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Einstein's Garden

A playful collision of the inspiring and unexpected, where scientists and artists mingle. You could be the catalyst for all kinds of exciting new reactions, so step into the Garden and start exploring...

Every year thousands of you pass through the Garden and take a detour into the far reaches of the imagination. We’ve always been dedicated to nurturing your curiosity, and Einstein’s Garden is the unique result – making science and nature an inspiring part of your Green Man adventure.

Music, comedy and spoken word; innovative and fun presentations from scientists; walks, talks and interactive experiences. You’ll encounter them all here, across our three sustainably powered stages, and it’s a combination you won’t find anywhere else!

This year we’ll be working with our fantastic scientific partners to create more unique Einstein’s Garden experiences, thanks to the support of the Wellcome Trust, who’ve recognised Green Man’s commitment to celebrating the wonder of science. Join us for an eye-opening, mind-blowing weekend of discovery.

The Acts


Belle & Sebastian

Stalwarts of the UK musical map for nigh-on twenty years, Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian continue to defy ageing expectations by delivering some of their most sprightly songs to-date. Latest album ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ adds disco beats and driving pop songs to the wholesome and poignant blueprint that has made Stuart Murdoch and co. one of the true success stories of the country’s independent scene.


James Blake

The golden boy of the bedroom-producing generation, Blake has risen from one of the most celebrated underground UK producers to a bonafide popstar after winning the Mercury Prize for his 2013 album, Overgrown, not to mention a Grammy nomination that same year. His third album, rumoured to feature both Kanye West and Bon Iver, is expected this year. Returning to the Green Man festival site for his first performance here since 2011, let’s all welcome him with the open arms his beautiful pop songs deserve. We're looking forward to hearing some tracks from what we hope will be a new album for 2016.


Laura Marling

Somehow still in her mid-twenties, despite it being a full eight years since she was first nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her 2008 debut LP,Laura Marling has spent the time since that initial nod to carefully piece together one of the strongest back-catalogues around. A folk singer that seems to hail from a different time entirely, Marling is a jewel in the UK crown and simply one of the finest songwriters these shores have to offer.


Wild Beasts

With four of the most versatile albums already under their belts, Kendal’s Wild Beasts have risen through the ranks of the UK indie scene thanks to an unnerving knack for creating smart, sassy and brilliantly captivating pop songs. Led by the flawless falsetto of Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts creepy but endlessly playful demeanour is beautifully and powerfully unique - and we can’t wait for it to fill the surrounding Black Mountains at this year’s festival.



Certainly in the upper echelons of indie-rock royalty, Jason Lytle’s Grandaddy have been making weird and wonderful records since 1997’s off-kilter masterpiece ‘Under The Western Freeway’. After a near ten-year hiatus, the band recently announced a new album for 2016 and Green Man couldn’t be more chuffed to welcome this most special of bands to the Black Mountains this Summer.



Though they still feel like something of a new proposition, it’s actually over a decade since Warpaint first formed; subsequently releasing their John Frusciante-produced debut EP in 2007. It was 2010’s The Fool LP that cemented their major-league credentials, however, providing a sumptuous, soulful take on indie rock. A refreshingly intricate and compelling live band, the LA quartet have blossomed into one of the finest guitar bands on the planet.



Always one of the most interesting bands in the original unrolling of the shoegaze genre, the pioneering Lush formed in London in the eighties and became a seminal part of the UK scene before initially disbanding in 1998. Reuniting at the end of 2015, the band’s comeback shows were expectedly brilliant – the strength of their brand new EP was perhaps more surprising; a decisively thrilling new chapter in its own right.


White Denim

Try and classify White Denim and you’ll probably end up with a genre-list longer than one of their blistering sets. Probably best then to simply describe the Texan rockers as one of the fieriest and fiercest rock and roll bands around. With their seventh LP set for release this year they continue to blaze a momentous trail all of their own making.


Julia Holter

Grabbing ‘album of the year’ accolades like they were going out of fashion, Julia Holter claimed 2015 as her own with her widely-lauded, greatly loved new record ‘Have You In My Wilderness’. Soft and tender with an absorbing and somewhat eerie undercurrent, it was a record full of intrigue and genuine wonder, matched by an equalling arresting and captivating live show.

Julia Holter previously played Green Man Festival in 2013.


Fat White Family

As divisive as they're untamed, this London six-piece have been making incessant waves with a series of songs and gigs that are simply unflinching. While the music itself - a kind of snarling hybrid of punk/psych/disco noise - is readily and resolutely abrasive, it's the bands demeanour, especially on the live stage, that causes the biggest stir. Outspoken and unflinching, the Fat Whites are a becoming a bonafide cult phenomenon - just be sure to tread carefully.


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Drawing from a number of differing genres including roots, folk, gospel, and psych, this LA collective is led by Alex Ebert and takes it name from a story he wrote. Releasing their fourth studio album this year, the sprawling band remain a remarkable live proposition, filling the stage and crowd with a rich swell of voice and instrumentation.


Jason Isbell

Though his six years spent with American rockers ‘Drive By Truckers’ powered the collective to their most consistent run of records, it’s Jason Isbell’s subsequent work that has cemented his status as one of the finest Americana songwriters of his time. Blessed with a dusty and rugged voice, Isbell’s weather-beaten songs continue to strike a wonderfully evocative chord.


Ezra Furman

Though he’s been making records in various forms since the mid-noughties, it was 2015’s Perpetual Motion People LP, his first release for the wonderful Bella Union label, which catapulted Furman up the ladder of success, peaking at number 23 in the UK charts. A cross-dressing bisexual who revels in the face of criticism, Furman is a brash and brilliant performer, with a wonderful lyrical talent, who is as wholly important to the musical world as he is refreshing.



Formed twenty-five years ago in Nottingham, Tindersticks have consistently released some of the most interesting alt-rock records in the UK scene. Pausing only briefly in the early noughties, their unhurried and much-loved return found them in just as fine form as before; this year’s ‘The Waiting Room’ LP heralded as a warm, elegant and triumphant new chapter.


Songhoy Blues

Returning to Green Man after last year’s momentous performance, Mali’s Songhoy Blues will once again bring their famed brand of “desert blues” to the festival and it promises to be one the most spectacular of sets, once again. With a backstory as raw and extraordinary as the music they make, there simply isn’t anyone else quite like them. Welcome back!

Songhoy Blues previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.



Widely regarded as one of the most formidable and exceptional live bands that, frankly, ever existed, Battles turn their rugged and playful math-rock into the kind of experience that reminds you why live music even exists. Angular guitars, inventive song structures and some of the most jaw-dropping drumming you’re ever likely to see.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Crafted with as much human soul as adventurous exploration, UMO’s ‘Multi-Love’ was a break-up record centred around frontman Ruban Neilson’s polyamorous relationship. But what was perhaps most striking was the Portland band’s effortless grace. With a heady canvas of sound of colour UMO continue to deliver some of the brightest and boldest guitar records of their generation.


Floating Points (Live)

Not content with being a neuroscientist, Sam Shepherd also creates some of the most fluid and flowing and flexible electronic music that the UK is currently producing. Releasing his brilliant debut album towards the end of 2015, Shepherd’s work is inventive and intuitive but always retains a sense of joyful, welcoming inclusion. A very bright prospect indeed.


Cate Le Bon

Though she’s now mostly based in LA, Cate Le Bon stays very true to her Welsh roots with a string of songs performed in her native tongue across her brilliant and diverse back-catalogue. Now working with brilliant Cardiff label Turnstile, Le Bon writes joyous pop songs shaped by her thrilling and formidable guitar skills all delivered with a fizzing energy that often feels unmatched.

Cate Le Bon previously played Green Man Festival in 2012.


The Unthanks

Shaping a rich family heritage of Northern English folk music in to new wonderful pastures, The Unthanks are led by sisters Rachel and Becky; two voices that steer this beautiful folk-revival of-sorts in to the new world, adding varying genres and dashes of colour to the more familiar framework to create something beguiling and often glorious.



The most delicious concoction of musical weight and atmosphere, Canadian gloom-rockers Suuns craft a majestic strain of pop music that lends itself perfectly to one of the most sublime live shows around. Like a modern, shaded take on the Krautrock movement that feels constantly unsettling and consistently thrilling.

Suuns previously played Green Man Festival in 2011.


Kamasi Washington

Though a much revered collaborative jazz saxophonist in his own right, it was 2015’s debut solo album that solidified Kamasi Washington’s reputation as one of the most forward-thinking composers on the planet. A 3CD collection, released via the much-respected Brainfeeder label, found Washington leading a multi-talented band through a series of sprawling and endlessly inventive soundscapes.


Connan Mockasin

One of psych-pop’s most colourful components, New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin takes all the influence he’s gathered from a decade spent moving between Wellington, London, Manchester and LA and channels it in to a brilliantly inventive and vivid display. From the skewed odd-pop of his debut, to the soulful parade of its follow-up, Mockasin always manages to bring a party unlike any other.


Jagwar Ma

Now based in the UK, this Sydney trio burst on to the scene with the psych-fuelled debut album, Howlin’, which won great acclaim from the likes of NME and Pitchfork back in 2013. Earning their stripes with a solid string of touring since, their radiant pop songs make for a blistering but eminently danceable encounter.


Michael Rother

Perhaps best known as a founding member of seminal German experimentalists Neu!, Michael Rother is a leading light in the world of all-things Krautrock and has spent the best part of four decades honing his diverse talent. Leaping back into the limelight in 2010, Rother joined forces with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Tall Firs guitarist Aaron Mullan to play live renditions of Neu! songs as well as choice cuts from Rothers’ other, much-loved, project, Harmonia. He continues to make new music; penning two scores for German film and TV in 2015.


Slow Club

Celebrating a decade in the game, since their inception in 2006, Sheffield duo Slow Club continue to be a sparkling jewel in the UK’s pop crown. Brash and bold from the outset, the handful of albums they’ve released thus far all mix scrappy charm and gleaming melodies with joyful abandon, creating the perfect foil for their often-biting lyrical excursions.



Pushing psychedelic boundaries since their inception in 2001, the Swedish collective returned last year with their first new album in five years. Crossing into similarly imposing genres such as prog and garage rock, Dungen have gained something of a cult following over the past fifteen years. Instilling a strong sense of Scandinavian magic in to their unique musical wanderings, they continue to sound quite unlike anyone else.


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

One of the most outlandish band names around, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard match this bluster with suitably offbeat music. Formed in Melbourne in 2010, the eight-piece band blend psych and surf rock influences with a new found love for the more soulful side of the coin, and channel it in to a formidable sound – and one that truly comes together on the live stage. Famed for the fiery energy of their shows King Gizzard deliver the kind of performance that simply won’t be forgotten.


The Besnard Lakes

Dark, foreboding and endlessly intriguing, Montreal quintet The Besnard Lakes have crafted some of the most imposing and grandiose records of the past decade. Now on to their fifth full-length effort, the band’s hypnotic brand of dense psychedelia feels ever-more sharp and concise; an added level of light and space making for even greater levels of wonder.


