Festival No 6 in Portmeirion - a stylish finale to the summer of 2012
The thought of standing in a field surrounded by 40,000 people going mental to Green Day is one of my worst nightmares, writes Tom Pegden.
Which is why Festival No 6 is so appealing.
The organisers have gone for quality not quantity for this last party of the summer, taking over the surreal neoclassical seaside resort of Portmeirion for an intimate weekend of top bands, DJs, music, film, and talks, overlooked by the majestic North Wales mountains.
The long weekend kicks off on Friday, September 14, with a glut of great bands and acts including Richard Hawley, who narrowly missed out on a Mercury Music Award to The Arctic Monkeys in 2006, British Sea Power and Spiritualised, the trippy rock outfit from Rugby which rose from the ashes of Spaceman 3.
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Primal Scream take to the main stage on Saturday – arguably one of the most influential bands of the early 90s and still as rock and roll as ever.
Other class acts include Death in Vegas and prolific Scots indie singer-songwriter King Creosote.
Sunday night should also be a corker thanks to New Order, who – minus bassist Peter Hook, who recently said farewell to the Manchester four-piece – are stopping off in the midst of a mammoth global tour that seems to be taking up most of 2012.
Festival organisers were so chuffed to get them they even got the Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir to sing a charming version of Blue Monday to mark the occasion.
New Order’s Stephen Morris said it was great to be part of the festivities.
“It’s an amazing location for a festival, we can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. It’s going to be absolutely spectacular, so we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Away from the main stages will be DJ sets from the likes of Mr Scruff, Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, Jerry Dammers and Don Letts, performing across the entire site from the historic town.
Festival-goers will get the chance to enjoy cinema screenings, street theatre, prose and poetry readings, midnight masquerades, cliff-top comedy stages, secret parties, impromptu interactive moments and even participate in cultural lectures and debates.
There will even be physical activities including wild swimming, zorbing, clay pigeon shooting and archery.
Festival Director Gareth Cooper said: “We’ve found what we hope will become one of the most outstanding and defining boutique festival sites in the world.
“It’s fantastic to be announcing a line-up including New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized, and we’re especially excited to work with Portmeirion as a location.
“It’s a totally jawdropping, mind-blowing place, offering a premium event aimed at a slightly more mature and discerning crowd.
“We’re confident it’s going to be one of the most stylish festivals the UK has ever seen.”
The weekend includes lots of interesting ways to indulge in local food and drink plus weird and wonderful – and pricey – accommodation options ranging from cosy cottages, a stately gatehouse, tower bedrooms, tribal yurts, tipis and bell tents.
An adult weekend ticket (including camping and booking fee) is £136.50, 11-15 year olds are £85 (including booking fee) while under-10s are free.
For details visit: www.festivalnumber6.com