Green Man Festival 2012

Thanks to a cursory internet search and the fact that it hasn’t finished yet, we’re going to call this the very first review of Green Man Festival 2012! World Exclusive! Despite a slightly attenuated trip to the Brecon Beacons, Human Drizzle had a storming weekend (in all senses. It rained, a lot) at what is undoubtedly a family festival with a darker edge for the young ‘uns later on.

Highlights included Junior Boys, who got the crowd moving on Friday with a hit-filled set. In The Morning never fails to lift the spirits.

Headlining the Saturday night were the upwardly-mobile Metronomy who looked (matching chino/white shirt combos) and sounded sharp as. A festival-wide singalong to The Look confirmed their popularity. It wasn’t the time or the place for the melancholy of their recent contribution to the LateNightTales series. Is now?

Unfortunately the R&S Records showcase on the Saturday night was a bit of damp squib. HD faves Vondelpark played a beautifully bashful opening set but then trouble set in. Lone misjudged the mood (we wish he’d played like this) and ‘big name’ James Blake had sound issues, fast losing enthusiasm for being there. His only concession to it being a dance-music stage was finishing with his excellent CMYK, only to have it faded out by the subsequent DJs before we got our groove on. This is how it should have sounded:

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