Each year, Green Man Festival holds a battle-of-the-bands-style competition, Green Man Rising, the eventual winner of which is booked to open the August-held event's main (Mountain) stage - which, in 2013, means propping up a bill featuring Band Of Horses, The Horrors, Midlake, Kings Of Convenience, John Cale, Ben Howard and Local Natives.
And, at a sweaty Dublin Castle in Camden on Thursday July 18th, the final six acts played off for this wonderful opportunity. Emerging - rising, we suppose - as the top outfit of the evening was Haiku Salut (pictured). The instrumental Derbyshire three-piece carries heavy tones of Yann Tiersen in its sound, and had one judge on the night (yours truly) writing, simply, the word "delightful" on his notes.
One-of-three, Sophie, commented on winning Green Man Rising: "Blimey! What a great night. We really didn't expect to win. Thank you for the opportunity of playing on the Mountain main stage, it's been a great competition."
The other bands involved in the Green Man Rising final - Box of Light, Chinese Missy, Molly Wagger, Rad Stewart and The Wild Oats - will perform on the festival's Rising stage, beside a wealth of fellow up-and-comers from England and Wales.
On the Rising scheme and stage, Green Man organiser Fiona Stewart says: “A long list of Ivor Novello, Mercury Prize and Brit Award winners and nominees have emerged from Green Man, and we hope this new stage unearths a few more. We come across so much great music it seemed ridiculous not to give those exciting acts support and exposure.”
Alongside Clash's Mike Diver, other judges of the Green Man Rising final included Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi, Jack Shankley of Domino, and Phil Alexander of Mojo. Prior to the final, BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens had helped to whittle the runners down to a six of real quality - and the public also voted through three of the final-performing outfits.
You can check out a little of Haiku Salut's dreamy (and, just sometimes, a little nightmarish) sound below - and find everything you need to know on Green Man, which Clash is proud to be a partner of, on the Welsh festival's official website.
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Haiku Salut, 'Los Elefantes', from the album 'Tricolore'
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Read our behind-the-scenes interview with Green Man organiser Ben Coleman, on the booking process, here.
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