Festival Number 6 is set in the tiny Welsh village of Portmeirion. This is where the cult 1960s TV show, The Prisoner, was filmed – with Patrick McGoohan taking on the role of Number 6, the shadowy protagonist of the story, which should hopefully give you a clue as to how this event came by its elliptical name. This is a truly breath-taking setting for an event that some in the industry have dubbed ‘The Welsh Latitude’, which takes in all kinds of music and expressive arts to excite and delight its audience. The site is surrounded by the worn down peaks of Snowdonia, and set against the backdrop of an absolutely beautiful bay, characterised by large flat sand breaks.
When it comes to music, the selection is certainly eclectic at Festival Number 6, ranging from the dance-floor set up in the gardens of the slightly Germanic looking castle through to annual performances by the Brythonaid Men’s Choir – it’s all here. In its introductory year New Order blew the main stage off the floor with a performance that won them Best Festival Set at the prodigious Festival Awards in 2012, and in more recent times the organisers managed to lure Welsh legends The Manic Street Preachers out of festival exile for an evocative return to the headline slot.
Everything has a touch of class at Festival Number 6. These guys know how to do a good show and even the food stalls here offer something a little different from the host of chip based burger vans you’ll find at some of the more popular UK events. Throw some more leftfield entertainment into the mix, such as Punk poetry, literary readings, brass bands and all kinds of arts and crafts, and you’ve got a celebration of everything artistic set in some of the most beautiful old mountains the entire world has to offer. Just be sure to pack your wellies.
Event: Festival No. 6 2020
Dates: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Venue/location: TO BE ANNOUNCED
Price: From £180
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Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER, Wales
Nearest train station: Bangor
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