As we told you back in May it was full steam ahead with plans for this year’s GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, well now it’s official, the festival will be going ahead on 19th to 22nd August, returning after an enforced year off to the epic surroundings of the Black Mountains, deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons for its 19th edition.
The GREEN MAN is one of those special events, with a reputation for being non-corporate and incredibly ethical, it can rightly call itself one of the most successful festivals in South Wales. On top of that, it’s multi-award winning and has been given ‘major event’ status by the Welsh Government due to the festival’s positive impact and wealth creation.
Such is the appeal of GM and our appetite to get back out and enjoy these events, that this years weekend festival tickets have already sold out, we think in record time. This includes the Settler’s Pass, which turns the festival into a week-long holiday, allowing early access to the site from August 16th, and including workshops, music, discounts on local heritage sites, galleries, castles and more.
The organisers said recently…..
‘GM21 is now sold out! Thank you so much for all your support, it means everything right now. We’ll do everything we can to try to make it happen this August, hopefully we can be together in the Welsh mountains once more! Stay tuned for more news on line-up soon. Big love, GM!’
So, what is that line-up?
Welsh acts confirmed include Charlotte Church, Gwenno and Catrin Finch. Flintshire native Kelly Lee Owens will also be bringing her own brand of techno pop to the Black Mountains event following the release of her second album ‘Inner Song’, as will Cardiff collective Melin Melyn. Also from Wales’ capital city, Buzzard, Buzzard, Buzzard will be offering a fresh outlook on the classic rock model alongside Duski and H Hawkline, who are also joined by Swansea’s Gonhill and Wales/Sheffield band Sister Wives at the 2021 event.
Known for his solo material and work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, Gruff Rhys will be taking to The Mountain Stage, as well as sets from Matt Maltese, This Is The Kit, Green Man Rising 2020 winners Nuha Ruby Ra, The Surfing Magazines, Boy Azooga, and more.
Delighted to be announcing the return of Green Man in 2021, Fiona Stewart, Managing Director and Owner of the festival told us….
“At times it seemed like a dream that we would ever be back in the fields together, I can’t tell you how much it means to me, and the thousands of people that rely upon and make Green Man happen, that it’s actually going ahead. We cannot wait to see people enjoy the festival again!”
‘I am very grateful for the support of Welsh Government who gave me the confidence to run this year’s festival and funding through the CRF. Green Man is an independent festival run by a small Powys company and we would have been in difficulties without this help.”
On this year’s bill, Green Man are thrilled to welcome back one of the biggest names in electronic music Caribou to headline Friday night. The set will see Caribou debut songs from last year’s acclaimed album Suddenly, whose dreamy electronica echoing among the Black Mountains is sure to be a highlight and a special moment of his shapeshifting 20 year career.
Talking about the festival, Dan Snaith AKA Caribou said…..
“There’s a kind of magic about Green Man – both that I’ve experienced myself in the past and that I hear about from friends who go every year. I feel very lucky that we’re going to headline this year.”
Famed for their undeniable presence and raucous live sets, closing this year’s festival are Fontaines D.C. The inimitable Irish five-piece continue the Green Man tradition of debut festival headline sets to perform songs from their acclaimed debut album Dogrel which earned them a Mercury Prize nomination and Album Of The Year at BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, and the intensely confident, patient and complex Grammy Award nominated follow up album A Hero’s Death which arrived battered and bruised, albeit beautiful – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world.
Also gracing The Mountain Stage are art-rockers Django Django who recently released their highly-regarded fourth studio album Glowing In The Dark; two-time Grammy Award winning musician Thundercat, lauded for his work with Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar and his genre-bending bass-wizardry; Nadine Shah, oft described as a blend of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, with her stunning sound and evocative trademark social commentary; and The Staves’, whose stunning harmonies reverberating off the mountains will no doubt be a highlight of this year’s festival.
Some of Green Man’s most unforgettable performances over the past few years have come from the jazz artists who are currently making huge waves in the mainstream, and this year should be no different. Soul shaking afrobeat eight-piece KOKOROKO and London collective Steam Down, born out of weekly jam sessions and now renowned for their furiously energetic sets, are today announced to play at Green Man ‘21.
