1. MORE GREAT BANDS!
The Tallest Man On Earth were absolutely phenomenal at Green Man 2010 so it gives us great pleasure to welcome them back this year! Keep an eye out for their new album 'There's No Leaving No' that's due to be released in June.
Good times are guaranteed as The Bees, one of Britain’s best bands, bring their gigantic tunes to the Black Mountains.
With unique vocals and haunting melodies that are capable of plunging an audience into awed silence, The Staves are fast becoming a must-see act in 2012
Also confirmed for this year’s festival are…
AHAB – John Leckie-produced alternative country/folk five-piece from London.
Pen Pastwn – Acoustic Welsh loveliness from former Gorky’s man Richard James.
David McCaffrey – Startlingly mature 17-year-old singer/songwriter from York.
One Sixth Of Tommy – Prodigiously young all-girl trio with luscious harmonies.
Full line-up so far: Van Morrison / Feist / The Walkmen / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / The Tallest Man On Earth / Jonathan Richman / tUnE-yArDs / of Montreal / Michael Kiwanuka / Yann Tiersen / The Felice Brothers / King Creosote & Jon Hopkins / The Bees / Scritti Politti / Junior Boys / Time & Space Machine / Damien Jurado / Field Music / C.W. Stoneking / Friends / Bowerbirds / Ghostpoet / Slow Club / Cass McCombs / Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny / Dark Dark Dark / Three Trapped Tigers / Willy Mason / Daughter / Trembling Bells / Joe Pug / Lucy Rose / Peaking Lights / Islet / Megafaun / Cashier No.9 / TOY / ∆ Alt-J / The Wave Pictures / Kwes / The Staves / Steve Smyth / Laura J Martin / Jamie N Commons / Gang Colours / Stealing Sheep / Vadoinmessico / Rocketnumbernine / Psychemagik (DJ set) / The Pictish Trail / Teeth of the Sea / Treetop Flyers / Richard Norris (DJ set) / Sweet Baboo / Tiny Ruins / Ahab / Pen Pastwn / Mowbird / Seamus Fogerty / RM Hubbert / Pete Paphides – Vinyl Revival / Richard Warren / The Perch Creek Family Jug Band / No Thee No Ess / Goodnight Lenin / Chailo Sim / Georgia Ruth / David McCaffrey / Alaska / Joanna Gruesome / Sen Segur / Greta Isaac / One Sixth Of Tommy
2. THE MIND-BOGGLING EINSTEIN’S GARDEN!
You won’t find anything quite like Einstein’s Garden at any other UK festival!
Fire your imagination and cultivate your curiosity with over 60 eye-opening performances fusing science and nature in a fun and informative way. We’ve got three packed stages of theatre, music, art and crafts – here’s just a smidgeon:
Simon Watt: Dissections Uncut – Channel 4′s “Inside Nature’s Giants” gets under the skin of massive animals (including an elephant, a giraffe and a whale) to figure out what makes them tick. Join presenter Simon Watt to take a look at some of the fascinating science that didn’t make the final cut.
Rosie Wilby: The Science Of Sex – Rosie Wilby reprises her Fringe Report award winning show investigating the science of attraction, sexual chemistry and sexual identity
MJ Hibbett & the Validators: Dinosaur Planet – science fiction rock opera "Dinosaur Planet" that tells you exactly what happened when the Dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago… and why they've now returned. It features songs, jokes, giant robots, explosions, the hornpipe, and the total obliteration of Peterborough.
Lori Campbell – glorious singer-songwriter who has taken her guitar and her songs about pigeons, rainbows, the English Riviera and such like on the road to support Ben Howard, Seasick Steve and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
Bronze Medallists – The North London-based four-piece formed two years, their multi-layered twisted pop songs have been championed by the likes of John Kennedy and Bethan Elfyn. The band are currently working on 'Hippodomania' an ambitious four-track concept EP about mankind's yearning for chaos and order at once, named after Hippodamus, the progenitor of modern town planning.
Bright Club – a comedy event, starring real scientists involving a cast of professional comedians and specially-trained scientists that will leave you knowing more about everything!
A Supercollider For The Family – described by The Times as “the world’s best feel-good movie that never got made” and “the beautiful funny child of Wim Wenders and Thomas Pynchon”, Ben Moor’s revived solo show from 1997 mixes particle physics with romance in an absorbing tale of tightrope walking,
international espionage and ludicrous puns. Traversing the world, the subatomic landscape and the geography of the heart, this is a story like no other. As a treat for Green Man, the original score will be played live by members of Suns of the Tundra.
3. THE MIGHTY CHAI WALLAHS!
Green Man just wouldn’t be the same without our party-hard partners-in-crime Chai Wallahs! Kick back or freak out in a giant Bedouin marquee serving a feast of food and drink, as over 40 bands and DJs play the very best in reggae, rap, blues, jazz, hip hop, dub and dance daily until 5am. Here’s a tantalising taster:
Yes Sir Boss – A truly original, distinct and indefinable sound that has elements of everything from a brooding Balkan blues band to a horn injected indie rock outfit
Gabby Young & Other Animals – Young uses her stunning voice and global influences to fuel her beautifully haunting songs.
Dizraeli & The Small Gods – Fusing harmony singing, turntablism, heavy beats and delicate instrumentation to create a melodic, unashamedly heartfelt reinvention of hiphop
Urban Folk Orchestra – Electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the European folk scene by storm
Hidden Orchestra – two live drummers, organic samples and deep dub basslines
Nuru Kane – Foot-stomping Afrobeat dance party from Senegal via Paris
Tako Lako – Psychedelic Balkan beat and gypsy trash tunes from Copenhagen
Chai Wallahs line-up so far: Cate Ferris / Cheeba / Cocos Lovers / Dizraeli and the Small Gods / Dom James and His Dixie Ticklers / Gabby Young and Other Animals / Hidden Orchestra / Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate / King Porter Stomp / Lund Quartet / Mankala / Nuala Honan / Nuru Kane / Parker / Pat Dam Smyth / Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin / Rodney Branigan / Sheelanagig / Smerins Anti Social Club / Tako Lako / The Urban Folk Quartet / Yes Sir Boss + more tbc soon!