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PJ Harvey will headline Green Man 2017! Dreams do come true and we couldn’t be happier to have Polly grace the Mountain Stage with her only UK show of 2017. The iconic Ryan Adams has notched up 15 (soon to be 16) solo records under his belt. We’re sure to be taken on a sonic adventure through Americana, Rock ‘N Roll and Alt-Country – we’re packing a big bag! Plus  Future Islands (armed with new tunes) bring their silky, sexy synth dappled grooves for a Friday night party to end all Friday night parties.

Wait, there’s more – We’re thrilled to welcome Michael Kiwanuka, Angel Olsen and Jon Hopkins back to GM – Alongside Conor Oberst – the man behind the much-loved Bright Eyes . Then there’s the magisterial brilliance of Lambchop is a Band “Nashville’s most f*cked up country band”.

The Green Man 2017 Birthday Knees-Up in full:
PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands, Michael Kiwanuka, Lambchop, Conor Oberst, Angel Olsen, BADBADNOTGOOD, Jon Hopkins (DJ), Field Music, This Is The Kit, Julia Jacklin, Fionn Regan, The Big Moon, RICHARD DAWSON, Melt Yourself Down, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Laura Gibson, Sunflower Bean, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Jessica Pratt, Karl Blau, Grumbling Fur, LVL UP, Shame, Wolf-Peoplel, Big Thief, Gill Landry, Michael Chapman, Doomsquad, Deep Throat Choir, Girl Ray, Gaelynn Lea Music, Warhaus, The Orielles, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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There’s something for everyone at this year’s Green Man.. Guzzle down a selection of over 100 Beers and Ciders in The Courtyard; Laugh along with the best comedy in Last Laugh; fun for all the little ones in Little Folk; or relax and rejuvenate in Nature Nurture. PLUS We’ve still got a Thursday headliner tucked up our sleeve. So stay tuned for more news!

It’s going to be one heck of a birthday


Arguably the summer’s nicest and prettiest sited festival, its closest rival is End of the Road, in Dorset in September. The Green Man offers a stunning location in the Brecon Beacons of Wales, There is plenty to do that isn’t music, including talks, films and activities, and a list of artists who bathe in acclaim: Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Julia Holter, Jason Isbell, White Denim, Floating Points and many more. Do take waterproofs though: Green Man has a reputation for wetness.
Set in the lovely Brecon Beacons, Green Man returns for its 14th year on Thursday 18th August. Headlining this year’s edition are a plethora of British acts Belle and Sebastian, are celebrating their 20th anniversary, James Blake and Laura Marling, with the Wild Beasts kicking things off on the Thursday night.
If that sounds worryingly light to you, then don’t worry chaotic merchants Fat White Family will be there, as will Aussie psychedelics Jagwar Ma and lo-fi rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra. And, err, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
But if you’re here then you’ve probably already heard of the above headliners . What you’re here for is some newer music, which is just as well because Green Man features a number of artists who you need to check out and also includes the excellent Rising Stage for new and upcoming artists .
Gengahr have been one of my favourites for this last year to see , a hardworking band that has emerged over the last two years with strong songs and a great live presence they have, of course, gone on to vindicate their number 2 spot in the Top of the Tips 2014, with their superb debut album “A Dream Outside” receiving rave reviews last year. The Londoners will be worth catching on the main Mountain Stage on Sunday afternoon if you’re into dreamy guitar  driven sounds.

If you head over to the Far Out Stage early on the Saturday you’ll be able to catch Belfast band Sea Pinks, who we described as ‘merging indie stars. Stick around a bit longer and on the same stage you can also see groovers Formation, They are London twins tipped back in January 2015. Also on on the Saturday worth checking in the Walled Garden is Ardyn, who we labelled ‘dark indie pop’ and likened to Austra and Charlotte OC.
The Green Man Rising competition was this year won by Tony Njoku, who opens the Mountain Stage on Friday and is described by the festival as making ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes’. One of the competition runners-up who’ll be playing the Rising Stage on the Saturday is self-described ‘jangle pop’ duo Her’s; we loved their dreamy debut ‘Dorothy’ back in April. You can also hear the exciting new project from Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes, Bryde at the Rising Stage on Saturday, and on Sunday you might want to catch Matt Maltese who we bracketed in with Tom Odell last year.

So to everyone that’s off to Green Man Festival this weekend ,eat well, take your water proofs and enjoy yourselves. Here’s our big list of recommendations:
Flamingods, Trevor Sensor, Floating Points, Ryley Walker, White Denim , Dungen , Beak , Oh Sister, SUUNS, Mothers, Happy Meal Ltd., FEWS. and of course you should not miss King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard. and try if you can to check out Baba Naga and Lush’s return. 