Miracle Legion

While singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy would go on to make a name all of his own, his career actually started with Miracle Legion; one of the original ‘college rock’ bands who formed in 1983 and became something of a cult hit following acclaim from the likes of NME and Melody Maker and the release of their debut album on Rough Trade Records. Almost two decades since their last full-length release, Green Man is very excited to have the band back together on UK shores.


Meilyr Jones

A singular talent if ever there was one, Meilyr Jones writes loose and spacious folk songs, inspired by his travels around various European locations, and constructs them with all manner of instrumentation - from guitar and banjo to thirty-piece orchestras and Glaswegian community choirs. The result is a wonderful and unique debut record that comes to life on the live stage - adding a jubilant sway to his brilliant concoctions.



Perhaps the UK’s strongest entry into the current psych revival, Genghar released their blazing debut album in 2015 to a host of rave reviews. Adding a large dose of glimmering pop to an otherwise gnarly backdrop of sludgy, layered guitars, the quartet are quickly becoming one of the most heralded new guitar bands on these shores. Fresh from playing our 'Green Man Ahoy!' boat party, we're very pleased to welcome them to more furrowed lands come August.


Kevin Morby

With a couple of stellar projects already under his belt – in the form of both Woods and The Babies – Kevin Morby returns in 2016 with the third record under his own guise, and it might well be his greatest achievement to-date. With a rich antiquated voice, Morby channels his love for Dylan, Young et al. in to something markedly affecting; a ‘singer-songwriter’ in the very best of ways.


Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon


Pete Paphides

Music writer and broadcaster Pete Paphides has written for a whole host of publications over the past two decades, including The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Mojo and Q. He has made several music documentaries for Radio 4 and presented two series of Vinyl Revival for BBC 6 Music. These days he presents a weekly music show for Soho Radio, comprised of old and new records from his extensive collection. He and his family have been to every Green Man since the second one in 2004.

Pete Paphides previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades is Annelotte de Graaf; a dutch musician who has just joined the much-loved Heavenly Records family for the release of her 2016 debut album, which features members of Quilt and Real Estate in her recording band. Also working with producer Ben Greenberg, who has made records with the likes of The Men and Beach Fossils, de Graaf channels the restless energy of said bands and imbues it all with the ethereal grace of her own captivating lead vocal. One of 2016’s most enticing new artists.


Malcolm Middleton

A seminal figure in the British indie scene thanks to his role in the mighty Arab Strap, Malcolm Middleton proves there’s still plenty of juice left in his most creative of tanks with the release of his brilliant new album this Summer – his first in seven years. Taking a more electro-pop route, with woozy, sweeping and often joyous collection of synth-led pop gems. A truly brilliant return.


Joan Shelley

Another folk traditionalist in the loosest sense of the term, Joan Shelley is constantly playing with and tweaking the blueprint of the genre she finds herself classified within. So while there is guitar, strings, banjo and her captivating voice at the heart of it all, the music itself tends to go places unexpected; a wonderful songwriter bringing folk very much in to the 21st century.



A supergroup of-sorts, Whitney is Max Kakacek and Julian Ehrlich both members of much-loved indie-rockers Smith Westerns, while Ehrlich has also played with fellow GM16 attendees Unknown Mortal Orchestra. However they came to be, Whitney are indeed super. Kick-starting their new album with one of the finest tracks of the year, in the form of the brilliant brass-led, Country-esque jam of ‘No Woman’, the duo make a West Coast breeze that manages to feel both beautifully laid-back and decidedly poignant.


Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog

Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog previously played Green Man Festival in 2013,


Black Peaches

You might not be aware of Black Peaches, but you're certainly aware of the name behind it. Rob Smoughton is a long-time member of both Hot Chip and Scritti Politti, and this new project sees him delving in to an other-worldly mix of groove-heavy disco-soul-rock hybrid that practically defines classification.


Bill Baird

Having achieved notable success as the frontman for Sound Team in the early noughties, Bill Baird has spent the past decade out on his own, carving out a solo career that continues to go from strength-to-strength. An innovative, experimental songwriter, his music is a woozy blend of psych and pop that radiates warmth from every considered corner.


Happy Meal Ltd

Dubbed by those in-the-know as London's most exciting new band, Happy Meal Ltd rehearse in a dead-end London studio that Jesus & Mary Chain once poked around in back in the day and throw together reckless noise and fiery energy with an insatiable appetite for glam-rock.


haiku salut

The jewel in East Midland’s alt-rock crown, Haiku Salut are unique proposition, sweeping between all-manner of genres but never losing the soft focus of the inspired instrumentals that provide their brilliant back-bone. Rising from minimal, glitchy pop songs into moments of distinct and awe-inspiring grandiosity, the band match the intensity of their recorded sound with a mightily fetching, and suitably grandiose, live show.

haiku salut previously played Green Man Festival in 2013.


Factory Floor

Somewhat indefinable, London trio Factory Floor have, over the past decade, played host to some of the most complex and thrilling live performances these shores have seen. Immersive, dense, and wonderfully noisy, the band shape live drums and pulsating synths in to a brilliantly distinct sound that you can feel in your bones.


Julianna Barwick

To hear the music of Missouri’s Juliana Barwick’s is to walk in its very shoes, such is the sheer weight and prowess it carries in its, admittedly slender, workings. Framed mostly around layers of her astonishing vocal, which she loops and builds to create the bulk of her beautiful songs, this is music as emotive and affecting as it gets. A unique and spectacular talent.


Blanck Mass

Otherwise known as one-half of progressive electronic merchants, Fuck Buttons, Blanck Mass is an equally grand prospect, sculpting huge slabs of impulsive, bellowing atmosphere that manages to be as imposing as it is danceable. One-part glacial build-ups to one-part dark, pounding rhythms, this is electronica felt in the head as much as much as the heart.



What happens when a formidable post-rock outfit makes a leap from more standard traditions to synth-led dance workouts? Well, in the case of Leeds’ Vessels, magic happens. Having built up a hefty reputation in the aforementioned post-rock scene, the quintet found brilliant new-ground on last year’s ‘Dilate’ LP; a dynamic record that strayed in to dance territory with brilliantly restless, invigorating aplomb.


Ryley Walker

One of 2015’s most beloved debut albums, Ryley Walker’s ‘Primrose Green’ was a authentic nod to the music of days gone-by. Still in his mid-twenties but peddling an outlook far beyond that, Walker takes inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison and similarly antiquated songwriters. Rich in instrumentation and sharp of eye, this is music to daydream to - in all the right ways.


Cavern of Anti-Matter

The Berlin-based project of Stereolab’s Tim Gane, this trio’s debut album wasn’t content with already being one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 on its own term, it went right ahead and named Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom as collaborators. An experimental trip through Gane’s unique mind which remains as fascinating as ever.



Known most pertinently as the other project of Geoff Barrow from Portishead, Beak> returned to prominence this year after providing the soundtrack to cult indie film ‘Couple In A Hole’. An experimental and often dark undertaking, the band’s music is an over-powering and complicated box of tricks that simply shouldn’t be missed.


Yorkston, Thorne & Khan

We don’t tend to associate dry Scottish troubadours with jazz-tinged experimental music but James Yorkston’s new project delivers exactly that. Teaming up with New Delhi sarangi player and vocalist Suhail Yusuf Khan and Lamb’s double bass player Jon Thorne, the trio present a fusion band that combines all of their varying influences and backgrounds and still manages to produce something cohesive, interesting and endearing.


Kiran Leonard

Heralded as a prodigious talent since his breakthrough-of-sorts at the age of 17, 2016 is the year we finally get a new Kiran Leonard LP - via Moshi Moshi - and it's absolutely worth the wait. With a live show reminiscent of Jeff Buckley at his more unrestrained, Leonard is a brilliantly distinct talent, a young artist making politically-charged songs and doing it in new and wonderful ways; the lead track from his new album was a 16-minute tour-de-force unlike much else you've ever heard. Not to be missed.


Loose Meat

Peddling sun-fuelled indie disco like it never went out of fashion, Loose Meat is a duo consisting of Kristian Craig Robinson and Mark ‘Arp’ Cleveland, who previously drummed for the much-loved Archie Bronson. Their debut album, released earlier this summer, is a heady, sparkling display of “avant dance” and we can’t for them to bring their party to this year’s Green Man.


Wesley Gonzalez

As the frontman of cult indie band Let’s Wrestle, Wesley Gonzalez already cemented himself in the UK scene’s folklore, however his new project under his own name looks set to further this already-stellar reputation. More experimental and fleshed-out than his previous creations, but with a keen eye still trained on the punk ethos, Gonzalez continues to cut a defined path that is very much his own.


Kelly Lee Owens

Featuring prominently in a number of 2016’s ‘Hotly tipped’ lists, Kelly Lee Owens looks set to build on the quick gathering of platitude that met her brilliant debut single last summer. Drawing comparisons with Bat For Lashes’ sense of cinematic otherworldliness, Owens pens dark and simmering pop songs all led brilliantly by her richly alluring vocal tones.



There is always a moment, just before meeting an old friend, when fear kicks in. Has the relationship fizzled, or do you just pick up where you left off? For Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, Tunng’s founding forefathers, a magical Icelandic adventure of man chats, drinks-til- dawn, and a little ‘Northern Falsetto’ has found the pair re-igniting their spark on new record Throws.

Nearly ten years since the release of Tunng's third album Good Arrows and the last time the partnership’s imagination was let loose together - comes Throws; the sound of two old friends and collaborators reconnecting, catching up on each other’s lives and creating ideas on an enchanting island. During their time apart Mike had been living in Reykjavik and Sam had moved to Sheffield; it became apparent the two friends had taken dramatically different paths in love, location, and life.

Curious what they could produce second time around; with no preconceived agenda Sam packed his suitcase and joined Mike in his Reykjavik studio, in the town’s industrial old fishing harbour, with no more intentions than catching up with his old buddy.


Gun Outfit

Awash with ever-changing moods and demeanours, the music of Gun Outfit is typically difficult to categorise. Certainly moody and almost unanimously darkened throughout, the band throw a bucket-load of groove at the whole thing so that it never once feels overwhelming. Indeed, there are blasts of noisy punk and more straight-forward indie rock among their growing and ever-impressive back catalogue.



Quickly striking a claim for ‘best new band of 2016’ Mothers were reportedly chased around NYC by their new label Wichita until they signed on the dotted line, such was the legendary labels fascination with their poignant and dramatic pop songs. Their excitement was placed, too; Mothers debut album is one 2016’s most awe-inspiring documents.


Awesome Tapes From Africa

Exactly what it says on the tin and even better than you can imagine, Awesome Tapes From Africa is the project of Brian Shimkovitz who, after visiting Ghana on a scholarship, took all the myriad local music tapes he discovered and turned it in to one of the most engrossing, riveting and exciting DJ sets you’re ever likely to experience. Bring your dancing shoes.


Pictish Trail

Becoming as much of an institution as the Green Man himself, prodigal son Johnny Lynch again returns to this year’s festival to spin his lovably skewed folk leaning upon the Black Mountains. With a brand new album in the works, and a consistently brilliant back-catalogue behind him, Pictish Trail remains a splendid companion come rain or shine.


