Green Man is becoming less a folk festival and more a family festival

The Green Man Festival 2010 review

published: Wed 25th Aug 2010

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Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd August 2010
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales, NP8 1LP, Wales MAP
£120 adult weekend ticket - SOLD OUT
last updated: Mon 12th Jul 2010

Sunday afternoon saw one the biggest daytime crowd of the weekend for kooky popster Darwin Deez. With his OkGo! styled dance routines in between songs everybody goes crazy for Deez, which is quite a feat for the New York City man considering he really only has one decent song, 'Radar Detector', which he inevitably leaves to last. Great fun, great energy, but rubbish songs.

Alasdair Roberts takes things down a peg or twelve before time for "Britain's best band" as exclaimed by some of the audience members for the Sunderland band Field Music. The Brewis brothers have, quite frankly, the best ears for a melody in Britain and somewhere in a parallel universe would be the world's biggest band. They are known for having off days, but today they were certainly 'on', knocking out should-have-been hits from all three of their stunning albums. V Festival, you can keep your dreary Kings of Leon, Stereophonics and Kasabian, we have Field Music, and we love them.

Laura Marling
Laura Marling brings her beautiful, yet haunting, folk songs to the Main Stage next. Spoilt slightly by the kids playing football next to the main stage, Marling has developed a stronger voice and confidence since I last saw her live and it has only gone to add more power and emotion to her performance, as it should for a 20 year old that now has two Mercury Music Prize nominations for both of her released albums. 'Alas, I Cannot Swim' was a highlight, as were her whistling skills.

After Marling it was time to visit parts of the festival that can make every single Green Man attendee's experience completely unique. From the relaxed vibes of the Chai Wallah tent, to cutting edge comedy from the likes of Josie Long, and Milton Jones, to literature, poetry and film in a variety of venues around the site, and let's not forget the Kids Area featuring the great Sunday afternoon parade. Green Man is becoming less of a folk festival and more of a family festival and definitely has a little for everyone to make their weekend something special at a special festival.

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review by: Richard Stevens

photos by: Sarah Stevens

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd August 2010
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales, NP8 1LP, Wales MAP
£120 adult weekend ticket - SOLD OUT
last updated: Mon 12th Jul 2010


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