Fifteen from fifteen years

A chum of mine is doing a piece for the local rag and posed this question. What are the best acts you've seen at Green Man Festival over the years? Suggestions please for the 15 best over 15 years! Though we've only had 14 to date, what would be in there for you lot? I'm taking it as read Bonnie Prince Billy will be a fairly unanimous choice, though sadly I missed that year. I'd throw in Patti Smith and Atomic Bomb William Onyeabor for a start. 

Only been coming since 2010 but from those years....

Deffo Patti.

Steve Mason in the tent in 2013

Bill Callahan 2014 (Well she would say that, wouldn't she?)

Grandaddy 2016

Robert Plant in 2007

after that I get a bit hazy about the years but

Flaming Lips

Meilyr Jones last year

Sweet Baboo and Pictish Trail 2015

Caribou closing the Folky Dokey in 2008

Ryley Walker 2015

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins 2013?

Gilbert 2007 (in the FD, first act seen at GM)

and of course . . . . Treefight for Sunlight (2012?)

2011 our first year. Some highlights from the years since - Holy Fuck, Swans, Sun Kil Moon, Patti Smith, Bill Callahan, John Cale, Richard Dawson, Mercurey Rev, Ought, Stanley Brinks, Fat White Family, Sweet Baboo

This mornings top of the hungover head list of five....

would be different another day I suspect


holy fuck

ezra furman

Saturday night 2015 surprising and unplanned upbeat main stage dance experience - hot chip - I knew less than nothing of them prior, and just loved their set, preceded by atomic bomb/ onyeabor , green Gartside included

John grant


Bat for Lashes in the folkey dokey tent! War on Drugs. the exuberant John Mouse (and his children). Various performances by Jeff Lewis and Ali Roberts. 

Low Anthem, Avett Brothers, Steve Mason, Megafaun, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Sharon Van Etten, William Tyler, Sturgill Simpson, Natalie Prass, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washington, Michael Rother, Tallest Man on Earth, White Denim ....... 

Gruff Rhys 2006 In the tent, undoubtedly the best set i have seen at Greenman 

Courtney Barnett tent

War on drugs main stage 

Jagwar ma tent

Fat white family tent

Fionn Regan tent


Interesting piece by Jo Bartlett on the very first Green Man. Sadly my first wasn't to be until 2011, even tough I'd previously won a pair of tickets for one of the Baskerville Hall festivals two or three years earlier without really taking note of the fact I had to work that Saturday.

To pick one highlight from each of the years I've attended I'd go with -

2007 Robert Plant
2008 Iron & Wine
2009 Yellow Moon Band
2010 The Flaming Lips
2011 Michael Kiwanuka
2012 Megafaun
2013 Steve Mason
2014 Samantha Crain
2015 Meilyr Jones
2016 Ezra Furman
2017 ???

2016 - Kamasi Washington

2014 - Mac Demarco

2008 - F**k Buttons

2006 - Simple Kid did an amazing set (anyone rmember Kermit Frog aka Green Man)

2005 - Joanna Newsome on Sun was as good as Superwolf on Sat

2009 - My first Green Man and probably favourite.  So many highlights from this year.  Andrew Bird, Dirty Three, The Aliens, Roky Erickson, Mary Hampton, Beach House.  I'm just listing the lineup!  Dirty Three probably shading it just because of time of day, the people we met and shared it with and overall memory Warren and co left me with.

2010 - Doves.  Kidding.  Fuck Buttons probably.  The Wave Pictures and The Tallest Man on Earth running them close.

2011 - The Low Anthem.  Although Josh T Pearson is up there (so looking forward to Lift To Experience this year).  Another really, really good year with so many memories when I look down the lineup.  Even Laura Marling and James Blake surprised me with how enjoyable they were.

2012 - Damien Jurado stands outs it in what was all a bit meh this year TBH.

2013 - Patti Smith.  Easy.  It was always going to be difficult for anyone to surpass the marker she laid down on Thursday night.  And nobody did.

2014 - Sun Kil Moon.  Love him or loathe him, Mark Kozelek puts on a show.  Early evening Bill Callahan was wonderful too.

Two years of EofTR after that but can't wait to get back to Glanusk this week!

From 8 of the last 10 years. the ones that jump out at me as particularly memorable, in no particular order:


Moon Duo


King Creosote and John Hopkins

Dirty Three

James Yorkston (which year was it that he played the Mountain Stage with a massive band- around the time of When the Haar Rolls in- 2009ish?)

Ryley Walker

Steve Mason

Richard Dawson

Sun Kil Moon


SFAs last time.

And I'm inclined to agree with lavaman on the National- I wasn't into them at the time and haven't been massively into them since, but there was just something about that performance that was masterful.

How good was The Atomic Bomb Band. 

As mentioned above those couple of hours of Atomic Bomb and then Hot Chip were unexpectedly good and left me with a massive smile for the rest of the weekend.

Also stumbling across Ghost Box records at Green Man is something I will always be grateful for. It created a whole new obsession.

Another vote for Atomic Bomb Band and Hot Chip. That was an excellent night.

Super Furries in the pouring rain 2 years ago.

Mercury Rev doing Deserters Songs in full 3? years ago.

The Unthanks clog dancing last year