Robyn Hitchcock plays surprise covers at Green Man

Veteran rocker dips into classic cover catalogue at Green Man Festival

Robyn Hitchcock plays surprise covers at Green Man

Photographer: Michael GregoryFrancis Whittaker on 19 August 2011

The eccentric music veteran introduced his set as "compressed history of psychedelic rock", before launching into early Pink Floyd tracks 'Astronomy Domine' and 'Lucifer Sam'.

As well as his own material, Hitchcock also performed renditions of Beatles tracks including 'Rain' and Captain Beefheart songs including 'Electricity'.

Almost immediately after his main stage set, he played a set in the science-themed Einstein's Garden about his favourite insects.

True to form, Hitchcock treated fans to some bizarre stage banter, including some vaguely politically themed chatter during his latter set, when he claimed David Cameron "dislikes vinegar being rubbed between his shoulder blades" and "doesn't like a lemon being rammed really hard into his ear."

Explosions In The Sky headline Green Man tonight, with Fleet Foxes headlining tomorrow night and Iron and Wine closing the Welsh festival on Sunday night.

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