• Andrew Barrell

The Green Man!

Updated: May 22, 2020

Only 15 miles down the road from my hometown, situated in the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park, the Glanusk Estate attracts visitors from all over the country. But for one weekend in August the peaceful landscapes become a thriving hub of sound as it welcomes the Indie music world. 2019 was my first time at Green Man and as a rookie festival goer I wasn't sure what to expect. Upon arrival I soon realised it was something completely unique. After collecting my credentials and heading through the festival site it was apparent that this was a festival that catered for everyone. The diversity in age and backgrounds made it clear that this was about bringing people together and celebrating their collective love for Indie Music.

There was one aspect of the festival in particular that drew in the crowds. The Village Circus group travel the country during the summer attending many different music festivals and in 2019 they stopped off at Green Man. Hosted from a vintage rustic shack turned DJ booth, the crazy characters of the Village Circus invite you to join in with their family friendly games on a massive scale! Whether it was 200 festival goers playing musical benches or a 1 vs 1 dance off in front of hundreds, both players and spectators were in for a treat. As for the winner, well they would receive a money can't buy prize. To sit on the ultimate throne (A camping chair) and be paraded around above the heads of everyone else basking in their new found glory.

The festival itself had encouraged me to abandon my musical comfort zone and listen to the work out there. This was helped by speaking to acts between there interviews in the press tent whilst I worked on editing the days images. I was able to listen to their stories behind their sounds. After chatting to some, I felt the urge to discover these different genres and listen to music I never thought I'd come across. Bands such as Ezra Collective and Maribou State to name but a few. Obviously after spending three days at Green Man I did have a few favourite acts and they left a great lasting Impression. Below are a selection of images from their performances.

"Happy Birthday Bro!"

Ezra Collective on the Far Out stage.

Buck Meek of Big Thief performing on the Main Stage.

Lee Kiernan of Idles surfing on top of the crowd.

Jeff "The Chet" Lyster of Eels playing to a full house in the welsh sunshine.

So after 3 days of amazing music and below average dieting my first Green Man had come to a close. The festival was to end with an explosion of light in a mesmerising and well executed firework display accompanied by the burning of the green man, a ritual performed each year to signal the end of the weekend until next time.

Photographs: Andrew Barrell Photographer

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