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, Vintage Trouble 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.
2014 line up coming soon.
2013 line up included….
Ireland’s gift to rhythm and blues, The Strypes are hot tipped to be the next Beatles. Recently signed to Mercury Records, these teenage heartthrobs are suited, booted and ready to melt your heart with modish tales of woe and youth, spectacularly delivered with earnest integrity and some old school styling. Seriously not to be missed, they’re pint-sized wonders that are on the way up fast.
Chas & Dave began writing and performing songs together in 1972, having been friends since the early sixties.They reached the top twenty in 1979 with “Gertcha”, which became a nationwide catchphrase. This was followed by “The Sideboard Song (Got my beer in The Sideboard). In 1980 they hit the charts with “Rabbit”, which reached No. 8 in the charts and a No. 2 record in 1982 “Ain’t no pleasing you”. This was followed by further hits “Margate”, & “London Girls” In 1986 they had a top six record with “Snooker Loopy” They have also written title songs for TV shows ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ and ‘Only Fools & Horses’ Chas ‘n’ Dave are great musicians and know how to give an audience a good time. They have gained a cult audience of both young and old and, due to public demand they are about to be seen together on stage once more.
Few bands can raise a roof or ignite a festival crowd with more rabble-rousing aplomb than this London based crew. Founded by Barry Ashworth in 1996, their punky-reggae party rages on, From their early singles for Concrete Records to their genre defying ‘Six Million Ways To Live’ EP, the Dub Pistols have always added a much needed Rock n Roll swagger to the UK’s dance scene. Chewing up hip-hop, dub, techno, ska & punk & spitting them out in a renegade futuristic skank they have consistently defied genres & exceeded the highest of expectations.
The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval. From the outset the band offered messages of hope which would later see them heralded as forerunners of the 2 Tone Ska movement. After the release of their debut album, huge radio airplay saw The Beat tour alongside artists like The Clash and The Specials. While The Beat could deliver with effortless ease songs of Love and unity, tracks like ‘Stand Down Margaret’ saw them spearhead a movement wanting real social change. Almost in reaction to the height of their fame The Beat, to the disbelief of many, disbanded but after numerous offers to return to the stage they played a sell out show in 2003 at The Royal Festival Hall. They returned to their roots with a wall of sound that transcends time and proves that these guys are veterans at putting on a show to remember.
2012 saw The Correspondents pull off what was easily one of the most memorable sets Nozstock has ever seen. That being the case we are very happy to announce 2013 will see the return of the ever-quirky Chucks and Mr Bruce. Brewing up quite a storm, dazzling festival crowds across the country with echoing choruses of Ohhhh Nooooo, what’s happened to Sohoooo? this awesome twosome swing from jazz to breakbeat and everywhere between.
Exeter’s favourite four piece The Computers have been garnering a fair share of attention with their underground soul sound and well, marvellously matching jumpers. Described by BBC’s Mike Diver as ‘combining a snotty demeanour with cracking tunes’, these boys have an irresistible rock n roll charm, coupled up with unbeatably catchy tunes. See them here first, kids.
Ferocious Dog are a punk band complete with fiddles and Irish drums, who have been crafting their loveable sound since the 1980s. The band perfectly channels their love for Irish folk music and The Levellers, who they have supported on a number of occasions. Their latest album was released earlier in the year and with a string of festival dates across the country they are certainly drawing in the crowds at the moment. With foot-stomping rhythms and poignant lyrics, this six-piece will not disappoint for a right good ol’ dance.
Naming the likes of Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground and Blondie as inspirations, South Londoner Misty Miller creates raw, bluesy music with plenty of attitude. Recording her first album at the age of fifteen her untamed talent has evolved and grown through teenage angst and doomed love, her new EP ‘Anything for you’ proves that Misty Millers music is heartfelt, loud and packs a punch!
