This year’s Green Man Festival has been announced, with Michael Kiwanuka, Caribou, Little Dragon, Mac DeMarco and Goldfrapp leading the bill for the 18th edition of the Welsh festival.
Almost ten years on since his Green Man debut, Michael Kiwanuka returns to the Brecon Beacons following the release of his acclaimed third studio album KIWANUKA last year. Elevated by his expansive new material alongside older favourites, his fourth appearance at the festival will this time be as a worthy and mesmerising headliner.
Green Man are also thrilled to welcome back one of the biggest names in electronic music Caribou, whose first new music since 2015’s Our Love, which became synonymous with memories of sun soaked festival fields, has been warmly received. The sights and sounds of Caribou’s dreamy electronica echoing among the Black Mountains is sure to be a highlight and a special moment of his shapeshifting 20 year career.
Talking about the festival, Dan Snaith aka Caribou says “There’s a kind of magic about Green Man – both that I’ve experienced myself in the past and that I hear about from friends who go every year. I feel very lucky that we’re going to headline this year – it’s one of this year’s shows that I’m most excited about. Hopefully we can bring along a bit of magic of our own.”
Always certain to put on an entertaining show, Mac DeMarco is set to bring his trademark slacker indie-rock to this year’s Green Man. Known as the ‘loveable prince of indie-rock’, this summer he will undoubtedly play an unforgettable set on Green Man’s iconic Mountain Stage.
Chatting about his return to the festival, Mac DeMarco says “Wales, we’re coming again, very stoked, should be a good time all over again, seeya soon, ciao Bella”
Electronic duo Goldfrapp will continue the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Felt Mountain at Green Man this year with an undoubtedly stellar performance with seven albums; an Ivor Novello award; and Mercury Prize, Grammy and Brit Award nominations all under their belt.
Joining us for her first appearance at Green Man will be three-time Grammy Award winning American alt-country singer Lucinda Williams, adored for her legendary perfectionism and rich poetic detail. Multi instrumentalist and pioneer of the 2000’s Californian psych-infused garage rock scene Ty Segall is sure to also bring an emphatic performance with a wealth of material to draw from, having released 12 albums in 12 years.
Due to share her fourth studio album Mytopia next month, Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel will no doubt bring a taste of her new music, alongside her platinum selling atmospheric chamber pop records to her Green Man debut this summer. Still bathing in the glowing reception from both fans and critics alike for 2018’s Wide Awake, Parquet Courts will bring their danceable, immediate and uncompromising energy to Green Man for the first time since 2013.
Following the release of the adventurous and acclaimed House of Sugar last year, (Sandy) Alex G’s performance will be one of the most anticipated and intimate of the weekend. Also appearing at this year’s Green Man will be LUMP, the collaborative project between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay which resulted in their hypnotic self titled record.
With their genre-bending sound ranging from downtempo electronic pop with a naturally incorporated mix of contemporary R&B, hip-hop and underground dance, the Grammy-nominated, iconic Swedish four-piece Little Dragon are making their way to Green Man this summer.
Shame have made a name for themselves as one of the buzziest bands of recent years for their unflinching post-punk, with their debut album Songs of Praise proving their caliber beyond the hype. Another band spearheading a new wave of guitar bands is the incomparable Black Midi, who after much mystery recently released their experimental Mercury Prize nominated debut album Schlagenheim.
Some of Green Man’s most unforgettable performances over the past few years have come from the jazz artists who are currently making huge waves in the mainstream, and this year should be no different. Soul shaking afrobeat eight-piece KOKOROKO and London collective Steam Down, born out of weekly jam sessions and now renowned for their furiously energetic sets, are today announced to play at Green Man ‘20.
Elsewhere, Sudan Archives, The Murder Capital, Richard Dawson, TORRES, The Orielles, Charlotte Adigery, Sinead O’Brien, Do Nothing and many other exciting artists join the bill, with plenty more names across all stages to be announced over the coming months.
The full first line-up announcement is as follows:
Michael Kiwanuka | Caribou | Mac DeMarco | Little Dragon | Goldfrapp | Thundercat | Agnes Obel | Parquet Courts | Ty Segall & Freedom Band | Lucinda Williams | Black Midi | Shame | Lump | Gruff Rhys | This is the Kit | (Sandy) Alex G | Kokoroko | Nadine Shah | Moon Duo | Giant Swan | Sudan Archives | Richard Dawson | Lankum | V**gra Boys | The Murder Capital | Torres | Matt Maltese | Otoboke Beaver | Boy Azooga | Charlotte Adigery | Vanishing Twin | The Orielles | Tropical F Storm | Steam Down | Sarathy Korwal | Emma-Jean Thackray | RVG | Corridor | Working Mens Club | Liz Lawrence | Bambara | Porridge Radio | John | Nap Eyes | Fenne Lily | Alabaster Duplume | Deep Throat Choir | Katy J Pearson | Aoife Nessa Frances | Honey Harper | Sinead O’Brien | Caroline | Do Nothing | Egyptian Blue | The Goa Express | Lazarus Kane | Lazy Day | Melin Melyn | Prima Queen | Rina Mushonga | Ruthie | Studio Electrophonique |
Green Man 2020 runs from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August. Tickets are on sale now.