Nozstock Q&A | Danny Byrd

Ahead of 2019’s HUGE hospitality takeover, we got to sit down with Drum & Bass heavyweight, hospital records stalwart, and one of the scene’s true greats, Danny Byrd, to discuss all things 2019, his previous performance at Nozstock, the release of Atomic Funk and festival experiences.


1.) First of all, welcome back! You return to The Cubicles this year after your live set here at Noz in 2015. How would you say your music has changed from then to now?

Thank you for having me! I loved the show back in 2015. I remember finding out my grandad has passed away on the day of the gig so was a bit sad, but the gig really cheered me up and reminded me life is for living. Nozstock was such a unique vibe and the 2015 was a show I will always remember. I suppose my music has got a little bit funkier and sub bass lead since those times, but always hard to say, I try and be as diverse as I can if possible. 

2.) Last year was a pretty busy year for you, with the release of your fourth album ‘Atomic Funk’. What projects are you working on in 2019?

Well I still feel like im in Atomic Funk mode, that started in January 2018 when Annie Mac made “Devils Drop” hottest record in the world and I feel like it haesnt stopped since then. Generally when you release an album, the real impact happens up to 6 months after, so im busier in 2019 touring than probably 2018. I have been working on new stuff in the studio, I have a remix of Ninja Man for the Jetstar project on Hospital coming in July which I’m excited for. 

3.) You have been signed to Hospital Records from the very beginning! How has the DnB genre and its community evolved since you were signed nearly 20 years ago?

I feel that D&B is so much bigger now than it was then, it is has such a bigger audience. One thing that people like DJ Fresh & Sigma did is being on day time radio has made people grow up with the 174BPM template and made it feel less alien than it was. Hence more people then discover the more underground side of the music and its grown into this real big industry. Only you can tell me wether thats a good thing or bad, but on the whole a bigger audience is always good for any artist. Back in 2000 the liquid musical side of D&B was the niche too, so that felt very exciting to be part of that at the time. Artists like Carlito & Addiction, High Contrast, Marcus Intalex (RIP) were really making some forward thinking music. Throughout the 2000’s that sound became much more popular, and also coincided with the rise of Hospital.

4.) On your latest album, you have collaborated with the likes of Maduk, I-Kay, Ownglow and more. Who would be your dream collaboration, alive or dead?

I was saying this on my Radio show the other day that someone like Anderson Paak would be amazing on a jungle track, or maybe even someone like Drake that would be mad. Drake loves the UK sound that it doesn’t seem as far fetched as you’d imagine. Personally I wouldn’t like the responsibility of such a collaboration but I think Shy FX & Drake would be next level!

5.) Describe to us the minute before you walk on stage in 3 words.

Where’s my headphones?

6.) Are there any upcoming DnB artists we should be keeping an eye on in the next year? 

I love what Nightshift is doing on Get Hype records, Love Mozey, hes making some bangers…. Actually there is so much great new talent I can’t keep up in all honesty!

7.) What’s the most memorable festival performance you’ve witnessed and why? 

Maybe not a festival but Anderson Paak at the 02 Brixton last year was pretty nuts! He brought out Dr Dre and the place just exploded!

8.) Which song are you giving the most plays at the moment?

Fixate – Ripgroove bootleg is currently a sure fire reload! Plus Prototypes bootleg of Fisher – Losing it!

9.) Finally what three things can’t you live without at a festival?

Phone, portable battery & vibes!

To catch Danny Byrd at Nozstock 2019, make sure to be at The Cubicles on Friday Night for the HospitalityDNB takeover which also includes, Kings of the Rollers, @Keeno, Unglued, Inja & Carasel.

‘A true old skool festival experience’

photo credit – gareth dalley

Well, the show might be over but the curtain’s not quite closed. We are busy nursing tired feet, recharging radios and packing up the artwork for another weekend in a different Summer.  What we can’t stop talking about is what an incredible time we had this year. Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed in any way. You make Nozstock what it is. Here’s a selection of our favourite reviews to help you relive your best bits…

Evening Standard


Data Transmission

In Reach

This Welsh Mother

Stimulate Your Soul


Safe Concerts

Hereford Times


Hedge Combers


Circuit Sweet

Mum In The Mad House

Tired Mummy of Two


How D’ya Like Them Apples…?

They say that variety is the spice of life; if that’s true then the 2017 Orchard Stage is spicier than a jalapeno on hot sauce dancing the Salsa.

Nestled at the heart of the Nozstock site and set in a gently sloping natural auditorium, the Orchard is the festival’s main stage. By day a whole load of fun and family friendly entertainment occurs in, on and around it but by night it becomes a different beast entirely – a variety stage like no other, with the electric atmosphere of a stage many, many times the size, but so intimate that you can almost feel the breath of the artists on your face as they perform.

This stage has seen memorable action from Jurassic 5, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Jake Bugg, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Ben Howard, Roots Manuva and Fun Lovin Criminals to name but a few, with many a cider drinker lured in to dance a merry jig or two.

