Gaze at the bands playing on arguably the best line-up of any UK festival this year
Luke Hannaford
09:22 20th August 2017

Day one of Green Man saw an eclectic variety of artists take to the stage for the festival's sold-out 15th anniversary, no matter what your bag is the day was full of treats - from big, international names to rising underground artists and the finest far-out sounds. We recap the day's events with some brilliant shots taken by Luke Hannaford.

Kicking off the day on the 'Mountain Stage' was winner of the Green Man Rising competition, Siobhan Wilson. Her beautifully sublime and ethereal indie-folk wooing a quickly-growing crowd as the festival jerks to life. Next up were London alt-rock outfit Happyness, their woozy slacker anthems making the perfect soundtrack as the sun began to (albeit briefly) creep through the looming grey clouds.

As the day went on the main stage saw stellar performances from Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, cult Texas band Lift To Experience and many more before American synthpop legends and festival headliners Future Islands took to the stage for an utterly enthralling and majestic set - front-man Samuel T Herrings soulful, coarse vocals and transfixing stage presence blowing everyone away as they stormed through their fruitful set list.

The ‘Far Out’ stage caters to all things experimental and left-field and Friday’s offerings were the perfect insight into what's to be expected there for the rest of the weekend. The psychedelic inclined were blessed with mind blowing performances from Japanese psych-rock band Kikagaku Moyo and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band whilst Madrid garage-rock girl gang Hinds breezed through a fun-as-hell set later on in the day.

The stage also boasted Mercury nominees Kate Tempest and The Big Moon - the latter breaking into a cover of Total Eclipse Of The Heart that was sung back at the band so loud it must have been heard across the whole of Brecon Beacons. Other stand-out performances included Angel Olson, Hotel Lux, Dead Pretties and Tom Hickox, Soccer96 and KOG.