As Green Man festival approaches its 15th anniversary, Getintothis’ Luke Traynor has the details and five acts you won’t want to miss.
Celebrating their 15th anniversary, Green Man festival returns with full force.
Green Man once again vies for the title of most picturesque summer festival, so obviously stunning is the Welsh mountainous backdrop to this now well-established four-day celebration of music, literature, film, comedy, theatre and poetry.
Line-up wise, matters appear promising, with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands headlining the Mountain Stage on successive nights.
Adams, a country music icon with 16 albums reeled off since his debut release, Heartbreaker, back in 2000 is a strong Saturday booking while PJ Harvey returns to Wales for the first time in 10 years, buoyed by a classic set at Glastonbury in 2016.
Shoegazing legends Ride promise to be a big hit, while St Etienne, Julian Cope, Sleaford Mods, The Shins and Kate Tempest cover most courses of a traditional diet which is alternative, indie, folk, dance and Americana-flavoured.
The ‘In Conversation’ arena looks intriguing itself, with Billy Bragg, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and opera turned popular singer Charlotte Church among guests penciled in for a festival that prides itself on its non-corporate, ethical approach, a stance which has seen Green Man win awards including Best Medium Sized Festival 2010 and Grass Roots Festival 2012.
Past years have offered up an eyebrow-raising 17 separate stages, with ceilidhs, all-night bonfires and secret gigs forming a brew which is increasingly quenching, diverse and eclectic.
Hosts Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley return again for another round of the annual Pop Quiz for those wanting to put their knowledge to the test. Factor in all the usual promise of top-notch food, craft-brewed beers, hot tubs in the drizzly open air, and a main stage with views to die for, Green Man seems to have hit upon something special.
In an attempt to make sure you don’t miss some gems, we’ve picked five ones to watch that might just pass you by.
In terms of comparisons, Michael Kiwanuka couldn’t have hoped for much better, parallels being drawn between his warm chocolaty voice and both Marvin Gaye AND Van Morrison.