Sam Lee & Friends

Flying the flag for the traditional music of these shores, Sam Lee is a dedicated musician who leapt a few rungs up the notoriety ladder when his 2012 debut album 'Ground of its Own' was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. Thoughtful, inventive music from a true champion of the folk genre.


The Magnetic North

Releasing their debut album as an initial one-album project, The Magnetic North returned in 2016 with a brand new concept album built around the people and places from frontman Simon Tong’s hometown. Experimental, orchestral compositions with a keen eye on the weird and wonderful facets of human behaviour, the trio remain a striking and singular proposition.


Trader Horne

Such was the brilliance of Trader Horne's one and only record - Morning Way, released in 1970 - the duo have long remained in the public consciousness; the album became a bonafide cult hit and is now regarded as one of the lost gems of that era. Led by the beautiful vocal of former Fairport Convention singer, Judy Dyble, their experimental folk remains a truly immersive and poignant experience and Green Man is both honoured and delighted to bring them back to a festival stage.


The Weather Station

Fronted by Tamara Lindeman, who has led a changing band of musicians over the years, Canadian folk band The Weather Station are celebrating their tenth year of fruition with a visit to Green Man in support of last year’s ‘Loyalty’ album. Led by Lindeman’s smoky, sultry voice, The Weather Station are an entirely captivating proposition; beautifully crafted songs as soft as they are alluring.


BC Camplight

Missing out on last year’s festival after a severe leg injury meant the New Jersey native outstayed his UK visa permissions, we’re supremely pleased to finally see Brian Christinzio upon the Green Man stage he commands with such gusto. A strikingly singular songwriter, the BC Camplight project has spawned three wonderful full-length efforts, chock-full of warm, psych-pop flourishes.


Emma Pollock

Already one of 2016's most well-received records, Emma Pollock's first solo record in six years is a beautiful addition to the Scottish troubadour's truly exemplary back-catalogue. Informed by her work with the much-loved Scottish indie-rock heroes The Delgados, Pollock remains a sharp, insightful and truly affecting songwriter; blessed with the kind of compelling voice that simply demands attention and infatuation in equal measures.



In other situations, the fact that Ardyn are a real-life twin Brother/sister duo might be the biggest talking point, but it's the soft-centred, wistful pop songs they craft which leaves the biggest impact. Though their first EP only arrived in December they carry a sense of effortless grace that belies their tender age. The instrumentation is rich and plush but it's the gorgeous lead vocal that steals the show; charming pop songs to get very excited about.


I See Rivers

Perhaps the hottest prospect from Norway’s consistently excellent outpouring of specially tender bands, this now UK-based trio make the kind of indefinable Scandinavian magic that instantly catches the eyes and ears. Part-folk, part swooning pop songs,


Trevor Sensor

Being billed as a “Country-pop troubadour” could go either way but there’s more than enough rustic charm in his soothing sounds to make Illinois’ Trevor Sensor an endlessly compelling proposition. Signed to the much-loved Jagjaguwar label, and shaped by the unrefined meanderings of Waits, Dylan et al, this young songwriter crafts stories far beyond his tender age.


Steven James Adams



Plu’s most recent record, ‘Tir a Golau’, was heavily inspired by the Caenarfon trio’s natural surroundings, and saw them continue their trend of making charming Welsh-language pop music with a decidedly Americana glow to it. Formed of two sisters and a brother, Plu use this familial backbone to deliver endearingly instinctive, wonderfully traditional three-part harmonies.


Phil Cook & The Guitarheels

Having cut his teeth with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in his previous bands, as well as being a central figure in the much-loved Megafaun, Phil Cook continues to carve out a name all for himself with a couple of wonderful solo albums tucked firmly under his belt. Playing both banjo and piano, Cook draws upon a wide-range of inspirations to create an endlessly interesting sound.


Daniel Norgren

A Swedish singer-songwriter who already has seven LPs to his name, Daniel Norgren makes a beautiful blend of folk and blues, and even recorded much of his breakthrough debut album on homemade instruments. Playing live drums on-stage, Norgren is a captivating and unique proposition who simply demands further exploration.


Cigarettes After Sex

Relocating to Brooklyn from El Paso, Texas, acted as the catalyst for this much-hyped quartet led by Greg Gonzalez. Matching said intrigue with quality of song, the music they craft is wonderfully elegant, a kind of heartfelt, tender take on the slow-core movement that can, and often will, stop you in your tracks.


Clare Maguire

A breakthrough artist in the early part of this decade, Clare Maguire was placed fifth in the BBC Sound of 2011 before hitting the top ten with her debut album, Light After Dark. With a striking voice that has drawn comparisons with the likes of Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks, Maguire returns to spread more pop magic in 2016.


The Oh Hellos

Sibling duos are a rare commodity but they’re often an intriguing one, and such is the case with Thee Oh Hellos, the folk-rock project of Tyler and Maggie Heath who discovered their skills when joining forces to pen a song for their mum. Based in San Marcos, Texas, the duo keep one eye on the tender side of things and one on lovable sing-a-long pop songs.


The Moonlandingz

Starting life as a fictional band isn't the most obvious of routes for bands to take but it's exactly how The Moonlandingz came to be. Far more established than that might suggest, The Moonlandingz is the project of Sheffield's audio taxidermists, the Eccentronic Research Council & Lias & Saul from the mighty Fat White Family.


All Them Witches

Though this Nashville psych-rock collective retired to a remote cabin in the woods to piece together their new material, there’s still a striking sense of bluster to their work; hushed, Bon Iver-style tenderness this ain’t. Like some colourful dream that lifts you a long, long way from home, their music is a dreamy, otherworldly vision unlike much else you might discover this year.


The Membranes

A seminal post-punk band who made their name throughout the 80s, The Membranes would, as legend goes, have been the first band signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records had he not run out of money at just the wrong time. Reforming for ATP Festival in 2009, at the request of My Bloody Valentine, the band rolled back the years to release a highly-praised, much-loved new album in 2015.



Perhaps best known for their remixes (for the likes of Shura and Tobias Jesso Jr) this pair of brothers from South London bring the ultimate party with a sound that sits somewhere between LCD Soundsystem at their most fluid and the best Northern Soul act you’ve never heard. A meticulous and invigorating blend of disco and funk with some of the cleanest production around.



Having recently joined the ranks of the ever-great Play It Again, Sam label, US/Swedish four-piece FEWS are making some serious waves ahead of their debut album, produced by the acclaimed Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip, Django Django et al.). Moody and brash, layered and luxurious, their own brand of rock and roll is dense, stormy completely brilliant.


Margaret Glaspy

It's not often that you'll find an artist likened to both Elliott Smith and Rage Against The Machine, but there's something in Margaret Glaspy's undiluted guitar pop that somehow means both of those comparisons make sense. Hailing from the brilliantly-named Red Bluff, California, her debut album looks set to define her as one of 2016's key new voices.


Palace Winter

An Australian/Danish duo with a knack for writing hazy, laid-back guitar jams reminiscent of both Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs, Palace Winter blossomed in 2015 with some serious love from the blogosphere and even the Guardian falling for their scrappy, psych-leaning slacker jams. As ambitious as they are engrossing.


Oliver Coates

A quick list of the artist that cellist Oliver Coates has worked with is enough to solidify his talent: Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood? Yup! Massive Attack? You bet! Also famed for his own compositional shows, Coates is a genre-bending artist of the most captivating persuasion, delivering everything from quiet orchestral movements to inspired re-workings of more traditional indie/electronic pieces.


Exploded View

It was circumstance that brought Exploded View together but you could be forgiven for thinking that it was written in the stars. The new project from "UK-born, Berlin-based political-journalist-turned-musician Anika" who stumbled upon her now band-mates while playing solo shows in Mexico City. Expect dense, droning soundscapes smothered with submerged, frosty vocals.



Flamingods own biography is a simple one. “We like to make noise with instruments collected from around the world,” they say, and while that’s ostensibly true it doesn’t get close to unravelling the Labyrinthine sprawl of their psychedelic pop. Shaped mostly by African influences



If being called “the greatest band in the country right now" by Fat White Family added any extra pressure to MEATRAFFLE’S ascent then the Brixton collective certainly aren’t showing it. A gnarly, free-spirited attack on dub, jazz, psych, reggae and just about any other genre you could care to mention, the band are a unique and often thrilling proposition, and they’re showing no sign of slowing down.


Sea Pinks

While most bands attest to being distinctive, Belfast trio Sea Pinks certainly make good on on such declarations, presenting a varied and wide-ranging mix of styles, tones and textures on their brilliant latest record, Soft Days. Whipping up a storm that takes in all manner of pop's sub-categories to create something brilliantly bright.


Earth Recordings (DJ)

A label that simple describes its output as "some of the greatest music on Earth", this London-based project is currently dealing with a gorgeous run of Bert Jansch reissues - which should give you some idea of the weird and very wonderful gems you can expect from their time at the decks. Come and discover something new.


Purple Rain

We remember another tragically fallen idol with a presentation of this dramatised concert film from 1984, in which Prince plays the Kid, a funk-pop prodigy with a regular slot at a swish Minneapolis music club. His performance in the film is extremely alluring, betraying a similar vulnerability and gentle shyness to recently departed brother-in-arms, David Bowie. A film of soul-stirring power that’s crammed with instantly recognisable hits.



Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the 1975 cult text by JG Ballard stars Tom Hiddleston as the raffish Dr Robert Laing, a cad and loner whose manner and occupation leave him trapped in an awkward space between the upper and lower tiers.

High Rise documents a process more than tells a story, archly observing as the denizens of a brutalist block of flats which arches up towards the clouds descend into savagery and ad hoc class warfare. This motiveless combat breaks out between the well-to-do residents of the upper floors and the poverty stricken scum of the lower floors. Murder and mayhem takes over, yet the high-rise exerts a strange attraction upon those inside it – there’s something comforting about the hair-trigger violence that has consumed their lives, that the world beyond the walls has nothing to offer them offer any more.


Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special sets out its stall as an atmospheric chase movie before revealing itself to be an ambitious supernatural thriller in the spirit of a Close Encounters-era Steven Spielberg sci-fi. Michael Shannon stars as the protective father of a gifted eight year old whose mysterious abilities have attracted the attentions of the US government and a fanatical religious sect. Another awesome sci-fi parable from the ace director of Mud and Take Shelter.



John Carpenter may be best known for his seminal horrors Halloween and The Thing, but we’re big fans of this lesser-seen ’80s spectacular starring Jeff Bridges as an extraterrestrial who assumes the human form of Jenny Hayden’s (Karen Allen) late partner. Midnight Special director Jeff Bridges has cited this as a key influence – see if you can spot the various points of comparison in our double-bill screening.


Gary Numan - Android in LA LA Land

Synthpop pioneer Gary Numan is the subject of this intimate documentary by directors Steve Read and Rob Alexander. Android In La La Land explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his 2013 album ‘Splinter’.


Expresso Bongo

An unscrupulous small-time Soho agent exploits a teenage rock'n'roll star, but is rivalled by a mature US singer who attempts to use him to revive her flagging career.

Presenting a time capsule of the exploitative aspects of Britain's 1958 pop music business, Bongo is set in and around Soho's coffee bars, with the agents, A&R managers, gossip writers and press types who feed off the scene, and is based on the rise of Tommy Steele, very current in 1958.


