Green Man is celebrated for its varied musical line-up and the unique creativity it nurtures. Set in the picturesque Brecon Beacons and alongside River Usk, this rural festival offers an eclectic selection of music, literature, film, theatre and comedy.
Evolving from an independent one-day, three-hundred capacity event in 2003 to a three-day festival, Green Man has grown to accommodate substantial crowds, selling out of tickets ahead of this year's event in record time. With more room to roam around and to be able to capture the impressive views and landscapes, visitors of all ages are provided with activities, stages, secret gigs and tents packed full of quirky activities. As well as music, aspects of culture, sustainable living and environmental consciousness is also central to the event.
i-D Online's 2010 highlights included These New Puritan's brilliantly energetic live performance in the Far Out Tent, American basketball vest-wearing Megafaun playing uplifting rockabilly folk, Summer Camp's 70s slideshow backdrop featuring old family photos, adolescent discos and bowl haircuts, The Flamin' Lips' Wayne Coyne running across the crowd in his trademark bubble as well as the UK premiere of the remarkably candid Leonard Cohen documentary Bird on a Wire (last shown thirty-eight years ago), entertaining recitals from punk poet John Cooper Clarke, The Sunday Carnival which weaved its way around the Welsh site and, last but not least, the huge 'Green Man' made entirely of tree bark, burnt on Sunday evening to mark the close of the festival.
An unbelievable experience, Green Man is more than a festival; it's a journey those who attend once choose to repeat again and again.
Text Holly Eells and Rebecca Morris