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.

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 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…

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Hazard Q&A

Originally hailing from Birmingham, and responsible for the most intense tracks the drum and bass world has even heard, we are so excited to have DJ Hazard tearing it up at this year’s festival!

With releases dating back from 2001, which include anthems such as: ‘Time Tripping’; ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’; and ‘Mr. Happy’, to name just a few. No party is complete without these dark, chaotic and pure genius tracks.

As well as being a producing mastermind, DJ Hazard’s DJ sets display what a highly seasoned and creative DJ Hazard really is. Prior to his highly anticipated performance at this year’s festival, Hazard has taken part in a Q&A with us, so we can get to know the Jump Up phenomenon a little better.

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

My car, an escape plan and a bottle of water!

What is your most embarrassing festival memory

There was one festival where I was playing an outdoor stage and it was chucking it down. I was really worried about getting electrocuted so was standing as far away from the decks as possible, trying not to touch too much – it definitely looked a bit embarrassing I’m sure.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Boomtown with Hype last summer. It was unreal.

If you had your own festival what three headliners would you pick?

Bryan G, Randall and Brockie.

What is your favourite song at the minute?

Any Taxman tune, he’s on fire right now.

When you’re not DJing what are you doing?

As little as possible. I’m very good at watching TV.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

To be honest, nobody – I hate working with other people in the studio!

Your tunes have become recognised all over the world, how does it feel seeing and hearing other DJ’s playing them to 1000’s of people?

At first it was really good, but now they’re just playing old tunes because I haven’t released anything for a while so the novelty has worn off a bit. Perhaps that’s the kick up the arse I need to get some new music out?

Kasra – Q&A

Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
Goldie, Metalheadz

How did Critical Music come about?

I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.

When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?

I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.

When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?

Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!

Which artists do you look up to and why?

Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.

What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?

Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.

What are your future plans for Critical Music?

This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.

What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?

Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !

What three things can you not live without at a music festival?

Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus

Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

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

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

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

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

Delta Heavy, Critical Music, DJ Mag + more to takeover The Cubicles

“Nozstock just happens to be in my favourite part of the world and happens to be one of my favourite festivals in the world, which is run by the nicest people. Unpretentious, full of love and with the best stages ever. I love playing The Cubicles, from the outside it’s a massive cow shed, inside it’s a massive cow shed jam packed with carefree ravers going totally bonkers. It’s one of those gigs where you take one look at the decks and one at the crowd and you simply can’t wait to get started. Then Noz himself wanders up with a bottle of bubbly, you know this is a real family occasion. Long may nozstock rule.” – Tony Colman, London Elektricity.

It’s no secret that over the past few years our converted cowsheds have been rammed to the rafters full of you Nozzers, rattling the walls to their very core. The Cubicles have been run by our own avid drum ‘n’ bass residents, Dex, Octo-pi and Koncept ever since the festival got a license, and it’s due to their love for the music that this, one of our most popular dance arenas, was born.

Each year our music moguls carefully craft and finetune you a line-up guaranteed to send bass into your soul and shivers up your spine. This year The Cubicles boasts a billing chocful with cream of the crop artists from the international d’n’b circuit alongside local and emerging talent. Our boys have done good and we’re sure you’ll think so too. Over the weekend we have some select bookings from RAM Records a takeover from 15 years of Critical, plus a DJ Mag presents ‘The Bunker’ takeover in the form of an Uncle Dugs + Billy Daniel Bunter showcase.


First up to grace the decks are Delta Heavy, described as “forward-thinking, impact-based electronic music with a twist to the next level.” In 2010 the duo joined Andy C’s leading drum ‘n’ bass label, ‘RAM’, and although they might be relative newbies, Delta Heavy have definitely proved their salt. Recently nominated for ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the Drum and Bass Awards, Simon and Ben have come along way since meeting at University in 2003. Their latest release, ‘Kaleidoscope’, was eagerly anticipated by fans and it’s welcomed reception proves the musical production of this duo holds no bounds.