Songhoy Blues The quartet are set to play the Mountain Stage on Sunday 21st August, and hopefully their fusion of traditional West African guitar riffs and deep rooted bluesy yet totally danceable beats will match the weather. Hailing from Mali, Songhoy Blues have seen success here of late, having played at The Great Escape Festival in May and several other European festivals this summer after the release of their latest album ‘Music In Exhile’.

Whitney The band from Chicago have been growing in notoriety as of late, with their brooding brand of indie-rock making waves this side of the pond. They’re ones to watch, and will be fantastically unique to see them perform in such an idyllic setting.

Margaret Glaspy could be a suprise highlight, The Californian’s debut record is raw at times, always honest and chock full of wry observations and personal disclosures. Production values of Emotions and Math are intentionally subtle, always placing Margaret Glaspy’s bluesy voice and her coarse guitar front and centre. This should make for a thrilling Sunday afternoon on the Mountain Stage.

Julia Holter is definitely appreciated in this country. A tour in the spring saw her successfully support the release of Have You in My Wilderness and she’ll be returning for another extended stay in November. What’s the appeal? Well, we can be an eccentric bunch over here in the UK and this record is full of gloriously idiosyncratic musical moments along with her incredible vocals that just click in the most agreeable way. The Mountain Stage will be the perfect place to meet up with this warm-hearted Californian.

Bryde is a new project from Sarah Howells’ who is known to many as one half of Welsh duo Paper Aeroplanes but she arrives in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons as Bryde this year. She began the solo project in 2015 and the Rising tent should be an amazing way to experience Howell’s compellingly fragile compositions which hint at something much darker, lurking in the shadows.

Tindersticks Formed twenty-five years ago in Nottingham, the alt-rockers are set to play the Mountain Stage on the Saturday, just before the rollicking rhythms of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and headliner Laura Marling. Their elegant and heart-warming brand of alt-rock will certainly have us a) contemplating life and everything in between, and b) dancing in a field to our hearts content.

Check out The Cinedrome

We will most likely be paying more attention to the bands playing across the weekend, but the festival organisers have drummed up some must-see films for this years ‘At The Cinedrome’, including movies Purple Rain and Labyrinth (clearly in homage to the late David Bowie and Prince), as well as The Jungle Book, Inside Out, High Rise and sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis with a live piano player.

we’ve add nine new fantastic flicks to the already bumper packed Cinedrome.
We’re very pleased to be showing the UK premier of one of the funniest and most delightful films of the year Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film, written and directed by Taika Waititi.

We also welcome a very special BAFTA Cymru screening of Gary Numan: Android In La La Land, the brand new Gary Numan documentary which explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his 2013 album ‘Splinter’.
Our day of David Bowie themed activities begins with an anniversary screening of Jim Henson’s ’80s cult hit Labyrinth Movie. On Sunday we remember another tragically fallen idol with a presentation of Prince’s Purple Rain.
On Sunday morning, we’ll be showing Disney’s new version of classic The Jungle Book, which will keep Little Folks (and their parents) mesmerised for a few hours.. Plus we have – Midnight Special Movie,Starman, Everybody Wants Some Movie, Couple In a Hole. Not only will you be able to feast your eyes upon family favourites and cult classics galore, you can also enjoy the sounds of Cate le Bon’s drummer Droor and dance the blues at Green Man’s latest (and very hush hush) venture, the Late Night David Bowie Disco; you’ll have to see it for yourselves

Giggle along with Green Man 2016 as we take a first look at this year’s comedy line-up. Chuckling along to some of the UK’s best up-and-coming comics has become a quintessential part of the Green Man experience, and this year’s laugh-a-minute line-up promises to be pretty special.
If you can’t choose between music and comedy, you need The Horne Section in your life. Comedian Alex Horne and his talented troubadours combine spontaneous stand-up with improvised tunes, resulting in a hilarious hybrid. John Shuttleworth is responsible for some ingeniously funny songs; don’t miss the old school entertainer singing about school dinners and Curly Wurly wrappers.

The belly-laugh-inducing brilliance of David Trent promises to have you guffawing into your Growlers. Also the fantastically delusional one-man-band antics of Rob Deering Comedian returns for GM16 (along with Beat This!) and the skilful self-deprecation of Angela Barnes.

