3 Feb 2015

Green Man Have SMASHED IT Again

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After a strong lineup last year that saw one of Neutral Milk Hotel's last ever UK show, as well as performances from Joanna Gruesome, Polica, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and TOY, last year's Green Man lineup may well have been the best of 2014. So their announcement this morning was inevitably one with the potential to be 2015's finest; and it might just be pretty close to that.

The top acts on the bill are quite conservative, but definitely solid choices; the beautifully diverse St Vincent (who headed up End Of The Road last year) is a safe choice headliner, but definitely a right one. As well as that, the electronica of Hot Chip, and Calexico too are good choices that don't quite excite but certainly don't disappoint.

The strongest act on the bill is the Swedish psychedelic enigma that are Goat; their easily danceable charismatic mix of psych, rock, and elements of music from all over the globe should stun. The idea of a ten thousand strong festival crowd bopping along to the grooves of Goathead and Bondye is just a brilliant prospect, to be honest.

Elsewhere, the lineup stuns still; The motherfucking Fall are playing a set, and even though they're about as un-festival as anything else in the world, you know that their set will at least be exciting. As is the way with The Fall, their set will either be the best of the weekend or the worst. As well as that, one of my absolute favourite bands, Hookworms; last year they were my favourite band at End Of The Road, and their support slot for the Slowdive show was incredible - in fact, they won 2014 as a band. Just won it. It was theirs.

Also you can't count out the amazing Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, who just debuted some amazing, amazing, amazing new material; a song called Pedestrian At Best. Mind you, everything else she's ever done has been amazing, but by the sounds of it she'll have some rockier stuff to blow the Brecon Beacons based crowd away.

Another couple of bands working on new material are The Wave Pictures and Waxahatchee; both of whom should have new albums to take to Green Man. The former, in particular, should be incredible - their song Pea Green Coat made it into our top 20 of last year, and that's gonna be on their album, so you know it'll be great.

With this first announcement, you know Green Man 2015 will be fantastic; tickets are on sale now, and if you love music it's almost 1,000,000% for you - and looking at some of the additions that happened later last year, you know that this is just going to be built on in a great, great way. And even if it isn't, you know they're not going to add Mumford and his bloody sons, so you're in the clear.