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…


2017 line up includes…

YOUTH
Youth is four pals playing reverb-drenched, noise rock. Starting in Bristol in 2013, they have slowly made a name for themselves within the local music scene and surrounding areas. They gather influences from various different genres of music and have frequently met with people unable to quite put a finger on their sound. Mixing intricate and emotive beauty with overdriven, reverb drenched noise, backed up by punchy and attacking drum sections. 
BOY AZOOGA
Daf, Davey, Dylan and Sam are four guys based in Cardiff who make up the memorably named Boy Azooga who are all about the real rocky times. Making their Nozstock debut you can catch some equally interestingly named songs such as ‘Breakfast Epiphany’ and ‘Face Behind Her Cigarette’. 
ANDY 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.
PASSION BEL CANON
Passion Bel Canon, the unlikely alliance of an environmental manager, barista and jobbing actress, started life as a series of internet adverts looking for musical collaborators in 2013. Since their online beginnings, the band have been merging their individual influences to create their own brand of atmospheric indie-pop. Combining Lauren Partridge’s soaring emotive vocals, Will Barter’s dynamic guitar playing and Jamie Smith’s powerful upright drumming style, the London based trio create infectiously rhythmic songs with a dark edge. Using an array of synths and samples played alongside acoustic instruments including kalimba, glockenspiel and ukulele, the band’s live and recorded performances have been likened to alternative pop artists Bat For Lashes and Daughter. Releasing their debut single ‘Land of Hope’ with DTSE Music in 2014, Passion Bel Canon have received radio play on BBC 6Music, supported Irish chart toppers HamsandwicH.
YASSASSIN
Spunky and energetic, all girl, alternative rock group Yassassin, bristle with energy, fun and choppy rhythms. Hailing from London the girls have a wealth of experience playing for various other bands before coming together as a five-piece. But as soon as they did, magic happened. In fact their debut single ‘Social Politics’ was written during their first ever rehearsal! The play regularly around the U.K and have their first European shows booked this Summer.
GOAN DOGS
Described as “shambolic, heartfelt, ludicrous pop” by their producer, Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack, The Maccabees, Goldfrapp), Bristol based five-piece, Goan Dogs have recently finished a session at the legendary Rockfield Studios where they recorded a solid body of luxury tracks. Their latest single, ‘Drifted Apart’ was released in November 2016.
KETO
Keto are Leah, Midds, Rob and Matt from Nottingham. They 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 and Clash Magazine.
FRAUDS
Formed in late 2012 in a dingy rehearsal room in West Croydon, Frauds are an energetic, over-the-top duo comprised of Chris Francombe (drum/vocals) and Mikey Alvarez (guitar/vocals). The band combines thick jagged riffs and beats with a mixture of humour and anger in equal measure. Over the last few years Frauds have shared a stage with Kagoule, USA Nails, Slaves, Queen Kwong and many more. Their last release was the double single ‘Some Other Lover’ and ‘Pick Up the Stone’ released via Disorder Recordings. Since then Frauds have been working tirelessly to bring a bucket load of new music out.
BEVERLY SHRILLS
Beverly Shrills plays thick, fuzzy alternative rock. Originally from Tewksbury but now gaining momentum around Bristol, the sound is influenced by the likes of The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. Debut single ‘Space Invaders’ was released earlier this year.
JOSH ACE BAND
Welsh pop meets pseudo Americana. With roots firmly dug in the foothills of North London, Swansea born songwriter Josh Ace tells tales of derailed dreams, dissolute companions and life in the times of social media and virtual collective consciousness. Apocalyptic overtones with a sense of humorous cynicism, sugar coated in power pop harmonies leave you feeling not all is lost. Angular guitar hooks hark back to post-punk new wave with a hint of psychedelia thrown in the mix for good measure!
VAGINAPOCALYPSE
 Vaginapocalypse formed in early 2012 with two voices, an acoustic guitar and sometimes a double bass and cajón. Since their inception they have been gigging regularly and released 2 EPs. As local as you can get, the duo are based in Bromyard. They perform their own songs with a sprinkling of some traditional folk tunes. Lu and Robin describe their sound as like “two fingers to the mainstream and a warm hug from a rural underground.”