Gorgeous George describe their sets as ‘like a punch-up at an unlicensed Eastern Bloc horse race, as the band sets off at a lung-busting gallop, melodies and rhythms ﬂying from innumerable instruments like the screams and pistol ﬁre of a drunken gypsy crowd. And in the midst of it all, a slyly observed tale of life, love and wrongdoing (or aftershave and football results) will emerge, sung in perfect South London council estate cockneyese.
Electro swing is where it’s at for your toe-tapping summer soundtrack, and who better to bring it to you than Birmingham’s gorgeous gift to music, Electric Swing Circus. Scooping the Best Live Act gong at ElectroSwing Peoples Favourite Awards 2011 with their eclectic mix of swing, gypsy guitar and synths, pack your brogues for Nozstock this year, ‘cus you’re going to be dancing.
Wille and the Bandits band have a unique brand of roots and are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock. Using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece. Although difficult to pigeon hole, Wille and the Bandits are taking roots rock music to a new level. Their original style of song writing can be compared to the likes of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. So far the Bandits journey has been miraculous and they will be adding Nozstock to their list of over 200 shows this year, these live-wires are not to be missed!
30 years after the release of their 1st album Hot! The Equators have reformed and are gracing our Orchard Stage with their unrivaled blend of innovative lyrics and ska-reggae tunes. These are guaranteed to have you bouncing away under the sun.
Chester’s finest export Ava Leigh stands at the forefront of the new school of dancehall music. Reclaiming the reggae flame back from DJs, her soulful voice and summery vibe creates a toe-tapping ragtime atmosphere our summers have been missing. Having caused quite a buzz on the scene and being championed by legendary David Rodigan, we can’t wait for Ava to dazzle with an acoustic set on the Orchard Stage!
This bunch of Balkan musicians describe their music as ‘trashy world beats and psychedelic gypsy tunes’. The lead singer will have you dancing your shoes off, followed by your socks, with his electric folky stage presence. We dare you to try and stop yourself moving when this band starts playing. Oh and they have an accordion player, what more can you ask for?
The 10 piece outfit, initially conceived to play a one-off show at a rave in 2002, went on to hone their sound by touring extensively, notably at festivals all over the UK and Europe. Fittingly for a band who earned their stripes in such musically diverse surroundings, Smerin’s Anti-Social Club glide effortlessly between styles, from old-time swing with a modern twist, to hip-hop, ska, dirty funk-soul, dub and full-on rock. Renowned for their explosive live shows and sounds that ripple with energy, colour and humour through their performances. Nozstock is happy to invite the Smerins Anti-social Club to the Orchard Stage.
Making their way to the main stage, our pre headliner for Saturday Night is the trio who describe themselves as ‘depression in the desert’, The Wytches. Taking influences from Nirvana and The Horrors along with their unique flare on grunge, we would describe them more as dark, fuzzy, dirty noise. Although they only formed in 2011 they are already creating a stir in the music industry having signed to Hate Hate Hate Records and gained the support of BBC 6 music and NME.
George Ezra is a budding young artist living in Bristol. This singer/songwriter has been writing and creating music for five years and is heading for big places with just his soulful voice, mature beyond his years and his acoustic guitar. Hand picked to play at various summer events by the Association of Independant Festivals and BBC Introducing we are very pleased to welcome him to the Orchard Stage.
Parlour Flames is the musical collaboration of former OASIS guitarist Bonehead and mancunian singer songwriter Vinny Peculiar. Their witty, honest lyrics are perfectly accompanied with catchy melodies and infectious guitar hooks.
Kitten and The Hip are a two piece electro swing outfit hailing from Brighton. Comprised of founding members Kitten Quinn and Ashley ‘Hip’ Slater, and accompanied by an extra three members when doing live shows, these guys’ own brand of “head banging electro swing” has been taking the UK underground scene by storm. Having only formed in 2011, their debut single ‘Don’t you worry’ was released on prestigious UK label Hedkandi, whilst recently signing to Brighton’s very own independent swing label, Freshly Squeezed. Having had support from the likes of Radio 1, Jazz Fm and Kiss FM, this band shows no sign of slowing down in 2013.
