Fleet Foxes take dig at mainstream festivals

Fleet Foxes at Glastonbury Festival 2009 by Sara Bowrey
Fleet Foxes at Glastonbury Festival 2009 by Sara Bowrey

Fleet Foxes played an eagerly anticipated headline set at Green Man Festival 2011 to bring Saturday's main stage bill to a close.

In what was possibly the clash of the weekend, the Foxes had to compete with a rare festival set from electronica God Squarepusher and Green Man hero James Yorkston, but were still able to pack out Glanusk Park’s outdoor amphitheatre.

Amid a few bubbles blown from the crowd, frontman Robin Pecknold used their show to have a sly dig at mainstream festivals, saying: “This is Green Man, right? So we can play quiet songs without you all rushing off to see 30 Seconds To Mars”, before launching into a sublime version of ‘Your Protector’.

Other highlights included a spine-tingling ‘Mykonos’ and recent single ‘Battery Kinzie’.

Meanwhile, in the Far Out Tent, bass wielding maverick Squarepusher treated a feverish crowd to some high octane electronic madness as part of the Far Out Tent’s Warp Records curated After Dark bill.

Another notoriously beardy folk collective, Iron and Wine, close the Crickhowell event tomorrow.

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