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Are you excited yet? It’s just a few days until the Green Man Festival 2017 in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, and we can’t wait it could be the best Green Man yet . It’s their fifteen Anniversary this year, I have been lucky enough to have been to eleven over the past years .There’s some pretty impressive headliners this year with PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands and Ride.

But what about away from the main Mountain Stage? The Far Out Stage is maybe the place to be but in the Walled Garden and the comparatively new Rising Stage could throw up a few gems like last year. I thought I would share a few of those artists worth checking out, for no other reason than I like them. And there’s plenty more bands that I could have included. Needless to say, it doesn’t matter where you wander this year, you’re still going to find someone pretty impressive.

Thursday 17th August  Far Out Stage

H Hawkline –  Far Out Stage

We’ve got to start with a Welsh boy haven’t we? Huw Evans, otherwise known H Hawkline, is a Welsh singer/songwriter based in Cardiff. He’s also lived in LA, and does radio and tv presenting (including S4C’s Bandit with Huw Stephens. He’s supported Gruff Rhys on tour.

Anna Meredith – Far Out Stage

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music.  Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica, ambient installations and experimental rock . In March 2017 the band went on their first US tour including performances at SXSW, which the New York Times reviewed as “sheer exhilaration”  while NPR’s Bob Boilen described the show as “a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold…the best artist I’ve seen at SXSW and one of the most creative bands I’ve seen in years. Music for the head, the heart, the ass and the feet”.

Harleighblu  – Chai Wallahs

The 21-year-old from Nottingham takes inspiration from the likes of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, amongst others. Her voice sounds like a cross between Jill Scott and Amy Winehouse, and she oozes silky soul. She’s with the Chai Wallerahs on Thursday also.

Friday 18th August

Siobhan Wilson  – Mountain Stage

Siobhan Wilson is a singer songwriter from Glasgow. She cites Nina Simone, John Martyn and Perfume Genuis among her influences and has recently toured with Willy Mason. She recorded her debut album Glorified Demons in her home city and it features, among others, the super popular track All Dressed Up, which has been downloaded for free over 50,000 times!.

Happyness  – Mountain Stage

Happyness are a 3-piece alternative rock band from London, consisting of Jon EE Allan, Benji Compston and Ash Cooper. All 3 members write the songs and are known for swapping roles within the studio and live shows, Their new album ‘Write In’ shows that, beneath their more leftfield influences, Happyness have it in them to be classic songwriters of considerable skill.

Kikagaku Moya  – Far Out Stage

Kikagaku Moyo are a Japanese psychedelic rock band from Tokyo, The band was formed by Go Kurosawa (drums/vocals) and Tomo Katsurada (guitar/vocals) in the summer of 2012 .

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Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band  – Far Out Stage

Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose widescreen art-rock, fusing taut compositions and mercurial improvisations, has earned him a reputation as one of the most distinctive and critically acclaimed guitarists working today. In 2013, he assembled The Solar Motel Band, who quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking ecstatic comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson.

In 2016 he released the double LP The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter) to universal raves.  its “a near-perfect balance between ‘70s rock tradition and present day experimentation,” NPR Music named Forsyth “one of rock’s most lyrical improvisors,” and the New York Times called him “a scrappy and mystical historian.


Angel Olsen  –  Far Out Stage 

Olsen’s songs have often occupied an internal landscape where thoughts weigh heavy and loners fret over how to say that thing they really need to say to someone. “Shut Up Kiss Me” is all action, hang the consequences and anguished rationale, and if there’s any distance between Olsen and what she’s projecting, she hides it consummately. She rocked out on 2014’s “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” but always from behind a thick curtain of murk. “Shut Up Kiss Me” is precise as her demands, illuminating every pyrotechnic reaction in Olsen’s throat. “We could still be having some sweet memories,” she sings towards the start of the track, her voice catching like a match against the striking strip. Eventually, she concedes, “It’s all over baby, but I’m still young,” like a volcano about to blow. It’s an appropriately apocalyptic note: “Shut Up Kiss Me” is a come-on for these times when the end of the world feels nigh, so what the hell are you waiting for?

Gill Landry – Walled Garden,

A founder member of The Kitchen Syncopators, Louisiana native, Gill Landry, is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller.he also played with Old Crow Medicine Show. The singer/songwriter makes the sort of sounds you expect to hear blowing through a old dust-bitten mid west town. The Walled Garden on Friday.

Nadia Reid  –  Walled Garden

Eighteen months on from Nadia Reid’s 2015 debut the 25-year-old New Zealander has delicately but decidedly upped the ante. Her ethereal, pensive vocals are cast against plangent folk-guitar shapes, but there is more dirt under her nails. The songs deal with empowerment through determination in the aftermath of love and loss, often in no uncertain terms. The transcendental title track finds her quietly informing someone that she stayed too long. Reach My Destination bids a more bitter farewell: “Two little words that I used … One was ‘fuck’, the other was ‘you’.” Such caustic undercurrents provide startling electric shocks amid what is mostly humbling, melancholy beauty, although the 10 songs cover a spectrum from Martha Wainwright/Laura Marling acoustica to Stevie Nicks-style spectral pop. However, with little more than her voice and guitars, and Hanson St. Pt 2, I Come Home to You and Ain’t Got You are quietly, perfectly crafted statements from a blossoming talent.

