Standing proud at the hilltop of the Dingle is the Bandstand. Hosting a variety of eclectic sounds, its philosophy is to bring diverse, unsigned and experimental acts to the stage.
This stage is perfect for those of you looking for a comfy sofa to chill with a beer, hoping to source new music. Tucked into its own area on the far side of the Dingle, the Bandstand creates an atmosphere all of its own. Just ask Phill Jupitus – he couldn’t be prised from his choice armchair…
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Previous Nozstockers will be familiar with the Exeter-based rock ’n’ soul firebrands. Their blistering debut, 2010’s ‘This Is The Computers’ was a hardcore punk workout that placed them comfortably in that scene. But it only told half of the story. For album two, they returned, sharp-suited, drenched in Brylcreem with a line in classic, romantic rock ’n’ roll, soul and blues that was as sharp as their quiffs. The band had always been soul boys deep down, but they didn’t quite know how to realise those dreams back then. Second album ‘Love Triangles Hate Squares’ was a personal, romantic and soulful record loosely termed as being broadly about “the breakdown of relationships.” Of what might appear as bold reinvention, the band reasons life’s too short to do the same thing again and again. The Computers are guaranteed to make you dance through any kind of heartbreak. As anyone who’s ever seen their live show will confirm, they will make you dance. The story continues in Spring 2015 – The Computers are currently recording their third album in a barn on the edge of a cliff deep down in the South West of the UK.
Aiming to dazzle with dignity, Mr. B takes to the stage for a second time over the weekend with his banjolele and stiff upper lip to perform ditties of pipe-smoking, high society, cricket and sexual misadventure, as well as some more well-known pieces from the world of hip hop, re-worked in true Chap Hop fashion.
Proving themselves to be one of the great new bands of 2014, House of Lions have created a huge buzz across the country. No one would know they’ve only been together a short time as their professional attitude and seamless songwriting has become a favourite with so many people. Their distinct mix of guitar based indie rock, soulful vocals and dynamic energy entertains any crowd and always gets a great reception. Having recorded their material at the very established Kore Studios in London, which has been host to acts such as Amy Winehouse and Kasabian, it is clear to see House of Lions are more than capable of performing to the highest level. Proof comes from the fact their debut single ‘Uncruel’ came in at 27th in the iTunes alternative charts after its release in March.
Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian five piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, roots and folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed.
HMS Morris appeared in midair between London and Cardiff in 2012, hovered for a good while to get their bearings, and finally descended in 2014 to set down roots in the rich psychedelic soil of Wales. Variously described as ‘cinematic electro-pop’ (A Sound Reaction), ‘luscious psychedelic indie’ (Focus Wales), and a blend of ‘synth-pop, psychedelia and indie-pop’ (Buzz Magazine), HMSM’s music is made to intrigue, delight and excite in equal measure.
Keygreen are a Herefordshire band led by brother and sister songwriters Tom and Nicky Jaques. They’re fresh out of the studio having just recorded their debut album ‘It All Begins Again’ which draws upon influences from the likes of Ben Howard, Fink, Laura Marling and Kings Of Convenience. The natural synergy of their vocal harmonies is supported by a dynamic and varied instrumental texture featuring haunting clarinet and sax lines, an intricate blend of guitars and piano, and supported by the percussive drive and depth of a talented rhythm section.
Embark on a new form of original music, elements of rock, folk, swing, blues, hip hop blended together by singer-songwriter Joe Johnson an his ‘partner in rhyme’ Francis Anyanjo. Both are BIMM students in Bristol, aspiring professional producers and songwriters these two have a busy year planned, keeping it fresh on the South West and festival circuit. ‘BuffPeng’.
Sahara Heights are a young and dynamic five-piece indie rock/heavy pop band from Swindon, channelling a blend of influences from modern indie, psychedelic and classic ’60s bands. The likes of Foals, Tame Impala and The Beatles are a proven blend in their songwriting, with musically balanced hooks and riffs. Starting out as a four-piece in the summer of 2014, the band began writing original material, with an eagerness to perform live. Through the use of pedals and experimental sounds, their sets offer an ear engaging experience and a memorable performance. Now with a recently joined member on keys, a more developed soundscape has been opened to explore as well. A natural chemistry between the band is apparent in their collaboration and stage presence.
Swansea based Doghouse will delight Nozstockers with their folk-country crossover.
Formed in 2012, Sons of Creed are an exciting and thrilling new four-piece indie rock band from North Wales, consisting of Cai Pattinson (Lead Vocals/ Guitar), Ger Williams (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Dewi Williams (Bass/Vocals) & Sion Edwards (Drums/Percussion).
With belief, determination and focus, Sons of Creed have been working tirelessly writing, recording and rehearsing in preparation for the UK music scene and beyond.
