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 Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, Jake Bugg, Imelda May, 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.


2017 line up includes…

SEASICK STEVE
If there’s one thing Nozstock does well, it’s DIY. After spending the last two decades building a makeshift festival around a ramshackle farmhouse, it’s only fitting that we should welcome to our homespun Orchard Stage in 2017 the undisputed king of hobo rock ‘n’ roll, Seasick Steve. Steve spent his early life as a flaneur in flannel, riding freight trains, working carnivals and busking on the Parisian metro: somewhere along the way he picked up the noble American art of the blues. A true craftsman, Steve wheedles gravelly basslines out of an assortment of guitars cobbled together from hubcaps with missing strings, accompanied by the home-made ‘Mississippi Drum Machine’ and his guttural voice waxing lyrical about bar fights, heartbreak and sleeping under bridges. Steve’s breakthrough performance on Jools Holland in 2006 and subsequent album ‘i Started out with nothin and i Still got most of it Left’ (2008) propelled him and his wonky instruments to fame. Since then, he’s toured internationally, received Brit Award nominations and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Led Zeppelin. But when he picks up that three-stringed guitar it may as well just be you and him round a camp-fire, as he hammers out chords and spits out ditties that’ll leave you dreaming about packing it all in for life on the open road…
HAPPY MONDAYS
Happy Mondays formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Their first official release was the ’Forty Five EP’ on Factory Records in September 1985 but it was 1990’s ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ which went platinum, selling more than 350,000 copies and still celebrated over 25 years later. This put the band firmly on the map as one of the most influential acts to come out of the UK. There have been a few line-up changes over the years but in 2012 the band returned with a definitive line up of Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Gary Whelan, Rowetta, and Dan Broad, when a best-of album ‘Double Double Good’ was released. The band have toured extensively, selling out the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena, supported Oasis for their ‘Standing on the Shoulder of Giants’ tour, had various TV appearances and played numerous festivals worldwide.
THE SUGARHILL GANG
Widely credited with igniting the hip-hop scene and bringing it into the mainstream in the 1970s, The Sugarhill Gang are mostly famed for their iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’. We guarantee they’ll get you ‘hippin’ to the hop’ and you won’t stop. Named after Sugar Hill in Harlem, this old-school hip-hop troupe will be bringing their infectious disco-funk sounds to wreak havoc on the audience in the Orchard. ‘Rapper’s Delight’ is widely considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop to the US, and was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. To this day, they remain an irresistible force in music and their wordsmith ways will have each and every Nozstocker smoothly grooving their way through their day. Keep your ears open for subsequent stellar releases including ‘8th Wonder’ and ‘Apache’. We can’t wait to welcome these legends to the farm.
HAYSEED DIXIE
We’ll not be accused of a shortage of US super-groups at Nozstock this year – we’re bringing you a whole lot of hillbilly rave, in the form of Hayseed Dixie. You may remember they hosted about the biggest knees-up Nozstock has ever seen back in the early days of 2008? Well, in the wake of their 15th studio album (released this April), ‘Free Your Mind and Your Grass Will Follow’, we can’t wait to hear some old familiars and the best of their new work. These hard-rocking Appalachians will be playing covers of AC/DC classics from albums yonder, alongside original songs and reinterpretations of R&B and soul classics. These purveyors of ‘rockgrass’ will have you chortling, jigging and generally do-si-do-ing ’til dawn. Ready your vocal chords, it’s going to be quite the jamboree!
FEROCIOUS DOG
Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words. Ferocious Dog are well known for their high octane live performances. 2016 was a defining year for the band. From playing Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their European tour, Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on and dominate the folk/punk music scene. With European tours booked for 2017 and slots at some of the UK’s favourite festivals, this promises to be another exciting year in the ascent of this exceptional band.
BEANS ON TOAST
After 10 years in the game, Essex born songwriter Beans on Toast has become something of a cult figure. He’s written and recorded 8 albums, he’s played every bar, club, festival, party and honky tonk you can think of and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues, political protest songs for the modern day, and honest and open love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think, with no-holds-barred honest lyrics and quick wit. Over the course of his career he’s sold out countless headline shows and played sold-out arena shows with his old pal Frank Turner. He’s traveled 10,000 miles playing shows around America and plays Glastonbury Festival every year. Beans on Toast is an honest guy, he stays true to his ethics and he tells it how it is. In these troubled times, perhaps we need a protest singer, and some optimism.
