It’s mid-August, it’s been raining, and we’re pining for a certain festival, celebrating its 15th Anniversary, set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, with a terrific lineup…that’s right, Green Man 2017 is here! And as always, we’re bringing you our extensive festival preview and playlist to get you right in the mood…
Our favourite festival of the season is back with a bang this weekend, boasting another stunning lineup, exciting arts and comedy, delicious food and drink, activities for young and old, all with the most beautiful landscapes available to awe at throughout. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this Summer, the Green Man has invited us back for another four days of music this year, with a Thursday night lineup now becoming a regular feature. The evening is set to be headlined by the legendary Ride, with support from the likes of BadBadNotGood, H. Hawkline and Anna Meredith
Friday then follows, (as it does most weeks), and with it comes an incredible list of belters, including early sets from Fionn Regan, Gill Landry, and the mighty Hurray For The Riff Raff. As the day continues we’ll then be treated to The Big Moon, Laura Gibson and the return of Johnny Flynn, before Angel Olsen, Kate Tempest and Future Islands bring their respected stages to a triumphant close! The night is still young though, and you have a choice of Roni Size & MC Dynamite, the Diplomats Of Sound DJ’s, or the Soundtrack/Score Film Disco to keep you on your toes into the early hours
Once you’ve recovered from dancing the night away, early-birds can check out The Lion King in the Cinedrome, or take part in Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley’s annual pop quiz. But for those nursing their hangovers for a little while longer, you can look forward to beautiful afternoon sets from Pictish Trail, Jessica Pratt and The Wave Pictures – and that’s just on the main stage! Elsewhere, you’ll find the sensational Aldous Harding and Charlie Cunningham in the Walled Garden, plus Siobhan Wilson taking her rightly-deserved Green Man Rising winning-place in Fortune Falls. Then as the afternoon rolls into evening, This Is The Kit are set to bring you a brilliant show on the Mountain Stage, followed by the legend that is Shirley Collins, the mighty Lambchop, and the hugely-talented Alasdair Roberts. And once you’re refuelled, get ready for glorious evening performances by Michael Kiwanuka and Saturday headliner Ryan Adams…we’re so excited!
If you’re planning on joining us at the Far Out tent for Jon Hopkins on Saturday night, then like us, you might fancy a little lie-in on Sunday morning! But with so much going on during the final day, we suggest you don’t sleep in for too long, as Deep Throat Choir, Benedict Benjamin and Holly Macve will be prepped to sooth you out of your slumber. You’ve then got a bit of a quandary as you choose between the likes of Julie Byrne, Richard Dawson, Fruit Bats and Field Music! But one act you cannot miss is the almighty Conor Oberst, who brings his weird and wonderful 2017 tour to the Black Mountains. The Shins then follow with what should be a real highlight of the weekend, and after a quick jaunt to catch Timber Timbre or Sleaford Mods (depending on your mood/level of knackeredness at this late stage!), get ready for a sumptuous closing set from the one and only PJ Harvey
Now that the music’s covered…time to look at all the other brilliant stuff going on! The enchanting Back Of Beyond performing arts area returns this year in a new spot on the site, ready to welcome brilliant circus and dance performances, including a night-time show of ‘Gorge’ from Citrus Arts, Circomedia and Ballet Cymruwhich, which explores the local myth of Llyn Cwm Llwch…sounds intriguing! In addition, keep an eye out for some stunning visual arts across the site, and don’t forget to visit Einstein’s Garden, where you can launch your imagination into a new dimension with over 100 jaw-dropping performances, stretching from live comedy, music and theatre, to walks, talks and interactive installations! If you’ve brought the kids along to this family-friendly weekend, get ready to hang out in the Land Of Legends / the wonderful Little Folk area, or drop the older ones off Somewhere, to enjoy DJ workshops with professional DJs, a pedal-power cinema, busking, yoga and loads more!
And for the adults? Well lets kick things off in the Babbling Tongues tent with the Talking Shop, nursing your hangovers with the delightful company of Irvine Welsh and Charlotte Church in conversation on Friday afternoon, Shirley Collins on Saturday, and Anita Sethi, Billy Bragg and Sleaford Mods on the final day. Plus there’s discussions regarding the housing crisis, the revival of vinyl, and Nikesh Shukla’s panelized discussion based on last year’s Guardian Reader’s Book of 2016 – ‘The Good Immigrant’. And as the evening draws in, the tent is filled with giggles as the Last Laugh comedy kicks-in! Treating us this year are the likes of Lolly Adefope, Brian Gittins, Lou Sanders, Rob Deering, Josie Long, Tom Wrigglesworth and Mark Olver – not bad eh!
But after all is said and done, you just fancy a laze-about as the afternoon sun (fingers crossed!) beats down on the crowds of happy festival-revellers, then don’t you fret. Green Man has you covered with his quiet corner of health and holistic rejuvenation. The Nature Nurture field is ready to accommodate your every need, with treatments from qualified therapists, exercise classes (including yoga and Pilates), as well as more carefree routes to restoration. And for those dreaming of sipping bubbly in a hot tub…well look no further!
Finally, let’s not forget our good friends…food and booze! You’re going to need a bit of sustenance to get through the weekend, and as always, there is plenty to go around, including delicious local treats from some of the finest Welsh producers and providers around. Then there’s the drinks…Rum, tequila and gin all have their own dedicated bars, the Walled Garden welcomes the cider tent this year, and then there’s the famous Green Man Beer Festival, featuring a huge selection of ales from over twenty Welsh breweries. We dare you to be thirsty after all of that!
So there we go! One of the finest, funnest and friendliest festivals is about to open its gates, and we can’t be more excited. As the burning of the Green Man brings Sunday to its ultimate close, we’re sure you’ll look back on this 15th Anniversary party as one of the best weekends in history. But with it all still to come, below is our annual Green Man Festival playlist, ready for you to stream on the drive down and get you giddy for what’s in store. See you in the valley!