Festival Number 6 takes place during the first week of September in the idyllic village of Portmeirion in North Wales. Amongst a mountainous series of beautifully pastel coloured houses, flowering parks and picturesque courtyards all set above the River Dwyryd are where a “bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture” will take place.
Designed in the style of an Italian village, Portmeirion’s unique style has served up inspiration for many TV shows, novels and films, with Festival No.6 being the only festival to take place in a setting like this all over Britain. Far from being just a music event, Portmeirion will play host to live bands, legendary DJs, writers, poets, chefs, artists and more for 4 days of excitement within this quaint little village as well as in the surrounding woodlands and Castell Park, which will contain over 10 venues in itself.
Festival No 6’s soundtrack will be provided by a star studded line up of musical talent including the iconic and visually spectacular Grace Jones, independent label giants Belle & Sebastian, electronica quartet Metronomy and indie favourites Everything Everything as well as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mark Ronson, James Bay, Years & Years, Badly Drawn Boy and British Sea Power amongst many others. An awesome DJ line up containing the likes of 808 State, DJ Harvey, Festival Number 6 regular Andrew Weatherall, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Optimo, Ralph Lawson, Maurice Fulton, Medlar and Greg Wilson will also be appearing, setting stages throughout the day and night.
Talks and discussions featuring the likes of legendary writer Irvine Welsh, comedians Andrew Maxwell and Josie Long and countless art and theatre installations will adorn the streets of Portmeirion, whilst long table banquets hosted by award winning Michelin star chefs and a number of village restaurants and street food vendors will keep the taste of every area fresh and exciting, with a produce market even going as fresh as fresh can go.
A host of activities will also be available to all the guests at Festival No 6, with paddle boarding on the River Dwyryd and day/night time processions being some of the favourites, not forgetting countless secret areas around the whole festival expanse that will wait to be discovered and relished.
There are far more activities, bands, DJs and experiences to be had at Festival No 6 than could be listed here, so all that is left is for you to go out and discover them all yourself.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Festival Number 6 and tastemakersmag