Wales’ biggest music festival - Green Man - has announced that German electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk will be heading down the ‘Autobahn’ to the foothills of the Black Mountains.

They’ll be joining electro-pop collective Metronomy, electronic DJ duo Bicep, Baltimore dream popsters Beach House, and Brit Award and Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka as headliners at the already sold-out 20th anniversary festival, which takes place at Glanusk Estate near Crickhowell from Thursday to Sunday, August 18-21.

The event, which has so far announced 70 bands, has just been nominated for ‘Best Festival in the World’ and ‘Best Festival in the UK’ in the annual NME awards.

And festival spokeswoman Fiona Stewart said: “We’re so excited about Green Man’s 20th birthday, and we’re planning to celebrate his big anniversary with lots of wonderful surprises and the best party ever!”

Kraftwerk have had a huge influence on modern pop music over their 53-year career, thanks to songs like Autobahn, Tour de France, The Model, Computer Love, The Robots and Trans-Europe Express, and it will be their first ever appearance at Green Man

Devon’s Metronomy will be showcasing their seventh album, Small World, out this month, while electro duo Bicep will keep the tempo up after glowing reviews for 2021’s album Isles.

American duo Beach House will also bathe the Usk valley with ethereal dream pop, including songs from their new record Once Twice Melody,

And Michael Kiwanuka returns to the festival after his first appearance 11 years ago, bringing songs from his hit albums Home Again, Love & Hate and Kiwanuka.

With 10 individual areas, the festival includes art installations, a beer and cider tent featuring local brews, a children’s mini-beast themed area of discovery and exploration, and a relaxation and workshop space for teenagers.

More music, science, film, comedy and literature line-ups will be revealed soon.

Welsh acts playing at this year’s festival include Adam Walton, Huw Stephens, Melin Melyn, Adwaith, and local singer Ailsa Tully.

Other acts already booked include New York outfit Parquet Courts, slowcore Hey What band Low, raucous rock ’n’ rollers Ty Segall & Freedom Band, art popper Ezra Furman and cult indie hero Alex G.

Senegalese dance band Orchestra Baobab will also be heading to the Usk Valley, plus Swedish electro post-punk outfit Viagra Boys, Grammy-nominated Pakistani vocalist Arooj Aftab, Niger’s Tuareg, songwriter and musician Mdou Moctar, and Zambia’s Zamrock band Witch.

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