The Orchard Stage 2019

Dust off those red ruby wellies and begin to make your way down the yellow brick road, for it’s not long until you’ll be entering the magical Land of Noz!

Here at NozHQ, we work relentlessly to gather the very best live artists, performers, show-stoppers and feet-stompers from far and wide to appear on our beloved Orchard Stage – and 2019 has been no exception. We have picked the crème de la crème of acts – just for you! 

So, without further ado, behold the musical wonders that will appear on the Orchard in only a few months’ time…

We are delighted to announce Rudimental as the first act we welcome to the Orchard Stage. Making waves with their music since 2009, the Hackney-based boys have skyrocketed to the top of their game, holding a No.1 album in ‘Home’, a BRIT Award and a Mercury Prize nomination under their belts. Working an urban fusion of reggae and soul into their sound, Rudimental have also mastered the art of collaboration, working with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie and Jess Glynne – some of the very best and biggest names the industry has to offer. Known for delivering high energy performances that pack a punch, it’s no surprise that these guys have headlined many major festivals before.

Next up we have soul & dance legends and international chart toppers Soul II Soul. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, Soul II Soul stormed the 90’s with smash hits ‘Back to life’ and ‘Keep on Movin’ catapulting them into superstardom and household-name status. We’re delighted to have them gracing the Orchard Stage with the dance-conjuring experience that has permeated throughout their live performances and recorded music for over thirty years. 

Joining them in experienced party-starters we have Britains leading authority in all things reggae and dancehall, David Rodigan. After being in the broadcasting game for over forty years, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan has cemented his legendary status with an unbelievable worldwide touring schedule, ground-breaking radio shows, and has even been awarded an OBE in the process. A certified UK music icon, Rodigan’s energy and love for the music he champions transfers from him to audience, causing smiles from ear to ear.

Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964, The Skatalites, are landing to play us their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska that spread like wildfire around the island, subsequently spawing the entire genres of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, two-tone and 3rd wave ska. Pioneers in the purest sense of the world, The Skatalites maintain the same high-standards and innovation which has flown through their work since all those years ago – we’re so excited to see them on our stage.

Extra-terrestrial music-makers, Henge, come to planet Earth with one aim – to bring the rave. Henge’s incomparable sound is one that they call ‘cosmic dross’ – an eclectic mix of genres including EDM, synth and psychedelia. Bursting to the brim with intergalactic soundwaves and visuals, their performance is guaranteed to throw you into the stratosphere. 

Returning to Nozstock this year, we gift to you the sensational voice of Hollie Cook.  Not one to place herself into boxes, Cook has carefully crafted a genre that she has labelled as ‘tropical pop’, a mesmeric reggae/electronic/synth mix and has previously teamed-up with legendary producer Prince Fatty to perfect her sound. Be simultaneously lifted and grounded by her music through dreamy harmonic vocal arrangements and sturdy rhythms. Whatever the weather at Noz’19, we know that Cook will be bringing the sunshine. 

Who praises the sinners and punishes the saints…? Yes, Oh My God! It’s The Church return for their third consecutive year on the farm. Singing, strutting and showing off what the Good Lord has given them, they are set to bring even more commotion to the congregation. Non-believers be prepared for blasphemy, debauchery and baptisms of absinthe – it’s the faith you’ve always wanted to follow. Get ready to confess your deepest and darkest secrets to this Church, because in the wise words of the Reverend ‘If you don’t sin, Jesus died for nothin’.

Ever wondered what would happen if Elvis joined forces with Nirvana? Witness it for yourself, as rock ‘n’ roll-meets-grunge band Elvana, who will be hitting our Orchard Stage this summer with some serious head-banging and hip-swivelling action. Unapologetically mashing up genres by splicing the King’s and Cobain’s best work, Elvana are what people are calling a ‘stroke of absolute genius.’. 

If you fancy yourself a shindig at this year’s Noz, fist-pounding partnership Swampcandy are the band for you. The Maryland-based two-piece made up of Rueben Dobbs and Joey Mitchell bring a raucous good time of hand stompin’ and foot clappin’ to their music, which is soaked in the primitive blues. Take a walk on the wild side with this pig drinkin’, whiskey eatin’ American music. 

We can’t cram all the Orchard Stage acts on this page but if you want more details, take a look at our full line-up here.

If July still seems too far away, don’t worry, we have created an Orchard Stage playlist on Spotify for you to immerse yourself in until the big week arrives – check it out here.

Also on the Orchard Stage 2019 line up we have: Hotsteppas, The Social Ignition, Elijah Miller, Arcadia Roots, King Kong Company, The Stiff Joints, The Carny Villains, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Year of The Dog, Junior Bill, Bryony Sier, Alex Lleo, Katherine Priddy & Beth Prior.

