There’s just a few weeks to go until Festival Number 6 returns for 2014. Taking place once again in Portmeirion, north Wales, the event is as unique as its setting. Here’s just six things that will make this year’s festival great – and for many more head to Festivalnumber6.com now.
Number 1. Headliners Beck, Pet Shop Boys and London Grammar
Having played in the afternoon at last year’s festival, London Grammar’s rapid ascent over the last 12 months is marked with the trio headlining The Number 6 Stage on the opening night of this year’s festival – and they’re in good company. Beck headlines on Saturday night, while Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will round things off on Sunday as Pet Shop Boys play a rare UK festival show.
Number 2. Banquets with Michelin Starred Chefs
Renowned chefs Aiden Byrne and Bryn Williams will be serving-up long table banquets on the promenade by the banks of the River Dwyryd throughout this year’s festival. Billed as Dinner At Clough’s, a tribute to Clough Williams-Ellis the architect who built Portmeirion, the banquets will include a sumptuous three-course meal and cost £55 (plus booking fee). Secure a place now via Festivalnumber6.com/foodanddrink.
Number 3. The Town Hall Session with Composer-In-Residence Joe Duddell and Carnival Number 6
Royal Academy Of Music Associate Joe Duddell once again returns to Festival Number 6, recruiting a host of acts to take part in a series of unique sessions that will be staged at The Portmeirion Town Hall In Association With Q. He’ll collaborate with the likes of Steve Mason, Temples, East India Youth and more to create new versions of the artists’ songs throughout the weekend. Meanwhile for those who want to be part of the festival themselves, Carnival Number 6 will see marching bands and other musicians parading through Portmeirion on Saturday afternoon, with organisers promising a carnival twice the size of last year’s!
Number 4. The Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir
A firm festival favourite, the singers are renown for their ‘covers’ of songs by other acts on the bill. Their version of New Order’s Blue Monday from the first ever event is already a classic, while this year Pet Shop Boys have received the treatment (watch below). Their dusk performances on the Piazza are reason enough to go to Festival No.6 alone, while 2014 marks the choir’s 50th anniversary and so they have a special performance planned for Sunday afternoon too.
Number 5. This year’s Dylan Thomas Tribute
The festival will mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth with a special, one-off celebration. Actor Rhys Ifans, Twin Town director Kevin Allen, BBC6 Music’s poet-in-residence Murray Lachlan Young and more will all be involved in events paying tribute to one of Wales’ greatest poets.
Number 6. Portmeirion itself!
Festival Number 6’s home is truly unique. World famous as the location for 1960s cult television series The Prisoner, the Village is an architectural marvel, while the surrounding countryside is equally stunning. The River Dwyryd estuary offers breath-taking views – you can even watch bands and take in the scenery at The Estuary Stage, which is curated by Caught By The River and Faber Social – while the Portmeirion’s woodlands mix peaceful tranquillity with surprise performances as mini-stages nestle among the trees. Elsewhere the gardens of Castell Deudraeth, now a hotel, boast refined lawns with and first rate DJs, while even the main area has a touch of Festival Number 6’s uniqueness, placing the big tops and tents in a beautiful rural setting. There really is no other festival site like it!
For the full line-up and latest ticket news head to Festivalnumber6.com now.