At the heart of the festival site and set in the auditorium of the Orchard is Nozstock’s main stage. Here you can expect to dance your socks off to a bill showcasing homegrown talent, alongside the pick of the national newcomer crop and the best of more established acts. A brilliant mix of bands from all over the world will pick up the pace with rock, indie, ska, hip hop, world percussion and some surprises.
This stage has seen action from the seminal Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, Jake Bugg, Dreadzone, Roots Manuva, Fun Lovin Criminals and Alabama 3 to name but a few. The iconic centrepiece of the festival, many a cider will be swilled and a jig performed on the lawns of the Orchard.
Announced so far…
Nozstock is thrilled to reveal a very special headliner for this summer: NY-based Wu-Tang Clan, who not only proved to be the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-’90s but are arguably the greatest ever hip-hop group of all time. Individually its family of members are all lyrical stars, including RZA, Ghostface Killa, GZA and Method Man, and together they are a thrilling, provocative and wild stage presence. Last year’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ album, which only had one physical copy, further illustrated their continual reinvention. Wu-Tang Clan are taking Nozstock to a different stratosphere in July and we cannot wait.
The opening of ‘Dancing in the Street’ is instantly recognisable as one of the great American classics. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas charted over 26 hits, 10 Billboard R&B Singles Chart Top Ten hits, and two #1’s. Their string of hits include ‘(Love is like a) Heat Wave’, ‘Nowhere to Run’, ‘Jimmy Mack’ and ‘Bless You’. Founded in 1960, with the eponymous Martha Reeves joining the band in 1962, the group have enjoyed massive success, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, with ‘Dancing in the Street’ entering into the Grammy Hall of Fame later four years later. Still touring extensively, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas have been nominated for Best Headliner at the UK Festival Awards TWICE. These are the veterans of Motown, and we’re proud to present them to you at the Farm.
Fuse ODG is the brightest star of the afrobeats sound taking over the airwaves. His 2011 international hit ‘Azonto’ became a YouTube dance sensation – securing 12 million views. It’s an anthem that has spread the Ghanaian dance craze around the world. Fuse’s second big single, ‘Antenna’ led to a performance alongside Wyclef Jean, who became obsessed with the song, and jumped on the remix to stunning effect. This collaboration catapulted Fuse to another dimension: ‘Antenna ft Wyclef Jean’ spent 13 weeks in the Top 40, while the video has over 7 million YouTube views. ‘Azonto’ and ‘Antenna’ both went to #1 in the iTunes World Chart and have been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, Capital and Kiss. His music fizzes with an irresistible kind of fun, but Fuse is also serious about using his music to change lives. “That’s where TINA comes in,” he explains, regarding the movement and clothing line he has created: TINA stands for This Is New Africa. “It’s something that encapsulates what Africa is now – it’s about being proud of where you’re from.” With his third single ‘Million Pound Girl’ debuting at no.5 in the UK charts and a host of new hits on the way Fuse ODG is the one to watch.
Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His 35 year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Specials, to the various other collaborations during his solo career. He continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and thrills audiences at venues worldwide. 2014 saw Neville Staple and his band playing a huge number of festivals and a three month extensive tour of the UK. Expect to hear some of Neville’s own material, some arrangements of his very favourite old school ska numbers, as well as some classic hits.
With style and hair vaguely reminiscent of those late ’80s cult films, Will and the People are set to bring the whole indie package to the Orchard Stage. Self-proclaimed creators of ‘music from the earth,’ this quirky quartet epitomizes that summer sound, with far-reaching harmonies and naturalistic, folksy guitar riffs. If you thought they were good on record, just wait until you see them live. This is a band highly invested in their relationship with their fans and after performing to over 50,000 people across Europe, promise an above and beyond live performance. Beautifully optimistic and overly eccentric, Will and the People are a definite Nozstock favourite.