Nozstock 2019 line-up announcement!


Grass as green as emeralds. The sun shining high in the sky. Trippy, technicolour décor. Kindly weirdos to join you on adventures who you’d never get to meet in the real world… Nozstock and the Land of Oz have a lot in common. You know what else they’ve got in common? Being full of banging tunes. While Dorothy has her predicament narrated in song by a cast of native munchkins, here on the Farm we’ve got to draft in an army of turntablists, drum-bashers, string-pluckers and singers to perform the musical backdrop to your weird weekend.

Orchard Stage

Luckily for you, we’ve gotten pretty good at this line-up thing over the years. Keep an eye out for hurricanes ready to whisk you away from your black-and-white reality to the fantasy of the Orchard Stage, whose humble boards will be hosting the award-winning multi-genre collective Rudimental, (DJ set) bringing the vibrant dance magic which has won them countless sold-out tours and headline slots.

Soul II Soul – who you’ll doubtlessly know from their smash hits ‘Back to Life’ and ‘Keep on Movin’ – will be keeping you moving throughout the summer evening. If ska is what you’re after then you could do a lot worse than The Skatalites, whose infectious sound spawned ska, two-tone, dub, rocksteady and reggae as we know it.

Get ready to wine with the best of ‘em with a set from dancehall master and all-round legend David Rodigan. Also gracing us with one of her iconic live performances will be Hollie Cook, one of the most highly-regarded names in reggae right now.

The beautiful lovechild of the King of Rock and the princes of grunge, Elvana, will showcase their inimical stylings. Rave-drunk beings from outer space, Henge, will be crashlanding to initiate us in the ways of cosmic dross aold onto your hats for the explosive dubby electro outfit King Kong Company. We thought you didn’t get enough of the Good Word last year… or the year before… so we’ve brought back the unholiest of holies who will be making you scream ‘Oh My God! It’s the Church!’ and down on your knees begging for more.

The Garden

Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road round the farm and you’ll happen upon the Garden Stage, a firm fan favourite on the farm and your home for all things big and bass-y over the weekend.

Leading the charge will be Zinc, one of dance music’s most respected pioneers who can boast genuine underground and mainstream success across the genres of house, breakbeat, UK garage and drum ‘n’ bass. Next there’ll be firm favourite DJ Randall, who brought Nozstock to a standstill in 2016 and is back to give you more of what you want.

Rising star Notion will be showing us all why he’s one of the most exciting figures in dance music today. Meanwhile, prepare yourself for an electric live performance from your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper, Dabbla, and raw live supergroup Pengshui, whose sound encompasses the best of grime, rap, dance, punk and metal.

One of the few British emcees who needs no introduction, Skinnyman has received wide acclaim from the UK hip-hop press, and no doubt you Nozzers will give him an equally warm welcome. One of the most exciting artists to emerge from the UK rap scene, Jam Baxter, will be shutting the stage down like there’s no tomorrow, while turntablist wizard A.Skillz will be serving up a unique musical cocktail blended with his distinctive funk sound. Forgot to pack your bass? Don’t worry, mixmaster Featurecast will be bringing more than enough to go round, while born entertainer Turno will create a journey for you with his skillful drum ‘n’ bass, quirky humour and playful antics onstage.

Finally, because we love to give the stage over to the people at the top of their game, we’ll be hosting independent Bristolian record label Boom Sound for a takeover, including multi-talented producer, mixer and DJ Prince Fatty & Horseman, infectious lyricist Gardna joined by party anthem machine Eva Lazarus.

Cubicles

If you need somewhere to take shelter from a horde of flying monkeys, hurry on over to the Cubicles, our premiere converted-cowshed-dancefloor and the best place to catch some filthy drum ‘n’ bass. It’s our privilege to once again be hosting game-toppers Hospitality and their array of hand-picked drum ‘n’ bass talent for a takeover which is bound to get messy.

Pioneering drum ‘n’ bass collective Kings of the Rollers will be showing the farm what they’ve got, and the Byrd is the word when it comes to one of Hospital Records’ first signings, king of the dancefloor Danny Byrd. Named one of the top 20 producers in 2013, Keeno has only gone from strength to strength since, and he’ll be showcasing his broad and versatile style for you in 2019. Finally, put your hands together for a warm Nozstock welcome to one of the newest members of the hospitality family, Unglued, one of the hottest names in the drum ‘n’ bass circuit right now. This rowdy lot’ll be joined by the genre-spanning and boundary-pushing MC Inja.

