Having being kept fully hydrated by the charity Frank Water at the End of the Road Festival last weekend, I would be interested in the Green Man's comments on why that organisation was not present at Glasnusk this year.
From what I've been able to ascertain, Frank Water were due to be there, but their involvement was pulled at short notice by the festivals management in favour of an exclusive deal with Brecon Water, whose product was on sale at the various bars on the site.
In my family's view, Frank Water have provided a valuable, reasonably priced service at the Green Man over the years, helping to counteract the effects of too much alcohol while raising money for a worthy cause. If what I've found out is true, their absence this year in favour of a commercial organisation selling a more expensive product, coupled with no advertised water point within the festival site itself (we did eventually discover one late in the weekend) strikes me as at best a compromise re the values that underpin the Green Man (for me at least) and at worst an attempt to fleece attendees in a not dissimilar way to how some night clubs (at least when I was still young enough to frequent such venues) take measures to limit access to free water.
I may be being a bit paranoid here, but along with the involvement of BBC6 (which was frankly pretty embarrassing from where I sat, e.g. Nemone's creaky "are you having a good time" type clichés from the main stage), this could also be interpreted as an attempt to quietly introduce aspects of corporate sponsorship into an event whose audience has historically been very resistant to such an approach.
I'm not naïve and realise that, despite all the faux-hippy trappings, cold hard cash and the bottom line are now major factors regarding the ongoing existence of Green Man. I for one have no problem with people making a living out of providing a 'service' that I love. However, if the version of events outlined above is correct, this really strikes at the core of what the festival is all about for me and does not bode well for the future. Please put my mind at rest.