Brecon Beacons National Park | 16th – 19th August
As the River Usk swells and flows, it acts as if a guard, a shield protecting the natural mysticism and wonder that blossoms within the Brecon Beacons, shutting you off from the outside world as soon as you step foot within its placid presence. The Black Mountains overwhelm you as you drift further into the valleys, standing tall and triumphant, an awe-inducing sight that offers one of the most beautiful backgrounds a festival can offer. It’s a wholesome fit for Green Man Festival, an event which sweeps you off your feet into a world of unaffected and unrefined leisure that nurtures as well as excites.
While few festivals are able to curate and shape their own personality with success, Green Man Festival is one of even fewer that manages to build what feels like its own community as the festival occurs. Its eco-friendly nature and divine setting has an immediate impact on its inhabitants, evoking a welcoming feel for all those in attendance while also offering a sense of escape from the overwhelming nature of the world. Ticket buyers’ desire for such an experience has allowed the festival to continuously persuade beloved and unique acts with a similar ethos to play, and this year is no exception.
Headlining amidst the inspiring backdrop of the Black Mountains this year are three certified crowd pleasers of singular tastes. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard‘s rising trajectory over the last couple of years, with an especially masterful 2017, sees them rightly top the Friday night. Their riotous, rigorous set is a supremely suitable booking for Friday night to truly kick off the weekend right. Saturday evening welcomes Fleet Foxes, whose ever-spiritual and emotionally-invested music will offer a special moment or two, whether the stars align on a clear night or the ever-present rain of the festival surfaces. Closing out the festival on Sunday will be the magnificently hypnotic work of Adam Granduciel, better known as The War On Drugs. Having returned last August with A Deeper Understanding, they will bring their resplendent live set to the festival for a victorious return.
If the three headliners weren’t enough of a temptation to purchase a ticket, the ever delectable bill the festival has curated will offer the chance to see some of the highest rising and best established acts in an intimate and open setting, whether within indie, folk, electronica or psych. The weekend offers some of the best in the field of electronica, as the Far Out stage hosts John Talabot, Mount Kimbie and Floating Points all one evening, while Kelly Lee Owens and Simian Mobile Disco (accompanied especially by Deep Throat Choir for the event) are just a small gift on a Saturday that also boasts a special set from Teenage Fanclub, the fast rising sounds of Sorry and Boy Azooga, plus the Sausage Man himself, Baxter Dury.
It’s obviously not only the well-managed line-up that offers a getaway for a while. Families can let the kids run free in the science and discovery areas, summoning a sense of fun and wonder for child and parent alike, while a special pub with 100s of ciders and ales will satiate even the sternest of folk. The opportunity to explore the beautiful Welsh countryside as part of the festival with the Settler’s Pass will make you want to turn a weekend away into a week’s holiday.
See the full line-up and day splits poster below.
See the video for ‘Rattlesnake’ by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’ here: