Enter the Cabinet of Lost Secrets | 2019

Welcome welcome welcome! Don’t be shy! Get down our tunnel and see what’s inside The Cabinet of Lost Secrets for 2019; back for more quirky, multi-roomed mischief and with a host of massive world grooves, beats, performance and other surprises, what are you waiting for?

Make your way down into our burrow on Friday and get into the swing gently with powerful spoken word from Birmingham performer Joe Cook, followed by a quick trim or fluff from those cheeky Demon Barbers of the Cabinet, (something for the weekend sir?). Then get your groove going with our resident DJ funksters – including Funky Navigation and Beatwell & Dante bringing the best latin, afro, funk, disco and soul to the garden every day from afternoon onwards.

Opening up our main stage on Friday, we have some gorgeous roots reggae from Kingsley Salmon and the Occupation, then get soul-tastic in time for Bristol’s The Bare Souls. Stepping up the gypsy/balkan/party beats, Punch the Sky are next, followed by a serious dose of funk-punk from Manchester’s Ask My Bull. A small busk style interlude with bizarre tin man the Junkoactive Wasteman and friends, and then our Friday night tops off with the simply fabulous and super amazingly strange Henge – if you haven’t seen them then you really need to and we feel that the Cabinet will be a special place for this!

Taking us on an electronic and beatsy journey, we bring Worcestershire and BBC 6 Music lad, Inwards to the mix.  Look out for the weird and wonderful Collective Unconscious as well as some other strange characters…..

Saturday we start up the action with our resident sing-a-long favourite Play it again Dan warming up those vocal cockles, plus the Demon Barbers, scissors at the ready and Dj-ing in the garden where you also might stumble upon Larsey and his cosmic afro disco-party.

The main room is opened by a special tombola crazy set from everyone’s favourite festival band, The Stiff Joints. London’s 7Suns are next with big latin and world moves, then only the slickest of soul from The Happy Daggers. Year of the Dog follow on with some stellar swing sounds, then those rowdy Eastern European & Greek inspired bunch Hallouminati are back to the Cabinet again to insure you move and wiggle your wobble!

Catch the Junkoactive Wasteman doing his tin-thing for a second time around, before the darkly beat-heavy electronic Rosebud brings a close to our Saturday evening.

Feeling creative on the fine Sunday morning? Hop on over to our Life Drawing Class for some time out of the festival madness. Play it again Dan & the Demon Barbers pop back for some Sunday lunching. The garden rocks it with our fabulous DJ’s in the caravan, before we welcome the stunningly unusual Boss Morris for some not-so-traditional hypnotic dancing. A good dose of African and afrobeat rhythms from Olubundi, then ska-skank it with Birmingham band Lobster before we ease back into our loungers for some slick jazz and funk courtesy of Bristol’s finest Snazzback.

That only leaves room for one more thing – and that’s our Sunday night funk jam with Funky Navigation, to totally groove, move and shimmy into the rest of the night.

You can read more about our 2019 lineup here.

More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!


‘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