Festival No. 6 returns for a third year to Portmeirion, Wales the location for the cult 60's TV series The Prisoner, hence the name being a reference to the show.
Portmeirion was constructed between 1925 and 1975 byarchitect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and the village is a bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa.
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 earlier in this year this time around from Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th September 2014.
Beck, Pet Shop Boys, Beck, and London Grammar will headline. Also confirmed are Bonobo, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Steve Mason, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Temples, Jimi Goodwin, James Holden, Los Campesinos!, John Wizards, Jon Hopkins, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Undertones, Tom Hickox, Tom Vek, Spector, Toy, Vaults, The Acid, Peter Hook and the Light, Denai Moore, Cherry Ghost, Alexis Taylor, The Radiophonic Workshop, East India Youth, The Rails, All We Are, Arthur Beatrice, Childhood, Telegram, and Brythoniad Male Voice Choir.
The DJ line-up is headlined by Julio Bashmore with Laurent Garnier, Todd Terje, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, Don Letts, Low Life, Luke Solomon, Kiwi, Pete Herbert, Dicky Trisco, Guy Williams, Ray Mang, Seahawks, Jo Wallace, Gavin Kendrick, Andrew Weatherall, Danny Krivit, Michael Mayer, Justin Robertson, Ewan Pearson, Prosumer, Ashley Beedle, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Unabombers, Eagles For Hands, Joe Boyd, Low Life, Aficionado & Special Guests, Amp+Deck, Sophie Lloyd, Camino Del Sol, and Disco Mums also announced.
The latest additions are tUne-yArDs, Tom Odell, Peter Hook and the Light, Kelis, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Patrick Wolf, The Ramona Flowers, Panes, Nadine Shah, Tiny Ruins, Lucky T Jackson, Aquilo, Gengahr, Southern, Love L.U.V., Candelas, Gai Toms, Mr Phormula, Y Pencadlys, Gwenno, Chris Jones, Kizzy Crawford, Edan, Matt Berry, Laetitia Sadier, Jane Weaver, H.Hawkline, Plank!, Tender Prey, Emma Tricca, The Wharves, Finder Keeper DJs, Andy Votel, Doug Shipton, Dyl Mei, Mahssa Taghinia, Lee Janda, Geraint Jarman, Yr Ods, Cian Ciaran, Swnami, Casi, Plyci, Nyth DJs, Richard Benson, JP Bean, Mathew Clayton, The London Sound Survey, R Seiliog, Ted Kessler, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Viv Albertine , Evie Wyld, Will Atkins, Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Emma Warren, Philip Hoare, Richard King, The Everley Pregnant Brothers, Bird To Beast, Drohne, Pete McKee, Welsh Language Class, John Robb, Tim Peaks DJs, Matt Everitt & Bonehead, Gallery Circus, The Hummingbirds, Grasshopper, Northern Soul Dance Class, Wigan Young Soul DJs, Stephen Morris, Riding the Low, Slowgun, Hot Vestry, and Steve Hanley.
The comedy line-up includes Josh Widdicombe, Henning Wehn, Robin Ince, Tony Law, Phil Kay, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Marcel lucont, Vikki Stone, John Robins, Suzi Ruffell, Alfie Brown, Ed Gamble, Mat Ewins, Nish Kumar, Hayley Ellis, and more.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits as available, click here.
Festival goers can also expect pop up-theatre, intimate readings, film screenings, woodland trails, art installations, comedy performances, pop up woodland raves, kids mischief meadow, The Prisoner reconstructions, and more. The acts will perform across the entire site, from the town hall to the Colonnade gardens, to the Estuary Stage and the promenade along the river, against a back drop of neo-classical architecture, sandy beaches and palm trees.
An Early bird adult weekend ticket with camping is priced at £170, a young persons weekend camping ticket (aged 11 - 15 years) is priced at £85, with under 10s free. Thursday arrival weekend tickets are priced at £185 with or without camping, or £95 for a young person ticket (aged 11 - 15 years). A Campervan ticket is priced at £200. A park and ride ticket is priced at £20. Prices do not include booking fees.
Information regarding the sale of day tickets will be announced in 2014.
Note: There will be very little entertainment programmed on the Thursday / Thursday Night - This is just an option for those wishing to set up their tents a day earlier. Campsite opening times will be confirmed closer to the time.
There is also the option of paying for your tickets through the deposit / payment scheme. Pay 50% now and pay the remaining 50% of the balance by 1st March 2014. Any balance that remains unpaid after 5pm on 1st March will be deemed as a cancellation. No refunds for any loss of deposit or any amount initially paid will be made.
The festival offers a bespoke line-up of iconic and cutting edge musical acts with a truly unique range of alternative activities. These include cinema screenings, street theatre, comedy, 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.
Visitors also have the chance to take part in free Power Kiting and stand-up paddle-board sessions which are open to individuals, couples, families and groups and will be held on the beach within Portmeirion. Each session will see groups take part in a one hour lesson on how to fly and control a power kite, like those used by kitesurfers.
Festival-goers will have the chance to join long table banquets along the White Horses promenade. Billed as ‘Dinner at Clough’s’, the banquets will cost £55 (plus booking fee) and will include a sumptuous three-course meal cooked by Michelin starred Aiden Byrne and Bryn Williams, each banquet will start at 5pm and will seat up to 200 guests who will enjoy an elegant, water-side feast, sharing a mixture of communal dishes and individually plated delights by candle light.
