By Matt Jones
August 16, 2013
It’s now less than a month until Festival No. 6 has another go at bending the rules of the UK festival scene. Now only in its second year running, Festival Number 6 has already risen to stardom faster than an auto-tuned Youtube video of cat doing the Harlem Shake. For it’s inaugural performance in 2012, the quirky festival based in the Italianate Welsh village of Portmeirion grabbed the accolade of Best New Festival at last year’s Festival Awards, and seems set for even greater heights this year.
Standing testament to the allure of the festival’s idiosyncratic location on the set of 1960s science-fiction show The Prisoner, this year’s bill includes the full-spectrum of musical fame. The likes of the Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine and Chic will undoubtedly guarantee long-distance commutes to North Wales from dedicated fans in the same way that New Order and Primal Scream last year. But in addition to this, the festival is proving that it has an sharp eye for the most promising breakthrough acts, with names such as Public Service Broadcasting, Wave Machines and Daughter all confirmed. Ironically for a festival that won NME’s Best Headline Performance award this year, the sheer scale of this year’s impressive line-up makes it is hard to pick out ‘just a few’ acts to watch out for. That said, it is pleasing to see the festival staying loyal to its Welsh location at the same time as it is making further forays into the arts and culture side of things in innovative ways which will have even Latitude’s organisers green with envy. And on that note of ‘so-much-to-choose-from’ in mind, here’s the full line-up in case you don’t believe us and/or are looking for somewhere to stay between the 13th and 15th of September:
Festival No. 6 takes place in Portmeirion, North Wales between the 13th and 15th of September 2013 and tickets are available here. Visit www.festivalnumber6.com for more info.