Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, 6th-9th Sep 2018
Portmeirion is not your average festival site. Set between the Welsh mountains and a sandy beach, the Italianate style village is best known as the backdrop to cult 60s’ series The Prisoner, hence the name Festival Number 6.
As well as offering comedy, performance art, yoga and paddle boarding to those so inclined, this year’s festival was host to an eclectic mix of established and new artists across the weekend. The second biggest stage in the Grand Pavilion took in a huge slice of the best acts including Gengahr, Goat Girl, Baxter Dury, The Horrors (undoubtedly still one of the best live bands around) and Gwenno, soon to be setting out on tour with support from one of the local bands playing on the BBC Cymru/Gorwelion Horizons stage, Adwaith – both highly recommended.
Not to be outdone, Tim Peaks Diner saw great sets from psych-pop five piece Fuzzy Sun and Lancaster’s favourite punks The Lovely Eggs amongst many other upcoming artists.
Over on the main stage, the obligatory festival rain on Saturday stopped for Hurts and a clear Sunday finished in style with crowd pleasers The Charlatans, followed by a mighty performance from Franz Ferdinand, paying their own Prisoner tribute with Alex Kapranos in full Patrick McGoohan attire.
With uncertainty about the future of the event which has grown beyond the means of the location, organisers have announced that they have made ‘the difficult decision to take a breather… 2018 will be the last Festival Number 6 for now’. As so many UK festivals seem to be folding, let’s hope that this is just a hiatus as this really is, as promised, a festival like no other.
More galleries and the full statement about future events can be found on the Festival Number 6 website
Words and photos by Siobhan
1st October 2018