Make sure you head to The 405's Green Man hub for all the latest previews, reviews and features from this year's event.

Green Man is our favourite festival. We've said that before, but we'll say it again - nay, shout it - until our throats are hoarse, our horses are throat, and passersby are pelting pennies at our necks. Fortunately, the Green Men seem to like us too (or at the very least tolerate us), enough to join forces; lucky ol' us are the official media partners.

Obviously the big draws include Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Caribou and Daughter, but there's plenty of other sonic treasure to discover too, snugly tucked into mid-afternoon slots and late-morning hangover cure spots. Here's our picks of artists you should check out that have been flying under the radar.


Okay, so the Icelandic three-piece aren't necessarily underground these days, but they're by no means mainstream either. With two critically-lauded LPs under their belts, the most recent, Silkidrangar, dropping only a few months back, they're sure to have one of Green Man's most beautiful sets. They blend ambient electronica, 19th century romantic Icelandic poetry, folk, post-rock and trip-hop, and the youthful trio (whose ages hover at, or just under, 20) transcend the language barrier, abracadabra-ing desolate bliss and lilac-smog serenity; imagine choking on patchouli incense stark-bollock-naked in the middle of Lapland, and you'll get a feel for their tone. Basically, we're giving them our vote in the case of an ill-fated clash. Go forth and be mesmerised.

John Mouse

John Mouse (formerly JT Mouse), apparently "sings songs about the lack of post-partum sex and being short" and of "burying my first hamster, being unhappy about goths being happier than me, and paedos in swimming pools". The Cardiff-based singer-songwriter, described once as "The Welsh Beck", has developed a burbling flock of fans during his time as a musician (a time that's spawned four records), who swoon and gush over his unique tact (or lack thereof), and inventive compositions that flit between acid-jazz, spoken-word Baxter Dury-type ramblings, art-rock, indie-pop, '90s shoegaze and post-punk. His noise is decisively eclectic, with devilishly introspective lyrics, wry papercut-wit and a steamy dollop of self-deprecation - think a less obfuscating Los Campesinos! (with whom he has collaborated with on recent ditty, 'I Was A Goalkeeper').


After touring with our beloved East India Youth earlier this year, experimental synthpop duo Jupiter-C (named after the unmanned spacecraft from the '50s) have gone and bagged themselves an opening slot on the Far Out stage at Green Man. From Manchester/Liverpool, Ashiya Eastwood and David Kane jury-rig trip-hop ambiance with rugged, flickering desolation. It's enormously atmospheric noise, with pulsing Chromatics-esque rhythms and Warpaint textures; they're skilled with manipulating harmonies and structure. Their Soundcloud is a tad threadbare these days, but 'Holiday' more than makes up for the lack of other available sounds.

Georgia Ruth

Winner of the 2013 Welsh Music Prize, Cardiff's Georgia Ruth is a naturally grand addition to the line-up of Green Man. We loved her debut, Week Of Pines, upon its release last Spring, and her staggering take on folk remains one of the UK's most inventive. Utilising the harp, the Welsh language and her experiences gained during artist residencies across the globe, Ruth's music is fantastic folk with a pop bent and melodic sensibility. While it can be devastatingly emotional, she also imbues a lot of noise with hope, nature and warmth.

Wildest Dreams

This year's winners of the Green Man Rising competition, bagging themselves a well-earned spot opening the Mountain Stage, Wildest Dreams are a north London pair (Holly Mullineaux on guitar/vox and Zoe Mead on synths/vox) who describe themselves as "two girls and noise". They straddle the boundary of Daughter, 2:54 and Woman's Hour, sculpting spellbinding sounds with shoegazey spots and soft, swooning spirit. 'Darkest Hour' is one of the scattered offerings available to glimpse, and it's rock-solid proof of their prize-winning deservedness.

Alice Boman

Sweden's Alice Boman is perhaps one of the most pscyhe-crippling songwriters of the modern era, proving her immense capacity for devastation in mere minutes and skeletal ditties. Her recent EPs have been drenched in affecting piano motifs, the subtle chill of haunting voice, and a concrete grasp of the way emotion, melody and harmony work in unison. Boman's not keen on indulgent compositions, preferring basic textures and simplicity to a Niagara-esque deluge of complex fiddly-diddly bits. The result means that her efforts, like 'Red Eyes', 'Over' and 'What', are bold escapades into sore-nerve arenas. Go. Watch. Cry.


Cornwall's Hockeysmith siblings have been ones to watch for a considerable amount of time, and their recent But Blood EP does little to dissuade that theory. Melding techno, shoegaze, dreampop and electronica, the duo - comprising Anna and Georgie Hockeysmith - have lurched into the public consciousness with bullwhip-crack vitality, the smooth, amorphous blobbery of droning electro, and more musical layers than a sonic tiramisu. Waves of synthesiser and guitar noise wash through spinal beats; the occasional flurry of ethereal vocals hurtle though highways of brittle post-pop. The depth offered by Hockeysmith is expansive, and their fusion of shoegaze/techno/pop-rock is an exciting flavour in a musical landscape flooded with 'fuzzy' bands.

Jungle By Night

Having absolutely zilch to do with the London buzz-duo, Dutch nontet (is that a word?) Jungle By Night draw from their wealth of influences to craft a surprisingly frenetic brand of Afrobeat and jazz. "School, family and street bonds" have glued the nine Amsterdam youths together, but a love of disparate musical styles - psych-rock, hip-hop, African folk, spaced-out funk et al. - has been what's put them on the map. They've gone from strength to strength off the back off two lauded albums (and a barrowload of passion), and attracted the attention of continent-wide festivals; perhaps more crucially, they've also gained the respect of Seun Kuti and Tony Allen.

Make sure you head to The 405's Green Man hub for all the latest previews, reviews and features from this year's event.