Saturday will see a legendary back to back set from drum ‘n’ bass greats Shimon and Benny L, as well as a takeover from supreme tastemakers and Noz residents Nu:motive. Triple threat DJ, producer and label owner AMC will be demonstrating his carefully honed craft and technical articulation. Never one to miss a good party, the infamous Ed Rush – who has repeatedly changed the face of drum ‘n’ bass – will be down to show us how it’s done. It’s a dog eat dog world, and Kanine – the ambitious young producer credited with pushing Jump Up into the mainstream – is ready to kill – one to watch ‘coz the only way he’s going is up.  

Bandstand

When you want to kick off your ruby slippers and relax but keep the music coming, make your way through the Dingle to discover the Bandstand. If you want to say smugly that you saw ‘em before they were big, this is the stage for you.

Bristolian bluegrass extraordinaires Medicine Creek will have you stomping your feet to their unique brand of old-time string band sound, while noisy post-hardcore lads Frauds make music which is a mix of danceable, fun, and downright angry. Guitar-driven indie four-piece Rainbow Maniac will have you dancing like you’re a teenager in the heady days of NME again, and be prepared to fall in love with up-and-coming alt-folk Wunderkind Sam Brookes.

Cardiff-based birds Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are influenced by ‘70s glam rock and advise that their music should be listened to ‘ironically’, while Dylan Thomas enthusiast singer-songwriter Pierre Donahue draws on the likes of Nick Drake, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt for inspiration, all with the distinctive lilt of his home country. Fans of all things folklore and fearsome will want to catch shoegaze slacker rock-inspired outfit Wych Elm, and if you do one thing all weekend, make it down to the ‘Stand to catch Nottingham’s finest emerging art-rockers Do Nothing.  

Elephant’s Grave

The bravest among you may wish to extend your quest further to the west of the Land of Noz, following in the footsteps of giants to find the Elephant’s Grave. The latest addition to the farm, the Grave has been open since 2017 bringing you the finest in dub and reggae by day and deep dark house and techno when night falls.

Nozstock regulars Subwork will be returning with a bass-heavy takeover featuring Garden Stage curator and Brap FM regular Tenz, turntablist Revrt and the versatile, hip-hop entertainer Natty Speaks. We know that Data Transmission are just as passionate about dance music as we are, which is why we’ve handed them the reigns for a Friday-night takeover full to the brim with the best dance music-makers, for your delectation.

Whartone Records, the brainchild of Noz fixture Sonny Wharton – will be celebrating their 10th birthday in style, with a takeover representing the freshest faces and the tried-and-tested favourites of the UK house and techno scene. The man himself will be flexing his skills, along with house heavyweights Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, and Luke Stanger.

Cabinet of Lost Secrets

Those of you who have experienced the Cabinet of Lost Secrets will know it needs no introduction. If you’re looking for a skank you’ve come to the right place, with sets from reggae and hip-hop influenced six-piece Lobster who plumb the depths of ska, dubby punk and everything in between.

Electro-soul pioneers Happy Daggers will be inducing some serious dance moves with material from their as-of-yet-unreleased debut album, while festival favourites Punch The Sky will sweep you off your feet with one of their now-infamously-energetic, world-music-influenced live shows: resistance is futile. Described as ‘The Streets meets Joe Strummer’, Birmingham-based spoken word artist Joe Cook will be delivering incisive social commentary in his unmissable rhythmic style.

To listen to some lovingly curated samples of the best Nozstock 2019 has to offer – visit our Spotify page for playlists of our headliners and artists from the Orchard, Garden and Cubicles stages.

Phew – that’s it for now Nozzers. Hopefully that’s enough juicy news to tide you over for now, but keep your eyes peeled for more over the coming months. We’ll be seeing you pretties in the summer, somewhere where bluebirds fly…

DJs heading to the Orchard, Garden & Cubicles

Get ready for the ultimate electronic extravaganza, from drum & bass to dance and techno to trance, this year’s knee-trembling lineup is stacked with acts for those craving the vibrations of the lower frequencies.

 

With just over a week go ’til our 20th birthday, here’s a DJ line up to remember for another 20.

 
And with one big long breath, we’ve got: Chase and Status and their cutting-edge beats and production techniques; Rap royalty and hip hop innovator Grandmaster Flash; founding member of hip-hop supergroup Jurassic 5, Chali 2na, alongside Krafty Kuts, the multi award-winning DJ and undisputed King of Breaks; Nozstock fave DJ Marky alongside Serial Killaz, one of the most sought after production duos in the industry; a DJ Mag Bunker and Metalheadz takeover brings a bag of bass heavy tricks welcoming respected and revered producer Dillinja and Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y.Randall loved by the public & the industry alike, as well as AmossAnt TC1 and special guest Octo Pi; Black Sun Empire representing the finest in dark and tech fuelled drum and bass alongside Audio, whose dilligency and creatively has garnered some serious respect; Bladerunner ft. Carasel one of the rising stars of Drum & Bass; Mollie Collins with her beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines; The ever popular Jungle guru Uncle Dugs; Remedy M.C. with his original, thoughtful and hard-hitting vocals; Billy Daniel Bunter a true pioneering icon of British underground music and culture; Modify Perspective with his liquid-driven productions; Scope whose fast paced, energetic sets send any dancefloor into a frenzy; Dex spinning tunes at Nozstock since the early days and Trafic M.C. with his intricate intonations and original prose.

