Green Man Festival will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2017. The festival has continued to grow and grow over the years, bringing some of the best psychedelic, folk and electronic music to the Brecon Beacons.
This years lineup is no exception. It is star studded and features some of the best acts to feature at the festival in its history. The three headliners, Mercury award winning artist PJ Harvey will bring her sublime art rock to the Mountain Stage, Ryan Adams and his superb back-catalogue of acoustic guitar hits and synth pop band Future Islands will most defiantly send everyone into a frenzy.
Yet the lineup is much deeper than that. There is a superb range of artists who will feature at this years festival. In this post i aim to talk about eight of these acts and why you MUST catch them at this years event.
Their bluesy psychedelic tracks featuring some badass guitar playing and thumping drums will send echoes throughout the Welsh valleys. They are loud, frightening and their recent album ‘Ruins’ is a culmination of head headbanging treats which you must listen to. Tracks such as ‘Night Witch’, ‘Ninth Night’ and ‘Belong’ are some of the highlights from their brilliant and beautiful album.
This band will most certainly be a highlight of the festival. DO NOT MISS THEM.
These Toronto jazz wizards have caused a storm over the past year with their latest release ‘IV’. It was voted BBC 6’s album of the year for 2016 and its easy to see why.
Their jazz style has led to the band featuring in tracks with artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. Furthermore, the band previous album ‘Sour Soul’ featured a more hip-hop element to it. The bands experimentation with artists such as Ghost face and producer Kaytrnanda has led to some of the best sounding music at Green Man.
The track below features Future Islands lead Singer Sam Herring… I smell a special guest appearance…
A band who released one of the best debut albums of 2016 (in my opinion), Sunflower Bean will finally grace the festival after cancelling their appearance at Green Man 2016.
New York psych-rock/shoe-gaze trio, Sunflower Bean are a band who have great things ahead of them. Songs like ‘Easier Said’ and ‘Human Ceremony’ are stunning tracks, not to mention the other beautiful crafted psych songs that the band play with such elegance. They will most certainly draw in the crowds at this years festival.
THE BIG MOON
London 4 piece The Big Moon will be bringing their expertly crafted singalong indie rock tunes to the Green Man site this year. A band who have really caught my eye in recent months after having their tracks played on BBC Radio 1, their loud and rhythmic sound is fresh and inviting.
The Big Moon are most defiantly set for big things this year after gaining masses of popularity. I for one, cannot wait to see this all girl band perform at the festival later this year.
The band with the most bad ass name at the festival this time around, Doomsquad are an epic sibling three piece formed in Montreal. The trio have three albums under their belts and also have plenty of live experience supporting bands such as Holy Fuck on large tours.
Doomsquad are an exciting and found electronic/indie/ dark gothic/industrial styled band. Their dark and twisted beats with electronic compositions leaking through them create a spell binding and ballistic sound which will most definatly cause a grand reception at what ever stage they play.
Another superb band to add to the list, New Yorkers LVL UP add a brilliant touch of American lo-fi sound which is set to grace the festival.
Their latest album ‘Return To Love’ features some of the bands best music. Songs such as album opener ‘Hidden Driver’ and ‘Blur’ set the tone for the band. Their fast and excellent guitar driven music, is a glorious addition to Green Man Festival lineup.
Halifax teen trio The Orielles have been hotly tipped to become one the best new bands around in recent years. Their charming take on garage rock/surf pop makes for a brilliant and inviting sound, with their song ‘Just Like Glue’ sounding like a mix of American band, Beach Fossils and The Libertines.
The Orielles have great potential for an incredible year. Their sound is fun and fresh, making this band a must see at this years festival, and defiantly one for the future.
These guys are going to cause a storm. After a tour supporting fellow punk band Slaves, Shame are set to take their sound back out onto the road this summer. With an almost anti everything attitude, and an extremely relatable approach on their lyrics, Shame are defiantly a band you do not want to miss.
With a formidable and reckless sound that is heavy and loud, this young London punk band are set for great things. Their boisterous attitude on stage (similar to Fat White Family) is most certainly going to down with delight at this years festival after last tears appearance of The Moonlandingz and The Fat Whites.
You can view the full lineup (so far) below!
Featured image courtesy of Far Out Magazine
Images of bands courtesy of Green Man Festival