Next up on the 1s and 2s  is Loadstar. Hailing from Bristol, Gavin and Nick really are at the helm of the drum ‘n’ bass world – just take a look at their calendar! With their second studio album, ‘I Need The Night’, due for imminent release, this pair continue to delve deeper into the dance, and plan to take you with them. Trust us, few things say ‘next level’ like a live show of Loadstar proportions…

Three is the magic number, which meant it was only fair to squeeze in one more RAM duo for ya! *drumroll please* Mind Vortex started out, in 2003, after six years of honing their trade, Laurie and Stefan began to ring through their wish list of labels. RAM was top of the list, so they picked up the phone. The rest is drum ‘n’ bass history…. Their debut single ‘Hotbox’ followed, and with fans including Mistajam, Grooverider and DJ Hype, the duo have quickly cemented themselves as hot property. Completing the RAM billing we have Frankee. Like a younger brother to our duos but equally talented, he recently won ‘Best Newcomer and Producer’ at the Drum & Bass Awards 2014 and is an artist that continues to smash up dancefloors and charts worldwide.


With the focus on organic growth and culture at Nozstock, we thought it was about time we asked our friends at Critical Music to pay us a visit. They’re a label close to our hearts who have laid some of the later foundations of the drum ‘n’ bass scene and given a platform to the industry’s most prolific artists. Now with 15 years in the game the crew are coming down to celebrate Nozstock style with a takeover headlined by Break, pioneer of Symmetry Recordings, and a firm favourite amongst the industry. In 2014 and 2016, Break topped Beatport’s Drum & Bass download chart, and later that year released his truly iconic LP,  “10 years of of Symmetry.” Next in line are Ivy Lab, so dust off your raving shoes and be upstanding. His trio continue to push the boundaries of drum ‘n’ bass after being voted one of the ‘Top 10 DJ’s of 2015’ by MixMag and after their recent E.P.  “Peninsula” gaining over 300K plays in 14 days.

Keep um coming you say? Bristol based producer, Foreign Concept took to the turntables in 2004 and will be bringing his truly signature blends to The Cubicles this year. He has firmly established himself on the DJ map with a worldwide DJ schedule and residencies in many popular night spots. (We’re almost done, promise.) It wouldn’t be fair to invite Critical Music down and leave Kasra behind. Curator, DJ, head honcho, top-cat, bossman, Kasra, founded Critical Music back in 2003. His vision and determination is second-to-none and he’s played a vital role in the drum ‘n’ bass movement over the past 15 years. In 2012 Kasra was asked to mix the latest Fabric Live album which resulted in FabricLive 62 being one of the most successful drum ‘n’ bass mix albums of the year. The Critical Music flag will no doubt be flying high for many more years, so come and celebrate with them at Nozstock 2017.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

We told you it was a corker! DJ Mag’s ‘The Bunker’ will oversee a showcase brought by Uncle Dugs and Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, old skool veterans of d’n’b, who’ve seen all the genre’s many mutations. They come at their sets with all the knowledge and skill required from years on the scene, so expect a rousing mix of anthems, and proper knees-up party-level d’n’b activity.

One of our favourite residents Octo-Pi, a true trojan among the turntablists will be weaving a journey through jump up, deep and dark, and dropping some of his own fresh bangers in there too.
We advise you grab yourself a disco nap, cover yourself in glitter and douse yourself in deodorant because things are gonna get dirty!

To see the full Cubicles line up in all it’s glory click here.

Malaney Blaze wins DJNoz 2016

Ancient folk were big on their prophecies — Ragnarök, 2012, the second coming of Christ, you name it… While we all wait with baited breath to see which of their apocalyptic predictions come true, here at Noz HQ we’ve been cooking up a prophecy of our own…

Legends tell of a DJ whose ability to keep a crowd moving to the wee small hours was unparalleled, whose turntable wizardry surpassed all others – a talent to be discovered by Data Transmission as the winner of our DJ Noz competition. This DJ will ascend to the heady heights of the Cubicles at Nozstock 2016 to appease the hoards of bass-hungry revellers, taking their rightful place on a line-up alongside such heavyweights as Friction, Goldie, and The Prototypes, to name but a few.

Competition was stiff, but we are pleased as punch to be able to reveal Malaney Blaze as the Once and Future DJ. Nottingham based Malaney Blaze aka. Daniel Neal has a background in ska drumming which honed his ear for rhythm from an early age, as well as DJing hip hop and electronic vinyl. Somewhere along the line he landed on drum ‘n’ bass as his raison d’etre, but has never abandoned the eclectic genres of his youth.

As the winner of our DJ Noz competition, Malaney Blaze wins a Friday set in the Cubicles at this year’s festival, as well as some free tickets, fine winin’ and dinin’ backstage with the artist liaison crew, and an exclusive interview with Data Transmission. Check out his winning competition mix for a taste of what’s to come in just a few short weeks – fate has decreed that we’ll see you there…