Orchard Stage

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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, Roots Manuva, Fun Lovin Criminals and Alabama 3 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.

2016 line up includes…

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It’s been over 17 years since their “playground tactics, the rabbit in a hat trick” and not a beat has been skipped from Jurassic 5. The group was in fact formed of six members; two DJs/Producers coupled with four distinct rappers who, when performing sequences simultaneously, are perfectly tempered, making their early releases stand above the experimental rap that was burgeoning at the time. They weren’t throwback or old school, but J5 embodied a nostalgic sound that was also at once fresh. Their first release, The Jurassic 5 EP quickly turned heads to their relaxed yet detailed sound and fans worldwide became aware of the groups dynamic stage show during this era. As momentum snowballed with more releases and performances on national television (including David Letterman) they reached #15 in the Billboard Charts in 2006 and their lore grew on soundtracks and in video games. Members solo efforts were also well received and the group have cultivated themselves a dedicated and international fan base. Our headliners for Saturday night, Nozstock, we give you, Jurassic 5. (You’re welcome!)
The rise and rise of Imelda May has been unstoppable since the release of her first studio album ‘Love Tattoo’ in 2009. The Number 1 ‘Mayhem’ followed in 2012 and ‘Tribal’ in 2014. Imelda and her band have been touring non stop around the world since 2008, performing hits from all three album’s including ‘Johnny Got A Boom Boom’, ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Mayhem.’ Born in The Liberties, Dublin, Imelda is the youngest of five siblings and was very susceptible to the various influences from her older brothers and sisters, which she could hear constantly through the walls of their house. By the age of nine Imelda had fallen in love with rockabilly and the blues – singing along at home and recording herself with a plastic Fisher Price tape recorder! In between festivals and head line shows Imelda also recorded the 2nd Season of the Imelda May Show on RTE over the Summer. The 5 episode series took over the popular slot of the Late Late Show every Friday night, guests over the 2 seasons included – Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldof and Jools Holland. However the touring life has slowed down for Imelda and the band over the last few months as she spends every waking moment writing, recording and more writing! Imelda is itching to get back to her performing roots and hit the pavement in 2016 and we cannot wait to welcome her to The Orchard Stage on Sunday.
Gentleman’s Dub Club is a nine piece band that formed in Leeds in early 2006. They have an electronic style based in dub, ska and roots reggae and are recognised as one of the UK’s top bass music live acts. The band built their initial reputation through live touring, consistently delivering over 50 shows a year. Their first studio outing was the Members Only EP that went in at Number 1 on the iTunes UK reggae charts and was soon picked up by the BBC’s Radio DJs Sir David Rodigan and Mista Jam. The band’s first studio album FOURtyFOUR was released in 2013 and has securely remained in the iTunes UK reggae charts since release. Gentleman’s Dub Club have appeared on bills with acts including The Wailers, Clean Bandit and Sam Smith and performed at major festivals worldwide including Glastonbury and Outlook.
Touching down in the Hidden Valley for the second time, we welcome back the almighty ska-reggae powerhouse, The Skints! Formed of East London school friends Marcia, Joshua, Jamie and Jonathan, The Skints have been fusing reggae, ska, grime and hip hop since 2007 to create an incomparable sound that promises ‘hard-hitting lyrics about life in the UK delivered over feelgood grooves so sunny they could be from Jamaica’ (The Guardian). Touring extensively throughout the UK, Eurpoe and the USA, The Skints have shared the stage with artists like The King Blues, Sonic Boom Six, Reel Big Fish and Gym Class Heroes and their most recent album ‘FM’ debuted at number 7 on the UK independent chart. Head to the Orchard Stage on Sunday evening for infectious rhythms and unavoidable dancing guaranteed.
Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree are a one-of-a-kind ensemble who present a show that is unique to every performance. Led by award-winning producer Mike Freear, Slamboree features up to 15 multi-skilled theatrical performers and musicians creating an extravagant and immersive audio visual experience. Brought together by synths and electronic beats, Slamboree effortlessly combine electronic dance music with live instruments including violin, drums, trombone and trumpet. Slamboree have clocked up over half a million YouTube hits, have over 30k facebook followers and have taken the UK festival circuit by storm.
The members of the Hot 8 Brass Band were all born and raised in New Orleans. Founded by Bennie Pete, Jerome Jones, and Harry Cook in 1995, The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes the Hot 8 special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. It was not until after Hurricane Katrina that Hot 8 became known nationwide. Featured on CNN and most notably in Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”, Hot 8’s work with the ‘Finding Our Folk’ Tour has brought music to evacuee shelters and communities throughout the US that have provided a temporary home to displaced New Orleanians. The Hot 8 Brass Band has had its share of tragedy, 3 band members lost their lives in tragic circumstances due to violence on the streets. In response to these setbacks, the band has recommitted itself to bringing people together through their unique brand of music, to celebrate, to heal and to learn. Described as a “joyous, infectious jazz/funk masterclass” by BBC Music, their raccous, swaggering sound will get everybody moving.
Music is supposed to be about having fun and it’s practically impossible not to have a good time when listening to Buster Shuffle. They effortlessly fuse Cockney ska/pop with an authentic rock and roll sound and lyrics that are guaranteed to make you laugh. As British as fish and chips, its mischievous piano bashing boogie, with songs about drunken arguments, crafty cats, anti social night buses and messy divorces. The band have enjoyed huge success in Europe and have supported the likes of The Blockheads and The Wombats. Their album ‘Do Nothing’ continues to regularly chart on the Amazon Europe’s bestseller list and they have received glowing endorsements from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, XFM and Uncut.
Welcome to the world of Professor Elemental. Sit down and he’ll brew you a nice hip-hop number, stir in some comedy and then serve it with scones. An award winning hip-hop artist and accomplished host, this steampunk flavoured mad Professor first got himself noticed with the track that paid homage to the British brew – ‘Cup Of Brown Joy’. His lively combination of comedy & music has led to videos (and a few scuffles!) with fellow hip-hop chap Mr B plus performances at Glastonbury, Steam Expo and San Diego Comic Con.
Son of Dave isn’t your average blues musician. He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from atrophy. This one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life. Besides the outstanding live show and recordings, he’s known for his columns in music magazines (a book was made of them), his banter with an audience and 45rpm radio show on Soho Radio, London. His albums are treasures, and his songs have been used as soundtrack to Breaking Bad and in huge brand campaigns. He has performed on Later With Jools Holland and supported artists as diverse as Grace Jones and Supergrass. Now half a century old, with a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, Son of Dave will not only be recording a new album in 2016, but will be on the road again and still hasn’t reached top speed…
Tankus the Henge are six sharp dressed and bedraggled gentlemen hailing from some of the more eccentric parts of London Town. Their music draws from an array of influences including rock, ragtime, reggae, blues, funk, disco and gypsy punk. With a big beat and a carnival air it will get you out of your seat and dancing the tango. The current line-up was completed in 2011 and since then the band has been either on the road or holed up in a recording studio working on their eponymously titled debut album, released in 2013 on SRM Records. With wailing horns and a steaming piano in tow, Tankus the Henge have toured the far reaches of America, Europe, Albania and the Isle of Wight, bringing with them their electrical energy and fascinating tales of wonder and woe.
Imagine if Richard Cheese seduced all three of the Andrews Sisters…and each had a little Lounge Baby. The Lounge Kittens would be the scandalous loin-product of that sordid affair. Tuneful, cheeky, glamorous and geeky. They perform unlikely covers in a more unlikely style. Between the three of them their musical tastes span the genres of rock, jazz, punk, psychobilly, ragga, hip-hop, ska, pop, soul, metal, dance, house, grunge…actually pretty much all genres. There is literally no one they wouldn’t cover and recent release ‘Just The Tip…’ featuring covers of everything from Slipknot to Sean Paul proves just that. Shooting to fame in 2014 with their viral internet video for their cover of ‘Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit, last summer the Kittens knocked audiences for six at Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals (among others) and were even invited to open Limp Bizkit’s set on the main stage at Sonisphere! Having just returned from a UK and European arena tour with the bad boys of heavy metal Steel Panther, there seems to be no stopping the rampage of the Kittens. Ladies and gentlemen, The Lounge Kittens: rock sluts in disguise.
CC Smugglers reputation as ‘the best live band on the scene’ (Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music) was originally established by busking outside every UK tour date of the ‘two-time Grammy award winning’ US Country musicians Old Crow Medicine Show. After the old-time country legends caught the Bedfordshire boys’ performance on the street, the members refused to leave CC Smugglers playing outside and completed the tour by sharing the stage, side by side, at sold out venues including Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Manchester Ritz. Fast forward to 2016 and CC Smugglers have sold out venues throughout the UK and performed at festivals across Europe including main stage performances at Cornbury, Beautiful Days and Y Not.
The Lovely Eggs are an underground punk rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce punk rock ethos that music should have no rules. With observational and often surreal lyrics about life, the duo have a powerful stripped down sound. With releases in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs supporting the likes of The Slits and Art Brut as well as a two month tour of America and a string of dates at SXSW in Austin, Texas. They have recorded sessions for BBC Radio One, BBC 6 Music and XFM and have received support from a host of DJs including Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank. Their debut album, 2009s ‘If You Were Fruit’ ranked in the top 40 records of the year by Artrocker Magazine and was nominated for XFM’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’.
Joining the party is the King Kong Company, a six piece Irish dance band which have performed along side the likes of Underworld, Orbital and Paul Oakenfield. Having reformed just two years ago after touring in the 1990s, their sound can be likened to the brass section and heavy bass of Dreadzone mixed with the hypnotic rhythm of the Chemical Brothers. After being nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2015, they have spent the last 6 months touring across the UK captivating people with their heavy bass rhythms and gorilla get up. An exciting addition to the line up of the Orchard Stage, which will definitely have you jumping.
Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a one man sonic explosion. Uncategorized and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody. Beyond the double microphones and trademark trilby is Dan Turnbull, a multi-instrumental battery spinning musical plates. A powerhouse to the ears and a blur to the eyes who smashes stage, festival and string after string whilst sweeping up audiences and dropping jaws from Boomtown Fair to Kendal Calling.
Always a Nozstock favourite, Stiff Joints will get The Orchard Stage stomping and bouncing with their infectious blend of 2-tone ska, reggae & punk. Described as ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ this 10 peice have played over 100 shows, but always put in an energetic performance, sure to get you moving. The band will be showcasing the best of their second EP ‘Circus On Repeat’ as they embark on another summer of festivals, fun and ska.

