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 icon centerpiece to the festival, many a cider will be swilled and a jig performed on the lawns of the Orchard.
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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 level 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 2 number one’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 on the Farm.
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 famiily (her father is Sex Pistols 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.
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 and 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!
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.
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.
Back by popular demand! Last year these guys got the Garden stage stomping and bouncing with their infectious blend of two-tone ska, reggae & punk. In fact it was one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. The ten-piece return again with another energetic performance sure to get you moving. Described as ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ their single Folsom Prison Blues (filmed almost entirely at Nozstock) was nominated for a video of the year award 2014 by Ready Steady Ska whilst their release Circus on Repeat grabbed them the top spot and the prize.
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.