green man festival 2017

Celebrating its 15th year, Green Man’s lineup first caught our eye earlier in the year (Melt Yourself Down? PJ Harvey? St Etienne? Oh go on then!) but it seemed that wouldn’t be the last time our eyes would be caught- arriving from London Paddington to Abergavenny was like moving to a new, stunningly landscaped world….. and this is before we got through ticket check! Greeted by the sound of crowds shuffling towards craft beer stalls and the smell of the finest street food Wales has to offer, we peruse the areas of Green Man with a newfound appreciation for festival production- hidden bars, amusement parks, bike powered phone charging facilities (!) and of course, a main stage surrounded by cheery festival goers were but some of the sights Green Man had to offer. We give into our cravings and catch a pint of craft brew in a special reusable Green Man cup, possibly the simplest yet most ingenious ideas for preventing waste at festivals we’ve seen to date.

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Time for bands- This is the kit, Thee Oh Sees, Ryan Adamas, Conor Oberst….. the list goes on. With a busy run around on the Saturday (Thee Oh Sees into Melt Yourself Down into Ryan Adams!) we were delighted to find that the average Green Man goer is not a pushy 20 year old trying to get in front of the stage (often with the view of trying to take front stage themselves) but a chilled out music fan, happy to be sitting, standing or lying down anywhere in the general area so long as they can soak up their favourite artist, making it a lot easier to navigate and appreciate the talented musicianship on stage. And music wasn’t the only thing worth watching, live talks and comedy sets were ongoing with highlight speakers including Charlotte Church and Irvine Welsh.

Finishing up our festival with a tenner’s worth of street food each night (shout out to Vegan Junk Food) the only thing wrong was leaving. Seriously though Green Man peeps, next year can you do a year long festival? Worth a shot!