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.
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Ninja Tune veteran & supreme selector Mr. Scruff will be at the controls for the first time at Nozstock this year, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, latin, electrofunk and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category… and no lumps of fat or gristle! Expect fantastic sound and probably one of the best atmosphere’s the Garden Stage as seen. We cannot wait!
DMC Scratch DJ Champion and international Hip-Hop party starter, DJ Yoda, touches down at Nozstock! Ever since the launch of his first compilation album “How to Cut & Paste Vol.1″, all the way through to his latest and greatest artist album “Chop Suey”, DJ Yoda’s sense of humour and unique style have been in high demand; the only DJ in the world who can fill a club cutting the Indiana Jones theme music with dirty dubstep beats or 80’s pop with New York rap! Acclaimed by Q magazine as one of the ‘Ten DJs To See Before You Die’, this is one show you cannot miss out on!
Legendary member of the dnb fraternity Benny Page and his ear tingling style are set to smash it at Nozstock this year. Famed for his huge dancefloor tracks like ‘Turn down the lights’, Shy FX’s protégé has an instantly recognizable style. Prepare for this to be your set of the summer, as this is one producer who certainly gets the hype flowing.
The band take their name from a component to a jazz repertoire, however King Porter Stomp are not quite what their name suggests.This is funky ska slap bass rhythms, lots of brass and a decidedly British MC; a completely brilliant mash-up of styles.
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 favorite producer of the year. As a guest mixer for Radio One no less than three times, this fresh talent is really worth seeing.
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.
DJ, producer and promoter, Duttys sets range from karnival house, soca & bashment vibes to heads down roots & dubstep, plus everything in between. As well as playing in hometown Bristol and regularly releasing well received mixtapes, he has played alongside the likes of David Rodigan, Friction, Congo Natty and many more in venues across the world, plus some of our top UK festivals. He is also a radio regular doing guest mixes for stations like Rinse and Sub FM. Dutty Inspectors will be the perfect transaction from day to night at Nozstock. His bag of dubplate specials, unreleased exclusives and infamous mash ups and remixes always get crowds moving ……
8-piece funk reggae outfit Backbeat Sound System are a band laden with groove, their up-tempo song craft drawing from numerous influences in creation of a tight, elated sound. Hailing from the charming Cornish idyll of St Austell, this band transcend genre limitations – this is original sound, groovy and affecting. In the short time Backbeat have been together, they have been smashing up the live music scene in the South West and over the previous summers they’ve shared a stage with many big names including Cypress Hill, Dreadzone and Natty. Now joining Nozstock’s Garden stage on their extensive festival tour, you can expect an energetic onstage party from these boys.
Coda are a five piece dubstep band based in London. They have been bringing their own brand of groove inducing and bass heavy music to the world since 2009. Coda are a live act who have fused the energy and connection to audience of seeing a band with the excitement, precision and hype of seeing a DJ.
More Like Trees are a London three piece acoustic band 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 Than Trees even have a video of them jamming on one of Londons infamously hostile night buses bringing a smile to every passengers face, so just imagine what they’ll do for the crowd at Nozstock!
Gypsy Unit are a band guaranteed to get your hips shaking and feet bouncing. They infuse the riffs and grooves of Gypsy Folk with their own brand of sharp, witty, singalong- guaranteed, hip hop lyrics. This Bristol-based collective are pioneers in Gyp-Hop and are a force to be reckoned with. If these boys don’t get you jumping up, swilling your cider from vigorous dancing and bobbing your head then we don’t know what will.
Beatbox Blues Duo Heymoonshaker have created a fresh sound that is intriguing audiences all over the world. Their Youtube videos alone have amassed over 8.5 million views. The duo consists of Dave Crowe, a master beatboxer who has been honing his talent to the point of human implausibility and Andy Balcon, a blues guitarist with uncompromising musicianship and a voice that howls like a wolf. Fusing and Harmonizing urban sounds and deep bass, with a roots mentality, and blues,rock and roll rhythms has helped them define a new sound which will soon become a household term. With their hardcore attitude to gigging, relentless live energy, unique performance style and musical clarity, Heymoonshaker are a band to place your chips on.
Endorsed by David Rodigan as “British reggae at it’s best”, this nine-piece outfit, yes, nine!, create sophisticated reggae that will have you shuffling and swaying like no other. Prepare for some seriously catchy down-tempo grooves.