Check out the line-up for more info…

2018’s Live Acts – Orchard & Garden

Whether you’re into rock or reggae, folk or funk, want to dance until your feet give out or sit back and soak up the sounds, we’ve prepared a feast of innovative acts to wet every appetite.

To celebrate 20 years of Noz in style we’ve sourced some serious live acts encompassing an eclectic mix of pop, ska, folk, funk, hip-hop and R&B, plus a whole lot more…

Here to grace our stages are:

Goldfrapp, providing iridescent and intriguing synth-pop since 1999; The Selecter with their anarchic passion, led by iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson; We Are Scientists who describe their own style as “rock music of the thoughtful, sometimes epic, often loud, vaguely danceable, implicitly humanist variety”; Dub Pistols, whose motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the U.K. dance scene; The Blockheads, a New-Wave English rock band whose lyrics provide a combination of poetry, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of British working-class life; Honeyfeet, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style; Electric Swing Circus, a live six-piece fusion of saucy swing and stomping electro beats; Kiko Bun, who’s crafted a refreshing and contemporary sound based on the re-emergence of reggae, soul and golden era hip-hop; Slamboree Soundsystem, a collective of multi-skilled, revolutionary performers and musicians that put energy, passion and pure insanity into their unique immersive stage experiences; Spunge, ska-punk rockers with an an amalgamation of influences including The Clash and Sublime; The Lovely Eggs, a surreal-psych, punk-rock duo with a fierce ethos; Oh My God! It’s The Church, a raucous, interactive parody of a Deep South Pentecostal church brimming with the best soul, blues and disco tunes; Mad Dog Mcrea with songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies…

And that’s just to name a few! We’ve also got:

Mr Tea and The Minions / Mad Apple Circus / Buffos Wake / Jalen N’Gonda / Harvey Causon / Childcare / Catholic Action / Collette the Dots / Normanton Street / Seas Of Mirth / The Stiff Joints / Pengshui / Smiley & The Underclass / Rachael Dadd / Alabaster De Plume / Lazy Day / Samsara Collective / Yama Warashi / Verbal Highz / The Whipjacks / Feelgood Experiment / Fliptrix / Taskforce / Verbal T & Pitch / Gardna / CW Jones / Old Baby Mackerel / Almatic

…and to top it off, a Saturday Night Ska & Skank Party, all about the rocksteady rhythms and infectious 2 tone sounds.

Get familiar with them all here or head over to our Orchard and Garden stages to check out the individual line ups.

 

Interview: Macka B on how it all began, his new EP and more…

We caught up with British reggae artist, performer and activist Christopher McFarlane aka Macka B to discuss the beginning of his career and what he just can’t do without at a festival.

How did your career start? 

My career started on Sound Systems in Wolverhampton playing in Youth Clubs. At first, just going to the record shop at weekends and bringing home music to play on the sound was enough for me. Carrying boxes and being part of the sound system was great. At home I  used to practice on the microphone but I wasn’t confident enough to do it in public. One day we set up the sound at a local youth club and I was left to watch the sound while the others got something to eat. Thinking everyone had gone, I picked up the microphone and tried it out. They hadn’t gone yet and they ran back saying ‘we didn’t know you could chat on the mic’. So from then I had to keep chatting on the sound.

What three things can’t you live without at a festival? 

Music, water and vibes.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Nozstock? 

Smiling faces.

What music are you working on right now? 

Working on a new EP vintage style riddims.

We’re a big fan of your health is wealth video series…whats your favourite vegetable? 

Callaloo.

What is your favourite memory from performing? 

Performing at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash for the first time and getting a great reception.


Macka B will be performing on the Orchard Stage, click here to find out who else is on the line up.

Orchard Stage 2018


Photo: Chloe Soffe, 2016, Orchard Stage

Guess what? There is only 78 days to go until the kingdom of Noz comes alive with 10 stages filled with sensational sound. We are just itching to see all your lovely faces!

You’ll find the Orchard Stage (our main stage) right in the middle of the farm and the line-up this year is…well, we wouldn’t want to brag, so you can see for yourself here.

To get you in the Noz spirit, you can listen to our Orchard Stage playlist on Spotify.