As our rolling Welsh hills are warmed up by the past week’s wonderful weather, it’s not long now ‘til we descend on the glorious Brecon Beacons for reclining in the rays and imbibing inspirational music from this year’s guests!

We’ve kept you waiting, but we think she’s worth the wait.. We’re over the moon to reveal our fourth and final headliner, in the majestical form of Laura Marling, the enchanting folk goddess returns for her third performance at GM. Her legendary performances have always gone down a storm at Green Man and we’re already feeling awestruck imagining her playing new material in her Saturday night set on the Mountain Stage in 2016.

We are very happy to announce that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will be joining us at the fourteenth Green Man. With new album ‘PersonA’ imminent – and a stage-hogging 10 members in tow – their big band, beach-licked grooves will be a glorious addition to the (already glorious) Brecon Beacons.

Making a very welcome return are Nottinghamshire veterans Tindersticks (official), whose atmospheric introspections – now 25 years in the game – still sound uniquely their own. Sister act The Unthanks return, too, with kind offerings of soft-lit folk. After rocking the Green Man Boat Party, Slow Club are sure to turn a few heads with their indie pop.

Glitch-rockers SUUNS are booked in to deliver a lesson in head-nodding intensity, with Portishead descended Beak> specialising in intense drone-fuelled thuddery. KEVIN MORBY, with a new album due any minute, will have feet tapping to the beat of his woozy indie, perfect when supping an ale from the Courtyard.

PS – We’ve refreshed the GM16 Spotify playlist with a whole host of new treasures. Go get your ears round it here –


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tindersticks, The Unthanks, Slow Club, SUUNS, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Beak>, KEVIN MORBY,Cigarettes After Sex, The Pictish Trail, Sam Lee, Clare Maguire, BC Camplight, The Oh Hellos, All Them Witches, Wesley Gonzalez, Trevor Sensor, Flamingods, I SEE RIVERS, Baba Naga, LastigBand.

Warpaint, Grandaddy, Kamasi Washington, Dungen, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dungen, Yorkston, Thorne & Khan, Julianna Barwick,Gengahr, The Moonlandingz, Ryley Walker, Kiran Leonard, Awesome Tapes From Africa, The Weather Station, Emma Pollock, Whitney, Gun Outfit, The Magnetic North, The Membranes, FEWS, Amber Arcades,Steven James Adams, Oliver Coates.

We are thrilled to finally welcome the wonderful Warpaint to Green Man, who are set to dazzle the Mountain Stage with their brightly daubed dream pop. Next up are the legendary Grandaddy(!!) Who will also be bringing brand new music to the party, as they continue to affirm their mastery of wonderfully weird indie rock.

Keep your eyes peeled, ‘cause we still have heaps more talent to announce along with our final headliner. Tickets are on sale now and are flying out fast – more info and tickets here –!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GM16 playlist here –

the Green Man Festival  2016 Adds Warpaint, Grandaddy And More To The Mix

favourites Kamasi Washington, Dungen and Emma Pollock also on the bill for the Brecon Beacons bash.

New additions in full:
Warpaint, Grandaddy, Kamasi Washington, Dungen, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dungen, Yorkston, Thorne & Khan, Julianna Barwick,Gengahr, The Moonlandingz, Ryley Walker, Kiran Leonard, Awesome Tapes From Africa, The Weather Station, Emma Pollock, Whitney, Gun Outfit, The Magnetic North, The Membranes, FEWS, Amber Arcades, Steven James Adams, Oliver Coates.

We are thrilled to finally welcome the wonderful Warpaint to Green Man, who are set to dazzle the Mountain Stage with their brightly daubed dream pop. Next up are the legendary Grandaddy(!!) Who will also be bringing brand new music to the party, as they continue to affirm their mastery of wonderfully weird indie rock.

Spiritual jazz Wizard Kamasi Washington, along with his cosmic turbo powered eight-piece band, will be taking anyone who’s had a Guzzler or two, to another planet. You’ll probably need a lie down after frenetic King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s bracing blend of breezy surf rock with eyes-wide psychedelia.

Keep your eyes peeled, ‘cause we still have heaps more talent to announce along with our final headliner.

The Spacebomb superstar Natalie Prass is having a rather good year; her debut album was released to critical acclaim, she also made her UK TV debut with an appearance on Later with Jools Holland, and then Ryan Adams liked her so much he dressed up as her and played a set of her songs when she was delayed by airline troubles.

She released the superb video for one of her self-titled albums stand out moments, the beautiful “Bird Of Prey”, and it’s unsurprisingly, a  technicolor triumph, continuing the theme of this super talented lady who can do no wrong, keep up the good work please Natalie!

