The Green Man Festival 2015

The Green Man Festival 2015 - around the festival site
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The Green Man Festival 2015

Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August 2015
Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, NP8 1LP, Wales MAP
£165 adult weekend ticket - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 10,000
Last updated: Mon 20th Jul 2015

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 13th year, takes place at Glanusk Park, Usk Valley, Powys, Wales. The dates for The Green Man Festival 2015 are from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August. The festival offers live music with lots of folk and folktronica bands, plus film, literature, workshop and children's areas, and DJs.


In total expect  over 400 live performances across 17 stages.

Latest additions include Thursday headliner Leftfield, plus Palace, Bill Ryder Jones, Boxed In, Stealing Sheep, Sweet Baboo, Hunck, and more.

Headliners St Vincent, Super Furry Animals, and Hot Chip are joined by Goat, Calexico, Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Father John Misty, Mew, The Staves, Sun Ra Arkestra, Courtney Barnett, The Fall, Shovels & Rope, The Wave Pictures, and Hookworms.

Also confirmed are Slowdive, Television playing their seminal 1977 album ‘Marquee Moon’, Public Service Broadcasting, Jamie XX, Temples, The Leisure Society, Marika Hackman, Dan Deacon, White Fence, Natalie Prass, Sturgill Simpson, The Pictish Trail, Sweet Baboo, Emmy the Great, Peter Broderick, This Is The Kit, Kiran Leonard, The 2 Bears, Ultimate Painting, H.Hawkline, Zefur Wolves, Strand of Oaks, Hooton Tennis Club, The Drink, Meilyr Jones, and Alex Burey.

The line-up also includes Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?, Villagers, Patrick Watson, The Antlers, Teleman, All We Are, Meic Stevens, Black Yaya, Tom Robinson, Midland, Colorama, C Duncan, LandShapes, Hannah Lou Clark, Rozi Plain, Vok, Aurora, Anna B Savage, Deep Throat Choir, Benedict Benjamin, Declan McKenna, and more.

The comedy line-up features Rob Newman, Sara Pascoe, Rob Deering, Adam Buxton, Clint Edwards, David Kay, Marcel Lucont, Henry Paker, Gareth Brand, Charlie Webster, Jay Cowle, Frank Foucault, Patrick Turpin, Nell Frizzell, Grainne McGuire, Ted Shiress, Suzi Ruffell, Holly Walsh, Gavin Osborn, Elis James, Matt Rees, Mike Bubbins, Knightmare Live, Beat This, Dan Atkinson Dan Nightingale, Harriet Dyer, Sally-Ann Hayward, Stuart Laws, Tom Craine, Gareth Richards, Mark Olver, and Josh Howie.

For the line-up details as available see The Green Man Festival line-up page.


Tickets sold out in the beginning of June. An adult weekend ticket was priced at £165 for adults, £140 for students, £100 for teenagers (aged 13 to 17 years), and £15 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 £70 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 £210, a Student Settler's Pass £185, Teen Settler's Pass £145, Child Settler's Pass £15, and Infant Settler's Pass is free. A live-in vehicle ticket is priced at £70 and a car park pass is £10 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.


The cinema programme at the 24-hour Cinedrome includes Inherent Vice, While We’re Young, Pride, Under Milk Wood, The Lodger (sound-tracked by Minima), Road House, The Duke of Burgundy, Paddington, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Iron Giant, and Drifters, and The Holy Mountain (both with a score performed by Asteroid Deluxe).

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's theme is 'The Future'.

The full list of acts in the garden include: The Science of Star Wars, Life On Mars, Chagall and Adam Stark, Bright Club, David Fisher, Particles, My Other Future, The Mad Hacker's Tea Party, Science Ceilidh, Edd Keene, Minima, Nick Edward Harris, Patch & The Giant, Poco Drom, Rosie Wilby, Science Made Simple, Wildlife Walks, Solarference.

From food pop and dinosaur songs to stories for strangers and squirrels, there's fun for everyone, big or small, in Einstein's Garden. Author Emily Dodd will take festival goers on a journey through the forest with Can’t-Dance-Cameron and Hazel Nut the red squirrel. Plus Chris and the Celeriac an attempted boy band with two members, one of which is a root vegetable, hoping to make 'Food Pop' the next 'big thing' in music. Attendees can look at the world through another lens and make unexpected connections with Stories for Strangers, or relive tales of revenge, lost love and witch-hunts with Bristol's The Minke Whales, experience Ben Mellor’s slam poetry or join Emma Hooper – Waitress for the Bees - and make a riotous noise about dinosaurs and insects. Just some of the offerings scientists and artists are offering over their weekend's weird journey of discovery.

The full list of acts includes: A Trip to Mars, Bug Picnic, Clayton Blizzard, Confessions of a Nearly Divorced Woman, Death Cafe, Galapagos Finch, Jonny Berliner, Level Up Human, Lori Campbell, Magical Mystery Draw, Party Animals, Plastic Fantastic, Taxidermy, The Golden Cowpat, The Human Library, The Wunderkammer.

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!

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. The stage will host Gruff and Guto from Super Furry Animals with Gwenno Saunders in conversation about the bands’ illustrious career. Pete Fowler and Ric Rawlins discuss 'Monsterism, there's a Pride and the Miner’s Strike panel discussion with Sian James MP, Dawn Foster and Dr. Emma Jackson. Mark E. Smith in conversation, Richard King discusses his new book, and Owen Sheers reads excerpts from 'I Saw A Man'.

Plus Pop Quiz with Pete Paphides and Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne, Matt Sewell (Bird Spotting and Jotting), Croydon Till I Die (with Bob Stanley, Andy Miller and John Grindrod), Mick Houghton (The Biography of Sandy Denny with Jude Rogers), Wyndham Wallace (The World Of Lee Hazlewood),  Andy Miller (The Year of Reading Dangerously), Steven Machat (Sacred Knowledge), Tom Cox, A.W. Wilde, Will Burns, Ghost Box DJs and Rob Chapman (Psychedelia And Other Colours).

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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