Hollie Cook’s richly lyrical dub-infused sounds could be straight from the streets of Jamaica. Following a successful US tour in 2014 she has dates booked in France and Italy for 2015. She may have music in the family (her father is Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook) but her tropical pop reggae style is uniquely her own. She’s one of the most hotly-tipped young artists around. Her self-titled debut album with Prince Fatty was lauded by the BBC as the most enjoyable reggae album of 2011 and led to appearances on Jools Holland, support slots for the Stone Roses and a place covering ‘You Know I’m No Good’ on Q’s Amy Winehouse cover album.
Manchester’s miscreants and flow-heavy bass masters are gracing Nozstock’s Orchard stage with their infamous sound. This group has no shortage of members but that only means a surplus of swagga. After extensively touring around Europe, the collective have perfected their live prowess – they aren’t scared to put it out there, stirring jazz, ragga, ska, dub and B Boy funk into an already seamless base of classic hip hop beats. We’re ready for some laid back, feel-good lyricism so get your grooves out, bop your head and get ready to appreciate.
Described as “relentlessly fiery,” what better artist to grace the farm than GypStep pioneers, Molotov Jukebox. This six-piece band, started out with gypsy and dubstep. In the meanwhile calypso, funk, ska, flamenco, samba, house, electro, pop, reggae and soul have joined the party. As that’s a bit of a mouthful, and considering all of their songs have a ground of traditional gypsy sound and a ‘dirty beat’ their fans have affectionately dubbed their sound GypStep. Fronted by the accordion playing Natalia Tena of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame, and with their debut album, ‘Carnival Flower’ soon to be released, this Best Breakthrough Award nominated band “is born out of love; love of each other, love of music and a love of making whole roomfuls of people dance till they fall over (or fall in love).” (Pledge Music)
On a one-man mission to introduce hip-hop and its ilk to manners and the Queen’s English, Mr. B is delighted to present Chap-Hop. Having spent the best part of a decade bringing some manners back to popular culture, this dopest of fellows will entertain and amuse you with his ingenious stylings. Mr. B has fast gained a reputation as an eloquent and entertaining live performer, playing recitals across the UK and into Johnny Continent for the past two years from the Glastonbury Festival to club NME in Paris, from the club in Surrey to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Essex’s finest export, the self deprecating and honest ‘drunk folk singer’ Beans on Toast comes to Nozstock at last. He openly deals with topics like politics, animal rights and drugs and has amassed a cult following over the years. His penchant for sarcasm is noticeable on his latest album ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’ which offers up witticisms and humour alongside defined principals and raw musical honesty. 2014 saw Beans on Toasts’ first American tour and his biggest ever headline show at London Electric Ballroom. 2015 is set to be just as busy with planned UK and US tours alongside various festival shows.
Skinny Lister are not your average, gentrified English folk group. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas the Skinny Lister sound took hold as Dan’s perceptive ballads and folkie idylls were boosted by an eruption of a rambunctious free spirited rum fueled party music. Soon the Skinny Lister sound was bursting into spontaneous song in pubs and clubs, kicking up a summer frenzy at numerous festivals – over 30 festivals in fact, a nonstop work rate that saw them awarded by PRS as the ‘Hardest Working Band’ of summer 2011. In an era when singing a song in a pub can get you thrown out for rowdiness, Skinny Lister are a joyful reassertion of community principles. Skinny Lister are a stand-apart folk band – not afraid to match sensitivity with a high kicking free for all. Time to open the floodgates and get the party started…
Roll up, roll up, the circus is back at Nozstock! Put on your top hats, don your finery and let The Electric Swing Circus take you on their musical adventure with their unique mix of hip-hop, breaks and swing. The six-piece group from Birmingham first performed live in September 2011 and by December that year they were voted best live act at the ElectroSwing People’s Favorite Awards. With a new album on the cards and headlining Birmingham’s Swingamajig festival for the second year the band is going from strength to strength. See you ringside!
