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 secret cabinet 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 Jamaican-inspired jazz and blues and we defy you not to get jiggy with Olubundi – a master of West African moves like juju, highlife and waka.

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….

100 Days to go!

That’s right, there’s just 100 days til Nozstock. 100 days til you’re back on the farm. Just 100 days til we do it all over again.

The emerald city awaits, the yellow brick road shrinks into the horizon with the simultaneously rising sun. Summer is coming, and not even the Wicked Witch of the south West midlands can stop us now. All roads lead to Noz.

100 days til you come home. 

You’ve read all about our lengthy lineup, with all manner of musical mastery spreading from stage-to-stage like wildfire. From singing-your-heart-out to Rudimental, dancing-all-night-long-to Soul II Soul, to having-your-face-melted by Kings of The Rollers, the land of Noz is already stupidly well-stocked with magical sounds to cast a spell over you.

Soon comes news of our second-lineup announcement. All I can say for now is it’s gonna be big…

With so much more to come in terms of news, competitions and more, keep posted on our social media channels to keep up to date with all things Noz. We’ve got some wicked competitions & prizes in store for you, so make sure to enter to be in with a chance of winning. Keep an eye out each week (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) we’ve been posting stage promo’s with extra details on all acts from lineup release one, and soon we’ll have our shiny new website up and running for your viewing pleasure. Exciting times!

Thanks Nozstockers. With love, 

Noz HQ

Bromyard’s Boneyard | Elephant’s Grave 2019

Come to dance in the Elephant’s Grave… Part boneyard, part raveyard, the Elephants Grave is Nozstock’s spiritual home to all-things-Reggae-&-House. That may not seem the most typical blend, and that’s because the Elephant’s Grave’s not the most typical place…

Launched in 2017, the Elephant’s Grave hosts Reggae by day and by night, House Raids. A firm favourite since it’s induction to the magical land of Noz, The Elephant’s Grave 2019 is bouncing back with a vengeance, and with a few familiar faces you’ll be happy to hear are returning to tear it up again.

REGGAE BY DAY

Gorilla Tactics

Badboy events promotion & production collective. Bringing the party to the South West from 2014 til infinity, Gorilla Tactics curate regular nights in Bristol & Bath as well as running festival stages all over the UK – including Wrong Side Of The Tracks at Boomtown. Their motto: to bring fun to anywhere, one or thing! 

Subwork Takeover TBC

Bass collective Subwork return to the Elephants Grave, ran by our very own Garden stage co-ordinator Tenz. A Brap FM regular, Tenz know’s a thing or to about curating a great lineup. With the Subwork set-list still to be confirmed, you can bet there’s something special in store.

HOUSE BY NIGHT

Data Transmission presents Shanghaied – line up tbc

Data Transmission feel just as passionate about good dance music as Nozstockers do, so it made perfect sense to invite them back to take 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.

10 Years of Whartone Records ft. Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Kid Cut, House Meanz House & more tba

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. Founded in 2009, it’s been an incredible decade for them. Whartone Records has drawn support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, received plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital and celebrated numerous top 10’s across the download stores. With a huge line up including Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Left Stereo Right ~ live, Kid Cut, House Meanz House and more tba, we can’t wait to see what their tenth birthday party will bring… 

Sonny Wharton

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. 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 and Steve Lawler, 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. 

Dom Kane

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.

Dirty Secretz

Dirty Secretz is one of house music’s most exciting artists. With tracks unleashed on respected house music labels including Skint, Stealth and Nervous alongside a wealth of track support from Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry and Fatboy Slim to name a few, it’s easy to see why this Leicester-based DJ is causing a fuss on both sides of the Atlantic. Dirty Secretz music frequently hits the radio airwaves with support across BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM & Capital. From remixing legendary artists X-Press 2 & K-Klass to focusing on his solo releases and DJing for Rolling Stone, Dirty Secretz refuses to stand still.

Luke Stanger

Nothing quite expresses those summer festival vibes better than upbeat, groovy house music, and nobody does upbeat, groovy house music like Luke Stanger. With that catchy vocal, a cheeky nod to the rave days and another funk enfused bassline Luke’s next single ‘Acid House’, forthcoming on Whartone Records, will transport you from the rolling Hills of Herefordshire to the glistening beaches of Miami.

