You may remember that a year or two back my younger brother Josh covered Livestock Festival for me, he did such a good job that this year he will be covering Nozstock on my behalf. This is his preview of this years festival. Over to you Josh:
Nozstock’s 20th anniversary speaks volumes of a successful festival that’s stuck to its origins and has continued to deliver on excellence year in, year out. The festival is deemed more of a 3 day, non-stop party as opposed to a festival, but don’t be mistaken for thinking the line-up isn’t utterly impeccable. I was really chuffed o be asked to review the festival in all of its glory and am overly excited to attend. This blog post is going to show the five things I’m personally most excited about for Nozstock 2018. The festival won the ‘Mind Blowing Spectacle’ award last year so there’s a lot to live up too. Judging by the lineup, it’s not going to disappoint…
Electronic duo Goldfrapp offers a unique twist to the festival game with eclectic music that everyone will know. The duo’s hit single ‘Ooh La La’ gained the band notable success. The song has been used in many high-end adverts, making it a catchy feel-good anthem that’ll have the crowds going crazy. Goldfrapp has many classics which will make for a groovy night for certain.
Notable Track – Ooh La La
Chase and Status (DJ SET)
When asked about drum and bass, only one name springs to mind. Chase & Status have absolutely dominated the industry for over 10 years. The duo has created some of the most recognisable music in the UK in recent years. Their hard work and consistent deliverance of brilliant music have led to many accolades and festival headline shows. Chase and Status are on most peoples ‘to see list’ as they always put on a show.
Notable Track – Blind Faith
Dub Pistols have been on the festival circuit for years and continue to impress with their hard-working ethos and dreamy drum and bass sounds. 2017 saw the outfit release ‘Crazy Diamond’ an album that seems almost perfectly designed for summer days in festival fields. The band bring trumpets, feel-good rhythms and atmospheric anthems, destined to be the highlight of the weekend for many.
Notable Track – Mucky Weekend
We Are Scientists
The band’s genre is hard to decipher, what I do know is We Are Scientists are utterly sublime live. They offer a mix of post-punk/indie and electronic to create music to dance to. The band wreak of nostalgia from the early 2000’s and despite being around for over 15 years are continuing to release brilliant music. The band are no stranger to playing big crowds, this will be their first appearance at Nozstock and we’re all very excited for what’s inevitably going to be a brilliant performance.
Notable Track – No Wait At Five Leaves
Innovator of hip-hop Grandmaster Flash is going to be headlining ‘The Garden Stage’ much to the excitement of fans. Since his debut over 40 years ago, he has pioneered the way hip-hop has been created and has cultivated a generation. Grandmaster Flash is renowned for his on-stage performances and getting the crowd going. It’s going to be a sight to see, a groovy one at that.
Notable Track – White Lines
The Blockheads- Cult heroes will be bringing ‘sex, drugs and rock n roll’ to Nozstock.
Oh my God! It’s the Church- Funky evangelists will provide a sermon with a smile.
S.P.Y- D&B with a surprising pure sound that’s incredibly unique and utterly divine.
Black Sun Empire – Netherlands D&B heroes are intending on flushing down the Cubicles stage with ‘dramatic neurofunk’.
Catholic Action – The Scottish outfit offer a unique twist on modern day alternative music.
The Selecter – There’s not ‘Too Much Pressure’ on these to deliver, everyone knows they will..
Reginald D Hunter – Guaranteed to have fans in hysterics.