Arts and culture
Arts and culture is an integral part of Festival No.6. with a mixture of spoken word, poetry, comedy and acoustic acts and unique performances planned throughout the site, from street theatre to bespoke installations.
Partners including Faber Social, Caught By The River, Walk The Plank, Heavenly Films, Finders Keepers, Salon London and Don't Tell Stories all help curate a set of unique performances.
Festival No.6 has announced the first names for its arts and culture line-up, including comedians, authors, poets, film-makers, artists, a new cinema and another new stage.
Elswhere Bez (Happy Mondays) will host his own Question Time, where he will joined by politicians and activists. The Quietus host an afternoon stage, featuring their favourite artists talking about their secret passions including Luke Haines (Tindersticks), Stephen Morris (New Order), and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) and an exclusive performance from Grumbling Fur. The Idler Academy will host an afternoon stage, with talks and debates from Idler founder Tom Hodkingson, Sam Lee, and more.
Also on offer to festival goers is swing dance lessons and a late night star gazing walk with astronomer Chris Lintott. Publishing House Faber bring their Academy to run taster sessions at No.6, led by Faber authors and editors.New this year are the No.6 Master Classes, including taste classes in photography, novel writing, poetry, music production, singing, wine tasting, urban sketching, philosophy and star gazing, all led by experts in their field.
Tim Burgess brings his Tim Peaks Diner to No.6, featuring Northern soul dance classes, readings by Ian Rankin, Welsh language classes, exclusive acoustic sessions, spoken word and interviews including Matt Everitt with Bonehead and special guests.
Joe Duddell returns as Composer in Residence working some of the musicians at No.6 to create a series of unique, bespoke performances over the weekend.
The No.6 Carnival has been expanded to twice the size. Those who want to take part in the festival can register beforehand to get a free carnival costume.
Salon No.6 returns hosted by the founders of Salon London and Salon North - Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell to present three days of talks and discussions on the subject of Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll.
Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband, will be hosting a cartoon confession booth in the village. Confess your sins to Tony and he’ll capture them in a personal cartoon.
The festival will be hosting a Dylan Thomas centenary tribute featuring actor Rhys Ifans, director Kevin Allen, poet Murray Lachlan Young, Stuart Maconie and many more.
The literary line-up includes Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Shlomo, Julian Cope reading from his novel, Jonathan Meades, Jay Rayner, Harry Leslie Smith, Gavin Turk, and 'Letters Live' featuring Matt Berry, Sara Pascoe and special guests. Other authors and speakers confirmed include Steve Mason, Andrew Weatherall, Mike Garry, Patience Agbabi, Will Hodgkinson, Emma Jane Unsworth, Dorian Lynskey, Professor David Nutt, Richard Benson, Ted Kessler, Rachel Newsome, Evie Wyld, Luke Wright, Zoe Pilger, Lloyd Bradley, Kerry Daynes, Nichi Hodgson, Daniel Rachel, Shaun Usher, Mark Vernon, John Mithinson and David Bramwell.
New this year is the Speedlearn Late Night Cinema, curated by Finders Keepers, and the No.6 Children’s Cinema, in association with the BFI. The festival's film programme includes a special screening of 'Twin Town' and a mini cast re-union, the festival premieres of Shane Meadows' 'The Living Room' (followed by a Q&A and exclusive live set), and 'Nowhere is Home', the new film about Dexy’s Midnight Runners by Kieran Evans, followed by a Q&A with Dexys Kevin Rowlands and Jimmy Paterson. Other screenings include 'From Here to Before'. Jon Savage's new Teenage film. St Etienne will perform a live soundtrack to 'How We Used To Live', and there will be a special screening of Svengali with Jonny Owen, Vicky McClure, and Alan McGee.
This year also sees the introduction of The Secret Outlaws Camp for children, with a full weekend of kids activities from Robin Hood Games to fancy dress parties, a special afternoon kids rave and even a kids protest.
No parking rule
The festival site has a no parking rule and so the festival is operating a park and ride to the site for all festival goers including those who have booked boutique camping.
This is being run from the car park which is approximately 4 miles from the site, it's worth bearing this in mind when you're packing as you'll need to transport everything to the festival site on the park and ride.
Those getting a lift there and being dropped off must also catch the shuttle as the drop off point is at the Park & Ride also. Disabled festival goers with blue badges are allocated disabled parking in a separate designated area. If you have not pre-booked a disabled ticket you must use the park and ride. Unfortunately the shuttle buses cannot facilitate wheelchairs, although taxis can be booked from the park and ride.
Those coming by train should also be aware that the shuttle service from Bangor Train Station incurs a cost of £10 each way, and organisers recommend you pre-book. If you do not pre-book and there's no space a taxi to the site costs approximately £70-80 one way.
The festival's official Travel Partner - Virgin Trains, are offering 25% off Advance Standard or First Class train fares to Festival No.6.
Please note there was a personal limit on alcohol brought to the festival last year - this is 1 bottle of spirits, or 1 case of beer, or 2 bottles of wine, and it's expected to be the same this year. Whatever you bring must not be in glass and must be decanted before taking on the park & ride.
Castell Deudraerth will be opening its doors to any guests looking for some luxury accommodation. Alternative options include cosy cottages in the heart of the picturesque village, the stately gatehouse, tower bedrooms, tribal yurt's, tipis and bell tents along with a selection of iconic caravans and movie star Airstream trailers.
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