Jungle Book

Director Jon Favreau brings Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st century. The Jungle Book is a dazzling update of Disney’s original 1967 animation, featuring an all-star voice cast – including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken – breathtaking computer animation and some truly unforgettable songs.


Fantastic Planet (Asteroid Deluxe Live Score)

René Laloux’s 1973 Czech/French cult animation “Fantastic Planet” follows Terr, a human boy adopted by the blue-skinned members of the Draag species , through his childhood and into a rebellious adolescence.

Asteroid Deluxe return to Green Man after last year’s incredible soundtracking of Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain.


Everybody Wants Some!

Richard Linklater meditates on the male condition in this dangerously charming fratboy freakout. Centred around the hilarious macho exploits of a college baseball team, Everybody Wants Some!! sees the famed American writer/director continue his hotter-than-hot streak following 2014’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood.


Where You're Meant to Be (+ Aidan Moffat (solo show))

Scottish cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat, former frontman of indie band Arab Strap – and best known for his no-holds-barred lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety – sets out to explore his country’s past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs.

It’s meant to be a tour that allows Moffat to explore the roots of his country. It’s meant to be a trip that celebrates Scotland’s communities and lore. But then he meets Sheila Stewart – a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer whose life, and unexpected death, upturns Moffat’s musical assumptions. He believes these old songs are ripe for updating against a modern urban backdrop. She does not.

With Sheila’s criticism ringing in his ears, the bold Moffat embarks on a trip around Scotland’s remote parts that proves to be as uncanny as the Scottish weather. He finds himself caught up in a feud between two monster hunters at Loch Ness, singing to a dismissive Hebridean farmer in his kitchen, and holding court with a mob of ancient warriors in a Highland graveyard.

When Moffat’s tour comes full circle, back to his hometown of Glasgow, he ends up in the legendary Barrowland Ballroom: the best loved rock stage in the world, and the setting for an unlikely final showdown, in a funny wee film about music and death.

Aidan Moffat will also perform.


Laura J Martin

Plotting her third full-length album, released earlier this year, Laura J Martin relocated to Nashville with the help of Lambchop’s Matt Swanson and Tony Crow, even managing to recruit Silver Jews' Brian Kotzur on drums and The Jesus Lizard's Duane Denison to complete her backing band, resulting in something both politically-charged and endearingly hopeful.

Laura J Martin previously played Green Man Festival in 2012,


H Hawkline

The Guardian’s description of H Hawkline as “a carousel of wiry weirdo pop” is so spot-on there’s really little else for us to say. Perhaps, however, we should add that for all the off-beat charm that runs wild through H. Hawkline’s music, there’s also something strikingly beautiful at its heart; a sweet taste of West Coast breeze from, and in, the heart of Wales.

H Hawkline previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Tender Prey

Taking her name from a Nick Cave record, as well as being a self-styled purveyor of “sleaze-blues”, Cardiff’s Tender Prey is the project of one Laura Byon, signed to the brilliant label of Jane Weaver, and a musical-companion to the likes of Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline, Cate le Bon and Ezra Furman. If dark, muscular, frenetic guitar songs are your kind of thing, then get yourself down the front. We’ll see you there.


Farm Hand

A mainstay of the Welsh DIY scene, Mark Thomas is a founding member of the much-loved art-pop group Islet and head-honcho at Shape Records (Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline). Farm Hand is his new solo project; unleashed this summer from the rural mid-Wales hills that he calls home.


Inside Out

Have you ever wondered what scenes might unfold if your brain functions were anthropomorphised? What if instead of biological synapses controlling your state of mind, emotions – voiced by popular US actors – were constantly negotiating with each for dominance over your feelings? Which of your emotions would be the most vocal? What philosophical reasoning would it use to justify taking control? Which one would wear glasses?

Pixar’s delightful and sophisticated latest takes us on a dazzling journey into the mind of a child and features voices from Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Mindy Kaling. Inside Out is a delightful informative journey for the whole family.


Let's Dance - A Late Night David Bowie Disco


The Man Who Fell to Earth

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however.

This 1976 British science fiction drama film directed by Nicolas Roeg and based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel of the same name maintains a strong cult following for its use of surreal imagery and its performances from David Bowie (in his first starring film role), Candy Clark, and Hollywood veteran Rip Torn.


A Bigger Splash

Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are in irresistible form in heady romantic thriller A Bigger Splash which follows up Luca Guadagnino’s 2009’s I Am Love,

Tilda Swinton plays Marianne, a rock singer rendered temporarily mute. She is holidaying in the Italian countryside with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), a quiet, burly photographer, still reeling from a recent suicide attempt. Their sojourn is interrupted by the unscheduled arrival of brash, flamboyant Harry, a former flame of Marianne, along with his recently reacquainted teenage daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson). A Byronic cad, Harry – Fiennes at his peak – is a gabby, preening rake who is clearly there to win back Marianne.

Late-period Rolling Stones are another fixation throughout. In a key scene, Harry breaks into an impromptu dance to ‘Emotional Rescue’, the record which marked the end of the band’s golden era. Guadagnino makes A Bigger Splash feel like ‘Emotional Rescue’, with its high gloss and louche millionaire swagger, before shifting into the apocalyptic doom boogie of ‘Gimme Shelter’ (“A storm is threatening / my very life today”).


Couple In A Hole

Kate Dickie and Paul Higgins star in this slow-burning woodland drama from Belgian filmmaker Tom Geens. As the title suggests, it follows a couple living in submerged solitude somewhere in the Pyrenees. This knotty, slow-burning meditation on self-preservation is well worth a trip down the rabbit hole.


Janis: Little Girl Blue

Amy Berg’s superb new documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, which incorporates revelatory interviews with family, friends, band members and associates (some long since dead), a good deal of stirring live and archive footage, and a lot of insight from people who knew her well.

It strikes a fine balance between the Janis we think we know – the strung-out psychedelic white-blues belter who roared out of Haight-Ashbury in 1967 and found instant stardom after slaying them at Monterey – and the other half of her. Namely the Texas teenager with the classic, boring, suburban 50s, Manson-girl childhood (smart, odd-duck kid, loving but distant parents) who – as she grew up – routinely found herself athwart her times, her place, her gender, her sexuality and all the conventional expectations of her, including the retrogressive race norms of her day.



Our day of David Bowie themed activities begins with an anniversary screening of Jim Henson’s ’80s cult hit. Labyrinth follows 16-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) as she journeys through an enormous maze in an attempt to save her baby brother from Jareth, the Goblin King (Bowie). A spellbinding puppet-based fantasy drama for adults and children alike.


Green Room

Green Room is a 2015 American horror thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. A savage horror film that also takes a familiar sub-genre but this time, he elevates it quite superbly.

The premise is a riff on the hillbilly survival nightmare, typified by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, where a group of youths find themselves at the mercy of a pack of backwoods brutalists. In Saulnier’s take, an underground, and overly proud of it, rock band (including Anton Yelchin and Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat) books a gig at a neo-Nazi bar despite their initial reservations.

The performance itself runs smoothly, with just a few bottles thrown and inflammatory names hurled. But as they prepare to leave, they stumble upon a dead body and are forced to barricade themselves in the green room while a line of thugs, led by Patrick Stewart, try to force their way in


Metropolis (Dmytro Morykit Live Piano Score)

Kicking off things on the Thursday, Composer Pianist Dymytro Morykit performs his acclaimed new score for Fritz Lang’s masterpiece Metropolis. Metropolis, Lang’s Weimar period expressionist epic science-fiction drama is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

One of the funniest and most delightful films of the year - Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film, written and directed by Taika Waititi makes its UK debut at GM16!



OKIDO is THE arts and science magazine for young children and their families. OKIDO Studio is a creative design practise creating exemplary products with hidden learning for young children including magazines, books, toys, an animated TV show and more.

OKIDO is delighted to be bringing a combination of arts and science activities to Green Man Festival 2016. Young children and their families are invited to join with OKIDO humans in some art and science games and activities.



‘What on earth is this?! It`s brilliant!’ STEVE LAMACQ

‘Hilarious & bonkers & brilliant!’ LAUREN LAVERNE

‘It’s the kind of idiosyncrasy that cult fan-bases are built on, and you can’t help but feel it couldn’t have come from anywhere but the land of the rising sun’ - VENUE MAGAZINE

ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, takes the notion of a one-man band to new limits, combining his quirky handmade instrument inventions (Stilt-bass, Kalilaphone, Balloon-pipes, Hatbox-pedal-drum, Tapumpet, Percussion-shoes & Hat-trick-hat) with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, toys & everyday objects all in the space of one short set. Somehow there's an ancient, ritualistic feel to his performances - he's like the misplaced leader of a tribe.

To see ICHI live is to witness something so playful and unusual you know that you're experiencing something entirely new. It`s fun, it`s danceable, it`s exciting.


Star Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut?

Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel.

Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, The Wardrobe Ensemble and The Wardrobe Theatre have created a unique theatrical experience for children. The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. We need Green Man's Star Seekers to help us complete our mission and answer one of the greatest unanswered questions of the universe: What do astronauts really have in their packed lunch boxes?!

The Wardrobe Ensemble are an emerging group of Bristol based theatre artists working together to make new plays that dissect the twenty-first century experience.


Rachael Dadd

Experimental folk multi­-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd has just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere. Two years in the making, ‘We Resonate’ is an uplifting celebration of life, born from the richness of her semi-­nomadic lifestyle

Partly recorded live in a studio followed by playful overdubbing in Rachael’s front room, ‘We Resonate’ carves out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental. Pulsing with poly­rhythms on prepared-­piano, homemade xylophone, voice, clarinets, typewriter, boxes of matches, steel drum, tap­dancing, clapping, and even the heartbeat of Rachael’s baby in the womb, it reveals that her love of African field ­recordings and the spirit embodied within them has seeped into the diverse mix of influences, along with Steve Reich, Tune Yards, and the Japanese underground/ improv scene.


Hack Your Brain

Can you really trust what you see & hear? Join Ginny Smith to explore the inner workings of the brain using live demos, illusions and experiments. Discover how the brain unscrambles the information coming in through your senses, and how this sometimes goes wrong, and find out how technology can allow you hack another person’s brain to control their movements.

This fast-paced, interactive show will bamboozle your senses and uncover quirks of your brain you never knew about. Ginny studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Psychology and Neuroscience; now she spreads her love of science as a science communicator. She has developed a range of science shows about the brain which she performs at science festivals including Cheltenham and Cambridge and to school groups around the country.



OK2 is a collaboration between Science rapper Oort Kuiper and guitar and Loop specialist Buster Redlox. Oort Kuiper is the UK’s foremost promoter of science based raps having done raps for NASA, the BBC and Ch4 Learning. The immensely talented Buster Redlox is one of Cardiff’s most recognisable street performers, using loop pedals to lay down guitar and bass riffs with added beatbox and effects.


How Science Ruined My Life

Steve Cross is unique among science comedians in the UK in that he knows no science at all. He founded Bright Club, where academics across Europe tell jokes about their work, and hosts Science Showoff but still has managed to absorb no science whatsoever. He's a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and winner of the Josh Award for public engagement with science. But still knows none at all.

