Festival No. 6 returns for a 5th 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 1st until Sunday 4th September 2016 and with a capacity of 15,000.
Closing proceedings on Friday night are Bastille, headlining Saturday night will be Hot Chip, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be bringing this year's festival to an end.
No.6 composer-in-residence Joe Duddell, joins up with Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra on an exclusive David Bowie Reimagined performance, with very special guest vocalists on each song. Featuring a unique line-up of female-only vocalists including Charlotte Church, Jacqui Abbott (The Beautiful South), Jane Weaver, Lucy Rose and Nadine Shah.
Also appearing will be live acts including Aurora, Blossoms, C Duncan, Django Django, Echo and the Bunnymen, Frances, Gwenno, JP Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Lucy Rose, Ngod , Oh Wonder, Oscar, Roots Manuva, Roisin Murphy, The Amazons, Geraint Jarman, Meic Stevens, R Seiliog, Cassius, Cats Eyes, Malcolm Mooney, Biting Tongues festival regulars Brythoniad Male Voice Choir.
The festival is again welcoming The Nest Collective, and their stage will play host to an eclectic range of acts and artists across the weekend including This Is The Kit.
The DJ line-up is also unveiled including A Love from Outer Space: Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Craig Charles, Fleetmac Wood, Joy Orbison, Kate Simko & The London Electronic Orchestra, Optimo (Until the Music Stops), Smooth Sailing presents Kaftan Discotheque, The 2 Bears, Craig Richards, Maribou State, Leon Vynehall, Low Life, and Unabombers.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits as available see the Festival No. 6 line-up page.
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.
The festival is famed for it's quirky setting - the location for the cult 60's TV series The Prisoner, hence the name being a reference to the show, and 2016 marks 40 years since Dr. Who was filmed at Portmeirion and 50 years since filming of The Prisoner started, and DJ Yoda will celebrate both anniversaries with a very special themed DJ Yoda does Sci-Fi Portmeirion audio-visual spectacular.
Comedy is a part of the arts and culture mix at No.6 and this year's bill includes Paul Foot, Mark Watson, Joe Lycett, and Aisling Bea, plus John Mithinson, multi-talented co-creator of the hit BBC show Q.I., will be bringing a special Q.I. Quiz, created especially for Festival No.6.
The literature, speakers, and spoken word line-up will include Irvine Welsh, Shaun Ryder, Simon Armitage, John Cooper Clarke, DBC Pierre, Murray Lachlan-Young, Hollie McNish, Bellatrix, Amy Liptrot, Miranda Sawyer, Luke Wright, Tim Burgess, Harry Parker, Tom Hodgkinson, and Ross Sutherland. and many more, including an exclusive preview of the new Oasis film, with a Q&A with director Mat Whitecross, a special fusion of live music and cinema with Morricone in Love, featuring Morricone’s earliest scores.
There will also be a rare screening of Matt Berry’s AD/BC rock opera, an exclusive preview of the new Howard Marks film The Real Mr. Nice and About A Badly Drawn Boy, accompanied by a live performance by Badly Drawn Boy, plus an early screening of The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse. Cosey Fanni Tutti, the innovative performance artist and musician will also be in conversation with Andrew Weatherall.
The French theatre company Matt Green, Compagnie des Quidams are coming to Portmeirion for the first time, leading the theatrical spectacles planned for this year’s festival, including the nightly torchlit processions and illuminated parades.
Two new venues have also been announced, a late night cabaret venue and The No.6 Academy, which will host a weekend of fascinating free workshops and lectures including photography, poetry, psychology, philosophy, beat boxing, DJ-ing, festival make-up, creative writing, harmonica-playing, cocktail making, leather crafting, swing-dancing, improvisation, origami and much, much more.
Weekend Ticket Prices (Friday Arrival)
Adult Weekend Camping from: £190 + BF (£10.00)
Young Person (11-15 years old) Camping from: £130 + BF (£6.50)
Children (10 years and under) Camping: £Free + BF (£1.50)
Parking (Park & Ride): £22 + BF (£2.00)
Programme: £8.80 +BF (£0.80)
Weekend Ticket Prices (Thursday Arrival)
Adult Weekend Camping from: £205 + BF (£10)
Young Person (11-15 years old) Camping from: £140 + BF (£6.50)
Children (10 years and under) Camping from: £Free + BF (£1.50)
Parking (Park & Ride): £22 + BF (£2.00)
Programme: £8.80 +BF (£0.80)
Day tickets are priced at:
Adult Friday day ticket £65 + BF (£7.50)
Adult Saturday or Sunday day ticket £75 + BF (£7.50)
Youth (11-15 years old) Friday day ticket £40 + BF (£5)
Youth (11-15 years old) Saturday or Sunday day ticket £40 + BF (£6)
Children (10 years and under) Friday or Saturday or Sunday day ticket £Free + BF (£1.50)
Park & Ride £22
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.
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.
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.
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 went on sale on Thursday, 11th February.
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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