Groove Maintenance with Mooch…

Since its inception in early 2009 Mooch has consistently been rated by Time Out Magazine and Mixmag as the ‘only place to don your Saturday night glad rags when it comes to underground House & Techno’. Breaking away from the normal Eastend sounds of Shoreditch the 3 resident DJs/co-promoters Natalie Coleman, Ed Jones and Samantha Blackburn dig the crates to dish up their very own groove orientated and dubby brand of Tech-House, keeping the Mooch familiar on their toes until lights up.

The Mooch residents will be travelling to Nozstock this year, to show revelers the best that Underground Tech-House has to offer, sharing their technical prowess and educating punters young and old.

An essential listen.

And don’t miss out on sonic treats provided by Sonny Wharton on the Garden Stage. Sonny shot to fame by winning a DJ Mag mix-tape competition and has since been Toolroom knighted “a certified member of the house music elite”. 2011 sees the launch of his own ‘Sound Of Whartone’ events in London and new releases lined up on Stereo, Nocturnal Groove, Skint and Positiva.

Mooch London


Alabama 3 headline the Orchard…

We’re all getting rather excited at Nozstock HQ, as we have just had confirmation that Alabama 3 are to be our show-stopping Saturday headliner!

Famously known for “Woke Up This Morning” – soundtrack to the massively popular TV drama “The Sopranos”, quirky acid house band Alabama 3 will be upping the country blues techno, winning fans over with their inspirational tunes, and entertaining us throughout the hazy summer evening. Best described by the confirmed non-conformists themselves; ‘We’re the Alabama 3. We make Sweet Pretty Muthaf*ckin Country Acid House Music. All night long. We’re not from Alabama, and there’s not three of us. We never went on X Factor or Pop Idol or Stooge Quest. We did it the old fashioned way; Back in 1996, we threw a big old party, invited all our friends. We took a fistfull of blotters and half a dozen disco biscuits and then made it up as we went along.’

Known for captivating their audience with an intricate weave of harmonies, melodies and lyrics, which ranged from love and cheating to murder and social injustice, let yourself be carried away on a roots journey while Larry Love’s raspy, intense vocals take hold.

So, maybe you’ve done some good things in life, maybe some bad. Alabama 3 will forgive you. All they ask is that you dress up real sexy and come join the party…!

A Vintage Trouble Finale…

Vintage Trouble, with their live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d juke music, have now been confirmed as our Sunday night headliner! This unmissable LA act, just about to complete their tour supporting Bon Jovi, have an electrifying sound steeped in classic soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. This band will be sure to get your toes a tappin’, your fingers snappin’ and your hips a groovin’. Singer Ty Taylor calls Vintage Trouble’s music “primitive soul.” He says: “It’s raw, naked and hard-hitting – soul music with the balls of late ’60s/early ’70s rock ‘n’ roll.” Sure to be an exciting evening, we all can’t wait to get our funk on and dance our cares away. A perfect way to end an unforgettable weekend.

Teen Tickets Sold Out!

So popular have they been that we’ve sold out of teen tickets for Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2011! However, if you’re in a family and were hoping to buy concession tickets don’t despair. There are a limited number of ‘Adult & Young Teen Bundles’ to buy online.

*Please note that teens must be aged between 13 and 16 years old to be included in this ticket purchase. 17 year olds are not included.*

So if you fancy joining the hoe-down and want to get your teens in cheaper than the full price adult tickets get booking now before these ones sell out too.

Things are hotting up on the Farm, with structures getting built, artwork getting painted and ideas flowing. If you want to get in free to Nozstock 2011 then get applying as volunteer places are filling up quickly. If you’re friendly and you’ve got the gift of the gab we want to hear from you.

We can smell the summer… Can you?

The Jailhouse host our local launch party…

Get your rural warm-up at our favourite local nightclub, the Jailhouse, Hereford, May 27th. Nozstock will be staging a takeover of the Jailhouse and bringing a taster of all that intriguing music and performance you get to enjoy at the festival.

