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.
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Signed to Ninja Tune, Rodney Smith, known by most as Roots Manuva burst onto the British rap and hip hop scene with the release of his 1999 debut Brand New Second Hand. 6 successful albums, various sell out shows, a mercury album prize nomination and a Best Hip Hop Act MOBO later and Roots Manuva is one of the most internationally respected figures in hip hop. Never afraid to be dark and to lend from different styles his lyrics are distinctive and his most recent album 4everrevolution is perhaps his most diverse. One of the most exciting bookings ever to grace The Orchard Stage Nozstock we give you Roots Manuva!
New Yorks finest export The Fun Lovin’ Criminals are best known for their 1996 hit “Scooby Snacks”, but they are no one hit wonder. Easily covering serious issues with their ever so laid back, jazzy mix of alternative/rap, you’ll love their discography as much as their chart topper. They manage to be gritty yet humorous and boast a fierce European following. Their most recent album, 2010s Classic Fantastic welcomed them back onto the live scene and saw a collaboration with Roots Manuva. Front man Huey Morgan is a well respected figure in the industry, fronting 6 musics popular The Huey Show, sitting in as guest presenters on Radio 2 and taking the helm for various TV show. With a wealth of experience, including album sales in the millions, FLC are an electrifying headliner for the Orchard Stage Friday lineup!
‘We’re very excited to announce that playing us out on Sunday night are Bath-based four piece The Heavy. Fans of everything from Community to Borderlands will recognize their sassy funk-rock anthem ‘How You Like Me Now?’, and they’ve got plenty more in their box of tricks for you lucky Nozstockers this year. Acclaimed by NME for pioneering the credible reinvention of soul, the band bonded over vintage R&B before deciding to take up the musical mantle themselves, and what results is a melange of styles and inspirations which really can’t be missed: legend has it that they were the first band to be asked for an encore when performing live on David Letterman. Blurring the lines between old school soul and guitar-heavy indie rock, genre-benders The Heavy will be sure to see the weekend out with a bang…’
Descried by Rolling Stone as a “flawless early Madonna” with “the spookiness of Siouxsie Sioux” Charli XCX, at 21 is already taking the pop’ genre to new heights. Born and raised in this fair isle, and recording from the age of 14, her style has been labeled as synthpop/witchhouse! Supporting Paramore in their 2013 tour, and releasing “Fancy” with chart topper Iggy Azalea, her star is definitely rising and doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon…
Described as “relentlessly fiery”, what better artist to grace the Farm than GypStep pioneers, Molotov Jukebox. This 6-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, 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)
Sonic Boom Six are an explosive and outspoken five-piece rock band described by Kerrang! as “taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid”. They have toured extensively across Europe (including a slot at Nozstock 2010!) but still manage to release regularly. The bands influences are diverse, with sounds reminiscent of The Specials and The Streets all shining through in their music. It was the infectious ‘For The Kids of The Multiculture’ that really marked Sonic Boom Six as industry champions – it was named Single Of The Week on Kerrang! Radio. The perfect Sunday evening sound, we give you Sonic Boom Six
The Skints are bringing their ‘East London Reggae’ sound to Nozstock! Hailing from London and formed in 2005, The Skints mix reggae, hip-hop, dub, ska and punk and have a reputation for energetic and passionate live-performances. They have toured extensively on their own and as support for a wide variety of artists such as Gym Class Heroes through to Reel Big Fish. Sure to appeal to a variety of taste’s down on the farm, we can’t wait to welcome The Skints to the Orchard Stage…
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer, the alter-ego of rapper Jim Burke, will be giving everyone an elocution lesson at Nozstock this year. A pioneer of ‘chap-hop’ aka hip-hop delivered in a Received Pronunciation accent, Mr. B has performed at Glastonbury, club NME in Paris and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Along with his banjolele, Mr. B will be rapping about pipe smoking, high-society, cricket and coming ‘Straight Out Of Surrey’.
Founded in 2010, Alice Costello and Kacey Underwood are one of the hottest duos in the capital. They describe themselves as cheese cringe, post cringe, hard cheese, cheesegaze, cringe and slacker kings, beautiful losers, daydream dropouts. We’d say it was some of the best Indie Pop we’ve heard in ages. Whatever it is, we like it. You make your own mind up on them. Their second album June Gloom is available now.
Dizraeli and the Small Gods play a heartfelt reinvention of hiphop – somehow fusing hip hop with folk in an exciting mash up. Since the release of his album Engurland rapper and poet Dizraeli has been called ‘the half-daft missionary who forced folk to marry hiphop’ He won the BBC radio 4 poetry slam and has even written hip hop plays. His band The Small Gods all come from a range of backgrounds from beat boxing to string quartets. Since their inception they have played Glastonbury and worked with the likes of Jam Baxter. You won’t see a more talented crew than these guys and we are chuffed to welcome them to Nozstock.
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. Easily one of the most memorable and entertaining acts at Nozstock 2013 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?
Described by Harmless Noise as ‘merging all the delirious wonderment of Daft Punk with Kraftwerk” Le Galaxie are an Irish four piece with electro beats, techno rhythms and a good splash of synth. Their album Laserdisc Nights 2 was voted Entertainment.ie’s number 1 Irish album in 2011. These four will have you dancing from start through to finish. Their sets are enegetic, or as Organart.com put it ‘alive like the heart of your nearest star…techno geeknerds don’t rock out like this do they?” Yes Nozstock, they do.
The most relaxing duo to step onto the Orchard Stage this year has to be GAPS. With their hazy sounds and washed out beats. The members Rachel and Ed were school friends and came together to deliver folky vocals, quality drumming and first class skills on the guitar. “Listening to their music is like flicking between radio stations catering to each specific genre” (Paul Lester, The Guardian) Their music is full of sounds, styles and genres you wouldn’t expect to be associated with each other but somehow it works! It’s quirky and it’s different, we like!
This 9-piece ska band from Essex will delight audiences at Nozstock. In 2007 New Town Kings won the grand final of O’Neill’s Undiscovered Live competition hosted by Radio 1′s Colin Murray at the Islington academy: ‘New Town Kings were great live, they were the best audience pleasers and are made to play live gigs’ – Colin Murray. Since then they have toured extensively earning further praise for their live shows: ‘Never have I felt such warmth emanating from the stage, and never before have I seen it being so enthusiastically reflected back to the musicians’ – www.noizemakesenemies.co.uk.
Side project of Brian Fast Leiser and Frank Benbeni of the well loved Fun Lovin’ Criminals Radio Riddler are purveyors of the very best dub/reggae mixes around. Live; they bring the noise with a full array of instruments and are definitely one to pencil in to your ‘must see’s’ this Nozstock! (If you like what you hear keep your ear to the ground for their 2014 release of Purple Reggae – a dub/reggae mix of the entirety of Prince’s Purple Rain – sacrilege or genius; you decide?!)