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.

Nozstock 2019 Line-Up Announcement 2

That’s right, Nozstockers. It’s time for us to share with you even more (I know) incredible acts that will be joining us at our 21st anniversary. So, without further ado, tap your ankles thrice and close your eyes, for your dreams are about to come true.

We are delighted to announce, that joining us this summer, headlining The Orchard Stage are working-class heroes Sleaford Mods. Fresh off the back of their epic UK tour, the Nottingham duo will be delivering snarky lyricism and gritty guitar solos that’ll knock your socks off. Segments of their new album Eton Alive are sure to make an appearance during their Friday night headline set. Amongst minimalist beats, wry humour and a hell of a lot of effing and blinding, the Mods will bring punk angst and sharp criticism of the Britain’s contemporary social and political climate. Arm yourselves with your best mosh-moves and prepare for some serious rage release.

Breaking hard-rock down to its purest form is Soeur – they’ve been broken and beaten down by their shared experiences on the fringes of British rock music, only to come back stronger each time. A brutal assault on the senses, the South West rockers rock riffs that are so substantial they’ve got their own postcode.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are Cape Town’s Stone Jets. Joining Soeur for the Sunday sessions, while they may sound like yet another English indie band from Manchester, the Stone Jets wrap up traditional African percussion in soulful, bluesy tones, making for the ultimate toe-tapping tunes. A real musical treat.

Yes that’s right, Jungle DJ extraordinaire Ed Solo is back again to bring some Amen breaks to the Garden stage. A Noz favourite, we just couldn’t resist inviting Ed to return and show us the mixing and selection skills that have made him an internationally renowned party-starter. D&B crew – let’s ‘ave it!

Walking the yellow brick road alongside us will be Kioko, using rhythmic melodies and strong lyricism to promote their message of realness and respectfulness over at the Garden Stage. Timbali Sound System will lend his local dub flavours, alongside Last Tree Squad – the seven-piece outfit from Hereford and Kent blending hip-hop, jungle and dancehall. Nobody puts baby in the corner, and nobody narrows Town of Cats into just one genre. This nine-piece blend Afrobeat and ska with lashings of Latino and a side helping of funk – delish.

Prepare to get schooled by Lyrix Organix & Natty Speaks – a pioneering charity promoting live music and poetry events for young people, with a top MC to boot. This group fly the flag for young lives, humanitarian causes and a love of the environment, meanwhile, the Ghetto Funk All Stars ft. Profit & Verbal Highz will draw you into their daring, hedonistic party of punchy boom bap and tongue twisting lyricism.

Bigging up The Bandstand is the rootsy, bluegrass folk of Uphill and Still, steel string acoustics from the beautiful Son of John and previous BBC Introducing artist Holly Redford Jones. Getting nasty so you don’t have to, will be the Seattle-based Naked Giant and scuzzed-out alt-rockers Leeches – both of which are bound to get you bouncing and sweating in the weekend sunshine.

We’re always up for a chuckle and this year is no different. Returning to Nozstock for 2019 we have the incredibly talented Reginald D Hunter.The sardonic American cum-honorary-Brit has been touring the UK for nigh-on 20 years, and can be seen on ‘Have I Got News for You,’ ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,’ and fronting his own show ‘Reginald D. Hunter’s Songs of the Border.’ Last year, he packed out the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Altered State hillside, and we are totally humbled that he wants to come spend the weekend with us again. If you missed him last year, this is the perfect opportunity to right that wrong!

Also tickling those funny bones at The Altered State for our 21st season is funnyman Phil Kay, award-winning writer, musician and comedian Phil Nicols and London-born Dane Baptiste who has been hailed as one of the best new acts in recent years.

Captaining the laughter ship is our favourite MC and comedienne Jayde Adams – the unruly Queen of social satire, musical interludes and queer characters.

Just as the name suggests, Stoned Cherries are a fruity and lively folk roots band from Bromyard bringing their signature sound to the stage. Injecting brand spanking new will be the Bone Dry Records Showcase ft. CW Jones, covering all genres from blues to hip-hop, while So So Sun will take us sweetly into Sunday with progressive structures and conceptual song writing.

