Orchard Stage

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 Seasick Steve, Happy Mondays, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, Jake Bugg, Roots Manuva and Fun Lovin Criminals to name but a few. The iconic centrepiece of the festival, many a cider will be swilled and a jig performed on the lawns of the Orchard.

2018 line up includes…

Chase & Status AKA Saul Milton and Will Kennard are one of the most commercially successful acts associated with drum’n’bass, boasting multi-platinum albums, numerous charting singles, and production work for major artists like Rihanna.The group combine cutting-edge beats and production techniques with elements of rock, pop and reggae, resulting in energetic tracks fit for the club and the radio. C&S first emerged in 2003, earning their stripes after remixing the Capleton track ‘Duppy Man’. From there, the duo signed to Andy C.’s Ram Records and began with a pair of club hits – 2007s ‘Hurt You’ and 2008’s ‘Take Me Away’. A full-length was finally released in 2008. Entitled ‘More Than Alot’, it was well-received critically; winning a 2009 Drum’n’Bass Award for Best Album. In 2009, Milton and Kennard collaborated with Plan B on ‘End Credits’, which hit the U.K Top Ten. Its success led to Chase & Status’ 2011 album ‘No More Idols’, which featured collaborations with Dizzee Rascal. Spending 35 weeks in the U.K. Top 40, ‘No More Idols’ has gone on to earn double-platinum status. At the beginning of 2012, Chase & Status were nominated for Best British Group at the Brit Awards — a first for a drum’n’bass outfit. Not resting on their laurels, 2013 saw them headline Glastonbury and released the single ‘Lost and Found’, which hit the Top Ten and landed on their third studio album, ‘Brand New Machine’, which reached number two on the U.K. album chart. While working on their fourth album, Chase & Status released the grime EP ‘London Bars’ in late 2015. Continuing to blend grime with drum’n’bass, full-length ‘Tribe’ appeared in 2017. 2018 is set to be another strong year for the duo, not least because they can add Nozstock headliner to their list of accolades…

English synth-pop, electronic duo, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory joined forces in 1999 to form Goldfrapp and have since enjoyed commercial success in both the U.S and the U.K. Signed to Mute Records in 1999 they released their debut album ‘Felt Mountain’ in early 2000, incorporating a mixture of both electric and folk genres, and it went on to become shortlisted for the 2001 Mercury Prize. To promote the album, Goldfrapp went on tour supporting The Doves and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2000. Their second album, ‘Black Cherry’, released in 2003, moved towards a more glam-rock, new wave sound, and Goldfrapp began to find their feet within the music industry. The first single from the album, ‘Train’, reached number 23 in the UK singles chart.Their next album, 2005’s ‘Supernature’ was much more dance-orientated and enjoyed huge success, selling more than one million copies and debuting in the UK Album chart at number two. While singles such as ‘Ooh La La’ brought critical and commercial acclaim, their fourth album ‘Seventh Tree’ (2002) moved away from the synth electronica of previous albums towards a more ambient sound, and it immediately went to number two in the UK Albums Chart. Their fifth album, ‘Head First’ returned to Goldfrapp’s dance routes and earned them a number six place in the charts. ‘Tales of Us’ followed in 2013 with the announcement of ‘Silvereye’ in 2017. The duo remain an enchanting force, one of the more diverse and intriguing artists on the scene.
Ramping up Friday’s Noz festivities are legends of ska, The Selecter. Led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside a hugely talented band of musicians and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, the anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there. In fact, Pauline & Gaps are more driven than ever, writing some of the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ and ‘On My Radio’. As hardworking as ever, the band are currently playing sold out shows as part of their co-headline tour with The Beat and promoting latest album Daylight, which marks no less than 15 full length releases and showcases why these ska-masters are as popular as ever.
It’s been 18 years since Keith Murray and Chris Cain, better known as We Are Scientists came together but they show no signs of slowing down. Signed to Sony/ATV their major label debut 2005’s ‘With Love and Squalor’ went gold in the UK and cemented their place within the rock genre. Since then they’ve continued to release including 2008s Brain Thrust Mastery, 2016s Helter Seltzer and latest offering Megaplex, recorded in NYC with producer and longtime collaborator Max Hart. No stranger to festivals, We Are Scientists have performed at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Coachella as well as extensive touring to over 30 different countries. From Brooklyn, New York to Bromyard, Nozstockers, we can’t wait.
One of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the U.K. dance scene in recent years and 2017’s ‘Crazy Diamonds’ album sees the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best, a release built for big fields and summer sound systems. Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since. Known for their rhythmical blend of bass, turntables and horns, their genre-mashing abilities has seen them work with some of their biggest heroes including The Specials, Horace Andy, and Madness plus remixed the likes of Limp Bizkit and Moby. Ashworth is also a much sought-after DJ, known for his eclectic sets. He is currently working on a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ documentary about the band’s career; a mix of archive and new footage that charts the Dub Pistols’ strange journey from chancers to hot property.
Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, The Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from their beginning in 1977, right up to the present day. This is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others. Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages. Their last two studio albums, 2013s ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’, and 2017s ‘Beyond The Call Of Dury’ continues to show both their diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their uniqueness. Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the bands new songs keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of British working-class life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and the band at a televised concert in the late 90’s. As well as through their own new material, interest in “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”, the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man Ian Dury, the performance of ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the 2012 Para-Olympic Opening Ceremony, and the musical ‘Reasons To be Cheerful,’ has seen a resurgence in the bands popularity over the past couple of years and they continue to go from strength to strength.
 Macka.B has always been interested in music. At a very young age, the vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very day. Over a thirty year career, Macka B has toured the world extensively, breaking down barriers as he went. He was the first British reggae artist to tour the former Yugoslavia and to tour Austrailia, he won British Best Male DJ awards in 1991 and 1992. He’s worked with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy, topped the reggae singles charts, performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela, and appeared on T.V and BBC Radio. But Macka B is only going from strength to strength. In fact his 2015 album ‘Never Played A 45’ was lauded as his best yet. With all this already achieved and no signs of slowing down any time soon, it’s no wonder Allmusic named Macka B as ‘one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters’
Evoking the afro-funk of Mulatu Atstake, the exuberant folk of Flook, and the blues of Junior Wells without ever sounding contrived or unoriginal, Honeyfeet have for some years been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. Jazz, Yes, Soul, yes, blues, yes some of that. Folk? Stick that in there! Hip-hop? I thought you’d never ask! Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense. To put it simply Honeyfeet are quite unlike any band on the circuit, with their infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. They are a band of the highest quality who manage to keep their sticky feet on the ground rooted in musical integrity, whilst soaring to the high with their revelrous spirit.
Electric Swing Circus are a live six-piece fusion of saucy 20’s swing and stomping electro beats. Drawing influence from 1920’s swing and jazz, the explosive sound of Electric Swing Circus reverberates back through time, re-inventing the genre of electro-swing for an ever-expanding audience.The ESC’s sound is a powerful combination of electric double bass, vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, keys, live drums, dirty synths and electro beats. Fronted by a sassy female double-act, with an extensive variety of vocal styles, the ESC deliver a consistently dazzling show. Their debut, self-titled album is available now on Ragtime Records.
The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk-rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules. With 8/10 thumbs up from the NME and much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the U.K. With Six BBC 6 music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio One and XFM, The Lovely Eggs have enjoyed huge support. Marc Riley declared their last three singles ‘I Shouldn’t Have Said That’, ‘Drug Braggin’ and ‘Goofing Around (in Lancashire)’ his official top tracks of 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the band also attracting airplay from DJs Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne. With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound. They have produced five albums. The latest ‘This Is Eggland’ was produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT) Their recent single “Wiggy Giggy” has received massive support from DJs across the board. Steve Lamacq made the track his “”Lamacq Livener”” playing it every day on his show. The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground Music Scene.
It’s time all you sinners went back to church. To a service where party is the new praising, where you’ll be baptised in absinthe and made to dance with the devil himself. Oh My God! It’s The Church is a raucous, Deep South Pentecostal church party brimming with the best soul, Motown and disco tunes. Fronted by the insane pastor Michael Alabama Jackson, the service leads the audience through wild sermons of religious ecstasy. Since its premiere in May 2013, the show has moved from the fringe tents onto the main music stages at numerous festivals. Think ‘Sister Act’ on speed as the converts keep on growing! Fusing music, dance, theatre and comedy the show comprises one preacher, three choirgirls and an organ player who create an all-encompassing Pentecostal parody party experience that engages the audience from the very first hymn. Come and kiss the ring of redemption, get ready to sin, be saved and then sin all over again in this holy and hilarious hootenanny. Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson and DJ Sister Mary Lou can also be found on Soho Radio preaching ‘Salvation Radio’ every Sunday from 1pm alongside entertainment legends The Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay MBE and Son of Dave.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
Originally a dictatorship formed by the cunning Mr Tea & the Minions have since overthrown him and their chaos has brought forth a musical democracy where cheekiness, fun and a love for the music bind the band together into one massive colorful explosion! They’re on a mission to ignite crazy dancing by audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to get their audience stirred into a big bouncing frenzy of fun! A hugely popular festival band, they have played raucous gigs at various festivals. September 2016 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tea Your Mind’. The Minions play their own unique take on high energy Balkan party music – combining Gypsy flavoured ska, dub and swing with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and bass to put a smile on your face and your knees up past your ears!
Mad Apple Circus is an original blend of horn-fuelled styles, built on ska/hip-hop/jazz and Latin grooves – nothing but the good stuff. Owing to their unique sound and energetic performances, this hard-hitting, humble Bristolian nine-piece have fast become festival favourites and a popular choice among promoters in the UK and Europe. Priding themselves as upbeat and what can only be described as an engaging display of jumping musical fusion, the thirst for the Apple’s juice never seems to quench. With a honed ambition to continually enrich their music while remaining true to their core, Mad Apple Circus have unquestionably set about creating their own distinctive sound.
Buffo’s Wake are a twelve-legged beast hatched in the murky backwater of Brighton, U.K. Armed with accordions, violins and a bucket full of gusto they waltz, tango, mosh and kolo their way through various influences from Eastern European, Balkan and Russian folk, to punk rock and cabaret, telling tales of debauchery, deformity, zombies and incest; making the audience dance into the night in the process.
Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen N’Gonda chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. It was at the age of 11 he began getting into music, inspired by his father’s collection of jazz, hip-­hop, soul and classical records. Since moving to Liverpool in 2014 Jalen has been playing gigs across the UK and beyond. Two years later Jalen is selling out headline shows in London and Geneva, is breaking into the Viral Charts with his debut single and is supporting touring acts such as Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves and Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen will leave you no choice but to be drawn into his world.
Nautical rockers Seas Of Mirth have been causing quite the ruckus at shows and festivals across UK and Europe for the last five years or so. A nine-strong crew with a varying sound, their new album ‘Hark, The Headland Approacheth’ is out this summer on Nottingham’s ‘I’m Not From London’ label. Think folk instrumentation, prog-rock silliness, worldly rhythms and bizarre sea-based song concepts.
Smiley & The Underclass are a punky-reggae explosion from London. Packed with climate-conscious rebel lyrics and murderous guitars, the Underclass sound is guarenteed to move minds, bodies and souls. Think Bob Dylan meets The Clash and King Tubby in a dark alley (with razor blades).
As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. Their tightly woven live show combines intricate musicianship with raw energy and infectious positivity meaning they have become firm favourites at venues and festivals across the land. Samsara’s hard work and creative vision have established them as “one of the best reggae bands in the UK at the moment.
Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown the group released their long-awaited debut release for Luv Luv Luv Records earlier this year. The four-piece band are centered around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – already known among key taste-makers as the drummer in Casual Sex, another of Glasgow’s leading musical lights. McCrory, still only 24, became a full-time producer and recording engineer straight from school after establishing his own studio. While helping many of the artists in Glasgow’s burgeoning DIY scene, McCrory is also an exceptional songwriter in his own right and his group quickly became the most talked about in town. Catholic Action were formed in 2014 by McCrory alongside Jamie Dubber on bass and Ryan Clark on drums. Andrew Macpherson later joined as lead guitarist to add extra sparkle to the group’s own brand of glam noise rock. The Glasgow band performed at a slew of this year’s’ tastemaker festivals including Live At Leeds, The Great Escape and Radio 1 Big Weekend and have announced a UK tour to coincide with a new single on Luv Luv Luv Records
It all started when Ed Cares, one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies, was overheard humming a song he had written, by Katie, aged six, who persuaded him to form a band. Josh, eight, boldly proclaimed: “You’re probably my second favourite artist after Katy Perry.” And so, after sourcing some neighbourhood musicians capable of living up to Josh’s heady billing — specifically Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Legate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums) — Ed soon had an able band to perform with under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: Childcare. Having honed their vivid and visceral live show on stages including Reading and Leeds festivals and now some of the land’s major concert venues, Childcare have released three singles to date, ‘Omega Grey’, ‘Film Club’ and ‘Kiss?’, earning extensive national radio play and enthusiastic coverage from key online tastemakers.
Lazy Day began life in 2014 as the solo bedroom project of Tilly Scantlebury. Self-recording her tracks on Garageband and making them available online, she quickly gained extensive attention and praise from many respected music websites and blogs. Since expanding to a four-piece band, Lazy Day have steadily gone from strength to strength. Their sound is as intimate and dreamy as it is biting and bold, with personal lyrics delivered in a soulful voice accompanied by shimmery guitars and a powerful beat. Their debut EP ‘Ribbons’ was released in September 2017 and was played by Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music. Single ‘Hiccup’ was also selected as single of the week, with a live interview on The Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Lazy Day completed their first headline UK tour in September 2017, which saw them selling out in London and Bristol.
Calm and understated, Bristol’s Harvey Causon is not looking to blow you away with a wall of sound. Instead you’ll be blown away by his soft, glitching electronica and deft take on contemporary R&B, plus reeled in by his rich vocals, that sound far more world wearied than his 19 years. With nods to other contemporary producers, Harvey’s sound is pop at heart; but his clever, minimal production, rich, heart stopping vocal and dulcet guitar tones set him apart. Ending 2017 with an inivtation at world famous Maida Vale studios by BBC Introducing, Harvey looks forward to an exciting year ahead, being named at Live Nation’s Source as ‘One to Watch’ in 2018, among other hot picks.
Based in Worcestershire, The Whipjacks are a five-piece alternative, speed-folk outfit who draw inspiration from traditional Celtic and English folk roots, as well as more modern influences from the likes of The Dropkick Murphy’s, Flogging Molly and The Levellers. The Whipjacks are a band hungry for the stage and deliver a foot stomping, no-nonsense show that is filled with energy and a genuine sense of enjoyment.
The Social Ignition are a ska fusion band with a melting pot of musical influences, from folk to funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock and punk but always with a main focus on reggae and ska. The broad range in musical interests and influences of the band members adds to their interesting, diverse sound and makes their genre more difficult to categorise. With a little bit of something for everyone, from skank-tastic brass to funkadelic guitar licks, they really are an ‘aural treat’ and something ‘not to be missed’.