The Greenman Poll returns. Your chance to play the mainstage. But is it still a POLL?


The Green man Poll is back, giving your band the opportunity to play the main stage at this year’s festival alongside the likes of Fleet Foxes, Explosions In The Sky, Iron & Wine. However they have changed the rules somewhat from the usual Greenman website voting process to a more complicated hoop jumping excercise where you have to not only gain votes but gain approval in a industry battle of the band show. That surely makes it harder for acts whose faces don’t fit to get a look in? Still its worth a whirl, it could be amazing!

Yes, once again Green Man is offering you and your band the gig of a lifetime – a unique chance to launch this year’s festival with a set on the Main Stage on Friday August 19.

Has your band got what it takes to share a bill with the stars and perform your songs in front of thousands of people? Can you handle the YouTube hits and media exposure from the most credible online battle of the bands?

If the answer is “yes”, then Green Man and some of the most influential names in the British record industry want to see you in action!

IT’S AS EASY AS 1…2…3…!

1. Any unsigned band or solo artist can enter Green Poll but they must be able to upload a video for one of their songs. This year’s competition will be run via Facebook – go to, click Green Poll and follow the simple instructions.

2. There will be two rounds of public voting. After the first round, the top 5 most popular bands will automatically go through to round two. Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will then hand-pick a further five bands to join them in round two. These 10 bands will then face a second public vote to decide five lucky finalists.

3. The five most popular bands will then play live before a packed crowd and a prestigious judging panel including Mojo editor Phil Alexander, Moshi Moshi record label boss Stephen Bass, Domino Records A&R and Transparent Records label boss Jack Shankly and Bella Union A&R and label manager Mark Byrne. The best band on the night wins and gets to open Green Man Festival 2011!

Quite simply, there isn’t one.Green Poll is a respected and credible competition that relies solely on word of mouth and record industry buzz, there is no sponsorship and no corporate tie-ins.

This year just one vote per person will be allowed in each round of public voting, so winning does mean winning. Green Poll really is all about Green Man’s unquenchable thirst for great new music.

What’s more, the winning act will get one complimentary ticket per band member for this year’s Green Man.

A record-breaking 658 unsigned bands entered our biggest-ever Green Poll in 2010, with thousands of votes being cast from 137 different countries around the globe. There were over 300,000 hits on Green Man’s website.

Lucky winners The Dufflefolks went down a storm on the Main Stage, saying: “We’ve not experienced anything quite like it – the crowd adulation, the atmosphere, we’ve never had anything like that before. It was the antithesis of your usual online battle of the bands.”

So what are you waiting for?

Green Man needs YOU – and the next eight weeks could change your life forever!

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.