The Green Man Festival

It seems that summer is upon us, and along with all the usual elements that make up the British summer (namely, milky white legs in ill fitting shorts, socks with sandles…), there is a redeemng feature… It's festival season again! Now that's one thing that us Brits are good at, and to whet your appetite, try this for a starter…..

Following the success of 2005's Festival, where it
was cited by many as one of the summer's best
events, the Green Man Festival, will return for it's
fourth year in August 2006 with headliners
Donovan, Jose Gonzalez and Calexico and over
80 artists over three stages.

Taking place in a fantastic new venue, the
Glanusk Park Estate in the Brecon Beacons
National Park, the festival will run over the third
weekend – 18th, 19th and 20th – of August. Set in
over 20,000 acres of lowland hills and parkland
and nestled beneath the Sugar Loaf mountain
range, this is the first time Glanusk Estate has
ever been opened up to the public. Amongst the
historic buildings are the Tower Bridge over the
River Usk, the Stable Courtyard, Walled Garden,
ancient Celtic Standing Stones and tiered
lakeside lawns. The new site is only 25 minutes
from Hay On Wye, yet more accessible by road
and by mainline railway stations.

In addition to the live acts on 3 stages with music
over 3 full days there will also be a DJ tent,
improved film, literature and science workshops,
stalls and children's entertainment, with DJs
playing into the night. The site and bars will both
be open from Thursday 17th August at 6.00pm
and there will be a new 1.00am licence on Friday
and Saturday nights. This year will also see the
addition of a whole new range of vegetarian and
meat stalls, from Paella and Organic
hamburgers, through to fresh vegetables, salads
and Mexican dishes. There will also be new areas
added, whilst retaining the unique and intimate
Country Fayre atmosphere of the Festival.

Main Stage:
Teddy Thompson
The Aliens
Philip Roebuck
Josephine Foster
The Shortwave Set
Chris T-T

Folkey Dokey Stage:
Simple Kid
Gruff Rhys
Skygreen Leopards
Sol Seppy
The Television Personalities
Adrian Crowley
Elaine Palmer
Jesus Licks

The Green Man Festival Cafe:
A Hawk and a Hacksaw
James Blackshaw
James Green
Marc Meon
The Gentle Good
John Smith
Benjamin Weatherill
Wooden Spoon
Don’s Mobile Barbers

Main Stage:
Jose Gonzalez
Silver Jews (UK Festival exclusive)
Micah P. Hinson
King Creosote
Euros Childs
Voice of the Seven Woods

Folkey Dokey Stage:
Keiran Hebdon and Steve Reid
James Yorkston
John Renbourn
Little Wings
Bat For Lashes
Misty’s Big Adventure
Aidan Smith

The Green Man Festival Cafe:
Malcolm Middleton
Jack Rose
Gareth Pearson
Brave Captain
Culprit One
Dan Arborise
Charlotte Greig
James Reynard

Main Stage:
Martha Wainwright
Bert Jansch
Archie Bronson Outfit
Juana Molina
18th Day of May
Woodcraft Folk

Folkey Dokey Stage:
Sunburned Hand Of The Man
Alasdair Roberts
Richard James
The Yellow Moon Band
Marissa Nadler
Shady Bard

The Green Man Festival Cafe:
Wizz Jones
Meic Stephens
Viking Moses
John Stammers
Andrew Hockey
Rob Sharples
Emma Tricca
Lord God

… with more to be added, plus Folk and
Psychedelic DJs (including Peter Paphides, Andy
Votel, James Yorkston, it's Jo and Danny, DJ
Pickles & Maris Piper). The literature room will
feature Joe Boyd on making music in the 1960s,
and Mojo magazine will be contributing further to
the entertainment (link).
Other artists, performers and entertainment will
be announced very soon …

The recent Folk Britannia article in the Guardian
called the Green Man the “hippest” UK Festival
and numbers will be limited. Tickets for this year’s
event are available from the Festival website
link and from
Ticketline UK on 08700 -667799. Adult weekend
tickets cost £98 including on-site camping and
parking and entry is free for Under 12s. There will
be an additional cost for those wishing to bring a
live-in vehicle. If you would like any further
information about tickets please email

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