Green Man is today proud to reveal its second wave of music acts heading to the stunning surroundings of the Black Mountains, deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, to perform at the festival this August. Green Man 2018 follows last year’s special 15th anniversary, which sold out in record time.
Joining the Green Man line up as the Friday night headliner are the formidable King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who will bring their psychedelic rock to the Brecon Beacons after releasing no fewer than five acclaimed studio albums in 2017. No strangers to festivals, 2015 and 2016 saw King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard curate their own festival Gizzfest in their native Australia, but Green Man is honoured to host the band for their first ever headline slot. After a sold out tour across the UK in February, the news is sure to delight fans of King Gizzard who have no other UK performances announced for the rest of 2018.
The festival is delighted to welcome back Cate Le Bon to the Brecon Beacons, returning after last year’s performance to dazzle once again with her critically-lauded work, sang in both Welsh and English. BRIT and Mercury Prize-nominated Anna Calvi is also a welcome return, having last performed at Green Man in 2015 and proven herself time and time again, across two albums and two EPs, to be a one-of-a-kind artist and performer. Joan as a Policewoman, a true modern icon whose twenty-five year career spans seven albums and includes work with the likes of Lou Reed, Elton John, Rufus Wainwright and Sheryl Crow also joins the line up, along with Black Angels who will make an electric Green Man debut following the release of their fifth album Death Song last year.
Joining them are Floating Points, the DJ whose cross-genre productions encompass jazz, soul and classical music refashioned into unstoppable house bangers that are sure to ignite Green Man 2018 from corner to corner; and John Maus, whose acclaimed fourth studio album Screen Memories was released at the end of 2017 and will be followed in April this year by Addendum, a vinyl-only album comprised of songs that were left off Screen Memories. Electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco have changed the face of techno and will perform at Green Man alongside Hackney’s all female Deep Throat Choir, with Baltimore’s Wye Oak also on the line up, celebrating their album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs which is due for release in April this year. Newly announced acts also include Susanne Sundfør, whose mix of electronic pop and folk has made her one of Norway’s biggest stars; Welsh nurse turned critically acclaimed pop powerhouse Kelly Lee Owens; and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, the indie Australian outfit who are spending 2018 touring with Boy Azooga and Stella Donnelly.
The new additions join previously announced headliners Fleet Foxes, a band that has grown into one of the most prestigious in the world, and The War On Drugs making their much-anticipated return to Green Man fresh from releasing their wonderful fourth album, A Deeper Understanding, last summer. Also appearing in 2018 are John Grant, back to the Brecon Beacons for the first time since 2010; Grizzly Bear, who have across five albums proved themselves to be consistent purveyors of modern rock magic; Jane Weaver brings her warped and wonderful cosmological psych-pop, following the release of her magnificent seventh album, Modern Kosmology; Dirty Projectors will supply brooding art-rock mastery, alongside Public Service Broadcasting who return with their concept album based on the Welsh mining industry; Mount Kimbie promise to enthral with their dense electronica, and Phoebe Bridgers, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Howling Bells’ Juanita Stein will offer something altogether more refined and introspective.
More than just a music festival, Green Man is built around 10 unique areas, offering enchanting worlds to be explored, taking in late-night revelry and day time relaxation, including a full beer and cider festival, science and discovery areas for the kids, and dedicated film, art, and literature events that run alongside the dazzling display of music. The comedy and literature line up will be revealed on 14th March, with the arts line up to follow later in the year.
With early-bird tickets selling out in record time, this year’s festival will be as busy and brilliant as ever-before, welcoming a striking array of talent from all over the globe to our beautiful Welsh home in the heart of the Black Mountains.
Also on sale once again is the Settler’s Pass, which gives festival goers an entire week in the Brecon Beacons from Monday 13th August, with everything from woodworking & foraging workshops, to yoga, late night comedy & raft building. Green Man are also delighted to welcome Cardiff’s infamous Clwb Ifor Bach on board, who are curating music at this year’s Settlement stage.
Clwb ifor Bach said “We’re showcasing some of our favourite local bands and artists, ranging from Los Blancos’ grungy guitars, to My Name is Ian’s melancholy party anthems, to the power house vocals and gripping lyrics of Marged. We hope to give an insight to some of the very best music Wales has to offer”