Festival N°6

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Festival N°6
Central piazza at Portmeirion
Central piazza at Portmeirion
GenreMusic, performance arts, poetry
Coordinates52°55′04″N 4°05′35″W / 52.91778°N 4.09293°W / 52.91778; -4.09293Coordinates: 52°55′04″N 4°05′35″W / 52.91778°N 4.09293°W / 52.91778; -4.09293
Years active2014-2018

Festival N°6 (Festival Number 6) is an annual art and music festival held in and around Portmeirion, north Wales. The festival presents a wide range of music genres across multiple stages. It is advertised as a family-friendly festival, and as such various areas of the festival are targeted to families, such as "No.6's Mischief Meadow"[1] for children and a designated family camping area. In 2013 one of the organizers stated that due to the size of the village the festival was not likely to grow beyond 10,000 attendees across the weekend.[2]

In July 2018 the festival organisers announced that the festival would be taking an indefinite break.[3]


The first event took place on 14 September 2012; around 6,500 people attended the festival.[4] It has returned every year since, as of 2017.

Village of Portmeirion[edit]

The festival takes place in then north of Wales in the village of Portmeirion on the Snowdonia coast in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. The village location is composed of many edifices inspired by the architecture of an Italian coastal town. Portmeirion village was built between 1925 and 1978 by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.[5] The festival takes place throughout the village, with the main music events located in adjacent fields; the typical Italian infrastructures show an atypical side of Portmeirion village which is part of the festival atmosphere. The music events and activities range from the Colonnade Gardens to the River Dwyryd, from the Tanglewoods to the beach.[6]

The Prisoner[edit]

The festival's name is based on the cult TV show The Prisoner, which was filmed largely on location at Portmeirion. The main character is called "Number 6", and was played by the actor Patrick McGoohan. In the series, Number 6 is a secret agent held as a prisoner in a mysterious coastal village. This TV show is iconic of the village and made it famous internationally.

Art, culture and activities[edit]

The N°6 Festival includes live music, poetry readings, comedy, talks and other cultural activities. The festival also includes a range of participative activities to complement the mainstream music events and develop differentiation from other music festivals. These have included "Giant Mind", "Urban Sketching", and "Extraordinary Bubbles".[7]


Since 2012 Festival N°6 has hosted hundreds of musical artists and many other artists performing comedy, talks or performance art. The 2012 festival was in partnership with Electric Elephant Festival. Artists that performed since 2012 have included:

Year Musical artists Other artists
2012 François Kevorkian, Erol Alkan, MR.Scruff, Derrick Carter, Sean Johnston, Jerry Dammers, Don Letts, Optimo, Luke Solomon, Daniele Baldelli, Harri & Domenic, PBR Streetgang, Kelvin Brown, Will Tramp, Jonny Trunk, Mike Pickering, Sophie Lloyd, Jon Carter, Dub Pistols Soudsystem, Good Sport, Blonde Ambition, Paradise 45, Pete Hebert, Andrea Trout, New Order, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Richard Hawley, Gruff Rhys, British Sea Power... Caitlin Moran (Literature and talks), Phill Jupitus (Comedy), Jan Morris (Literature and talks), Marcus Brigstocke (Comedy), Stuart Maconie (Literature and talks), Propagating Dan (Woodland trails), Andrew Maxwell (Comedy), Simon Day (Literature and talks), Tony Law (Comedy), Evie Wyld (Literature and talks), Wade McElwain (Comedy)...
2013 James Blake, My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, Jagwar Ma, Mount Kimbie, Johnny Marr, Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay, Carl Craig, Andrew Weatherall, Daniel Avery, Daddy G, Geraint Jarman, David Holmes and Andy Votel, Bryn Fôn, Justin Robertson, Crazy P Soudsystem, Horse Meat Disco, Mark Thomas, Seann Walsh, Clinic, Caitlin Rose, Wire, Stuart Maconie, Tricky, Caitlin Moran... The Brythoniaid male voice choir (Special performances), Joe Duddell (Special performances), John Cooper Clarke (Literature and talks), DBC Pierre (Literature and talks), Paul Morley (Literature and talks), Bob Stanley (Literature and Talks), John Niven (Literature and talks), Joe Dunthorne (Literature and talks), Viv Groskop (Literature and talks)...
2014 Beck, Pet Shop Boys, London Grammar, Bonobo, Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine, Steve Mason, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Temples, Jimi Goodwin, James Holden, Los Campesinos!, John Wizards, Jon Hopkins, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Undertones, Tom Hickox, Tom Vek, Spector, Toy, Vaults, The Acid, Peter Hook and the Light, Denai Moore, Cherry Ghost, Alexis Taylor, The Radiophonic Workshop, East India Youth, The Rails, All We Are, Arthur Beatrice, Childhood, Telegram... The Brythoniaid male voice choir (Special performances), Joe Duddell (Special performances), John Robb (Literature and talks), Matt Everitt...
2015 Metronomy, Belle & Sebastian, James, Grace Jones, Mark Ronson (DJ set), British Sea Power, Years & Years, Haelos, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Everything Everything, James Bay, Gaz Coombes, Young Fathers, Kate Tempest, Rae Morris, Shura, Stornoway, The Bohicas, Yws Gwynedd The Brythoniaid male voice choir (Special performances), Gruff Rhys (Special feature), Irvine Welsh, Bernard Sumner, John Niven, Stuart Maconie, Brix Smith...
2016 Bastille, Hot Chip, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Super Furry Animals, Kaiser Chiefs, clean cut kid, Gereint Jarman, Bowie Reimagined, Meic Stevens, Irvine Welsh (Literature and talks), Johnny Vegas (Comedy), Paul Foot, Mark Watson (Comedy), Joe Lycett (Comedy), Holly Walsh (Comedy),...
2017 Liverpool Philharmonic and The Bootleg Beatles, Mogwai, Bloc Party, The Cribs, The Flaming Lips, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Yws Gwynedd, Laura Mvula, Jarvis Cocker, Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Nick Mulvey, Hercules & love affair, Goldie, Charlotte Church, Candelas, Mogwai, Yr Eira Henning Wehn (Comedy), David O'Doherty (Comedy), Cardinal Burns, The Moomins Live, Irvine Welsh, Mark Oliver, Nish Kumar (Comedy), Rave-a-roo...


During the event, Portmeirion's village offers visitors a limited availability of accommodation in the village itself. Visitors also have the possibility to make a reservation in hotels, bunk houses, cottages, camper vans, yurts, tipis and tents.[8]


In 2016, 200 people had to take shelter in a leisure centre in Porthmadog after the car park for the park-and-ride service flooded and cars became stuck. The organisers were condemned for putting the car park on a flood plain despite having been issued with flood warnings due to heavy rainfall.[9][10]


  1. ^ "We Welcome Families... – Festival Number 6". Thenotebook.festivalnumber6.com. 2012-07-19. Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  2. ^ "10,000 expected for second Festival No.6 at Portmeirion". BBC News. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  3. ^ "Gwynedd's Festival No.6 to take hiatus". BBC News. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  4. ^ "BBC News - 10,000 expected for second Festival No.6 at Portmeirion". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  5. ^ Polly March. "Blogs - Wales - Festival Number 6 hopes to build on last year's runaway success". BBC. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  6. ^ Emma Mills (2013-09-12). "Festival Number 6: Six acts to watch in Portmeirion this weekend | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  7. ^ "Arts & Culture". Festival Number 6. Archived from the original on 2014-02-07. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  8. ^ "Accommodation". Festival Number 6. Archived from the original on 2014-02-07. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-37274630
  10. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/festival-no6-goers-struggle-leave-11842130

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