LESS THAN 2 WEEKS! Its time to get excited (if you haven’t already) as the annual Brecon Beacons bash is right around the corner and its set to be one of the best years yet! Green Man is celebrating its 15th year in 2017, and sold out in record time and over the past few years, its become one of the most popular festivals in the U.K with it’s multiple genre filled lineup, stunning cuisine and family friendly attractions (not to mention the stunning views from the festival).
So here’s an in-depth preview of this years festival from the music, to the food, and what to see and what to do!
Green Man is notorious for its expertly crafted lineups, and this year is no different. To kick things off on the Thursday, Anna Meredith brings her electronic landscapes to the Welsh Valley’s and BadBadNotGood will be enticing the crowds with their laid back, jazz and hip hop influenced sounds which is set to be one of the best sets of the weekend. The night will be headlined by shoegaze and indie legends Ride, who will be bringing their stunning new album ‘Weather Diaries’, and of course the hits in what will be a glorious set to open the festival weekend.
The Friday of this years event will be headlined by Future Islands, a band who’s lead singer (Samuel T. Herring) will most defiantly produce some extraordinary moments whilst on stage with his powerful vocals, and energetic performance. Friday also plays host to artists such as Roni Size, Kate Tempest, Angel Olsen, Pumarosa, Hinds, The Big Moon and British Sea Power to name a few. Another band to keep your eyes peeled for are Kikagaku Moyo, a psychadelic rock band from Tokyo who bring folk and psych elements together to produce a stunning live show. I have a feeling you won’t want to miss this.
Saturday now and even more talent seeps its way through. Ryan Adams headlines the main stage as the wacky garage/psych rockers Thee Oh Sees close the Far Out Stage, in what will be one of the most bonkers and messiest sets of the weekend for sure. The After Dark sets for the night are ones you must (and I mean must) see. Electronic artists Daniel Avery and Jon Hopkins (DJ) will take you on an ambient journey of superb electro beats, and will have you dancing into the deepest moments of the wild night. Other artists gracing the festival on Saturday include Michael Kiwanaka, This is the Kit, Liars, Allah-Lahs, Big Thief, Doomsquad andThe Orielles
The final day of any festival is always a sad one, yet Green Man have saved some of the best acts till last. PJ Harvey headlines the festival as the closing act, which will be one of the most captivating and stunning sets of the year, let alone the festival. The Shins will be performing as sub-headliners for PJ Harvey, which will again be a stunning and joyous set by the indie legends. Nottingham duo, Sleaford Mods bring their explosive live set to the Far Out stage as well as 90’s indie-dance act Saint Etienne who headline the stage. Other acts playing on the Sunday include Sunflower Bean (who get their return after not being able to make last years event), Conor Oberst, Shame, Wolf People, Girl Ray, Methyl Ethyl and Wolf People.
The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden is boasted by many to be a mini festival in its own right. You could, if you desired, stay the entire day there, enjoy some delicious grub and try some of the nicest ales in Wales! Not to mention the fabulous Growler which is brewed especially for the festival! If you fancy the proper chunky chips courtesy of the Hippy Chippy, or some fancy Thai street food, look no further. The walled Garden is also host to some incredible acts across the weekend. The stage is headlined by Pumarosa on the friday, Melt Yourself Down on Saturday and Methyl Ethyl on Sunday. Other acts playing this stage who are worth checking out are Nathan Ball, Big Thief, Trembling Hands, Girl Ray, The Orielles and Adam Torres.
The Chai Wallahs stage is a place where everyone had to check out at least once each year at the festival, with an exquisite lineup of pop reggae, electronica, dub, folk and scar, it really is one energetic place. With a cocktail bar, a pizza parlour and cozy environment, this stage is pretty god damn special, and perfect for those late night adventures.
Fancy finding possibly one of the hottest new acts around before any of your mates? this could well be the place. Green Mans Rising stage aims to captivate young musicians and up and coming artists who want the chance to perform at a festival. This year, bands such as Dead Pretties, Hotel Lux, Sports Team, Lice and Bad Parents are performing and are catching the eyes of some music fans, so get there first! one of them could be the next big thing!
One of the highlights of the festival which everyone has to check out is this gem of an area. Einsteins Garden grasps music, comedy and science and fuses them together to create a place for all ages. Why not charge your phone through the use of pedal power, see how operations work, create something interesting or have a dance with artists performing on a solar powered stage. The interactive installations, talks from special guests, and walks throughout the local area provide entertainment and experience for all. You won’t find anything like this place at any other festival in the UK.
This area of the festival is for the ones who love to laugh, and be intrigued. Balling Tongues offers fantastic comedians, and talks from extraordinary and influential people from the world of music and literature. On the comedy lineup this year, Lazy Susan, Rob Deering, and Josie Long aim to make your sides split all night long if comedy is your thing! As for the Talking Shop, Irvine Welsh, the man behind the classic film Trainspotting will be partaking in a talk, Welsh Icon Ian Sinclair will also be sharing his views and thoughts to what could be a rather large audience, and MOJO Magazine will be hosting a live interview with Sleaford Mods who must have something important to say.
We are extremely excited for this years edition of Green Man Festival. For me, it will be my fourth year and I can say that this festival is extremely special, and will always be a festival I will attend. The buzz around Green Man, the friendly nature of everyone who ventures into the grounds, the music, the stunning views, food, drink… its all just a bit special.
We’ll see you in the Valleys!
Words by Piran Aston