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Preview: Green Man Festival
August 17 - August 20
Green Man festival is an independent music and arts festival held annually in mid-August, and 2017 marks its 15th anniversary.
With its well renowned non-corporate ethos and gorgeous settings of the Brecon Beacons in mid-Wales, Green Man has become well-known for its unique approach and high-quality line ups. It’s also the largest contemporary music festival of its kind in Wales.
This year, Green Man boasts a line-up like no other including English singer-songwriter PJ Havey and it’s only one of three UK shows the OBE winner is playing this summer. Alt-country musician Ryan Adams, American synth-rockers Future Islands and indie rock -rock band the Shins are also headling the three-day festival. They aren’t the only ones, though, with acoustic guitarist and singer Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and English soul singer Michael Kiwanuka amongst an impressive of names performing at this year’s Green Man.
There are a number of other activities taking place at the festival, like the literature tent. Irvine Welsh, author of Scottish classic Trainspotting will be giving a talk as well as Charlotte Church and Billy Bragg. Nikesh Shukla will also be holding a “very special panelized discussion” based on the book the Good Immigrant.
In another side of the festival, the comedy tent will see comedienne Josie Long grace the festival, winner of the 2017 New Comedy Awards. Of course, not to forget the pop-up cinema at the festival or the beautiful Einstein’s Garden which has “over 100 jaw-dropping performances, stretching from live comedy, music, to walks, talks and interactive installations”. It’s just one of the ten different areas at the Green Man site including the serene Fortune Falls, where the secret Green Man rising stage is located.
With a dazzling array of activities, talks, bands and artists in such a beautiful location, it’s little surprise that this year’s festival has sold out. Don’t worry- there’s always 2018!