Over the hills and far away; this is the experience of the striking and earthy Green Man Festival, located in the stunning Glanusk Park, South Wales; Here is where I consumed myself in a weekend of musical musings, wellbeing, nature and peaceful prancing.
Green Man is a warm and welcoming festival, packed with friends, couples, locals and families; camping is enjoyed here and not a chore. I conquered a large cluster of incredible performances and picture perfect horizons. I floated around the festival in less than an hour; my conclusion?…This is the ultimate festival for emerging, underground and established acts; discover new musical horizons at The Green Man Rising Stage. Adjacent to this stage you can hear echo’s of live acts and watch giant shining bubbles bounce and float across The Mountain Stage.
The Mountain Stage (Main Stage) is positioned open-air in a valley of the stunning Black Mountains, where mystical leylines converge amid ancient oak trees stand strong. This stage had a stunning line-up, highlights included Philadelphia-indie band The War on Drugs, who projected melodic synthetic strings with Rock n’ Roll, their performance of ‘Red Eye’s blew me away!’ Anna Calvi, struck out numerous guitar solo’s and demanded full attention with her sexy solo act. Sunday night included ur favourite Sweedish duo, First Aid Kit. They sent beams of golden hippy-country waves onto festival goers, playing exclusive releases from their new album “Stay Gold.”
The Far Out tent hosted a array of alternative acts, attracting flocks of people to heat up the performances. My favourite acts were Caribou, who wound up the stage with an epic live show , musical nomads Michael A Grammar, Panda Bear, UK Ravens Fat White Family,Real Estate and my favourite act of the weekend Kurt Vile, he draped his long hair and captured the crowd with atmospheric vocals over spinwheeling guitars. Far Out After Dark included the playful and ravenous dance inducers The 2 Bears and a Simian Mobile Disco DJ Set!
Late night antics continued at the Disco Denture, a packed tent with bling ting things and a giant DJ booth constructed from glowing teeth; Furious and jet fuelled dancing occured here. When I wanted to escape the madness, I headed to the swaying soul of the Chai Wallah tent. My favourite new discovery were Talisman, Bristol- based roots and reggae band. They played Nothing’s Changed, which blew me away!
In direct contrast a daily dose of fresh workshops took place in the ‘Somewhere’ area, spa treatments, yoga and a mini spa were available at Nature Nurture. A more chilled music vibe at The Walled Garden and comedy at the Babbling Tongues Tent and of course there was an area dedicated to the Little Folk.
The food and drinks offering was surprisingly impressive, I managed to source Gluten-free crumpets with soya milk builders tea, fresh beetroot and chill ‘Hangover’ juices and fresh local produce. The Chai Wallah tent was serving mean chai punch’s and other tents offering bloody mary’s and local ales. For the less health-conscious there were some more hearty options such as “The Hippy Chippy,” Pie Maker and Organic Burgers! This festival was perfectly tribal and magical with the ultimate ending at 12pm on Sunday evening; all festival goers gathered to watch the green man disintegrate into shimmering embers!