Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Green party

The Green Man line-up never disappoints, and this year is no exception. Among the first few names to be announced are Car Seat Headrest, Stereolab, Broken Social Scene and Gwenno. Further down the bill, the appearance of Squid, Sons Of Kemet, Audiobooks and Black Country New Road have all piqued my interest. Plus, of course, there's the entertaining prospect of IDLES and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs scaring the shit out of nice middle-class parents.

Meanwhile, over in Oxford, the cancellation of Common People comes as little surprise, given the relative lack of local enthusiasm for the festival last year and the problems that beset Bestival. Common People has followed Bestival into administration, its collapse likely to leave lots of people out of pocket - including Ronan Munro of Nightshift, who curated one of the festival's stages. The city council are promising to fill the void by "bringing another annual festival that celebrates Oxford's culture and diverse communities to South Park as soon as possible" - but it seems unlikely that there's still time to organise something for this summer.

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