The Green Man Festival 2012

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The Green Man Festival 2012

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2012
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales, NP8 1LP, Wales MAP
£145 adult weekend ticket
Daily capacity: 10,000
Last updated: Tue 7th Aug 2012

A four day event with three days of music and more than 100 acts playing indie, psychedelia, Americana, and folk across 5 stages, while DJs playing everything from psychedlia, dub-reggae, modern electro and stoner rock right through the night.

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This folk-tinged event, in its tenth year, takes place at Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales. The dates for The Green Man Festival 2012 are from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August. The festival offers live music with lots of folk and folktronica bands, plus film, literature, workshop and children's areas, and DJs.


The Friday headliner is Mogwai, with Van Morrisson headlining the Saturday, and Feist headlining Sunday. Other confirmed acts include Metronomy, Dexys, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lower Dens, King Charles, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks making a UK exclusive festival appearance, tUne-yArDs, Of Montreal, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Michael Kiwanuka, Field Music, Friends, CW Stoneking, Willy Mason, Three Trapped Tigers, Trembling Bells, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Bees, The Staves, AHAB, Toy, Gang Colours, Pictish Trail, Cold Specks, Cate le Bon, Withered Hand, Paul Thomas Saunders, Crybaby, Stuff, Steve Smyth, Laura J Martin, Stealing Sheep, Treetop Flyers, Seamus Fogarty, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Hidden Orchestra, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, King Porter Stomp, Nuala Honan, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Rodney Branigan, Sheelanagig, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Tako Lako, The Urban Folk Quartet, and Yes Sir Boss.

More acts are yet to be announced. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Literature Tent The line-up of authors, poets, comics and commentators includes Linton Kwesi Johnson, Barney Hoskyns on Led Zeppelin, The Mojo Interview: Live!, Leanne Wood in conversation with Rachel Trezise, Luke Wright, Gareth Potter, James Fearnley, John Peel's Shed by John Osborne, Jim Bob, Robin Ince, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Richard King, Stella Duffy, and The Story of Wales With Jon Gower.


Tickets are on sale priced at £145 for adults, £125 for students, £75 for teenagers, and £5 for children aged 5 and under. A live-in vehicle ticket will be priced at £60, and holiday tickets (bought in addition to a weekend ticket, allowing camping at Glanusk Park from Monday 13th August for 3 days before the festival opens) will be priced at £40. A resident day ticket will be priced at £50.

To buy tickets, click here.

To minimise traffic congestion, any vehicle using any of the three main car parks (General, Family and Holiday Camping) at Green Man 2012 will need a £5 parking ticket. Be warned, there are a very limited number of tickets available for the Family Camping car parking.

Coach travel

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As well as the music there will be art installations, literature and film tents, Welsh poetry, art and music, ceilidhs, poetry, theatre, science, comedy, Nature and Nurture massage area, a daily dusk till dawn bonfire, impromptu jamming sessions, and food stalls offering a wide range of cuisine most of which is locally sourced and organic. The festival also has an array of quirky bars dotted around the site with the a 24 hour drinks licence, serving everything from real ale and cider, wine, to hot toddies, and cocktails.

Kids area

FutureGenerations (formerly the Kids Area) is Green Man's all-new adult-freeadventure zone, exclusively designed for young people of all shapes andsizes under the age of 18 - from toddlers to teens and everyone in between across six activity areas. Offering a chance to join the circus, learn to DJ, be part of a film crew, create amazinganimations, make monster hand puppets or hone music productionskills using the very latest computer software.

There will be a line-up of live music showcasing the UK's best young hip hop, indie, grime, pop and rap acts, courtesy of Bristolyouth project New Generation Takeover.

There's a fancy dress fantasy world with professional costume makers and make-up artists, a chance to have your picture taken inside CamperObscura, paint your whole body and be a walking talking lizard or pirate, Take part in drama classes, make fancy dress masterpieces, learn circus skills and find the hidden performer inside.

There's also a Create Tent, Eco Tent, Media Tent, Sun Stage, plus Inflatables, Giant Buckaroo, swing boats, a maze,Gladiators, assault course, trampolines, football skills arena, GiantMouse Trap, giant dragon walkabout, the Future Generations library and more.

Einstein's Garden

Experience the wonders of science and nature in the 'Energy' themed Einstein's Garden including Orlando Seale & The Swell's Off-Grid Orchestra,; Emperor Yes A new project from Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers), Ash Gardner (House of Strange) and Hugo Sheppard (Summer Camp); Glis Glis probably the most academic band in history with neuroscientist Obaro (drums), medical doctor Brian (guitars and vocals) and PhD student Suzi (keyboards and vocals); the physiology and sports engineering with Science Junkie & BBC Science Presenter Greg Foot and GB Cycling Team sports scientist Professor Steve Haake; Mogees contact microphones interactive installation; Oliver Meech's When Magic & Science Collide; Robin Ince collaborates with scientists, musicians and comedians in cabaret-style science/comedy events; BBC Demo Developer Fran Scott's Science Misadventures cebrate demonstrations; Scientists Crafternoon Tea Party with OKIDO and Science London; and find out about the undead in Zombie Science.

Rosie Wilby reprises her Fringe Report award winning show investigating the science of attraction, sexual chemistry and sexual identity in the Omni Tent.

Green issues

The festival is keen to support the environment so they are introducing a greener way for everyone to travel to and from the festival. The 'Green Bus' will travel right into the festival site from most City destinations. Plus there is a free shuttle bus service from Abergevanny Train Station to and from the festival site for all festival goers coming by train.

Green Poll

Green Man has an annual search for a band to open the festival - Green Poll. Any band can register and the public vote for the bands they like. Top bands then go through to a live final in Camden, London where the judges choose the band to open the festival.

More information will be here when available.

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