Natalie Prass self-titled debut album is out now via Spacebomb records. Natalie tours the UK this month with a few festival dates completed, including Green Man and  End Of The Road, and then she’s back again in November, she sure does love us!



Over the weekend we learned that Natasha Khan’s mysterious game of hangman was not teasing a new Bat For Lashes album but an entirely new band called Sexwitch. The group, a collaboration between Khan, the band Toy, and Dan Carey, made their live debut with a loud, aggressive set Saturday at the Green Man Festival in Wales. Today they’ve announced details of their self-titled debut album, which is out a month from now. Lead single “Helelyos” is a dark-tinged Middle Eastern groove, its haunting melodies fleecing a propulsive bass and percussion groove. Khan’s vocal performance is breathy and understated, finally spinning into an unchained wail when she exclaims, “Our dark girls are setting fire to our souls!”Sexwitch is out 25th September on The Echo Label Limited.  Sexwitch plays London’s XOYO on 29th September

Green Man Festival 2015

“Laura”, taken from Bat For Lashes’ album The Haunted Man  It was the third Bat for Lashes album,  released in October 2012 in the UK. The lead single, “Laura”, was released in July that year.

Natasha Khan better known by her stage name Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist she has directed a 15-minute short as part of a new anthology film called “Madly”.

Presented by MTV World, Madly is “six stories of modern love in all of its dizzying, sweet complications,” each directed by a different person. Khan’s short is called “I Do”.

In addition to Khan’s contribution, Madly will also feature films by Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Maps to the Stars), and more.

It’s about a bride, the morning of her wedding, being disturbed by subterranean weird feelings, message and signs. On the way to her wedding, something really crazy happens, and you’re left wondering whether she’s gonna go through with it. It’s all about redemption of grief, putting ghosts to bed before you can move into a fully committed relationship. It’s very countryside, weird, English, surreal. I love directing. I worked with a brilliant DAP, Chloe Thomason—we had quite a strong female contingent, actually. She was my cinematographer, so we spent week beforehand sharing my favorite films, making storyboards, image boards, talking about color, types of light, composition of shots. I’ve been drawing a lot recently, I love the visual thing. It was really nice to have a collaborator again on that level. Directing actors was incredible. I think because of all the singing I do, it’s very much about being in your body and feeling things, so I felt like we had a good basis of understanding, ability to talk about nuances of performance. It was very whirlwind and I was worried I hadn’t got everything I needed, but then in the editing process—like an album—things just shine. Abi Fry, who played viola in the first Bat for Lashes band, she did the majority of the soundtrack. It was really nice to hand that over to someone. I did some synth drones but she was brilliant, she’s got beautiful pieces in the film. I can’t wait to direct a feature film, I really want to do it.

Khan will release her new album a project titled Sexwitch  a collaboration with the rock band Toy and producer Dan Carey. in September. During a surprise Green Man Festival set in Wales on 22nd August, she debuted the music project , two days later, it was announced that Sexwitch’s eponymous debut album will be released on 25th September 2015 by Echo and BMG, consisting of six covers of 1970s psychedelic and folk songs from different parts of the world. On the same day, Khan has said that she had written most of the fourth Bat for Lashes album and hoped it would be released in 2016; she stated that it is “thematically linked” to the feature film she is writing.


Flo Morrissey at 17 she uploaded a song she wrote to the internet, with a video starring her sisters, and it was spotted by Devendra Banhart’s manager, who she now works with. She is signed to Glassnote Records, the label that helped Mumford & Sons and CHVRCHES make it, and this summer her beautiful, folky sets were a highlight of Green Man Festival, Wilderness and SXSW.
Much of her music is inspired by her family, and if Morrissey is tired of being asked about them she shows no sign of it. “My family are a really big focus, not just on what I write but what I wear and who I am.”. Music was always around when she was growing up. “My mum studied piano to grade eight and my dad has good music taste — he introduced me to Devendra Barnhart.”
She’s recently returned from recording her debut album in Los Angeles and is honing material ahead of the release of her first single, Pages of Gold, in November and the album early next year ,

Post Slack Kraut Grunge Psychedelic Rockers Pink Mountaintops are from Vancouver in Canada, A collective of various musicians from Thee Silver Mt Zion memorial Orchestra,Tra la la Band,The delta 72, Sleepy Sun and the Black Angels among others.Headed by the legendary Gregg Foreman aka Mr Pharmacist, check out his brilliant Radio Show via Mixcloud, Gregg also plays and produces Cat Power.