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too many kids and carrot cakes
there aren't many festivals where constant downpour doesn't take away from the good atmosphere. That's testament.
clever response ruined by inaccurate headliner claim
go to Greenman, its not just average middle class wankers. I know that probably doesn't fall into your view of things but tis the truth.
Sounds like it needs more rapists, chavs and bottle throwers like the other festivals.
but only expect to be woken by people coming back at 6am not kids getting up! Agreed-they were fookin everywhere
Guessing it was over subscribed cos I wasn't in it!
might have contributed towards my less than favourable view of the festival. Buy yeah, was a bit undewhelmed, its regarded so highly but just seemed to coast on its scenic location, end of the road put in loads more effort to make it special. Food was way overpriced, and they could have done something about some of the mud in key areas
but I'm waiting for someone who was there to talk about what happened.
it all was apart from when some festival dickhead stood on my hand
I got kicked in the face during Silver Columns. My main concern was that my face paint might be damaged. Luckily, it was seemingly indelible and survived the ordeal
Forgot to say
Great fun, a wonderful weekend! Still processing it and memories haven't quite sorted themselves in to an order yet but I do know I had a wonderful, chaotic, animalistic time.
in a couple of years this is one that's high up on the list to take 'em. Some festivals just will have loads of kids and this one of 'em.
And I thought it was amazing - as ever. The rain was pretty stinky, sure, but I can't remember it lashing down at any especially tragic moments (apart from on Friday, which was just unreal).
There weren't too many kids. Carrot Cake is awesome.
Amazing music too. Highlights: Fuck Buttons, Summer Camp, Flaming Lips, Joanna Newsom, Silver Columns, Bear In Heaven, DARWIN DEEZ (holy shit, the happiest thing I've ever seen in my life), Oddsac screening... probably more I've forgotten.
Green Man, despite this year's weather, remains the friendliest and most wonderful place on Earth as far as I'm concerned.
Flaming Lips were brilliant, These New Puritans and Laura Marling played blinders, and Fionn Regan is a lovely man.
10/10 for me too, despite the awful weather
I mean, it really, really gave it some welly when it rained but I was never cold - the temperature itself was totally pleasant and made being wet entirely bearable. And there were plenty of dry moments also! Sunday was mostly incredible.
Apart from the rain/mud, obviously, especially the really heavy stuff (during the Wave Pictures set, about midday Saturday). And I've had my fill of men in dresses. Highlights: FLips (even if they did make us work for the hits, seeing kids running off with balloons that were twice their size was fun), Wild Beasts, Islet, Steve Mason (Dry The Rain!), Smoke Fairies, Tindersticks, These New Puritans, Lone Wolf, Napoleon IIIrd, being approached by a man who thought this T-shirt design - http://www.concerttee.com/store/smallcatalog/pvt13k.jpg - was a socio-political artistic commentary.
There seemed to be a decidedly small amount of wankers which was refreshing. There are indeed a lot more kids at Green Man but they go to bed when night falls so that is no bad thing really.
Highights for me: Factory Floor (absolutely incredible set despite only getting a crowd of about 70 people), Fuck Buttons, Steve Mason, Wild Beasts, Alasdair Roberts, Besnard Lakes, Metronomy,
Dissapointments: Bear in Heaven, These New Putitans (the guy just CANNOT sing, Girls, Laura Marling (couldn't hear her from sitting beside the bins).
A very expensive weekend but just about worth it.
Highlights:- the Leonard Cohen film, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, Flaming Lips, Sam Amidon, These New Puritans, Tallest Man On Earth, Besnard Lakes, First Aid Kit, Fuck Buttons, John Cooper Clarke.
Great food (and not overpriced at all) and the friendliest of friendly people as always.
The only things they could've changed were to have planned for the mudbath a little better (the same areas get flooded every year), and mutilating Field Music & John Grant before they got anywhere near the stage. Fucking awful.
im sure there was price fixing going on, like they all met before hand and said 'right guys lets charge £6 for EVERYTHING'
Festival food has always been expensive, it's not like the organisers run the stalls themselves and it's the same people - Goan Fish Curry etc. - at all the festivals, £7 seems to be the standard price for a festival meal these days. At least at Green Man there was no checking for food and drink at the entrance which gives people a fair chance of saving money if they want to.
but it was more that all the food seemed fancy but alot of it was actually really bad, there weren't many simple cheaper options jacket potatoes burgers etc. other similar festivals i've been to have had a better variety of prices and some simpler choices. Here regardless of big meal or snack, it cost £6
I lost count of how many bacon rolls and hotdogs I bought off that Cwmdu school stall the last few years, they are amazing and the only ones still going when the DJs stop. There was fish and chips and the ubiquitous pieminister too. The lack of the kind of burger vans you get at V festival etc is one of the things most people love about festivals like Green Man and anyway those guys will routinely charge a fiver for their manky wares.
they not only serve nice food but provide somewhere under cover to sit down and eat it
I think i visited that stall five times over the weekend
their sound was terrible. awesome weekend however.
and the line-up on Sunday was much better than last year.
I think I met Andrew Hung and threatened him until he agreed to let me buy him a shot of tequila.
All the different food is more or less always all the same price, it is fairly blatant price-fixing, but it's not too bad if you go to the right places.
Bicycle-powered phonecharging was a waste of cycling, though.
