Green Man opts for an eclectic electric line-up for the 20th festival
Wales’ biggest music festival – Green Man – has announced that German electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk will descend the Autobahn into the foothills of the Black Mountains.
They will join electro-pop collective Metronomy, electronic DJ duo Bicep, Baltimore Beach House dream popsters and Brit Award winning and British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka as headliners for the 20th anniversary festival. already sold out birthday party, which takes place at Glanusk Estate near Crickhowell from Thursday to Sunday, 18th to 21st August.
The event, which has so far announced 70 bands, has just been nominated for ‘Best Festival in the World’ and ‘Best Festival in the UK’ at the annual NME awards.
And festival spokeswoman Fiona Stewart said: “We are delighted with Green Man’s 20th birthday, and we plan to celebrate his big birthday with many wonderful surprises and the best party ever!”
Kraftwerk have had a huge influence on modern pop music over their 53-year career, with songs like Autobahn, Tour de France, The Model, Computer Love, The Robots and Trans-Europe Express, and this will be their very first appearance at Green Man
Devon’s Metronomy will present their seventh album, Small World, this month, while electro duo Bicep will keep the beat going after rave reviews for 2021 album Isles.
American duo Beach House will also bathe the Usk Valley with ethereal dream pop, including songs from their new record Once Twice Melody,
And Michael Kiwanuka returns to the festival after his first appearance 11 years ago, bringing songs from his hit albums Home Again, Love & Hate and Kiwanuka.
With 10 individual zones, the festival includes art installations, a beer and cider tent with local brews, a mini-beast-themed discovery and exploration zone for children, and a relaxation and entertainment area. workshop for teenagers.
More music, science, film, comedy and literature lineups will be revealed soon.
Welsh artists playing at this year’s festival include Adam Walton, Huw Stephens, Melin Melyn, Adwaith and local singer Ailsa Tully.
Other artists already booked include New York band Parquet Courts, slowcore band Hey What Low, raucous rock ‘n’ rollers Ty Segall & Freedom Band, pop art Ezra Furman and indie cult hero Alex G.
Senegalese dance group Orchestra Baobab will also visit the Usk Valley, along with Swedish post-punk electro band Viagra Boys, Grammy-nominated Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab, Nigerian Tuareg, songwriter and musician Mdou Moctar, and Zambian Zamrock band Witch.
For more information, visit www.greenman.net