Orchard Stage

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 Chase & Status, Goldfrapp, 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.

2019 line up includes…

Since their Mercury Prize nominated, No.1 debut album, Home, Rudimental have soared with success. With sold out tours and headlining major festivals, they have brought their unique sound to millions worldwide, establishing themselves as one of the most vibrant and exciting live shows around. Now established as one of the UK’s biggest acts with platinum record sales, a BRIT award for their single ‘Waiting All Night’ and a sell out tour, Rudimental’s international profile continues to rise. With platinum sales in Australia, huge popularity in Europe and a successful tour of the US with Ed Sheeran, global stardom beckons for the East London four-piece. In 2015, the band returned with another No.1 smash, We The Generation. From the gospel-tinged ‘I Will For Love’, to the reggae-meets-drum’n’bass sparkle of ‘Love Ain’t Just A Word’, to the soulful balladry of Platinum selling, Ed Sheeran collaboration ‘Bloodstream’ and ‘Lay It All On Me’, the album represents the essence of this multi-cultural, multi-genre collective; love, peace and unity.
It was a determination and a love for music, that shot Soul II Soul to stardom.Their gigs attracted kids of all races, who had grown up together and were now raving together. Nothing summed them and their crowd up better than their regular spot at Covent Garden’s Africa Centre.This caught the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them in 1988, catapulting them into a tornado of success. There were the shows across the globe, radio / TV spots; Jazzie’s Kiss FM show and even an Adventures of the Funki Dreds comic. Soul II Soul enjoyed the type of chart success – notably with ‘Keep On Movin’ and ‘Back To Life’ – that made them household names. They’ve sold 10 million albums worldwide and appeared at some of the world’s most famous venues. America embraced Soul II Soul to such a degree, in 1990 they picked up two Grammy’s and Jazzie was given the keys to seven US cities. There’s even a Soul II Soul day over there. Musically, Soul II Soul has kept itself contemporary. Mary J. Blige and Sean Kingston have released cover versions of ‘Back To Life’ and Beverly Knight released a version of ‘FairPlay.’ ‘Back to Life’ was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2008 there was royal recognition when Jazzie was awarded an OBE for services to music. For the man who considers himself a ‘pleasure giver’, it’s paramount to Jazzie to remain a part of the club scene. That sound system mentality is still very much at the root of Soul II Soul, keeping him in touch with a continually evolving audience.
Coming in straight off the back of an extensive UK tour, the Sleaford Mods will undoubtedly put on a powerful show on the farm. The electronic punk ‘foul-mouthed left-wing duo’ (Daily Mail) formed in 2007 and have been producing critically acclaimed records ever since. Their new album Eton Alive will be the first album released on the duo’s newly formed record label ‘Extreme Eating’. They use minimalist beats, humour, and a lot of foul language to shine a light on the shortcomings of contemporary Britain and modern life, so be ready for some punk angst to liven up your weekend. With collaborations with Leftfield and The Prodigy under their belts, and with fans such as Iggy Pop, our Friday night headliners are certainly not to be missed!
The Skatalites are Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964. Their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska spread like wildfire around the island and spawned the entire genres of ska, rocksteady,reggae, dub, two-tone and 3rd wave ska. In 1986 they migrated to the USA and began performing and touring all over the world as they continue to do now after 52 years in the music business. Despite changes in personnel over the years, the band has continued to stay viable in the market, recording and performing at some of the world’s largest festivals and has been nominated twice for The Grammys. The Skatalites are true pioneers of ska music and we can’t wait to welcome them to Noz…
For 40 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in Britain’s reggae dance-halls. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London. He moved to Capital Radio in 1979 and remained there for 11 years broadcasting his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show. In 1990 he joined the newly legalised Kiss 100 where he presented a variety of daytime shows for 10 years, followed by a decade in his evening specialist slot. When his show was pushed back to the small hours in a programming reshuffle, David protested against the marginalisation of reggae music before leaving the station in a dramatic media frenzy. A day later the BBC came calling. In 2006 he was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame. He also won their Gold Award for ‘Best Specialist Music Programme’ in 2009 for his Kiss Show ‘Rodigan’s Reggae’ and a Silver Award in 2014 for his Radio 2 Summer Series. He plays his unique collection of customised dub plates and classic recordings across the globe to loyal reggae fans of all ages. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting and launched his ‘Ram Jam’ events brand. Since then David has continued his relentless touring schedule and juggles two radio shows on BBC 1Xtra and BBC Radio 2. 2017 saw the release of his acclaimed autobiography Rodigan: My Life In Reggae which was nominated for Rough Trade Book Of The Year. 2018 saw David celebrate his 40th Anniversary in music. Rodigan doesn’t stop. And he doesn’t want to either. A true legend and British music icon.
