty Kuts, Congo Natty

2019 line-up includes

“DJ Zinc, has consistently redefined his sound. He is one of few artists who can claim to have had genuine underground and commercial hits across house, breakbeat, UK garage and drum & bass, having sold over 1,000,000 physical records across his own productions and labels. DJ Zinc’s Rinse FM show continues to be one of the most listened to on the infamous UK station, and he regularly contributes to BBC Radio 1 with many features on Annie Mac’s show. Zinc has produced some of dance music’s most definitive anthems, including the era defining ‘Super Sharp Shooter’, the colossal bootleg of The Fugees ‘Ready Or Not’, and ‘138 Trek’ which went on to break the UK top 30. More recent chart success came in the shape of ‘Wile Out’, a collaboration with Ms. Dynamite. With more than two decades at the forefront of electronic music, there can be no question that DJ Zinc is one of dance music’s most respected pioneers. Zinc has forged his own fiercely individual path for the outset, winning both the respect of industry peers and legions of fans along the way.
Time waits for no man.’ …And this man has wasted no time! Energetic, dedicated, passionate and fully self-motivated by his hunger for success, Turno is setting new levels! Having full support from some of the biggest players in the drum and bass scene, Turno is eternally grateful. As much as he deserves his success so far and the backing he has, he has a humble approach to his career. Turno truly believes that you can have anything in life if you’re willing to work for it. Starting his DJ career early, at the age of fourteen, Turno was forced to choose Music Technology as an option at school after all the other subjects were taken. Little did he know then that this was probably the best decision of his life. The beautiful thing about Turno is that he genuinely loves the people; he creates a journey for the listener. He reaches out with his music because he wants to intrigue people with his sound. Turno is a born entertainer – his pleasant, respectful demeanour is enhanced with his quirky humour and playful antics.
Rising star bassmith Notion, has made a name for himself as a superstar producer of the new generation and one of the most exciting figures in dance music today.Classically trained and promoting a style that is all his own, Since he appeared on the scene in 2015 he’s had support from some heavy-hitters including Tiësto and Jauz. After a string of releases on forward-thinking labels including Formula, Coyote and Crucast, he launched his own imprint N Music in 2017. He’s collaborated with the likes of Conducta and Holy Goof, who featured no less than 3 of Notion’s productions on his fabriclive97 mix. Always in demand Notion has a packed touring schedule including shows at Boomtown, Motion and of course Nozstock.
A Skillz is a true party rocker behind the turntables, captivating crowds with his ability to embrace all aspects of music that he takes inspiration from and mash them up into a unique cocktail, infused with his own signature flavour of funk. With his DJ bookings taking him to the corners of the world, he has appeared on stages big and small and no matter what venue or style, he always brings the house down. Having clocked up over six million plays on Soundcloud, his records have gained the support of the biggest names in the industry, from Jazzy Jeff to Zane Lowe, whilst his DJ mixes have won over an army of supporters and resulted in him being commissioned by Radio 1 to put together a special DJ mix for their Beatles tribute night, that even had Paul McCartney tapping his feet. His James Bond mini mix is the only ever mix to be played on every daytime show on Radio 1 in the UK, whilst his productions have appeared in films, TV adverts and many a computer game. His label Jam City has released, alongside his own work, tracks from the likes of DJ Yoda, the Cuban Brothers and Jungle Brothers to name a few, whilst his productions have seem him collaborate with a selection of some of the industry’s finest names including; Krafty Kuts, Beardyman and Z trip
Firing up the bassbins and hitting you hard with a dose of raggamuffin junglist energy is what Ed Solo is all about. From Glastonbury to dirty Brixton back rooms to Spanish arenas, Ed has travelled the globe throwing down his unique brand of ruffneck bassline bravado for more than a decade. Ed’s knack for the rudest of hooks is equalled only by his sublime studio skills. He cut his teeth in the mid ’90s engineering at the notorious SOUR Records studios, going on to lay down a series of groundbreaking collaborations with jungle kingpin DJ Brockie. In 2007 Ed released ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ alongside Skool of Thought, featuring ‘When I Was A Yout’ and ‘We Play The Music’ among others. Ed’s partnership with Jungle Cakes partner in crime Deekline has thrown up some of the most memorable tunes of the decade. A veritable master of his craft, we can’t wait for Ed’s return to The Garden.