Takeovers rule the Bullpen this year, and we’ve brought an enormous arsenal of friends ready to bring the barn down. Gorilla Tactics and MINIRIG are joining forces giving the venue a brand new soundsystem for ya’ll to enjoy. Hailing from mid-wales Black House join us for Friday down on the farm with Boundary B2B Fujin ft. Illustrate along with Shook x Bassface ft Phibes.

Saturday brings us Rinse FM regular and UK funky originator Marcus Nasty  who joins us to celebrate his birthday with us as part of the Durkle Disco Saturday takeover. Skank your head clean the following afternoon with the huge Rumble In The Jungle Takeover ft. Jungle legend, Remarc, a colossal B2B with Kelvin 373 & DJ Hybrid, and Bristol DJ Kamoh. More info on the takeovers coming soon!

Hanging with our two-tusked pals at the Elephant’s Graveyard on Friday daytime are Kaotik Kartel who bring us Ed Cox & Stivs joined by a massive daytime takeover from Gorilla Tactics. By night, the tunes turn to house music, with the biggest and best groovers in the business including Wax Worx, Ron Mexico, Roman Candles, Sandor, Groovekode and Milton Keynes massive Matt Brassington.

Sunday doesn’t slow down either, inviting Cardiff’s G-Bace, Mancunian Hobbs and legend of the Glaswegian underground scene Paul Flynn. With breaks as sharp as our elephant’s tusks, House Meanz House will bring an assault on the senses and Noz regulars Emotion return to takeover the Graveyard for an evening of old-school vinyl and classic rave anthems. We’ll bring the face paint.

Locked away in our Cabinet of Lost Secrets for 2019 are some of the wackiest and wildest with Rosebud electronics, Kingsley Salmon and The Stiff Joints will slide into your DMs with their island-inspired ska and reggae and we defy you not to get jiggy with Olubundi – a master of West African moves like juju, highlife and waka. Expect funk-punking from Ask My Bull and funk-souling from Bristol outfit The Bare Souls.

Without getting too cheesy, we’re delighted to welcome back Hallouminati and their Greek-inspired party punk to the Cabinet and say a big hello to 7Suns – the multicultural smorgasbord of Spanish, English, Latino and Caribbean rhythms. While you could say Junkoactive Wasteman does what he says on the tin, we’re not entirely sure what that tin is; part man part rubbish bin, expect toxic lyrics, terrific Tinphonia tunes and a helluva laugh.

We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for the party to come and that you’ve got your red sparkly wellies at the ready because the road to Noz isn’t as long as you might think…with only 84 days to go we’ll be opening those gates in no time.

Explore our 2019 line-up some more….

Bromyard’s Boneyard | Elephant’s Grave 2019

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

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

REGGAE BY DAY

Gorilla Tactics

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

Subwork Takeover TBC

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

HOUSE BY NIGHT

Data Transmission presents Shanghaied – line up tbc

Data Transmission feel just as passionate about good dance music as Nozstockers do, so it made perfect sense to invite them back to take the reigns again for Friday night at Elephant’s Grave. The online dance music authority, DT’s wide scope means they have one of the busiest news sections around, with interviews and features from the worlds most exciting DJ talent.

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

After unforgettable takeovers at Noz 17 and 18, head honcho Sonny Wharton and crew return to Elephants Grave to celebrate 10 Years of the amazing Whartone Records. Founded in 2009, it’s been an incredible decade for them. Whartone Records has drawn support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez, received plays on Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital and celebrated numerous top 10’s across the download stores. With a huge line up including Sonny Wharton, Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Luke Stanger, Left Stereo Right ~ live, Kid Cut, House Meanz House and more tba, we can’t wait to see what their tenth birthday party will bring… 

Sonny Wharton

A firm fixture in the House and Techno scene, Sonny Wharton has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Sonny’s skillful ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection is what prominently positions him behind the decks of many of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Whilst sharing the bill with everyone from Laurent Garnier and Steve Lawler, to Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz, Sonny consistently delivers on a global scale playing everywhere from Pacha, Sao Paolo and the Berlin Love Parade in Germany to London’s legendary Ministry of Sound and the iconic Glastonbury Festival. Holding international residencies at both Club Octagon in Seoul and Solidaritet in Stockholm, Sonny’s DJ career has been solid from the start. 

