The Orchard Stage 2019

Dust off those red ruby wellies and begin to make your way down the yellow brick road, for it’s not long until you’ll be entering the magical Land of Noz!

Here at NozHQ, we work relentlessly to gather the very best live artists, performers, show-stoppers and feet-stompers from far and wide to appear on our beloved Orchard Stage – and 2019 has been no exception. We have picked the crème de la crème of acts – just for you! 

So, without further ado, behold the musical wonders that will appear on the Orchard in only a few months’ time…

We are delighted to announce Rudimental as the first act we welcome to the Orchard Stage. Making waves with their music since 2009, the Hackney-based boys have skyrocketed to the top of their game, holding a No.1 album in ‘Home’, a BRIT Award and a Mercury Prize nomination under their belts. Working an urban fusion of reggae and soul into their sound, Rudimental have also mastered the art of collaboration, working with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie and Jess Glynne – some of the very best and biggest names the industry has to offer. Known for delivering high energy performances that pack a punch, it’s no surprise that these guys have headlined many major festivals before.

Next up we have soul & dance legends and international chart toppers Soul II Soul. With over 10 million albums sold worldwide, Soul II Soul stormed the 90’s with smash hits ‘Back to life’ and ‘Keep on Movin’ catapulting them into superstardom and household-name status. We’re delighted to have them gracing the Orchard Stage with the dance-conjuring experience that has permeated throughout their live performances and recorded music for over thirty years. 

Joining them in experienced party-starters we have Britains leading authority in all things reggae and dancehall, David Rodigan. After being in the broadcasting game for over forty years, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan has cemented his legendary status with an unbelievable worldwide touring schedule, ground-breaking radio shows, and has even been awarded an OBE in the process. A certified UK music icon, Rodigan’s energy and love for the music he champions transfers from him to audience, causing smiles from ear to ear.

Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964, The Skatalites, are landing to play us their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska that spread like wildfire around the island, subsequently spawing the entire genres of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, two-tone and 3rd wave ska. Pioneers in the purest sense of the world, The Skatalites maintain the same high-standards and innovation which has flown through their work since all those years ago – we’re so excited to see them on our stage.

Extra-terrestrial music-makers, Henge, come to planet Earth with one aim – to bring the rave. Henge’s incomparable sound is one that they call ‘cosmic dross’ – an eclectic mix of genres including EDM, synth and psychedelia. Bursting to the brim with intergalactic soundwaves and visuals, their performance is guaranteed to throw you into the stratosphere. 

Returning to Nozstock this year, we gift to you the sensational voice of Hollie Cook.  Not one to place herself into boxes, Cook has carefully crafted a genre that she has labelled as ‘tropical pop’, a mesmeric reggae/electronic/synth mix and has previously teamed-up with legendary producer Prince Fatty to perfect her sound. Be simultaneously lifted and grounded by her music through dreamy harmonic vocal arrangements and sturdy rhythms. Whatever the weather at Noz’19, we know that Cook will be bringing the sunshine. 

Who praises the sinners and punishes the saints…? Yes, Oh My God! It’s The Church return for their third consecutive year on the farm. Singing, strutting and showing off what the Good Lord has given them, they are set to bring even more commotion to the congregation. Non-believers be prepared for blasphemy, debauchery and baptisms of absinthe – it’s the faith you’ve always wanted to follow. Get ready to confess your deepest and darkest secrets to this Church, because in the wise words of the Reverend ‘If you don’t sin, Jesus died for nothin’.

Ever wondered what would happen if Elvis joined forces with Nirvana? Witness it for yourself, as rock ‘n’ roll-meets-grunge band Elvana, who will be hitting our Orchard Stage this summer with some serious head-banging and hip-swivelling action. Unapologetically mashing up genres by splicing the King’s and Cobain’s best work, Elvana are what people are calling a ‘stroke of absolute genius.’. 

If you fancy yourself a shindig at this year’s Noz, fist-pounding partnership Swampcandy are the band for you. The Maryland-based two-piece made up of Rueben Dobbs and Joey Mitchell bring a raucous good time of hand stompin’ and foot clappin’ to their music, which is soaked in the primitive blues. Take a walk on the wild side with this pig drinkin’, whiskey eatin’ American music. 

We can’t cram all the Orchard Stage acts on this page but if you want more details, take a look at our full line-up here.

If July still seems too far away, don’t worry, we have created an Orchard Stage playlist on Spotify for you to immerse yourself in until the big week arrives – check it out here.

Also on the Orchard Stage 2019 line up we have: Hotsteppas, The Social Ignition, Elijah Miller, Arcadia Roots, King Kong Company, The Stiff Joints, The Carny Villains, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Year of The Dog, Junior Bill, Bryony Sier, Alex Lleo, Katherine Priddy & Beth Prior.

More acts announced for #20yearsOfNoz

Nozstockers! Feast your eyes on our 2nd wave announcement and make sure you bag yourself a ticket to the best party of the summer – www.nozstock.com/tickets.

