The much-loved Greenman Festival is returning to the Brecon Beacons after a year of isolation, and we are so excited to see the world class musical talent the festival is famous for delivering. We have put together a short list of some of our must-see favourites performing over the weekend. But to be honest there’s so much talent on display its kind of hard to whittle them down. Whoever you end up seeing, you know you’re in for a treat. Hopefully this list can help you plan a packed schedule of music across all genres that you can let loose to.

 

Friday

Django Django

This Neo-Psychedelic Art Rock band from London are coming to absolutely light up the Welsh mountain side on the Friday night. Rumoured to be named for Django Reinhart – The inspiration behind Black Sabbaths guitar style (due to also losing the use of two fingers in a house fire), this group will not be going quietly into the night. Make sure you pack some dancing shoes because they are going to have you jiving into the night.

Nadine Shah

Born in London to an English mother and Pakistani Father, Nadine has long been a keen speaker about social stigmas towards those suffering from mental health illnesses and works this into her music beautifully. She has often been compared to other strong female artists like PJ Harvey and will be bringing her funky experimental music out to play.

Shame

Formed only 3 years ago and headlining Far Out on the Friday night, this critically acclaimed post-punk band from London are going to be in danger of blowing the roof off the big top tent. Just like years previous, the Far Out tent continues to showcase some of the best punk bands currently around.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

Cardiff based band of Welsh Glam rockers. Self described as “a ’70’s sheep in badly made wolves clothing”, the prodigal sons return to the Greenman stage. After naming their favourite gig was Greenman in 2018, we know they’re going to bring something special.

Georgia

Beginning her career as a drummer for Kae Tempest, Georgia’s solo career continues to reach new heights as her latest album picked up a Mercury Prize Nomination. Described by Vice as “euphoric, late-night dance” and compared to MIA and Missy Elliot, the impressive display of strong female vocal will never cease to deliver over the whole weekend.

Goat Girl

Post-punk London band signed to indie record label Rough Trade. Their debut album has been described as “absurd, playful, and more than a little unsettling, sounding at times like a less romantic Libertines”. Another punk band on the agenda will always be great news.

 

Greentea Peng

Along with her music, Aria Wells is also known for her distinctive fashion style with full-body tattoos, many piercings, and much jewellery. Her influences include Erykah Badu and Lily Allen, who help to bring together an unmissable blend of Neo-Soul and Psychedelic RnB.

Boy Azooga

Think of the Beach Boys crossed with Run-DMC, and you’ll be halfway to describing the Cardiff based Boy Azooga. Lead singer and guitarist Davey Newington’s parents met in the National Orchestra of Wales giving him an enviable musical upbringing, all leading to the bands first festival appearance at Greenman a few years ago. But front man Davey has performed here a few times before that as a member of Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon. Speaking of which…

 

Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon

Described by the legend herself as a set “full of love – like a massive party with a really warm hug at the end”. You should strongly consider rounding of the first night of the festival with a party of all out flamboyant fun as the party continues way into the night.

 

 

Saturday

Mogwai

Headlining the Mountain Stage on Saturday night, this Scottish rock band has been blowing audiences away since 1995, and with their tenth album reaching the number on spot in the UK this year they show no signed of slowing down. Stay up late and bath in their heavy guitar solos, packed with distortion and mind-bending effects.

 

This Is The Kit

The alias of Paris based British musician Kate Stables who has been a major favourite of BBC Radio 6, where she was ‘discovered’ by Guy Garvey. Continuing to solidify herself as a powerhouse of Alternative Folk Rock, This Is The Kit is the perfect atmospheric sound to enjoy as the sun sets over the Mountain Stage.

 

José González

A firm believer of effective altruism, this Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg brings his beautiful melodies and giving nature to the people of Greenman. I’ve got a feeling this one might be an emotional journey. Not to be missed.

 

Peggy Sue

Indie pop and folk band from Brighton who have toured with the likes of Jack White and The Maccabees. Their latest album in 2020 saw them dispelling bad behaviour and toxic relationships to bring wholesome music to a world in lockdown. Now you can experience their good vibes in person in the Walled Garden.

