Novastar is a Belgian rock band led by Dutch-born singer-songwriter and guitarist/pianist Joost Zweegers.
Novastar was the winner of Humo's Rock Rally in 1996. Their self-titled debut album Novastar was not released until four years later, in 2000, but with success. The album, produced by Wouter Van Belle and Marc Bonne, was released by Warner Music, reached #1 on the Ultratop Chart in Flanders, and won the band a platinum record. The singles "Wrong", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "Caramia", and "Lost and Blown Away" received much airplay. Novastar was honored as best album at both the Zamu Music Awards and the TMF Awards.
Neil Young heard Novastar's music and was impressed. He invited Joost and his band to open up for his Neil Young & Crazy Horse live show on several European tour dates.