Kate Tempest  –  The Far Out Stage

Not just a singer but a poet, spoken-word performer and playwrite. pIn 2013, she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients. Her 2014 album Everybody Down (Big Dada) was nominated for a Mercury Prize. Far Out stage on Friday.

Pumarosa  –  Walled Garden

Pumarosa thrive under the influence of the unexpected. From chance encounters with mad-hatter characters, to 6AM strikes of inspiration on the rooftops of east London raves, their music is a patchwork history of happy accidents and hazy memories. The four-piece Pumarosa singer Isabel Muñoz-Newsom completed by Tomoya Suzuki, Nicholas Owen and Jamie Neville have sat outside the norm since day one. Releasing a slow-burning, eight-minute debut single like “Priestess” is a statement in and of itself, pushing back against a world we’re so often told is plagued by ever-shortening attention spans. Theirs is a constant tug-of-war between their abstract ambitions and more real-world practicalities – from having to chop and change their live line-up due to work commitments, to relying on freebie recordings from friends to get their first ideas off the ground.

Stevie Parker – Rising Stage

I’ve been a big fan of Stevie Parker since the first time I saw her, the debut album“The Cure”, is a real pleasure songs such as Blue, Without You, Prey and Stay. Songs that I’ve grown to love since the albums release and songs that I’ve yearned to see performed live. As Stevie only has her debut album and an EP but I thoroughly recommend going to see Stevie Parker if you get chance.

Nordic Giants – Cinedrone

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Famed for their engulfing live performances, Nordic Giants perform live soundtracks to beautiful award-winning short films. The mysterious duo are always hidden behind masks – surrounded by thick smoke, lights and projections screens – Its an experience for all the senses!

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We’re beyond excited to announce the line up for All Years Leaving ‘2017’ with Spring KingIDLES,TRAAMSPINSPriestsDiet CigThe Orielles,Savoy MotelDowntown BoysHer’sSunshine Frisbee LaserbeamTerror WattsMATTERS all set to play across Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October at the Hare & Hounds Kings Heath!! Advance £16 day tickets including a very limited £28 weekend ticket are on sale NOW! Hit the links links below to grab yours

Arcade Fire once again proved to be one of the ultimate festival headliners with a towering, career-spanning set to close out Lollapalooza Festival .  From Funeral to Everything Now, the Canadian rockers took Grant Park on a journey. Arcade Fire aren’t capable of putting on a live show without absolute passion and sincerity, and that glowed like a golden aura at their Lollapalooza-closing set. There’s an intoxicating density to their new songs.

This live experience feels like a never-ending fever dream of sing-along beauty, aided by the dozens of pastel balloons at the crowd’s front bouncing like popping corn. For continuous minutes at a time, restless keyboardist Will Butler, soulful violinist Sarah Neufeld, and passionate multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry would glide into sound worlds of their own provision, and slowly morph, as if on an evolutionary timeline. Their best moments, like “No Cars Go“ and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)“, steadily swell and collapse, shove and soar. By stretching songs past their usual time, they manage to shift one’s very sense of progression, where small changes in tone or volume or speed suddenly feel emphatic.

Arcade Fire // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The setlist brimmed with a flood of favorites from each album in the band’s catalog. A pulsating dose of Funeral songs led to sing-alongs; a couple apiece of Neon Bible and The Suburbs songs .
Along with material from their new record Everything Now, the band touched on every era of their career with many of their classic songs anchoring the set along with a special closing cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” featuring snippets of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and their own anthem “Wake Up.” 

All of the Arcade Fire hallmarks appeared at some point during the night ,violin lines, bent bass that could split the ground; hyperactive percussion that could crack at any second; soaring sing-alongs. The main set ended on the always explosive “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”, leaving only one song to remain: “Wake Up”. When the band returned for an encore after a brief break, the ultimate indie rock anthem that followed was predictable but as effective as ever.

Arcade Fire’s full Lollapalooza headline set. Live from the Grant Park stage in Grant Park, Chicago, IL, USA. August 6th, 2017.

00:00:06 Everything Now (Continued) – intro
00:02:05 Everything Now
00:07:19 Rebellion (Lies)
00:12:31 Here Comes the Night Time
00:19:46 Signs of Life
00:25:17 Electric Blue
00:29:41 No Cars Go
00:36:03 Keep the Car Running
00:40:37 The Suburbs – dedicated to David Bowie
00:45:47 The Suburbs (Continued)
00:47:04 Ready to Start
00:51:39 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
00:56:47 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
01:02:40 Reflektor
01:09:49 Afterlife – with snippet of New Order’s 01:14:46 “Temptation”
01:15:23 Creature Comfort
01:21:09 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
01:28:05 -encore break-
01:29:37 Wake Up
01:35:54 Mind Games – John Lennon cover, with snippets from Radiohead’s 01:40:59 “Karma Police”, David Bowie’s 01:41:26 “Oh! You Pretty Things”, and Arcade Fire’s own 01:42:35 “Wake Up”.