Join him as he tries to make sense of why people keep booking him for science events, sending him their science homework questions and letting him loose inside their universities, museums and zoos. Contains swearing, rude ideas, angry tweets by teenagers and lots of science. Much to his annoyance.


Level Up Human

Evolution has gotten lazy and needs a prod. Don’t you ever think life would be so much better if it had more tentacles? Imagine having a prehensile face.

Join Simon Watt and guests from the Garden for the live recording of his exciting new podcast series, Level Up Human.

Combining gene splicing and transhumanism, medical advancement and surgical enhancement, biology and ambition, Level Up Human takes a lighthearted look at what it means to be human, and what the alternatives might be.


Oliver Meech

In 'When Magic and Science Collide', Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It's the natural selection!


Rising Ape Presents... Your Choice: The Game!

What will you choose to do about cancer? Your Choice is a brand new boardgame that puts you and your team in the hotseats of cancer researchers. Will your research group rule supreme across the weekend? By using your specialist skills to work together, and some smart resource spending, you might just do it...

Rising Ape Collective, in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, have been busily gathering the stories of the people closest to clinical trials — nurses, patients and researchers — so you can experience them for yourself in this fast-paced game of teamwork, high-stakes dice rolling and cutting edge research. Plus: prizes for the festival's highest scorers!


Kat Arney

Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She has just published her first book, "Herding Hemingway's Cats - how do our genes work?" This year Kat brings her book to the garden and along with the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms will unpack the complexity in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.


The Science Ceilidh Band

Scientifically reinventing Scottish traditional music and dance, the Science Ceilidh Band are an award-winning project adapting Scottish dances to explain science concepts. From the Dashing White Blood Cell to Fluorescent Flings and Orcadian Strip the Helixes, they have got over 8000 people across the UK and Ireland up and ceilidh-ing with their high-energy performances incorporating musical elements from continental Europe, Quebec and Nordic traditions, with a dash of techno and geek culture for good measure.


Heg & The Wolf Chorus

Heg & The Wolf Chorus return to Green Man with new songs from their debut album Raising The Fires which will be released in November this year.

Intertwining Heg’s imaginative stories with traditional myths, legends and stories, Raising The Fires is set at the end of the world as we know it, brought to its demise by a white witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. Follow Heg & The Wolf Chorus into an apocalyptic world where mythological creatures claim the land. The band will be joined by members of The Great Sea Choir.


Cat Rogers

“...never less than convincing, ferocious and fearful. Yet she also conjured up a fey and wild-eyedspirit” (Seen and Heard International). This is hopefully NOT how Cat’s performance at Green Man will be described, though it is a genuine review of her from her day job.

By night: opera diva, by night off: ukulele wiz. Cat sings songs about science and more, none of which she really understands very well, but that doesn’t stop her trying. She has previously been seen at Green Man as one half of Strawberry and Cream, and joining in enthusiastically as part of Bright Club.


Do Scientists Dream of Synthetic Sheep?

We are in the middle of a molecular biology revolution. Our ability to manipulate, understand and design biological systems is increasing rapidly. As experiments become cheaper, faster and more reliable such power may become widely accessible – and of course, with great power comes great responsibility.

Jack Heal brings 'Do Scientists Dream About Synthetic Sheep?' to Green Man. A comedy lecture about synthetic biology which will raise important questions such as - "What is a spider goat?", "Can we create artificial life?" and "Why haven’t we made Jurassic Park yet?".


Confessions of a Newly Divorced Woman

Following her enormously successful debut performance at last year's Green Man with 'Confessions of a nearly divorced woman' Louisa Ashley returns with the next instalment, 'Confessions of a newly divorced woman'. Having exited stage left in a state of heightened excitement, Louisa decided it was time to take the plunge into life's next act as promised and get stuck into online dating. Combining storytelling and poetry, Louisa reveals a little bit more than she should about life as a newly divorced woman...

Join Louisa as she takes advantage of her new found freedom, discovers a new energy and lust for life and redefines her relationship with her now ex-husband.'


Wildlife Walks

Discover the amazing variety of species that are living around the Green Man Festival site. Find out which of the plants and fungi are edible, have a go at pond dipping for fascinating water creatures, learn about ancient trees and woodland ecology, and get up close and personal with bugs! Join our wildlife experts on daily walks to identify and learn about the nature surrounding Einstein’s Garden.


Don't Drive with Demosthenes

The technology for autonomous vehicles has arrived, but we're procrastinating from rolling them out fully because we've not worked out the ethical consequences yet.

In this talk Matt Allinson describes how widespread autonomous vehicles already are in our day to day lives (and how we might not know it yet), the technology and capabilities of contemporary vehicles that are being introduced onto our roads and the philosophical ramifications of this. Matt explores how we can teach a robot what humans consider Right and Wrong.

Taking its title from a notorious Greek orator who originated the phrase "The end justifies the means", Matt will highlight this is not a particularly good ethical standpoint when it comes to driving a car, robotic or otherwise.


Mad Hackers Tea Party

Einstein’s Garden favourite, the Mad Hackers Tea Party, returns for another year bringing you an exciting selection of creative tech workshops for all the family. Brought to you by Emilie Giles, Liat Wassershtrom and Exploring Senses.

Join us and build a working Korg synthesizer, or create your very own light-up e-textile badge using conductive thread to sew a circuit into traditional crafting materials such as felt and wool.


Galapagos Finch: Riches in the Dirt

Shrink down to the size of an ant and join scientist, explorer, musician and general shambles, Galapagos Finch, as he searches for his missing friend, Jean Claude. Meet beatboxing beetles, funky fungi, and other colourful characters and legends of the leaf litter. Discover the diverse world found in the soil beneath your feet, with songs, dancing, silliness and Galapagos Finch's shrinking ray gun!


Get Yourself Together

One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying. This is a show about being ill and being fit for work. This is a show about the DWP and being from Bolton. This is a show that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue.

Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is new show from Royal Exchange supported artist, Josh Coates.


Ministry of Sense: Hunting the Higgs

Ministry of Sense: Hunting the Higgs is a highly interactive comedy show that puts the public in charge of making one of science’s greatest and most exciting discoveries – the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

As the Large Hadron Collider's latest recruits, the audience will be at the cutting edge of science and the progress of the field will rest in their hands!


Poco Drom

With animal ears, a tail, an acoustic guitar and a paw full of original animal songs for kids AND their adults Poco Drom will rock your wild and wonderful world with much wriggling, hopping, squeaking, waddling and ROARING!

Learn of the dangers of flying elephants, discover your inner squirrel as you shout 'NUTS' with gusto and ride into the sunset on your imaginary horse!

(Animal costumes optional. Animal sounds compulsory).

Listen to the latest album of animal songs at

Poco Drom previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Jungle Calling

Is it a bird, is it a frog, is it a monkey? Is it a predator alarm call or a mating song? Join Dr David Jones, a tropical biologist, as he plays the calls of weird and wonderful animals from rainforests around the world.

In this fast and funny family-friendly show, David challenges you to guess who gives a hoot and whois about to croak. There are prizes if you get them all right.

Dr David Jones works at the Natural History Museum in London. He has done research on animal ecology in rainforests in Central Africa, Madagascar, Borneo, New Guinea, Central and South America.


Planets Collide

It’s 1616 and there is one burning question: where is the centre of the universe? Is it planet Earth, or is it the Sun? The Catholic Church want you to agree with their view – Earth is at the centre of everything and even the Sun orbits the planet. The topic is hot. So hot that the wrong answer might get you burned alive!

But you are Galileo, the original Rebel Scientist. You are not afraid to stand up for what you believe in.

Do you:

A) Keep a low profile and do your best to avoid being tortured/burned at the stake?

B) Write a book poking fun at the Pope?

Come and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the ‘Rumble in Rome’ with Dan Green, author of Rebel Science. Expect music, terrible jokes and silly wigs as we relive the exciting story of most famous science showdown. Planets will collide!


Professor Karmadillo

Professor Karmadillo brings science to life and live stages through his series of musical mini-lectures.

Describing scientific events and processes can be challenging indeed - resulting in a Most Contrived Lyric Award for his song on the live of Gustav Mendel. Other topics covered include graphene, the Higgs Boson and (a halloween special) - attempts to achieve immortality through the grafting of monkey testicles in the 1930s.

Songs are performed on the charango, a South American folk instrument (think souped up ukulele) that used to be made from armadillos. He has performed at museums, science festivals and events, and been featured on national and local radio. After a period of hibernation, Professor Karmadillo will be springing out again in 2016 with a Genetics Themed Musical.


Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a Spoken Word Poet (Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist 2015, Hammer & Tongue Team Slam Finalist 2014) who has gigged, facilitated and and been commissioned to share her words across the country and online. Including the making of her Apples and Snakes poetry podcast: 'WRD PRTY // Let's Talk Heritage', collaborating on Inua Ellams' 12 hour night art journey ‘The Midnight Run’ and Southbank Centre. She is also an actor, events maker and children's workshop facilitator.

Her work delves head first into personal questions, stories and myths that explore and nurture our capacity to see what connects us as all, as Human. Towards liberation, equality and justice. Here are some things she likes: Trees, bright radiant colours and smiling when we pass each other!


Something & Something

Something & Something combine acoustic and electronic instrumentation to create electro-acoustic dance music.

Central to the duo's approach is the Korg Wavedrum, the first 'organic' electronic synthesised drum. It's multiple sensors allow the drums notes to be bent like an acoustic percussive instrument, such as a conga or timpani, resulting in an intuitiveness and responsiveness rarely seen in electronic instruments.

This perfectly incapsulates the bands dual approach. In combination with the Wavedrum, Something & Something use acoustic double bass, drums, digital effects, loops and vocal processing to create a unique, hybrid sound.


Human Library

By bringing together groups of strangers, who otherwise may never have the chance to talk to each other, human libraries act as a means of stimulating conversations that have the power to positively challenge people’s attitudes and opinions towards other members of society.

We’re bringing the human library format back for another year to discuss the big questions in science.


The Minke Whales

The Minke Whales are a Bristol five-piece formed in 2009 by Edinburgh singersongwriter Stuart Reid (formerly of Shifty Disco Record's Seagull Strange) and bassist Neil Hughes when they discovered their collective love of recording music in Tales of revenge, lost love and witch hunts wrapped up in sweet melodies that blend twisted folk with Reid's grizzled Scottish vocal gruff, an English nightingale and banjo laden stomping to give them a dark and brooding intoxication.


Chris Kent

Chris Kent is one of Ireland’s rapidly rising young comedians. His sharp style preys on his own everyday life and his ability to laugh at himself gives for some great viewing. Chris is one to watch!


Mark Olver

Olver is something of a natural; self-deprecating, anecdotal and armed full of weird, wonderful and wry stories. Now a regular TV warm-up act, Olver is a seasoned pro, and a Green Man Festival institution.


Robert White

Robert White is the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh, musical comic on the British comedy scene. Known for his brilliant timing and performance style, Robert’s chaotic stage presence, improvisational skills and delivery won him the 2010 Edinburgh Malcolm Hardy Award for Comic Originality. He is now a sought after act who regularly performs across the country and internationally.