Female-led London fivesome Velvet Stream have taken to fusing the musical highlights of the last century into an intriguingly alternative poppy sound. Mati and her boys’ irresistibly catchy melodies lay underneath vocals of the Florence and The Machine and Paloma Faith ilk, magically transporting you somewhere between a 90’s ska night and a 50’s dinner dance. We like!
From a young age Herefordshire’s Bo Walton had started his own band playing pop-rock covers, whilst managing to slip in the odd Elvis tune. Now he pulls his influence from the greats of rock ‘n’ roll and you can join him on Sunday on our Orchard stage and bop along to his modern rock ‘n’ roll sound, with just a hint of country.
Local from Worcester, and well established across the midlands, Richard Clarke created Richard and the Rafters to bring a fusion of folk melodies and soothing vocals with glitchy electronica. This warm and intimate band are perfect for a summers afternoon.
When The Misers released their 2009 debut, Amplified Life Stories, its gritty valve sound gained the band a host of fans, not least Radio 2’s Janice Long who heaped praise on the record calling it “a return to the golden age of song writing.” Interviews & live sessions on Radio 2 followed, along with healthy support from BBC local radio stations. UK tours were met with a frenzied response and appearances on ITV & SkyArts1 announced The Misers had arrived in fine style. Fast forward 3 years and you may be forgiven for thinking that you are witnessing a new band. Following the release of new album A Weight Off The Mind, 2013 finds The Misers in a period of renewed focus and passion.
With a beard that fans claim ‘give him powers’, Canadian Ben Caplan hearty folk tunes of dramatic tales are not to be missed.
“The Stiff Joints plays an infectious brand of two-tone ska that makes it impossible to sit still when you listen. If you’re a fan of two-tone ska (no matter the era), you will like this band.” – Incognito Music Mag, USA.
This Swansea five-piece folk outfit create “gorgeous acoustic pop music that really is a breath of fresh air.” – The Miniature Music Press. Thistledown’s original, dynamic blend of subtle elements – described by some as “ modern celtic” – is the result of an organic evolution, mixing folk, rock, punk and classical influences with heartfelt lyrics, telling the story of the area and the characters that have influenced the members’ lives.
Expect a raucous extravaganza of passionate, stomping balkan and celtic melodies to live jungle and DnB with stories churned into a thick bassy paste of beatbox from exciting Bristol based eight piece (yes eight!) Ushti Baba, perfect for the whole family to get in the mood for a weekend of dancing.
Be captivated by accapella quartet, Africa Entsha, who perform South African oral tradition, sung accapella in gospel style. At the very heart of their shows are zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit from the very moment of their unique all singing, all dancing performances. Morgan, Lwazi, Jabu and Zensele, four guys from Soweto (the biggest township of South Africa), the children of Soweto are the messengers of hope, communicating their happiness and love of Africa to the audience. You can also expect some covers in English such as Shakira’s well known ‘Waka Waka’.
A sound that resonates a deep understanding of life’s heartaches and hopes; this young man’s skill with the modern day ballad, his beautiful voice and his committed and energetic performance will leave you uplifted and hungry for more. Energetic Welsh-man, Dan, plays a plethora of folk, blues, and ballad and is first to take to the stage on Friday, come and be captured by his godly voice.
For 2013, Nozstock teamed up with ilikemusic to offer one lucky band the chance to play The Orchard Stage on Sunday. Following an overwhelming number of entries at an incredibly high standard, we are thrilled to announce the final act, The Ridgeways. This Bangor based quartet made up of Reid, Phil, Dom and the melodic voiced Grace have a unique acoustic sound. With a host of original songs such as debut single Butterflies, alongside some intelligent covers these guys are well deserving winners.
Jennifer Booton is a singer/songwriter from Herefordshire. Playing acoustic folk pop, her latest track ‘Sirens’ has received air time on the BBC Radio.
Worcester group Lakota Sioux are about making music that people truly enjoy. Influenced by Artic Monkeys-esque sounds, they have played at Base Studios and 02 Academy 3.