The Orchard hosts some amazing artists performing this summer. No stranger to festivals around the world, our first new headliners We Are Scientists have cemented their status within the rock genre – from Brooklyn to Bromyard, this is going to be really special. Next up, The Blockheads,  true UK legends, bringing their electric funk, rock, punk and a catalogue of hits down to the farm. Joining them we have Honeyfeet, a band unlike any other, with an infectiously danceable groove, guttural passion and impeccable style. Completing The Orchard Stage we have Jalen N’Gonda‘s tender soulful voice, a joy to behold, and Mad Dog McCrea will be providing a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and shake-your-ass music.

The Garden known for providing it’s usual eclectic mix of urban sounds and acoustic musings, and our second wave line-up will be doing exactly that. Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree Soundsystem return to The Hidden Valley and we welcome Spunge to join our 20th Anniversary Ska and Skank party as one of the leading acts in the ska scene, whilst master junglist Uncle Dugs  and hardcore legend Billy’Daniel’ Bunter will bring the noise. Being blessed as a wordsmith has allowed Gardna to approach the music game from a fresh perspective, CW Jones brings a feast of flavours and Verbal Highz blend a heady cocktail of punchy boom-bap production, infused with complex, tongue twisting lyricism. There’s also Feelgood Experiment, Natty Speaks, Almatic, Revrt and Old Baby Mackerel.

In the bass-reverberating Cubicles, Mollie Collins’ sets feature beautiful liquid vocals over brutal jump-up basslines, alongside drum and bass heavyweight Dread Recordings’ Blade Runner ft Carasel and there’s a welcome return for Liquifyah’s head honcho Modify Perspective.

In Laughing Stock, we are very excited to announce the socially and politically-charged Reginald D Hunter as Saturday night headliner. Reginald remains on a constant quest for the truth, with his razor-sharp comedy always capturing the mood of the world. Tony Law takes in time-travelling dogs and focuses on the absurdities of everyday life. Paul Sweeney‘s musical musings and inimitable moustache are framed by his bone-dry wit, and experienced Nozstocker Rich Wilson is returning to the farm with his razor-sharp suits, timing and delivery. In 2017 Harriet Dyer was selected for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe ‘Big Value Showcase’, proof that some of the darkest things in life can also be the funniest.

In a post-coup land whose citizens have been left to piece together their own rules of engagement, incredible practitioners of theatre, circus and craft work have moved in to make The Altered State the new epicentre of play and surreal expression at Noz. Brand new for 2018, by day expect the unexpected – games, workshops, drama, poetry, impromptu paint fights at the Sunken Yard – and by night party on with fire shows, disco tunes and madcap roaming performances. .

Over to The Dingle now, and representing the very intimate Bandstand, we have Weirds, are a fully immersive, musical experience and Scottish born singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, providing a dose of celtic charm. They are joined by Johnny Smyth, Josh Ace, Boatbar to Hamburg, Von Horn, Bone Dry Records Showcase and True Strays.

The sublime Cabinet Of Lost Secrets have been getting in on the action too. There’s soul and hip-hop from Normanton Street, Seas Of Mirth bring their sea shanty sound, Mango Factory are a grooved-up, funk-Latin-soul band; Ask My Bull crackle with an infectious energy and Almatic effortlessly meld styles including neo soul, folk and breakbeat. They are joined by Swansea Laptop Orchestra, King Solomon Soundsystem, Razzomo, Mohawkestra alongside the usual range of oddities and secret surprises.

Finally, after an amazing debut in 2017, Elephant’s Grave have announced a huge line-up as they welcome takeovers from the premier online dance music authority Data Transmission, award winning immersive party purveyors Rumble In The Jungle, Subwork and Emotion. DJs announced include Paul Flynn, Kid Cut, Ron Mexico, Kelvin 373, Gardna, Leo Sampson & Clifford Junior ft Natty Campbell & Shumba Youth, Tenz, 160ft Deep, Delirium, Oberon and that’s just scratching the surface…

Not to mention some amazing workshops keeping your mini ‘uns busy in Little Wonderland and a whole host of games and silliness (would you expect anything less?)

Nozstockers, we cannot wait. And this is just a taster of the fun. Head over to our line-up page for more exciting artists waiting for you in The Hidden Valley and we’ll see you in 86 days!

 

Line up announcement!

With the sun creeping over our Herefordshire horizon, we simply can’t wait any longer to give you gorgeous bunch your second line-up release, first up The Orchard Stage

I said a hip-hop, hippie-to-the-hippie, the hip, hip-a-hop, and you don’t stop, a-rock-it-out, bubba to the bang-bang-boogie, boobie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie-the-beat. No no my friends, what you hear is certainly not a test. We are delighted to welcome the guys with which you all wanna hang, The Sugarhill Gang. Named after Sugar Hill in Harlem, this old-school hip-hop troupe blasted into global charts with their 1979 single Rapper’s Delight. This pivotal tune is widely considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop to the US – hats off gents!

