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Green Man Preview #4: Metronomy's Joe Mount
Christian Eede , August 9th, 2022 19:45

In the fourth of a series of preview pieces for this year's Green Man, Metronomy's Joe Mount discusses his past experiences at the festival

Ahead of this summer's Green Man festival, scheduled to take place later this 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.

In the previous edition of the series, Willie J Healey discussed attending Green Man with his father and sister, and also offered some preview words on his third album, which he is currently busy at work on. This week, attention turns to Metronomy's Joe Mount, with the band returning to the event this year to present their latest album, Small World, released earlier this year. Below he tells us about attending the festival for the first time with his now fiancée and getting more personal in his songwriting on Metronomy's latest album.

In addition to Metronomy, this year's Green Man will also welcome the likes of Kraftwerk, Beach House, Katy J Pearson, Mary Lattimore, Low, Jenny Hval and Parquet Courts to its site, 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?

Joe Mount: I remember it very well. I took my then girlfriend (now fiancée) and we camped, her for the first time in her life. It was hell. Since then we've very much invested in improving our camping experience.

What is your favourite Green Man memory?

JM: I might have this wrong, but I’m pretty sure that Van Morrison bumped us up the bill one year because he didn't want to go on stage so late. My mum is a big fan of Van the Man, so anything involving him gives me points in her view.

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

JM: Katy J Pearson, Kraftwerk and Dry Cleaning.

The latest Metronomy album, Small World, was written from a more confessional, personal perspective than past records. Can you pinpoint anything that made you want to open up more this time round?

JM: I feel like it was something I wanted to do anyway; being more personal can be a signifier of age and maturity... I am now old and mature. But, on top of that, the pandemic added this extra impetus. Suddenly I felt quite exposed to scary thoughts and feelings, it was the right time to share that with the world and at a time that was very relatable.