Review: Green Man Festival 2013
From an original attendance of 600 people in the grounds of a small castle in South Wales to becoming Wales' largest music and arts festival with signature status from the Welsh Government, the Green Man Festival has certainly come a long way since its original conception.
In its now-regular spot of the brooding and beautiful Black Mountains area of the Brecon Beacons, Green Man festival prides itself on being a grassroots festival, exemplified by the Green Man Rising Stage hosting independent and up-and-coming bands. Through having no corporate sponsors it's created a niche for itself as an independent festival that has seen it been widely acclaimed from its first year in 2003.
This year's festival was opened by a powerful Patti Smith on Thursday night. Highlights and headliners include Low, Kings of Convenience, Johnny Flynn and many more, which you can read about in our day-to-day coverage. Exceptionally impressive were Kings of Convenience with a highly charismatic stage presence and Jon Hopkins who electrified the Far Out Tent with a late night tour de force on Saturday. A particular strength of Green Man is the breadth of its appeal, as it also had a children's area, endearingly referred to as 'little folk' in the festival programme.
Green Man has a unique atmosphere characterised by a myriad of tents with everything from music to cinema. There was the Talking Shop, which saw Caitlin Moran grace the stage discussing her time as a music journalist and which was home to a fantastic selection of comedians later on in the evenings. This year we had the pleasure of vibrant Isy Suttie to Cardiff-based Clint Edwards at the Last Laugh tent.
Priding itself on its gourmet food and drink, Green Man had a wide selection of food tents, including the delightful one-pot stall that sold chicken and chorizo, and the vegetarian Mexican food stall near the Mountain Stage. In addition, there was the 24 hours Aberhonddu community cafÃ© as well as Moroccan food stands and a burger van specialising in the most delicious vegetarian burgers.
Overall, Green Man exudes character and appeal, catering in equal measure for families and late-night revellers. With a great selection of acts, art installations and tents as well as a wide selection of shops and stalls including Welsh language advocates Cymdeithas yr Iaith and record shop Tangled Parrot, it's not surprising that Green Man has grown from strength to strength.
- Review: Sunday @ Green Man 2013
- Review: Saturday @ Green Man 2013
- Review: Friday @ Green Man 2013
- Review: Thursday @ Green Man 2013
IMAGES: Paul Donnachie