Never has a festival felt more like a microcosm of brilliant music and serene settings – Green Man Festival, based in the valleys amidst the mountains of the beautiful Brecon Beacons, is like a secret garden of passageways and mazes of trees between each stage, that invites you to get lost in the warm atmosphere. Before we make the long trip to this angelic neverland, we can only wish for sunshine, and invite you to read our favourites for the weekend. Alongside the likes of James Blake, Belle & Sebastian and Wild Beasts, the array of woodland stages this year host a line up like nothing else, with some of the best acts of the past years gracing Wales with their wonders.
Since the wonderful 2014 release of Shades Of Intolerance, Oh Peas! have been stringing us along with an array of releases, and Rosie Smith has been across the country playing alternative sad-pop songs to many an excited crowd. With odd-but-brilliantly-witty lyrics, layers of rosy punk guitars and plenty of wacky ideas, Oh Peas! will put on a captivating show on the Rising Stage.
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon is no stranger to Green Man Festival, nor to Wales at all, but her intriguing sound, distinctive vocals, and the wonders of this year’s Crab LP, all make for a brilliant show. With joyful pop songs filled with intertwines of trashy guitars and sticky rhythms, Cate Le Bon’s diverse back catalogue is played with a glittering energy that can’t be matched.
Hot on the back of the release of his new EP Big Fugitive Life, Ezra Furman is known for his intense and brilliant live performance, that will surely be lifted further with his latest music. With self asserted rock’n’roll-pop songs galore, and hints of garage rock in between, Ezra Furman & The Boyfriend’s compelling nature will put on a show that shouldn’t be missed.
The cool and lingering vocals of Brian Christinzio will this year drift across the Walled Garden, and on the back of his 2015 psych pop gem How To Die In the North, BC Camplight merges fun songwriting with eccentric melodies and a hint of neo-psych.
Following her rise in fame following the beauty and wonder of her 2015 album Have You In My Wilderness, filled from beginning to end with haunting lyrics, complex orchestral arrangements, and cool vocals, Julia Holter returns to Green Man after playing in 2013. Her eerie-yet-compelling sound, is sure to silence crowds and make for an incredible performance on the Sunday afternoon.
You can listen to Spillers Records’ playlist below.