THE CORRESPONDENTS
The Correspondents consist of singer Mr Bruce and producer Chucks. Both growing up in South London, they formed in 2007 and within two years had taken their hi-octane genre-blending dance music from house parties to festival main stages. The show that quickly established the duo as one of the best live acts in the UK has Mr Bruce assuming the look of a monochrome matador, singing with force and dancing like his life depends on it while Chucks takes the audience on a journey from jazz and blues to the nether regions of electro and drum ʼnʼ bass. Since their inception they have toured relentlessly, bringing their unique live show to huge crowds and earning themselves Telegraphʼs ʻTop Ten Glastonbury Highlightsʼ two years in a row.
LE GALAXIE
Close your eyes. It’s 2am. The ground is shaking underfoot and your fingers are pulled upwards by some invisible but very audible force. The force of a TUNE. Since their debut Le Galaxie have replicated this scene across clubs, bars, fields, parties and raves. In doing so, the band has had a multiplier effect, going from a cult following to a force. This is a band that has broken their balls on the live circuit until something unstoppable clicked. And when it did, that was it. That moment where the spotlight hits the disco ball in that magic way that makes the entire place glitter. The irreverence of the band and their acclaimed live prowess, in some ways disguises a deeper heart, a maturity in their ability to create exquisite beats and also a sophisticated approach to crafting incredible pop songs that will pierce those giant sound systems in dark rooms and the canvas of festival tents.
LAND OF THE GIANTS
Since 2009, Land of the Giants have been pulling crowds to tents to groove until they sweat with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiasm. A brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, a heavy toe-tapping bass line and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals will make you wonder why you’ve never danced your socks off to The Giants before. The six-piece collective scooped Best Band in the most recent Southwest Music Awards and have been tipped by many as one of the best emerging live bands in the country. So put your hands up, surrender, and get those dancing shoes on.
CHAINSKA BRASSIKA
Coined as “fabulous and refreshing” by Radio 1Xtra’s David Rodigan, this mischievous rabble from Lewisham have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn-driven ska anthems across the UK and beyond. Chainska Brassika have set stages and faces alight at festivals, peddling the best of their debut album ‘Skinna’ dedicated to their music teacher, John Skinner MBE.
THE RPMS
Hailed by the BBC as a ‘spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp’, The RPMs have made short work of putting the gears of the hype machine into action thus far. The choice cuts harvested from their debut ‘Digital Disobedience’ EP saw the three-piece notch up plays on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing, gain tip-offs from 6 Music taste-maker Steve Lamacq and scoop a host of ‘track of the day’ features with the likes of Clash and Gigslutz. The band’s next move is being tracked with close attention, but The RPMs aren’t planning to disappoint with the four scintillating new tracks lined up for their sophomore EP release ‘Agents of Change.’ A band unafraid to wear their sense of conscience on their sleeves, the upcoming release reveals a more serious and experimental side of The RPMs and lyrically sees the three-piece offering their insightful take on the grip of social media in modern life. Busying themselves in last few months with constant rehearsals to refine their songwriting and musicianship in the studio, whilst developing a bigger on-stage sound, the band promise an ambitious and invigorated performance.
DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA
The most fun band to come out of Moss, Norway, with a great live show, Death By Unga Bunga are an original five-piece who play catchy, punky, psychedelic songs served up with a healthy plateful of rock. 2017 is a busy year with tour dates and TV appearances across Europe and the US.
OH MY GOD! IT'S THE CHURCH
 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 of 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.
THE STIFF JOINTS
The Stiff Joints are an eleven-piece ‘ska army’ from the wild West Midlands. Named ‘the ultimate feel good festival act’ by BBC Introducing, The Stiff Joints are always so popular at Nozstock they’ve become a bit of a resident band. Currently working on a new release for 2017, their infectious brand of two-tone ska makes it impossible to sit still when you listen to them.
HANNAH PEEL
Labelled one of the breakthrough artists of the year by BBC6 Music, but already notching up sold out shows and great reviews from the likes of Q and Irish Times, Hannah Peel’s experimental pop sound is definitely one to watch. Her emotional album ‘Awake But Always Dreaming’ led to a live Radio 4 feature and 2 singles in a row playlisted on 6Music. The album was inspired by Peel watching her gran battle with dementia and the effect that music can have on sufferers. Understandably, the cause is very close to her heart, leading to the record being used as part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Christmas appeal. 
THE MEOW MEOWS
Described as a ‘20-legged groove machine’ by Kerrang! The Meow Meows are Brighton-based girls and boys with a shared love of ska and drinking to incapacity. The band formed in summer 2005 mainly as an excuse to drink on a weeknight, but since then have played with major international acts including The Temptations, Reel Big Fish and The Beat. They have toured throughout the UK and Europe and are busy promoting their new album ‘Go Boom!’ – a fast-paced, punk-soul extravaganza, full of music to dance and riot to. 
