The Garden Stage hosts a diverse and eclectic brew of bands and DJs providing alternative sounds. This stage spans all genres from throbbing dance, funk, and hip hop, to blues, rock and acoustic musings. At the right time, you might even hear a burst of opera. Ideally situated on the hillside overlooking the Farm’s lake, with the Garden Bar just around the corner, this is the perfect spot to sit in the sun and wet your whistle to beautifully blended guitar riffs, stoking the fires for a late night dance to some filthy electronic beats.
Line up released so far…
Hailed by Rik Parkinson as a ‘technical Jedi’, James Zabiela’s influential fusion of breakbeat and tech house has seen him soar through the ranks of DJ royalty. From humble beginnings- he got his first set of decks as a Christmas present from his dad at age 15- he’s played gigs across the globe, including a stint as resident in Ibiza’s Club Space, and now he’s touching down at the farm this summer to deliver his exceptional beats straight to your ears. You’re in safe hands with Zabiela: he’s remixed the likes of Hot Chip to Boards of Canada, Royksopp to Radiohead, while his debut album ‘Sound in Motion’ was recorded live, in one take, which should give you some idea of the technical wizardry involved in his sets. He’s gearing up for his takeover of the Garden Stage on Saturday night of this year’s Nozstock. Be prepared…
Shogun Audio head honcho and host of Radio 1s Drum & Bass show returns to Nozstock! The multi award winning DJ Friction hasn’t graced our decks since 2007 and it’s a pleasure to have him back. Having rose to fame in the early 00s, he now holds court with Drum & Bass royalty, he has worked with some of the most influential labels in the scene and his memorable sets reflect that. You are in for a treat!
Legend and icon, funk & soul Dj (among other titles), Craig Charles will be gracing the Garden Stage till the early hours bringing you a live mix of very best in funk & soul, from classics to the newest releases. Well known for Craig’s weekly broadcasts on BBC Radio 6 Music, the funk & soul show is the longest-running show on the channel, and the soundtrack to many Saturday nights. Playing sets all over the world Craig Charles has become internationally renowned for his incomparable dj sets, passion for funk & soul, and ability on the decks.
Dense & Pika is the techno project of Chris Spero (aka Glimpse) and Hypercolour head honcho Alex Jones. Gigs at the world’s coolest clubs such as Fabric (London), Panorama Bar (Berlin) and Trouw (Amsterdam) alongside the runaway success of their recent release “Colt” on Hotflush has made them one of the most in demand live techno acts in the world. Dense & Pika recently guest mixed for Skream’s Radio 1 show and have remixed the likes of Paul Woolford and Maya Jane Coles. With two pairs of hands and an impressive collection of kit, Dense and Pika use their experience and passion to create some of the best new techno around.
Legendary host of Xfm crosser over dance-rock radio show ‘The Remix’, DJ, producer and TV presenter Eddy Temple-Morris joins Nozstock this year. Genre hopping between rock, indie and dance he has become one of the undisputed champions of remixing and is highly rated among the bands he has remixed such as Kasabian,The Prodigy and DJ Fresh. Eddy is also the bassist for the band Losers, whose music can be heard over some popular TV programmes such as Game of Thrones and CSI. The man coined a ‘twisted genius’ by Gary Lightwood (Snow Patrol) joins us on The Garden Stage.
Not only is Sonny’s impeccable producing been noticed by us here at Nozstock, but he’s also had some serious heavyweights singing his praises too; Fatboy Slim has proclaimed Sonny as his favourite producer of the year and selected Sonny as his support for his Eat Sleep Rave Repeat Tour. His tracks have featured on Misfits and Channel 5s The Gadget Show and Radio 1 listeners voted his Radiance track as their most loved song of Ibiza. As a guest mixer for Radio One no less than three times, Sonnys traditional Nozstock set is a treat for house music fans every year.
The Mouse Outfit are a production team and 9 piece live hip hop act based in Manchester. Their debut album ‘Escape Music’ was released last year and won Wordplay Magazine’s hip hop album of the year. Currently touring around the U.K, their mix of soul, funk, jazz and reggae creates some smooth riddims that will just leave you wanting more.Joined by the mighty Dr Syntax and rapper / M.C Sparkz, this will be a set for Nozstock history.
If there is any act sure to get Nozstockers dancing in the sun it’s By The Rivers. With their hybrid of reggae, ska and soul it’s hard not to get captivated by their addictive rhythms and melodic rootsy beats. Having effortlessly captured all the essence of the traditional reggae sound and combined it with a more modern influence, the band have already caused a stir in the underground music scene across the UK. Since first playing Nozstock in 2011 the band have supported the likes of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Specials plus released several EPs. Catch the beautifully infectious sounds of By The Rivers on the Garden stage this year.
