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…

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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
 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 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.
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. 
New sounds may seem hard to come by these days but Haus definitely deliver with their unique brand of rock, hip-hop and electro. A five-piece from North London, who met whilst attending The Institute of Contemporary Music, their sound is as cool as they are. With new music on the way and a packed diary of gigs Haus are definitely ones to watch this year.
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 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. 

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

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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