 

Kokoroko

An Afrobeat eight-piece jazz band highlighted as ‘ones to watch’ by the Guardian, who last year they won Best Group at the Urban Music awards and performed at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. This ensemble goes from strength to strength, and you know they’re going to sound incredible filling the Mountain Stage with their unique sound.

 

NewDad

All the way from Galway, the hometown that continues to shape their music. NewDad bring some sombre themes to life with their easy-going sound, raw vocals, and thrumming backing. They may be small now, but Greenman could be just the platform they need to spread their alternative indie rock to more eager ears.

 

Melin Melyn

Welsh six-piece folk band who sing in both English and Welsh. They will be bringing some seventies style and surf jangles to the Greenman Rising stage on Saturday. Any band is worth a watch at this intimate springboard for new artist, but we’re particularly excited to see these guys.

 

Loraine James Dutty Disco

Returning for its 5th year, close of the Saturday night with an absolute party. This is your chance to shake off all those lockdown blues and let loose long into the night. Expect Italo, techno, house, pop-bangers, speed garage, dancers, and a whole lot more.

 

Sunday

Fontaines DC

Another critically acclaimed Post-punk band will be rounding out the Mountain Stage this year. From Dublin, these guys have seen an astronomic rise in popularity over the last couple of years after having their album Dogrel nominated for album of the year by BBC Radio 6 and being nominated for Best Rock Album at the Grammys this year.

 

Self Esteem

Single female singer Rebecca Lucy Taylor has based the name of her experimental pop project on the confidence she gained as she grew into her 20’s. Bringing poetry and life lessons to her music, Rebecca has only one album under her belt has undoubtably already left her mark on the music scene in recent years. Her latest hit ‘I Do This All The Time’ is moving, beautiful, inspirational, and totally unmissable.

 

Gwenno

Cardiff born singer who performs in both the Welsh and Cornish language is an old favourite of the Greenman Festival. She is a big supporter of Welsh Independence and continues to be a role model for her nation, winning Best album of the year at a National Eisteddfod and gaining an international pop following.

 

The Staves

Indie-Folk band form of trio of sisters Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor from Hereford. They’ve toured with Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Bears Den, First Aid Kit and Tom Jones, and are no stranger to big festival crowds.

 

Thundercat

Bass Player, singer, and songwriter from Los Angeles. Stephen Lee Bruner is not only known for his exceptional Funk, Psychedelia and Acid Jazz. He is also a major Grammy winner, picking up Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Progressive R&B Album. Of everyone over the weekend, we’re not sure you’re going to get the chance to hear anything like Thundercat in the near future.

 

Snapped Ankles

London-based post-punk band, incorporating elements of performance art and art rock. The band members are unknown due to their ‘forest folk’ attire. I don’t want to give too much away because these guys are something you must experience for yourself. Just be ready for a lot of lasers and surreal visuals.

 

Deep Throat Choir

An all-female ensemble that sings a mix of covers and originals. This group is a favourite of the festival, making an appearance most years. With haunting and beautiful vocals, they fit Greenman to perfection.

 

Roscoe Roscoe

An East-London five-piece alt-rock group that are known for making searing hot neo-psychedelic rock. This group is unafraid to sound like their influences and bring an eclectic blend of rock together, creating something special. We are certain they are going to bring something special to the Greenman Rising tent.

 

Iwan Rheon

Yes, THAT Iwan Rheon. Ramsay Bolton is one of those rare (and enviable) talents who has managed to juggle a very successful acting career with a long stint of band appearances and his own solo album. The born and raised Welshman is coming home to bring his guitar skills and gritty vocals to the Greenman Rising tent on Sunday.

The Greenman Burn

Not to be missed! The Greenman burning may be one of the most spectacular sights of the whole festival. There is something haunting and wild about gathering to burn an effigy to a weekend of world class music, comedy, and entertainment. Its hard to imagine a more perfect way to round off the festival. Just remember to swing by sometime in the days before to write your wish to the Greenman before he goes up in flames.