Dom Kane

As an artist, 2016 saw Dom Kane signed to mau5trap, with his music having previously been heard globally in DJ sets from the likes of Deadmau5 and James Zabiela to name a few, with plays on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM. As a DJ, Dom has held residencies at some of the world’s most legendary clubs. As a sound designer, the name Dom Kane has appeared in factory presets for synthesisers including FXpansion (D-CAM & Geist), Xfer (Nerve/Serum) and the legendary hardware synth company Moog (Animoog, Little Phatty, Slim Phatty, Sub 37 Tribute). Since Dom Kane was featured with an Artist Series sample pack on Loopmasters back in 2008, his sound banks and samples have appeared in studios worldwide via his own label Quantum Loops too. The past few years alone saw Dom Kane ascending fast amongst the ranks of House music producers: his singles and remixes topping the online Top 40 (Signal Rejected, Space, Blagger); as well as having a full artist feature and front cover DVD in Future Music Magazine. His music has appeared on TV channels including; Sky1 (Got To Dance), Channel 4 (Embarrassing Bodies), E4 (Made In Chelsea) and Channel 5 (Celebrity Big Brother) to name a few.

Dirty Secretz

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

Luke Stanger

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

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 Collective.

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…

The Sunken Yard & The Supper Club

 

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hidden Valley, obscured by a heady cloud of powder paint and dust from dancing feet, stands the Sunken Yard; a world away from reality…

Prepare for paint fights, party games, music and more, The Sunken Yard have got party jams and games a plenty… not to mention more paint than you could shake a piñata stick at!

After their epic all-day sessions at Noz ’17, these connoisseurs of a good time are back, bigger and better than ever, to take up residency as key players in their new adopted land; and this year, for the first time, they are curating a cuddly late-night disco into the early hours.

That’s right, The Sunken Yard will be staying open all night long!

Join them after their outrageous daytime shenanigans at their new ‘Supper Club’ and fulfil all your Funk, Soul & Disco needs, with DJs on rotation until the small hours. In need of some late night hip shaking? Grab the person next to you, roll down the hill and enter the infamous sunken love shack!

Photo by Alex Avery

Explore more of the entertainment on offer here.

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.

 

Even more tasty music to announce…

We’re also excited to drop a couple further announcements, just to keep you on your toes… Joining us with their dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop vibes are The Nextmen. On the cusp of releasing a new 12-track album, Pound for Pound, in collaboration with Gentlemen’s Dub Club, there’s never been a better time to catch these guys live. They’re even crowdfunding to deliver vinyl to their fans – find out more here.

We’re also really honoured to see the return of Aristocrats, who’ll be delivering a set dedicated to original member, Dubl Sweggerz, who loved Nozstock. We’re looking forward to seeing these hip hop kings doing it right.

H Grimace land with their discordant, energetic, psyche, fresh and punky sound that, ultimately, refuses to be pinned down. Say a hearty hello also to punky lyricist Lucia, garage-psych quartet Captain Suun, smooth folkster Pierre Donahue, one man arsenal of beats and melodies Steve Strong, heartfelt singer-songwriter Freddie Armstrong, indie-folk duo GXDS, Tel Avivian mellow folkster Rotem, Flowcase 2018 Beatbox Champion Beatfox, purveyor of Americana, flying solo, Al Fraser Green, indie-electronica project Yumi and the Weather, and the rest of the stellar talent on display on the Bandstand.

Tribe of Frog return to the Coppice bringing the neon, psytrance dreams to our retro rave. Get your groove on to genre-defying Geo, resident frogger Dr G, dark psy sound aficionado Hemp, high energy party starters Dirty Saffi, new, spiritually uplifting project Banyan, adventurer in music Mr Black, founder of wavey, psytrance heroes OOOD, Steve OOOD, and the rest!