WHITE FEATHER COLLECTIVE
The White Feather Collective are a British 4 piece Surf/Psych band based in Malvern, in the heart of the English countryside. The band consists of drums, bass, electric guitar and vocals/acoustic guitar/ harmonica the band is able to present a high-energy performance, incorporating many aspects that made the late 1960s the golden era for music. The sound of band could be considered close to that of The Rolling Stones,The Doors, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and perhaps The Black Keys. The White Feather Collective aims to boast an immersive, life changing live set; along with well considered recordings that take elements from the golden era.
HOW DARE YOU? THAT'S MY MOTHER YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT
With a sound, just as memorable as their name, How Dare You, That’s My Mother You’re Talking About fill their sets to the brim with good ol’ psychedelic, stoner, rock and roll. The Manchester based group say they are ‘just four guys who really love each other’ but they clearly have a gift for the memorable monikers with The Granny Magnet Sessions and songs such as Sneaky Fingers and Likewise Sweetheart.

SOEUR Worcester raised, but Bristol based, Soeur are a dual-fronted three-piece making pop songs drenched in grunge-heavy noise, with math-rock seeping through the seams. Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses. Bound together and battle-hardened by an experience & appreciation of the fringes of British rock music, Anya Pulver, Tina Maynard & James Collins have already found their incendiary live shows selling out in dive bars and clubs across their native South West. With vocal lines that tangle & intertwine, riffs so substantial they’ve got their own post code, and a beat – provided by former Maybeshewill drummer James Collins – that ties everything down with industrial power, this is a sound of colossal proportions.
OH MAN, THE MOUNTAIN
Oh Man, The Mountain is a Manchester based alt. folk collective comprised of healthcare professionals and sandwich couriers. Their music comes from a deadlock between the desire to live the Good Life and the Creeping Dread. Drawing influence from folk and roots, southern gothic Americana, indie rock, gospel and a DIY ethic: the music is not flashy, but an honest attempt to express the confusion of living and loving in a broken world. Oh Man The Mountain write homespun hymns about nature, loss, sacrifice, self-worth and hope. Currently playing as a regular six piece, the live line-up fluctuates between one and ten members.
CHLOE FOY
 Chloe Foy writes a brand of melodic, homegrown pop that has been likened to such artists as Laura Marling and Sharon Van Etten. Her songs are imbued with lyrical and textural inflections evocative of much of the music she loves – taking inspiration from classical music as much as wider trends within British and American Indie pop, Chloe’s music comprises of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics. Chloe’s most recent single, ‘In The Middle Of The Night’, received generous support from Steve Lamacq on his BBC Radio 2 & 6 shows, as well as favourable reviews from mainstream media across the country. After taking a year out to write, Chloe has returned to the live scene with a refreshing new sound.
THE BALKANEERS
The Balkaneers play a lively and up-beat mix of Eastern European Gypsy folk tunes and bouncing ska. With original lyrics and colourful arrangements, bring your dancing shoes. Based in Gower, Swansea, South Wales
LOST TUESDAY SOCIETY
Lost Tuesday Society are a 5-piece band who have collectively come from a variety of differing musical backgrounds and therefore bring with them a range of influences. They have graced the stage with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Lianne La Harvas, Pete Doherty, and Alabama 3 to name but a few. Their self-titled album produced by Joe Gibb (Catatonia, Leftfield,The Kinks, David Bowie) has been received fantastically by their loyal fan base. Writing original material, comparisons have been made to early Fleetwood mac, whilst the albums concentration on intricate musical composition and strong melody lines pays its homage unintentionally to 70’s folk and rock with enough edge to bring the songs into modern day. Because of this, the music appeals to people of all ages and all walks of life.
DAI AND THE ROSS
Former frontman of Sony signed Swansea trio, The Caves, Dai Godwin returns to Nozstock in his latest guise. Dai and The Ross will play out Saturday with a selection of the best 60s rock and roll covers known to man. Get down to your favourite tunes, there won’t be a toe left untapping on the farm…
GANZ
 Ganz is the lastest project of versatile musicians, drummer Shane Dixon, vocalist Dai Godwin and guitarist Darren Beale. Between them these guys have chalked up some impressive experience, including playing with the Boomtown Rats and managing a Nozstock stage. The trio play power pop and rock to get people moving. The band is named after frontman Dai’s wife. All together now…”Awww…”
JO ROSE
Manchester based Jo Rose describes his sound as Anti Nu Folk/Pop but it comes across as firmly rooted in West Coast Americana. Influenced by the like of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Nick Cave his latest E.P Mustanging is available on itunes.
