Green Man Festival, Baskerville Hall, Hay-On-Wye,
19-21 August 2005
Russell Barker guide you through three days
of cow love songs, “climactic undulating
bicycle rides”, and Goethe’s theory
arriving at my first Green Man festival I spend
a good while marvelling at the surroundings.
Set in the grounds of Baskerville Hall, with
one stage inside and one outside, it’s
surrounded by the woods on one side and the
valley rolling off to the hills on the other.
Everything about the atmosphere is relaxed,
from the lack of security to the lovingly shambolic
proceedings are Brigyn,
whose chilled out folky electronica ushers in
the festival in suitably gentile fashion. They’re
a guitar and keyboards duo, who sing the majority
of their delightful numbers in Welsh. Highlights
of their set include an acoustic number so slight
it almost gets blown away and the moment the
power goes down for the first of what will prove
to be many times during the weekend. Sensing
a moment worth seizing they get a small child
on stage to play a shaker he’d just bought
from one of the stalls, all to the accompaniment
of a strummed acoustic guitar. On charm alone
Brigyn are the first success of the festival.
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