JASPER IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS
Jasper In The Company of Others have been together for 7 years and in that time have amassed an impressive and loyal following spanning the whole UK, thanks to the passion and energy poured into their live perfomances. Since their inception they have released two EP’s and an album – both of which have been highly acclaimed – and supported some of the most respected artists in the business, including Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard. 2017 sees them go back into the studio to record their long-awaited second album, sure to be packed to bursting with more folk-pop delights, served with a surf-pop twist. 
BEANS ON TOAST
According to Noz himself, Little Big Stuff are ‘the best band that never made it,’ and he would know. Now, Hereford’s finest are back by popular demand. All the songs that you know and love from vintage shows and exciting new material being showcased for the very first time. This will be your once in a lifetime opportunity to see Little Big Stuff, because post Nozstock an outrageously funky phoenix will rise from the ashes in the form of ‘The Wilbur And Daddy Show’. If you were a fan of the band the first time around or you just want to be impressed by sheer quality musicianship, then the Orchard Stage on Sunday is the place for you…
THE BAGHDADDIES
Hot off the heels of their 20th anniversary live album ’20 Year’s Hard Labour’, Glastonbury regulars, The Baghdaddies, are bringing their exuberant and rampant brand of world music to the Orchard Stage in 2017. Described as “one of the most danceable bands on this or any other planet” (Access All Areas) the five-piece are set to deliver an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour.
THEY SAY JUMP
Forming in 2010, They Say Jump are made up of Adrian Benn on vocals, Rhys Owen on saxophone, Ben Pearce on guitar, Sam Edgington on bass, Luke Allwood on keys, Jackson Mathod on trumpet, and Mike Clowes on drums. Bringing together a passion for music from all cultures, the collective have garnered a strong London following from their energetic live shows, including spots at Secret Garden Party, the Brixton Hootenanny, and Wilderness Festival. Following their initial live success, the band released their debut album, ‘One Hundred Summers’ and were subsequently touted as “ones to watch” by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.
WESTERMAN
London based singer songwriter Westerman is a 23-year old storyteller – who weaves lyrics that drift between imagined people and real life. Influenced by John Martyn, Nick Drake and Neil Young, Westerman’s sound alludes to the greats, but the wordsmith pushes classic folk into 2016, referencing José González, Eaves and C. Duncan. Westerman will release his debut EP ‘Harvard’ summer 2016.
PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL
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.
NECK
A six-piece ‘Psycho-Ceilídh’ band juxtaposing perfectly the swirling, spiritual abandon of authentic, traditional Irish music with the electric energy blast of a full-on, pumped-up punk band and in the process, distilling the sound of two other mighty London rebel bands, The Clash & The Pogues. Neck are ‘carrying the torch on’ with their own, unique London-Irish brew!
NOBLE JACKS
Noble Jacks are a rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together with a mixture of upbeat folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. With a relentless gig schedule, Noble Jacks have been booked up largely by word of mouth and perform a diversity of gigs with their lively set lending itself well to lively bars, clubs and festivals.
SUPER GLU
With hooks stickier than their name, best to think of SuperGlu as national treasures in waiting. When a regional champion disco-dancer, a reclaimed boat dweller, an abstract painter and a proclaimed pesto addict form a band, it’s the stuff of make believe! Since forming just two years ago, in Manningtree, Britain’s smallest town, the punk-pop group have built a reputation as one of the UK’s best emerging live acts with a gift for hooks and harmonies. Unsigned, their self-released music has achieved over 150k streams and their Spotify profile attracts more than 20k monthly listeners. Consistently supported by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, who helped confirm the band as headliners of the BBC Introducing stages at 2016’s Reading & Leeds Festivals. Subsequently their performance and interview from Reading went out on his Radio 1 show and the live version of single ‘Dreams’ was​ BBC Music’s Thursday Tip ​on YouTube in November 2016.
MILLE MANDERS AND THE SHUT UP
Millie Manders creates cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, this band churns out raw punk fusion with a huge amount of pop appeal. In 2015 Millie formed her band “The Shutup” And released two EP’s, ‘The Free-P’ and ‘Obsession Transgression’, both to widespread critical acclaim. 2016 was a huge year for the band, completing a UK tour and playing at several festivals including Boomtown and Tramlines. ‘Watch this space’ is a term very much worth its salt when considering the hype surrounding Millie Manders. Her live shows are electric and her songs infectious. If you haven’t listened to her yet, you need to…
MICA MILLAR
A passionate and honest songwriter with a distinctly soulful voice, Mica Millar, released her debut solo single ‘My Lover’ on International Women’s Day 2017. Best known for lending her emotive tones and lyrics to D&B records such as ‘Red Sky Noise – Only You’ the multi-skilled artist also makes up one half of soul/ hip-hop production duo Mica & Kardanski. Tipped by The Manchester Evening News as ‘the next big thing’ in her hometown, Mica’s debut solo release takes a dramatic turn in direction, revealing an artist with talents distinctly more comparable to those of classic 60’s soul singers, than to the current dance and pop artists of her era.
