We arrive at the festival site around 4 in the afternoon. When I say we, I don’t mean Rock…she doesn’t do camping. I’m at the Green Man Festival in Wales with Gino and his fabulous collective of daughters. Our first challenge is to find somewhere to pitch our tents – we walk through field after field packed full – tents placed as near to each other as possible – with an occasional gap only big enough to squeeze in a tiny tent for one. Eventually, we find some bigger gaps and the tents are up by 6.
After Gino cooks a light supper of cheese omelettes, we head to The Courtyard to begin our second challenge…. Out of more than 100 available, between the 5 of us can we sample 25 different beers and ciders over the festival weekend? Now, to serious beer drinkers this won’t sound like much of a challenge! However, our group includes at least three people who will be regularly distracted from beer. They will be drinking far more than the odd glass of wine and will be seen as often at the Rum Bar or the Bloody Mary Bar as they will at The Courtyard.
With our second beer in our hands, Gino and I head off to Chai Wallahs to see By The Rivers and the Gene Dudley Group. Both are excellent. Then we head to the Far Out Stage to see Wild Beasts. Their set includes some really great numbers but there are also a few that do very little for me. I retire fairly early – not long after midnight – but I can’t sleep. It’s not the dull thud of festival music, it’s not the uneven ground I’m sleeping on…..it’s the man in the next tent who is snoring so loud, he may as well be in my tent!
Musical Highlight: By The Rivers
Thursday Highlight: Gino’s Cheese Omelettes