Standing proud at the hilltop of the Dingle is the Bandstand. Hosting a variety of eclectic sounds,it’s 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…
Announced so far…
The Knights Project’s live set weaves original tunes with improvised jams and jigs. A merry mix of violin, accordion, bodhrán and flute come together on playful folk songs about resentful pie makers, dodgy flower salesmen and spiders. Since performing together in Brighton they have consistently gone down a storm, performing at Playgroup Festival 2013 and with the legendary Gambian Kora King Jali Mbye.
Based in the heart of Stokes Croft, Bristol, Pip and the Polar Bears are a folk collective complete with uke, glockenspiel, violin, banjo, harmonium, ramshackle percussion and trumpet. Described as ‘kooky folk with a protest edge’, Pip and the Polar Bears’ beautifully crafted songs marry zesty social commentary with soaring harmonies and buoyant melodies.
Sixties psychedelic folk/rock influenced, 5 piece Birmingham Band with close male and female harmonies, devoted guitars and a beating heart.
Coming together from Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Tabor (CZ) and Berlin, Immigrants founded in 2012. Since then, they have released several singles and toured Europe twice. They also have been posted on several UK blogs (i.e. NME), played on Czech MTV and have been nominated for the International Music Video Festival 2013 in Paris.
Playing The Bandstand for the first time, let this London duo capture your thoughts and take you to a land far away. Low Cost Life is a thought provoking electronic tribal noise duo fusing fuzzy grunge riffs and eerie beats.
Welcome back to Nozstock acoustic 5 piece Captain’s Daughters. With influences from Sia and Crowded House. The fresh sounds of Captain’s Daughters will charm you and leave you wanting more of their indie/ gypsy pop tunes.
Tiger Cubs smashing first album ‘Blue Blood’ rocked the UK scene earlier this year which isn’t a suprise when you listen to their heart-on-sleeve honesty which charms and disarms. With production input from Tom Dalgety (Band of Skulls, The Macabees, Royal Blood) and fronted by the dispossessed drawl and Goliath physique combo of Sunderland 7-footer Jamie Hall, Tigercub sure know how to stand out
This Brighton four peice will be sure to keep your feet tapping this Nozstock with their ever so catchy brand of alt guitar. If you’ve not had the pleasure, hop onto their soundcloud and get excited about ‘Rattlesnake’; get elated demob-happy style.
Rising from the ashes of the much lauded Murry The Hump – Keys are a band whose musical pedigree cannot be argued with. Capturing the imagination of industry and public alike with recent release ‘Fire Inside’ & ‘Bitten By Wolves’, garnering love from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Clash magazine, Metro, BBC 6 Music to name but a few. The Keys adeptly blend together the new and the old, sitting alongside the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Coral, Malachi, Tame Impala and The Bees.
You won’t believe the groundbreaking Babezilla are two piece if you make the right decision and pop along to see them at the Bandstand. Quirky, captivating and if nothing else loud, be sure to pop along!
Swansea finest folk troubadour and 1 half of Boys from the Hill, Andy returns to the Bandstand to perform songs from his extensive back catalogue. Already admired by many all over the world, soon your fine selves will be included in that long list!
The Lost Tuesday Society are a 6 piece band who have collectively come from a variety of differing musical backgrounds and therefore bring with them a range of influences. They have, to date, graced the stage with the likes of Pete Doherty, Alabama 3, Moulettes, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Labi Sifre, Big Sir, to name but a few. Comparisons have been made to early
Fleetwood mac among others and the albums concentration on intricate musical composition and strong melody lines pays its homage unintentionally to 70’s folk and rock with enough edge to bring the songs into modern day.
From London, via Sunderland and Brighton, main man Mattie Vant sure knows how to put on a damn good show, and the rest of the band of course! Highly exciting live show full of energy and catchy licks. Heavy licks to say the least. Oh, and the bass player loves a mention….
(formerly OH/LA/LA): Ballerino is an electronic producer and singer born in Berlin and living in south east London. His music is performed live with a 5-piece band using samples, live percussions, synths, bass, guitar and manipulated vocals. Entirely recreating the electronic sound live, they build a bridge between production and musicianship and use the technology to slip into new roles.
Seattle Yacht Club describe themselves as “An English duo making Electro-Art-Pop” Tom Dale and Denis Brice have had a connection since they were kids and fortunately for us what started as a next door neighbour friendship has bloomed into an enigmatic musical venture. Their debut single ‘Same old questions’ is getting attention from all the right places, with support from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, Mixtape, Introducing & Fresh on the net shows, The bands international appeal is also growing getting air play in the US and they even have SYC fanclub’s in Brazil, Canada & US (twitter). These guys are one to watch and we are delighted to have them at Nozstock this year.
Flags’ emergence has been a slow and measured one, however they have been favourably received on BBC Introducing, by Brian Kennedy at XFM, played on Amazing Radio and praised by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as being ‘”One’s to Watch”. On stage, they’re a confident, assured and magnetic presence: four very distinct personalities, one very memorable sound..
Armed with guitar, live loops, samples and voice, Jefferson Duke has been creating an alternative live experience since 2012. Using soundscapes, haunting melodies, guitar effects and percussion, he constructs his songs in front of an audience, producing a mix of ethereal indie folk with a strong pop-sensibility.
