Green Man 2016
From the 18th to 21st August, Wales’ stunning Brecon Beacons will play host to 20,000 music fans, assembled for the 14th edition of Green Man. This year’s event is a sell-out and it’s not difficult to work out why: boasting headliners Laura Marling, James Blake and Belle & Sebastian, their brilliantly curated bill promises to be one of the highlights of UK festival season. Here’s who we recommend you go see.
For a 10-year stretch spanning the late 90s and early 00s, Grandaddy kept listeners rapt with four albums of spacey alt-rock, driven by fuzzy guitars, off-kilter synths and Jason Lytle’s Neil Young-alike vocals. Now, after a decade apart, the Californian five-piece are back together, and reportedly writing material for the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Just Like The Fambly Cat. It’s not due ‘til 2017, but you can sing along to the classics during their set on the Far Out Stage on Sunday.
Following assorted solo/side projects, Warpaint have announced the follow-up to 2014’s eponymous album. Due on the 23rd September, Heads Up was created with Jacob Bercovici of Julian Casablancas’ band The Voidz – who also produced 2008’s, self-released Exquisite Corpse EP – and is reportedly inspired by Björk, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar and Outkast. If the rest of the record is half as infectious as the fantastic lead single, ‘New Song’, we’re all in for a huge treat.
Factory Floor might have recently slimmed down their line-up from a trio to a duo, but they’ve lost none of their power to punish, live. Head to Green Man After Dark on Friday, and prepare to surrender your cerebral cortex to Gabriel Gurnsey and Nic Colk’s brutal blend of minimal techno, acid house and post-industrial music. It’s highly likely that they’ll be previewing songs from their forthcoming, club-orientated LP, 25:25, too, which drops on DFA Records on August 25th.
More from the line-up
- Boy King is supposed to be an 18+, rather than a PG production, but the overarching theme is just to f***ing party and revel in the darkness.
- Cyncism can be a really, really dangerous thing... I always make myself ready to be surprised by anything.
- When you’re working with someone with a strong personality, what you stand for becomes more clear to you.