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Festival preview: Festival No 6

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If you’ve ever seen The Prisoner, you’ll be familiar with the beautifully surreal setting. That place is real, and it is in Wales! Last year some nice folks put on a music festival there for the first time and it was dubbed one of the most special and unique of the year. 

Festival No 6Now it’s 2013, and Festival No 6 is back at Portmeirion bringing another bespoke array of music, art and literary talent to the ‘place like no other’.  One of the best line-ups in surreal seaside wonderland – it is hard not to be excited. 

Any festival has to be judged by its line-up and Festival No 6 has put together a discerning music fans dream. Headline slots come from shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine, Welsh rock stalwarts Manic Street Preachers and one-man disco hit machine Nile Rodgers (playing with Chic).

The rest is brimming with must see talent such as trip-hop don Tricky, post-punk experimentalists Wire, Everything Everything, angst-laden pop group London Grammar and rising indie-stars Jagwar Ma just scraping the surface of talent on offer. 

When it comes to beats Festival No 6 is just as discerning, you’ll not find any one-trick sets from Calvin Harris here!! Instead you can enjoy sets from house godfather Frankie Knuckles, Detroit techno legend Carl Craig, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and eclectic sounds from Gilles Peterson, David Holmes, Andrew Weatherall  and Sancho Panza to name a few. 

This event also likes to bring something out of the ordinary to the table. This year festival-goers can witness a set from the legendary electronic pioneers The Radiophonic Workshop (hint they created the Doctor Who theme tune in the 60s) and a return from the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir whose cover of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ was a highlight last year. Here they are doing Chic’s ‘Good Times’: 

On top of all that this magical setting will once again come alive with intimate readings and talks, exclusive film screenings with live soundtracks, stand-up comedy, woodland art trails and art installations. 

We are quite excited about it! We reckon that once we are there we won’t want to escape....

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