The wonderful Green Man Festival returns this weekend, set once again in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, with another sensational lineup! 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 August weekend, boasting another terrific musical lineup, exciting arts and comedy, delicious food and drink, activities for young and old, all with the most stunning landscapes available to awe at throughout!
Kicking off with what is now a regular feature, the Thursday night lineup boasts some fantastic acts, headed by the sensational Amadou & Mariam in the Far Out Tent, and The Pictish Trail in the Walled Garden – a beautiful start to the weekend.
The next morning, we recommend working off that hangover with a wake up drink from our go-to, the Green Man juice bar, before getting yourself set for a day of incredible artists. Early sets from Green Man Rising-winner Jerry, The Beths and Penelope Isles are our highlights, before Marika Hackman and Julia Jacklin bring in the late afternoon with what we predict to be two glorious performances. As the day continues we’ll then be treated to Whitney on the stunning Mountain Stage, before scratching our noggins over who to see out of Stealing Sheep, Fat White Family and Steve Mason, all on different stages!
It’s then time for the big guns, and once again, it’s a tough choice! Within the glorious surroundings of the Walled Garden, Bill Ryder-Jones and Ex:Re will be performing, whilst the sensational Khruangbin and Maribou State play the Far Out Tent. Alternatively, join the crowds at the Mountain Stage for two belting performances – first up is the sensational and stunning Villagers, followed by the magnificence of Yo La Tengo. Wherever you end up, you’re in for a good night!
Once you’ve recovered from dancing the night away with Greg Wilson and Heavenly Jukebox, you can look forward to beautiful early sets from George Ogilivie, Stella Donnelly and The Big Moon. Later in the afternoon, you’ll find the sensational Tiny Ruins in the Walled Garden, Kokoko! in the Far Out Tent and the soul-legend Lee Fields and his band The Expressions bringing chilled-out vibes to the main stage.
As the afternoon rolls into evening, Big Thief are sure to set the precedent for the night with what will be a beautiful set, whilst folk-legend Richard Thompson heads to the Far Out Tent. And once you’re refuelled, get ready for glorious evening performances by Jesca Hoop in the Walled Garden, Car Seat Headrest, the return of Stereolab and the mighty Four Tet on the Mountain Stage – exciting stuff!
If you’re planning on joining us at the Far Out tent for ShyFX & Stamina late 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 the infamous Pop Quiz returns for another year with hosts Bob Stanley and Pete Paphides! If the brain cogs aren’t up to scratch however, maybe wake from your slumber just in time to catch one of the finest voices around – the sensational Anais Mitchell, whose incredible folk-pop musical ‘Hadestown’ is currently storming Broadway. Oh, and then you’d might as well stick about for Aldous Harding, whose latest record Designer is one of our album’s of the year so far.
Sunday evening kicks off with White Fence playing the Far Out Tent, the wonderful Chloe Foy in the Walled Garden, and the extraordinary Eels who take to the Mountain Stage for what should be an absolute belter. You’ll then have some of the best seats in the house secured, for what is sure to be an awe-inspiring closing night. First up, Sharon Van Etten takes to the stage for what should be a real highlight of the weekend. Then, get ready to make one helluva choice, between one of 2019’s finest new artists Nilufer Yanya, the utterly-brilliant punk-heroes Idles, and the legend that is Father John Misty, all of whom are sure to bring the final evening to an almighty and triumphant close! Whoever you choose, you’re in for a winner.
Now that the music’s covered…time to look at all the other brilliant stuff going on!
Don’t forget to visit Einstein’s Garden – the brilliantly curated area that allows you to 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 wonderful Little Folk area too, which this year will call on aspiring astronauts, space cadets, and extra-terrestrial experts! Little Folk is the place to be for our littler folk, and this year’s theme is outer space. Suitable for space travellers up to the age of twelve, they will be showing off their craftwork in the famous Little Folk parade on Sunday afternoon!
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 Jarvis Cocker in conversation. The iconic musician and broadcaster will be reflecting on his past career as the frontman of Pulp, his celebrated hosting of Radio 6’s Sunday Service and his recent contribution of Good Pop, Bad Pop in Talking Shop. There will also be a Mojo interview with the legendary Richard Thompson on Saturday afternoon, and a little catch up with Great British Menu’s Matthew Fort, who will be in conversation with fellow food writer Felicity Cloake. 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 Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Rob Deering, Angela Barns, David Trent, Mark Olver, Mike Bubbins, and the wonderful Lloyd Langford – not bad eh!
But after all is said and done, if 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, tucked away behind ancient oak trees, is a hidden haven for weary travellers, soothing the aches of existence via organic treatments and the gentle bubbling of hot tubs. Massages from top therapists using natural products, invigorating sunrise yoga, mindfulness sketching sessions and laughter workshops are all on offer too. There’s something here for all ages, allowing every Green Man guest to indulge in a little self care while spending time in one of Wales’ most idyllic corners of natural beauty.
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 cider tent and Babbler’s Bar return, 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 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…