Green Man 2018: Livewire's Preview
If you were to wander deep enough into the beautiful Brecon Beacons on a lazy mid-August afternoon, you’d be greeted by the sounds of music weaving its way through the hills. You’ve stumbled upon on one of the UK’s best established and charming independent festivals, Green Man. As much as you’ll want to, you probably won’t get in. This year’s festival is (unsurprisingly) all sold out, and here’s why…
With big festivals come big headliners, and Green Man is no different. Friday night sees Aussie psych rock seven-piece King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard top the bill and sure, I know what you’re thinking, King Gizz have a lot of members. But boy do they have even more albums; the band released FIVE in 2017 alone (to add to their hearty collection of seven previous), so there will be no slim pickings when putting together a setlist for their headline performance. Personally, I’m hoping for a half hour mega rendition of ‘The River’ and honestly, I wouldn’t put it past them.
In complete contrast to the psychedelia and theatrics of the previous night, expect an understated, yet overwhelmingly beautiful performance from Saturday’s headliners, indie folk icons Fleet Foxes. Having last headlined the festival in 2011, the band now have last year’s fantastic ‘Crack-Up’ under their belt to complete what is expected to be a truly special return for the band. Closing the festival is Grammy-nominated The War on Drugs, who have truly cemented their position as one of the best around across their stunning and most recent albums ‘A Deeper Understanding’ and 2014’s ‘Lost In The Dream’. Prepare yourselves to be blown away, this Sunday slot is in very capable hands indeed.
And that’s just the headliners! Expect loads of fantastic music across the main stage from Public Service Broadcasting, Anna Calvi, Grizzly Bear, The Lemon Twigs and so many more. If you fancy exploring the line up a bit further, I personally think this is where things get even more exciting: Floating Points followed by Mount Kimbie sounds rather tasty, as do After Dark sets by High Contrast and HMLTD.
I’m at risk of just talking all about the dudes, so it’s important we touch on the way Green Man excels in booking some of the best and most exciting alternative female talent (which you’ll catch me shouting about until the cows come home) year in year out, with 2018 being no different. Phoebe Bridgers’ debut album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ was widely agreed to be one of the best and emotionally arresting albums released last year. Her heart-breaking confessions of love and life and death are not to be missed and live, I’m pretty sure will pack quite the emotional punch.
Another American singer-songwriter in the shape of Frankie Cosmos and her band are also stopping by with their lo-fi indie rock and Cosmos’ sparkly trademark vocals, hopefully we can all have a lovely singalong to fan favourites ‘Young’ and ‘Fool’. Nineteen-year-old Lindsey Jordan, better known as Snail Mail is another one to watch, having just released her fantastic debut album ‘Lush’, as is Stella Donnelly. Catch all of these acts at The Walled Garden, where you can also see Livewire faves Goat Girl, Insecure Men and IDER, and be sure to check out Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Boy Azooga, Sorry, and Trudy and the Romance elsewhere.
If that’s just too much good music to handle, there’s plenty more to see and do and explore, including comedy, literature, film screenings, visual and performing arts, science and more. We’ll be covering the whole thing, so keep an on all things Livewire to see what else we discover! Listen to our playlist here: