Festival Guide: Green Man Festival

Name: Green Man Festival

Where: The Brecon Beacons, Wales

When: 20-23 August, 2015

Headliners: Super Furry Animals, Hot Chip, St Vincent

Also Featuring: Courtney Barnett, The Fall, Public Service Broadcasting, The Staves, Father John Misty, Temples…

A Brief History: Green Man started back in 2003 as more of an intimate party with friends than a big festival. It was after it relocated to the Glanusk Estate in Crickhowell that festival founder Fiona Stewart and her son Ben were able to expand the festival. Green Man has since exploded, drawing in crowds of up to 20,000 with ten entertainment areas, 1500 performers, 24-hour entertainment, local ale and cider, all-night bonfires and tonnes of locally-sourced food over four days of festival fun. However, Green Man’s growth has done little to alter its unique intimate, family-friendly atmosphere. With no corporate sponsors, no advertising and no VIP area, Green Man’s relaxed, close-knit vibe remains unaltered.

How To Get There: The festival site is located near Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons on the A40. All Cars require a Car Park ticket, tickets cost £10 each (more on the door). The closest train station to the festival is Abergavenny.

Gigslutz Top Tip: Musically, Green Man prides itself on paying host to an eclectic range of upcoming artists. So, why not make the most of this and check out a couple of Gigslutz’s favourite ones to watch:
SLUG – One of the most interesting new bands around, make sure you catch this North Eastern ‘supergroup’ if you fancy a raucous slice of uptempo funk-filled goodness.
This Is The Kit – Smooth vocals flow alongside delicate folky melodies, the perfect accompaniment to a Summer’s day in a field.

Memorable Moments: Last year, lo-fi folk legends Neutral Milk Hotel closed Sunday night with an incredible cacophony of wonderfulness. I only wish I’d been there. The Flaming Lips back were also apparently rather majestic back in 2010 as they exploded on the stage amid clouds of glitter and and bubbles.

What We Said Last Year: Our Rosie was lucky enough to catch Neutral Milk Hotel and many exciting new discoveries last year, read what she thought here.

Did You Know? Green Man is about so much more than just fantastic music. There are ten ‘magical’ areas to explore on site, making this festival experience different from any other. Whether you want to catch some thought-provoking spoken word performances in the Babbling Tongues area, soak your tired tootsies in a cooling stream in Fortune Falls, or even carry out some mind-blowing scientific investigations in Einstein’s Garden, there’s something for everyone!

How To Get Tickets: You can either get your ‘normal’ weekend festival ticket, or make the most of the incredible setting with a ‘Settler’s Pass’ – a ticket that entitles you to a week of camping. Find out prices and availability here.


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Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Editor, London. Likes: Kathleen Hanna, 6Music, live music in the sunshine. Dislikes: Sexism, pineapples, the misuse of apostrophes.