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Festival Preview: Green Man 2016

There are just a few weeks to go until the finest musical shindig in Wales returns to set the Brecon Beacons alight in the shape of Green Man.

Now on its 14th outing, the festival has grown to be a four-day bonanza hosting the best in everything from folk to industrial techno and plate-spinning to poetry.

The last decade has seen Green Man showcase era defining headline performances from the likes of Van Morrison, Neutral Milk Hotel and local boys Super Furry Animals (twice).

This year’s upcoming instalment, kicking off on August 18th, looks set to be no different with a mind-blowing lineup that cherry picks the cream of the alternative crop.




Unknown Mortal Orchestra

This New Zealand psych-pop outfit just go from strength to strength and their show on the wonderfully named Far Out stage (not actually anything to do with us lot unfortunately) is sure to be a blinder.

After the huge success of their third LP Multi-Love last year, they recently returned with a new single ‘First World Problem’, the video of which you can have a gander at below.


These New York math-rock enthusiasts are a powerhouse of the weird and wonderful who seem to offer an experience like no other on the live stage.

Look out for drummer John Stanier who sits centre stage and keeps time in the most thrilling way possible, backed up either side by Ian Williams and Dave Konopka.

Last year’s comeback LP La Di Da Di was a wonderful return that proved even after four years away, Battles are at the top of their game. Don’t miss them headline the Far Out stage on Saturday night.

Connan Mockasin

Yet more love for the Kiwis, this time in the shape of the warped balladry of Connan Mockasin, who will no doubt wow the main Mountain Stage at Green Man 2016.

He’s been lying low since the release of his blissed-out masterpiece Caramel on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy label three years ago, but this huge slot nestled in the rolling Welsh hills at the end of next month should surely mark a glorious reappearance.

Check out the slightly creepy video for ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’, below.

WHEN/WHERE: Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales. Thursday 18th August – Sunday 21st August.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Green Man is one of the most inclusive small-to-medium festivals in the UK, with an attendance of 20,000, made up of  groups of young people, families, and older music lovers alike.

You’re just as likely to enjoy relaxing with arts and crafts within the beautiful surroundings of the mid-afternoon mountains as you are to find yourself losing your mind to Fat White Family during the early hours.

If you only do one thing while you’re there…

Make sure you take a trip to the Walled Garden, a phenomenon that organisers describe as “a festival within a festival”.

Here, you will find an intriguing mix of musical entertainment within a grassy retreat shut off from the rest of the world, and the rest of the festival. After crawling through Green Man’s infamous ‘rabbit hole’-style entrance prepare to be enchanted.

Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Grandaddy, Kamasi Washington, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Dungen, Gengahr, Yorkston/Thorn/Khan, The Moonlandingz, Awesome Tapes From Africa, White Denim, Battles, Floating Points, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jason Isbell, Julia Holter, Michael Rother, Songhoy Blues, Ezra Furman, Jagwar Ma, Cate Le Bon, Fat White Family, The Weather Station, Emma Pollock, Whitney, Gun Outfit, The Magnetic North, The Membranes, Fews, Amber Arcades, Steven James Adams, Oliver Coates, Miracle Legion, Lush.

Connan Mockasin, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, Vessels, Blanck Mass, Malcolm Middleton, Black Peaches, Pete Paphides, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Haiku Salut, Exploded View, Bill Baird, Margaret Glaspy, Sea Pinks, Meilir Tomos, Matt Maltese, Earth Recordings, Akua Naru, 47soul, Asbo Disco, By The Rivers, The Carny Villains, ChainSka Brassika, The Diplomats of Sound DJs, The Future Dub Project, Gringo Ska, Guts, Hot Feet, Luke Potter, Makuti, Parker & Moneyshot, Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, Sheelanagig, Spinx, The Urban Folk Quartet, Will Varley, The Besnard Lakes, Nikki Lane, Phil Cook, Joan Shelley, Meilyr Jones, Daniel Norgren, Trader Horne, Formation, Mothers, Sunflower Bean, Kelly Lee Owens, Palace Winter, Ardyn, Deep Throat Choir, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Tindersticks, The Unthanks, Slow Club, Suuns, BEAK>, Kevin Morby, Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Cigarettes After Sex, BC Camplight, Pictish Trail, Sam Lee, Clare Maguire, The Oh Hellos, All Them Witches, Wesley Gonzalez, Trevor Sensor, Flamingods, I See Rivers, Baba Naga.

Factory Floor, MeatRaffle, Loose Meat, H.Hawkline, Laura J Martin, Farm Hand, Tender Prey, Droor, Plu, Ysgol Sul, Bryde, Ani Glass, Paradisia, HMS Morris, Fish, Janileigh Cohen, Hippies Vs Ghosts, Uumar, Kidsmoke, Climbing Trees, Valleyers, Tom Low, Goat Girl, Huw Stephens, Tom Ravenscroft, Pete Fowler, Gypsies of Bohemia, Agbeko, The Gene Dudley Group, Cocos Lovers, The Gin Bowlers, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, Scarecrow, Dojo, Inc.A, Time for T, Waterbirds, K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade, Jenna & the G’s, and The Eskies.