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.
2016’s line up included…
With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille and the Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around and capturing the imagination of music lovers across the globe. The band were listed in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and were personally invited to perform on the German TV show Rockpalast.Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece, much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and like these bands is pushing at the boundaries of their genre. Wille and the Bandits take their sound way beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
Welsh songwriter Peter Bruntnell has been credited as one of the finest songwriters in Britain and it is no surprise. The alternative-country singer has toured extensively with similar genre-type musicians such as Son Volt, Kathleen Edwards and Richmond Fontaine. After signing on with Almo Sounds in 1995, Grammy-Award Winning Peter Smith produced Bruntnells’ debut ‘Cannibal’ which Smith cites as one of the top 3 records he has ever worked on. His release of ‘Normal For Bridgwater’ established him massive commercial success in North America but despite his popular recognition in the states, the modest and low-key country singer still continues to tour in small scale venues, even though his music has been described as ‘a canon of classically constructed, melodically rich, lyrically ingenious and emotionally, intellectually affecting songs that bears comparison with the all-time greats.
Estrons are a politically charged Welsh alternative foursome – named one of Annie Macs #NewNames for 2016 and selected by Radio X as one of their Great X-Pectations for the year. They bring together punchy melodies, powerful vocals and loud guitars to create an in your face indie rock sound, underpinned by garage rock sensibilities. Their single ‘Make A Man’ has clocked up worldwide plays from Beats 1, Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio X.
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.
Roguish vagabond Jaz Delorean was raised on a travelling Victorian steam fair (true!) which probably explains his Dickens-esque appearance and theatrical presence. A multi-instrumentalist Delorean excels wowing audiences with his piano, accordion and trombone. Influenced by charismatic characters such as Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits and Edith Piaf, his music and lyrics often travel down the wistful, brokenhearted route, performed live with a mischievous glint in his eye and a roguish lopsided grin.
UK South West based band Echo Town consists of free spirited brothers Ric and Rob Harrison. Recognised for their vibrant and energetic performances, contemporary freedom songs and use of multi instruments such as lap-slide guitar, djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica. Originally playing music of the heavy rock genre in their earlier years, the Leeds born duo moved on to develop a more harmonious and spiritual approach to music in the past five years as they creatively matured and grew into the upbeat band we know them as today. They have played festivals such as Green Gathering and opened for bands like Land of The Giants, released three studio albums and had airplay on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, BBC Introducing Cornwall plus an appearance on Balcony TV Exeter.
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.
Named by the Classic Rock Magazine as one of the ’16 hottest new bands’ Smokin’ Durrys are a blues and rock and roll duo who offer a brand of unsanitary rock. Their memorable and hard hitting style will take you on a journey to a backwater Texan town as they entrap you with their ‘ferocious drumming and spaghetti-western aura of guitar’.
Singer-songwriter Katey Brooksʼ unique sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul. With a “voice to melt glaciers” (Venue Magazine) Brooks is at home anywhere she can take her guitar. From the London 2012 Olympics to Glastonbury Festival, from WOMAD to Abbey Road, Brooksʼ “devastating vocal talent” (Just Music That I Like) has garnered her admirers from across the spectrum of the industry, seeing her feature on tracks with Paloma Faith, Imelda May and Brian May – not to mention sharing the bill with acts like Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet and Mystery Jets.
As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based collective Samsara 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.”
Bluesy, garage rock five piece based in Oxford. Little Brother Eli provide powerful vocals, growling guitars and gritty solos and are regulars on the festival circuit.
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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