Immersed in the enchanting village of Portmeirion, North Wales saw the fourth succession of Festival No 6 which we were lucky enough to be a part of. ‘A festival unlike any other’ in our opinion is an understatement, we have experienced many festivals this season and No 6 ended the summer on a high for us.
What we love about this festival is the diversity of ages, from toddlers to the golden oldies all embracing the good vibes and music. We were escorted into the festival in true luxury by Volvo and dropped off at the Castle which already set a very high expectation of treats to come. The castle in the day looked quant and almost like something you would see in a fairy tale which came alive at night with dance music beaming from the every direction.
A short walk from the castle and you hit the bright lights of the main stage and awesome backdrop to North Wale’s rolling hills. The line up this year was incredible, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, Clean Cut Kid, Super Furry Animals and an emotional yet uplifting performance from Bowie Reimagined. We also got to hear Hot Chip sound testing on the Saturday, which was amazing. A guest appearance from Paul Weller on stage with Noel Gallagher was a stunning surprise for all.
The main stage is not just the focal point of the festival, there is so much to explore, where all genres of music come out to play in various themed tents such as the Kiwi tent, The night pavilion, house of rum, Studio 6, The Estuary stage and more.
Entering into the village lined by breathtaking views high above the ocean, Festival No 6 empowers art and expression. There is so much to take in at this hub, from smily people riding big purple birds, to festival goers eccentric, yet wonderful style. This year the famous carnival was spectacular and there are many street performances to get involved and have fun with over the course of the festival.
Take a trip into the woods and bounce away on a floating dance floor sparkling underneath a giant glitter ball, delve further to discover other surprise pop up stages and secret raves. After all the excitement and running round like a kid in a sweet shop we followed the sound of tranquility and chose to get a little lost coming across a sandy beach where we dipped our toes and rested on the sand.
If you like to have a laugh, there is plenty of comedy on offer located at the Gatehouse, which this year chuckled with the likes of Jonny Vegas and Ricky Tomlinson. The central piazza is the hub of electricity, this Italian themed space is where amazing acts constantly roll out spectacular performances. A highlight of ours on this stage was Bella Trix, a champion beatboxer with a fresh and vibrant talent who we look forward to seeing more of this year.
Food is always a little disappointing at a festival, but here you can eat like kings and queens and yes, have a proper sit down meal instead of resting a bag of chips on your wellies in the mud! The village has many food outlets serving delicious yet not overly priced food. You can even dine at Clough’s and num num away on culinary delights created by Michelin Star chefs in true banquet style.
Little pockets of Festival number 6 feel more like a holiday in Lake Como, with it’s heated swimming pools, sun loungers and paddle board experiences it is a real mix which appeals to the glamper or camper.
To sum it up, this is a festival that you go to experience more than just great music, once experienced, I can guarantee this will be one for the diary for many years to come.