From the bowels of Disgraceland, rock ‘n’ roll icons of the afterlife are raised from the dead! Rock ‘n’ roll meets grunge as Elvis fronts Nirvana and gives the band the front man it’s been missing since ’94. Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest moments, culminating in a mega mash up of overdrive & old school rockabilly. It smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o!
Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent with charming charisma to craft her own dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to continually surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is crystal clear on her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love.
Oh My God! It’s The Church is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Nominated for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the 2017 Festival Congress Awards, this leftfield church service has their congregation rolling in the aisles and dancing on the pews. With shotgun weddings, absinthe baptisms and hymns to set your soul on fire, it truly is a church service like no other. Fronted by insane preacher, the Right Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson, their mission is to bring people together through funk, soul, disco and their holy water – absinthe. This is the pentacostal party that leaves everyone on their knees begging for more.
Attention Earth!!! This is Henge. Henge come in the name of rave.They bring you the gift of cosmic dross – a kind of music new to your world. They have news. Planet Earth is an experiment.Your species were sent codes from space, to help you love and dance. But your leaders grew scared. They hid the codes from you. Now your consciousness shrinks and they destroy your world with weapons of war. Ravelings of Earth, rebel! Absorb the mutated frequencies of cosmic dross.There are no Earth words to describe these sounds, but you will learn how to love and dance again. This is your future, put down the weapons. Unite, and colonise space.
“Brace yourself for the blast as these instrument wielding apes light the fuse on a stick of explosive dubby electro bedlam” (Irish Times) Named Ireland’s Best Live Act 2016, critics and fans have been raving about King Kong Company in blogs, in tweets and in the fields of Ireland’s biggest festivals. The seven piece who sound more like a DJ than a band, have been described as ‘brilliant’ (TheSkinny.co.uk) ‘Incredible’ (State.ie) and not to overuse the word; ‘brilliant’ by Goldenplec.com.
The Carny Villains are a six-piece theatrical band from Bristol, known for their raucous blend of stomping ska, swing and balkan-style folk, all played with the riotous energy of punk-rock. Their enigmatic and animated live shows remain unrivalled for their mix of theatre, humour, energy and showmanship. Following the release of their debut studio album Why Am I Here in 2015 they went on to perform high profile sets at major festivals across the UK including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair and Bestival. 2019 hails a brand new album for The Villains, a UK tour and a blaze of festivals across Europe.
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western-swing, country-blues, ragtime-hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Tom Waits – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time. In fact, their sound is award-winning. They were named UK Americana Band of the Year at 2015’s Spiral Earth Awards. The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show with notable performances at festivals like Glastonbury and Bestival. They’ve appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.
Swampcandy make pig drinkin’, whiskey eatin’, foot clapping’, hand stompin’, american music. They are an award-winning, internationally touring, primitive blues influenced Americana duo. Ruben Dobbs’ aggressive finger-picking and rhythmic style combined with Joey Mitchell’s bass playing, pounding kick drum and percussive bass throttling easily fill up the sonic space normally created by a trio or even a four-piece. Dobbs’ soulful, passionate vocals are the glue that holds it all together and makes the band tick.The band was founded by Dobbs in 2007 and functioned with various lineups until he teamed up with Joey Mitchell in 2010 and the permanent dye was cast. After only a few months together, the duo began to tour aggressively and have not slowed down since. Whether its a 20-minute opening slot or a three-hour headlining gig they give 110% in every performance, leaving the stage exhausted and the crowd satisfied.
In their four years together, Junior Bill have earnt their chops as performers in small venues, pubs and festivals around the country, honing a sound and stage presence that has led them to be regarded as one of South Wales’ best live bands. Their educated and eclectic street sound acknowledges the spirit of the Clash, tips its pork pie hat off to Two Tone, and shakes hands with the vanguard of vintage Jamaican dub. It’s a passionately delivered global-local collage of reggae, Latin, punk, Portuguese rap and Cardiffian stories, and it’s finding a home in the hearts and minds of people across the country. Their unconceited Cardiff-centric songs tell of the forgotten people of a rapidly changing city, where cut-and-paste shopping centres are erected whilst youth centres are taken away, ethnic communities are silently ghettoised, conflicted local lads join ISIS and a gang of rats plot to blow up the Mermaid Quay – but we’ll all still get moving to them on The Orchard Stage.
Nozstock’s favourite eleven-piece ‘ska army’ return to The Hidden Valley. For almost a decade, The Stiff Joints have been lighting up faces at festivals and venues with their exuberant live show. In the wake of the 2017 debut full length, ‘First Proper Album’, the boisterous bunch from Kidderminster are showing no signs of slowing as they continue to deliver their infectious big-brass, party-ska sounds to crowds up and down the UK. Prepare to bounce.