You heard it here first | Bandstand 2019

Are you that person who bangs on about that time you saw **insert**band**here, before they were famous, at that wonderful, independent, boutique festival in Herefordshire? Welcome to the Bandstand. Your bragging points are waiting. We’ve got an impressive backlog of passers through; Idles, Kagoule Boy Azooga, Soeur, and The Computers have all graced the Bandstand, and I’m sure we’ll be saying exactly the same about some of the artists from this years stellar lineup.

Nozstock’s place-to-be for raw, unsigned and experimental sounds, this year is no exception. With genres spanning from glam-rock to bluegrass, there is something for everyone on this Dingle-top stage – so hold on to your slippers, you’re in for one hell of a ride…

Heading up the line-up is Sam Brookes, who’s soaring alt-folk melodies will transport you to another world. His impressive vocal range and evocative lyrics as seen in Numb, have seen him gain serious critical recognition, leading to collaborations with the likes of Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx to name a few. Be prepared to be truly blown away by his raw and beautiful sound and effortlessly charming performance.

Ever wonder what would happen if the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the South had an angsty love child? Well, it would probably sound something like Frauds. This energetic duo combines thick jagged riffs and beats blended with a tandemic mixture of humour and anger in equal measure.

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! No wait, it’s Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard! Formed in 2016, this four-piece from Cardiff started as all great bands have – as a bedroom project. Since then, they have quickly evolved into a fresh glam-rock sound, receiving Radio 1 support and booking some big festival shows this summer – so watch this space!

Somewhere over the Rainbow Maniac, guitar riffs fly. With influencers including The Rolling Stones, The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, this South Wales foursome radiates confidence and shimmers with style. Make sure you don’t miss out on their energetic live performance.

Taking us back to Kansas is Medicine Creek, who have been plying their whisky-soaked brand of bluegrass and Americana since forming in Bristol in 2010. Their adrenalin-fuelled live act and gospel-flavoured harmonies have seen them gain a cult following, being invited to festivals such as Glastonbury and Shambala. These guys bring warm vocals, an infection sense of fun and a good old-fashioned thigh-slapping knees-up.

Pierre Donahue’s beautifully ethereal vocals, country-esque guitar and steady rhythms are faintly reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac or Arcade Fire. It’s this folk / Americana sound that has led him to perform at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. So kick back and listen as this master song-writer transports you to Tennessee.

Like something out of the Haunted Forest, Wych Elm birth a macabre string of stories with their ear shredding fragile guitar parts and rattling drums. Check out the beautifully chilling vibrations on their highly anticipated debut EP, rat blanket, released just days ago on the 22nd March via brand new Bristol label Post Mortem Records.

We also have some post-punk outfits gracing the bandstand this year with Do Nothing, an art-rock band from Nottingham with creative lyricism and playful genre-spanning sounds, and Cruelty, who’s tracks provides an intriguing journey into intensity and discomfort.

And last but by no means least, we have Josie Blake, with her richly woven guitar melodies and a voice that has been likened to Anna Calvi and Patti Smith. This girl is heading for greatness faster than you can click your ruby heels.

Hospitality, Benny L, Ed Rush, A.M.C and Nu Motive take over the Cubicles.

There is a special place for Drum & Bass here at Nozstock, and that place is called the Cubicles. We pull out the stops every year to ensure all your DnB needs are exceeded, and this time around, we may have gone bigger than ever. This year, The Cubicles will host some of the biggest and baddest DJ acts the scene has to offer.

Friday Night

Friday night see’s Hospitality take over the barn, with heavy hitters Kings of the Rollers set to tear the arena up with their unique style. Serum, Voltage and Bladerunner have individual releases across d&b’s biggest labels including Metalheadz, Ram Records and Low Down Deep. However together they have kicked off the year with their number one Beatport chart topper ‘Burnt Ends’. These three have grown dramatically in the past year with headline slots at Rampage and Boomtown Fair in front of tens of thousands.