Matilda Wnek

Matilda Wnek is a comic performer and former Footlights member. Her enormously successful Edinburgh Fringe show Beard (which she co-wrote and starred in with Rosa Robson), toured the comedy and sketch circuits, and led to an Edinburgh sequel Beard II. Matilda has been successfully performing on the stand-up circuit as well, reaching the finals of ‘So You Think You Are Funny?’ in 2015. She has also been a finalist for the Chortle Student Comedy Awards.


Steve Hall

Steve Hall has done loads of stuff: He’s supported Russell Howard on 5 national tours, including at the 02 and Wembley Arena, he’s also opened for Lee Mack and Bill Burr. He’s occasionally heard on Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, he directed Pappy’s 2007 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show and was one third of beloved sketch idiots We Are Klang. He was also in a Darren Hanlon video for 3 seconds, and once had a text message printed in the NME.


David Kay

Always quirky, original and drawing laughter from a unique blend of extra-ordinary observations and ultra-ordinary situations, Kay is the complete antithesis to flashy arena stand-ups. One of this year’s Last Laugh must sees …


Ivo Graham

Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18 and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. This led the following year to nominations for Chortle Best Newcomer and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and performances at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival and the Hollywood Fringe. Since leaving university in 2012 he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK comedy circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages.

As seen/heard on BBC Three’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live; Comedy Central’s Live At The Comedy Store; BBC Radio 5 live’s Fighting Talk; and XFM’s Josh Widdicombe show.


Daniel Simonsen

Daniel Simonsen is a comedy performer, writer and actor whose stand-up show Champions won Best Newcomer at the 2012 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Since then, as both stand-up act and writer, he has supported Simon Amstell on his 2012 and 2015 tours Numb and To Be Free. He is familiar to television audiences for his role as Erik in Reeves and Mortimer’s House of Fools (BBC 2), as well as appearances on shows including The Review Show and Russell Howard’s Good News.


The Horne Section

The Horne Section bring together stand-up and live music in a free-wheeling and spontaneous combination.

The group is led by Alex Horne, the creator and host of hit Dave TV Series Taskmaster. Their live show Horne Section’s Questions Sessions pits some of the finest contemporary comedians against each other to complete the most unlikely tasks, and has enjoyed sell-out runs in Edinburgh and at the Soho Theatre.

The Horne Section have recently starred in Horne Section’s Christmas, a “deliciously blasphemous delight” (Chortle) of a short film that aired on Sky Arts on Christmas Day. They are the only band that has ever hosted 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Never Mind the Buzcocks. They have also appeared on The John Bishop Show, as well as presenting three series of their very own show for BBC Radio 4.

‘A frivolously funny mash-up of music and mirth’ **** (Evening Standard)

‘A joyful, high-octane collision of stand-up, musical improvisation and variety…one of the most original and entertaining comedy cabarets you’ll see’ (Guardian).


Hedluv and Passman

Hedluv and Passman are from Cornwall and rap over beats made on small Casio keyboards. It's not as bad as it sounds. Well, let’s see..


Rob Deering

While the idea of stand-up comedy intertwined with music has something of a checkered past, Rob Deering’s performance is endlessly and effortlessly rewarding. Using a guitar and a loop pedal, Deering crafts a unique soundscape of songs and jest, which is a total joy from start to finish. Aside from his distinctive routine, Deering was the host and writer of three series of Out to Lunch on BBC Radio 2 and he also won a special edition of The Weakest Link, answering all of his questions correctly, as well as Celebrity Mastermind in 2014. A formidable talent with a captivating and hugely impressive live show, Deering is one of a kind, and so much more.

Rob Deering previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Howard Read

Howard Read is a stand-up, writer and animator. He’s performed stand-up all around the world, and his unique human-cartoon double-act Big Howard Little Howard even further round it. He currently divides his time between club comedy, creating unique theatre shows using animation and writing for some of the most successful cartoons on TV, including Danger Mouse.


Caroline Mabey

Fringe favourite and ‘oddball genius’ (Chortle) Caroline Mabey’s shows have covered such hoary subjects as waking up (it’s hard to do), breakfast (the most arrogant meal of the day) and silence ( ). Now she’s a mother and no longer gets to experience any of those things, but will delight and traumatise you with her silly surreal charm.

Resident MC at London’s much-feted 99 Club and one half of the Two Stupids- with multi-award-winning comedian Michael Legge- Caroline doesn’t believe in prizes.

‘A mischievous, kooky talent’ (Time Out)

‘The slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin’ (Evening Standard)


David Trent



Mike Bubbins

Taking something of an unusual path towards the bright lights of the comedy stage, Mike Bubbins was a professional Rugby player first, before becoming a PE Teacher, and then an Elvis Impersonator and, now, a stand-up comedian. And no, we’re not making this up. If the journey itself was somewhat disparate, the result is something altogether more tenacious. A unique figure with a genuine, natural flair for storytelling, Bubbins is a mightily endearing character with a genuinely hilarious live show. One of Wales’s best comic talents – come and see for yourself.

Mike Bubbins previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Liam Williams


Angela Barnes

Angela Barnes, winner of 2011 BBC New Comedy Award, and her witty world view have been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including regular appearances Ch4's Stand Up For The Week, BBC 2's Mock The Week, BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and The News Quiz.


Rhod Gilbert - Jest A Minute

Join Rhod and guests for a very special Green Man Festival edition of the shambolic and laughable comedy panel show that’s all about… comedy. ‘Jest A Minute’ will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

Rhod Gilbert - Jest A Minute previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Beat This

Something of a cult hero, and self-described as “the UK's foremost guitar-wielding, loop-layering stand-up comedian”, Rob Deering brings his unique music-based quiz to this years Green Man and it promises to be something of an essential deviation from the more accustomed festival practices. Featuring live music mash-ups, megamixes and trivia, the quiz pits four comedians against the crowd in an endlessly quirky game which has already had successful runs on Leicester Square, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and seen Deering lauded as a “brilliant musical comedian” by Time Out magazine.

Beat This previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Ingrid Dahle

Blending her innate oddness, a love of British culture and unique physical comedy, Ingrid reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny, won Brighton Comedy Festival’s inaugural Squawker Comedy Award and took her first show to Edinburgh, all within the first 18 months of performing.


Matt Rees

A multi-award winning comedian and a Best Newcomer nominee for the 2012 Chortle Awards, Green Man is super excited to welcome Matt Rees to this years comedy showcase. The past couple of years have been wonderfully successful for the young Welshman, appearing on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Three while making a name for himself on the live circuit with a performance that razor-sharp and superbly crafted. Supremely talented, with a real gift for story-telling, find out why Rees is one of the brightest new names in the game.

Matt Rees previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Chris Martin

Chris has recently appeared on Alan Davies: As Yet Utitled, and was invited to perform at New Zealand Comedy Festival 2012-2014, MICF 2015 and co-hosts one of the “Top 10 Comedy Podcast” according to The Guardian. “Destined for Greatness” The Sunday Times. “One of the Uk’s best young observationalists” The Guardian.


Rob Hughes

Rob mixes truth with fiction in a comedy cocktail that"ll get your head in a spin as he strikes a perfect balance between beautifully crafted puns, observational comedy and anecdotes so absurd you"ll want them to be true.


Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan is an original, honest and exciting comedian who is fast becoming a favourite with UK audiences. She is a TV regular in her native Ireland as well as live appearances all over the world.


Gavin Osborn

Gavin has played at Green Man for the last five years and can say with absolutely no messing about that it's his favourite festival in the world. So you've all chosen very well. Congratulations. This time he's got some new songs about the government, the housing market, our collective reliance on technology and his own lack of knowledge about the world. And some old songs in case you don't like those and you just want his 'mega hits'. Expect a heart-swelling, life-affirming, fist-pumping party time.


Amy Annette

Amy Annette is a great gal just trying to live her best life. She's been that comedy gal at Machynlleth Comedy Festival and Latitude Festival with her 'What Women Want' show examining that great mystery of our time. Women. She was co-editor of the critically acclaimed book 'I Call Myself A Feminist', 'A funny, fearless, frank feminist call to arms.' Red Magazine. Sounds a bit too sincere? You're right! As a grown up person she has been called 'dry' and 'overly empathetic', as a child she confidently considered herself to be 'charming' and recently someone called her, without invite, 'barrelling'. Sounds funny? You're right again!



Sheeps show may be the most inventive sketch show in years... The conceit is that these are merely previews for the trio's Wembley Stadium debut. Clever, arch and multi-layered, as Sheeps work through their anxieties about Wembley, thrash out personal differences, and float the idea that sketch comedy is fuelled by internal group disharmony.


Alex Horne


John Shuttleworth

‘A National Institution...the 42nd Best Reason to Love Britain’ (Sunday Telegraph) John Shuttleworth, well-loved from his Radio 4 series, The Shuttleworths, as well as from various TV appearances including Celebrity Antiques Roadshow (BBC2), 500 Bus Stops(BBC), It’s Nice up North, Southern Softies and One Foot In The Gravy (Sky). Shuttleworth is currently recording the second series of John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music for BBC Radio 4, for transmission for autumn 2016. Guest on the last series included Toyah Wilcox and Chaz and Dave.

‘His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature’ The Guardian Guide

‘Wonderful, wacky, and weird’ Radio Times


‘The Ladybird Book of the Hangover’

Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris present ‘The Ladybird Book of the Hangover’

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris have been writing comedy together since they were spotty.

Recent things include Cunk On Shakespeare, Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe, Yonderland, Murder In Successville, and the outrageously everywhere Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups.

Less recent things include Paddington, A Touch Of Cloth, That Mitchell And Webb Look, Miranda, Strange Hill High, It’s Kevin, Have I Got News For You, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Viz and The Framley Examiner.

They divide their time between London and the pub.


Songs in the Key of Fife: Vic Galloway & James Yorkston in conversation

Vic Galloway is a respected broadcaster, journalist and author based in Scotland. He has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC since 1999, including 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1 and more recently contributing to BBC 6Music.

His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ was published recently – all about music from the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland, telling the intertwining stories of KT Tunstall, The Beta Band, King Creosote, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective. It has been well received and reviewed.


David Wrench in conversation with Huw Stephens

David Wrench will be in conversation with Huw Stephens.

David Wrench is a Welsh singer, musician and studio producer/ sound engineer from Anglesey, Wales. His music has ranged from camp synthpop to Doom inspired Folk.

He first came to public attention while still at school in 1989 with his first group Nid Madagascar, who recorded "the first Welsh language acid house record" Lledrith Lliw as a 12" single in 1990.

Reappearing some years later as a solo artist he was signed first to Ankst Records of Cardiff and later to Manchester-based Storm Music. Wrench has made three albums, Blow Winds Blow, The Atomic World of Tomorrow, and Spades & Hoes & Plows, as well as a number of singles and EPs. He was also a member of the 33 piece "cosmic supergroup" The Serpents, with whom he also released a single and an album.

His first full-length solo album, Blow Winds Blow includes Wrench acting as a multi-instrumentalist.

In 2010 he released the album Spades & Hoes & Plows on Invada records. The album comprises 3 re-workings of old revolutionary folk songs and one original instrumental piece based on the Rebecca Riots. The album was produced by Julian Cope and received widespread critical acclaim.