This year’s lineup continues to build on the fantastic work of the last eighteen years, bringing the Orchard a mind-bending mix of acts from all over the world – with rock ‘n’ roll, indie, ska, hip hop, psych and much more…

Jurassic 5 on the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2016

Jurassic 5 in the Orchard in 2016

The 2017 line-up looks as promising as past years’ with the hobo rock ‘n’ roll legend that is Seasick Steve taking his place at the helm, bringing his gravelly basslines from an assortment of cobbled-together guitars and his dulcet tones waxing lyrical about sleeping under bridges.

Seasick Steve plays the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017



Since his breakthrough performance on Jools Holland in 2006, Steve’s toured internationally, received Brit Award nominations and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Led Zeppelin. But when he picks up that three-stringed guitar it may as well just be you and him schmoozing round a camp-fire…

From soulful hobo-rock, to bouncy ska from the Stiff Joints (see, we promised variety!)

An eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands, The Stiff Joints are always so popular at Nozstock they’ve become a bit of a resident band. They’ll be bringing their infectious brand of two-tone ska along too, making it impossible to sit still in their presence.

Taking the accolade of ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ from BBC Introducing, the guys are currently working on a new release for 2017. Exciting!

Talking of legends – also billed for the Orchard in 2017 are indie household names of the 80s and 90s, Happy Mondays. Their 1990’s album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ went platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies and marking them as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK.

ince then we’ve enjoyed regular releases from the Happies, including 2012’s best-of album ‘Double Double Good’, extensive tours, various TV appearances, sell-out arenas and numerous festival shows across the UK and Europe. It’s amazing to see them play Noz with pretty much the original line up too.

They brought their own special brand of hip-hop into the mainstream in the 1970s, and now to Nozstock in 2017; The Sugarhill Gang are mostly famed for their iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which was the first true hip-hop track to hit the Top 40. EVER.


The old-school hip-hop troupe will be bringing their infectious disco-funk sounds to the Orchard Stage for our audio enjoyment and guarantee to have every age of Nozstocker smoothly grooving their way through the weekend.

You want cult heroes? We’ve got cult heroes! Beans on Toast is an Essex born folk songwriter, singing simple songs that tackle big issues, making you laugh but also making you think, with honest lyrics and quick wit.

He’s opened for Kate Nash, Glastonbury and toured with Frank Turner- his eighth album ‘Spanner in the Works’ was met with critical applause as he explored the themes of anger and love using a more worldly approach to his historically folk-punk style. He always retains that DIY festival feel, which is why he’s a firm favourite for the Nozstock stage.

More cult heroes!

Ferocious Dog are well known for their high octane live performances, mixing folk, rock, reggae and Celtic vibrationstogether to create a sound that has been fit to tour with the LeveFerocious Dog play the Orchard Stage at Nozstock 2017llers, Wonder Stuff and New Model Army.

In 2015 they played the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury, bringing record numbers to the stage. Nozstockers can expect much of the same from this high energy folk/punk fusion act, to say we’re excited is an understatement; pogos ready!

Variety is what we’re about here at Nozstock and what would a variety stage be without a big dollop of hillbilly rave, in the form of Hayseed Dixie.

The Dixies will be playing original songs alongside covers of AC/DC classics and reinterpretations of R&B and soul hits. These purveyors of ‘rockgrass’ will have you chortling, jigging and generally do-si-do-ing ’til dawn. Brush down your Stetson and hunt down your stompin’ boots, this stage is a’goin to get noisy!

But wait…there’s more!

The Orchard crams in as many acts as possible over the weekend, including The Correspondents, Land of the Giants, The Meow Meows, Jasper in the Company of Others, Oh My God It’s The Church!, Chainska Brassika, Hannah Peel and more!

For the released line up click here.

Cabinet of Lost Secrets nominated in AIF’s Festival Congress Awards…

‘Come, relax in our den and let the animals who live inside entertain you.
If you dare to explore, they will show you the doors to your darker side……the freak show, a place of lost secrets where the animals party, inside their home where the things they find in time are collected and stored.’

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

Clik Clik Cabinet at Nozstock 2015 by Toni Charles

What can we say folks? We all know of your twisted love for the curious, weird and whacky and now so does the rest of the festival world! Our very own perpetrators of the illusive strangeness, Clik Clik Collective have been nominated for Unique Festival Arena by the Association of Independent Festivals. The Cabinet of Lost Secrets drew in the hoards with their underground lair of madness, animal residents and secret chambers of oddity. They delighted and dazzled with secret interactive performances, installations and artistic prowess. Hailed by reviewers as having “unprecedented madness” (Summer Festival Guide) tales of the Cabinet will live on through time for all those intergalactic warriors who discovered its treats…

Kate Cox, Clik Clik’s Director/Producer said “Influenced from many years of sniffing out weird and secret spaces, I’m thrilled that the Cabinet is nominated for this award.  A big ‘woop’ for the whole ‘Cabinet of Lost Secrets’ crew who gave everything to make it come to life!”

Keep your peepers peeled for the winners announcement at the Festival Congress Awards on the 5th November, and keep your fingers and paws crossed for the fantastic Clik Clik Collective.