Next up for the Hospitality takeover sees Drum & Bass veteran Danny Byrd take to the decks. Danny was one of the first to sign to the label at the turn of the millennium and since has created a signature mixing style and production flair to render him one of the scenes greatest. His debut album ‘Supersized’ dropped in 2008, which included signature tracks such as ‘Shock Out’ and ‘Red Mist’, with the VIP of the latter of those two receiving huge support receiving over 6 hours of Radio 1 airtime in 2009! A true Drum & Bass stalwart – Danny Byrd has remained hyper-relevant in a new age of d&b, with new album Atomic Funk garnering acclaim from new and old-heads alike.

Friday night will also see host to one of the most exciting talents in the scene, Keeno, whose third studio album got hailed by critically acclaimed Nozstock regular DJ Andy C as a masterpiece – that’s some achievement! Production aside, Keeno’s mixing technique is second to none, so much so that he launched the ‘60 Minutes of Med School’ series on BBC Radio 1xtra, ever since he has been the Med Schools highest tier DJs, headlining shows across the globe!

Unglued stormed onto the scene with the release of ‘Bootstrap Bill’ gaining attention from DnB heavyweights across the globe, receiving support from the likes of Noisia and Metrik. 2018 saw him really get DnB fans attention with the release of the most sought after dubplate of last year, his bootleg of the High Contrast anthem ‘If We Ever’. He’s been tipped as one to watch from UKF and internationally renowned magazine DJ Mag, this is one not to be missed!

Hosting this night with his poignant lyrics and positive vibes will be the true talisman of the underground scene that is Inja. Describing his style as ‘different flows for different shows’ Inja will be joined by Nozstock regular MC Carasel to host and toast some incredible Drum & Bass.

Saturday Night

It doesn’t stop there with the onslaught of Drum & Bass at Nozstock this year. Saturday night will see Benny L go b2b with Shimon. Benny has made his name known with basslines that don’t bang but groan and moan under weighty production. With releases such as ‘Low Blow’ and ‘Thunder’, Benny L has taken the scene by storm this past year, and it’s no wonder he won the award for best newcomer at the drum&bassarena awards last year. Shimon needs no introduction with his legacy being nearly as old as drum and bass itself. With tracks like ‘Quest’ and ‘Titan’ not only being vital for his ascent, but also for the expansion of drum and bass engineering. Shimon has been a big influencer for Benny in his career, we’re really excited to see these two back to back shelling down the Cubicles this year!

Next up see’s a man that changed the face of Drum & Bass, Ed Rush will showcase his limitless styles to the Cubicles on Saturday night. One of the originators to bring back the dark sounds of drum and bass and push it to new levels, Ed Rush continues to make waves with each new release. After teaming up with Optical to create their label ‘Virus Recordings’, their eventual LP ‘Wormhole’ was released to critical underground success and is regarded as a genre classic. Again, one not to be missed at the Cubicles.

A.M.C is one of the most respected modern DJ’s, producers and label owners in the game. With his four deck sets regarded as some of the very best, you’d be foolish to miss this one. His development as an artist is just as classical to his rise as a DJ. Spending years understanding studio science, he never refuses to release anything until satisfied it can stand up against the best, leading to high profile releases such as ‘Thor’ and ‘Southpaw’, not to mention his huge remix of TC’s ‘Tap Ho’.

Up and coming DJ Kanine is gradually developing into the headline act he was tipped to be since entering scene. Supported by some of the biggest and most influential names in drum and bass helping force his sound into the mainstream, Kanine is recognised as one of the leading names in the new wave of Jump Up producers. This set is sure to be a fan favourite, see you at the stack.

Local promoters Nu:Motive will be making the short trip to the farm for a 3-hour takeover of the Cubicles! The DJ collective will be bringing nothing but the best in the DnB and underground music scene, we’re really excited to have the Hereford based collective hosting the Cubicles for 3 hours. Nozstock regular Octo Pi returns again this year showcasing his versatile DJ skills. We love having him back year on year, he’ll provide a set that’s guaranteed to tear down the barn.

Joining them we have Pastry Maker, Remidy MC, Phantom, Want more? Luckily for you we’ve created a playlist full of some of our favourite tracks from Cubicles artists this year.

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.” 

