The Monocle Culture Show

How do you run a music festival?

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22 August 2016

Episode 254

29 minutes

This weekend the Culture team took their tents and waterproofs and set up camp in the Welsh valleys for this year’s Green Man. Robert Bound meets the team behind one of the best independent UK festivals to find out what exactly goes into running the show.

22 August 2016

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Chapter 1

11 minutes

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Chapter 1

Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman

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Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman are the mother-and-son duo behind Green Man festival. Since launching in 2003 it has remained one of the few UK festivals to be fiercely independent and this comes across in the quality of the show it puts on.

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Chapter 2

6 minutes

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Chapter 2

Building a festival

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Ian Fielder handles all things logistical at Green Man and has worked with Fiona Stewart on festivals for years. We find out how he unifies an artistic vision with practical know-how in order to keep things safe and running smoothly.

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Chapter 3

5 minutes


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Chapter 3

Wild Beasts

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Green Man’s Thursday night headliner was UK indie band Wild Beasts. They speak to Tom Hall about their show.

5 minutes

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Chapter 4

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Contemporary art at Green Man: Nathaniel Rackowe

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If you wandered the woods at this year’s Green Man then you likely stumbled across a large shimmering cuboid hanging among the trees. Its creator, artist Nathaniel Rackowe, chats to Robert Bound about hanging your work in a forest rather than a gallery.

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