Their music ranges from upbeat, driving drums, wrapped in reverb-laden layered guitars and atmospheric strings to acoustic driven downbeat ballads, all of which are coloured by undeniably memorable, anthemic, emotional and powerful melodies.
Their music has drawn comparisons with Stereophonics, Kasabian and The La’s.
Rozelle are a female fronted five-piece alternative-rock/pop band that focuses on experimentation. The band combine memorable dark vocal melodies with dreamy guitar riffs to form a unique blend. Musically drawing influences from The Cure, The XX, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Little Dragon, Daughter and Bombay Bicycle Club, their music reveals intelligent textures as well as maintaining upbeat vibes that keep you moving and engaged. With pulsating synths, challenging beat sequences and intriguing lyrical content, Rozelle generates an obscure musical fusion.
Assembled in Wales in 2006, White Noise Sound have received airplay from the likes of Bethan Elfyn at BBC Radio 1 and toured Europe with Super Furry Animals. Released by cult Californian label Alive Records in 2010 their debut album was greeted with widespread critical acclaim. 2015 sees the return of the Welsh psychedelicists with second album ‘Like a Pyramid of Fire’. They’ve taken their trademark wall of sound and raised from it a sonic palette with range and depth. The record is a metronomic, hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration which goes beyond the standard tropes of psychedelia.
Welsh man Dan returns to the Bandstand for Nozstock 2015. thebluesmusicblog compares him to “Tom Waits, John Hammond and early Bob Dylan…he has a unique sound all his own, with a clarity and freshness that makes discovering new music such a pleasure.” Daniel’s songs come from the heart, his integrity and raw emotion shining through an accomplished acoustic folk sound…cold hard truths mixed with uplifting, soulful melodies that always allow for the possibility of hope.
Alternative rock quartet hailing from Devon. With their fresh lineup, Evenu have had a busy year playing throughout the UK with their debut E.P ‘The Avenue E.P’. The band are currently writing new material, with influences from the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Saosin and the like, Evenu will bring hard, fast, catchy hooks accompanied with anthemic guitar lines in all of their songs.
Disraeli Gears are a four-piece alternative group based in London/Leeds. Their music exists in a space between dark and light, combining shades of Jeff Buckley with the delicate angularity of St. Vincent. Recent performances to a growing fan base in Leeds in venues such as the Brudenell Social Club and the Belgrave Music Hall precede new music which is to be released in the coming months.
Swansea seven-piece alternative pop band who produce bountiful melodic, big hearted pop folk. The band have recently independently recorded and released the song ‘Elephants’ from their latest EP ‘Out Of The Woods’ which has received great reviews. Influences include Frightened Rabbit, Weezer, Ben Kweller, Arcade Fire and Two Gallants which can be heard in their music. The band have clear rooted values in independence and will be releasing an album in May after recording it in friends kitchens, bedrooms, garages and living rooms.
Manuela Barczewski is a German artist and musician based in the UK. Her songs describe a melancholy and reflective stillness. Hints of folk, blues and an early ’90s- style-Seattle feel infest her newer works whilst sounding poised and modern. Her collaborations, in the recent years, with Hauschka (Fat Cat) are a natural step, both artists having a keen sense of the pastoral with affecting minimalism.
Pink Cigar are the most exciting young band to emerge from the current crop of UK rock ‘n’ roll talent. Hailing from the infamous streets of Ladbroke Grove in the west side of London, the bluesy-glam-punk-rock ‘n’ roll quartet have spent the last couple of years honing their musical chops and earning their dues playing live, thundering through the capital’s rock scene and breaking down the walls of every venue they grace, bringing an intensity and energy that just can’t be bought and needs to be experienced.
Ailsa Tully is a singer- songwriter and folk cellist currently studying popular music at Goldsmiths University. Ailsa uses the cello in a new and unconventional way to accompany her voice and modal songwriting style: drawing on influences from The Incredible String Band to The Staves, she combines folk stories with personal poetic imagery.
Japanese Fighting Fish have been unleashing their unique mix of musical madness on the underground scene since their emergence from Leeds in 2009. Ringmaster Karlos soars with smoky vocals over a rollercoaster ride of heavy groove rhythms, leaving the audience confused and impressed in equal measure. 2015 sees the release of their hotly anticipated third album ‘Swimming with Piranhas’ – watch out for zee Fish!!!
The Wow Signal
The Wow Signal are a punky rock ‘n’ roll quintet, found most days bashing out their take on the 2 minute pop song down the local rehearsal room in Hackney, East London. Crunchy guitars, dirty bass lines and pounding drums form the backdrop for their tales of angst fuelled melodrama. Formed in early 2015 this bunch of wiry vagabonds are picking up speed!
