The summer brings us decent weather (hopefully), holidays and a wealth of festivals, ranging from the small to incredibly huge at Glastonbury. The GREEN MAN is another of those events, but 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. What we love about it however, it is just incredible fun for the whole family.
Now, the festival has scored a major headliner in the shape of Michael Kiwanuka. The Brit Award nominee is definitely one to catch this summer following on the success of his current album Kiwanuka. His previous, Love and Hate gave us the lead track Cold Little Heart, the opening for the award-winning series Big Little Lies starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. It was a pretty big deal for Michael but he said he didn’t even remember signing off on it at the time the show premiered.
“What’s Big Little Lies? I had completely forgotten about this thing. And then my friend a few weeks after that was like, ‘You know, Cold Little Heart: it’s the opening credits of that show.’ And I was like, oh, wow!”
Hear it and you’ll recognise it immediately.
If you don’t know much about Michael then you really need to, his music is incredible. He’s a British singer-songwriter and record producer. His 2012 debut album Home Again went gold here and his second album, Love & Hate, debuted in 2016 at number one. He has been nominated for numerous honours, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards.
We’ve checked Michael’s extensive touring schedule for the year and the only place you can catch him in Wales is at the GREEN MAN FESTIVAL. He joins other headliners Caribou, Mac DeMarco and Little Dragons. To see what he’s up to now, go here. MICHAEL
The GREEN MAN is an independent music and arts festival now in its 17th year. 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 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 early bird tickets have sold out already, so you really will need to be quick to get yours, especially now Michael is on the bill. The festival runs from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August. For more information, go here. GREEN MAN