Bloc Party (UK festival exclusive), Mogwai (UK festival exclusive), and The Flaming Lips have been announced as headliners for Festival No. 6 which takes place in Portmeirion, Wales from Thursday 7th until Sunday 10th September 2017.
Another festival exclusive is the unique collaboration between the Bootleg Beatles & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 50 years of perhaps the most ground-breaking record on pop/rock history Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Also announced today are Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag n Bone Man, Laura Mvula, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow, a crazy covers smash up with Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon, Jagwar Ma, Steve Mason, Toy, Palace, Honeyblood, Cabbage, Vaults, Tash Sultana, Tom Grennan, Superfood, Island, Formation, PINS, The Rhythm Method, Skott, Xamvolo, Ten Tonnes, Aine Cahill, The Lightning Year, Slang, Klangstof, Daniel O Sullivan, Gulp, The Pheromoans, Tom House Smith, and Yucatan.
For the electro-heads there's Goldie performing his new album The Journey Man, as well as Hercules And Love Affair, Joy Orbison, Benji B, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip), Mr Scruff, Mary Anne Hobbs, Horse Meat Disco, Justin Robertson, Running Back Super Ball: Henrik Schwarz (live), Gerd Janson, Fort Romeau, David Holmes, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi, Kevin Rowland (Dexys DJ Set), Down to the Sea and Back, Heavenly Jukebox, and Purple Stardust.
And returning are reigning Welsh national champions and No.6 favourites The Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir who will be performing all the cover versions they have done for No.6 over the years, and a couple of new surprises.
For non-music, there's director Kevin Allen talking about the filming of Tin Town, the hugely anticipated sequel to the seminal Welsh film Twin Town. Maxine Peake will be curating her own stage for a day, Peaky’s Parlour, with a mixture of special guests and screenings. The legendary snooker player turned DJ Steve Davis will be in conversation with Kavis Torabi and Goldie, Kevin Rowland (Dexys Midnight Runners), Charlotte Church, Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk) and Mary Anne Hobbs will also be in conversation. Writers appearing include Coco Khan and Vera Chok, two of the authors from The Good Immigrant, voted Britain’s favourite book of 2016, and Ian Martin (The Thick of It) talking about his new book Epic Space.
There will be a special Tony Wilson tribute, to mark 10 years since the death of the Factory Records supremo, Delia Derbyshire Day will mark the 80th anniversary of the electronic pioneer and Ros Wynne Jones will talk about retracing George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, 80 years on.
And there's a poetry line-up that includes Hollie McNish, Luke Wright, Salena Godden, Tongue Fu, Rob Auton, Harry Baker and Laurie Bolger. The No.6 Academy returns, in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, providing free taster sessions of their popular classes, plus workshops on everything from festival photography to how to publish your first book, and Tim Peaks Diner will be providing everything from Welsh Language Classes to Northern Soul Dance Classes with live Northern Soul brass. There will be further talks from Faber Social, Salon No.6, Heavenly Films and Unbound.
Festival founder Gareth Cooper said: "It's a very special year for us as we're celebrating our sixth birthday and we're marking the occasion by really going back to our roots. It has to be our most diverse bill to date with amazing artists from across the globe packing every stage, from the woods to the main stage - it's going to be incredible. There's still more to be revealed in the coming weeks, but I'm absolutely convinced 2017 is going to be the best Festival No.6 yet."
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
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. 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 sandy beached estuary of the River Dwyryd.
Festival goers can expect comedy, poetry, pop up-theatre, intimate readings, film screenings, woodland trails, art installations, pop up woodland raves, lectures and discussions, unique collaborations, the voices of a male voice choir, processions, The Prisoner reconstructions, and more.
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