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Review: Green Man Festival 2013

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Green Man
Near Crickhowell, Powys
Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th August 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 café 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.

Rating: ****

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