Bristol’s pioneering, worldwide music station 10 Twenty Radio brings an all-female lineup on Saturday in collaboration with Concrete Jungyals, including DJ/producer Sherry S, in demand Jossy Mitsu, winner of Concrete Jungyals LSTD DJ comp Ludo, Concrete Jungyals resident Asterixx B2B with the unique DJ Raggo and more. On Friday, find 10 Twenty regular Dissident, grime and trap-lover Sour Phree B2B with Birmingham boy Circa ft. Wish and Dash Villz, vinyl enthusiast Nakes, chief at Insomniac Disco Walya, blender of beats Detrivore and more, meaning You’ve Been Prango’d will be buzzing all weekend with bass, garage and grime to die for.

They join a bulging line up of tip-top talent including: Chase & Status (DJ set + Rage), Goldfrapp, Grandmaster Flash, The Selecter, We Are Scientists, The Blockheads, Dub Pistols, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts, DJ Marky & MC GQ, Honeyfeet, Electric Swing Circus, Slamboree Soundsystem, Spunge, The Lovely Eggs,  and many more…


Concrete Jungyals

Metalheadz, DJ Mag Bunker, Black Sun Empire + more to takeover The Cubicles

 

“I’d never heard of Nozstock but I remember speaking to Andy C years ago and he said he was playing, so that triggered something. Festivals like this, those kind of un-sung hero’s… it’s hard for them. I was told, you can f****** play anything here because the crowd, they get it. The first three tunes I thought, let me see how they react, and they really f******* reacted to the deeper side of the music. Sometimes I struggle at festivals because I wanna play underground and play on the edge. I don’t want to compromise the music. It’s always a really good test (of the type of crowd) when you can play a lot deeper.” (Goldie)

Now with 20 years under our belt it is without question that drum ‘n’ bass holds a special place in our heart. Since the very beginning we’ve championed this sound with some of the UK’s drum ‘n’ bass pioneers coming to perform down on the farm.  We assure you that 2018 will be no exception…it’s going to be unmissable.

*Please be upstanding* Kicking things off and one of our three Orchard headliners we have English D&B duo, Chase & Status, performing a DJ set alongside MC Rage. Having formed in 2003, the same time our official D&B area, The Cubicles, was born, it seems fitting to have them take centre stage at this years festival, we’re more excited than ever before. Do not miss this one Nozstockers!

After two epic live stream sets last year from Levelz and Uncle Dugs, DJ Mag Bunker are back and this year in The Cubicles. Catch them collaborating with Metalheadz ready to bring you a bag of bass heavy tricks.  On Friday night they welcome respected and revered producer Dillinja, Remidy MC, Hospital Records most eminent producer S.P.Y as a special guest, the man with 25 years’ experience under his belt, Randall with M.C Trafic plus support from Dispatch Recordings’ Amoss, Metalheadz head honcho Ant TC1, and our special guest and long standing Nozstock veteran, Octo Pi, and homegrown local talent Scope. There is only one place we will be spending our Friday night.

On Saturday, Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and tech fuelled alongside another killer line-up featuring Mollie Collins, our very own Nozstocker Modify Perspective, returning legends Uncle Dugs & Billy Daniel Bunter and a special set from one of our favourite producers, Bladerunner ft. Carasel. The Cubicles are looking stronger than ever before just get us in them cowsheds!

Sunday sees a takeover of mammoth proportions on The Garden Stage but we can’t reveal much more then this yet…all we’re saying is if you love D&B we’ll be giving you over 6 hours of it closing 2018’s festival with an almighty bang.

Catch live performances from Goldfrapp, Macka B, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, Electric Swing Circus, Kiko Bun, The Lovely Eggs, Oh My God! It’s The Church & many more… The theme for the 20th anniversary is Nozstalgia – anything from Gameboys and Ghostbusters to the Karate Kid and flared jeans. The festival takes place across an idyllic working farm set in beautiful countryside.

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.

Not suitable for adults…

In case we haven’t hammered it home enough by now: Nozstock is very much a family affair.