I must have spent £20 in attempted phone charges at the cycle place, a few times it did nothing and they had stopped charging my phone before its alotted time, they seemed to be charging 20 phones and a record player off of three cycling kids, dunno if there was some eco message to it but it was not the time or place
My wife had to charge her iPhone a couple of times and they only charged her once.
when I went to pick it up they said 'sorry its only two thirds charged' and offered to charge it for longer, compared to the bike places 1% charge, only found them too late
I charged my phone and my camera battery a few times, helped with the cycling to do it, and it worked really well. I REALLY enjoyed that cycling, it was one of the most satisfying things in the world, I felt so invigorated after it - nothing like a bit of an endorphin fix to get you in the festival mood! I'm sorry yours didn't work as well, that's a shame.
We got one of those all week tickets so decided to bring the bikes, cycling to the supermarket in Abergavenny on Friday morning set me up nicely for the weekend. Bikes are the way to go at festivals.
I promise to go to my library and get out No Logo immediately. I was merely trying to point out that it was the kind of phone that eats batteries daily and is easier to type than 'generic smartphone'. If it is any consolation to you I have the most basic phone [manufacturer's name witheld] that money can buy and didn't need to charge it for the fortnight we were away in Wales.
seeing in Eastbourne on Friday. Just curious..
they were alright but he kinda reminded me of the guy from keane which made it hard to enjoy
even if the producer guy was a shameless self-publicist. Sadly I fear the question about what Cohen died of wasn't meant in jest.
Had a great weekend, wasn't fussed about the rain Friday or Saturday at all but somehow found it thoroughly depressing when it came back in force for Joanna Newsom's set, don't know why. Lineup wasn't as good as the last 2 by some measure but it did force me to make more of the extra-curricular stuff. The aforementioned Leonard Cohen film, Robin Ince, Rob Young/Alasdair Roberts and Andy Kershaw were all unexpected highlights. Flaming Lips were even better live than I remember from the Soft Bulletin days, it's amazing how they still captivated a mainstream audience despite a set almost entirely of Embryonic material.
Anyone bothered about the amount of kids at the festival might want to consider going to one outside of the school holidays - I hear End of the Road is also excellent. Or just go to Reading.
made my eyes wet.
I do know it was made of sheer brilliance.
Delicious, delicious, delicious chai
Ditto late night churros
Stumbling across the Boxettes halfway through their set when having a wander, and some sort of almost religious experience ensuing forthwith
Spending almost all weekend face painted as a fox
Meeting a guy with a fox hat and having much fox-related adventure
Discovering a pretend fox hunt going on and playing a lot of chase with the dogs from it
North African food
The Far Out tent on Sunday night instead of standing in the rain waiting for something I couldn't even see not start to burn (I hear it did in the end, but after half an hour of feeling very wet and very short I decided there was more fun for me to have elsewhere, and turned out to be right, fortunately)
Speaking in French a lot
Did not enjoy Flaming Lips as much as some people seem to have done
Losing my friends a lot and having to do stuff on my own (most of the time this was unimportant, but at times it was a slight bind)
Missing amazing Friday night DJ Yoda etc because all my friends insisted on going back to the tents
Spending about £100 more than I intended to
Being kicked in the face during Silver Columns (turned out to be not as disastrous for my precious face paint as I had feared)
I'm still not sure who wins in Festbattle 2010 between Indietracks and Green Man, the jury's out, but man that was great, and I'm going again next year without a doubt.
it seemed very off to me
was it culminated by the side of the main arena, and ten minutes later that New Orleans jazz band/caterpillar parade came through the same area, and both were during Field Music's set. Did the organisers think the Brewises were driving a particularly hard bargain?
highs: efterklang, fuck buttons, that sheesha kebab place.
lows: drinking from my mates piss bottle, batman and his 2 female friends who did not shut their fucking mouths all the way through efterklang.
Meeting my Cornish friend John Pegg at Plank! at the very outset of the festival, and finding he was as much impressed with them as I am.
Efterklang - I love how they look at you as if they actually do want to get to know you, and you are probably doing the same thing back. They made me so happy. I think, hope, we did the same. My hands hurt from the clapping.
Laura Marling - how she seems to look at YOU - a perfect set
I had reconciled myself to missing Joanna Newsom as I wanted and did see Metronomy (much fun) and then had to get my wellies and a waterproof from my car. En route I found a tree on the hill by the disabled car park from where I could hear and see her performance with crystal clarity. Lovely.
Darwin Deez - I was convinced to go check them out when I saw him in good company at Far Out stage. Their performance made it feel good to be alive - like a live performance of Glee. Then I saw Lone Wolf and recognised the hat on Napoleon III - he had been stood besides me half an hour earlier.
Fanfarlo - a band I discovered through Drownloads on DiS. One of my very favourite bands, and an excellent performance - not that I've ever known otherwise
The Besnard Lakes - my major discovery of the weekend
Egyptian Hip Hop swapping the fancy new amp for their own tried, trusted & battered one - and then playing some tunes i'd not heard before
These New Puritans - brutal stainless steel purity, around a theme by Sir Edward Elgar
people whose names I need to research at Green Man Pub - i'll come back later
Three nights of awesome dj sets at Far Out After Dark - my highlights there being DJ Yoda and Hexstatic and the playing of Caribou's Bowls which is my one of my tunes of the year. But I wouldn't want you to think it was not all good, because it was a fantastic - each & every night.
Lows: reaching the point of total physical exhaustion & drinking too much whisky the first night meaning I slept till 1pm on Saturday and missed Islet
Weirdest moment - driving (crawling) home with V Festival traffic and going slightly hallucinogenic when the cars in front started weaving between lanes
(my body makes it's own)