Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Billy Bragg joins Green Man festival

Billy Bragg joins Green Man festival

Green Man is delighted to reveal the fantastic Beirut and songwriting legend Billy Bragg will be joining The Flaming Lips on our incredible line-up for 2010.

Beirut ' aka US musical magpie Zach Condon, returned to his New Mexican roots with Beirut's last release March of the Zapotec in February 2009. The double EP followed 2007's mini masterpiece The Flying Cup Club and features foot-tapping Latin American folk with backing from a Mexican funeral band and an explosive set of bedroom-produced electro synth-pop shenanigans.

We've been after this amazing band for years, so are absolutely chuffed to bits that they will be playing at this year's festival!

Joining Beirut in the beautiful Brecon Beacons is the ultimate man of the people, punk poet and modern day folk hero Billy Bragg, he has spent the best part of three decades fighting the good fight, socking it to the man and giving a voice to those people who can't get heard loud enough themselves.

Few performers can match his ability to connect with his audience ' whatever the size ' so we thought it was high time the Bard of Barking had a Green Manmoment all of his own.

Whether playing political rallies or resurrecting the lost songs of Woody Guthriewith last year's headliners Wilco, come and revel in the sheer bloody-minded brilliance of Billy's back catalogue - be it 2008's acclaimed LP Mr. Love & Justiceor classic anthems such as Sexuality, Levi Stubbs' Tears and A New England.

Despite exaggerated reports of their untimely split Sunderland's mighty Field Music are back to make the kind of skewed guitar art pop not seen since the likes of running mates The Futureheads first burst onto the scene.

Having snaffled a shed-load of five star reviews with side projects School of Language and The Week That Was, brothers David and Peter Brewis are back on home turf with new album Field Music (Measure) set to be one of the year's most celebrated records.

That's just for starters, my friends - there's much, much more to come from the mercurial Green Man as he gears up for his biggest and best festival to date.

As usual he's got many more big names up his sleeve and he'd really love to introduce you to a few unsung wonders ' why not try prolific Scottish songwriterAlasdair Roberts, intellectual hard times and heartbreak from Cass McCombs, London's post punk rising stars O.Children and psychedelic and folk-tinged sets from Jack Northover, Pete Greenwood, Mathew and the Atlas and St Just Vigilantes for size?

Green Man 2010 line-up so far:

The Flaming Lips
Billy Bragg
Field Music
Alasdair Roberts
Cass McCombs
Jack Northover
Pete Greenwood
Matthew and the Atlas
St Just Vigilantes

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