Festival No. 6, which will take place at the stunning Portmeirion in Wales, has recently announced the first of its line-up with New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized set to headline this year’s inaugural event. The first wave of artist announcements also sees DJ performances from Francois K (Deep Space), Erol Alkan, Mr Scruff (Keep It Unreal), Derrick Carter Does Disco, Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Horse Meat Disco, Jerry Dammers, Don Letts, Optimo, Luke Solomon, Daniele Baldelli, Harri & Domenic Cappello (Sub Club), Unabombers (Electric Chair), Lowlife, PBR Streetgang, Kelvin Brown and Will TRAMP
Taking place on the weekend of September 14-16, Festival No. 6 is a brand new premium festival concept set in the eccentric surrounds of Portmeirion, where neo-classical architecture collides with sandy beaches and palm trees. Bands, DJs, musicians and string ensembles will be performing across the entire site, from the historic town hall to the Colonnade gardens to the picturesque Bay Stage and the promenade along the estuary of the River Dwyryd. The diverse bill ranges from rock and roll to Balearic, funk to folk and sea-shanties to Welsh male voice choirs.
The sleepy Welsh fantasyland, famous for being the set of cult 60’s TV show ‘The Prisoner’, was constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and the village is a bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, couched in the waters, mountains and forests of North Wales which make up the festival’s perimeter.
Attendees will get the chance to enjoy cinema screenings, street theatre, prose and poetry readings, midnight masquerades, cliff-top comedy stages, secret parties, impromptu interactive moments and even participate in cultural lectures and debates. The rugged Welsh landscape will also offer punters the opportunity to get physical with activities including wild swimming, zorbing, clay pigeon shooting and archery.
New Order’s Stephen Morris said: “It’s an amazing location for a festival, we can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. It’s going to be absolutely spectacular, so we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “In a market saturated with festivals and with the Olympics looming it would take an idiot or something pretty special to warrant starting a new one. We’ve found what we hope will become one of the most outstanding and defining boutique festival sites in the world. It’s fantastic to be announcing a lineup including New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized, and we’re especially excited to work with Portmeirion as a location. It’s a totally jaw-dropping, mind-blowing place, offering a premium event aimed at a slightly more mature and discerning crowd. We’re confident it’s going to be one of the most stylish festivals the UK has ever seen.”
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