Doves descend on Green Man

The Green Man has announced the full set of headliners for 2010. Here's what he told us.

Picture the scene: you’ve pitched your tent, swilled your first cider or four and the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain rises high above the main stage. It’s Friday night, Glanusk Park is a sea of twinkling lights and the mighty Doves are about to take the Green Man by storm…

Yes people, prepare to be blown away as one of Britain’s most compelling live bands head for the Brecon Beacons, joining Joanna Newsome and Flaming Lips to stir the heart and soul of Green Man 2010 to the very core. Wilmslow’s finest release The Places Between: The Best Of Doves on April 5 so expect an extraordinary headline set packed with life-affirming, festival-sized anthems including Black and White Town, There Goes The Fear and Kingdom of Rust to name but a few.

Is “generation-defining” too strong a phrase? We think not… Joining Jimi, Jez and Andy will be heirs apparent Wild Beasts – the Lake District four-piece behind the indescribably brilliant Two Dancers, arguably the indie album of 2009. Witty, literate, brooding and highly danceable, singer Hayden Thorpe’s haunting falsetto is sure to summon the Green Man spirits, a moonlit clarion call to the uninitiated…

Brilliantly bonkers Bristol duo Fuck Buttons - whose rather fine Tarot Sport album is packed full of mashed up, messed up, knob-twiddling electronic mayhem – are on a continuing mission to expand the sonic landscape. Join them as they blow the bloody roof off the Far Out Stage with their must-see headline slot.

A slice of San Francisco sun, in the form of the breathtaking Girls, will also be wheeling it's way to Glanusk shores this August. Reviewers far and wide agreed that Girls' debut record, Album was one of the LP's of 2009, and we think their performance at Green Man 2010 will be one not to miss.

Not so long ago Steve Mason declared he was quitting music altogether, but the mercurial former Beta Band frontman returns in rude health with Boys Outside, his first bona fide solo album, produced by Richard X on Domino Records, next month. You can catch him live at Green Man 2010, along with Southend art rockers These New Puritans, currently causing a stir with their excellent debut Hidden, and acclaimed folk-popsters Erland & The Carnival featuring Simon Tong – he of The Verve and The Good, The Bad & The Queen fame.

There’ll also be unmissable sets from young pretenders Egyptian Hip Hop – darlings of the “New Manchester” scene and currently the most talked about band in Britain – plus Green Man Boat Party headliners Silver Columns, Bear in Heaven, Memory Tapes, Sleepy Sun, The Wave Pictures and many, many more.

Spring has sprung, the clocks have gone forward and summer is on its way. Good job we’ve just announced one our best Green Man line-ups ever then, eh?

Adult tickets are £120 for the full weekend; Student’s £104 and Teen’s £50 – Holiday tickets are available for £35!
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