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Preview: Green Man 2013

Beki Kidwell


This year, Green Man will reach its 11th anniversary, and they’re celebrating in style.

Headliners include Band of Horses, Kings of Convenience and Ben Howard, but most importantly, a momentous live set from the wonderful Patti Smith on Thursday evening. Among the stunning fields and beneath the towering Brecon Beacon Mountains, 1500 performers will step on to 17 stages to give Green Man attendees a weekend to remember.

The literature, comedy and cinema tents are playing host to the likes of Caitlin Moran, Minima and a collection of twenty-four short films named ‘The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time’ created by Radiohead.

Each field has been reinforced after years of terrible mud damage, the big screen’s to the side of the main stage are officially back (hopefully for good, the food stalls are as mouth-watering and, some may say most importantly, they boast a 24 hour alcohol license. This year, Green Man have gone all-out and created their very own Beer Festival, with 99 ales and ciders on tap from Welsh brewers – most of which are being sold among the usual bars around the site as well as a few new specialised bars sprinkled around the site.

Green Man may be looking at one of its greatest line-ups to date, with The Horrors playing the main stage on Saturday and Pat Dam Smyth bound for an electric set in Chai Wallahs, while Sweet Babboo, Fossil Collective, F#ck Buttons and Ellen and the Escapades name just a few of some of the fantastic bands worth getting excited about.

One of my favourite areas, Einstein’s Garden, will showcase the likes of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society and their fight to protect slugs and other creepy critters, The Mad Hackers Tea Party and many, many science tents.

With any luck the weather will stay sunny, but even in torrential rain I have reveled in the beauty of this festival, discovering exceptional bands that I have never heard of, eating possibly the most delicious food I have ever had the pleasure of eating and drinking 7% Welsh Ciders without feeling guilty about the aftermath.

Green Man festival is set to be a dreamlike weekend taking place over the 15th-18th August among the glorious Black Mountains of Wales.