Bandstand

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Standing proud at the hilltop of the Dingle is the Bandstand. Hosting a variety of eclectic sounds, its 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…


2016’s line-up includes…

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KAGOULE
Born of a thriving underground music scene in Nottingham, Kagoule have supported the likes of Wytches, Iceage and Drenge, while delivering a well-received set on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2015 and getting signed with the legendary Earache Records. Their music is rich with melodies and interwoven guitar lines with all sorts of alternative rock references spread throughout.
HOUDINI DAX
Houdini Dax have had one hell of a year: between festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape and Festival no. 6, they have been championed by NME’s Mark Beaumont and supported bands such as Slaves and The Strypes. The trio never fail to impress, whether selling out their hometown haunt Clwb Ifor Bach or winning over thousands of new fans at NH7 festival during their tour of India. The boys recorded a Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, and their specially requested cover of the Andy Williams classic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ was the soundtrack to the BBC’s coverage of Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifier campaign. Their new album ‘Naughty Nation’ has already made a big impression, being shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize 2015. Counting Rhod Gilbert and Charlotte Church amongst their fans, Houdini Dax are South Wales’ best kept secret; and they’re about to make a big impression on a national scale.

 

AGATA
Polish born singer/songwriter Agata recently moved to Bristol to study and pursue her music career. Her voice has a unique spark to it; soft and warm, yet powerful at times. Her lyrics are brought to lifeby their subtle yet catchy melodies, making the audience really feel the emotion, combining passion and personality to give an outstanding performance.

After gigging regularly around Bristol for the past 6 months, Agata has just released her first EP ‘Into The Cold’. Recorded at Bristol’s own Invader Studios the 5 song EP contains a mix of Indie Folk with her trademark soulful voice.
BENJAMIN YELLOWITZ

A young British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer; Benjamin Yellowitz takes acoustic roots to new levels influenced by RnB and Soul infused with his ambient production captures the darker side of pop. ‘Yellowitz presents a glowering stripped-back desert funk tune – think Queens Of The Stone Age meets Pharrell’. (thelineofbestfit.com). He has recently toured his self titled EP around the UK and Europe and played shows in the US, as well as recently securing sessions with BBC Introducing and Sofar Sounds.

YOUTH MAN
Kaila Whyte, Miles Cocker and Marcus Perks make up the ‘destructive, Brummie sex punk trio’, Youth Man. Since 2012 they have bought their alternative and rowdy sound to venues throughout the UK.
IDLES

Idles are a five piece post punk band who can be described as heavy, guitary, tight and most of all really really really really good. After taking a year and a half hiatus from the live scene since the success of their debut EP release ‘Welcome’ which included BBC Introducing in the Southwest “Band of The Year”, they’ve been perfecting their writing process. 2015 finally saw the release of their much anticipated second EP ‘MEAT’ described by Geraint Davies of CRACK Magazine as bold, cathartic and deeply profound. Steve Lamacq has been championing Idles and on seeing them live at the BBC 6 Music Festival, Tom Robinson described them as a brilliant combination of power, playfulness, threatening edge and sheer lunatic whimsy.

COUSIN KULA

Cousin Kula‘s kaleidoscopic sound is woven from a myriad of musical genres. Combining flavours of psychedelia, afrobeat and latin with nu jazz, indie-rock and trip-hop the band seamlessly craft a sound that is rooted in world music yet glistens with contemporary freshness. From Bristol, their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong local following, playing sold out shows across the city as well as main stage festival slots at Shambala and Mosely Folk festivals among others. The band has also landed high profile support slots with Dutch Uncles and The Kooks while gaining national radio play from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC 2, and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 music.

OCTOBER DRIFT
Rising newcomers October Drift have gained a strong word-of-mouth following since exploding onto the music scene at the start of 2015. Despite the early success of their incendiary debut singles – receiving support from Steve Lamacq and Q magazine – and string of sold-out gigs, this band still remain something of an enigma. Their music is similarly ambiguous, characterised by their signature wall of sound guitars, soaring, ponderous vocals and driving, urgent drums. The band have gained a reputation for delivering blistering, high-energy live shows. Indeed, their first tour sold out before even releasing their first single, such is the buzz around their live performances. With a strong DIY ethos, the band record everything themselves in their own studio and even handmake their own merchandise. This organic approach led them to a complete shun of social media throughout 2015. But that’s all set to change as the band’s word-of-mouth following continues to grow and the music press begin to take notice of October Drift’s melancholic growl.
DOPPELGANGER
Doppelganger are a 4-piece rock band from Wrexham, with a powerful progressive sound, and the live show to match. If they’re not in a dirty transit van on the way to a show, they’re writing adverts, selling phones & framing pictures. “Riff after riff of gritty rock and roll.” (Rock Sound)
WILLIAM POYER
Driving Americana from a Welshman via Mexico, Swansea boy with the gravelly voice, William Poyer, brings the best of his debut album ‘Born Lucky’ to Nozstock. Having just returned from some time in Mexico he is now concentrating on performing around London, having recently appeared at South West Fest.
CASTLES
CaStLeS was the brainchild of brothers Dion and Cynyr Hamer back in 2008 following many musical project manifestations as a duo, they were joined by former Derwyddon Dr Gonzo bassist Calvin Thomas. Based in Snowdonia, Wales, their early demo releases received radio plays on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales as well as a TV appearance on S4C. In early 2015 the band released two Welsh language singles a week apart. Argau and Ar Agor were positively received and resulted in the band being asked to record a radio session for BBC Radio Cymru’s C2 show and a live performance on S4C TV’s Ochr 1. CaStLeS released their debut EP on the 5th of October 2015, ‘PartDepart EP’ was inspired by the band’s studio setting, high up in the Snowdonian hills. Title track ‘PartDepart’ was released as a single on the same date along with a music video to great acclaim.
BLACK THISTLES

A four-piece indie band from the ‘bleak’ coast of Devon, who have recently relocated to London. Their style is self-described as ‘a scuzzy indie throwback to mid 00’s alternative music scene. If you put The Cribs, Queens of the Stone Age, Jamie T and The Strokes in a big toilet and gave it a flush I think when you called the plumber he would describe the blockage as “Black Thistles.”

