June 25th, 2014
Thinking of staying away in North Wales this summer and need a quick fix of cosmopolitan culture during? Then you need to be at Festival Number 6 as it’s a cocktail of different tastes and talents in the famed town of Portmeirion.
As a worthwhile attraction in itself, Portmeirion has plenty to grab your attention even without revered music acts playing in it and now in its third year, No 6 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Quite the statement considering it swept the awards board for 2014’s amazing edition.
It being named after the main character from the cult television show The Prisoner is just one of many eccentricities which makes the festival so unique. Where else could you watch Beck one moment and then be listening to Rhys Ifans in the next? A heady mix of different talents will make this year’s festival simply unmissable and we at the Oakeley Arms hotel in Blaenau Ffestiniog cannot wait.
By being more than just a music festival, No 6 has become one of the brightest lights on the festival calendar and is all ready for a record attendance this September over the 5th, 6th and 7th of the month. Doubt the billing could be that good? Take a look at some of our picks as the highlights to look out for at this year’s event below.
Bez’s Question Time
You did read that right and yes, we are just as excited for it as you.
Happy Mondays hedonist and all round entertainer Bez will be at this year’s festival to not shake his maracas but will in fact be attending for political reasons as he’s running for MP for Salford. Do not miss his talk.
The big mouth of comedy is set to make a big impression on North Wales this September as she promotes and discusses her first novel, Brenda Monk is Funny.
Known for her work on Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show as well for a long and important career within television, Brand is likely to enthral so do not miss out.
The indie king will be one of the main stars at this year’s festival so if you want to get up close and personal with one of rock’s few remaining visionaries, do not miss him on the coast the September.
Beck will be performing the latest and best from his new album, Morning Phase, as well as delivering some of his biggest classics like Loser.
One for the younger crowd, Bonobo has been one of the best DJ’s on the underground scene and has the distinction of being one of the highest-selling artists on vinyl in recent years.
His Black Sands album is a seminal effort and an essential electronica release. Don’t hesitate to pick up a copy before this year’s festival and make sure you check out his entire discography while you’re at it – you may discover your new favourite artist.
Tim Burgess Presents Tim Peaks
Legendary eccentric Tim Burgess will be the host at his own café at this year’s Festival No 6 and it is bound to be every bit as strange yet amazing as you’d expect.
Try the artist’s very own drinks and enjoy participation from some special guests at an occasion which perhaps epitomises the festival as a whole more than any other.
Secret Outlaws Camp
Kids are welcome at No 6 and what better way to prove themselves as family friendly than to have a special programme dedicated to entertaining families and youngsters?
Children will be able to enjoy their very own carnival, a special theatre show and even (oddly enough) a kid’s rave. An eclectic array of activities that sums up the appeal of this unique festival, for sure.
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