We ain't twistin' ya melon, Madchester's finest will bring their iconic brand of acid-soaked indie to Bromyard this summer. In other words, The Happy Mondays are headlining Nozstock 2017.
Following multiple Bez sightings in the county, the announcement may be less of a surprise to the more eagle-eyed Mondays fans, but is still a huge coup for the Bromyard festival with the original 24-hour Party People representing one of the biggest bands to tread the boards at the award-winning boutique festival (July 21-23).
Also headlining will be everyone’s favourite hobo bluesman, Seasick Steve and purveyors of the hippest of hop, The Sugarhill Gang (legends who are, we should add, also booked to play El Dorado at Eastnor Castle a few weeks earlier).
Joining the US-heavy bill are Hayseed Dixie, ACDC loving banjo-weilders who single-handedly invented rockgrass; breakbeat big dog Krafty Kuts, ragga superstar General Levy and Newport's finest... Goldie Lookin Chain.
For fans of fancy dress the site-wide festival theme for 2017 is Keepin’ it Surreal. A broad church as far as themes go, and Noz organisers said they've been inspired by everything from Dali-esque melting clocks to the Magic Roundabout.
Nozstock 2016 Photo: Conor Irvine, CSI Photography / licklist.co.uk.
Above: Seasick Steve
Above: Goldie Lookin Chain.
Noz turns 19 this year and kicked off 2017 in style, announcing awards for its approach to green issues and disability access. It was also shortlisted in more categories than any other festival at the UK Festival Awards last year, scooping noms in four categoies including Best Dance Event and Best Family Festival.
New for this year will be the Elephant's Grave area - a "haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark". Nozstock resident Sonny Wharton will be there, as well music agency From Berlin with Love.
Here's a playlist from the latter:
Also on the bill is Herefordshire-based guitar guru Remi Harris, who'll add to the seriously chilled vibes of Bluejay’s Jazz Lounge on the Sunday.
So that's The Happy Mondays, The Sugarhill Gang, Hayseed Dixie, Goldie Lookin Chain, Krafty Kuts & Dynamite MC, Clik Click Collective, Mash Cinema, Beans on Toast, Seasick Steve, Ferocious Dog, The Correspondents, Hazard & Eksman and General Levy.
Proof, if ever you needed it, that Nozstock can still nail eclectic line-up without breaking a sweat.
Live line up: Seasick Steve, Happy Mondays, General Levy, Ocean Wisdom, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Beans on Toast, Rodney P & Skitz, The Correspondents, Lady Chann, Jeremiah Ferrari, Sola Rosa, Dabbla Illaman and DJ Frosty, Land of The Giants, Stiff Joints, Chainska Brassika, Hannah Peel, Jeremiah Ferrari, Sola Rosa, Jalen N’ Gonda, Death By Unga Bunga, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Haus, The Meow Meows, Jasper In The Company of Others, Micall Parknsun, Natty Speaks, Desert Boots, Youth, Boy Azooga, Andy Jones, Lit FM, Mango Factory and Normanton Street.
DJs: Krafty Kuts & Dynamite MC, Delta Heavy, Hazard & Eksman, 15 Years of Critical Records feat. Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra, Foreign Concept, Loadstar, Mind Vortex, Frankee, Uncle Dugs showcase feat. Billy Bunter & more tbc, Carasel MC, Tribe of Frog, Remidy MC, Octo Pi, Trafic MC, Scope and Dex.
Comedy, Theatrics & Cinema: Phil Kaye, Jayde Adams, Velveteen Valley Cabaret; Bantam of the Opera Theatre; Spare Room Arts’ Little Wonderland; Clik Clik’s Cabinet of Lost Secrets; Mash Cinema present Wrong Directions; Interactive street arts, walkabout, circus and crafts.
Nozstock 2017 weekend tickets are £115 and there's currently a call for volunteer stewards.