CHERRYSHOES

Cherryshoes resides in the shadow of the Black Mountains on the Welsh borders. Fronted by the mesmerising L-J, their hypnotic brand of dark pop noir has been described as uniquely powerful, intriguing and yet beautiful. Cherryshoes are currently recording their first album, while tracks such as ‘Ride On’ has received radio play and BBC Radio 6. -‘If Stevie Nicks had recorded on 4AD records then it would have ended up sounding like Cherryshoes ” (Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales)

JOHN
Founded in 2013, London duo John is formed of, well, two Johns as the name would suggest. Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic. together they make loud guitar driven tunes with punchy vocals.
MARY SPENDER

Mary Spender is a blues singer/songwriter based in Bristol. She has toured the UK and US over the past few years, with recent highlights of supporting Gabrielle Aplin and Ian McCulloch, as well as performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. On the 31st March 2016, Mary performed with her band at legendary venue The Louisiana in Bristol, selling out her first headline show a week in advance.

Releasing a track a month on Soundcloud every month for a year, Mary will release her debut album in October 2016.

KETO

Notthingham-based Keto bring their own style of lo-fi folk, likened to Cat Power and Elliot Smith, with audience members describing it as hypnotic. Playing shows alongside Lower Dens, Eaves, and getting the chance to sing with Sun Kil Moon in Hackney, Keto has gained support from 6music, Drowned in Sound, Clash Mag, and John Kennedy, with her single ‘Change’. Self-recorded debut e.p to be released April ’16.

CIRCE'S DINER

Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian four piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed. With an impressive back catalogue of original material and performances in some of Bristol’s most nostalgic venues including The Fleece, The Folk House and The Thekla, Circe’s Diner released their first EP in January before heading out on their first full UK tour.

CW JONES

Expect blues & hip-hop with jazzy accompliments. CW Jones is a singer-songwriter aswell as owner of Bone Dry Records where he has collaborated with many names in UK hip-hop to make some fine tunes. He has recently supported Babyhead on their UK tour and has been making regular appearances across London and Bristol.

MUMBLEMAN

Mumbleman are a Cardiff based three-piece who love all things fuzzy and phasey and enjoy nothing more than pairing chugging riffs and dirty basslines.

ANDY TAMLYN JONES

Swansea based singer songwriter Andy Tamlyn Jones is being lauded as one of Wales’ best kept secrets, thanks to the mesmerising fire and passion delivered in his sets. He writes about diverse subjects like his upbringing and Swansea’s industrial past.

GOLD THING

Gold Thing is the solo music project of Alex Goulding. He uses piano, guitar, bass, keys and electronic instruments combined with a loop pedal to construct a unique multi textural sound. He’s makes primarily instrumental music with a strong influence of jazz, hip-hop and electronic.

AS MAMAS

As Mamas are a rock n roll duo from Evesham, influenced by 60s rock n roll, blues and reggae.

BROOKLIN

Rock, roll & Sheffield soul… Meet Brooklin, an eclectic four-piece with a sound inspired from classic blues rock and soul influences, twisted with their own modern touch. A dynamic rock & soul inspired vocal backed up by driving riffs and grooves.

PAUL SPRY

Legend, visionary and genius are not words people use to describe Paul Spry. But one day they might. For your aural pleasure catch Paul’s murky riffs and rhythms with acoustic blues guitar sound. His lyrics are a tightly woven causeway taking you on a journey through melodic landscapes, that are all at once gentle yet heavy, reflective and soulful, hopeful yet bleak, rainbow yet grey and peppered with eloquence and bad language…

SAMUEL WULF

23 years of life,  20 years of musical training, 17 years of hip-hop influence, 12 years of heartbreaks, 10 years of world travel,   7 years of planning,   3 years of team assembling,    2 years of preparing,   1 Samuel Wulf.

TOWERS

Towers are an indie/alternative rock band from Bristol, UK. They produce a cinematic, melodic wall of mighty bass and guitar driven sound, with dynamic, silky vocals. The band formed in 2011 and have supported acts such as General Fiasco and Ghostpoet. They have played festival slots at Dot to Dot, Greenman, Brisfest and Bristol Harbourside to name a few, as well as headlining most of Bristol’s best venues.

JAGHANA

Blending psychedelia with a dash of romanticism, Jaghana are inviting us on a journey, all the while holding us in their charming caress.

 

THE MAN WHO PAINTED BOATS

Somehwere in between London and Swansea, Jackson Pope makes some ambient noises…he is the man who paints boats.

 BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester Introducing presents…

GRAFTON ASH

Grafton Ash Dan Roberts & Dan Blake make up Bromsgrove based pop folk duo, Grafton Ash. Their debut EP Avalanche is available on iTunes now.

HALYCON

Halcyon Based in the West Midlands, Halcyon produce modern indie pop/rock music with influences from EDM producers and indie rock bands to create a unique sound

MARK LEEDHAM

Mark Leedham Catch Mark Leedham’s virtuosic guitar, original songwriting and deep toned, soulful vocals. John Martyn meets Ben Howard, with Zeppelin infected grooves.

OMYO

OMYO Tom McCorkell & William Edward are OMYO who produce beats, lyrics and melodies all their own.

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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: The Computers, Mr B and the Gentleman Rhymer and House of Lions