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Doves to headline Green Man event

The doves
The Doves release a greatest hits album in April

The Doves and Joanna Newsom have been announced as the headline acts for the first and last nights of the 2010 Green Man Festival at Glanusk Park, Powys, between 20 and 22 August. One of the festival organisers, Alison Millar tells us more about this year's festival.

Picture the scene, you've pitched your tent, swilled your first cider or four and the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain rises high above the main stage.

It's Friday night, Glanusk Park is a sea of twinkling lights and the mighty Doves are about to take the Green Man by storm.

Prepare to be blown away as one of Britain's most compelling live bands head for the Brecon Beacons to stir the heart and soul of Green Man 2010 to the very core.

If Joanna's now-legendary appearances at Green Man in 2004, 2005 and 2007 are anything to go by, you'll forgive us when we say this is shaping up to be one of the musical highlights of the year
Alison Millar

Wilmslow's finest release The Places Between: The Best Of Doves on 5 April so expect an extraordinary headline set packed with life-affirming, festival-sized anthems including Black and White Town, There Goes The Fear and Kingdom of Rust to name but a few.

It's very much a family thing here at Green Man, and this year an old friend makes a welcome return to the fold as the incomparable Joanna Newsom joins The Flaming Lips and the Doves as headline acts for summer 2010.

Legendary

The multi-talented singer and harpist is set to bewitch and beguile the main stage faithful in what promises to be a truly extraordinary Green Man moment beneath the breathtaking Black Mountains on Sunday night.

More than three years after her astounding breakthrough album, Ys, left critics and fans alike foaming at the mouth, the trailblazing Ms Newsom is back with eagerly-awaited new triple album. Have One On Me.

Glan Usk site
The festival has been at the Glan Usk site since 2006

If Joanna's now legendary appearances at Green Man in 2004, 2005 and 2007 are anything to go by, you'll forgive us when we say this is shaping up to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

Joining her in the Brecon Beacons will be The Unthanks, among the brightest stars to emerge from the UK folk scene in the last decade.

The Northumberland sisters turned heads and hearts aplenty with their Mercury Prize-nominated LP The Bairns in 2008.

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.

Punk poet

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.

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg's first album, Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy, was released in 1983

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.

Billy Bragg 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 Man moment all of his own.

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, set to be one of the year's most celebrated records.




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