Founded by a family in their ramshackle farmhouse twenty years ago with the aid of a few friends and local troublemakers, now uncles, cousins, grandchildren and other assorted Nosworthy clan members are called in from across the country on a yearly pilgrimage to get stuck in and lend a hand with the festivities.

Numerous Nosworthy-and-extended-family sprogs have come into the world since Nozstock’s inception so the Noz HQ team are no strangers to the challenge of combining festival frolics and family fun. In fact, it’s partly the reason why Nozstock prides itself on being so family friendly – that, and our belief that a good festival is for everyone, whether you’re into late-night skanking or glue, glitter and tie-dyeing.

In 2018, Sarah and the Spare Room Arts crew will return to our Little Wonderland kids area to ensure our littlest festivalgoers are suitably enthralled, entertained and enchanted over the weekend. Whether it’s learning a new skill, getting stuck in to make a Nozstock memory to take home with you, or just having a good old fashioned boogie – you’ll find it in the Little Wonderland (and, best of all, it’s all completely free!). Come and learn a few new moves at the Pimp Souls dance workshop, or take an hour out to reset and unwind with yoga classes (and storytelling) for kids and adults alike. Behind The Scenes theatre company will be on hand to take you back in time with immersive storytelling sessions, and the Spare Room Arts resident disco queen will be bringing the party to the Little Wonderland with a guided tour through the hits of yore – with some modern tunes thrown in for good measure – at our Mini Disco. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get yourself all dolled up, with regular facepainting, costume-making sessions, head-dress and mask workshops and tie-dying classes (for mum and dad to get all nostalgic about the 90s). The pessimistic among you can even glam up your wellies in case of rain. Once you’re properly suited and booted, learn a new craft or show off your skills with one of our many workshops. From willow weaving to felt creations, instrument-making to clay pots, pom-pom bunting to kites and puppeteering, whatever you create will surely have pride of place in your home and make you nozstalgic for festival life long after the face-paint has flaked away. Finally, for the tiniest among us who want to chill out in style after a hard day’s toddling, we’ve added a soft-play area for 2018, complete with paddling pools, sandpits and everything you could need to soak up the festival vibes without going near a DJ booth. As well as all this, the Nozstock arena is pretty much a little one’s dream, with captivating walkabout theatre, cinema and interactive artworks, not to mention the music. In addition, all areas which might be unsuitable for under-18-year old eyes will be strictly signposted.

But it’s not all fun and games (though it mostly is) – we know from hard-earned experience the realities of bringing little ‘uns to a festival, and have tried our best over the years to make the whole process as smooth as possible. In the Little Wonderland, you’ll find free bottle-warming services and changing mats, as well as the Lost Kids area where you can stop by for a special wristband to write parents’ mobile numbers on in case a mini raver should wander off the beaten path. If you’re wary of the revelry to be found in the general campsite, then bed down in our dedicated Family Camping area. Family Camping is strictly stewarded so only families with children can camp there, and it’s far away from the music so you can get a solid chunk of sleep every night: however, it has its own dedicated entrance to the Dingle – home of the Little Wonderland – so those little legs are just a hop, skip and a jump away from arts, crafts and fun. The Family Camping area comes complete with nearby food traders, entertainment and games for the kids while you’re setting up camp, and even showers for you to truly create your home away from home. And if all this doesn’t convince you – did we mention that kids aged 12 and under get in scott free to Nozstock?

Phew, there we have it – a quick-stop guide to all the reasons we positively encourage you to bring the littlest members of your tribes with you. But you don’t have to take our word for it: many before you have brought their families to Noz and lived to blog the tale. Daddacool hales us as ‘exactly the sort of festival that is great for kids’, Mum in the Madhouse says ‘the setting is just perfect and the upkeep is great’ (and includes a list of essential Top Tips for festivalling with tweens that would be compulsory reading at Nozstock university), while Tired Mummy of Two says Nozstock ‘feels welcoming and safe for children’. Finally, we were chuffed to bits to be named one of Festivalkidz’s Best Family Festivals in the Midlands 2018. So if you’re trying to find the perfect summer getaway that’ll cater to all ages, tastes and attitudes to glitter, why not come on down and join the ever-expanding Nozstock family in the Hidden Valley…