Green Man Festival 2018: Who To See At The Brecon Beacons Gathering

For festival-goers around the country, it’s ultimately the headliners that draw us in. Of course you’ll fork out to see the War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and King Gizzard over three consecutive days. Duh, that’s a no brainer. But if they’re the main course, then it’s the other dishes on the table that make the meal: smaller artists dotted around, good eats and a great setting. Green Man is again set to tick all those boxes.

The camping chair and Berghaus fleece will be set up in time for John Grant’s set, and of course the trip to the Goan fish curry stand will be scheduled perfectly around the inimitable Grizzly Bear. And what of those new names and fresh faces? These gems are the heart of a festival. Bands on the rise get a new audience to build a fanbase from, showcasing their craft on a bigger stage, and the audience get to discover brand new music that otherwise they may have missed.

But how do you know who to check out? Well, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s a short guide for who you simply must see at Green Man.

International Teachers of Pop
Thursday, Far Out

NERD DISCO! Always the best kind of disco. This band only formed at the beginning of 2018 – out of the still hot ashes of the founders, producers and co-writers of The Moonlandingz – and so far they’ve only released one single. Age of the Train channels some serious Kraftwerk vibes in the opening few bars, and what’s not to love about that? You can be certain you are on the cusp of genuine new music here. How exciting.

Whyte Horses
Friday, Far Out

“Empty words are haunting you.” Sounds bleak, right? Try it again in the sing-song, sunshine-filled tones of lead singer Andrey Pic. Oooh, interesting. Their 2018 release ‘Empty Words’ is a 16-track whopper full of pop hits. Dubbed the perfect psychedelic pop album by the usual outlets, one track even features guest vocals by La Roux. Maybe she’ll give us a surprise appearance. Or maybe not. Who knows?

Phoebe Bridgers
Saturday, Walled Garden

This girl has got it. Whatever it is, Bridgers has it by the bucket load, and is definitely an act to catch this weekend. Normally better suited to small, intimate venues where her haunting voice is given the attention it deserves, her melancholic, heartbreaking songs may flip the positive Green Man vibes on their head, but in the best way possible. It’s good to be sad sometimes.

Tunng
Sunday, Walled Garden

Here’s something totally different – intricate, experimental, electronic folk-pop. Tunng is for you. You think you know what a time signature is? Think again. These guys have been re-defining folk-tronica since their debut back in 2005. Their sixth LP ‘Songs You Make At Night’ is out on August 17, so expect jubilance from Mike Lindsay and the gang. (P.S. Have you listened to his side project, LUMP, with Laura Marling? You really must.)

Lucy Dacus
Sunday, Walled Garden

Dacus returned with the biggest bang in March with her second LP ‘Historian’, after her debut won unanimous acclaim. Tackling the huge subjects of death and loss, crumbling relationships and self crises, it was no small feat. Tying up clever, witty lyricism with growling guitars and a huge sound, you better not miss her.

Big Jeff
TBC

If you’ve ever been to a gig in the south west of England or over the bridge in south Wales – be that Bristol, Exeter, Cardiff, or wherever – you’ll have seen Big Jeff. You know, that tall dude with the curly hair standing in the front having a great time? That’s him. A regular on the live music scene in this neck of the woods, he’s only managed nab himself another DJ slot at the festival, after the success of last year’s performance. Expect the widest possible variety you can think of: free jazz to metal, hip hop to post punk, and anything else you could fathom in that vast (and frankly, brilliant) collection of his.

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On looking back at said not-to-be-missed-acts, it seems the best smaller performances of the weekend will be in the Walled Garden, a stony square host to an intimate stage, lots of grassy sitting room, and of course the Green Man Pub, offering 50 different craft ciders and beers to choose from. See you at the front.

Green Man will return to the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons between August 16 and 19.

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Things That Were Pretty Weird This Week: Sam and the Womp, Superorganism, Aphex Twin, Jake Shears

Time for a mix up. Instead of things we loved this week, for one edition only you lucky lot are going to be treated to things that we found to be on the spectrum of odd, weird, mesmerising, surreal, farfetched and just plain RANDOM. Kicking off the bunch of quirky things is Stefflon Don channelling farfalle pasta in one magnificent hairdo.

