PREVIEW: Green Man Festival
By Claire Dupree on August 14, 2012 in Music
Green Man is the indie festival of choice for those in the know. With Glastonbury on a break this year, Glanusk Park in Wales is the logical place for those who like their festival to come with added ethics.
With an enviable line-up, 2012’s festival – taking place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August – is set to be a corker. For me, festivals present a great opportunity to check out new bands, and while the line-up is peppered with high profile acts (and they don’t get much bigger than Van Morrison), it’s the young up and comers that will float my boat.
No doubt most festival goers will be familiar with acts like bouffant charmer King Charles; the beautiful and harmonious The Staves; 21st Century troubadours Trembling Bells; festival stalwart King Creosote; BBC6 favourite Michael Kiwanuka; and the frankly bonkers tUnE-yArDs. But focusing on the smaller stages, there are many obvious highlights including Stealing Sheep, Tom Williams & The Boat, Wave Pictures, Lucy Rose, Willy Mason, Megafaun, Daughter, Withered Hand and Toy.
The North East is well represented too, with both Field Music and Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny playing on Saturday.
There’s more to life than music though (apparently), and when the noise all gets too much festival goers can rest their weary brains in the Cinema Tent, the highlight of which includes The Fence Collective’s Too Late In The Day – three hours of post-folk nostalgia featuring Eagleowl, Rozi Plain and some very special guests; the Literature Tent, featuring Robin Ince and Luke Wright among many other fascinating authors, thinkers and even politicians; the Comedy Tent, where you can get your funny bone tickled by Tom Wrigglesworth, Danny Deegan, Josie Long, Zoe Lyons and Michael Fabbri among others.
Einstein’s Garden has everything a self-respecting festival hippy needs. A haven for imaginative ideas and a fusion of science, nature and art, festival goers can expect solar powered music, comedy and science shows and thought-provoking talks, films and theatre. The Nature & Nurture area will soothe your troubled mind and body with a selection of treatments, a sauna and even an open air hot tub. The kids can get involved at Future Generations with art and crafts, circus skills and instrument making; while for bigger kids, partygoers are in for a treat with the return of Chai Wallahs – a giant Bedouin marquee serving up a feast of food, drink and the best in reggae, roots, rap, blues and jazz until 5am. If burning the candle at both ends is your festival aim, Far Out After Dark will also keep you happy, with their 24 hour bar and some of the best names in dance music gracing their stage.
Add to all that the bonus of seeing bands like of Montreal, Mogwai, The Walkmen, Feist, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Jonathan Richman, nevermind the aforementioned Mr Morrison.
I’m praying for sun – it’ll be the only thing that can make this festival any better!
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