10 Acts To Watch……
Green Man 2017
This year’s Green Man festival located in the beautiful Brecon Beacons is only a few months away and tickets have unfortunately already sold out, however if your attending we’ve chosen some of the best acts for you to check out at the festival, some are veterans you may have already heard of before, others are new and upcoming bands you may have not but what they all have in common is that they will all put on unmissable sets you can’t miss!
1. The Shins
There’s not much more I can say than what I’ve already covered in my glowing review from when The Shin’s came to London earlier this year (review here) but I’ll try, James Mercer and co. deliver easily one of the funniest and uplifting sets you’ll see all summer, even in their most melancholic numbers you’ll find yourself utterly gripped.
Latest album ‘Heartworms’ is nothing short of a return to form from the band, if your not instantly hooked by lead single ‘Name For You’ then I’m afraid you’re simply not human, this of course is backed by decades of indie anthems such as ‘Simple Song’ and ‘New Slang’.
This is one band you shouldn’t miss!
2. Future Islands
By far one of the best live bands around, they make a rare headlining festival appearance in the UK for Green Man, oozing full of energy and propelled along by their erratic frontman Samuel Herring your bound to have a massive grin on your face as he dances across the stage.
Latest album ‘The Far Field’ takes the sounds of their breakout album ‘Singles’ and turns it all up a notch, lead single ‘Ran’ is going to be on of the highlights of the weekend that’s for sure, their one headliner you don’t want to miss.
3. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams has a career that will seemingly never end, one of America’s best singer songwriters and an incredible live artist, his debut album Heartbreaker to this day is still a fantastic piece of music from start to finish, containing absolute classics such as ‘Come Pick Me Up’ and ‘Amy’. He’s also incredibly versatile even releasing a track for track cover album of Taylor Swift’s amazing 1989 a couple of years ago.
This year has seen him already release two albums, the astounding Prisoner and it’s B Sides meaning your in for a fantastic set which is one of your very limited chances to see Ryan in the U.K.
4. Michael Kiwanuka
Way back in 2012 BBC announced Michael as the winner of their Sound of 2012 shortlist, the following debut album from the blues styled singer was absolutely fantastic but then sadly he seemingly disappeared, last year he returned once more, this time his music had a fantastic message about race and inequality in one of the best albums of the year ‘Love & Hate’
His vocals and songs are both moving and beautiful whilst his lyrics are truly thought provoking, make sure you don’t miss out on Michael when he arrives at Green Man
5. PJ Harvey
She has two mercury prize winning albums to her name, 10 years apart however but that just shows how incredible of an artist she was and continues to be, not content with breaking boundaries and defying expectations just once, she has managed to continue doing this for decades.
Last year saw PJ Harvey release the fantastic ‘Hope Six Demolition Project’, it got a suitably high amount of acclaim, it’s a rare sight to see PJ Harvey so yet again Green Man have pulled out another incredible coup it getting the stellar artist to headline this year’s event, she’s first on the line-up for a reason, make sure your there to witness it.
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff
HFTFF have already released one of the best albums of the year so far with ‘The Navigator’, Alynda Segarra has a way of really capturing her anger and emotion with some truly brilliant punk and folk songs, her music has deep messages about humanity throughout, even more so on their fantastic latest album, ‘Pa’Lante’ is especially intense as it gives lost puerto ricans a much needed voice, this is one act that deserves your attention.
7. Lift To Experience
Last year I had the immense pleasure of getting to see Lift To Experience’s first show back in 15 years when they were reunited by elbow’s Guy Garvey for his Meltdown Festival, since then they’ve seemingly disappeared again but fear not they’ll make a very exclusive and rare performance at this year’s Green Man.
This is a massive coup for the festival and is sure to provide one of the sets of the weekend, you’d be a fool to miss out on seeing the Texas trio and with the possibility of new songs you could be in for a real treat
8. This Is The Kit
Another fantastic artist I discovered at Meltdown last year was This Is The Kit, a stunning folk rock band led by Kate Stables, they somehow make fantastic music yet still seem so under the radar after many years, Kate’s voice is really stunning, at points when she performs you won’t hear a pin drop, on top of all that her lyrics are well thought out and the songs themselves are stellar, If your a fan of acoustic music you’d be doing yourself a disserviceby not checking them out.
9. Deep Throat Choir
An all female singing collective with incredible talent, they performed last year at Green Man and will make a triumphant return this year, they’ve released one album ‘Be Ok’ which came out earlier this year so even if you’ve seen them before, your bound to hear some beautiful new songs from the collective this time around as well.
Their music combines amazing compositions of their own with interesting and different covers, I first discovered them through sofar sounds when they uploaded their amazing cover of Sade’s ‘Sweetest Taboo’, this is one stunning group you can’t miss
10. The Big Moon
Easily one of the next big things, you’ve most likely already heard The Big Moon on various radio stations and they continue their seemingly unstoppable rise through the rankings, featured on Radio 1 many times as well as on their introducing program, the four girls are brining back grunge with a vengeance, they’re heavier than Haim and Wolf Alice but it’s easy to see them becoming just as big, check them out now before it’s too late.