I was at Green Man Festival over the weekend. It's one of my favourite festivals, in part because I've been going since its second appearance back in 2004, in part because it's so close to home, and in the main because it's just bloody wonderful. This year almost matched the high point of that 2004 festival as at long last Green Man got the chance to unfurl without the distraction of three days of rain. The sun shone hard over Friday and Saturday and though on Sunday it drizzled a little, the skies never opened.
Of what I can recall, I saw THE GENTLE GOOD, GANG GANG DANCE, WOODEN SHJIPS, ROKY ERICKSON, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE and then the comedian TONY LAW on Friday. On Saturday I devoured SOUNDCARRIERS, CATE LE BON, STORNOWAY, RICHARD JAMES, JONNY (aka NORMAN BLAKE and EUROS CHILDS), PETE BRODERICK, NOAH AND THE WHALE, GRIZZLY BEAR, BON IVER, JARVIS, comedy from CLINT EDWARDS, the second half of the film HOLY MOUNTAIN and a terrible 40 minutes spent playing 'Ringo Music Bingo' - a good idea in theory, but not in practice. Sunday began with a music quiz, before taking in RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND, CAMERA OBSCURA, RODRIGUEZ, DIRTY THREE, and WILCO, and the half-hour documentary FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE, which, after the aforementioned sets from DIRTY THREE and WOODEN SHJIPS was a definite highlight of the weekend. You can find out more about the film (and I recommend seeing it) here.