Welcome to the Garden 2019

Garden stage
The Garden Stage 2018

Welcome to the Garden – Nozstock’s booming backyard. Our melting pot of bass music is back with a bang. Home to hip-hop, drum & bass, reggae, rock and everything in between, everyone is welcome in our garden – as long as you abide by our one rule. It better be loud.

By day the Garden is an idyllic scene overlooking lake Noz – a perfect spot to soak in the sun and visit the garden bar – all to the soundtrack of some dazzling music. By Night? It’s a haven of bright lights, thundering beats and ear-shattering basslines.

Garden Bar

This year we’ve got an arsenal of musical weaponry ready to launch assault on your eardrums. Heading up the lineup – we’ve got UK dance heavyweight DJ Zinc. Sending heavy subs and skatty breaks since the days of Super Sharp Shooter, Zinc’s legendary status is in no doubt to those in the scene. Traversing through all areas of UK Bass music, from d&b, ragga-infused jungle, 2-step garage and traditional breakbeat, Zincs gathered a fair few tricks up his sleeve over his 25+ years in the game. After leaving the D&B scene for a while in the mid-noughties and moving onto pastures new, recent performances including dynamic b2b’s with special request have re-energised Zinc, and he’s here at The Garden, ready to teach us a thing or two.

Alongside Zinc we’ve got one of underground musics most renowned hosts in SP:MC. An unbelievably versatile MC and undeniably talented rapper in his own right, SP’s hosted events for Metalheadz, Autonomic, Hospital, Digital Soundboy, Soul:R, Innerground and more as well as his own label Shogun Audio. SP’s ability to guide you through a set is second-to none, his talkative delivery glides you through the dance, making you feel as if every word is exactly in its right place. As well as MCing, SP is a renowned DJ in his own right, with his records garnering heavy rotation from D&B icons such as Andy C, DJ Marky, Friction & Goldie

Randall at Nozstock

Joining the D&B crew we have veteran DJ & Nozstock regular Randall. with a career spanning over two decades, Randall has steadily built a reputation as one of the best DJ’s the UK has to offer, bringing an army weighty dubplates every time he steps up to DJ. A true D&B and Jungle legend, Randall’s set is never one to be missed.

Representing the Jump-up side of D&B, we have DJ & producer Turno. With a growing presence in the scene, Turno’s name is ever-present on lineups across the U.K, bringing a high energy- quick mixed pace to the dance. With bangers such as The Invaderz being heard frequently in the rave, Turno’s face-melters are sure to be blessing the D&B scene for years to come. Not for the faint hearted.

As per usual we have some pillars of the UK Hip-Hop community representing on The Garden stage. This year we’ve got iconic bar-spitters from across the isles, both past and present.

Mud Family originator and Finsbury Park icon Skinnyman, will be blessing our ears with his street wisdom-laced lyricism this year. Reinstating his importance as one of UK Hip-Hop’s most distinctive and important voices with a string of performances over the last few years, Skinnymans politically-charged bars motivated and inspired a generation of hiphop heads with unforgettable tunes such as “I’ll be surprised” and “Fuck the hook”  from the culturally profound “Council Estate of Mind” — and now he’s back, mic in hand, ready to do it all again.

Joining him we have two High Focus Records stalwarts ready to bring some bars to the Garden in Dabbla and Jam Baxter. Both rappers possess the unique ability to bounce, weave, duck and dodge between darkness-laden flows and bouncy jovial beats – balancing murkiness and playfulness as if it were notihing.

Baxter’s outlandish content & trailblazing style presents him as one fo the most enigmatically engrossing acts in the UK Hip-Hop scene. Known for old-school hip-hop staples such as Brains, these days Baxter tends to experiment with his flow and style – tracks such as “for a limited time only” and “mask” show his sonic exploration, but his signature personality always remains the most prevalent factor.

Dabbla’s dexterity from boom-bap to trap allows him to bring an energy to his music which permeates throughout his live performances – his rapid-fire flow has been known to cast a spell of carnage from stage to audience. From Psychoville to Death Moves, Dabbla’s lyrical skill and darkness casts a mesmerising spell when he’s on-mic – we can’t wait to see what these two High Focus OG’s have in store.