STEVE STRONG
Steve Strong is a one man arsenal of beats, tapped guitar and lush, texural melodies. His music is as witheld as it is grandiose, as skeletal as it is layered, equal parts shimmering and pulsing. It glimmers, swings and explodes in all the right places, sliding gracefully from one section to another, played as tightly as it is loose and free. Steve’s ability to bridge the gap between technical ability and captivation is completely instinctual, tattoed onto his musical concious like the art on his body. His music seems to encompass many different styles without feeling contrived or forced, every strand of inspiration in Steve’s music is carefully placed and melted. This music will not be held down!
BUFFALO BROTHERS
Buffalo Brothers are one of the coolest funk sensations to explode onto Earth’s music scene, electing to begin their planetary takeover, naturally, in Manchester. Their extravagant live spectaculars concentrate thunderous grooves, blistering horn lines, and electro-debauchery into one high-energy smoothie. Come and have a taste.
THE MUSIC POOL - LIVEWIRE PROJECT
Founded in 1998, The Music Pool is a community based music charity for Herefordshire and it’s borders. The Music Pool are dedicated to providing chances for people of all ages and abilities to make music together, because it is one of the most powerful ways to improve people’s lives and well-being. Their work affects a wide variety of groups from early years to those with special needs. You can catch the best of their Livewire youth music project right here, which gives teenagers an insight into the music industry, organizing training opportunities, music courses and gigs.
↓↓↓BBC INTRODUCING HEREFORD AND WORCESTER↓↓↓
Catch the cream of the crop of upcoming talent in Hereford and Worcester with a Sunday morning takeover curated by BBC Introducing
CAPAS
Capas aka Phil Wilkins is a multi instrumentalist and producer based in Worcestershire, focusing on electronic and live recordings to create a cinematic sound. Influenced by the likes of Bonobo and Sigur Ros, Capas debut album, Undisclosed was released December 2016. The album was heavily supported locally, whilst track ‘Bamboozle’ has received Radio One airplay. Phil is also known for his other projects Desert Boots and Collective 43.
ELLISHA GREEN
An aspiring 17 year old singer/songwriter from Kidderminster, Ellisha has just released her debut EP called ‘Platforms’ in November 2016 and has received great reviews on iTunes and Slap Magazine. She won Wyre Forest Young Musician of the year 2016 and has achieved Best Composition and Solo Singer as part of Bewdley Youth Festival. She performs frequently at places such as Hopfest in Bewdley and Dudley Beer Festival.
INVINCIBLE YOUTH
Sam Butterworth and Callum Real are Hereford based Indie-electro duo Invincible Youth. Working hard to make music their way of living the boys have just released their ‘From The Light’ EP and have a UK tour planned this year. Their influences are varied, everything from Churches and Glass Animals to Slipknot and Nirvana.
KARYO
Karyo are a three-piece post-pop sample-funk band based in North London, via Worcester, comprised of three long-time friends and collaborators: Duncan Powell, Luke Fain and Tom Guilding. Their talents concentrate on eclectic instrumental music, with guest vocals becoming a key feature of their sound. No stranger to festivals, their second ever gig was at Glastonbury 2016!
↓↓↓BLUEJAY JAZZ LOUNGE↓↓↓
Summertime, and the livin’ will most certainly be easy here in the land of Noz. We invite you to act with the eloquence of Lady Ella, be as cool as Coltrane and feel as Dizzy as Gillespie in the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. On Sunday afternoon, the Bandstand will swing into a rhythmic fusion of all things jazz, with more bluesy beats than you can shake a saxophone at. In the words of Billie Holiday, come and spend your Sunday at Nozstock feeling Fine and Mellow. Mmmmmmm hmm.
REMI HARRIS
Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist whose unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy swing, jazz, blues, rock, heavy metal, electronic and World music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. Primarily self-taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing. Only 29 Remi already has a string of awards and chart success under his belt, plus endorsements from some of the biggest and best in the industry 
CATBOY
Catboy is a local busker who lives in the hedge – you might have heard him rummaging ’round your wheely bins at night. His influences include Johnny Flynn, The Tallest Man On Earth, Shakey Graves, John Martin, Jeff Buckley and Sibyl Baier. Take a break from the hustle and bustle to come and hear what this alleycat’s got to say for himself…

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