Having been introduced to DJ’ing at the age of 17 by a friend, Randall’s head was turned by acid house for the first time at 1987’s Notting Hill Carnival. From then on he was hooked. Randall found that mixing came naturally to him, learning the basics in only a week but refining his skills by making weekly mix-tapes. He quickly began to get noticed, with a spot on the legendary pirate radio station, Centreforce in ’89. With his reputation growing, the big break came with a gig at Living Dream, a huge 10,000 capacity event where, thanks to another DJ not showing up, Randall got to play a three-hour set which had everyone talking and things spiraled from there. Over the years, his reputation has helped him forge close links with a number of major record labels and artists, especially Reinforced and Goldie’s Metalheadz. Aside from his live performances Randall has been commissioned by Mixmag, Drum & Bass Arena, Dreamscape and many others for studio mixes. With his fluid style and a career that has taken him all over the globe, Randall’s ability to move with the times and reflect what is going on around him has ensured that his talents continue to be heavily in demand today. A term all too loosely bandied about, after 25 years at the top, Randall is the true definition of a legendary DJ loved by the public and the industry alike.
Having set the ball rolling as the primary shareholder in Contact Play’s now legendary debut album Champion Fraff way back in ’09, and with the release of his first solo album Rinse Out Friday / Spack Out Monday, Jam Baxter has been at the forefront of the UK hip-hop scene for quite some time, gaining notoriety with every feature and release. By the time his second solo effort The Gruesome Features dropped, Baxter’s position at the top of the pile was cemented even more. He then paired up with the equally highly regarded Dabbla of London Zoo fame creating an elite super group known as the Dead Players who have been expertly shutting down raves ever since their self titled album Dead Players dropped with party anthems such as ‘Winning’ and the infectious ‘Yeah’. Baxter’s work certainly demystifies the theory that being prolific is often to the detriment of quality. Jam Baxter is without a doubt one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the UK rap scene over the last decade and has been shutting down raves left right and centre like it was nothing. Joined by Sammy B Side, a DJ who has cemented himself as one of the go-to UK hip-hop Disk Jockeys of his generation. When he isn’t busy smacking sets as a solo artist, he can be found killing off live shows with his UK rap super gang, Contact Play and if he’s not doing that, he’s holding down his position as tour DJ of choice for the unstoppable hip-hop juggernaut that is High Focus Records. His cuts and scratches are immortalised on an ever-growing catalogue of vinyl releases from the highest echelons of the contemporary UKHH crop. As the co-founder and resident of the now legendary Super Mega Bad events, he knows exactly what is required to push any party into near frenzied conditions.
Simply put, Dabbla is your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper. Since appearing with LDZ (London Zoo), Dabbla has proved himself to be one of the UK’s most valuable and original assets to rap music. To say he is an electric live performer is an understatement, Dabbla’s signature fast flow incites riotous behavior. He has destroyed stages from Iceland to Australia to Glastonbury leaving very little ground untouched. Supported by key radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 & Kiss FM and collabs with the likes of Ocean Wisdom and Jam Baxter, it’s no wonder this talented MCs star just keeps on rising.