We’re delighted to welcome back genre-bending grime-punk fusers Pengshui. Made up of Prav (Foreign Beggars), Illaman and Submotion Orchestra’s Fatty, each artists brings a bag-full of musical pedigree, which combines to form a fiery blaze of musical energy. After last years performance there was no way we could keep them off the lineup this year. If you like your music hard, this isn’t one to miss. Here’s an example of the energy you can expect.

Gardna at the Garden Stage

Bringing the flavour this year we’re buzzing to see what our Boom Sound takeover has in offer. Head Honcho Gardna has steadily built a reputation out of Bristol with his mic-controlling mastery – from dancehall to reggae and D&B. Joining him we have MC and singer Eva Lazarus, slowly on her way to stardom, conquering each genre one by one – all while unsigned and self-managed. There’s nothing this woman can’t do, from reggae bangers with Mungos Hi-Fi (Amsterdam & Live my life), to big name crossovers with Swindle (Knowledge), Eva’s versatility presents her as one of the most exciting voices in the UK Bass scene right now. 

Joining them for Boom Sound we have chameleonic DJ & producer Prince Fatty and his trusted MC Horseman. Both respected artists in their own right, Fatty and Horseman drew attention as a duo from a collection of dub-sprinkled, reggae-topped hip-hop covers. With tracks such as Shimmy Shimmy Ya and Insane in the Membrane  getting dropped regularly at sound-system nights across the U.K, theres no doubt you’ve heard Fatty’s bouncing-steppas and Horseman’s deep patois flow in a dance near you. Not one to miss – it’s gonna be a lot of fun. 

Joining them we have Boom Sound residents Kreed, Asbo Disco and Fat Stash who will be handling proceedings from the decks. 

Representing the ever-growing UK Bassline scene, we have one of the scenes most prominent next-gen artists in Notion. With tracks such as Vex garnering support from UKF and B2B’s with baseline VIP’s Darkzy, Skepsis, Holy Goof and Bru-C, Notions stock is rising within the UK bass music community.

Reppin the Old School we have breakbeat & Hip-Hop DJ A Skillz. The U.K based artist is known for masterfully chopping and flexing funk with Hip-Hop (Poppa Soul) and we’re excited to see what his progressive mixing has in-store for us this year. 

Rounding off the Garden stage this year we have Nozstock regulars Rumble in the Jungle, sure to bring the steppa style thats catapulted them to the forefront of Bristol’s lively music scene.

2019 volunteer applications now open!

With our line-up announcement just a few weeks away, Spring rolling in just around the corner it’s about time we open our volunteer applications for 2019! We were inundated last year with so many of you eager to lend a hand so if you want to join us down the yellow brick road make sure you get your apps in now!

Want to work over the weekend and still get time off to enjoy the festival? Join our stewarding, bar or sales teams at the 21st edition of Noztock The Hidden Valley for absolutely free! Fill in an application form now…

If you’re interested in joining our long term repeat offenders  crew with our pre- and post-show opps, then check out our join the team page for details of longer term roles. Want to put your stamp on the farm? Handy with a paintbrush? Whizz with a camera? Got what it takes to schmooze our traders, manage our theatre, or keep the festival running safely?

We have the best crew in all of the land (if we do say so ourselves) so you’ll be in the brightest, most creative company you could hope for…

Glamping packages now open!

It’s four months til Nozstock, our Wizard of Noz theme has been announced, and festival season and all the excitement that comes with it is on your mind – but there’s that one issue that crops up every year, camping.

We know there’s no place like home, so this year at Nozstock we’re offering a range of camping options to keep you well-rested after long days exploring the yellow brick road…

Glamping with Zoobells

If it’s privacy and luxury you’re after, Zoobells is the choice for you. All packages offer a pre-pitched canvas bell tent within a private campsite.

Formed with steel poles, a sewn-in ground sheet and stylish ventilated cotton bunting, all bell tents are fully weatherproof, so you can relax knowing you’re completely prepared for whatever the British summertime has to offer this year! 

Whether you simply seek a stylish bell-tent, or if you wish to sleep among the stars in lavish luxury, Zoobells offer classic, traditional and luxury packages to ensure your entire camping needs are met. Upgrade options include the choice to add comfy mattresses, Egyptian cotton bed sheets and rugs amongst other luxuries. 