I have mixed recent records for Caribou, FKA Twigs, Jungle, Bloc Party, Shura, Blossoms, Hot Chip, Factory Floor, Jamie XX etc.

He won the UK Music Producers Guild mixer of the year award 2016.


Jon Savage

Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He has written sleevenotes for Wire, St. Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005); Queer Noises: From the Closest to the Charts 1961 - 1976 (Trikont 2006); and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-87 (Domino 2008).

His most record book, 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded won the 2016 Penderyn Music Prize.


Ghost Box

A record label established in 2004 by producer, Jim Jupp and music industry graphic designer, Julian House. It was set up originally as an outlet for their own musical experiments with the idea that each release’s packaging would display a similar design sensibility and both music and design would allude to House and Jupp’s shared imaginary landscape; a very British parallel world of library music, 60s and 70s horror movies, TV science-fiction soundtracks, vintage electronics and Radiophonics, supernatural stories and folklore.

The label has continued to grow and develop since then albeit with a deliberately small roster of artists, working in differing styles but sharing the same sensibilities and all fitting in with Ghost Box’s fictional world. Ghost Box’s key artists include House’s own The Focus Group and Jupp’s Belbury Poly and also The Advisory Circle, Pye Corner Audio and Roj.

Ghost Box previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Pop Quiz with Pete Paphides & Bob Stanley

Our infamous Pop Quiz returns for another year with hosts Bob Stanley and Pete Paphides. Study up on your melodic minutiae for a chance to reign victorious in this year’s prestigious battle of the musical boffins.

Bob Stanley is a writer, musician, DJ, and film producer. Since founding influential pop group Saint Etienne, Bob has enjoyed a parallel career as a music journalist, contributing to publications such as the Times, Smash Hits, NME, the Guardian and the Face. A former artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre, his films have been shown at the ICA and Royal Festival Hall, and he has curated several seasons for the Barbican.

Music writer and broadcaster Pete Paphides has written for a whole host of publications over the past two decades, including The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Mojo and Q. He has made several music documentaries for Radio 4 and presented two series of Vinyl Revival for BBC 6 Music. These days he presents a weekly music show for Soho Radio, comprised of old and new records from his extensive collection. He and his family have been to every Green Man since the second one in 2004.

Pop Quiz with Pete Paphides & Bob Stanley previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


The MOJO Interview: Belle & Sebastian in conversation

Notorious (and hugely entertaining) interviews with the likes of Mark E. Smith, Green Gartside and Donovan now behind them, this year’s MOJO interview is with Scot indie legends Belle & Sebastian. Join them for tales of twenty years at the indie coalface!


The Outrun

Amy Liptrot’s debut book ‘The Outrun’ is a memoir of life on the edge in London and at the edge of the world in the Orkney Islands.


Travis Elborough

Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for more than a decade, and frequently appears on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. Elborough's books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the Word.

His latest, A Walk in the Park is a loving exploration of public parks and green space described as “quirky and delightful' by the Observer.


James Yorkston

James Yorkston reads from and talks about his new book Three Craws.

James Yorkston is one of the UK's leading singer-songwriters with an international following. He has recorded twelve albums and was an early member of the Fence Collective, the highly influential collaboration including, amongst others, KT Tunstall, The Beta Band, King Creosote and The Pictish Trail. In 2011 he published It's Lovely To Be Here: The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent (Domino Press). Three Craws (Freight Books) was published in 2016 and is James’s first novel.

James Yorkston previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


The Elena Ferrante Reading Group with Dawn Foster, Eli Davies & Emma Jackson

Dawn Foster is a journalist, writing on politics, social affairs and culture for The Guardian, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and other publications. Her first book, Lean Out, is out now.

Eli Davies is a writer and teacher. She has written about music, popular culture, politics and literature for The Guardian, Vice, The Quietus and New Statesman and is co-editing an anthology of women's music writing which will be published by Repeater Books in 2017.

Emma Jackson is an urban sociologist. Her research, teaching and writing explore everyday practices of belonging and social inequality in cities. Emma is a lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths and is the author of 'Young Homeless People and Urban Space: Fixed in Mobility' (2015), co-author of 'The Middle Classes and the City: A Comparison of Paris and London' (2015) and co-editor of 'Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location' (2014). Before going to university she worked in a record shop, a cinema, and played bass in the band Kenickie.


Matt Sewell – Bird Spotting and Jotting

Artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell is an avid ornithologist, regular contributor to the CAUGHT BY THE RIVER website and author of the bestselling books Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds, Our Woodland Birds and Owls. He has illustrated and painted walls for Barbour, BBC Springwatch, the V&A, The Guardian and the RSPB and has exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo and Paris.

Matt Sewell – Bird Spotting and Jotting previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Dawn Foster

Dawn Foster’s ‘Lean Out’ is a powerful work of contemporary feminism that rejects the idea of tolerating mansplaining and insists a different course through daily life is available to all independent women.


The Ministry Of Nostalgia

Owen Hatherley’s recently published, critically acclaimed and highly entertaining ‘The Ministry of Nostalgia’ deconstructs the myth of the ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ sign and despairs of its ubiquity.


Lynsey Hanley

Lynsey Hanley writes for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the Financial Times. She is the author of Estates: an Intimate History (Granta, 2007) and Respectable: the Experience of Class (Penguin, 2016). She is a visiting research fellow in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, and an Honorary Researcher in Sociology at Lancaster University.


Richard King - Original Rockers

Richard King is the author of the acclaimed How Soon Is Now? (2012) which was named Sunday Times music book of the year. His writing has appeared in The Observer, Vice, Guardian and many other publications.

Original Rockers, his second book, is an account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s.

‘A remarkable memory fugue, a work of rapture and reverie’ - The Observer.
‘The first time I truly couldn’t take the needle off a book. The smell of vinyl virtually eminates from the page’ – Gilles Peterson

A Times, Uncut and Rough Trade Book of the Year, shortlisted for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize and now out in paperback.

Richard lives in mid-Wales.

Richard King - Original Rockers previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Pete Brown - Matches the Beers and Bands of Green Man

Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of five-and-a-half books about beer, cider, pubs and why they’re important, and is a judge on the BBC Food and Farming Awards and the Great Taste Awards. Pete has always been a passionate music fan, and his beer and music matching project is the ultimate combination of business and pleasure. Except it’s all pleasure.

Pete Brown - Matches the Beers and Bands of Green Man previously played Green Man Festival in 2015.


Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley was born in Southampton, England in 1981. He received a PhD in 2011 from Birkbeck College, London, for a thesis on Constructivism and Americanism, which will be published in 2016 as The Chaplin Machine (Pluto Press). He writes regularly for Architects Journal, Architectural Review, Dezeen, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and New Humanist, and is the author of several books: Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010), Uncommon – An Essay on Pulp (Zero, 2011), Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012), A New Kind of Bleak – Journeys through Urban Britain (Verso 2012), Landscapes of Communism (Penguin 2015) and The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso, 2016). He also edited and introduced an updated edition of Ian Nairn's Nairn's Towns (Notting Hill Editions, 2013), and wrote texts for the exhibition Brutalust: Celebrating Post-War Southampton, at the K6 Gallery. He lives in Woolwich.


Huw Stephens (DJ)

A DJ and broadcaster that should need no introduction, Radio One’s Huw Stephens has become synonymous and indispensable within the world of new and emerging music. A label runner, club night host and festival founder he’s something of a peoples champion; constantly giving a platform to the best unsigned and upcoming bands that these shores produce.

Huw Stephens (DJ) previously played Green Man Festival in 2015,


Amy Liptrot

Amy Liptrot has published her work with various magazines, journals and blogs. As well as writing for local newspaper, Orkney Today, and editing the Edinburgh Student newspaper, Amy has worked as an artist's model, a trampolinist and in a shellfish factory. This is her first book.


American Mustard

On 17 September 2016 American Mustard will release their self-titled debut album, recorded by Steffan Pringle at the infamous Cocadwdldw Studios.

American Mustard are five experienced rock-men, tastefully setting their exploration of the choppy, existential waters through which a man must steer the good ship Burden Of Responsibility, to the macho-rock posturing of 1974.

American Mustard are proud to be working alongside CALM; a charity focused on the prevention of male suicide in the UK, raising awareness of the need for men to talk openly about mental health issues, encouraging us all to leave unhelpful, outdated male stereotypes firmly in the past.

American Mustard aren't here to throw the baby out with the bathwater; we came to rock like unreconstructed denim-clad beast-men, whilst honestly and nakedly exploring the emotional landscape of the modern man.


Art & Science Workshops

Art and Science meet through a series of drop in workshops for grown ups and teenagers, developed by artists Steph Wong, Mellissa Fisher and Alice Cazenave.

Use the historical camera­less photography process called cyanotype and use leaves, flowers and opaque/translucent objects to make photographs using sunlight. Find out more about your microbiom with ‘Microbial Me' which runs through marbling and face casting techniques to design your own microbiological portrait. Or look at how memory influences the way people see by using drawing techniques and lino printing.


Be My Friend

A one to one performance by Nick Field that explores the negotiations and complications of friendship in a world of fractured selves. Nick would like to be friends, would you? Choose something at Einstein's Garden to see together, and Nick's outfit for the occasion, and find out. There will be a shared experience, an exchange of stories, and a moment that makes or breaks. Discover why we pick the friends we do, why we keep them, and maybe make a new one.



Like bingo, but with bugs. Collect your card, populated by a selection of fascinating bugs who live in complex societies. Listen carefully as our eccentric callers Clare ‘the beetle’ Dunn and Shireen ‘the spider’ Mula extract the bug balls from the bug cocoon; get the lowdown on creature on these creatures and their complex societies from Dan Bumblebee Barnard; and find out who’s got the bugingo lingo down.

Will you get a trail (=line), or that elusive full colony (=house) and become Queen Bee?

Developed with Max Barclay, Collections Manager of Coleoptera and Hemiptera at NHM and one’s of Britain’s leading entomologists.

With a bespoke pedal­powered bugging soundtrack from composer Stu ’Daddy Long­legs’ Barter.


Collective Complexity

Collective Complexity is back again! Making sure Einstein's Garden is full of science, fun and of course: complexity!

Come join us to discover how patterns are formed in nature, and how apparently complicated things can emerge from something simple, from the human brain to traffic jams. Complexity is at the core of how nature works, and we guarantee that it is also exciting and fun!


Flux Dance

In collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Oxford University, FLUX Dance presents a translation of microbiological research in the form of contemporary dance. Based on the research of Irina Pulyakhina, FLUX explore the significance of chromatin structure and how this directly affects our genetic makeup.


Jonny Berliner

Comedy science troubadour, pioneer of geekpop, (and science teacher) Jonny Berliner, has turned his song writing skills to the sort of science you learn in school. But worry not! It’s way more rock ‘n roll than revision, far more tuneful than a textbook, and much sillier than a syllabus. Demos, dancing and diagrams collide in this celebration of school science for all the family.


The Price of Everything

How much is beauty worth? What will people pay for an air guitar on eBay? Can I have a glass of milk?

