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Green Man Festival, review: Inner hippies roam free at this lush pagan party

Biggest draw: Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals Tommy Jackson/Redferns
Biggest draw: Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals Tommy Jackson/Redferns

Green Man is something of a bucolic space for those who feel that Glastonbury can get a bit Oxford Street-on-Christmas-Eve, says David Smyth

By David Smyth/standard.co.uk
As festival attractions go, they don’t come much more impressive than a whopping great mountain. Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage looks like a piece of Toblerone next to the edifice looming over the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

In its 10 years at this site, Green Man has gained a reputation as a bucolic space to release your inner hippy, for those who feel that Glastonbury can get a bit Oxford-Street-on-Christmas-Eve. You can shelter from the rain under broad oaks, paddle in a mini waterfall and write a wish on the giant wood-and-leaf Green Man, who was burned on Sunday night. A third of the 10,000 attendees came for a whole week and went swimming, pony trekking and foraging long before the music started.

Musically, a lack of star names suited the low-key feel. While larger festivals are stuck on a cycle of the same old big names, here Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals and St Vincent rose impressively to the challenge of being main attractions. Hot Chip ramped up energy levels with relentless dance beats and more crowd pleasers than you might think. Mercurial guitarist St Vincent was so popular that she even drew quite a crowd for a rainy surprise soundcheck on Sunday morning.

But Super Furry Animals were the biggest draw, unsurprisingly for an event with a largely Welsh audience. In white boiler suits they had humour, stunning visuals and an armload of anthems.

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Premiere: Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes played Sexwitch for the first time

The main area was best suited, however, to lazy afternoon toe-tapping to whoever happened to be on. As a tiered ampitheatre, laying out a rug and staying put had obvious appeal. The rocking soul of Matthew E White and his collaborator Natalie Prass were sunny highlights.

Source: Green Man Festival, review: Inner hippies roam free at this lush pagan party | Music | Going Out | London Evening Standard

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Jesse Jackson visits Assange in embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (right) with Reverend Jesse Jackson outside the Embassy of Ecuador in London.. Picture date: Friday August 21, 2015. See PA story LEGAL Assange. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (right) with Reverend Jesse Jackson outside the Embassy of Ecuador in London.. Picture date: Friday August 21, 2015. See PA story LEGAL Assange. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Posted at;skynews.com.au

Civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the London embassy where he has been living for over three years.

The American spent over an hour talking to the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuador Embassy.

Afterwards he said: ‘800 years after the Magna Carta, freedom of the press is right and detention without charges is wrong.’

Mr Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over a sex related allegation but says he fears being transferred to the United States over the activities of WikiLeaks.

The Swedish prosecutor has dropped investigations into three of the four allegations after they became time-lapsed but a fourth allegation remains.

A series of human and civil rights campaigners have visited the Australian since he sought refuge inside the embassy.

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