Last year was my first Green Man Festival and before the line-up was even announced for this year’s edition, I was recommending attendance to anybody that would listen. The line-up and running order has since been announced and so I decided to have another crack at sharing who I think attendees should go and see this year.
See.. This is was an extremely tough ask. Although I knew the line up was great it wasn’t until I started looking through it in order to pick five acts out that I realised how great it actually was. There are even a few clashes that made it even more difficult to choose and so, taking all of this into consideration, I settled at seven and a ‘best of the rest’ section.
Patrick Watson – Saturday – Walled Garden Stage
I’ve never managed to see this guy but his latest release (Love Songs for Robots) is great, as are his four records before that. He’s headlining the Walled Garden on Saturday and sadly he’s going to be up against the Super Furry Animals. It’s a tough choice, but I will be going to see Watson.
St Vincent – Sunday – Mountain Stage
From first seeing Annie Clarke at her show at the Night and Day Cafe in 2007 to her now headlining Green Man Festival. We’ve been on quite the journey have Annie and I (although she obviously doesn’t share that same feeling). She’s evolved, she’s grown and blah blah blah.. Just make sure you see her. You won’t be disappointed.
Jamie xx – Saturday (After Dark) – Far Out Stage
Everybody knows The xx and unsurprisingly Jamie xx is one of their members. Before his album dropped a couple of months ago, it seemed that everyone was hyped about the debut record. In a rare turn of events, it turned out that the hype was deserved because In Colour is great. I missed him at Primavera in 2014 but I will be 100% there to watch him this time.
Father John Misty – Sunday – Mountain Stage
Sunday is going to be that day where you can find a spot in front of the Mountain Stage and set up camp for the day. Matthew E White is followed by The Antlers, The Staves and then Josh Tillman, otherwise known as Father John Misty. Even if you’re not too familiar with his music I can’t stress enough how good a front man the guy is. My favourite gig of 2015 so far was FJM at Gorilla in Manchester, so y’know. I recommend it.
Villagers – Friday – Mountain Stage
Previous to seeing them live earlier this year, I wouldn’t have been including Villagers in a list of acts that you shouldn’t miss. However, what I saw was a set that has evolved and become absolutely beautiful. You’d be a fool to miss it. If you’ve not heard the recently released Darling Arithmetic then you should probably go and do that now.
Marika Hackman – Saturday – Mountain Stage
Marika Hackman isn’t suited to everybody, but she’s still well worth a watch. I’ve seen her perform four times now and she’s getting better and growing in confidence with each one. I imagine Hackman will be performing with her band at Green Man and that is when she’s at her best.
Emmy the Great – Friday – Walled Garden Stage
I’m not sure which version of Emmy you’ll get at Green Man. It’ll be either the one that’s recently toured that was quite serious and concentrated on the new EP or it’ll be the one that people are more familiar with. Either way, it’s well worth heading over to the Walled Garden on Friday evening to go and see a performance which is guaranteed to be enjoyable.
The Best of the Rest
Originally, both Owen Pallett and Super Furry Animals were in my seven. Then, the running order was released and due to the fact that it looks likely they’ll clash, I’ve had to put them in this list instead.
Owen Pallett – Really great entertainment every time that I’ve seen him over the years. I really love Pallett, but I love St. Vincent that tiny tiny bit more.
Super Furry Animals – Welsh legends. Just a shame that they come up against a guy that I’ve wanted to see for a couple of years now and also that I saw them earlier this year.
Dan Deacon – He’s playing on Thursday night and he’s super entertaining. If you like crowd interaction then this will be a set for you! One of the most fun acts I’ve seen this year.
Television – They did Marquee Moon in full at Primavera Sound last year and it was awesome to see such a classic album being brought to life. Not to be missed.
The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo – You should go and see these purely because Johnny is such a nice guy. If you’re not lazing about in front of the Mountain stage on Sunday, head over to the Walled Garden to check out this duo perform together.
Courtney Barnett – Potentially up against Father John Misty and if that’s the case then sadly Barnett misses out. If you don’t fancy FJM though, you can’t go wrong by going to the Far Out stage instead.
Goat – I’ve never actually listened to Goat but they have some stiff competition. If neither St Vincent or Owen Pallett take your fancy then close out your festival with Goat. I’ve seen nothing but good things when it comes to them.
Alex Burey – I’ve already featured Alex on the blog a couple of times and on Sunday he opens the Far Out stage. I’ve never seen him live, but I’ll be there.
Seazoo, Kidsmoke & Mowbird – Playing the Rising stage and opening the Far Out stage respectively. All friends of mine and all worth checking out.
You can find the full Green Man line up just below.