Soundscape Solar Stage has the ruins of neoclassical Piercefield House as its backdrop. An outdoor venue with an old school vibe and cutting edge sound, Soundscape hosts every kind of musical act from a ukelele orchestra to an anarchist ceilidh, from punk to protest to psychedelia. With spectacular views across Piercefield Park, a friendly crew and a fine bar, it’s tempting to spend the whole weekend at Soundscape.
Triban inhabits a beautiful bespoke white canvas marquee decorated with great attention to detail, spilling out into a garden with benches and campfire. A cafe-bar and stage for folk, funk and global grooves, Triban has a gentle atmosphere – until the beats accelerate and the place erupts with wild dancing!
Floating Lotus is a haven of interconnecting geodesic domes hosting a fab line up of festival faves, up-and-coming young artists, solo impressarios and politically conscious bands. With morning laughter yoga and pop up workshops in everything from bhangra to belly dancing, plus aromatic teas, lovingly made cakes and real ale on tap.
The Raconteurs’ Delight is a captivating venue, hosting spoken word and cabaret acts by night; family friendly entertainment early evening; performance and art based workshops by day; and very special lunchtime guests. Poets, comedians, clowns, storytellers and jazz musicians rub shoulders in the steampunk bar enjoying temperence drinks and kooky cocktails: think lashings of ginger beer or dandelion and burdock optionally laced with gin; elderflower and apple tipples; vegan white russian or bloody mary.
The Speakers’ Forum on the edge of the Campaigns Field has a fascinating programme of talks with leading Green researchers and designers, campaigners for social and environmental justice, and maverick activists [2018 line up coming soon; 2017 line up here]. Listen, question, learn, debate… There’s picnic tables, drinks and snacks so you can stick around to talk politics, philosophy and protest tactics. In the evening the Forum is transformed into a Cinema by activist film-makers Reel News.
The 99% Bar hosts an eclectic assortment of djs and special guests, plus bar games, pub quiz and banner making. Legendary rebels Gen X provide the solar power. Head over here for reggae, dance, trance and disco beats; groove and get radical then sample woodfired pizza, Peruvian stew or fresh fairtrade coffee around the 99% campfire.
The Glad Apple Cider Bar faces the Village Green, has stunning views across the Severn Estuary, makes a perfect cosy pit-stop. Try local brews, taste the apples, or if cider’s not your thing go for a local ale or rum with homemade ginger. Acoustic music sessions and unplugged jams happen around here; bring an instrument!
The Brimmon Oak is our new bar near Soundscape. Here we’ll have beers and ciders, ‘dark & stormy’ rum n ginger, organic wine and more. The original Brimmon Oak, a 500 year old Welsh Oak, was threatened by road-building but saved by popular demand. Local media reported “A new bypass was ‘bent’ to save this wonderful ancient tree…” The Brimmon Oak went on to be a finalist in the European Tree of the Year contest and now stands as a symbol of the strength of people power and nature combined!
Plus, Radical Wales in the Campaigns Field hosts an Open Mic Stage each evening.
All The Green Gathering’s bars are non-commercial and raise money for putting on the festival. Prices are very reasonable and we aim to provide a decent range of locally brewed cider and beer, plus organic wines and spirits and plenty of ethically-sourced soft drinks.