Please bear in mind spaces are limited so if you fancy camping in style this year click here for further information and here to make a booking.

Camplight Pre-pitched Tents

Not a fan of glamping but don’t don’t fancy lugging your tent, sleeping-bag and chair combo all the way to Nozstock this year? Camplight offer the perfect solution.

Camplight will pre-pitch your tent ready for your arrival AND take it down after you leave – making your festival Monday blues that little bit easier. 

As well as freeing you from the stress of battling with pesky tent poles & pegs, all Camplight tents are handpicked from UK festivals, reducing festival wastage and recycling, so your conscience can be green-clean.

Starting from £52 all camplight packages include a pre-pitched tent, sleeping bag and roll mat. Book one of our Camplight packages by clicking here.

Follow the yellow brick road…2019 theme announced!

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Bromyard any more…

We get it. Every now and then the everyday world feels dull, dreary, black-and-white even, the drudgery of work, college, a flat pint in a cheap pub and a rainy walk home with only the thought of summer and a few weekends of freedom on the horizon to keep you going. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, go on an adventure, meet some new mates, get some new shoes, maybe melt an evil witch or two, generally have a good time. Maybe somewhere over the rainbow, where the sparkling emerald slopes of the Hidden Valley will melt away your troubles and where things are ready to get well and truly weird…

That’s right Nozstockers, this year we’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Noz – and you’re all coming along for the ride. Because we’re lovers of all things technicolour, trippy and ever so slightly terrifying – as well as a good pun – we have decided to spend our twenty first year paying tribute to the iconic 1939 film which inspired so many sequels, prequels, spin-offs and pop culture moments – as well as its fair share of childhood nightmares, we’re sure. Our humble farm will be transformed into the glittering Emerald City, and we’ll be inviting friends of Dorothy from far and wide to join us. From rainbows, lemondrops and cowardly lions to flying monkeys, psychiatric wards and Michael Jackson, there’s something for everyone within the Oz universe – and we’re looking forward to seeing your imaginations at work, my pretties.

Make sure you pack your red sequined wellies and remember – there’s no place like the farm!

#WizardOfNoz | www.nozstock.com | 18-21 July 2019

Food trader 2019 applications open!

We’re all partial to a bit of grub and we’re on the lookout for the tastiest traders in town to keep all of you Nozstockers and all of us nicely fed next year!

Apply here!

Need help with your application? Read this!

Applications close 31st March 2019. We receive thousands of applications each year so do not expect an immediate response. It can take several months to make final selections. We may be in touch for further information.

Nozstockers…if you’ve got a particular pitch that tickles your pickle then let us know in the comments below!

Noz HQ x

2019 Little Wonderland and family camping improvements!

With just over 200 days until Nozstock 2019 begins we’re already looking ahead to next year, and plans are afoot to entertain mini Nozstockers come next July! We have some big improvements planned for our Little Wonderland and family camping areas… 

The key changes for 2019 include:

  1. Increasing the capacity of family camping, meaning more space for more families! 
  2. 25% more toilets + kid sized loos! 
  3. Supplies available for family campers – loo roll, wet wipes, sanitiser, sun cream, plasters, toothpaste + site maps! 
  4. Little Wonderland Kids Area expanded to include more activities aimed at older children including workshops in break dancing, graffiti, beat boxing, felt-making, crazy cartoons and up-cycling clothes. As well, as chances to design your own Nozstock t-shirt. Don’t worry the little kids will still have plenty to do!
  5. A dedicated breastfeeding space
  6. ‘Save your space’ scheme. Want to make sure you have enough space to camp together? A limited amount of 5m x 2m pitches are available to pre-book for 2019!

Come and join the Noz Family…and remember all kids 12 and under attend the festival for free!!

Photo: Dan Barker

“We are still smiling, to be honest, after how amazing our 20th anniversary was. Selling out was really great and we had a packed site, it was lovely to see everyone having so much fun and to see so many kids on site really getting into everything! We wanted to announce some new elements for next year, after listening to feedback and realising there are some simple things we can do to enhance the experience for families – that’s what this news is all about.” – Ella Nosworthy.