Ones to Watch at Green Man 2015

Green Man 2015Festival season is slowly being put to bed for another year, but Green Man 2015 still has a few words to say before it goes gently into the dark night. Following last year’s varied and excellent line-up, 2015 looks to provide an equally diverse and exciting array of bands and frivolity.

Taking place between 20th and 23rd August at its now standard Brecon location; Green Man 2015 promises a wide and vast array of talent, leaving attendees potentially stuck - but not for lack of choice. Below we list our 10 Ones to Watch at Green Man 2015, with a view to make decisions a little easier.

1// Moneyshot and Cheeba

Kicking off Thursday night in Chai Wallahs are Moneyshot and Cheeba . Their DJ sets are a great blend of hip hop’s history (without being a “lesson”) and great, danceable tunes.

2// Leftfield

Early arrivals at the Far Out stage will be treated to one of dance music’s absolute pioneers on Thursday, when Leftfield take the stage. Having spent the last few years playing classic festival sets, they released a new album this year and will kick off Thursday with an almighty bang.

3// Bill Ryder Jones

Early starters demanding some relief from the Culture section of the Guardian will be granted their wish at the Mountain Stage when Bill Ryder Jones (of former Coral fame) wanders on stage. Expect superbly crafted songs and a mixture of craggy wisdom and sharp lyrics from this exceptionally understated guitarist.

4// Calexico

If you hang around Mountain on Friday, you will be rewarded with Calexico. Nearly 30 years after being founded, Calexico continue to develop and are releasing their ninth studio album this year. Expect a mixed platter at a festival that deals in mixed platters.

5// Hot Chip

Closing the Mountain Stage on Friday and playing their first ever set at Green Man are Hot Chip. Despite releasing an album of mixed quality this year, Hot Chip remain the authors of some of the most likeably clean dance music ever and will pull all the stops out for this one.

6// Charles Bradley

A good place to start on Saturday is Charles Bradley, the extraordinary American who was discovered as a James Brown impersonator in Brooklyn in the late 80s. Bradley’s extraordinary voice, and his immense charm and humility in a life of intense difficulty guarantee this will be a very special performance.

7// Television

In an underground guitar scene that many thought had dried up by 1974, Television emerged to trouble the pigeon-holers and will be a spectacle of blues, punk and jazz energy.

8// The Fall

The real difficulty will be in choosing between Television and The Fall. A ludicrous band. A ludicrous story. Their set at Glastonbury was madly entertaining. They’ll be back but you don’t want to miss them here.

9// Meic Stevens

Sunday sees the softly meandering brilliance of Welsh legend Meic Stevens to keep you smiling on the journey home. He is frequently referred to as the Welsh Dylan (confusingly for those know that Wales already possesses a reputable Dylan of its own) though Zimmerman was reportedly not so keen on being called the “American Stevens”.

10// Father John Misty

Fresh out of a Cormac McCarthy approved beard advert, Father John Misty, is on Mountain Stage late Sunday. A sort of shotgun preacher, traveller, lover and musician. It will be lovely to hear someone who sounds so clearly advocates drinking whisky to solve life’s problems after three days of drinking and developing your own set of problems.


No comments yet

Leave a Reply

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