Here is a glimpse at who will be on the Orchard this year…

There is no introduction necessary for these DnB kings. First emerging in 2003, Chase & Status have risen to royalty status with their cutting edge beats and production techniques, resulting in achievements like spending 35 weeks in the UK top 40 with their album ‘No More Idols’ which subsequently gained double-platinum status. Previous Glastonbury headliners, Chase & Status continue to blend a multitude of genres to achieve their distinctive and unstoppable sound.

Next up and Ooh La La La La La, what a treat…we have the celestial synth surfers, Goldfrapp headlining the Orchard this year. Melting the boundaries of genre since their nascence in 1999, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have received vast critical acclaim, their third album Supernature (2005-06), including top five track “Ooh La La”, gained platinum status in the UK and was nominated for the Grammy for Best Electronic / Dance Album. With an ever-progressing sound, we are excited to be one of Goldfrapp’s 5 confirmed UK dates this year. It’s going to be special.

Following their divinely raucous performance on the Orchard Stage in 2017, we welcome back a congregation so funky, so soulful that it’s, well, positively unholy…it’s Oh My God! It’s The Church. Described as ‘nothing you’ve ever experienced before, yet as familiar as your Grandmammy’s biscuit tin’, this is a church service that must be experienced to be believed. So come and let the holy water wash over you and repent in this blessed disco party. Also a guaranteed party, we welcome festival legends, Electric Swing Circus who will be gracing the main stage with their swing / jazz / electro fusion

From Maryland to Liverpool, Jalen N’Gonda is a formidable talent, with his own sell out shows across the UK and beyond and we can’t wait to see him play in the heart of the festival. With previous support slots for industry giants like Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill we implore you to come and soak in his soulful voice and bluesy arrangements (and hopefully the sun… fingers crossed).

Coming to Nozstock for the first time, Childcare are a band rapidly gaining recognition across the UK. After releasing their debut EP in April 2017, Ed, Emma, Rich and Glyn have since gone on to do a headline tour and support Bastille along with receiving extensive radio play of their three singles ‘Omega Grey’. ‘Film Club’, and ‘Kiss’. Head over to the page to find out how the band got their name.

There isn’t enough space on this lovely little page to give you details of all the Orchard Stage acts, but you can find details of them all here.

Also on the line-up: Mad Apple Circus, Smiley and the Underclass, Harvey Causon, Lazy Day, The Whipjacks, Seas of Mirth, Catholic Action, Mr Tea and the Minions, Samsara Collective, Buffos Wake, The Lovely Eggs, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Gemini Jets, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, We Are Scientists, Mad Dog Mcrea, Honey Feet, The Blockheads

2018 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

Well it’s here, the long awaited 20th anniversary line-up for you to get your highlighters at the ready and mark off your must sees …. #20YearsofNoz

*drum roll please*

Headlining The Orchard on Friday night is one of the most successful acts associated with drum and bass, electronic floor fillers Chase & Status. On Sunday it’s the turn of electronic pop duo Goldfrapp who have been releasing iridescent, intriguing pop since 1999. Friday night also welcomes The Selecter, a 2-Tone ska band featuring a racially diverse and politically charged line-up, not forgetting Barry Ashworth’s motley crew the Dub Pistols taking up pre-headlining duties on Saturday. Electric Swing Circus is a six-strong fusion of saucy ’20s swing and stomping electro beats, and The Lovely Eggs are a lo-fi psychedelic punk rock band. Next up are the The Stiff Joints, a ten-piece ska army with a raucous infusion of ska, punk and reggae. Oh My God! It’s The Church make a welcome return to save all you sinners’ souls, not to mention pirate shanty band Seas of Mirth, Latin grooves from Mad Apple Circus, peerless pop masterpieces from Catholic Action plus the best ska and Balkan inspired beats from the likes of Mr Tea and The Minions and Buffo’s Wake.

Over in The Garden, rap royalty Grandmaster Flash brings his incredible party-rocking acumen to the stage. Speaking of legends, Chali 2na, founding member of hip-hop supergroup Jurassic 5 returns to The Garden alongside Krafty Kuts; the multi award-winning DJ and undisputed King of Breaks. Nozstock fave DJ Marky returns with full-tilt club beats to headline our special Sunday night 20th anniversary drum ‘n’ bass party alongside one of the most sought after production duos in the industry; Serial Killaz.  Don’t miss reggae artist Kiko Bun, who’s surfing a dubby resurgence all the way to the top. There’s also the cream of the UKHH scene; Fliptrix, Taskforce, Verb T & Pitch 92 and Pengshui. To cap it all off don’t forget Saturday nights special ska and skank party. Come ready to move to some serious rocksteady rhythms.