THE HUMDRUM EXPRESS
The Humdrum Express (singer/songwriter Ian Passey) documents the quirks of modern life in a unique and infectious manner. Breezily delivered observation, social commentary and sharp wit are fused with a mix of familiar cultural references, surreal characters and subtle puns.
OUROBOROS
Ouroboros is a five-piece band from Newfoundland, Canada armed with a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves inspired by cultures from around the world. Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe, and a healthy dose of jazz and funk – this is music that makes you move. The band’s self-titled debut album, released May 2015, garnered several accolades including Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 MusicNL Awards, two local People’s Choice Awards, a spot on the shortlist for the 2015 Borealis Music Prize, as well as a nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year at ECMW 2016.
COUSIN KULA
One of the best acts on The Bandstand 2016, this year, Bristol pysch pop outfit Cousin Kula have been invited to the main stage. ‘You can tell from the first listen that there’s a spark behind this band’ (NME) 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. Their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong following, playing sold out shows 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 The Kooks while gaining radio play on Radio 2 and BBC 6 music.
SWANSEA LAPTOP ORCHESTRA
Swansea Laptop Orchestra perform in various venues and collaborate with many groups, such as musicians, ensembles, orchestras, contemporary folk groups, poets, dancers, visual artists and many more. Through the use of hacked game controllers, laptops, sensors, other bits of tech and non-tech, they produce experimental, classical, electroacoustic, electronic and some times acoustic music and sound through gesture and theatrical movement. Swansea Laptop Orchestra are pushing the boundaries of performance in electronic music. They are housed in the BBC Hall inSwansea Music Studios at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
DEAF PICTURES
Deaf Pictures create experimental, ambient and improvised music featuring electric guitar and violin, signposted to sound art, minimalism, noise and classical genres. Each piece unfolds in both melody and discordance, sometimes to oblique crescendo, and other times off the edge of a cliff and into the unknown. Rose & Dan Linn-Pearl are Welsh-born musicians. Collaborating as a partnership for over 15 years, they have performed throughout the UK. Beginning their musical life as a busking partnership in North America, they have since traversed alt rock (Alpha Rise), political folk (Linear Bug), and experimental electronic pop (Karma junkie). Currently they are experimenting with improvisation, working within the confines of violin and electric guitar. Recently they worked with Sam Grant at Blank Studios in Newcastle to produce their first album, which is due to be released in the coming months. They are also producing ‘Sain : Sound’, a documentary film exploring the sonic arts scene in Wales.’
KING SOLOMON
King Solomon is a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10-strong Cheltenham based collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013 but it was 2016 that saw them really hit the festival circuit, playing Boomtown Fair, One Love Festival and Clifftop Party. To top off an action packed 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows and released their highly anticipated debut album ‘Ceasefire’. Without rest, the band are now working on new material and have put together a spectacular show for 2017’s performances. Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70’s & 80’s yet original in style, King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.
HARDWICKE CIRCUS
Google Hardwicke Circus and you might learn of an attractive roundabout in the great boarder city of Carlisle. However, this is the loudest roundabout you’ll ever come across. After taking the turn off the A7 you will probably bump into this 7-piece rock ‘n’ roll outfit. “This machine kills fascists” as the great Woody Guthrie once said of his guitar. And so Hardwicke Circus intend to keep spreading that message, singing about things that are important to them. Described as a cross between the E-Street Band, The Stones and The Doors, so far their journey has taken them to Glastonbury, the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds, some raucous nights in London and a UK tour with Alabama 3 and The Boomtown Rats. With plenty of music on its way Hardwicke Circus have made it their mission to play up and down this country and contaminate it with an almighty groove.

Unfortunately Jalen N’Gonda can’t make it now. Maybe next year!


Orchard bookings collage

 

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Previous acts who’ve graced this stage include: Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Fuse ODG, Blockheads with Phill Jupitus, The Proclaimers, The Futureheads, Imelda May, Jake Bugg, Dreadzone, Roots Manuva, Fun Lovin Criminals and Alabama 3