Tim Minchin opens Green Man Festival 2011
Comedian Tim Minchin opens with cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
Francis Whittaker - 19 August 2011
Comedian Tim Minchin led the crowd in a stirring
rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' as
he opened this year's Green Man Festival with a special Thursday evening set.
The piano tinkling funnyman closed his special gig in the Far Out Tent with a cover of the classic ballad, having earlier performed several fan favourites such as 'If I Didn't Have You' and 'Only a Ginger'.
Before leading the Cohen singalong, Minchin revealed: “Nearly all of my audience are atheists, so I enjoy the irony of getting them to sing 'Hallelujah'... It's nice to know that even godless tent dwellers can create something beautiful en masse.”
Earlier, he debuted a new song entitled 'Cont', saying that the festival was the perfect place to test new material as there's “a ferris wheel and a pie stand. It's a place for art to be made.”
The talented pianist also treated the excitable audience to a virtuoso rendition of his tongue-in-cheek epic 'Dark Side'.
Green Man Festival 2011 continues until Sunday, and will see headline sets from Explosions In The Sky, Fleet Foxes and Iron and Wine.