August’s Guest Picks come from Adam Stewart, giving us the best of Green Man Festival
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Mountain Stage – Friday
Where to even begin with these Ozzies? They’ve built a discography to match the length of that name; we’ve actually lost count of the amount of albums they released in 2017 alone. The Gizz certainly aren’t a band you casually listen to either, they’re a completely immersive, sensory overload that just propels energy into listeners – even more so at their live shows, it’s truly infectious stuff! You can’t really pin them down to one particular genre and shape-shifting their way through psychedelia, acid jazz, folk, heavy riffs, progressive rock has quite rightly garnered wave upon wave of loyal followers.
They first played Green Man in 2016, on the Far Out stage. It was a blistering, belter of a performance which is why two short years later, they’re back – this time headlining our Mountain (main) Stage. It’s their first headline slot at a European festival, so we couldn’t be more chuffed to be part of The Gizz’s trajectory to the top. With the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, their mind-boggling melodies and ridiculous riffs, this’ll definitely be one to remember. Get to the front and prepare to succumb to the spell of King Gizz!
Cate Le Bon
Mountain Stage – Saturday
Our very own Welsh queen, Cate Le Bon will always have a home at Green Man, even if she has upped-sticks and moved to the sunny streets of LA. Having this effortless ability to merge rippling guitar-pop with a post-punk edge, the subject matter may be varied, but the result is nothing short of wonderful. Expect to be absorbed into her atmospheric world of lush strings and strange lyrics. This’ll be her only festival appearance in 2018, so be sure to come and gawp at one almighty talent.
Mountain Stage – Friday / Rising Stage – Sunday
Park Motive are an enigmatic five-piece hailing from Bristol. They fought off nearly a thousand bands to win our annual Green Man Rising competition, which is judged by the likes of the NME, MOJO and Moshi Moshi Records.
It all means that they open our main stage on Friday. Inspired by jazz-fusion harmonies and Brazilian rhythms, expect a healthy dose of melodic, house-infused earworms, with a sprinkling of synth-pop. And if your ears are suitably delighted after their first performance, they’ll also be playing the Rising Stage as well. Win, win.
This year’s Green Man Festival takes place in the majestic (and nearby) Brecon Beacons between 16th and 19th August.