In the bass-pulsating Cubicles, DJ Mag The Bunker in collaboration with Metalheadz brings a bag of bass heavy tricks on Friday. They welcome respected and revered producer Dillinja,  Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y. as a special guest, Randall makes a welcome return to the farm, also Amoss, Ant TC1 and special guest Octo Pi. On Saturday, Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fuelled drum and bass alongside Audio, whose dilligency and creatively has garnered some serious respect.

Elephants Grave returns for a second year of scrub-a-dub sounds in the daytime with Ital Sounds, but after dark, we welcome some true house grooves from Whartone  with ‘Kukushka’, headed up by Sonny Wharton alongside Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger and House Meanz House.

If the best of the UKs up and coming talent crop is more your thing The Bandstand is the place for you. We welcome Frauds, Average Sex, Heavy Lungs and Jeremy Hugget’s Swing Zing with plenty more to come.

If you prefer your Nozstock a little more weird and wonderful then look no further than The Cabinet of Lost Secrets where 7 Suns, The Pink Diamond Revue and The Imaginary Hat will enthrall and entertain. If thespians take your fancy we have everything from Roisin Crowley Lintons spoken word show through to Hummadruz‘s U.V extravaganza. Not to mention fun, games and crafts around site; try your hand at archery, learn a new skill at our blacksmiths forge or join conniseurs of a good time Sunken Yard for a paint throwing party.

And this is just a fraction of the fun at Nozstock 2018. We have soooo much more to share with you so please head to our line-up page for a full list from our first wave of artists and grab yourself a ticket here.

More announcements coming soon, but in the meantime get planning that Nozstalgic outfit! Head over to our Pinterest page for inspiration. Anything from flared jeans to Karate Kid, from game boys to ghostbusters and yes…even double denim…

Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2018 – first line up announcement from Nozstock The Hidden Valley on Vimeo.

Ferocious Dog Q&A

Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.

From playing Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their European tour, Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on and dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European tours booked for 2017 and slots at some of the UK’s favourite festivals, we can’t wait to welcome them down on the farm and ahead of their performance we asked them a few questions….

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Ken Bonsall said Friday night House of Pain, Saturday night Rancid, Sunday night Levellers because these are 3 of my favourite bands

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

Beer. Beer carrier. Cheese and hp brown sauce cob

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Trying to stop Les carter aka Fruitbat from drunkenly gatecrashing the Avalon cafe stage while a band was playing. But it turned out in the end that he knew the band who were Flipron

What is your best memory from a festival?

Seeing Dans face at Glastonbury ’92 coming out of the Carter USM mosh pit at 12 years old.

It was a picture

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Glastonbury 92. Main reason we went is so Dan could see the Levellers for the first time and so we could all see Carter USM

Highlight of your career so far?

Selling out Rock City on our first attempt and making history as the first unsigned band to do so in its 35 year history. And it’s our home town of Nottingham which made it extra special

The Sugarhill Gang

Celebrated ‘Rappers Delight’ hit aficionados The Sugarhill Gang will be making an appearance in the Orchard for a legendary set of disco-funk and hip-hop vibes. The sensational trio, originating from Englewood New Jersey, were named after the culture-rich Sugar Hill neighbourhood in Harlem by producer Sylvia Robinson in the 1970s, owner of Sugar Hill label.

Robinson, on the lookout for a new and interesting sound, discovered 22 year old nightclub bouncer Henry Lee Jackson AKA Big Bank Hank, rapping Cold Crush Brothers’ rhymes outside the pizza parlour he worked at, rapping DJ Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) was soon after auditioned in Robinson’s car. Adding 6’5” rapper Wonder Mike into the mix, Robinson was unable to pick one out of the three, so decided to create a group and the Sugarhill Gang were born.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight Original single

They were assembled in 1979 to record a revolutionary new hip-hop single, reinventing the 70s music scene after disco had reached its peak. The Sugarhill Gang was the group that brought hip-hop to mainstream America, awakening the hip-hop scene with their first explosive single ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It was the first rap single ever to become a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold 8 million copies, taking their fresh and funky sound global.

The legends took the music world by storm, recording hit hip-hop records including ‘8th Wonder’, making it to the number 15 spot on the R&B charts, and crowd-starting ‘Apache’.

After taking a short break, The Sugarhill Gang returned to fame in 1999 and recorded ‘Jump on it’ a children’s hip-hop album.

 

The first rap group to reach international fame, they brought rap and hip-hop culture to the masses and helped launch a genre that has continued to grow and influence. Now the Sugarhill Gang are making a long awaited comeback with the addition of Melle Mel and a 30 date European tour, including the famed Funk & Soul Weekender and Boomtown festivals, with our little old Nozstock being one of their stop-offs in the middle.

Come join us my friends! A chance to revisit the roots of rap, get ready to ‘boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat’ with the hip-hop troupe themselves, here down on t’farm. The Gang promise to haul you through hit after hip-hop hit, get your booty moving and grooving down in the Orchard “Hip-hop, hippie to the hippie, to the hip-hip-hop and you don’t stop”

Who in Darnation is Seasick Steve?