Started by brothers Adam and Lawrence in 2013, the band’s first summer saw them booked for Glastonbury Festival, by owner Michael Eavis, as well as performances at iconic Bristol venues ‘Thekla’ ‘and The Louisiana’ as well as airplay via BBC Introducing. Since bursting onto the local scene, tours have taken the to Belguim and Switzerland and throughout the UK, playing with the likes of The Lone Bellow, Marika Hackman and Ren Harvieu. In the studio for most of 2014, the brothers released their debut record with a launch performance at Glastonbury Festival 2015, before embarking on a 35 date festival tour, with the single from the record ‘Sell My Soul’ being BBC Radio 2 play listed.

Combining hip-hop with 2 tone and punk sensibilities, this six piece from Birmingham breathe new life into reggae. With tracks like ‘Blotto’d’ and ‘Here Comes The Lobsteppa’, Lobster are regulars on the UK festival circuit, last year alone seeing them headline LiFest and make appearances at Simmer Down, CocoMad, Reggae City and Out to Grass Festival where they played alongside contemporary ska-makers Malarkey. They take the DIY punk ethic very seriously and prove that by hosting their own parties through their very own Lobster Shack. Having supported OPM, they saw airplay last May on BBC Introducing with their track ‘Queens Head Hunter.’
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 colourful explosion! 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!
A standing ovation at Woodford Folk Festival marked the release of Adam‘s debut EP “Dreams and Alibis” in 2012. Since then he has been captivating audiences with his passionate multi-instrumental mix of blues, folk, rock and roots. Incorporating intricate finger picking, virtuoso and percussive guitar techniques, didgeridoo, harmonica, a foot stomp and conscious lyrics, Adam’s passion for music is clear and infectious. Hailing from the South West of England, it wasn’t until the age of twenty-one whilst travelling in Australia that he began his musical journey playing Djembe by camp fire light. A constant flow of new material has kept Adam’s passion for music alive and his songs relate to his travel experience and philosophical approach to the challenges of life.

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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: De La Soul, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, Jake Bugg, Dreadzone, Roots Manuva, Fun Lovin Criminals and Alabama 3