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LEVITATION FRANCE – September 15th & 16th in Angers, France – the first lineup announcement has been released! The Black Angels, Slowdive & more!

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Having recently relaunched their website to share the full recordings of their headlining set at Coachella, Radiohead are back with some new content.

Radiohead have shared films from their European festivals online. After relaunching earlier this month with a film from the band’s Coachella set, Radiohead have now added three new films to the site.

The band tweeted earlier this year when they released the Coachella footage, saying: has returned once again to feature some recent live shows.”.
Rounding off their world tour with the controversial yet brilliantly expansive set in Israel, Radiohead have subsequently released yet more live recordings from recent performances at the Netherlands’ Best Kept Secret Festival, Poland’s Open’er Festival and I-Days Festival in Italy.

The decision to relaunch the website was confirmed a little while ago when the band tweeted: “ has returned once again to feature some recent live shows.”

Daydreaming – 1:22 Lucky – 6:53 Ful Stop – 11:34 15 Step – 17:22 Airbag – 21:48 Myxomatosis – 26:48 All I Need – 31:06 Pyramid Song – 35:28 Everything in Its Right Place – 40:42 Bloom – 46:09 Identikit – 52:37 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – 57:57 Idioteque – 1:03:34 The Gloaming – 1:07:42 The Numbers – 1:11:28 Bodysnatchers – 1:17:37 2 + 2 = 5 – 1:22:31 Encore: Nude – 1:28:40 Let Down – 1:33:22 Lotus Flower – 1:38:51 Paranoid Android – 1:44:01 Reckoner – 1:51:00 Encore 2: The National Anthem – 1:58:02 (version with Polish samples) Street Spirit (Fade Out) – 2:03:44

1 – Daydreaming – 0:57 2 – Desert Island Disk – 6:18 3 – Ful Stop – 11:15 4 – Airbag – 17:10 5 – 15 Step – 21:56 6 – Myxomatosis – 26:11 7 – The National Anthem – 30:19 8 – All I Need – 35:42 9 – Pyramid Song – 40:41 10 – Everything in Its Right Place – 45:59 11 – Reckoner – 51:17 12 – Bloom – 56:33 13 – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – 1:03:19 14 – Idioteque – 1:08:52 15 – The Numbers – 1:13:26 16 – Exit Music (for a Film) – 1:19:19 17 – Paranoid Android – 1:24:14 Encore 1 18 – No Surprises – 1:33:24 19 – Nude – 1:37:36 20 – 2 + 2 = 5 – 1:42:19 21 – Bodysnatchers – 1:45:50 22 – Fake Plastic Trees – 1:50:22 Encore 2 23 – Lotus Flower – 1:57:53 24 – Creep – 2:03:07 25 – Karma Police – 2:08:32

0:00 Intro 1:24 Daydreaming 7:14 Desert Island Disk 11:31 Ful Stop 17:11 15 Step 21:21 Myxomatosis 25:35 Climbing Up the Walls 30:04 All I Need 34:30 Pyramid Song 39:35 Everything in its Right Place 44:50 Bloom 51:15 Identikit 56:13 Idioteque 1:00:19 Gloaming 1:04:05 The Numbers 1:09:53 Exit Music (for a Film) 1:14:42 Bodysnatchers 1:19:09 Street Spirit (Fade Out) 1:26:42 Nude 1:31:24 Let Down 1:36:47 Separator 1:43:03 Paranoid Android 1:49:53 Reckoner 1:57:59 Lotus Flower 2:03:15 There There

Daydreaming – 0:00 Desert Island Disk – 6:08 / 6:30 Ful Stop – 10:43 15 Step – 16:22 Myxomatosis – 20:35 Lucky – 24:46 All I Need – 29:24 Pyramid Song – 33:50 Thom fiddlin’ on the Prophet39:30 Everything in it’s Right Place – 39:58 Bloom – 44:33 Identikit – 51:12 My Iron Lung – 56:30 The Gloaming – 1:01:39 Electric intro1:05:07 I Might be Wrong – 1:05:33 Bodysnatchers – 1:10:25 Exit Music (For a Film) – 1:14:54 Reckoner – 1:19:58 — No Surprises – 1:27:37 Paranoid Android – 1:32:05 Fake Plastic Trees – 1:39:15 Lotus Flower – 1:44:26 Idioteque – 1:49:38

Radiohead’s tour in support of last year’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ came to an end earlier this month with a controversial gig in Israel. The band have recently played a handful UK festival dates, including performances at Glasgow’s Transmit festival and Glastonbury along with a huge show at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Radiohead celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘OK Computer,’ dedicating the reissue to Thom Yorke’s partner of 23 years Rachel Owen who passed away in December 2016.

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