“I am The ID” is the solo project of Duncan Swale, previously frontman and songwriter from ‘Yearners’; (Best of British Emerging Talent 2010). Swale is not your typical singer songwriter. Using a three track loop station and an assault of guitar pedals, influences as far out as early Cocteaus, Underworld, and even Enya feature in his soundworld. From the almost kraut rock grooves of the single ‘I am the experiment: you are the control’, through to the more ethereal ‘Confessions of a Hope Fiend’ and ‘Shallow’, Swale forces us to see the ‘Planet of Why’ through his eyes, and all the better for it.
If alternative rock and indie are your thing then keep your peepers on this four-piece indie rock band based in London. Having formed in Swansea and emigrated to new heights in the big smoke, this band has progressed into a fresh, new wave rock band.
Since forming in late 2013, this zealous London based three-piece wont let themselves be hewn to a typecast with their own inimitable style of electro-flecked folk. Pieced together by the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Lauren Partridge, Will Barter’s intricate, rhythmic guitar style and Jamie Smith’s orchestral influenced drums and electronic percussion; the band create infectious, danceable songs that hook you in from start to finish.
Seacow sings songs… 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…
Roxanne’s compositions and live shows are incredibly varied in dynamism and style, ranging from intimate, lilting anti-folk to raw 60’s blues-rock. Her songwriting is influenced just as much by her travels and experiences as an independent musician as it is by her musical heroes John Lennon, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, and Judee Sill. A young person making modern and original music but recorded ‘old school’, makes for a fresh sound in an otherwise overproduced universe of ‘same old’.
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.
Having begun as a solo singer-songwriter, Sophie Jamieson’s project has evolved rapidly into something ambient and haunting. What were once quiet, melancholy folk songs are growing in strength and gaining atmosphere at the hands of her band, to provide one of the most engaging live sets taking place in London.
Long for The Coast
Long For The Coast are a recently formed folk-punk duo based in North-Bristol. They sing with honesty about the friends they’ve lost and found, fireworks, skateboarding and progressive communities. Inspired by artists such as Against Me and Sufjan Stevens, Long For The Coast hope that the sincerity of their songs will promote a culture of openness and social acceptance.
Returning to Nozstock after a main stage set in 2011, this dapper Cardiff trio charm with their irresistible harmonies and catchy lyrics. Don’t miss stand out single. “Robin You Lie” which you’ll be humming for the whole weekend. Their new album is available to pre order on Pledge Music now.
Fallers are an all girl 4 piece band from Leicester, bringing 3 part harmonies together with a variety of percussion, bass and guitar to create a mix of folk inspired songs that will have you sitting back and chilling out to songs that’ll get your feet tapping and your hands clapping.
Working with young people and arts organisations the Livewire Project is set up by The Music Pool, a music charity for Herefordshire. Livewire sets up gigs, workshops and training opportunities for young people in the county, giving them the opportunity to perform, work with with professionals, record their music and learn about the industry. The best of 2014s recruits will be showing The Bandstand their skills and the crowds of The Hidden Valley their passion for their craft…
Everyone loves the trumpet. But no other band has used it quite like Familiar Creatures, where solo trumpetess Jessie Barnard stands out front, alongside Irish frontman and songwriter, Brian Kelly to produce a sound and atmosphere that you would be hard pressed to hear or feel anywhere else. It’s a combination that has landed them festival slots across the British Isles and won instant critical acclaim.
Craig Elliot’s sound suits the Bandstand to a T! He’s diverse and experimental. He recently released his EP ‘Au Revoir Psycho’ which was described ‘Like getting punched in the face with a waterfall’ (Rip It Up). It was a follow up from his 2012 album ‘Fire For The Red Corner’. The new EP is noisy, fuzzy, heavy and also a little psychotic, but we love it! Originally from New Zealand, Craig has been kicking it in London for the past 2 years where he’s been gigging to show off his alternative punk/rock sound.
Max Adams will be playing at Nozstock for his first time this year, where he’ll be kicking it on the Bandstand. He’s young, cool, trendy and works the stage with his guitar.
Steffan Tucker a young singer/songwriter and guitarist will be hitting the Bandstand this year. The London based musician is busy writing sick songs for Nozstock but check out ‘Olden Days’ or ‘Make it Work’ for a little sneaky peak. This indie/pop set is not one to miss!
Collective 43 are a bunch of joyous, playful street musicians from the Midlands. Playing a mix of swing, dub, blues and funk with 3 x tubas, 2 x sax, 3 x trumpets, 2 x trombones, 2 x percussionists, 3 x vocalists, clarinet, flute, piano, guitar and typewriter, this lively and upbeat musical troupe are guaranteed to get you moving and make you smile!
This dynamic Welsh groups debut album ‘Idolise’ was nominated for XFM’s ‘best new music of 2011’. The record was released via Japanese label ‘Art Union’ The band keep busy on the road having played BBC Radio 1’s big weekend, SXSW Music conference, sold out shows in both France and Italy, not to mention an array of British festivals such as Rockness, Wakestock, Camden Crawl and more.
London Alt rock trio Bare Hunter, channel muddy, stripped-back garage rock, voodoo psychedelica, jazz inflected drumming and slick musicianship.
Hailing from London and bringing his band with him, which just so happens to include our very own Darren Beale (Orchard Stage Manager!) This Indie rock ‘n’ roll outfit have hooks galore, with spiky edges and pop harmonies, building up momentum in the big smoke, make sure you catch them here first!
This trio have already developed a vast portfolio of original material, despite only having been together since October 2013. The band are extremely versatile, playing live and acoustic sets across the country and building up a large fan base in the process.
Welcome US to the bandstand for the first time playing us out on Saturday.
DJ Nrrd’s 1999 Disco
Closing the stage on Saturday night, join DJ Nrrd as he takes you back to 1999, disco stylee…