Sam and the Womp – Ice Cream Man

With a dancehall resurgence in our midst, it’s no surprise when new and revamped reggae beats flood the inbox. But something entirely different seems to have found its way through the cracks. Your life will be exactly 2.7 x better for this.

Superorganism – The Prawn Song

“Have you ever kissed a prawn and got a cold sore?”

No comment.

If you wanna see these particularly super organisms live, they’re hitting up venues all over the UK in October.

Aphex Twin – T69 Collapse

After teasing fans with cryptic posters dotted around European cities, Aphex Twin has finally announced new material. A new EP, ‘Collapse’ gets a release on on September 14 through Warp Records. Richard D. James has also released the first cut from it: T69 Collapse.

The whole thing is your typical Aphex Twin attack on the senses with bleeps, clicks, lights and coding. It sounds like the future. But not the good kind with hover-boards and commercial space travel. The bad kind with evil robots that take over the human race.

Jake Shears – Big Bushy Moustache

All you fellas, don’t be jealous. Jake Shears has a great moustache. And he wants you to know it. But he wants to take it further – “a pornstar handlebar” really is more him. Double take – is that Josh Homme sporting a pornstar handlebar all of his own? Why yes, yes it is.

Shears’ debut solo album is out now, and he plays UK shows next week.

I hope you feel a totally weirded out by this huge blob of outlandishness.

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This Week’s New Releases: Jake Shears, Miles Kane And Tomberlin

This week there are some gems for ya! Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears has released his debut solo album, Miles Kane has put out the follow up to 2013’s ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ and you’ve been treated to a new Tomberlin LP.

Still want more? What’s your name? Oliver!? Head below to fill your boots.

As It Is – ‘The Great Depression’ (Fearless Records)

Ben Khan – ‘Ben Khan’ (Dirty Hit)

The Beths – ‘Future Me Hates Me’ (Carpark)

Enuff Z’nuff – ‘Diamond Boy’ (Frontiers Records)

Foxing – ‘Nearer My God’ (Triple Crown Records)

Gorgon City – ‘Escape’ (Virgin EMI)

Hilang Child – ‘Years’ (Bella Union)

Il Divo – ‘Timeless’ (Decca)

Jake Shears – ‘Jake Shears’ (Freida Jean Records)

Jason Mraz – ‘Know’ (Atlantic)

The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water I’ (Provogue/Mascot)

Man With A Mission – ‘Chasing The Horizon’ (Century Media)

Miles Kane – ‘Coup De Grace’ (Virgin EMI)

Moses Sumney – ‘Black In Deep Red, 2014’ (Jagjaguwar)

The Proclaimers – ‘Angry Cyclist’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis – ‘Wild! Wild! Wild!’ (Bloodshot Records)

Shooter Jennings – ‘Shooter’ (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

Tomberlin – ‘At Weddings’ (Saddle Creek)

The War And Treaty – ‘Healing Tide’ (Strong World Entertainment/Thirty Tigers)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Shinedown, Hayley Kiyoko, Slaves and more

Shinedown

Florida rock band Shinedown have announced a UK tour supporting their recent LP ’Attention Attention’. Tickets are on sale at 9am on August 10.

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Hayley Kiyoko

Due to huge demand for tickets, Hayley Kiyoko has added a second London show and upgraded the Manchester venue for her upcoming UK tour plans. Tickets are on sale at 9am on August 10.

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Slaves

Slaves will follow up the release of their new album with an autumn UK and Ireland tour between November 7 and 24. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on August 10.

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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit have added dates in Dublin and Cambridge to their autumn tour plans supporting their recent album ‘Ruins’. Tickets are on sale at 10am on August 10.

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Also announced this week:

Octavian, The South, Mudhoney, Lulu, Mabel, Behemoth, Ezra Furman and more.

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Tour Of The Week: Gorgon City

Gorgon City have announced shows across the UK and Ireland for early 2019. Gorgon City tickets are on sale now, priced from £17.50 plus booking fees.