Dutch Cousin are a six-piece alternative/indie/electro band hailing from Birmingham, with a deep-seated sense of melodic craftsmanship and atmospheric arrangements. Described as “electro dream pop” and “the future of Birmingham’s music scene” by BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, their sound and style spans across an eclectic variety of influences and eras, delivering a concoction of ethereal acoustic tones and ominous, electric pulses. With songs that voyage through landscapes of pensive melancholy to vivacious terrains of ferocity, and armed with an artistic intention that transcends simple pop music, Dutch Cousin are a captivating and highly concentrated dose of contemporary musical talent.
Bristol boys The Rupees have been creating a buzz on Bristol’s music scene, “a patch work quilt of different styles” (Bristol Beats Club). Atmospheric synthesizer tones, grizzly guitars and gruff, rough vocals that combine to create a swirling, hypnotic trip will leave you dazed and confused, whacked, cracked, rocked and rolled. Selling out small venues across the city and beyond, they talk of sex, work, dancing like John Travolta, with a foot rooted in the past and the other firmly in the future.
JOLTA are a Brighton-based band with Northern roots, the latest promising group to emerge from the seemingly infallible seaside city. Fusing ’60s and ’70s sonic grounding with modern grit, their sound manages to bring familiarity whilst remaining forward thinking, the four-piece unafraid to show their influences and bring their own unique style on proceedings. Musically, their material to date is filled with prominent, instantly resonant hooks, stomp- fuelled rhythms and gargantuan riffs, culminating in a critically lauded huge sound, both live and on record. Despite forming just months ago, this quartet are already causing quite a stir with their visceral live shows, and summer 2015 will see them perform at Field Day, Isle of Wight and Blissfields festival.
Formed in Falmouth and now Bristol based, these rugged beach types have been bringing the party with their hybrid of acoustic funk, soul, hip hop and jazz, described by an anonymous source as the “one of the funkiest, reggae-iest, [and] most good-time-iest bands in history since the break up of Mit Dem Affen Essen in the summer of 2010. ” If you’re still up for a dance these guys will be closing the Bandstand on Saturday night in one of the most epic jams of the summer.
Inscape are a Swansea based electronic indie rock five-piece made up of Ethan, Luke, Alex, Joel and Dylan. Another fresh band to come out of Wales, these guys have had a good run of gigs and been busy recording: they are certainly ready for a summer of touring their new material.
Swansea/Cardiff based noise punk trio who gig regularly around Wales. Matt, Boris and Ian describe their sound as “DIY noise…not Enya.” Come and see for yourself…
Hot Dog Grrl
Hot Dog Grrl is a mix of grounded rock ‘n’ roll and a spiral of desperation. Formed in 2014 in Hackney Wick the influences are a mix between soul, folk and garage, a duality between dark melody and punching attitude…Expect the unexpected…
Post-punk, noise rock four-piece from Swansea, Wales, now based in London. Jackson, Adam, Billy and Lewis keep themselves busy gigging extensively around the capital.
Mook’s music sounds a bit like a small pack of hyenas shut inside an ancient rusted washing machine that is being kicked down the stairs of a derelict Siberian mental hospital by filthy glue-crazed feral orphans during a cyclone, as hailstones hump against the boarded up windows, drowning out the sweet melodic voice of a lone songbird trapped in the attic, while lice and roaches gather in the shadows, waiting for it to perish from starvation.Some of their tracks sound a bit like that. The rest sound a bit like a mess of post-hardcore, post-grunge and post-jazz-punk.
Musicpool bring their Livewire music group back to Nozstock. Musicpool are a music charity who offer (amongst other things!) huge opportunities for people keen to start out in the music industry. Their Livewire project teaches young people about the industry, helps to promote their gigs, offers them training opportunities and gives them chances to meet the pro’s. The best of the 2015 Livewire recruits will showcase what they have learnt on The Bandstand over the weekend. Get behind some young local talent and prepare to be amazed…
Malvern based singer-songwriter Megan Bradley, inspired by the likes of Laura Marling, Eva Cassidy, Daughter and Nick Mulvey among others, takes on the acoustic folk genre like a dream. Meg has defined her style over the past 5 years, writing and performing a mix of original material and a range of covers.
Formed in 2013, Seacow is a three piece band based in the wilds of Pembrokeshire. Blessed with having instruments and ears, Seacow produce a sound that can best be described as guitar driven lo-fi, indie dream pop…
Geoff Shaw is a singer/songwriter from Bristol UK who writes lyrical, folk inspired music which “stands toe to toe with the works of the singer/songwriter gang comprised of the likes of George Ezra, James Bay, Jamie N Commons.” (Killing Moon blog)
Raptor are a psychedelic blues/fuzz-rock duo from Hereford reviving the vintage 1970’s rock ‘n’ roll sound.