Skinnyman is one of the few British emcees that needs no introduction. Moving as a kid to Finsbury Park, London, Skinny found a melting pot of cultures suddenly on his doorstep and immersed himself in musical culture Thank to his distinctive voice, Skinny easily progressed through open mic battles and consistently won titles. After becoming a founding member of The Bury Crew, in the early 90’s Skinnyman moved on to establish by the seminal Mud Family alongside Mongo and Chester P with whom he released lots of EPs. These included underground hits ‘Itchy Town’ and ‘Lash Suttin.’ 2004 saw the release of his masterful debut solo album Council Estate of Mind. Well received by fans and critics as the highest new entry in the UK’s charts on the week of its release, heavily autobiographical and socially analytical, the album makes much use of samples from ‘Made in Britain’, a British film from the early 80s. Since the album’s release, Skinnyman received considerable attention from UK hip-hop radio and press, had the opportunity to work with grime artists such as Wiley and Shystie and supported The Streets at Brixton Academy. He’s even won a rapping contest against Eminem. In 2004, he was featured in ‘Tower Block Dreams’, a BBC documentary and in 2005, he played a small part in the TV series ‘Dubplate Drama’
With a sharp tongue and easy wit, staccato banter and a bass heavy sound, influences of drum n bass, grime, reggae and hip hop, Joe Burn has been moving crowds at club nights and festival slots for many years. The wordsmith brings a high energy performance with a wide range of sounds and ‘rapid fire’ syllable chatter. Skitz gained recognition as a homegrown hip-hop producer and DJ, fusing the rawness of UK emcees with solid production and distinctively Jamaican influenced basslines. His first album Countryman won hip-hop album of the year. Internationally recognised, Skitz has supported the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West and is reknown for smashing parties and festivals with his reggae-tinged, bass-driven sets.
Featurecast flawlessly brings his unique brand of bass heavy music by crafting his sets around his own productions, remixes, edits and scratching skills. Touring an impressive number of venues and festivals around the world, Featurecast’s highlights include Glastonbury, Bestival, Beat Herder, Fusion festival and Boomtown. He earned his stripes in the studio with early releases on Jalapeno Records, Insane Bangers, Bomb Strikes and Ghetto Funk before releasing his 2012 album Run For Cover. His music has also been featured on Ipod commercials and his track ‘Got That Fire’ was used in Play Station game FIFA 13. This was followed with 2016’s ‘Shout It Out’ pushing Featurecast’s sound even further. Recently Featurecast has released a host of Drum & Bass on Jungle Strikes and started his own label Monster Sounds.
Ghetto Funk All Stars Ft. Profit & Natty Speaks started out life as a UK based online blog and record label, playing an important role in the establishment of ‘Ghetto Funk’ as a genre – a term that would go on to describe this style of mid tempo funk music with big basslines. Working on a wide range of events alongside arranging tours spanning the globe, the team at Ghetto Funk have spent the last few years honing their skills and offering the very best in up and coming talent alongside true veterans of the scene. Priding themselves on running a multi award-winning record label, they have also become synonymous with throwing the best parties.
Boom Sound is an independent record label promoting underground music worldwide. They takeover the Garden Stage to bring their heavyweight sound from Bristol town. Featuring Prince Fatty & Horseman, Gardna x Eva Lazarus, Kreed, ASBO Disco, Fat Stash and Tom Spirals.
As a recording engineer, Mike Pelanconi has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Graham Coxon and Lily Allen. But it’s as a modern, dub-reggae music producer that we best know him. He first took the name Prince Fatty in 2005 when he had an unexpected gig writing a one-off reggae song, ‘Nina’s Dance’, to help the Stussy clothing line celebrate its 25th anniversary. Fatty’s debut album, Survival of the Fattest, followed in 2007 with Slits singer Hollie Cook and reggae vocalist Little Roy among its guests. Supersize followed in 2010 with Dennis Alcapone and Winston Francis joining the returning Cook and Little Roy, while Alcapone would return for Fatty’s 2012 effort, Versus the Drunken Gambler. In 2014 he remixed the club jazz act Nostalgia 77’s back catalog for In the Kingdom of Dub, a release on the Tru Thoughts label. A producer, re-mixer and DJ who we can’t wait to welcome to The Hidden Valley.
Gardna is the Bristol lyricist on a Dubwise tip. His music is a combination of styles influenced by the Bristol sound and many of it’s strains. Releases are concentrated on his label – Boom Sound Recordings – where he works with a variety of producers like Ed West, Nick Manaseh and Dub Boy. He writes sharp, good times lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow. Multi Genre artist Eva Lazarus is making waves worldwide. Fresh from her first global tour, she steps into 2019 with her contributions to an incredible release on Swindle’s ‘No More Normal’. 2018 saw a stunning run of shows full of costume, spice, energy and Lazarus’ brand of heavyweight genre-spanning party anthems. This year will see Eva Lazarus release a full album with Mungos Hifi and her first solo EP. Its shaped up to be a very exciting year full of a variety of styles and a lot of great music.