Bristol-based Hotsteppas, an energetic eight-piece reggae band who always deliver a jumping live show. Originally formed by three Reggae Soundsystem crews, Hotsteppas offer a roots-reggae sound infused with a modern dub edge and a sprinkling of funk and latin influence. Established in late 2016 the band have quickly gained momentum, supporting the likes of The Mouse Outfit, Macka B and Mungo’s HiFi plus shows at One Love, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown.
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’.
Worcestershire’s Arcadia Roots are a four-piece ‘earthy’ dance band that combine world, reggae, trance-blues and rock music to create a very unique and captivating sound. The lyrical content of their music also reflects the band’s extensive travels. Themes cover some current political and environmental concern’s (fracking, trophy hunting) to time-honoured topics such as love, lust and the search for meaning.
Many will recognise Year of The Dog from their star appearance as ‘Swing Band’ on Netflix series Sex Education, playing the unforgiving high-school cool kids, and performing their very own hit tune ‘Run These Streets’ in episode three. Despite their roles, the six fellas studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff are always up for a laugh with anyone and bring a brilliantly vibrant atmosphere to their gigs. Their music is precise, engaging, and yet packed with an amazingly euphoric feeling which will leave you singing their horn lines long after you’ve seen them.
Cape Town’s Stone Jets — made up of Manfred Klose on guitars, Eduan Joubert on drums and Given Nkanyane on vocals and bass — creates toe-tapping music, wrapped in soul and traditional elements. Formed in 2013, songs from the trio’s first two EPs have been featured on national television and playlisted on commercial, campus, community radio stations across the country. They’ve played all of South Africa’s major festivals and continue to grow their fan base wherever they share their sound.
Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses. Bound together and battle-hardened by an experience & appreciation of the fringes of British rock music, Anya Pulver, Tina Maynard & James Collins have already found their incendiary live shows selling out in dive bars and clubs across their native South West. With vocal lines that tangle & intertwine, riffs so substantial they’ve got their own post code, and a beat – provided by former Maybeshewill drummer James Collins – that ties everything down with industrial power, this is a sound of colossal proportions.
Let VC Pines immerse you in a well of alternative soul, poetry and punk performance. New project of former Carnaby’s frontman Jack Mercer, his single Vixen received support from BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio, whilst Steve Lamacq selected tune ‘Garden of the Year’ as his featured track of the week. With a track record of selling out London Venues such as Notting Hill Arts Club and the Lexington VC Pines is one to watch.
Katherine Priddy is a dream weaver, a hypnotic storyteller and fragile performer who encapsulates the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such as Nick Drake and John Martyn, delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm.’
2018 was a year of real growth for Alex Lleo. With the release of his debut EP, ‘Park Studios, JQ’, which received rave reviews from online favourites such as Clash Magazine, Alex and his band hit the road to play a series of UK shows including a packed headline set at St Pancras Old Church for London’s Communion Records. This led to a healthy festival season, closing the run with a slot at Boardmasters 2018. Alongside a busy summer, 2018 saw Alex embark on his first solo tour of Scotland, taking his music as far as Stornoway & the Isle of Lewis. Whilst on the road, traveling to areas that reflect Alex’s love for the natural world, he gained the interest of Mahogany sessions, releasing a two-part series of solo acoustic videos, shot on the beautiful east coast beach of Broadstairs. Another year, another ambitious vision for Alex Lleo. 2019 promises to see a host of releases, with the first offering in the form of a full-band performance, captured live on Sofar Sounds
Elijah Miller is an acoustic singer/songwriter based in London, UK. Gigging extensively around the capital. Elijah has also put in appearances at 2000 Trees and Standon Calling, thanks to support from BBC Introducing. His album The Garden is available now.
Bryony Sier is a singer-songwriter/guitarist from South Wales. Learning the guitar at the tender age of twelve, she fell in love with the instrument and taught herself the fingerpicking style. Her first live singing experience came when she was just ten years old when she was runner up in an online competition with the Disney Channel. Bryony was lucky enough to have her singing broadcast on the T.V. She also won the ‘Spread the Word’ literature festivals talent competition, which gave Bryony the opportunity to record some of her songs on 2 5 track EPs and start gigging in and around Cardiff. Now back in the studio putting together a third EP, Bryony’s sound has matured. It is reminiscent of the likes of Ben Howard, Jake Bugg and Johnny Cash but with her own melodic and blues inspired stamp.
Beth Prior Collective sends out a positive message, weaved into a deep pulse of improvisation brimming with energy and raw connectivity that leave audiences feeling like they’ve experienced something truly unique. A raw, yet melodic reggae sound.

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