We’ve got another US super-group heading to the farm, but they’ll be crossing the pond with banjos, fiddles and a whole host of hilarity… say ‘Hey ’to Hayseed Dixie! Formed in 2001, Hayseed Dixie (a linguistic nudge to AC/DC) released their first album A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC and since, have single handedly created the genre ‘rockgrass’ through fusing bluegrass with comedy and reimagining a whole catalogue of hard-rock classics.

You may have guessed that if there is anything we love at Nozstock, it’s energy, loudness and uniqueness. You can imagine therefore, our excitement to announce that folk-Celtic-punk pioneers Ferocious Dog will be tearing up the Orchard Stage this year. This piercing punk outfit became the first independent act to sell out Nottingham’s Rock City in its 35 year history – and it sold out in 22 minutes may we add!

We also welcome to The Orchard a veritable smorgasbord of festival favourites including Le Galaxie, The Baghdaddies, The RPMs, Neck, SuperGlu, Mille Manders & The Shut Up, Ouroboros, Little Big Stuff, Mica Millar and Humdrum Express.

A short saunter from our Orchard, is the glorious Garden Stage and my, my Nozzers do we have quite the sonic selection for you…

First-up we welcome Levelz, the troop that have been generating hype across the UK and beyond with infectious energy since their inception in 2013. Being described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays,” it’s clear that this crew is difficult to pin-down. The core group is made up of 14 MCs, DJs and producers. This diversity creates a sound that spans multiple genres from hip-hop and grime to drum & bass and dubstep, even featuring house and jazz vibes.

Next up, we’ve got comedy, rap royalty Goldie Lookin’ Chain, who have been pushing boundaries and offending grandmas since they hit the mainstream in 2003. In August 2004, their single Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do, went straight in at Number Three, firmly establishing this crew as a cultural force to be reckoned with. Years later they are staying true to the band’s identity, with their latest album Pill Communication as controversial and explicit as ever.

Sunday night sees The Garden welcomes back Nozstock favourite Benny Page. Heavily inspired by the basslines of dub music, ragga jungle and hip-hop, over the last decade Benny Page’s name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dancefloor tracks and clinical mixing skills.

After a 20 year career The Freestylers have covered a full 360 degrees in the bass music genre, achieving the kind of success most artists can only dream of. In addition to their status of underground heroes, they have gained commercial success with their global hit Push Up and have had their music synched in many TV commercials and films, including hugely successful comedy Zoolander.

Garden Stage provides a haven for all things hip-hop, experimental and unsigned including The Lasting Days, CW Jones, Flamenco Thief, Verbal Highz, Snazzback and The Maitree Express.

For those of you who like their music funky over in The Cabinet of Lost Secrets we welcome Yusufla, Hallouminati, Hot Diamond Aces, Funky Navigation DJs, Beatwell & Dante, Rosebud, Calm Like A Riot, Mankala and The Discount Orchestra to the line up.

If seductive sass is more your thing, look no further than Velveteen Valley, hosting a bevy of cheeky beauties including Jolene Dover, Ursula Dares, Flossie Smalls, The Glitter Kittens and Jewel Personality.

The Bandstand has been getting in on the action too, we’ve got Yassassin, Goan Dogs, Keto, Frauds, Beverley Shrills, Josh Ace Band and a takeover of the best local talent with BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester.

On Sunday afternoon we invite you to be as cool as Coltrane and feel as dizzy as Gillespie as The Bandstand becomes the Bluejay Jazz Lounge. Headlined by exciting young guitarist Remi Harris who has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Summertime and the living will be eassssy….

And that’s not all that’s new this year, we are very excited to announce a brand new venue in The Hidden Valley. Elephant’s Grave is a haven for dub and reggae in the daytime and house and techno after dark. For you reggae lovers we’ve got Ital Sounds and Boom Sound pulsing out the rocksteady rhythms, for the house fiends amongst you we welcome Bristol based From Berlin With Love to host Friday night and Saturday sees Fatboy Slim’s favourite, Sonny Wharton take over with Forte. Other artists on the bill include Dom Kane, Dirty Secretz, Drumlove, Gardna and MadMax. Learn the story behind the new venue name here…

As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also added more amazing workshops and creative activities for your mini Nozstockers in Little Wonderland and experimental, visual collective Mash have announced the highlights in Wrong Directions Cinema with a selection of surrealist shorts, live A/V performances, and BAFTA winning films. There’s side splitting a plenty with a host of witty talent during Laughing Stock’s takeover of the theatre and curious sights, interesting debate and powerful poetry lurk around every corner thanks to our walkabout entertainment.

Gosh, we need a strong cuppa after all of that excitement! Stay tuned for more line-up announcements coming your way soon and check out the line up pages for full festival billing.

Get your tickets here and we’ll see you in July!