American hobo blues artist Seasick Steve is famous for his creative use of self-made guitars and the mature age he broke into the mainstream. He shot to stardom over ten years ago, with his gnarly, raw performance on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny in 2006. He has continued to enthrall music fans from every corner of the globe ever since with his expressive and rustic take on the blues.

Since 2006  Steve’s released seven albums as well as winning a MOJO Award in 2007 for Best Breakthrough Act and headlining the iconic SSE Arena, Wembley last year. Collaborating with rock legends such as Jack White and Led Zepplin’s John Paul Jones over the years he’s come a long way from living rough after leaving home at fourteen and playing to anyone who’d listen.

“Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.”

Part of his early life was spent riding freight trains around America, working from job to job; he’d been a cowboy and a farmhand before settling into a life of music. He famously said “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.” These stages in his life are often reflected in his music where he sings of his journeys on the open road; his stories of drinking and heartbreak and winning the hearts of his audiences through his honest and gritty lyrics.

Throughout the seventies, Steve worked as a session musician, as well as producing an album by indie rock band Modest Mouse. He released his first solo album, ‘Doghouse Music’ while he was in his sixties, with his more recent albums depicting a more confident performer.

He’ toured extensively since his rise to fame; playing a variety of festivals over the years from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock in Japan. He’s a charismatic live performer, both he and drummer Dan Magnusson combine raw sounds and emotion to create a captivating live experience. Regardless of Seasick Steve’s highly romanticised backstory, his music is compelling enough to support itself.

We’re thrilled to welcome Seasick Steve to the Orchard Stage and can’t wait for the toe-tapping hootin’ and hollerin’ to commence in true Nozstock fashion.

Line up announcement!

With the sun creeping over our Herefordshire horizon, we simply can’t wait any longer to give you gorgeous bunch your second line-up release, first up The Orchard Stage

I said a hip-hop, hippie-to-the-hippie, the hip, hip-a-hop, and you don’t stop, a-rock-it-out, bubba to the bang-bang-boogie, boobie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie-the-beat. No no my friends, what you hear is certainly not a test. We are delighted to welcome the guys with which you all wanna hang, The Sugarhill Gang. Named after Sugar Hill in Harlem, this old-school hip-hop troupe blasted into global charts with their 1979 single Rapper’s Delight. This pivotal tune is widely considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop to the US – hats off gents!

We’ve got another US super-group heading to the farm, but they’ll be crossing the pond with banjos, fiddles and a whole host of hilarity… say ‘Hey ’to Hayseed Dixie! Formed in 2001, Hayseed Dixie (a linguistic nudge to AC/DC) released their first album A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC and since, have single handedly created the genre ‘rockgrass’ through fusing bluegrass with comedy and reimagining a whole catalogue of hard-rock classics.

You may have guessed that if there is anything we love at Nozstock, it’s energy, loudness and uniqueness. You can imagine therefore, our excitement to announce that folk-Celtic-punk pioneers Ferocious Dog will be tearing up the Orchard Stage this year. This piercing punk outfit became the first independent act to sell out Nottingham’s Rock City in its 35 year history – and it sold out in 22 minutes may we add!

We also welcome to The Orchard a veritable smorgasbord of festival favourites including Le Galaxie, The Baghdaddies, The RPMs, Neck, SuperGlu, Mille Manders & The Shut Up, Ouroboros, Little Big Stuff, Mica Millar and Humdrum Express.

A short saunter from our Orchard, is the glorious Garden Stage and my, my Nozzers do we have quite the sonic selection for you…

First-up we welcome Levelz, the troop that have been generating hype across the UK and beyond with infectious energy since their inception in 2013. Being described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays,” it’s clear that this crew is difficult to pin-down. The core group is made up of 14 MCs, DJs and producers. This diversity creates a sound that spans multiple genres from hip-hop and grime to drum & bass and dubstep, even featuring house and jazz vibes.

Next up, we’ve got comedy, rap royalty Goldie Lookin’ Chain, who have been pushing boundaries and offending grandmas since they hit the mainstream in 2003. In August 2004, their single Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do, went straight in at Number Three, firmly establishing this crew as a cultural force to be reckoned with. Years later they are staying true to the band’s identity, with their latest album Pill Communication as controversial and explicit as ever.

Sunday night sees The Garden welcomes back Nozstock favourite Benny Page. Heavily inspired by the basslines of dub music, ragga jungle and hip-hop, over the last decade Benny Page’s name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dancefloor tracks and clinical mixing skills.

