Incredible and eclectic music? Stunning views? Crisp Welsh pints? Find all those and more at Wales’ largest music festival; Green Man, returning to the lush countryside of Brecon Beacons for another round of shenanigans. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival sold out in just two days following 2021’s rampant success despite working through mountains of COVID restrictions.
Clash are here to arm you with a few facts about this year’s festival and a few artists from across the pond you’d be a fool to skip…
For the first time ever, the Mountain Stage opens its gates and will stand witness to eclectic party starters Metronomy headlining the very first night.
Fun can be had for all the family, with workshops and relaxation areas for the teens and a mini-beast themed area of exploration for the little ones. Whatever your age, you’ll be able to find anything your heart desires with a packed program of science, film, performing arts, comedy and literature as well as the bursting musical lineup.
Speaking of, we’ve compiled a list of must-see international artists gracing the Green Man line-up, because who knows when we might see some of these incredible acts again!
Witch (We Intend To Cause Havoc) became known as the pioneers of Zamrock in the 1970’s, a genre that mixes traditional Zambian African rhythms with psych rock and garage. In their heyday they were renowned for their seven hour stadium shows that earned them the title of Zambia’s Beatles. Falling into obscurity in the 80’s, they have recently enjoyed a revival following a self titled documentary detailing the bands rise to becoming the most popular Zambian band of their time.
Catch this incredible old school psych rock collective on Friday at the Far Out Stage.
Joe And The Shitboys
Just a stones’ throw away on the Faroe Islands, a punk explosion was brewed almong the volcanic rocks and seabirds. Self described as ‘queer vegan shitpunk’, Joe and The Shitboys bring an unmatched energy to every gig they play, busting out short hardcore bangers such as ‘If You Believe In Eating Meat Start With Your Dog’, ‘Save The Planet You Dumb Shit’ and ‘Closeted HomoFObe’. Tirelessly funny and self-aware, these eco-anarcho punks bring the energy of the 70’s scene into the modern day and are not to be missed.
Catch the raucous bunch on the Rising Stage on Sunday.
Teen goth metal musician, alt-pop pioneer, performance artist, poet, novelist… is there anything Jenny Hval can’t do? The Norwegian all rounder trecks no ordinary path, releasing eight total albums and several EP’s since 2011, many unsurprisingly receiving critical acclaim. Innovation is at the heart of everything Hval creates and last year’s release ‘The Practice Of Love’ delves into the realm of 90’s trance clouded in an eerie euphoria. Her work deals with the visceral vs the imagined; bodies, voices, landscapes, memories, gender and sexuality.
Find Jenny Hval in all her strange glory on The Mountain Stage on Sunday.
Japanese folk singer Ichiko Aoba creates heartwarming fantastical worlds with her enchanting voice so its no wonder that this very voice has worked creating sound worlds for theatre soundtracks and even featured in the famous Zelda. Having released six intimate, dream-like records since 2010, Aoba most often works with just her guitar and hauntingly beautiful vocals. However, in the artist’s latest release ‘Windswept Adan’, she introduces a new realm of psych-folk, working with a slew of new instruments and drones to create something truly bewitching.
Become enchanted with Ichiko Aoba at the Mountain Stage on Saturday.
Indigo De Souza
North Carolinian Indigo De Souza is set to bring her entrancing potion of versatile vocals, grungy-pop and warm indie grooves to the Welsh mountains. Receiving critical acclaim for her (adorably named) record ‘I Love My Mom’, the record captures De Souza’s expression of the highs and lows of youth, the growing pains and the uncontainable joy. The eclectic artists began making music at nine years old and began self-producing at sixteen, her music clearly reflecting the hours clocked in on honing her craft.
Bear witness to Indigo De Souza at the Walled Garden stage on Sunday.
Green Man runs between August 18th – 21st. Find the full program at https://www.greenman.net/line-up/2022/
Words: Oshen Douglas-McCormick