Set amongst the imposing mountains of the Brecon Beacons in Wales, the Green Man Festival is fast establishing itself as one of the most beautiful music experiences (visually and aurally) you'll find in Europe.

2014's lineup included the likes of The War On Drugs, Panda Bear, Neutral Milk Hotel and Bill Callahanand if that wasn't enough there was plenty of ale, comedy, spoken word and art workshops to tide you over until the next band highlighted on your festival programme. With August 2015 fast approaching already, this year's first wave of names has been announced and it looks like the old marker pen will be working overtime.


First Wave

st vincent @ Roundhouse, London 25/10/14

St. Vincent / Hot Chip / Goat / Calexico / Charles Bradley / Father John Misty / Sun Ra Arkestra / Courtney Barnett / The Fall / Mew / The Staves / Shovels & Rope / Hookworms / Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve / The Wave Pictures / Sylvan Esso / Son Lux / Waxahatchee / Matthew E White / Hinds / Owen Pallett / Steve Gunn / Richard Dawson / Alasdair Roberts / Songhoy Blues / Zun Zun Egui / Jane Weaver / Slug / BC Camplight / Ryley Walker / Trust Fund / Corey Bowen.


The Guide

Goat @ Iceland Airwaves 2013

The big name your eye is immediately drawn to is St. Vincent; Annie Clark will once again be dusting down the staircase which accompanied her in support of her self-titled fourth (and best) album and shredding her way through the best of her back catalogue while dancing like a deranged marionette. Perhaps the best guitarist you'll see, the St. Vincent live show is simply spectacular and given the deluxe reissue of St. Vincent had a few new tracks don't be surprised if Annie road tests some more new songs.

Another act who will be bringing a bit of stage presence are the Swedish psychedelic oddballs Goat. Expect masks, tribal rhythms, yelling and massive psych rock anthems when they take to the stage (human sacrifices not expected but we can't guarantee your safety). Staying psychedelic, the legendary cosmic free-jazz act of Sun Ra Arkestra will take you into outer space and back with their hypnotic noise while at the gentler end of the psych spectrum you'll find the virtuoso guitarist Steve Gunn or the beautiful folk of The Staves weaving incredible patterns that should lull you into a reverie perfectly suited for the Welsh countryside.

This year's Green Man also marks the welcome return for some artists who we've not heard or seen from quite often enough; with new album + - ready to drop - their first since 2009 - Mew make a long-awaited comeback to UK shores. New track 'Satellites' is proof that the Danish band's dramatic and widescreen pop is still in place, and if you've never been lucky enough to see the band's soaring live show then what better time to remedy that? We also find Josh Tillman bringing Father John Misty back in support of wonderful new album I Love You, Honeybear so expect sumptuous arrangements, debauched tales told with trademark humour and a singer who is in better voice than he's ever been. Katie Crutchfield's Waxahatchee hasn't been away from our consciousness for too long but we're desperate for Ivy Tripp, the follow-up to Cerulean Salt, to be released and her live show is always the perfect mix of impassioned and heart-tuggingly gorgeous. We're also gagging to hear a proper debut album from Courtney Barnett, and she'll be playing tracks from her forthcoming Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit record and if the power chords of first single 'Pedestrian At Best' are anything to go by then Barnett will tear up whatever stage she's on.

There's also strong experimental pop presence with the likes of Sylvan Esso, Son Lux and Owen Pallett all set to bring excellent live shows, and while Hookworms deserve a place on the main stage there's a strong temptation to keep the band indoors so they can blow the tent to pieces with their furious and hypnotic drone rock.

All in all, if this is just a taster for what's coming at Green Man 2015 then we cannot wait for the rest of the lineup announcement. So we'll see you at the Glanusk Estate between 20-23 August, yeah?

For more information, and to buy tickets, head over to Green Man's official festival website.


The Playlist