Green Man Festival has today announced the first wave of acts to take to the stage at the 2024 event in the surroundings of the Black Mountains deep in the heart of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park from the 15th - 18th of August.

Headlining this year’s edition are acclaimed American indie folk band Big Thief, revered South London multi-hyphenate Sampha, and electronic pioneer Jon Hopkins. Tickets for this year’s festival sold out in just two hours back in September following another brilliant weekend in the Welsh Mountains a few weeks prior.

The magic of Green Man lies not just in its scenery and music. Made up of 10 individual areas, the festival also offers a diverse range of events to accompany its incredible line-up, boasting art installations spread throughout the tranquil valley, a beer and cider tent to enjoy a crisp Welsh pint, a Shapes-themed area of discovery and exploration for the little folk, a relaxation and workshop space for the teenagers, plus science engagement area Einstein’s Garden. Further lineups of music, science, film, comedy & literature will be revealed in the coming months.

Festival goers who have purchased a Settler’s Pass, a special ticket which includes discounts on local heritage sites, galleries, castles and more, will arrive on Monday 12th August for a week in the Welsh valleys as part of their Green Man 2024 experience.

Returning together as a band for the first time since 2019 - and following bassist Buck Meek’s rousing set at the Walled Garden last year - Big Thief will be headlining this year’s Green Man. The band’s last release Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You came out in 2021 to widespread critical acclaim, as well as frontwoman Adrienne Lenker’s upcoming solo album being one of the most hotly anticipated of the year. They are sure to receive a rapturous welcome back to the Black Mountains this August.

From Morden to the Mountain Stage, Sampha is set to play Green Man for the very first time as his biggest UK festival headline slot to date. One of the most highly sought-after names in music today, Sampha is widely known for his collaborative work with global superstars such as Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and Drake, as well as fellow acclaimed contemporaries including Yaeji, Ibeyi and more. Festival goers can expect a mesmerising set including tracks from his 2023 album LAHAI and his Mercury Prize–winning debut album Process performed with a full band.

Acclaimed electronic producer and composer Jon Hopkins also returns to Green Man for what is sure to be an entrancing sonic and visual spectacle. The last time Jon played at the festival he had just released his seminal 2013 album Immunity; he recently marked the release with a remaster of the record and the celebrations will continue on the Mountain Stage this August.

Post-punk heroes Sleaford Mods are sure to cause a riot with their aggressive, no-nonsense sound on Thursday night as they headline the Far Out stage. Two Mercury Prize winners join this year’s line up: Ezra Collective will get crowds moving with their genre-defying grooves, and Arlo Parks will bring the sunshine with her joyously emotive diaristic songwriting.

The immensely influential The Jesus and Mary Chain are making their Green Man debut to celebrate the release of their new album Glasgow Eyes this year, almost 40 years on from their debut, and art-rock favourites and one of the best live bands going Black Country, New Road return after their incredible set on the Far Out Stage two years ago. Freak folk trailblazer Devendra Banhart returns to the festival for the first time since 2007, and South African gqom pioneer Moonchild Sanelly’s Green Man debut is sure to be an unmissable set.

Keeping the energy going into the early hours will be some of the finest names in dance music, including a number of pioneering female DJs such as high-speed raver SHERELLE, acclaimed Peruvian DJ and producer Sofia Kourtesis, rising electronic talent Loraine James and the boundary-pushing sounds of London-based multi-hyphenate Nabihah Iqbal.

Also on the line-up are instrumental post-rock quartet Explosions In The Sky; American alternative stalwarts Blonde Redhead; multi-award winning British songwriter and musician This Is The Kit; fast rising indie rockstar Blondshell; enigmatic experimental rockers Bar Italia; North Carolina shoegazers Wednesday; NYC noise-rock band Model/Actriz; Brighton punk duo Lambrini Girls and much more.

Green Man is a hub for showcasing some of the best emerging names in Welsh music, and this year sees the likes of The Tubs, Islet, Cerys Hafana, Das Koolies, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Georgia Ruth, Pys Melyn and Slate playing. Stay tuned for plenty of more exciting names to be announced over the coming months.

Green Man Festival announce first wave lineup
Green Man Festival announce first wave lineup (Green Man)

The full first line-up announcement is as follows:

Big Thief | Sampha | Jon Hopkins | Sleaford Mods |

The Jesus and Mary Chain | Explosions In The Sky |

Arlo Parks | Black Country, New Road | Ezra Collective |

Osees | Mount Kimbie | Devendra Banhart | This is the Kit |

The Mary Wallopers | Nadine Shah | Fat White Family |

Blonde Redhead | Julia Holter | Tinariwen | Johnny Flynn |

Joy Orbison | Omar Souleyman | Max Cooper | John Maus

Hurray For The Riff Raff | Beak> | Bar Italia | King Creosote |

Blondshell | Bdrmm | Wednesday | Sheer Mag | Metz | Model/Actriz |

Ibibio Sound Machine | Nabihah Iqbal | Royel Otis | Mannequin Pussy |

Lonnie Holley | Oracle Sisters | John Francis Flynn | Moonchild Sanelly |

Lambrini Girls | Sofia Kourtesis (DJ) | Sherelle | Loraine James |

JJUUJJUU | The Waeve | Pictish Trail | One Leg One Eye | Jess Williamson |

A. Savage | Muireann Bradley | Ye Vagabonds | Personal Trainer | Das Koolies |

Lime Garden | Hotline TNT | John | Lynks | Orions Belte | Fabiana Palladino |

N'famady Kouyaté | Islet | Blue Bendy | Annahstasia | Georgia Ruth | Fulu Miziki |

Hannah Holland | Opus Kink | Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog | Tapir! | Brown Horse |

MRCY | Malice K | Rachael Lavelle | The Tubs | Cerys Hafana | Pys Melyn |

Marta Del Grandi | Gillie | Deptford Northern Soul Club | The Social | PRAH |

Big Special | Borough Council | Brown Wimpenny | Getdown Services | Gia Ford |

Humane The Moon | Lemoncello | Loose Articles | Man/Woman/Chainsaw |

Maruja | No Windows | The New Eves | Shelf Lives | Slate | Ugly

Green Man 2024 runs from Thursday 15th August to Sunday 20th. Tickets are sold out.