After a 20 year career The Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre, achieving the kind of success most artists can only dream of. In addition to their status of underground heroes, they have gained commercial success with their global hit Push Up and have had their music synched in many TV commercials and films, including hugely successful comedy Zoolander.

Garden Stage provides a haven for all things hip-hop, experimental and unsigned including The Lasting Days, CW Jones, Flamenco Thief, Verbal Highz, Snazzback and The Maitree Express.

For those of you who like their music funky over in The Cabinet of Lost Secrets we welcome Yusufla, Hallouminati, Hot Diamond Aces, Funky Navigation DJs, Beatwell & Dante, Rosebud, Calm Like A Riot, Mankala and The Discount Orchestra to the line up.

If seductive sass is more your thing, look no further than Velveteen Valley, hosting a bevy of cheeky beauties including Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, The Glitter Kittens and Jewel Personality.

The Bandstand has been getting in on the action too, we’ve got Yassassin, Goan Dogs, Keto, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Josh Ace Band and a takeover of the best local talent with BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester.

On Sunday afternoon we invite you to be as cool as Coltrane and feel as dizzy as Gillespie as The Bandstand becomes the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Headlined by exciting young guitarist Remi Harris who has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Summertime and the living will be eassssy….

And that’s not all that’s new this year, we are very excited to announce a brand new venue in The Hidden Valley. Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds and Boom Sound pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based From Berlin With Love to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take over with Forte. Other artists on the bill include Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Drumlove, Gardna and MadMax. Learn the story behind the new venue name here…

As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also added more amazing workshops and creative activities for your mini Nozstockers in Little Wonderland and experimental, visual collective Mash have announced the highlights in Wrong Directions Cinema with a selection of surrealist shorts, live A/V performances, and BAFTA winning films. There’s side splitting a plenty with a host of witty talent during Laughing Stock’s takeover of the theatre and curious sights, interesting debate and powerful poetry lurk around every corner thanks to our walkabout entertainment.

Gosh, we need a strong cuppa after all of that excitement! Stay tuned for more line-up announcements coming your way soon and check out the line up pages for full festival billing.

Get your tickets here and we’ll see you in July!

Jurassic 5 @ Nozstock: The Hidden Valley

This weekend, we saw something truly inspirational and extraordinary! Jurassic 5 made Nozstock: The Hidden Valley their own. Being one of the headliners, Jurassic 5 we’re clearly ready to be the stars of the show and did so in such an inspirational way. IMG_0984

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a Festival in Herefordshire, West Midlands, which attracted thousands of music fans over the weekend to see hundreds of acts over a number of stages. With the likes of Jurassic 5 and Imelda May headlining, it holds a great variation of music genres for every music lovers taste. The Hidden Valley really encapsulates the festival-goer and takes them into a wonderful world of their own interpretation. Like we always say, no two people will ever have the same experience at a festival. Line up’s can be great or a bit lack-luster in everyone’s opinion. But its what the festival goer and the performing acts make of it, that truly leaves a lasting impression.

Jurassic 5 took to the main stage to finish the day off and blew the roof off Nozstock. With nothing but stars in the sky, lit up by the incredibly and well-deserved light show seen on stage, Jurassic 5 made their interpretation of The Hidden Valley come to life in front of thousands of people’s eyes. Huge vocals, deep beats. Sounds of all variations clashing together to bring different people together as one. Towards the end of their set they thanked the festival-goers for such an unforgettable moment. They greeted fans who had the pleasure of watching their performance with signing of foreheads to T-Shirts and everything in-between.

IMG_0971It is only after the main headline act had finished Jurassic
5 really brought the festival’s main aims together. They brought the crowd together. A secret gig kicked off, and where better to do a secret gig than Nozstock in The Hidden Valley. They showed that MC’ing isn’t just for the acts and that the crowd should be encouraged to come on stage and give it a go.

Maybe even the next Eminem was born over the weekend?

But iIMG_0846t’s the end of the secret gig that gets us. In times like this, where we see things happening the world, that we don’t want to see. It is a true inspiration what Jurassic 5 did. As a band they’re an inspiration to many and used their voices to motivate and enlighten people of their self worth. Akil made a speech emphasizing how important each and every person is. “If you find your self in life being told you are nothing and find that people don’t respect you,”, He said, “Then you wake up, look in a mirror and tell your self that you are somebody.”.

All in chant, ‘I AM… SOMEBODY!’. All together as one. Not a crowd and Jurassic 5. But a collection of, somebody’s.

If this isn’t what music is about, then we simply do not know.

IMG_1016Jurassic 5:

“I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY,

I AM SOMEBODY”

Written by Stephen McMahon from IndieCentralMusic [http://indiecentralmusic.com/jurassic-5-nozstock/]

Photography by Conor Irvine from CSI Photography [http://www.csi-photography.co.uk