Green Man 2017 Preview
It’s that time of year again. 15,000 people are checking the weather. Wales is particularly unforgiving when it’s raining but the good news for Green Man this year is that the forecast is generally dry. But there’s nothing anyone can do about the weather, what we all have a choice over is which acts to see. Here are our choices for each day.
There’s one of the must see acts of the weekend in Hurray For The Riff Raff on the Mountain Stage. Whether it’s dancing to ‘Hungry Ghost’ or saluting the political stance of ‘Pa’lante’ Alynda Segarra will deliver an hour of the best rock-folk-Americana this side of Swansea. Over on the Far Out Stage the indie-rock melodies of The Big Moon will be accompanying your early evening drink. The quartet’s debut is one of this year’s more fierce albums. Along the same lines, of guitar led rock, are the slightly more shoe-gazey Pumarosa who headline the Walled Garden; they’re another of 2017’s must see new bands.
If country/folk/Americana triptych is more your thing then the Gill Landry, Nadia Reid, Karl Blau section of the Walled Garden is looking good. Finally Stevie Parker on the Rising Stage is an under the radar star of 2017, and if you’re looking for fun at 1am then Hedluv & Passman will be doing weird comedy over at the Last Laugh.
The middle day can begin in plenty of ways but there’s nothing better to ease you in that Bob Stanley and Pete Paphides with their pop quiz over at the Talking Shop at midday. Once you bacon roll has gone down you should listen for the haunting sounds of Aldous Harding in the Walled Garden, before making your way to This Is The Kit to see what form her band is taking at the festival: it might be two piece, solo, or a full band.
Two acts you really can’t miss on Saturday are the critically acclaimed Big Thief, fresh from their second album Capacity being loved by one and all. And the penultimate act on the Mountain Stage, Michael Kiwanuka. Hi second album, Love and Hate, was one of our favourite albums of 2016 and seeing him bring soul music bang up to date at the foot of the Brecon Beacons is sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend, listen out for the powerful 'Black Man In A White World'.
Starting a day at Green Man with Deep Throat Choir is a passage of rites for any serious festival goer, so this year Sunday's you chance to hear the enchanting melodies and harmonies of the band. Kinda, maybe, clashing with the Choir is Lewes lass Bess Atwell who mixes thoughtful indie-rock melodies with an attention to detail over the lyrical delivery: perfect Sunday afternoon listening.
Over in the Walled Garden Julie Byrne's wonderful folky acoustic stylings will get the mood relaxed for a Sunday afternoon listening before Girl Ray bring harmonies and an electric guitar to the party. Their Earl Grey debut is one of the year's more underrated.
Pick of the day on the Mountain Stage is one of our faves, the jangly alt.folk-rock of Julia Jacklin. 'Pool Party' is a low-slung beast of a song and her mid afternoon set is sure to perfect the balance between chill and rock.