Green Man 2018: Welsh Preview
Green Man supports Welsh music in an Anglo-centric world (and so should you!). Many of this year’s attendees at Green Man will look in awe at the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons which is home to the festival – but, as Livewire’s token Welsh person, I am here to argue that Wales is more than just a pretty setting, but a thriving and diverse centre of arts and the rest of the UK needs to start paying attention to it.
Green Man festival has always supported Welsh acts, and this year is no different, with plenty of brilliant musicians that most people in England would have never heard of. So if you’re going to Green Man this year, here’s who you should check out:
Start your festival off right by going to see Art-Pop outfit HMS Morris on the Walled Garden stage. This band manage to make weird and catchy pop music without being too normal or too inaccessible. They sing in both English and Welsh and put on a great live performance. I recommend their song “Interior Design” for it’s fun bouncing beat, distorted guitars, and retro keyboard sounds.
On Saturday you’ll be spoiled for choice as to what Welsh acts to see, the dark lyrics and jangly, sparse guitar music of festival favourite Cate le Bon and the Beach Boys inspired twee-folk-pop of Sweet Baboo will certainly keep the Mountain Stage entertained. Meanwhile, on the Far Out stage you’ll find party rockers Boy Azooga playing songs from their new album 1, 2, Kung Fu! and the cheerful guitar pop of Wrexham band Seazoo, which would bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Headlining the Walled Garden on Saturday night is ethereal folk group 9Bach, whose music is possibly the most suited to their surroundings, evoking images of rolling hills and wild, Welsh countryside. If you’re looking for something a little less mainstream though, head on down to the Rising stage and see Cardiff rock and roll band Buzzard, fresh off their tour supporting The Orielles. Or see the all-female Dutch/Welsh indie trio Adwaith, who have been making a splash in the Welsh music scene for their work on FEMME events, which promote female artists and musicians both on and off stage.
On Sunday head on back to Walled Garden for “sci-fi themed alt country” act The Cosmic Array, their music is fun and interesting, and are well worth a look if you want to see something different. Or if that’s too much for you, go to the Rising stage to see Mac Demarco-esque Indie group Sock, who are bound to bring some chill to your Sunday. Then, finish your Green Man experience with style and wind down with some thumping electronic music from Penarth’s High Contrast, who had a track on the soundtrack of the Trainspotting sequel. There truly is nothing like some Welsh Drum N Bass on a Sunday night.
If that’s not enough for all of you, there’s plenty more, like the Clwb Ifor Bach curated Settler’s stage with acts like Los Blancos and My Name is Ian and a load of other Welsh theatre, arts, food and drink available to see across the festival. If you want to learn more about the Welsh music scene, you can go see Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens’ film Anorac, where he goes on a musical pilgrimage across Wales – which you can watch in the Cinedrome.
So remember, kids, just because you’re English, it doesn’t mean you should ignore Welsh music. You don’t ignore American music, so why ignore the amazing output from your neighbours to the West?
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