Student Set to Play Welsh Music Festival

Wednesday 29 June 2016
Tony Njoku

Popular Music student Tony Njoku will play the main stage of the Green Man Festival in August after winning the festival's Rising competition.

Tony will open the mountain stage at the festival on Friday 19 August – the same stage that will later feature headline sets from Belle & Sebastian, Laura Marling and James Blake.

Tony said: "Being shortlisted has been very reassuring. It's important to me because it says that there's perhaps some cultural value in what I am doing; as an art maker one of my biggest ambitions is to be involved in a universal cultural dialogue, I want to add to the conversation. And because festivals like Green Man are such vital cultural events I'm really looking forward to getting involved and hopefully adding something others there will value as well.

"When it comes to my musical influences there are really too many to mention, however in all the names that spring to mind there is a recurring theme that I can say draws me to them. I'm very keen on music that sounds unique by default, any music that's just in a class of its own. Artists like Prince spring to mind immediately, others like Fela Kuti, Bjork, Eno, Radiohead, Mingus... the list goes on."

The Green Man Rising competition saw over 800 entries. Tony was one of just six finalists to play a show at Dublin Castle in front of a panel of industry judges.

The Green Man Festival is an independent music and arts festival held annually in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.