Green Man Festival- 21/22/23 August 2009
Brecon Beacons, Wales
In its seventh year the little festival that could sees its capacity further increased, its site extended and the reach of its musical scope broadened, pushing past the boundaries of what you might broadly call ‘folk’ to offer a festival-going experience genuinely unlike any other. Plus it doesn’t rain as much as it normally does.
Before getting to the talent it’s worth noting that, music aside, the main draw here is the festival’s idyllic country setting, unbelievably helpful staff and, without wanting to sound like a tree hugging bitch, the incredible sense of joyous community that infects the atmosphere throughout.
This, then, is the antithesis of the corporate violence-fests of Reading/Leeds and more importantly the date-coinciding, ‘V’, or ‘Virgin Media Sales Conference Middle Management Coffee Table Car Park-Fest’ as we call it round our ends.
No branding, no sponsorship and no hard sell – the only ads in sight are those for festival partner MIND, the mental health charity.
It’s essentially a blissful experience and one organisers Jo and Danny should be immensely proud of.
And so to the rock and indeed roll: