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Green Man Preview #3: Willie J Healey
Christian Eede , July 29th, 2022 13:49

In the third of a series of preview pieces for this year's Green Man, Willie J Healey discusses an impromptu weekend-long stay on his first visit to the event

Ahead of this summer's Green Man festival, scheduled to take place next month, we are presenting a series of preview pieces here at tQ, centred around some of the artists that you'll be able to catch at this year's event.

Last week, Johnny Lynch, AKA The Pictish Trail, discussed being involved in the very first edition of Green Man way back in 2003, and reflected on hosting a Lost Map label takeover at the event in 2013. This week, Oxford-based artist Willie J Healey tells up about his first time playing at and attending the event, which gripped him into staying for the full weekend, and also offers a little insight into his next album, which he has been busy at work on this year. Keep reading below to find out what he had to say.

In addition to Willie J Healey, this year's Green Man will also welcome the likes of Kraftwerk, Beach House, Katy J Pearson, Metronomy, Mary Lattimore, Low, Jenny Hval and Parquet Courts, among many others. The festival will take place from August 18 to 21, 2022. Find more information here.

Can you tell us about the first time you ever went to Green Man?

Willie J Healey: I experienced Green Man for the first time about three or four years ago, and loved it instantly. Myself and the band ended up staying for the whole weekend, even though we hadn't planned to.

What is your favourite Green Man memory?

WJH: I managed to see Stereolab and Big Thief one year with my sister and my dad, just magic.

Who are you looking forward to watching at Green Man this year?

WJH: Ty Segall, Dry Cleaning and Alex G!

You've recently teased work on your third album through Instagram. What can fans expect from the record, and did you switch anything significant up from how you've worked before?

WJH: Well, it's certainly very much me and my take on a slightly funkier feel. I worked with this drum machine that really dictated the direction of the songs. Just funky and honest. I think it's my best stuff yet and I can't wait to show people.