The production duo, who will put out ‘Escape’ on August 10 via Virgin EMI, will hit the road in February of next year for shows in Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Dublin, London and Bristol, following up a North American tour this autumn.

Kye ‘Foamo’ Gibbon and Matt ‘RackNRuin’ Robson-Scott recently took to social media to unveil One Last Song featuring JP Cooper and Yungen, the latest of several singles that have been released over the past 18 months, including Go Deep featuring Kamille and Ghosted.

The Londoners formed in 2012 after discovering a knack of producing an eclectic mix of house, garage and UK bass. They hit the UK Top 10 twice in 2014 with singles Ready for Your Love and Here for You, both tracks featuring on their debut album, ‘Sirens’, from the same year. The follow up, Kingdom’, arrived in August 2016 with their third full length, ‘Escape’, landing later this week.

Gorgon City Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu January 31 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Fri February 01 2019 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Sat February 02 2019 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City Nottingham
Sun February 03 2019 – DUBLIN Olympia
Fri February 08 2019 – LONDON Printworks
Sat February 09 2019 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol

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Things We Love This Week: Sports Team, Wild Nothing, Alaskalaska, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker Gossip

It’s August. Already. Time is slipping away. Life is fleeting. Spend it wisely. (Listening to these songs and watching these videos).

Sports Team – Margate

In the past nine months, this band have gone from “Who?” zeros to indie-post-punk heroes. They’ve got a massive buzz around them – and this is why.

Margate is an energetic track with some ridiculously catchy guitar riffs and an invigorating rhythm. The video alone will have you itching to get up and dance like good ol’ Alex Rice there. Margate celebrates summertime and Englishness in all its lacklustre glory, as the band note.

“Margate’s a song about English summers. Hosepipe bans. Overgrown hedgerows. Frayed tempers. The season of Reeling in the Years and tailbacks on the A303. We went in to record it with Burke during the first group stage games, when things were looking up. Some of that optimism rubbed off.”

It’s a shame the World Cup is finally over and we don’t have to talk about it ever again. A real shame.

Wild Nothing – Letting Go

New single Letting Go airs a nod to the War On Drugs in its vast production and reverb heavy vocals. But the video is why we’re really here. Mourning a dummy, growing mushrooms like pets, hundreds of snails, bodybuilders and a vampire-esque widow… it’s all over the place. You’ll love it.

Alaskalaska – Monster

This perfectly named band followed up April’s offering of Meateater, a synth-pop triumph, with the more sedate and leisurely Monster. It oozes just the right amount of alt-pop, hazy, sickly sweet and a just a little bit sad.

Additionally, there seems to be a running theme of glitter-tassle backdrops lately. I want more.

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker

SUPERGROUP ALERT! The three musicians, who have released some of the best female-indie-folk-rock that 2018 and 2017 has to offer, including ‘Stranger in the Alps’, ‘Historian’ and ‘Turn Out The Lights’, have a collaboration in the works. Suspicions have been confirmed. YES!

While on the panel at NPR’s Turning The Tables Live event in NYC, Bridgers spoke to Ann Powers, divulging the rumours to be true. No more info as of yet… Keep those peepers peeled.

In the meantime, enjoy watching a video of the three musicians as Sims that a YouTuber has painstakingly made. There’s three parts, each over an hour long. Watch the entire thing. I dare you.

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This Week’s New Releases: Mac Miller, Gulp And Trophy Eyes

Things have quietened down this week, but there are still a few treats for ya! Mac Miller has put out the follow up to 2016’s ‘The Divine Feminine’, Gulp have released their sophomore LP and there’s a new Trophy Eyes album for your listening pleasure.

Check out the rest of this week’s new releases below.

Amanda Shires – ‘To The Sunset’ (Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers)

Gulp – ‘All Good Wishes’ (E.L.K Records)

Houndmouth – ‘Golden Age’ (Reprise)

James – ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ (BMG)

Jim Lauderdale – ‘Time Flies’ (Yep Roc)

The Love Language – ‘Baby Grand’ (Merge)

Lucero – ‘Among the Ghosts’ (Thirty Tigers)

Mac Miller – ‘Swimming’ (Warner Bros)

Shemekia Copeland – ‘America’s Child’ (Alligator)

Travis Scott – ‘Astroworld’ (Epic Records)

Trophy Eyes – ‘The American Dream’ (Hopeless Records)

YG – ‘Stay Dangerous’ (Def Jam Recordings)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Hayley Kiyoko, You Me At Six, Gorgon City and More

Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko has confirmed two UK shows as part of a European tour. Tickets are on sale at 9am on August 3.

