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.
2017's line up is characteristically brilliant. It's heartening to see lots of young acts on the bill, ranging from award-winning performance poet Kate Tempest, to new soul sounds from Rag n' Bone Man and reigning indie darlings The Cribs. But it's not all about newcomers; also descending upon Portmeirion are headlining act The Flaming Lips , electro/jazz outfit Cinematic Orchestra, and revered Beatles tribute band the Bootleg Beatles, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the smash album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Night owls will be pleased to know that there's also plenty of DJing expertise on hand, with the likes of Goldie and Mary Anne Hobbs coming to town.
This year also sees a very special performance courtesy of No. 6's resident composer Joe Duddell and No. 6 favourite The Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir.
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.' Director Kevin Allen will talk about the filming of Tin Town, the hugely anticipated sequel to the seminal Welsh film Twin Town, and Maxine Peake will be curating her own stage for a day, Peaky’s Parlour, with a mixture of special guests and screenings. We're excited to see what else they've got in store for us.
|What||No. 6 Festival, Portmeirion|
Wales | MAP
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
07 Sep 17 – 10 Sep 17, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
|Website||Click here to book|