Ones to Watch at Green Man 2017

Green Man 2017 is back, and this year, it’s a 15th-anniversary extravaganza. Nestled away in the Black Mountains of Brecon Beacons, Green Man always has a peaceful family feel with all the fun and games you can shake a stick at as well as science themed stalls, beer festivals, and giant hay bales. Tranquil tunes typically promise to delight in the day, with a more electronic and techno vibe for lights out.

This year is cut from the same cloth, with the likes of PJ Harvey, Future Islands and Ryan Adams making for a jovial, fun loving, day time plan. Roni Size and Jon Hopkins take the day into night with electronic music at Green Man’s After Dark line up.

Celebrating 15 years in the idyllic countryside, Green Man 2017 has pulled out all the stops with a huge lineup and a number of extra special non-musical events too. Here are the bands you can’t miss:


Starting the festival in full stride is Oxford shoegazers, Ride. Still fresh from their reform in 2015, Ride have secured the Thursday headline slot, which is bound to delight with soft rock grunge and bring back sweet memories of the 90s. Expect original classics mixed with their latest album released earlier this year, Weather Diaries.

Methyl Ethel

Indie dream pop is what Methyl Ethel is all about. Having caught the Australian group at Field Day festival earlier this year, I’m keen to watch them again; this time, headlining the delightful Walled Garden stage. Mixing soft melodies with lead singer’s quirky vocal and jangly guitars, Methyl Ethel blend pop with psych rock to perfection.

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is one of the true masters of electronic music. Previous collaborations with Brian Eno and Massive Attack to Coldplay hint at the diversity of his electronic music. But I think for his After Dark performance at Green Man, we’ll be seeing more of his techno and drum and bass works to close the evening.

PJ Harvey

The alt rock queen, PJ Harvey, has become more prominent on the festival scene in recent years, which is all the more lucky for us. Her influence as a pioneer in the alternative rock scene continues still, having won an MBE for her services to music a few years back. She’s headlining the main stage so I’m anticipating her amazing voice booming around the rolling hills will be a spectacle not to miss.

The Shins

The Shins charming lyricism and cheery melodies will liven up any downpour (which currently, is rather likely). The indie rock band released their first album in five years this year, Heartworms, maintaining the cheery premise but with a slight change in tempo. The Shins are one to jig around to so pack your dancing shoes.

Future Islands

What better way to fill the Black Mountains than the electro-pop of Future Islands. Samuel T Herring’s soulful vocal, with gorgeous melody and poignant lyrics makes for beautiful listening whatever the backdrop. Newest album, The Far Field, boats the same usual delights that we’ve come to know and love, adding more of a synth element. Don’t miss them at the headline slot on the main stage on Friday.

The Big Moon

If you haven’t heard of Big Moon yet, then you need to head to the Far Our stage on Friday afternoon. The London quartet are leading the raucous guitar band image right now, clashing drums and guitar in their renowned live performances. Bring earplugs, or not, whatever.

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen’s voice, equal parts eerie and warm, is bound to sooth any festival hangover. Breaking away from the country label she previously adopted, Angel Olsen’s move to indie grunge still retains a country twang with her lush American accent. Come for the hangover cure, stay for the catchy choruses (“Shut Up Kiss Me”, in particular).

Find out more about Green Man 2017 here!


One Response to “Ones to Watch at Green Man 2017”


    1. Ones to Watch at Green Man 2017 – Live List - 15/08/2017

      […] post Ones to Watch at Green Man 2017 appeared first on […]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.