Joining us on this next stint are pioneers of the live dubstep scene, the mighty JAZZSTEPPA. Blending a creative mix of live trombone, drums, MC and ear twisting effects, these European favourites will drive you to sonic pleasure. This live dubstep collective comprises of BaRbz and ShMuel and are based out of Berlin and London. They were the first outfit to release and play live dubstep with acoustic instruments and are renowned for their live shows! They’ve received national radio play on Radio 1 by the likes of Giles Peterson, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank and boast collaborations with artists such as Foreign Beggars, Borgore, Gettho Priest and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Support again comes from Renegade Hardware new boys AMOSS and some of the best that the South West has to offer, including Nozstock’s very own  DEX, SCOPE and TENZ, and Hereford home grown talent in the form of AAJA, LARSEY and NOTION and not forgetting one of the South West’s biggest hosts MC REMIDY. The second instalment of the Nozstock Launch Parties is clearly not to be missed.

Drum & Bass master Andy C booked to headline Cubicles…

Grand master of the dubplate, double drop, owner of countless awards and head honcho of the legendary “Ram Records”, Andy C is without a doubt the undisputed king of Drum & Bass! Over the years Ram Records has been responsible for timeless classics such as Noisia’s “Facade”, Sub Focus’ “Time Warp”, Shimon’s “The Shadow Knows”, Chase & Status’s “Pieces” and as a part of Ram Trilogy massive tracks such as “Titan”, “No Reality” and “Valley of the Shadows”, as well as a large number of remixes. For almost 20 years now Andy C has been smashing events worldwide with the same unrelenting enthusiasm and unquestionable skill as ever and Nozstock will be no exception when alongside the highly respected heavy weight master of ceremony, MC GQ, will stir up the festival to a stomping uproar, make sure you have your space on the dance floor ready!

More tasty line up announcements…

We know you’re all still feeling a bit too full from the Easter Chocolate, so we thought perhaps a few more line up announcements for Nozstock: The Hidden Valley might cheer you up!

We’ve got THE JIM JONES REVUE, ADRIAN EDMONSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS, C.W STONEKING, THE WURZELS and FOREIGN BEGGARS to add to the amazing dance line up already confirmed.

Jim Jones Revue are one of the hottest bands on the up. They have been described by Mojo as “deranged rock +roll” reminiscent of the Stooges. Their album, Burn Down Your House, has been getting recent media attention but it’s live where this band excels. They’re joined by Adrian Edmondson + The Bad Shepherds who’ve garnered excellent reviews for their folk-style reworking of classic songs such as Down in the Tube Station at Midnight. With a skillful array of multi-instrumentalists they’ll be a “must-see” at Nozstock.

C.W. Stoneking is an American-Australian who defies time and place with his Deep South Blues, having already claimed an appearance on ‘Later Live With Jools.’ Foreign Beggars, recently nominated for Best European Hip Hop Act at the 2010 Urban Music Awards will be playing their bassline grooves. And, The Wurzels are a perfect accompaniment to cider and hog roast as the sun sets over The Hidden Valley on Sunday evening, completing one of Nozstock’s most diverse and exciting line-ups yet with many more acts still to unveil.

There’ll be even more exciting confirmations soon when the comedy line up is revealed. Here’s a tasty teaser for you- The Stephen Frost Impro All-Stars will be returning to grace The Hidden Valley with their top notch witty banter.

Check out the line up pages for stage by stage info on the artists you can see this July…


Foreign Beggars to headline Garden Stage!

That’s right, troops, Rap, Grime and Dubstep phenomenon Foreign Beggars will be headlining Nozstock’s most eclectic outdoor stage this July. Orifice Vulgatron, Metropolis and DJ Nonames will be bringing you their raw fusion of warming basslines, grooving melodies, with anarchic, on-the-money lyrics to inspire you and get you skankin’ with the best of ’em. Averaging well over 100 shows per year, the Foreign Beggars could never be accused of not putting the time in and are totally devoted to their fans. Cited as one of the most prolific and versatile outfits to emerge from the UK, they were nominated for best European Hip Hop Act at the 2010 Urban Music Awards, alongside nominees Roots Manuva, Ken Ring, Professor Green, La Fouine and Tinie Tempah.