An unique, live hip hop trio made up of rap lyricist Suffice and session musicians LK and R-dogg. Taking heavy influences from the likes of The Roots, The Neptunes, G-funk, J5, James Brown and George Clinton, they create an old skool yet fresh funkier-than-your-average 80s hip-hop sound, the perfect vibe for for the rap grooves of Suffic.! Nothing beats a live show and we are very excited to have Suffice on the Orchard Stage for Friday night’s festivities!
More Like Trees are a London three piece who have been making storms in the music scene since their first show sold out effortlessly. Since that fateful night in March 2011, these boys have been getting bigger and better. They describe their style as “Drum n’ Bass, Classical, Hip Hop, Rock, Dance, Flamenco and Folk” which can only be heard to be believed. More Like Trees even have a video of them jamming on one of Londons infamously hostile nightbuses bringing a smile to every passengers face, so just imagine what they’ll do for the crowd at Nozstock!
Returning to Noz this year is the cool and quirky duo Two Man Ting. If the name didn’t give it away already they a reggae/ afro roots duo that are a hit on the festival circuit. They performed at over 30 festivals across the UK in 2012 so no doubt they’ll create a wicked vibe. Jay-man is a wizard on the drums as is Jon on the guitar and all this is accompanied by two great voices. You’ll love their bouncy feel good music that fuses blues, the Caribbean and West Africa.
Back by popular demand! Last year these guys got the Orchard stage stomping and bouncing with their infectious blend of 2-tone ska, reagge & punk. The 10-piece return again with another energetic performance sure to get you moving. The band have recently released their second EP ‘Circus On Repeat’ following their debut ‘Stoned and Rowdy,’ The Stiff Joints embark on a summer of festivals, fun and ska.
Leon Rhymes and Ross Standaloft met a few years ago at a house party. After many late nights of hilarious booze filled writing sessions the collaborations between the pair continued to flow. They have not stopped writing, recording or performing since. Premium rap skills, good vibes with a side serving of jokes, Too Many T’s have crafted a faithful following with their golden era hip hop formula. Championed by industry figures like Rob Da Bank they are considered the UKs freshest hip hop act and have been described by The Huffington Post as ‘The UKs answer to The Beastie Boys.’
When describing their sound The ASBO disco say, “It’s music for the world’s underbelly, for the off-key, the off-centre, for people with soul, with a sense of fun and who like music and who music likes them… Are these people you – the massive?” Be at The Garden Stage to find out…
Curator of The Cubicles, Koncept is a DJ full of surprises. He has played on our line ups along side our biggest DnB acts and now enjoys making the most of the music he loves with his partner in crime, Octo Pi. Octo Pi is a Drum & Bass DJ/Producer. He has appeared on D&BTV after winning the Drum & Bass Arena Competition for Remixing DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’. 2013 was busy for Octo Pi with releases on Complex Recordings, Download Culture and New State Music. After last years experience on the Garden stage you can expect nothing less than something amazing from these two once again. Hold on, cos this is gonna go off.
Caolin Clay will once more be bringing their well-honed brand of jazz, rock’n’roll and soulful vocals to the Garden Stage. Formed after members of the quintet met on a musical performance course way back in 2010, they’ve sharpened their craft on live stages at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival in Hay on Wye and, of course, our very own Nozstock for two years running, resulting in a playful but expert live performance which promises not to disappoint. Their style takes inspiration from across the board of jazz fusion, rock basslines and folk, the disparate elements held together by a powerful central voice.
Al and The Sorry Seagulls
Hailing from humble Newtown, Alex Davies has traveled the world – spreading his music and his unique energy across the land. Expect original material chop with rap, ska, acoustic guitar and live band.
Now something of a Noz tradition, Skaroo (better known to some as Dex) brings you his annual Friday night journey through some big bassline hip hop, breaks and electro alongside a few old skool classics.
Beginning life as a bedroom experiment in Wolverhampton, Paper Tiger have evolved into a band renowned for their expertise in broken beat, dubstep and hiphop, citing original influences as diverse as ‘African funk compilations and apocalyptic space-rap’. Their earliest tinkerings with electronica were picked up by Steve Lamacq, and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength: their incredible live shows have seen them playing festivals across Europe and sharing stages with acts like Krafty Kuts and Gaslamp Killer. Paper Tiger have truly perfected the art of bringing electronic music to the festival stage.
Three Headed Beast are one of the UK’s newest and most exciting rap collectives. Formed in 2012, and made up of M.A.B, Jinxsta JX & Twizzy who are all part of Abnoxshuz Entertainment, a collective of UK Hip Hop artists. Their self titled début E.P. features 9 tracks by the trio and production from the likes of Charlie Mac, Farma G, Diligent Fingers and Hutch. Their latest 8 track album “Self Driven” is currently available for free download on Bandcamp.
Back in 2004 Hereford based indie band Brandon Steep caught the attention of BBC Radio 1 and were championed by the late great John Peel, so as you can imagine we are super excited about front man JPs new musical endeavors! Get ready to welcome the enigmatic Wynonna Ryder to the Garden Stage.
