Festival No. 6 taking place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th September 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 third headlining act, and many more are yet to be announced.
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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 park and ride ticket is priced at £20. Prices do not include booking fees.
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