Festival Number 6

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Country and Region United KingdomWales
Type of Festival Comedy, Music
Location of Festival Portmeirion, Wales, UK
Festival Contact Information

Email: contact@festivalnumber6.com

Festival Description

An intimate boutique music and arts festival, sculpted for those who enjoy life’s finer things, Festival No. 6 is set to be an enchanting and unforgettable experience. The Festival is a brand new premium festival concept set in the eccentric surrounds of Portmeirion, where neo-classical architecture collides with sandy beaches and palm trees.

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. The diverse bill ranges from rock and roll to Balearic, funk to folk, seashanties to Welsh male voice choirs.

Catering for a more refined audience, the festival represents a much-needed alternative for a discerning demographic looking to eschew the less welcome and formulaic aspects of the stereotypical festival experience. Food and drink options range from an indulgent bite at the pop-up Champagne and Oyster bar to a full dinner at the long table castle banquet. A whole host of delicious locally sourced and organically grown meals will be available alongside some special guest ales for those looking to sidestep the usual lager and cider offerings.

The stylish event will seek to offer an added dimension to the often cluttered and repetitive UK festival itinerary by combining a bespoke line-up of iconic and cutting edge musical acts with a truly unique range of alternative activities. Attendees will get the chance to enjoy cinema screenings, street theatre, prose and poetry readings, midnight masquerades, cliff-top comedy stages, secret parties, impromptu interactive moments and even participate in cultural lectures and debates.

Constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis the village is a wonderfully bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, couched in the waters, mountains and forests of North Wales which make up the festival’s perimeter. The rugged Welsh landscape will also offer punters the opportunity to get physical with activities including wild swimming, zorbing, clay pigeon shooting and archery. 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. Boutique washing and showering facilities offer a refreshing alternative to the usual festival amenities.

Festival Dates September 13 - 15, 2013
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Festival Events:

Special performance 2013:
  • Chic’s ‘Good Times’ Performed by The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir for Festival No.6
    To celebrate this years oncoming performance from Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Festival No.6 have commissioned the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir to record an incredible, unique version of ‘Good Times’ by Chic. Originally produced for their album ‘Risqué’, ‘Good Times’ reached #1 in the US and #5 in the UK charts and is one of the most sampled songs in the world to date. The 60 members of the Brythoniad Male Voice Choir, formed in 1964 in Blaenau Ffestiniog, squeezed in to the studio to record their interpretation of the disco classic, then filmed a stunning video in Portmeirion.
  • Video of performance
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVxM6cYwL30&feature;=youtu.be
  • History
    • After the success of their astounding version of ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order last year, The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir were once again approached by Festival No.6 to bring their magic to the line up. They performed the biggest selling 12” of all time throughout the festival and this year will be making a welcome return. To watch last years performance, please head to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa4JWzEPJe8
      Last year’s event saw thousands of awestruck guests converge on the peaceful shores of the Welsh wonderland of Portmeirion, where the ocean, mountains and forests create the festival’s perimeter. The filming location of cult 60s TV show The Prisoner is a fantasyland of whimsical Italianate architecture overlooking the rolling estuary waters of the Irish Sea. Such was the success of its inaugural year that Festival No.6 was named Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards, whilst 2012 headliners New Order walked away with the prize for Best Headline Performance. More recently it was voted Best Small Festival in a public poll at the NME Awards. Guests in 2013 can look forward to another year of outstanding musical acts, ethereal scenery, breathtaking architecture and enchanting distractions at a UK festival location like no other!
  • For tickets and info please visit:
    • http://www.festivalnumber6.com/
Music lineup 2013:
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • My Bloody Valentine (England and Wales exclusive)
  • Frankie Knuckles
  • Carl Craig
  • Andrew Weatherall
  • Gilles Peterson
  • Justin Robertson
  • Greg Wilson
  • Maxxi Soundsystem
  • Unabombers
  • Futureboogie
  • Chic ft. Nile Rodgers
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Neon Neon
  • Tricky
  • Daughter
  • Wire
  • London Grammar
  • Leisure Society
  • Money
  • Melt Yourself Down
  • Mary Epworth
  • Dan Croll
  • Wave Machines
  • Sivu
  • Islet
  • Sam Airey
  • Daddy G
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Will Sergent of Echo & the Bunnymen
  • 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
Arts and culture 2013:
  • John Cooper Clarke
  • Alex Turner
  • Plan B
  • DBC Pierre
  • Caitlin Moran
  • Paul Morley
  • Tracey Thorn Everything but the Girl
  • John Niven Kill Your Friends
  • Bob Stanley Saint Etienne
  • Michael Smith The Culture Show
  • Jan Morris


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Practical Info:

  • 2013
    • Festival No.6 has been awarded “Best Small Festival” at this year’s NME Awards. http://www.nme.com/awards
  • 2012
    • Festival No.6 has been awarded both “Best New Festiva”l and “Best Headline Performance” from New Order at this years UK Festival Awards. http://www.festivalawards.com/
Tickets 2013:
  • Weekend Ticket Prices (Friday Arrival)
    • Adult Weekend Camping: £170 plus Booking Fee
    • Young Person (11-15 years old) Camping: £85 plus Booking Fee
    • Children (10 years and under) Camping: £Free plus Booking Fee
    • Disabled Weekend Camping: £170 plus Booking Fee
    • Campervan Ticket (5m x 5m Plot): £100 plus Booking Fee
      Parking (Park & Ride): £15 plus Booking FeeF
  • Weekend Ticket Prices (Thursday Arrival)
    • Adult Weekend Camping: £180 plus Booking Fee
    • Young Person (11-15 years old) Camping: £90 plus Booking Fee
    • Children (10 years and under) Camping: £Free plus Booking Fee
    • Disabled Weekend Camping: £180 plus Booking Fee
    • Campervan Ticket (5m x 5m Plot): £100 plus Booking Fee
    • Parking (Park & Ride): £15 plus Booking Fee
  • Day Ticket Prices (Friday / Saturday / Sunday)
    • Adult Day Ticket: £65 plus Booking Fee
    • Young Person (11-15 years old): £40 plus Booking Fee
    • Children (10 years and under): £Free plus Booking Fee
    • Disabled Day Ticket: £65 plus Booking Fee
  • Deposit / Payment Plan
    • Tickets can be paid off in two installments. 50% now and the remaining 50% by the 1st of March, 2013.


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