Green Man Review
Doves go stratospheric on day one of Green Man
With a beautiful venue, a stellar line up, a great variety of real ales and the best festival food you could ever desire (with a special mention to the rotisserie chicken!) what else could you want to make the perfect summer festival? Oh, did I mention that this heavenly sounding weekend takes place in the land of my fathers, Wales? On the way to the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons the rain starts, right on cue, halfway across the Second Severn Crossing. After a respite from the rain in 2009 it was clear that 2010 was going to be business as usual.
Taking on the moniker of “Band most likely to do an Elbow” are Doves which is strange as they have had two number one albums but is most likely because they are ‘northerners’ and perhaps more ‘mature’. They have promised to go stratospheric for some time now but have never quite managed to make that crossover but with more performances like their headlining set on the Main Stage could see that happen sooner rather than later. Closer ‘There Goes The Fear’ leaves everyone humming the riff on the way back to their tents or to continue the evening at one of the smaller stages.
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A festival with real ales? Sounds like heaven.