Festival No.6, Portmeirion, North Wales 13th – 15th September 2013

Portmeirion, home to the 1960’s TV show “The Prisoner”, is now home to the “Festival No.6” which is a direct reference to Patrick McGoohan’s character in the series. This Italianate village was designed by Architect William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary and is a brightly coloured jewel nestled in the Welsh hillside.

Over three days, the village and its surroundings played host to some 10,000 festival goers, young and old alike, who braved some pretty extreme weather at times, and numerous artists performing live music, DJ sets, street art, spoken word and much more besides. The mix of artists and events was particularly eclectic and there was literally something for everyone’s taste; My Bloody Valentine, James Blake, Lianne La Havas, London Grammar, Everything Everything, Radiophonic Workshop, Public Service Broadcasting, Jagwar Ma, Carl Craig, Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay and Craig Charles.

Other attractions for No.6 visitors included talks from Guy Garvey, John Cooper Clarke, comedy from Mark Thomas and Seann Walsh, the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir, who produce spectacular renditions of classic songs in a Welsh Male Voice Choir style (check out their version of Muse “Uprising”), torchlight processions,

The final night saw performances to packed audiences from Johnny Marr, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers and the headliner, Manic Street Preachers. For me though, Chic stole the show with their slick, stylish disco music…. And when Chic sang “Everybody Dance…” they did.

Festival No.6 in 2014? Yes please, “Be Seeing You”


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