The Green Man Festival 21st, 22nd & 23rd August 2009
The Green Man Festival has a 24-hour license, is set on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales and this year Wilco, Jarvis Cocker and British Sea Power are headlining on the Main Stage. All in all, The Green Man Festival has eight venues and not unlike Bestival The Green Man Festival hosts literature and comedy events alongside the rather special music line-up. You will be able to enjoy Josie Long and Mitch Benn on the Comedy Stage, and Keith Allen is doing something called ‘Two Pikeys and a Minicruise’. We don’t have a personal grudge against Keith Allen, it’s just that we prefer Dawn French, and she does hold a personal grudge for which we don’t blame her, but do blame him. Go anyway, it might be good and Dawn won't be there to see you betray her, and what she doesn't know can't hurt her.
Anyway, more importantly for everyone is that Andrew Bird is going to be there, and Andrew Bird is very special. He does interesting things with violins and has an almost perfect singing voice to boot. But if bubblegummy, poptastic mastery is more your thing, then Camera Obscura will be there to give everyone a master class in how to make good use of strings in popular song. If, however, you fancy the grittier sound of synthesizers, you badly need to check out Errors. Trouble is, with a 24-hour license and all that fresh air going to your head, there is a strong likelihood you may start doing the Robot as soon as they start playing. You know what though? You’re in at festival in Wales, no one is going to give a shit and the Robot is pretty inspiring.
All the members of Brooklyn outfit Grizzly Bear look like they had their mouths drawn on by a childrens’ book illustrator in the 70’s, it is remarkable how odd these boys look. It first after you have overcome this initial shock that you can appreciate how good they are; lovely harmonies, superb use of rhythm piano and sublime drumming. Weird mouths though… They’d be our favourite Green Man band if it weren’t for the sloppy California rock duo Golden Animals, they look and sound like everything that was good about Flower Power, as a rock duo consisting of a girl drummer and boy guitarist, they are easily compared with The White Stripes, however, Linda Beecroft is a much better drummer (and singer) than Meg White and their tunes may make you want to finger paint or screw, or both at the same time. Good luck with it, whichever you choose!
Mia Tagg 2009®