Festivals don’t come much more boutique nor much more eccentric. The location itself is unbelievably bijou: an Italianate town in pastel colours, set, uncannily, against the damp mountainous backdrop of North Wales. And then you have the festival itself: a four-day banquet of art and music, in and around the village and adjoining fields and woods.
2018's line up is characteristically brilliant. There are many acts on the bill, ranging from satirical, grotesque and often hilarious Will Self, to post-punk sounds from The The and reigning indie darlings Django Django. Also descending upon Portmeirion are headlining act Franz Ferdinand (who have lost their guitarist last year to family commitments – and are apparently now in a period of artistic rebirth), disco-oriented outfit Friendly Fires, and revered sophisti-pop singer Jessie Ware. Night owls will be pleased to know that there's also plenty of DJing expertise on hand, with the likes of electro-house DJ Erol Alkan and emerging musician Hak Baker coming to town.
As part of the Trojan Records 50 year anniversary, Don Letts – the producer who in the late 70’s single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae – will be performing, alongside a wider celebration of the record company that had Bob Marley and the Wailers, Inner Circle, and Gregory Isaac to name but a few.
As is the way of the contemporary festival, No. 6 isn't just about the music. Talks, live comedy, and cinema are all mainstays of No. 6, not to mention a range of what the organisers enticingly term 'spectacles and installations.' We're excited to see what else they've got in store for us.
|What||Festival Number 6 2018|
|Where||Portmeirion, Wales | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
06 Sep 18 – 09 Sep 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
|Website||Click here to book|