The Walled Garden will see performances from Jockstrap, Viagra Boys, Greentea Peng, The Orielles, Liz Lawrence, Sinead O’Brien, Hen Ogledd, Deep Throat Choir, Vanishing Twin, Pictish Trail. One of the most exciting stages of the festival, Rising Stage will be home to some of the most exciting upcoming artists on the scene, including Egyptian Blue, Do Nothing, Lazarus Kane, Faux Real, The Goa Express, Drug Store Romeos, Prima Queen, and more.
Keeping the party going until the early hours, The Walled Garden and Far Out stages will see post-headliner entertainment from electronic producer Ross From Friends (live); Hannah Holland’s dancefloor-filling electro-tinged-techo; Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, famed as a highlight of UK festivals over the years, expect music from David Bowie, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Rage Against The Machine, Missy Elliott and more; Deptford Northern Soul Club with their aim of bringing Northern Soul back into the conversation of modern dance music, expect fast hard hitting soul stompers, heavy perspiration and dance moves you’ve never seen; and more.
What we really love about GM however, it’s just incredible fun for the whole family. With more than 20,000 people attending over the 4-day event, it really is a highlight in the Crickhowell calendar.
There is so much live music, alternative, indie, folk, dance and so much more. But it’s everything around the music which makes this a truly inclusive event. There’s literature, film, comedy, theatre and poetry. In fact 1,500 multi-arts acts perform across 17 stages over 10 areas, each offering a unique festival experience. There’s even all-night bonfires and secret gigs
The setting couldn’t be any better either. Nestled within the majestic Brecon Beacons, the Settlement is your opportunity to explore miles and miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. You can camp for a whole week to really discover the incredible beauty of the Welsh surroundings.
Immersing yourself in the GREEN MAN community of Settlers couldn’t be easier – host barbecues with produce sold daily (from the local butcher), team up for the legendary Settlement Pub Quiz, cuddle up around the Settlement bonfire or enjoy live music, workshops, outdoor adventure and family fun.
Here’s Huw Stephens’ guide to all that is Green Man……
Whatever kind of festival-goer you happen to be, there’s bound to be an area that floats your boat, be it for the laughs, literature, art, science, mischief or music. So whether it’s revelling in the thumping tones of a new band, catching some illuminating literature or soaking up the sunshine with a pint of Welsh beer, you’re sure to unearth some serious magic.
Green Man has grown to be one of the can’t-miss fixtures of the summer festival season. Now welcoming more visitors than ever, the line-up inevitably reflects all of our varied tastes. Whether you’re a fan of twinkly indie, traditional folk, pulsating garage rock or ear-melting electronica, there’s probably something on the bill for you. There’s also a comedy tent, pretty gardens, kids’ areas and wellbeing zones, so you can chill out before the burning of the Green Man himself on the last night.
If you’re looking for a quiet retreat you can actually find one in Nature Nurture. The Courtyard and Fortune Falls, with each area featuring a mixture of local beers and ciders, yoga and mindfulness workshops and hot tubs (one’s even on top of a double decker bus!), as well as the natural beauty of the Welsh countryside.
The Settlement is the campsite for guests with Settlers Pass tickets, and features a stage curated by an act or organisation from within the Welsh music industry.
The family friendly festival has two areas specifically for younger guests, with the Little Folk area featuring activities and entertainment for young children, and Somewhere hosting a number of workshops in the creative arts aimed at a teenage and young adult audience.
Mountain’s Foot holds the main stage, while Far Out will feature a mix of high energy performances and the relaxing Cinedrome, perfect if you’re after a quiet escape. You can watch a number of different films on the big screen.
Smaller artists capturing Green Man’s ethos can be found in the Walled Garden, and a fusion of science, art and nature is located in Einstein’s Garden.
Being green is absolutely fundamental to the Green Man festival (it is one half of their name after all). So here are some of the ways in which you help keep Green Man green! GREEN TIPS
The festival runs from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd August.
The safety of ticket-holders, artists, crew and everyone who comes to Green Man is their first priority, therefore anyone over the age of 16 attending the festival site will also have to demonstrate they have received a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test within 48hrs prior to their arrival, or demonstrate that they have received 2 vaccinations at least 14 days prior to their arrival.
Ticket-holders who are no longer able to make this year’s festival will have the chance to rollover or refund their ticket until 17:00 BST on Friday July 23, and a subsequent re-sale of any refunded tickets will be held on Tuesday July 27 at 10:00AM BST.
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