Festival No. 6 2013

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013
various venues, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER, Wales MAP
£180 including camping, youth (11-15) £90, under 11 free
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Wed 9th Oct 2013

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Festival No. 6 returns for a second 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 from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th September 2013.


The latest additions are Joe Duddell and the No.6 Ensemble, Ramy Essam, Oquadro, Vida Seca, Dhazda D, Vivek Rajagopalan, Kiran Nepali, Alesh, Cathal Smith, Greg Wilson, Scott McFarnon, Dutch Uncles, Daughter, Cherry Ghost, Steve Reich, Martina Topley-Bird, Jon McClure, and Son of Dave.

Making exclusive festival appearances are headliners Manic Street Preachers, and My Bloody Valentine, joining Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Also confirmed are James Blake, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Neon Neon, Lianne La Havas, Tricky, Daughter, Wire, AlunaGeorge, Public Service Broadcasting, Laura Mvula, The Staves, Mount Kimbie, Clinic, Caitlin Rose, Chapel Club, Dutch Uncles, Badly Drawn Boy, These New Puritans, Fryars, Outfit, Little Green Cars, Jagwar Ma, Sweet Baboo, Temples, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Indians, London Grammar, The Leisure Society, Money, Melt Yourself Down, Mary Epworth, Dan Croll, Wave Machines, Sivu, Islet, Sam Airey, The Wave Pictures, Hookworms, Geraint Jarman, Bryn Fôn, Bob Delyn, Sen Segur, Yr Ods, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Georgia Ruth, Heather Jones, R Seiliog, and more.

The DJ line-up will include Frankie Knuckles, Carl Craig, Andrew Weatherall, Gilles Peterson, Daddy G, Horse Meat Disco, Will Sergeant, Crazy P, Psychemagik, Sancho Panza, Pete Herbert, Low Life, Heavenly Social DJs, Jagz Kooner, Dicky Trisco, AOR Disco, Guy Williams, Sophie Lloyd, Richard Hector-Jones, Bernie Connor, Nadia Ksabia, Neal Schtuum, Justin Robertson, Greg Wilson, Maxxi Soundsystem, Daniel Avery, San Soda, Unabombers, Futureboogie, Krysko, Content DJs, Balearic Mike, and Bobby Irish.

For the line-up details, say and stage splits, as available please click here.

Poet John Cooper Clarke leads the arts and culture strands with guests also confirmed including DBC Pierre, Jan Morris, Tracey Thorn, Caitlin Moran, John Niven, Paul Morley, Gavin Turk, Serafina Steer, Viv Albertine, Bob Stanley, Michael Smith, Ramy Essam, Dorian Lynskey, The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir, Joe Dunthorne, Matt Haig, Glen Duncan, Harry Leslie Smith, Tales of Whatever, Literary Death Match, Vagenda, Joe Duddell, Helen Bagnall, Juliet Russell, Phillippa Perry, Natalie Nahai, and Art Macarbe.

The Comedy line-up includes Mark Thomas, Justin Moorhouse, Wes Zaharuk, Paul McCaffrey, James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan, Charlie Baker, Steve Royle, Danny McLoughlin, and Dan Nightingale.

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 including new venues for 2013.


The early bird offer has ended. An adult weekend ticket with camping is priced at £180, a young persons weekend camping ticket (aged 11 - 15 years) is priced at £90, with under 10s free. Friday arrival weekend tickets are priced at £170 with or without camping, or £85 for a young person ticket (aged 11 - 15 years).

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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. 

Arts and culture

Arts and culture is an integral part of Festival No.6. Stuart Maconie (BBC 6Music) will be once again hosting a mixture of spoken word, poetry, comedy and acoustic acts including Guy Garvey in conversation, on the Piazza stage in the heart of the magical village. Faber Social and Caught By The River will again be curating the Estuary Stage, overlooking the River Dwyryd. The Gwyllt Woods will come alive with the Don't Tell Stories woodland trails. There will also be some unique performances planned throughout the site, from street theatre to bespoke installations.

Another new addition this year is The No.6 Carnival, which will take place on Saturday afternoon with the theme of 'I Am Not A Number' organized by Walk The Plank.

Warp Films and Shane Meadows (This Is England) will be screening 'Made of Stone', the film about The Stone Roses, and there's the No.6 Short Film Cinema, curated by director Simon Ellis. Director and writer Colin O'Toole will also be shooting the No.6 Short Film in Portmeirion over the weekend, with cameos from some of the stars of No.6. Punters will also get the chance to play bit parts.

Don't Tell Stories trails will be bringing the magical Gwlythe Wood to life with a series of pop-up acoustic performances and woodland raves throughout the weekend with Museum No.6, curated by the Manchester Museum offering guided walks, foraging in the woods, and the opportunity to 'Museum speed date', a one on one session with the museum experts. There will also be Urban Sketching classes throughout 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, the car park opens at 9am on the Friday with the first shuttle leaving an hour later. It's worth knowing that the last shuttle will leave the festival site at noon on Monday. 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.

Alcohol restrictions

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.

More info

Click HERE for information about all aspects of Festival No.6.

More information will be here when available.

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Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013
various venues, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER, Wales MAP
£180 including camping, youth (11-15) £90, under 11 free
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Wed 9th Oct 2013

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