Catfish & the Bottlemen, Everything Everything, James Bay for No.6
31 March 2015
Festival No.6 – the exhilarating finale of the UK’s summer festival season - has added a second wave of artists to an already stellar bill this year including art-pop pioneers Everything Everything, Welsh indie rockers Catfish & The Bottlemen and Brit Awards Critics Choice winner James Bay.
Other newly announced acts include legendary Mancunian troubadour Badly Drawn Boy who will be performing and curating his own stage in celebration of the 15th anniversary of his landmark album ‘The Hour of Bewilderbeast’. Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes also joins the bill as does singer, songwriter and Bird label boss Jane Weaver.
The festival is also proud to announce the first names on the arts and culture line-up including the iconic author Irvine Welsh visiting No.6 for the first time. Irvine shot to global fame in 1993 with the million-selling Trainspotting, and has since published a string of bestsellers including Ecstasy, Glue, Porno and Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. The Sunday Times called Welsh a “Genius. The best thing that has happened to British writing for decades.” At No.6, Irvine will be reading from his new book and in conversation with Justin Robertson.
The arts bill features over 40 other top authors and poets, including Kate Tempest, Dom Joly, Simon Day, Stuart Maconie, Edith Bowman, Michel Faber, Owen Sheers (Welsh rugby Writer in Residence), Lalinne Paul, Salena Gooden, Luke Wright and many, many more. Brix Smith will also be talking about her time in The Fall with Andrew Weatherall.
The always packed Salon No.6 will have three days of talks themed around Northern Soul, Acid House and Psychedelia, with guest speakers including Elaine Constantine and John Higgs.
The amazing Carnival No.6 took over the whole village last year, and will be even bigger this year, with many more musicians and bands. Festival goers will also be able to join the Carnival No.6 with free hire of costumes.
The festival promises many more visual spectaculars, pop-up theatre and installations than ever before. On Sunday evening, there will be a special glittering Grace Jones Mirror Ball Parade, from the village up to the main stage for Grace Jones’s closing main stage set. Stealing Sheep will also be leading their own ‘Mythopoeia’ torch lit parade on the Saturday night.
Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture taking place over the weekend of the 3-6 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With many more music acts including an additional headliner, a huge arts and cultural line-up, new venues and Michelin starred-chefs yet to be revealed, the forth Festival No.6 is certain to be the most impressive to date.
Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.
Constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is a wonderfully bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, nestled in the stunning mountains and forests of North Wales overlooking the expansive estuarial waters of the Irish Sea.
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