These urgent questions - and others - are answered in The Price of Everything, a performance lecture / stand-up storytelling show about value. Daniel Bye's whistlestop tour of bizarre facts and extraordinary stories is occasionally shambolic and often misguided – but always a joy to watch.

Part stand-up, part storytelling, The Price of Everything asks one of the most important questions in our culture: why do we have to measure absolutely everything in money? It's comic, it's provocative; it's a little bit interactive and it's a little bit sad.


Silent Signal

Silent Signal is comprised of six animated films, made through collaboration between artists and scientists, to produce unique artistic responses to scientific research across genetics, cell biology, immunology and epidemiology.

Exploring communication within the human body, these six films take you on a journey: starting at the microcosm of the infection fighting internal landscapes of our cells, through the personal experiences and opinions of individuals and scientists, to the application of the research in the wider world of infectious disease modelling and genome sequencing.

Collaborators Ellie Land and Professor Peter Oliver will be in conversation with scientist Bentley Crudgington about their Silent Signal film Sleepless, which explores the links between sleep disruption and mental health disorders, and the process of collaboration to make the film.

Silent Signal is devised and produced by Animate Projects with scientist Bentley Crudgington, and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation.


The Crunch

Who decided corn flakes were so great? What is the world’s most popular kind of potatoes? Where are tarantulas seen as a delicacy? When will we run out of chocolate? Why do we need to eat metal? How much water does it take to grow a tomato?

Andy McLeod works in a heady mix of science communication and food. Feeding the growing global population is one of the biggest challenges we will face. Knowing what’s in our food, where it’s from and why it’s good (or not, as the case may be) for us can open up a myriad of questions about the complexities of the food system. He will endeavour to answer at least a couple of them.

Join Andy to explore these questions and many more about the food we eat every day. Expect some hands-on demonstrations, crowd participation and definitely some moving parts. Featuring The Crunch Bike and other equipment kindly donated by Techniquest Cardiff, this show looks at our food systems in a fun and interactive way.


Rising Ape presents... The Audience

You’ve been invited to– no, you’ve been involved in The Audience. Did you RSVP? Maybe someone did it for you on your behalf. Thank them later. Now settle in. But don’t over-settle. Life can get complex in The Audience, so trust in your fellow humans, because… What other choice is there?

Especially created for this year’s Einstein’s Garden by riot sci-commers Rising Ape Collective, immersive theatre experience The Audience starts with two simple rules: 1. No flash photography 2. Keep your clothes on. Follow them and you could all make it through together. Break them? You might even win (If anyone can be said to ‘win' when the heat death of the universe comes for us all).


Katie Steckles

"Fractals: Infinitely Beautiful" – Coastlines, mountain ranges and plants are all examples of things which share part of their structure with fractals: never-ending perfect copies inside copies inside copies… and so on to infinity. These intricate mathematical patterns come in many varieties, and aren’t just beautiful but useful too. Mathematician Katie Steckles has brought along her favourites - and will amaze you with the magnificence of fractal maths.

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik's cube and baking things shaped like maths.


Didgeridoo Workshops

How is it didgeridoo players can play for so long without having to stop for breath? Join Bart Bagnall to have Circular Breathing Demystified! Discover the art of continuous blowing in minutes with Bart who has been teaching for 20 years. Then use this complex technique to play a didgeridoo!


Baba Naga

It’s probably safe to say that you’ve not seen anything like Baba Naga before. Hailing from Sheffield, this psych/doom trio apparently inspired by shamanic teachings while peddling some seriously transcendental soundscapes. “The gods are dead, but the people need to worship something,” the band say. And this ain’t a bad place to invest your faith.


Deep Throat Choir

Back for their third year in a row, Hackney’s wonderful Deep Throat Choir continue to charm and delight with their two simple elements – the human voice and drums. Covering a wide range of songs - from old school classics to the more unexpected of pop song – they bring brilliant rays of light to even the dullest of days. Welcome back!


Tony Njoku

A British-Nigerian producer who makes strikingly evocative soundscapes, Njoku manages to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures. Heralded by Fat Cat Records, stand-out track 'To Escape' is a heady mix of layered vocals and swirling electronica.



An Anglo-Norwegian duo who met as students in Liverpool, Her's have made a great splash with their two debut tracks, both released this year. Think sun-drenched guitars and Strokes-eseque, grainy vocals and you'll be somewhere close. A very promising prospect indeed.


Ani Glass

One-time member of the mighty Pipettes, Ani Saunders now makes waves as the Cardiff-based electro-pop star, Ani Glass, while also exceling as a producer, artist and photographer. Singing in both Welsh and Cornish, the project burst in to life with the release of Ffôl, which won high-praise from the likes of Radio Cymru and BBC 6Music.



As one-half of Paper Aeroplanes, Sarah Howell is something of a household name among folk-pop enthusiasts; Bryde, her sumptuous new project, takes her in to even more alluring landscapes, delivering a cross between PJ Harvey levels of intrigue and breath-taking tenderness, with Howell’s stunning voice once again taking centre-stage.


Goat Girl

One of those mysterious bands that are satisfyingly difficult to pin-down, Goat Girl might keep all their cards as close to their chest as possible, but their exciting blend of surf/garage/psych-pop means they surely won't be able to stay anonymous for too much longer.


Climbing Trees

Hailing from Pontypridd, this four-piece have spent the past five years gaining one of the strongest reputations on the welsh scene. Their highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s wonderful debut album was finally released this summer, delivering another burst of rich Americana, just in time for what promises to be a very special showing at this year’s festival.



Led by the whimsical charm of frontman Nayfe Slusjan, Valleyers have won heady acclaim from the likes of Tom Robinson and Huw Stephens and we’re very pleased to welcome them back to the festival this year. Armed with rich lyrical detail and a tender voice, Slusjan has grown in to a Welsh songwriter to truly cherish.



Returning to Green Man for a second year, Wrexham-via-Manchester four-piece Kidsmoke continue to thrill and compel with their glitzy, inventive guitar-pop, which is as indebted to alt-rock from across the pond, as it is The Smiths, Joy Division et al. Nostalgia rarely feels this sweet.


Hippies vs Ghosts

“Morricone meets Krautrock” say Piccadilly Records and if that hasn’t got you intrigued already then spend just a few seconds with this epic splash of psychedelic pop and we guarantee you’ll be completely smitten. Last year’s DROOGS album remains an almost overwhelming adventure, crafted in the heart of the Welsh countryside but always aiming for the stratosphere.



With an age range of just 18-21, these North Londoners more than make up for their diminished seniority with a shed-load of noise. Drifting between post-punk and grunge influences, this quartet are a highly-charged, and extremely interesting, new name on the scene. Pay attention.


Matt Maltese

Making his name during a live session for Burberry at the tender age of sixteen, Reading's Matt Maltese has gone from strength-to-strength in the time since, growing in to a tender and articulate songwriter. Piano-led ballads are his forte but it's his marvellous voice that most resonates; a dynamic tool that leads from the very front of his ever-compelling pop songs.



“We wear the badge of loudness with pride,” so say this new Welsh trio who deliver a psych-rock sermon full of weird, distorted vocals and swelling layers of guitar that drift between subtle waves and something far more fractious. A very new band but one certainly worth keeping an eye on.


Janileigh Cohen

Blessed with one of those vocals that can stop the day in its tracks, Janileigh Cohen is a folk singer from Bolton who adds feather-light production to her stunning voice, resulting in something both fragile and overwhelmingly tender. She’s already been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Carole King and there are definitely parallels to be made in her sparse, delicate song-writing.


Ysgol Sul

Proving that sunny, dreamy pop music doesn’t have to come from the west coast of America, Llandeilo trio Ysgol Sul make suitably hazy pop music, all sung in the Welsh language to-boot. Last year’s Huno EP remains a delightful excursion; all brooding vocals and sumptuous instrumentation.


HMS Morris

Another prime cut from the flourishing Welsh underground scene, HMS Morris are a trio who make a vigorous hybrid of psych/electro/rock that often disappears some hypnotic but abundantly colourful rabbit-hole. Pleasingly, new single ‘Interior Design’ feels like a huge leap forwards, vibrant, inventive and a whole heap of fun.


Oh Sister

The solo project of London's Sarah Berresford, Oh Sister became a fully-fledged band for the release of last year's 'Watch The Water' EP. Crafting spellbinding, folk-like tales of love and loss, Berresford is a truly compelling songwriter with a suitably alluring voice to match.



A grunge-pop band from Cardiff (think big sludgy guitars with plenty of hooks), Uumar followed up last year’s ‘Heneiddio’ single with a new EP that pushes those pop sensibilities to new heights, delivering a collection of songs that are as sturdy as they are fun.


Tom Low

Layering all manner of instrumentation while still sounding pleasingly unruffled, Tom Low is an inventive pop-star, recording his latest EP on just a mobile phone in various friends’ houses to try and capture something unique with each take. The result is a playful, layered pop record on which Low wrote and performed every part himself.


Meilir Tomos

Just as likely to be found making music from a typewriter or tray of gravel as guitar or piano, Flintshire's Meilir is an unconventional proposition but a no-less fascinating one. Armed with a spectacular live show that lingers long in the memory, he's often lauded as one of Wales' most distinct and compelling songwriters and you won't find many people disagreeing.

Meilir Tomos previously played Green Man Festival in 2011.


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Oh Peas!

Cardiff's perennial underdog, Oh Peas! has unveiled a string of releases since 2014's wonderful 'Shades Of Intolerance' LP, and her recent 'Difficult Second Chair' album was further proof of the weird-and-wonderful alt-pop gems that Rosie Smith so delightfully dishes up. She is currently working on a collaboration with her musical hero Euros Childs.

Explore another area

Mountain’s Foot

Glorious by day and bewitching by night. Witness the finest musical talent under the watchful gaze of Crug Hywel and Sugar Loaf.

Far Out

Other-worldly adventures for the nightowls. Come and explore its mischievous nooks and crannies.

Walled Garden

Our (not so) secret garden. Dance, drink and be immersed in intimate live music inside the ancient walls.

Babbling Tongues

Where wagging chins and lubricated larynxes celebrate the spoken word in all its rollicking glory. Spread out, get silly and listen in while yarns are spun and giggles are had.

Nature Nurture

A haven of holistic realignment. Stretch, unwind, and set free those final few drops of stress.

Little Folk

Our all-encompassing, supremely safe children’s area. Packed with colourful creations and tree-swinging tykes, this year’s theme is the jungle. We have adventures awaiting the tiniest explorers to the most intrepid 12-year-olds. Perfectly plonked next door to the family camping.Little Folk will be open a day earlier this year.. Thurs 12:00 - 18:00 / Fri, Sat & Sun 9.30 - 18:00 This year's Little Folk parade will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday 21st.

The Courtyard

Slap bang in the middle of Green Man, The Courtyard is your best bet for an absolutely mouthwatering pint of something refreshing. What a cracking spot to lose track of time with friends.

Fortune Falls

A shamanic hideaway for the creative and cultured. Gaze at eye-catching installations and discover bright-eyed new bands.


Somewhere is our action-­packed area for 13­-17 year olds. Make friends, fall in love, maybe even change the world! We’ve got circus skills, film making, football tournaments and the rest.

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