The Green Man Festival 2014

The Green Man Festival 2014 - around the festival site
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The Green Man Festival 2014

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August 2014
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, NP8 1LP, Wales MAP
£159 adult weekend ticket + booking fees
Daily capacity: 10,000
Last updated: Mon 28th Jul 2014

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.

This folk-tinged event, in its 12th year, takes place at Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales. The dates for The Green Man Festival 2014 are from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August. The festival offers live music with lots of folk and folktronica bands, plus film, literature, workshop and children's areas, and DJs.


Headliners Mercury Rev perfroming Deserter’s Songs, Beirut, and Neutral Milk Hotel, plus First Aid Kit, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Daughter, Polica, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Jeffrey Lewis, I Break Horses, Tunng, Toy, Lanterns on the Lake, Ry X, Fat White Family, Speedy Ortiz, William Tyler, Frank Fairfield, Georgia Ruth, All We Are, Happyness, Plank!, Michael Chapman, Eaves, Sons of Noel & Adrian, Bill Callahan, Caribou, Real Estate, Mac Demarco, and Hamilton Leithauser.

Plus Augustines, Ben UFO, Ought, The Pooh Sticks, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and H.Hawkline, The War on Drugs, The Waterboys, Neko Case, Panda Bear, Other Lives, Sun Kil Moon/Mark Kozelek, Jonathan Wilson, The 2 Bears, Mutual Benefit, Stanley Brinks, Womans Hour, Zachary Cale, Gareth Bonello, Reeps One, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz , Syd Arthur, Jungle by Night, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Dizraeli & Downlow, Hermigervill, Tako Lako, Martha Tilston, By The Rivers, John Langan, Sam Green & The Midnight Heist, The Allergies, The Drop, Big Swing Sound System, Marc O'Reilly, John Hendicott, Sheelanagig, The Urban Folk Quartet, The Melodic, Manu Delago Handmade, The Hot Sprockets, Talisman, The Intermission Project, Kathrin De Boer, Typesun, Will Varley, Bristol Afrobeat Project, Ergo Schmidt, and Count Bobo, My Sad Captains, Farao, Highasakite, Famy, and more.

The line-up of comedians includes Josh Widdicombe, Pappy's, Joe Lycett, Jo Neary, Holly Burn, Gareth Brand, and Gavin Osborn.

In total expect  over 400 live performances across 17 stages. For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available click here.


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An adult weekend ticket is priced at £159 for adults, £135 for students, £85 for teenagers (aged 13 to 17 years), and £5 for children aged 5 to 12 years, infants and 4 and under can attend free, but need a ticket. A live-in vehicle ticket is priced at £60 and a car park pass is £5 for the weekend. Prices do not include booking fees.

Organisers have also introduced a Settler's Pass, an all-in-one holiday and festival ticket, offering seven days of camping AND entry to the festival fat the following, all-inclusive prices:

An Adult Settler's Pass is priced at £185, a Student Settler's Pass £199, Teen Settler's Pass £125, Child Settler's Pass £5, and Infant Settler's Pass is free. A live-in vehicle ticket is priced at £70 and a car park pass is £5 for the weekend.


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.

NoFit State Circus will bring performance installation Open House to the festival. And the National Theatre Wales bring a unique signature performance 'Green Man // Red Woman', created by Welsh artist Gerald Tyler, inspired by the pagan energy that flows through the festival site. The story will unfold over the four days of the festival, culminating in a Sunday afternoon ceremony. Green Man // Red Woman promises to be touching, funny and just a little bit creepy.

Kids area

FutureGenerations (formerly the Kids Area) is exclusively designed for young people of all shapes and sizes 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 production skills using the very latest computer software.

The event also has 'Little Folk' for tiny tots to 12 year-olds with circus skills, a making things tent, fancy dress and musical storytelling. It is transformed into a magical wonderland where your small ones can make friends with the Mad Hatter and his chums.

In the mysterious wonderland there will be a musical playground of the Soundgarden, a chance to learn circus skills with The Flying Seagulls, cycle to listen to 'Patch & The Giant' on the Pedal Power Stage, get arty with Acorn Animations, make amazing shadow puppets with the wonderful Mr Wolf Collective, and joined the Madhatter's Tea Party for a spectacular finale to a fun-packed family weekend.

Einstein's Garden

Experience the wonders of science and nature in the 'science' themed Einstein's Garden.The area is home this year to over 100 performances, from live comedy, music and theatre to walks, talks and interactive installations across three sustainably powered stages - The Solar Stage (sun), The Workshop Dome (pedal) and The Omni Tent (hydrogen fuel cell). 

This year there's the chance to hear the story of climate change with Change Ringing, improve your balance with The Slackline School, support nature's less fortunate with the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, take part in three dimensional games with The Apple Cart and indulge your ears with “freak-folk” innovator Seth Faergolzia.

Teen area

'Somewhere' is an exclusive multimedia adventure zone for teenagers open until 10pm every night with activities, arts, dance, music and film just for teens with music video making, juggling, light graffiti, scriptwriting, sorb football and even sock wrestling!

Teens can watch live bands on the Green Cloud Stage, direct a music video with Newport Film School, make some beats in percussion and dance workshops from Samba Galez, jam it out with Access 2 Music, hone photo and film skills in the incredible Fotonow Media Dome and battle it out in the Great Green Man Sock Wrestling Challenge 2014.

Talking Shop stage

Green Man's new spoken word and literature stage is located in the 'Babbling Tongues' area and will be home to a line-up of authors, musicians, poets and playwrights including Viv Albertine, Patrick Keiller, Scritti Politti singer Green Gartside, Howard Marks, Peter Howell (BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Matt Sewell, Owen Hatherley, Bob Stanley and Pete Paphides bring you the Pop Quiz to end all pop quizzes, Pete Brown matches Green Man booze with Green Man bands, Will Hodgkinson reads from his family memoir, author Andy Miller invites you to Read Y’self Fitter, cultural critics Agata Pyzik and Alex Niven in conversation and JP Bean reading from Singing From The Floor.

Last Laugh stage

Green Man's comedy stage is also located in the 'Babbling Tongues' area.

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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