Hugely into cross-genre experimentation, the ‘Beggars have collaborated with a huge array of esteemed UK and international artists including UK Beatbox Champion MC Zani or THePETEBOX, Kyza, Dr Syntax, Noisia, Bar 9, Skinnyman, Alix Perez & Zinc among so many many more.

We can’t wait to be privy to this mind-blowing set of some of this decades most boundary-shattering anthems. Be sure to catch them whatever you do. Theirs is a show like no other.



Cheltenham Jazz Festival bring you a bank holiday to remember…

We’re getting a bit excited about Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s upcoming gigs at the end of this month so thought we ought to let you know what’s in store on the second bank holiday weekend.

Catch trip-hop duo Lamb at Cheltenham Town Hall on 30th; since their separation to focus on solo projects in 2004, we’ve missed Lamb’s unique sound, the mixture of Lou Rhodes’ mesmerizing voice with Andy Barlow’s experimental electro-acoustic jazzy sounds. Here is the chance to see them perform tracks from their highly anticipated new album ‘5’. We’ve got spine tingles just thinking about it.

Hot on their heels, at the Town Hall on May 1st Roots Manuva will be bounding in with his inspirational and honest take on British multi-culture, weaving  together a beautiful tapestry of dub, funk and grime into his deliciously original brand of hip hop. In support, Ninja Tune’s prodigy Bonobo will be mixing breaks with hip hop, soul folk with jazz to present a beautiful soundscape to get your lugs atrembling. This is a ridiculously good combination for some bank holiday joy so go on and treat yourself.

Book tickets for Lamb
Book tickets for Bonobo & Roots Manuva

Toddla T to play Garden Stage…

Electronic heavyweight and Sheffield’s prince of bassline house Toddla T has confirmed he will be bringing his bleepy, clangy, jump-up ragga noise to Nozstock: The Hidden Valley’s Garden Stage this year. As Guardian writer Tony Naylor states, “Toddla’s stuff has serious pop nous, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a ready, very British sense of humour…” We agree that Toddla is successfully seeing off the stoic muso and love his experimental, bold steps into electronica. And he’s making some very good friends, including MCs such as Sorecee and Mr Versatile, and bassline heroes like Nastee Boi. With takes on the work of Jack Penate and Hot Chip, he truly is a remix king. So much, so soon. We can’t wait to stomp our way through this one.

Early birds sold out…

You know a bargain when you see it. Well done to those of you that got the early birds quick! Afraid they’ve all sold out now…. But the full price ticket is still a bargain for eight stages of magical entertainment. We’ll be releasing a killer dance line up for you very shortly… but those of you who are more into your bands, acoustics and ska bounces don’t despair… we have the two main stage headliners and full line ups to announce soon afterwards as well as raucous comedy, delightful and debauched performers, workshops, arts, crafts and round-the-clock entertainment for tots, big kids and everyone in between.

Cannot wait.

Resident DJ Octo Pi releases debut EP…

One of our favourite residents here at the Farm, who has been a loyal ‘Stocker since the start, Jon Morgan, a.k.a. Octo Pi, has recently been signed to one of the UK’s biggest online digital labels, Global Domination Digital. Hot on the heels from winning the DJ Fresh ‘Gold Dust’ Ministry of Sound remix competition, GDD Octo Pi - A Slice of Pi EPJon’s monster EP, A Slice of Pi – compiling The Fire Truck, The Floor, Shut Down and Mash Them Cymbals – is a tasty introduction to a catalogue of beautifully-crafted jump up drum ‘n’ bass.

We’ve known that he’s a one-in-a-million talent for a while, but if you’re new to his sound then buy his EP, available on all major download websites, and come hear him bash out a mammoth set at our launch party in Cardiff next month.

Listen to Jon’s tunes and give him your feedback on Soundcloud.
Find out more about Global Domination Digital.

Octo Pi by Iki Greg