Tim Minchin opens Green Man Festival 2011

Tim Minchin at Sonisphere 2010 (UK) by Burak Cingi
Tim Minchin at Sonisphere 2010 (UK) by Burak Cingi

Green Man Festival 2011 in Wales was opened with a special Thursday night set of sing-a-longs and comedy routines from Aussie musical stand up Tim Minchin.

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.