Festival No. 6 returns for a 6th 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 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017 and with a slightly reduced capacity this year.
The headliners are Bloc Party, Mogwai, & The Flaming Lips, with Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, and many more, with many more still to be announced.
For the details so far please see the 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.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
Adult Weekend - Camping: £205 + £10 BF
Adult Weekend - No Camping: £195 + £10 BF
Youth Weekend - Camping: £140 + £6.50 BF
Youth Weekend - No Camping: £130 + 6.50 BF
Adult Weekend - Camping: £190 + £10 BF
Adult Weekend - No Camping: £180 + £10 BF
Youth Weekend - Camping: £130 + £6.50 BF
Youth Weekend - No Camping: £120 + 6.50 BF
Festival No.6, organisers have been working on improvements to many areas. They are currently looking into alternative locations for the Park & Ride, and will be putting more provisions in place to protect Portmeirion and its surroundings. They will be reducing capacity slightly to avoid bottlenecks and allow the site space to breathe.
As well as discounted travel with their Official Travel Partner Virgin Trains from destinations across the UK, they also partner with Big Green Coach to offer coach travel from even more locations in 2017 as well as working with Go Car Share to encourage people to lift share. There will be changes to some venues, moving some areas around and introducing new content, including a dedicated wellbeing area.
Campsite layouts will be revised, access and services to them improved, shower facilities will be added to the campervan area.
Plus the introduction of an information centre in the hub of the festival – the Village Green. The Information Centre will be a place you can go to receive information on programming, travel, workshops, special ticketed events and event merchandise.
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.
The Park and Ride will be located on a working farm, called Llwyn Mafon Uchaf which is in Criccieth, LL52 0RE, with a concrete entrance road, and on high well-drained land. It is a 15 minute journey to Portmeirion via the free shuttle service, only a short distance further than the previous Park and Ride area, and allows 25% more shuttles to be in service at any time, meaning a prompt and fast service from the Park and Ride to the festival site.
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 is expected on sale early in the new year.
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.
Click HERE for information about all aspects of Festival No.6.
More information will be here when available.
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