Hailing from the North this 5 piece play a whole load of funky stuff. Born just over 2 years ago, Too Spicy came together mixing ska, reggae, punk and the occasional dub tune. They have already had the great pleasure of playing alongside all time legends like Toots and The Maytals, The Beat and Bad Manners plus their current heroes Gentleman’s Dub Club. With radio exposure and a string of gigs booked these guys are on up the up. As they say, Big up the spice cadets!
Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywags are not like your normal band. Its more a way of life! With their world rhythms, positive lyrics and catchy melodies Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags always get the whole crowd jumping! Duncan is a very talented songwriter and has a very unique style. Using the spanish guitar more like a drum, taking influence from Flamenco. He has created a whole new technique enabling him to be the drums and the guitar at the same time, providing the band with a solid backbeat and driving rhythm. His songs range in styles including Gypsy to Swing, Hip Hop to Reggae and Rumba to Latin. The band have become regulars at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Small World.
Back by popular demand these sexy weirdos are gracing the Orchard Stage with their unique blend of Balkan rhythms, Yiddish melodies and Punk like vocals. Likened to such acts as The Specials and The Pogues, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos are guaranteed to have you stomping and dancing along with their high energy, action packed gypsy-jazz. Take it from us, these are not to be missed!
Captain Accident, (named so because of his mishap prone nature!) and his good friends The Disasters are gonna have you moving to their groove with their utterly delightful blend of Ska/Raggae with melodic sing-a-long tunes. Hailing from Cardiff, these guys have shared a stage with Ska greats such as Toots and The Maytals and Neville Stapes of The Specials. Just relax and let their summer vibe wash over you…
This solo songstress hailing from Bristol is making her Nozstock debut this year. Writing and singing songs all her life, Sarah Joy has created her own haunting brand of powerful, soulful songs. She will take you back to those cosy nights in, curled up in front of a fire!
The Inexplicables are a live 5-piece ensemble bringing you a Bristol sound built on beatbox; taking you on a journey through reggae, hip hop and latin to electro swing, drum n bass and dubstep. A perfect festival band; versatile, uplifting and easy to dance to. They have performed in Bristol venues such as The Attic Bar, Arc Bar and The Gallimaufry, and on board MS Stubnitz in London.
Cazal play a mix of soulful americana and funky sounds. Last year was an adventurous year with European tours, music videos and a set of new hand crafted songs that went down a storm at a range of summer festivals, including Nozstock.
Let the sun shine on the Garden Stage for the beautiful fusion quintet Caolin Clay. Melding Rock, jazz, funk and folk with soulful vocals this band will get you moving and grooving, Listen out for enchanting tracks off their 2010 EP Cigarettes and Horses.
Hailing from Cheltenham, The Cadbury Sisters (and new Guitarist Tom Mitchell) have been captivating the contemporary Folk Music Scene with their self-written, lilting melodies about loves lost and won. Having only began their musical career in 2008, the three sisters have always loved making music together, but it took an open-mic night to inspire them to start gigging. Drawing influences from modern contemporaries such as Laura Marling and Bat For Lashes to Folk Legends such as Simon and Garfunkel, there sound is a cross between both old and new, encompassed into a sound entirely of their own.
Jennifer Booton is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Herefordshire. Playing acoustic folk pop, her latest track ‘Sirens’ has received air time on the BBC Introducing Radio Show and is available to purchase now.
Back in 2004 Hereford based indie band Brandon Steep (renamed Apples and signed to Primary talent) 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 Wyynona Ryyder to the Garden Stage
Octo Pi, Koncept, Mouthmaster Murf and Goldseal
Octo Pi, Koncept and MouthMaster Murf are three of Nozstocks hardest workers, and apart from being able to build stages, book acts and bend over backwards for the festival, it turns out they’re all pretty good at that music thing too. Mouthmaster Murf and Goldseal are both members of local legends The Anomalies, phenomenal DJs and an impressive MCs. Koncept is a drum and bass DJ who is ready to blow your socks off. Octo Pi, with plenty of radio 1 airtime for his last single under his belt and after winning the Ministry Of Sound remix competition for a DJ Fresh track, we couldn’t be more excited to have him playing for us.