Green Man is one of those festivals that delivers a great line-up every single year, and of course, 2017 is no different. There’s a huge variation of brilliant indie and intriguing pop in the Brecon Beacons this year, including our top five recommendations below.
One of the most unique and captivating voices in music, Angel Olsen is a must-see at this year’s Green Man. Having always been seen as a vulnerable, sensitive singer-songwriter, the typecast was ripped up and thrown away with last year’s My Woman. With the addition of this new truer-to-self collection of synthier, heavier and more enjoyable songs, it’ll be hard to find a more complete or enchanting set at a festival this year.
If you’re after catchy, poppy and exciting indie, honestly, look no further than this trio. With their dreamy guitar riffs and infectious melodies, these Brooklyners have supported the likes of DIIV and The Vaccines and are the perfect choice for one of the best small festivals in Britain.
Like Angel Olsen, her voice is often the initial draw, but listen closer and you’ll hear incredible songwriting, passion and creativity. Though you might not expect it, the classically trained singer was first inspired by Britney Spears to pursue her passion of singing, with Avril Lavigne helping to add a little character. The result, strangely, is Don’t Let The Kids Win, a beautifully sublime record about growing, after growing up.
The otherworldly sounds of Doomsquad are, to be honest, barely comparable to any acts on the bill, or that many bands around today either. Their gloomy electronic soundscapes are like a really dark Grimes B-side, or slightly less creepy CocoRosie song, but with lots and lots of echo. Their songs titles, like ‘Solar Ass’ and ‘Pyramids on Mars’, are just a hint of the weirdness in their songs, but that’s not to trivialise them, they’re also fantastic songwriters and performers.
The wonderful surf pop of The Orielles is full of optimism, playfulness and energy. Its more Mac Demarco than The Beach Boys, with its carefree summery escapism. With songs like ‘Joey Says We Got It’ and ‘Hindering Waves’ bringing endless sunshine to your their listeners, it might be worth picking up their brilliant EP Jobim on flexizine (a flexidisc with a zine!).