Stage in Green Man festival

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Green Man Festival is a legendary four-day event held annually in August in the Welsh countryside and is one of the major independent music and arts festivals in Brecon Beacons. Known for its ethical approach, Green Man Festival has evolved since its formation in 2003 into a celebration of indie, rock, pop and folk artists from all corners of the globe, as well as many other forms of entertainment including food, literature and film. Wales may be famous for its hills and untamed landscapes, but it’s easy to travel to with our ferry routes via England, whether across the English Channel or the North Sea.


Green Man festival

Getting There

Green Man Festival is based in Brecon Beacons in the South of Wales and is easily accessible by car via the A40. You can cross the Channel by ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven, taking around 4 hours, or from Calais or Dunkirk to Dover in around 90 minutes to two hours. From Newhaven or Dover you can reach the Green Man Festival in around 4 ½ hours via the M4.

How to get to Green Man

How to get to Green Man Festival

Green Man Festival is reached easily by both car and public transport. As you approach the site, official sign posts will lead you to the correct car park for your ticket (blue, orange, park and ride, and live in vehicles). Park & Ride is situated a few miles away from the festival and you can access the site via a shuttle bus from 10am – 1.30am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 6am – 2am on Monday.

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What to see near the Green Man Festival

Staying in South Wales gives you access to a wealth of beautiful countryside and historic sites, including the town of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons. You can visit the local World Heritage site Blaenavon to see the infamous iron pit that dates back to 1788 located only a short drive away from the town. There are also the scenic pleasures of Usk Valley and the Black Mountains, which are a hiker’s paradise.

The city of Crickhowell also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, not to mention a captivating art trail and gallery. There are activities for children and adults alike, not forgetting horse riding at the nearby Golden Castle Riding Stables.

Green Man Festival

The folk-inspired festival dates back to 2003 when it was no more than a gathering of 300 people who came together to share their love for music. Today the festival attracts 20,000 visitors, with 10 entertainment areas made up of bonfires, creative hideaways, courtyards and stages. The event is known for its ethical vibe – there’s no advertising and no corporate sponsors at Green Man – and while music is the main consideration, the festival also offers top notch literature and comedy in the form of talks and installations.

Near the main stage you can find the Far Out cinema tent and the multimedia adventure zone for teens. From an enchanted forest to a walled garden, there is plenty to do and see as well as delicious locally sourced food to enjoy. Previous headliners of Green Man include the Super Furry Animals, Hot Chip and Van Morrison.

2017 Green Man Festival Main Stage (Mountain Stage) Headliners

Thursday 17th August
• Ride
Friday 18th August
• Future Islands
Saturday 19th August
• Ryan Adams
Sunday 20th August
• PJ Harvey