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Monday, June 07, 2010
One of the highlights from last summer was the three of us hitting the Green Man Festival
at Glanusk Park in the Brecon Beacons. It was my first festival experience since my two visits to the Reading Festival in 1990 and 91. There were a few reasons the Green Man seemed so attractive. Firstly was the great line-up, which gave me a chance to see a couple of bands I was really fond of (Animal Collective and British Sea Power) and one of my all time heroes, Roky Erikson. Secondly, the festival was renowned as child friendly, which meant it was ideal to take Elis (and it was, in spades.) Finally, the location, deep in the heart of the Black Moutains.
I'm normally a grumpy sod when it comes to these sort of things, but I really loved this event - there was loads to see and do, and when there wasn't you could just sit and admire the scenery. There was great food and loads of stages, things happening. Elis could have moved into the kids field permanently, he loved it and took part in loads of stuff - crafts, inflatables, Morris dancing and watching the various live entertainments around the field.
Seriously, if you fancy a great festival this summer, and can't get tickets for the big faceless ones, then don't worry - grab a Green Man ticket whilst they're going. We're toying with going again, but it may be a bit much with little Emi it tow to, this year at least.
I'm not as fussed on the lineup for this event either. Me and the Flaming Lips parted company back in the late 90s, but Mrs Dio would like to see them and I wouldn't say no. Tindersticks are about the only other band I'd be bothered about seeing too. That said, there were bands I saw last year that I hadn't heard before and really enjoyed, some I'm sure there's other things to be had in this lineup.
That said, I still wouldn't mind going even if the lineup wasn't that enticing. It was a really nice atmosphere, and a nice break and change from the norm. I would thoroughly recommend it to any one. Last year I didn't take a big camera with me, but here's a few snaps from my iPhone.
Yeah, been a while, enough said. I haven't really had the chance to stop between finishing shooting the film, running the businesses and becoming a dad again since February 20th 2010 when Emi came into our lives. Things aren't much quieter now, but what they hey, got to have a couple of posts up for 2010 if nothing else! I'm sorting out some photos been hanging around my hard drive from last summer I wanted to share.
Also, the more technically minded amongst you may notice the new URL for the blog. Unfortunately blogger.com decided to stop support for externally hosted blogs by killing FTP access. Rather than kill the blog I've had to use a custom domain to host the site, and redirect the old blog homepage. Bit of a faff, but it keeps the site live. It will have killed a load of includes in older posts, but hay ho - that's life.
Me and Mrs. Dio took a trip to St David's last summer. Was a nice little break, stayed in Wolfscastle, then went to Aber Mawr for a walk, and of course a trip to the Cathedral at St David's. Hadn't been there for over a decade, still a charming place to visit, loads of great photo opportunities, and a chance for me to try out my Canon DSLR, some more.