Festival No. 6 is a magic number
Festival No 6, Snowdonia by Festival No 6There’s no better setting for a festival than the fantasy village of Portmeirion, or a more eclectic line-up than in Festival No.6, the award-winning small festival that brings rock legends and left-field figures from the arts to this magical corner of North Wales.
A visit to Portmeirion is a bit trippy at any time of year. An exquisite Italianate coastal village is the last thing you’d expect to find on this forest-fringed inlet, with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop. It made a suitably surreal setting for the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner, and now it’s the barking mad location for Festival No.6, a long, lost September weekend of music, arts, culture and comedy. It bills itself, quite accurately, as ‘A festival unlike any other, in a place like no other.’
So what makes No.6 so different?
Festival No 6, Snowdonia by Festival No 6The location gives it a head start, obviously. When you walk into any festival, you kind of suspend reality and step into a little sovereign state, with its own laws of nature. And because Portmeirion is so jaw-droppingly, strangely beautiful, its otherworldly character seeps into the whole festival experience.
The main stage is the fantasy village itself. The sea, mountains and forests are the perimeter fences. The village, quay and woods become inspiring venues, hosting everything from intimate performances from iconic bands to amazing installations, surreal street theatre, pop-up parties, and impromptu interactive happenings. Honestly, it’s like walking around a fairy tale (one that has artisan ale on tap).
What kind of music can I expect?
James Dean Bradfield at Festival No 6, Snowdonia by Festival No 6The unexpected, basically. They’ve curated a line-up that’s every bit as eccentric (and tasteful) as the surroundings, with iconic artists alongside the best new talent and a stunning DJ line-up. Previous headliners have included New Order and Primal Scream, while in 2014 it’s the Pet Shop Boys leading a line-up that includes left-field legend Beck, Martha & The Vandellas, London Grammar and dozens of other acts from cult DJs to Welsh language psych-pop to a male voice choir.
Any other types of performance?
Performers at Festival No.6 in Portmeirion, Snowdonia by Festival No.6The Arts & Culture offering is equally eclectic, with a hand-picked selection of authors, poets, actors, filmmakers and artists. In 2014 there are bespoke performances from artists as diverse as Charlie Higson and Andrew Weatherall, Viv Albertine and Gavin Turk, Kevin Rowlands and Jay Rayner. Oh, and a comedy tent headed by Josh Widdicombe.
Anything else on the menu?
A food stall at Festival No 6, SnowdoniaGlad you asked. They’ve ousted the standard festival lager-and-burger in favour of proper real ale, multinational street food, and quality food stalls, with particular emphasis on local and organic produce. And if you feel you deserve it, drop into the pop-up champagne and oyster bar in the Portmeirion gardens.
The choice of places to kip is just as varied: luxury yurts, camper van pitches, castle suites, cottages in the village - or just bring your own tent. See you in September.
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