(review n pix by Denise Baker-McClearn)
Have you ever visited a place and immediately felt as if something special is about to happen or somewhere that gives you an overwhelming feeling of peace and absolute contentment, as if you were ‘meant’ to be there? This is how I feel at the Green Man Festival.More
(review by Dewi Llwyd, pics by Gareth Smith)
In my old-school festival days, 11:30 on a Saturday morning would be about the time I’d be thinking of going to bed, but this crazy start time saw Georgia Ruth kicking off Saturday’s proceedings on the main stage. A word here by the way to compliment the Green Man approach to the Welsh language. There’s loads of Welsh signage around the place not least the massive DYN GWYRDD logos on the main stage. Crew T Shirts proudly declare Arglwydd Camreolaeth (lord of misrule) on the back, and the festival programme devotes two pages to an entertaining English-Welsh Phrasebook – my favourite phrases for conversation being “That War on Drugs records is the nuts” and “I’m a love pirate and I’m here for your booty -ARRR!”. It’s a shame that over the weekend I don’t hear a lot of Welsh being spoken but then again I live in Gwynedd and probably have a high benchmark to compare it with. A bit more surprising is the scarcity of Valleys accents given the proximity of the site to those communities.More
(review n pix neil crud)
Did this happen last year? I dunno… That’s been my bugbear with the Goll people – not enough advertising outside their Facebook friends. Thankfully this year, there’s been big pieces in the local rags and a bit of a feature on S4C (that’s Welsh TV to you kids). So you should expect a decent turnout.
I was there early, had a tight schedule and had to be at a Wobbly Hearts wedding in Llandudno by 7pm – traffic prevented me getting there anyway! Plus I knew headlining act Y Niwl were gonna be performing without Alun tonight and, as Ted Cloudsounds said, ‘It’s like seeing the Deltones without Dick Dale.’ Plus I’ve seen Y Niwl as many times as they have songs.More