Fascinated by the old story of a jobless cobbler who would play the violin at his local tavern in order to make the people dance and ware off their shoes, Mathew, Tom and Jules joined forces with Harry and made the Keston Cobblers Club. They count five years of making wonderful folk music enriched with indie hints. Banjo, accordion, ukulele, percussion, tuba and ethereal male and female vocals create a sound that is hard to resist. Cobblers have created a great reputation for their live shows and with the release of their new album, ‘Wildfire’ coming this June we expect nothing less than a mind-blowing appearance at Nozstock.
This four-piece garage punk – surf band is coming from Falmouth to shake up Noztrekkies with their robust guitars and speedy tunes. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014 from the independent label Art is Hard. The same year they also released four new tracks within the Falmouth Sound Vol.1, a compilation including Falmouth’s best exports. Their latest track ‘I wanna stay away’ as well as their remarkable take on Pavement’s ‘Hit the plane down’ are signs of a bright future for The Black Tambourines. They have performed at Where the wild things are, 234 Festival and Camden Crawl receiving rave reviews about their high energy on stage.
Lisbee Stainton is the 26 year-old singer-songwriter known as ‘The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar,’ who has been writing songs for 18 years. Lisbee originally launched her career five years ago, when she became the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play London’s O2 Arena. “Lisbee’s appeal is clear: slowly revolving rhythms, wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice.” – MOJO Her dreamy, delicate voice with skills of a wordsmith twice her age, will have the young, old and everyone in between enchanted and wanting more.
Broken Brass Ensemble were founded in May 2012, as an eight member band, made up of Herke, Arjen, Luc, Rick, Sjors, Pieterklaas, Hendrik and Nick, who are all very young but incredibly talented musicians from Leeuwarden, Netherlands. They combine swinging brass with tight percussion and take influences from the time-honoured New Orleans brass alongside hiphop, funk and Balkan thrown into an invigorating mix. Their infectious energy means you’ll find yourself wanting to get up and move. The first half of the year sees them touring the Netherlands, with July bringing them over to the UK for festival season, with Nozstock being one of the last stops for them. Broken Brass Ensemble are truly unique, exciting and a must hear!
Sean Grant & The Wolfgang are currently touring the UK and are fresh from releasing their second EP ‘War Machines’ on The Shipping Forecast label. Their debut, ‘We The Working Class’ delved deep to pick out narratives inspired by the past, yet important to today. Their music has never felt more biting and vital, with the EP opening with the title track ‘War Machines’ – which is inspired by The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park, who helped decipher Nazi codes during WWII. The whole EP is an insightful and thoughtfully executed collection of heartfelt songs.
Peluché create dreamy, enchanting pop bliss through beautiful ethereal harmonies, worldly bass grooves and counter intuitive twists. Rhapsody, Amy & Sophie – make up the South London based three-piece and their approach to writing can be found through jamming in their makeshift ‘Peluché Shed.’ Pink Velvet curtains, a dirty green carpet and cardboard boxes seems fitting to the music they create – beautifully DIY, an air of elegance but all brought down to earth with an almost childlike way to creating music in the most fun way possible. With diverse influences such as The Smiths and ESG – The trio carve out a unique and exciting sound of their own with nods to more contemporary artists such as Stealing Sheep and Warpaint.
You’ll come close to dropping tears in your pint if you catch this 20-year-old’s impassioned live show. Her song ‘Lovechild’ led the way for a slew of emotive singles last year. Now though, Rebecca’s writing again and we’re itching to hear her next batch of songs. Already adored by the BBC Introducing guys, ‘it’s well worth catching Rebecca before she’s forever swept onto the national stage’. (Time Out Bristol)
As exciting as new talent comes, Tunbridge Wells export, Will Joseph Cook is definitely one to watch in 2015. The 17 year old singer-songwriter shows maturity beyond his years with his impressive songwriting skills on tracks like ‘Message’ and ‘Streets Of Paris’. Will’s new EP ‘You Jump I Run’ is available now via Duly Noted Records and he will be playing sets throughout the UK before stopping off to entertain the Nozstock masses.
