Festival No. 6 returns for a 4th 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 by architect 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 3rd until Sunday 6th September 2015 and with a capacity of 15,000.
Latest additions are James Morrison, and Q&As with Asif Kapadia & Mark Ronson, and Steve Coogan.
Metronomy, Belle & Sebastian, James and Grace Jones, are this year's headlining acts. Also confirmed are Mark Ronson (DJ set), British Sea Power, Years And Years, Haelos, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Everything Everything, James Bay, Gaz Coombes, Young Fathers, Kate Tempest, Rae Morris, Shura, Stornoway, The Bohicas, and FrYars.
Musical additions also include Badly Drawn Boy, Brythoniad Male Voice Choir, Jane Weaver, King Creosote, Soak, Ghost Culture, Hookworms, LA Priest, Stealing Sheep, Spring King, DJ Greg Wilson, Kermit, Joe Duddell and the No.6 Ensemble, Green Gartside, Drinks (Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley), Duke Garwood, Blind Arcade, Dub Sex, Gwenno, Dream Themes, Blossoms, Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen, King Eider, Drohne, James Atkin, The Mostar Diving Club, Yucatan, The Gramotones, Thud Crackle Pop, The Everley Pregnant Brothers, and Piazza House Band Gypsies of Bohemia.
The first DJ line-up includes headliners DJ Harvey, and a UK festival exclusive from The 2 Bears with a live set.
Other confirmed DJs include 808 State, Horse Meat Disco, Futureboogie, Low Life, Welsh House Mafia, Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Gerd Jansen, Andrew Weatherall, Optimo, Ralph Lawson, Justin Robertson, Maurice Fulton, and Mark E.
Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) and Finders Keepers will be taking over The Gatehouse venue on Friday in order to host a day of film and music based around the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia. Also confirmed for the Cloug Stage are Welsh acts Y Pencadlys, Estrons, Huw M, The Gentle Good, Titus Monk, SWN DJs Elan & Mari, Andy Votel, Doug Shipton & Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian), Fumaca Preta, The Lovely Eggs, The Fates, Graham Massey, T.R.A.S.E, Tender Prey, The Sundowners, Anelog, Finders Keepers DJs, 9 Bach, Yws Gwynedd, Ifan Dafydd, Y Ffug, Band Pres Llareggub, Palenco, and Nyth DJs.
Also confirmed are authors and poets including Irvine Welsh in conversation with Bernard Sumner, Justin Robertson, John Niven, Owen Harris, Will Clarke and Gregor Cameron. Director Kevin Allen returns with a theatrical version of Under Milk Wood Live, Kate Tempest, Matt Johnson (The The), Maxine Peake, Simon Day, Dom Joly, Stuart Maconie, Edith Bowman, Michel Faber, Owen Sheers, Lalinne Paul, Salena Godden, Luke Wright, Elaine Constantine, John Higgs, John Mitchinson, Chris Difford, and Brix Smith, will also be talking about her time in The Fall with Andrew Weatherall..
Plus Heaven 17's Martyn Ware, and Illustrious have been commissioned to produce an immersive 3D soundscape, Be Seeing You 3D Prisoner Extravanga, which will take over the whole village of Portmeirion each night for 20 minutes. Festival regulars the Brythoniad Male Voice Choir will also be making an appearance.
Festival goers can also expect pop up-theatre, intimate readings, film screenings, woodland trails, art installations, comedy performances, pop up woodland raves, 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, and the sandy beaches of the estuary.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available see the Festival No. 6 line-up page.
The early bird offer has ended. Tickets were priced at £180 (for Friday arrival) and £195 for Thursday arrival - and have SOLD OUT. A young person (aged 11-15 years) is priced at £85 for Friday arrival, and £95 for Thursday arrival. Children aged 10 years and under can attend for free.
The festival offers a bespoke line-up of iconic and cutting edge musical acts with a range of alternative activities. These include cinema screenings, street theatre, comedy, prose and poetry readings, long table feasts, comedy, secret parties, impromptu interactive moments and cultural lectures and debates.
The rugged Welsh landscape will also offer punters the opportunity to get physical with activities including wild swimming, and stand-up paddle-board sessions which are open to individuals, couples, families and groups and will be held on the beach within Portmeirion.
The Long Table Banquets this year are coked by chefs Aiden Byrne, James Lowe and Mary-Ellen McTague.
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.
Joe Duddell is expected to return as Composer in Residence working some of the musicians at No.6 to create a series of unique, bespoke performances over the weekend.
The Village Green
Located between Castel Park and Portmeirion, The Village Green will feature a new live stage The Bandstand, with folk artists curated by Sam Lee and the wonderful The Nest Collective, featuring acts from Venezuela, Brazil and Zimbabwe curated by In Place of War, and the best new bands from across Wales curated by Horizons. It will also be home to the Dylan Thomas Camp (To Begin At The Big Awning), the interactive mechanical circus The Marie Celestial, the Welsh produce market, and much more."
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.
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.
Portmeirion Village accommodation for Festival No.6 2015 is now fully booked.
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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