It fills us with joy to announce that we’ll be curating this year’s Settlement Stage!
At the end of August, every year, Green Man Festival takes place a short drive away from Cardiff, over in Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons. This is when the Clwb office empties for a week as we all prepare to camp in the stunning Black Mountains for our annual festival highlight.
A Settler’s Pass will give you the chance to explore the spectacular festival site for a handful of days before the festival really kicks off on the weekend with plenty of activities (foraging, bat-spotting, stand up comedy, yoga to name just a few) and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, you can join us for some awe-inspiring live music by bands and artists that we’ve been engrossed by, over the last year.
Artists We’re Bringing To Green Man
These psyche-pop stars have been favourites of ours for quite some time now. They always tantalise us with their hypnotic synths, huge riffs and intricate layers of harmonies and melodies. Their debut album, Interior Design was nominated for a Welsh Music Prize last year and they’ve just announced that they’ve finished recording their album and they’ll be venturing into the world of theatre!
Eugene Capper & Rhodri Brooks
The Cardiff duo launched their debut album Pontvane (check out the beautiful artwork and splatter vinyl here) at Clwb last year and it was one of our gig highlights of the year, with the band jumping from gentle, finger-picking guitars to distortion-driven psychedelic breakdowns. They are impossible to put in a box or to sum up in a few words as they incorporate elements of fuzzy surf rock, alt-country, psychedelia and folk.
Sock cropped up at the end of 2017 and brought their funky sun-kissed pop to life with support slots across the city, and quickly gained a bit of a following. There’ll be plenty of off-beat rhythms and trippy riffs to get you moving.
One of Libertino Records’ army of fantastic Welsh outfits, Los Blancos are possibly the most exciting live acts in the Welsh language at the moment. Raw, pop songs played by an indie rock band desperate to burst into flames. People have described them as slacker rock, but we don’t think that truly encompasses the diversity of this 4-piece.
A collaboration between members of Carw and Winter Villains, Hlemma are a new electro pop outfit bursting with experimentation and alluring melodies. We saw them at On Par’s Sound + Vision all-dayer in January and we were mesmerised. The mountainous site of the festival will be a fitting backdrop for Hlemma’s set.
Marged is artist, singer, song-writer and all-round creative, Marged Siôn. She uses her outstanding voice as an instrument and the main focus of her music, backed up with an orchestration of electronic drum patterns, atmospheric synths and glitchy sounds to create a sonic package of intensity and emotion.
My Name Is Ian
The playful trio are born to be entertainers. Chant-alongs, dark humour and an undeniably captivating stage presence. With a restless back-catalogue expanding over 7 years, My Name Is Ian have explored anti-folk, garage rock, classic pop-rock and lo-fi punk.
We’ve seen Buzzard so many times in the last 12 months, simply because we think they’re brilliant. They mix hard-hitting vintage rock with lo-fi pop that gets you moving. They released four dazzling tracks on a split EP with Boy Azooga last year and we can’t wait for the follow up.
Threatmantics are a thing of legend here in Cardiff, with a career spanning over a decade. The alternative rock & rollers are like nothing you’ve heard before. Folk-punk that keeps you on edge, a viola that gets you shimmying and surf rock riffs that are as chunky as they are invigorating. Other than leaving you with a smile on your face and taking you on a bizarre adventure, there is nothing predictable about this band.