Green Man 2017
Long established as one of the UK's best boutique festivals, Green Man turns 15 this year, and is doing so in style with headline slots from PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands, plus an embarrassment of brilliant acts further down the bill. We’ve sifted through their impressive line-up to highlight some of the sets with the most potential. Here’s who we’ll be watching in the Brecon Beacons between the 17th and 20th August.
Possibly the only group in the world who can pull off the label "post-bop", Badbadnotgood are up there with Toronto's finest hip hop purveyors (which is no mean feat, given their peers). With co-signs from the likes of Tyler, the Creator and Kaytranada, original material as well as glorious covers, it goes without saying these guys are incredibly impressive and a whole lot of fun. If you like rich, live hip hop instrumentals topped with smooth, jazzy vocals - quite possibly featuring a guest or two - get to this set.
If avant-garde folk music sounds fun to you – and why wouldn’t it – may we introduce you to Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Richard Dawson. His excellent eighth and latest LP, Peasant, delves into the days of yore, exploring the lives of the various inhabitants of former North England kingdom Bryneich. As evocative of a bygone era as it is visceral and present, it’s one of our favourite albums of 2017 so far. Hear songs from it on Sunday, where Dawson will be performing at his spiritual home on the Far Out Stage.
Lift To Experience
Headed up by Josh T. Pearson, Denton, Texas trio Lift To Experience released one album back in 2001 to universal acclaim and subsequently disbanded. A decade and a half on, their debut has achieved cult status, and rightly so. Combining dense, country-influenced post-rock with an apocalyptic lyrical concept, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads remains an utterly astonishing listen. Don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity to see the late, great John Peel’s favourites in the flesh and, whatever you do, don’t forget your ear plugs.
More from the line-up
- I believe that peace and love are important concepts, and that's starting to be controversial, sadly.
- It's time to stop avoiding mentioning politics in the name of politeness, or in the name of avoiding offending people.
- You think you know everything when you’re 19, and as you get older you realise you know less and less.
- We don’t write b-sides; it’s all solid gold. It’s like, why write a song if it’s no good?
- I don’t care what the majority of people want, most of them are idiots.
- We both felt that we would like to do some songs with choruses that our kids might like.