Joe Baker, aka Kreed, may be young but he’s already received huge recognition from the producing world off the back of EP Delta Blues and debut album Progression. He’s joined by Asbo Disco, providers of ‘the wickedest party in the world’ (The Skints) and Fat Stash Fat Stash, the Bristol based reggae, dancehall and jungle collective. Also featuring Tom Spirals with his real talk lyrics and a million melodies. His energetic performances have taken him all around the globe, regularly holding down the mic for many well respected producers such as Mungo’s HiFi & DreadSquad.
Pengshui are a raw live band from London. Comprised of Illaman on vocals (Foreign Beggars, Goldie, Chinese Man), Fatty on bass (Submotion Orchestra, Alex Clare) and Pravvy Prav on drums (Foreign Beggars, Gentleman’s Dub Club). All 3 have made music with many of the U.K’s finest musicians. They have a mutual love for hard, lively and energetic music, and put on visceral live shows. The music has taken the best of grime, rap, dance, punk and metal music based around 140bpm. Their first 4 track EP named EP:i is a fine example of forward thinking music made with precision and is unapologetic from the outset.
Director of the amazing Continental Drifts, DJ Chris Tofu comes from a legendary past of DJ’ing in fields and under rotten canvas. His records come with the dust of a thousand mad all-night magical festivals, over fifteen years, all over Europe. His sets are the last word in perfect party music. Expect to hear Balkan soundclash, electro swing, ska, polka stomp, flamenco, hip-hop and everything in between.
Jonathan Morgan, better known on the scene as Octo Pi is a drum and bass DJ/Producer from Swansea now living in Bristol. His back catalogue after years of hard work in the studio is nothing short of jaw dropping with a huge arsenal of original material and remixes under his belt. His style can only be described as ‘up front’, with most of his tracks featuring immensely strong and punchy drums coupled with complex melodic basslines set on a backdrop of euphoric, evolving pads. He’s equally at home producing blissed-out, rolling, vocal-heavy, liquid drum and bass as he is producing balls to the floor, techy-driven steppers. With previous releases on Viper Recordings, Jungle Cakes, Audio Addict, Gyro Records, Drum & Bass Arena, V Recordings, Circus, Soul Deep Recordings, Signal Jam Records., his debut album ‘King Of Camouflage’ dropped in 2018 on Carasel’s AFT Records and gained strong support from a lot of the big players in the scene. 2019 is looking strong already with his latest ‘Mumble’ EP recently released on DJ Hybrid’s Audio Addict imprint and you can expect several more releases in the coming months! Known as a bit of wizard behind the decks, you can expect a 3 deck double dropping face melter of a show!!
The Drop , Grown out of their small-town suburban roots to speak to the trudging nation, The Drop have established themselves touring the UK festival circuit and self-releasing a string of singles and EPs, gaining a loyal grassroots following along the way. Marrying jump-up grooves, down & dirty bass, epic walls of sound and clever lyricism they create a mesmeric stage show, captivating the audience from the first track to the reluctant last. This is roots/dub/reggae at it’s best.
Kioko uses strong lyrics and rhythmic melodies to spread a message that fits in with todays ever-changing society, a message of realness and respectfulness to others and one that they will continue to see through in their new release. As well as being solid in the studio Kioko pride themselves on giving a high standard of lively and memorable shows with high adrenalin and energetic performances set to win over audiences old and new.
The music equivalent of a Paul Hollywood handshake.” – Tap the Feed. Honing their skills busking on the streets of Bristol, Snazzback are a jazz band who don’t take themselves too seriously. Combining charisma and invention into their increasingly intricate improvised journeys into their psychedelic world of jazz.
Lyrix Organix is the UK’s leading promoter of innovative, collaborative and charitable live music/poetry events. Defiantly independent curators of music and poetry and restlessly experimenting with live performance, their stages have seen fabled performances by Akala, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran and the cream of the British spoken word scene. They are also hosts of Glastonbury’s ‘Rum Shack.’ Lyrix Organix has grown an enviable reputation for unearthing the finest talent at the forefront of the UK scene and exploring the roots of spoken word. Considered a flag bearer for imagination, intelligence and innovation in live performance and education, they are flying the flag for young people, humanitarian causes and the environment with the art of words and the poetry of music.
DJ / Producer / Musician Timbali originates 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 Rodigan, Lethal Bizzle, Neville Staples and The Skints, Timbali is collaborating with established artists within the reggae and dancehall scene, including Lutan Fyah, Skarra Mucci, Peppery and Blackout Ja.
He has previously performed at Boomtown, Surise and Shindig festivals.
Last Tree Squad are a 7-peice original outfit, blending and creating sounds relating to hip-hop, reggae, dub, dancehall and Jungle. With an Ital blend of Hereford and Kent based musicians, Last Tree Squad bring an explosive and aggressive performance of home-grown, original material. Strictly meaningful and politically relatable, keep alert for a heavy-weight performance.
A Nozstock institution these days, Natty Speaks will be hosting, freestyling and entertaining on the Garden Stage again this year. When he’s not hosting stages you will find him smashing up sets with Ghetto Funk, Lyrix Organix or regurgitating his first and only album Abouttime again and again until the PRS or Ronaldo (Yes the footballer) pay him for the use of his minerals!
The punk hip-hop apocalypse that is China Shop Bull has gained the hearts and respect of people around the world on the back of consistent touring and the success of three album releases. Fusing the worlds of electronic and live music, spanning countless styles and genres- drum and bass, hip-hop, ska and dub all mixed up and spat out with intense energy, punk ethos and attitude.Guaranteed to get you jumping. With thought provoking and hard hitting lyrics covering contorversial subjects such as mental health and the NHS, China Shop Bull stand strong behind their ethics and carry a message in their music, not just a good time.
Town of Cats are Ol Ma, Joe, Adam, Barney, Jake, Toby, Henry, Nick and Harry. They are all about good times music, serving up Afrobeat and ska with lashings of Latino and a side of funk. They spin screwed-up fairy tales of their former lives and spit ‘em out over brassy hooks, skanking rhythms, hypnotic grooves and tantalising melodies. They sing starry-eyed of childhood wonders and lustily of life’s little highs. They yowl and hiss at the moon, longing for something bigger and brighter than beige southern towns and the work-drink-sleep-repeat monotony of reality. They twist and stomp and yell, beasts possessed of the fiery, wild groove that spills forth from their fingers and fangs. Can’t sing? They’ll make you. Can’t dance? They’ll make you. They are Town of Cats.
Chillman, Coosie, Entra P and Goose return to The Hidden Valley. Never forgetting K.P (RIP). Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom bap production infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. With four MC’s spanning four corners of the poetic spectrum, no lyrical stone is left unturned. Verbal Highz have decimated every crew battle they’ve entered and are fast becoming veterans of the festival circuit.
Conceived on soul & motown, raised on Nick Drake and John Martyn, Beth found her voice singing along to the divas of the 90’s. These influences were given a healthy dash of reggae & ska in her late teens that resulted in a memorable fusion which Beth carries to her listeners today. 2011 saw the release of Beth’s self-titled debut album. The single ‘Leaders’ received generous play on local and national radio. In 2013 ‘Autumn Song’ was pulled from the archives and made song of the month on BBC Introducing Shropshire. 2013 also witnessed the birth of the ‘Nomad EP’ The title track, saw Beth receiving great Kudos when, out of 20,000 entries, industry giants Kipper Eldridge & Stuart Epps placed ‘Nomad’ in the grand final of the UK Songwriting Contest 2013. In early 2014 Beth toured the UK in support of ‘Nomad’ with radio plays reaching audiences as far as Canada, Australia and the USA. Little Acts of Kindness, her debut studio album is available now and has received extensive radio support.

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