Introducing Last Tree Squad, Hereford’s own Dub and Hip Hop group are not to be missed. They don’t just play an energising blend of Reggae, Dub and Hip Hop, their music also touches on a wide range of genres including Jungle, Dubstep and more. As well as being lots of fun, their music has depth. Meaningful lyrics are used to get across their message of thanksgiving respect and peace. They have opened for Ms Dynamite and will be arriving at Nozstock fresh from Birmingham, where they will be playing at ONEDUB.
The Feud are were formed in Manchester, UK.Their debut single In Between The Lines, released in 2010 has had much critical acclaim attracting attention from all over Europe. The band are quickly gaining a reputation for having a raucous, energetic live show.In May 2012, The Feud’s single It Ain’t Right was handpicked by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and chosen as his pick of the week, which lead to airplay on daytime shows on BBC Radio 1 through the month.
Cardiff soul/jazz/funk/hip-hop collective SuperChango mash up their favourite genres to make a new sound – and it’s BIG! Making a habit of using audience lead improvisations to create new music at every show they do, SuperChango want to exercise your brain as well as your booty!”
Hailing from our very own hills, Sketchbeat describe themselves as ‘Rock, Funk ‘n’ Roll’ (we couldn’t have put it better ourselves!). They are an award winning outfit who will have you under their thumb with their funky riffs and hard-core drums. With a bit of brass and synth thrown in, and the occasional didgeridoo too, these lads will have you rollicking come rain or shine!
Jess Morgan is an original singer/song writer hailing from Norfolk. 2013 was jammed packed for Jess with her 2nd album release.2014 is set to be even busier! She will delight you with her exquisite style; think graceful ethereal tones with clean smooth guitar, all with a story to tell behind it.
The Remedy are a jazz, pop and reggae infused soul band, who write music to make people smile. They were recently featured on Flavourmag and NME.com and with good reason – every live show sees a fantastic and lively crowd response and their lyrics are soulful and honest. They play regularly at venues like The Troubador and Notting Hill Arts Club where their riffs always get people tapping their feet.
Drummer, DJ and producer Typesun- aka Luke Harney- possesses a unique musical range which stems from a childhood love of classical and extends to the jazz trumpet solos and hip hop beats he mixes in his tracks. His 2012 release ‘Last Home’ was picked up on by the likes of DJ Nature; he cemented his reputation with 2013’s ‘The PL’, which quickly caught the attention of BBC Introducing and ID Mag. Typesun has supported such luminaries as Ghostpoet and David Rodigan. According to Futureboogie, Typesun ‘joins the dots between eras & genres’- a dizzying pick n mix of soul, R&B, techno, and much more besides…
We are chuffed to welcome back Benji Tranter to the Garden Stage this year. Those who heard his set at Noz 2012 will know him as the guy who drinks earl grey, hates early starts and writes music about people. For those who don’t know him Benji is a singer songwriter who refers to his writing as ‘poetic lyricism.’ Benji and his guitar have been traveling across the UK delivering his exceptional folky/acoustic sound. He is currently recording his first independent LP which is due for release later this year.
Phil King has had two highly successful albums released, as well as getting airtime on many local radio-stations and Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester on BBC Radio 2. He has toured extensively across Europe. In between this Phil composes music for Theatre, TV, Dance and film. He has worked with Bristol Old Vic and Regents Park Open Air among others. Despite this immensely busy schedule Phil will be joining us at the Festival this year, so get ready to enjoy “smouldering folk’ from Venue’s Roots Artist of the Year 2010.
BBC Hereford and Worcester takeover:
Chevy Chase Stole My Wife were formed in an explosion of glitter and feathers in the summer of 2013, ready to rock in the name of a good time. Harnessing the power of bluesy riffs, pounding rhythm and tight vocal harmonies, they have been taking their brand of crunchy guitar-pop all over the West Midlands and Worcestershire to the delight and confusion of audiences. CCSMW are never without a smile, a surreal lyric, and a G&T
Cinc Sound is resident dj at bustling Hereford cocktail bar. Expect a range of mixing techniques and genres including house, drum’n’bass and trance with airy vocals and quickwitted MC’s.
Matt Envy is a club DJ & Producer based in Hereford UK. He began producing tracks in his bedroom at the age of 17 and began DJing in 2005 as a route to getting his tracks heard in clubs. His sound takes elements of progressive house and trance, electro house and main room, often combined with catchy vocal top lines. Big sounds and equally big vocals are a common theme in his music, with strong melodic elements also. He has collaborated with a number of other Artists. Vocalist and Songwriter Lucia Nicole is often featured on his more recent productions.
Dubstep producer SemTex from Bromsgrove joins the Garden Stage after support from BBC H&W, where he begins his journey of live performance. Influenced by the likes of KOAN Sound, Flux Pavillion and Zomboy, Simon has now been producing his own signature sound for 2 years and with a growing internet presence he is likely to a leading contender on electronic scene over the years. Expect a mix of dubstep, glitch-hop, chill step and drumstep and do check out his Soundcloud page for up-coming releases.