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You Me At Six

You Me At Six have added extra ‘Take Off Your Colours’ dates to their UK tour. There’s a further stop at the O2 Academy Brixton on December 3 among them, along with new shows in Leeds, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Sheffield, Norwich and Nottingham. Tickets on sale at 9am on August 3.

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Gorgon City

Gorgon City have announced UK and Ireland shows. The production duo, who will release ‘Escape’ on August 10, will head out in February of next year for dates in Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Dublin, London and Bristol. Tickets are on sale at 10am on August 3.

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Within Temptation

Within Temptation have added a Southampton show to their autumn UK tour.
The symphonic metallers, whose last album was 2014’s ‘Hydra’, will now finish up the run at the O2 Guildhall on November 14. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10am on August 3.

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Hardy Caprio

Hardy Caprio has announced UK and Ireland shows. Kicking off at the Concorde in Brighton on October 7 and wrapping up at the Academy 2 in Dublin on October 20, the tour also features stops in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Norwich, Leicester, Southampton, London, Liverpool and Glasgow. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 3.

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Also announced this week:

Interpol, Jungle, Mic Lowry, Rick Ross, Mini Mansions, the Beat, Chronixx, Fatboy Slim, Alexander O’Neal, Caliban, Neneh Cherry, Bhad Bhabie, Jake Isaacs, the Primitives, Madball and more.

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Video Of The Week: Twenty One Pilots – Nico And The Niners

Twenty One Pilots have continued their ‘Trench’ story with a video for Nico and the Niners.

The duo kicked off the album’s accompanying video trilogy in early July with Jumpsuit, their first new music since the release of their fourth album ‘Blurryface’ in 2015, which went on to become the fastest rising number one single of the decade on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the US.

Where Jumpsuit’s video was set in the wildnerness, part two finds Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun in an urban environment with a whole new wave of symbolism and messages for fans to unpack and decode. Take a look at both videos below.

It’s not known how long we’ll have to wait for the final part of the three-clip series. In the meantime, fans can look forward to ‘Trench’ arriving via Fueled By Ramen on October 5.

The duo will support the release with the Bandito world tour, which includes stops in the UK and Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Tickets are on sale now.

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Tour Of The Week: Basement And Joyce Manor

Photo by Mitchell Wojcik

Basement will be joined by Joyce Manor for a UK this autumn. Basement tickets are on sale now, priced £16.00/£18.00 plus booking fees.

The Ipswich post-hardcore band took to Twitter last week to announce their first run of dates in a long time, with stops lined up in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Forum. They also teased fans with a promise of new music from upcoming fourth album, ‘Beside Myself’, which will arrive on October 12 through Fueled By Ramen.

“We’re very excited to be returning to the UK for our first headliner in a long time and we’re bringing new music and our friends in Joyce Manor.”

Formed in 2009, Basement made their debut three years later with ‘I Wish I Could Stay Here’ on Run For Cover Records. The follow up arrived in the shape of ‘Colourmeinkindness’ before the band split in 2012, returning in 2014 with the release of their ‘Further Sky’ EP and their last full length, 2016’s ‘Promise Everything’.

Californian outfit Joyce Manor, meanwhile, recently announced the release of ‘Million Dollars to Kill Me’. Their fifth full length and the follow up to 2016’s ‘Cody’ was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou and is set to arrive on September 21 through Epitaph Records.

Basement Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri November 16 2018 – MANCHESTER Academy
Sat November 17 2018 – LEEDS Stylus
Sun November 18 2018 – GLASGOW Garage
Tue November 20 2018 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute2
Wed November 21 2018 – SOUTHAMPTON 1865
Thu November 22 2018 – LONDON O2 Forum
Fri November 23 2018 – BRISTOL SWX

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