It’s that time of year again. With daylight lurching back into evenings and heatwaves around the corner, festival season is nearly here and planning ahead for going ham in a field somewhere is the order of business.
That in mind, we’re hyped to announce that we will be returning to Nozstock: The Hidden Valley in 2019!
Following on from last year’s UKHH Summer Sickness content (which involved summer mixes packed with heaters, festival/events guides and some sick bars and music videos captured on site at some insane weekenders) we’ve adopted the go bigger or go home mentality this time round….
Coincidentally, a highlight of last year’s Nozstock was filming the video for the Verbal Highz fam’s single ‘Takin Over’. This year we are LITERALLY TAKING OVER the Bullpen Stage for a showcase of UK hip hop talent that we’d bet our left nuts are set for recognition.
Before we get into that though… Takeover or not, we’re just excited to be going back to the farm! Last year’s line-up included (to name a few) Verb T and Pitch 92, Fliptrix, Chali 2na, the final performance from UK legends Task Force and a mainstage set from Grandmaster friggin Flash! For 3 days the sun shined, crowds popped off and pretty much everyone lost their precious marbles.
Never caught slacking, the Noz family (a load of them are literally a family) have raised the game yet again to provide a 2019 line-up with a formidable selection of acts for the discerning hip hop head to find sandwiched between the various bass heavy rave spots. UKHH certified fresh acts this year include sets from High Focus original dark poet Jam Baxter, fellow Dead Players lyricist and Potent Funkist; Dabbla, OG barsman Skinnyman, soundsystem hip hop from Joe Burn & Skitz, Illaman getting heavy in live band Pengshui, Gardna x Eva Lazerus and a bunch more to discover. (More to follow on this in the coming weeks.)
Oh yeah… and a UKHH X Nozstock Takover…
We’re honoured and more than hyped to be taking over the Bullpen stage for 2 hours on Friday of this year’s festival. But that wouldn’t count for much if we didn’t have a line-up of acts that we genuinely believe in. To any who don’t yet know the underground dons below, we guarantee checking out their music is worth your time and seeing them live worth the aching limbs afterwards…
The MC’s MC. Having truly earned the status of veteran with a recording career that stems back over a decade and having caught recognition from names including Skitz, Essa and Skinnyman, Brotherman is more than overdue his time in the spotlight. Returning late last year with the ill Huckleberry EP on MANA records it’s a safe bet you can expect impressive things from releases coming in 2019. In the meantime check the dudes history to see why for over a decade he’s been a problem!
Cop the Huckleberry EP here.
There’s something in the water down in Kent. One of the many massively underexposed sections of the UK’s hip hop scene; the most south-easterly expanse of our island boasts a surprisingly innovate community of beat makers and spitters. Consisting of a quadruple threat of the rowdiest wrong-uns the seaside town of Folkestone could provide, the recently formed Backward Sun have released a relentless slew of tunes this year that haven’t yet put a foot wrong. Expect hectic, wavy crew vibes at the Bullpen this year from members Chie, 7th Sense, Misled and Pickle Rich over raw beats provided by producer/DJ King Bracket.
They’ve generously dropped a 3 track EP this week that you can download for free here.
GEORGE BUCKS & MICK SWAGGER
We love George Bucks. Still a relative newcomer, we’ve been fans of the Reading based rapper since he appeared. With consistently slick tunes and a lyrical style laden with punch lines, Bucks permanently has the air of an artist making tunes with the main aim of amusing himself (that just also happen to be dope). It’s not surprising that in his first year he’s already rocked some impressive shows including Bestival and a support slot for Black Josh. Big things coming in 2019.
And one for luck… We booked George and shortly after he hit us up to let us know that his DJ was Mick Swagger and he’d be jumping on the mic for a back to back verbal assault at Nozstock. We’d literally just discovered Swagger a week before and since have dropped his second video for single ‘Hulk Hogan’ on our Channel. Watch this guy.
We’ll be bringing you content from our Bullpen mandem and other line up acts in the 100 days(ish) remaining til our return to the Valley and obviously some sick content shot on location.
Ticket are available now. For full line up and passes CLICK HERE!