Clarence Clarity wants you to embrace the absurdness of absolute freedom. Be your own God. It’s your reality tunnel. A puzzle to solve or glittering unorganised chaos. This comes across in his recent EP titled ‘Save Thyself’. The ten odd minutes of contorted boom-bap pop in this EP are a wake up call to the arrival of a deranged, dervish of creativity. When he sings “I can’t save myself from me” over some noise that puts hi-fi and lo-fi, high-brow and low-brow into a voodoo blender, you believe him. One of the most exciting newcomers on the scene we can’t wait to welcome Clarence Clarify to The Orchard Stage.
Since the release of her debut EP ‘Silent Type’ in 2014, Hannah’s been busy experimenting, writing and building up a stockpile of tunes. Written and recorded by Hannah whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, her EP takes inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below. Fond of writers like Charles Bukowski and Billy Childish, Hannah’s lyrics – much like their soundtrack – can be confrontational and raw, with occasional intent to cause discomfort. Since the release Hannah has been lauded by the likes of NME and Clash Mag and championed by Drowned in Sound as an artist to watch in 2015.
Practice your moves and get ready for the London based duo of multi-instrumentalists, producers, writers and vocalists Arkon Fly, a.k.a. Big Jam & Bixby. Merging soul- funk with house and synths they introduce us to a sound so familiar but yet so new. Classic soul vocals, funk rhythms of the ’70s mixed with electric kicks and synth melodies that reminds of ’80s electro pop and house beats. Every song on their debut album ‘Through the Fire’ is a massive hit suitable for all ages. Using live instruments in their shows the duo guarantees a party not to be missed.
It was a fateful night when six young musical hotshots in a Leeds backstreet decided to go on an epic club crawl. By the next morning passionate and soul-stirring traditional Yiddish dance music had somehow got all mixed up with reggae, electroswing and amplifiers that go to 11 and Tantz was born. Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. Wailing clarinets? You got them. Soaring fiddlesticks? You bet. Footgrabbing basslines? What else! Smash’n’grab drumstuff? Check (and checkmate). Showmanship? Need you ask. Nozstockers, expect a heaving dance party that you won’t want to leave….
Causing a scene amongst the UK’s hottest underground clubs and festivals, Jenova Collective’s no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners attitude has been relentlessly smothered over unsuspecting audiences all across Europe. Not afraid to go off the rails with tune selection you can guarantee these reprobates will hunt down and deliver dance-floor fillers and swung-out bombs for an all out infectiously pumping set that’ll have the whole discotheque bouncing. Never pinning themselves to one genre, previous tracks have taken influence from house and glitch hop whilst still keeping their signature vintage sound along with a healthy serving of block-rocking bass and relentless energy.
Fresh from the wilds of Islar Nublar with indie pop melodies as sharp as a raptors claw, Jurassic Pop delivers a scruffy lo-fi set inspired entirely by everyone’s favourite dino film. That’s right, the Oxford-based five piece craft songs (primarily) written about Jurassic Park and the issues around it. Should you sleep with Jeff Goldblum whatever happens? Listen to Jurassic Pop to find out. “The main thing to take note of during the performance is how brilliantly clever the lyrics are, with most of the audience laughing at least five times a song” (7Bit Arcade)
Expect acoustic pop from this Grimsby born singer songwriter, performer and producer. Now based in London, Harry has grabbed a slot at Nozstock thanks to support from the Association of Indepenent Festivals and BBC Introducing. He lists Ellie Goulding, Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons amongst his influences.
A sartorially elegant four piece from Bedford, England, The Scruff are steeped in the English tradition of quirky guitar-pop, evoking the classic song writing of The Kinks and The Jam and the prime Brit-Pop hooks of Blur and Supergrass with a new age twist. A band who believe in looking like a band, they are comprised of singer & guitarist Adam, lead guitarist & backing vocalist Robby, bassist and backing vocalist Sam and drummer and backing vocalist Omar. They and their loyal and fervent fans have created a storm in home territory with a string of sold out gigs and are journeying further afield with the same in mind!