Herefordshire's own Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival today reveals its final line up of music acts for 2013. New additions include high-energy spandex touting duet The Correspondents, firm festival favourites Electric Swing Circus, BBC 6 Music acclaimed The Wytches, Dr Meaker, Smerins Anti Social Club and Parlour Flames (featuring ex-Oasis man Bonehead). They will join a powerhouse line up featuring The Strypes, Dub Pistols, Mr Scruff, The Beat, Chas and Dave, DJ Yoda, Andy C and Loadstar.
These other musical acts are also fresh to the freshest of Nozstock's lineups; Tako Lako, Bo Walton, Richard and The Rafters, Willie and The Bandits, Misty Miller, The Equators, Gorgeous George, George Ezra and Stiff Joints. Funny folk to take to the Nozstock stage include the most critically acclaimed Mr Tom Binns and Mr Methane, known for his highbrow and most sophisticated brand of humour.
Bacon the Bull promoted to Head of Security:
Following a brilliant performance in 2012 in which he drove two would-be gate-crashers into a tree, only to be helped down by the police, Bacon the Bull of the Nozstock Farm has been promoted to head of security. Said Bacon of his post, "It's been well known for a while that I've been the favourite of the Noz family, so it's only fitting that I finally take my rightful place as the head of security at Nozstock this year." He then went on to say that he hoped that someone will try to sneak in this year so he could "have a proper shot at them".
Also playing are hotly tipped young upstarts The Strypes, one of Britain's longest running and most cherished acts Chas & Dave, Dub Pistols (fronted by the enigmatic Barry Ashworth), The Beat, Benny Page, The Computers and Ava Leigh plus the legendary RAM Records takeover of The Cubicles dance arena. Featuring some of the hottest talent in the dance music scene including the undisputed godfather of DnB Andy C, RAM will once again be bringing his bag of bass-heavy tricks, alongside Wilkinson, Loadstar, Loko and MC Visionobi.
The Correspondents will be returning to Nozstock for a second year with their high-energy two-man stage show. DJ/Producer Chucks throws a history of dance music from Blues to Jazz, Electro to Dubstep to Drum'n'Bass into the mix which is then seasoned with Mr Bruce's vocals depicting the trials and errors of love, lust and loss creating a show not to be missed.
Electric Swing Circus are a 6 piece Electro Swing band that fuses cool 20's swing with stomping electro beats in a dazzling live show. Fronted by the sassy Sisters of Swing with the addition of live drums, fretless bass, gyspy jazz guitar, keys, synths and swinging samples, The Electric Swing Circus hotfoots its way through everything from breakbeat and house to jungle and dubstep, whilst keeping true to their own unique style of swing.
The Wytches formed in November 2011 and have slithered their way in to various cities over England with a cynical, dark and flowery take on psychedelia ever since. Their songs take in 50's surf riffs, desert whips and loungey melancholic shuffles, drawing influence from Nirvana, Bright Eyes and The Cramps.
Dr Meaker have become one of Bristol's prize assets and are set to be an exciting prospect for Nozstock this year. Many have been won over by their mind blowing live performances, tight production, quality writing and their ability to effortlessly mix soul with Bass music. Last year the band performed a Maida Vale Live Lounge session for Trevor Nelson's BBC Radio 1xtra show.
Smerins Anti Social Club are renowned for their explosive live shows and Nozstock will be no exception. They have long been firing up festival crowds and gig-goers throughout the UK with their 10 piece lineup using the raw ingredients of ska, funk, dub, drum'n'bass and swing to full effect in their epic, brass-heavy instrumentals.
Sika Studios Hip Hop Squat Takeover:
Fliptrix |Verb T | Jam Baxter |Leaf Dog | BVA | Edward Scissortongue | DJ Sammy B Side| DJ Madnice |Dr Syntax |Devilman | Ed Cox + Stivs (DSC) + Mattycore (Life4land) |Stagga + Skamma |Lee Scott + Bill Shakes (Children of the Damned) | Split Prophets | Jman |Sonnyjim + Sleaze |Mylo Stone | Tenchoo | Traumatik |Rum Committee | Concept of Thought | Defenders of Style + Lego + Matter | Granville Sessions + Jester Jacobs|Influx |TPS |GV Clik | Cracker Jon + Too Late | Bennadict | Kimberley Newell |Bahai | Flash Harry|
In addition to these announcements, Sika Studios have announced the lineup for their hip hop squat takeover in The Bullpen. This will see the return of High Focus Records to Nozstock, putting on a showcase featuring the likes of Fliptrix, who has been considered the UKs freshest hip hop MC since 2010's critically acclaimed Theory of Rhyme, Leaf Dog, one third of underground heroes Three Amigos, Verb T, BVA, Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortongue, DJ Sammy B Side and DJ Madnice. A huge figure in underground UK hip-hop, Dr Syntax will be returning to Nozstock, with his 'witty social commentary, self-deprecating humour and intelligent wordplay. (Rhyme and Reason).
The Coppice lineup announced:
Psytrance stalwarts Tribe of Frog? will also be returning to Nozstock to bring deep beats into The Coppice all weekend long with acts like Big Scary Monsters?, Illegal Machines?, and K.i.M? joining the fray. Also appearing will be: Brainiac, Occular, Lurk, Lorraine, Awen, Neutron, Nocotopus, Psychosonic, F'da F'da, Hemp, Timmer, Dr. Psy, Pieman and Wicki.
First comedy acts revealed:
Nozstock is also thrilled to announce the first wave of its comedy lineup for 2013. Hosted by Rock 'N Roll tour manger turned award winning comedian Bob Slayer, this year's line up features the cream of the UK comedy crop.
Lauded by Time Out as a 'wonderfully observed and hysterically funny character who contacts dead celebrities with incredible results' Tom Binns is set to grace the stage with his most recent comic creation Ian De Monfort, a psychic from Sunderland. Mr Methane, the renowned performing flatualist caused a stir on Britain's Got Talent a few years ago with his anal voiced rendition of The Blue Danube will also be appearing.
Other highlights include Martin Mor, Norman Lovett and Simon Donald as well as Lach, Joey Page, Holly Burns, Ben Target, Pat Cahill, John Kearns, Holly Burn, Karl Schultz, Adam Larter, Paul Duncan McGarity, Matthew Highton, Beth Vyse Gareth Morinan and Joe Davies.
Music line-up additions:
The Correspondents | The Wytches | Parlour Flames | Misty Miller | Electric Swing Circus | Wille and The Bandits | The Equators | Tako Lako | Smerins Anti Social Club | More Like Trees | Dr Meaker | Uncle Dugs | Kry Wolf | George Ezra | Ziro | Richard and The Rafters | Bo Walton | Stiff Joints | High Focus Records Showcase | Fliptrix | Verb T | Jam Baxter | Leaf Dog | BVA | Edward Scissortongue | DJ Sammy B Side| DJ Madnice | Dr Syntax | Devilman | Ed Cox + Stivs + Mattycore | Stagga + Skamma | Lee Scott + Bill Shakes | Split Propehts | J Man | Sonnyjim + Sleaze | Mylo Stone | Big Scary Monsters | Illegal Machines | K.i.M | Brainiac | Occular | Lurk | Lorraine | Awen | Neutron | Nocotopus, Psychosonic | F'da F'da | Hemp | Timmer | Dr. Psy | Pieman | Wicki
Break | Remidy MC | Amoss | Octo Pi | DJ Scope