Festival review and photography by Ken Harrison

My final festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the fifth Festival No.6, and my fourth visit to this wonderfully eclectic festival.


Portmeirion, a rich and colourful Italianate village designed by the late Architect, William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary was home to the 1960’s cult TV show “The Prisoner”, the lead character played by Patrick McGoohan who was the “No.6” that the festival references.


The festival is spread over many stages across the “village” and the wider Portmeirion estate. As well as the usual festival style stages held in open fields, almost every nook and cranny in the village and the surrounding woodland was intended to be filled with something of interest going on over the weekend with over 1000 artists taking part in the festival.


However, unlike previous years, the weather conspired against the festival goers, and on Thursday evening and Saturday, the festival received a constant downpour, causing large scale cancellations of outdoor events and the green, pleasant village and landscape to be converted into a quagmire. Across the festival arenas, and the campsite was a 4″ layer of mud causing treacherous conditions. The car park on a nearby sports field, was flooded out on Sunday causing many cars and festival goers to be stranded with no way out.

“Mud, mud, glorious mud”

A few festival highlights….

Day 1, Friday 2nd September



Clean Cut Kid
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Kaiser Chiefs
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Day 2, Saturday 3rd September

Ricky Tomlinson & Johnny Vegas
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Uke Can Do It
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Roisin Murphy
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John Cooper Clarke
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Hot Chip
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Day 3, Sunday 4th September

Geraint Jarman
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Bowie Reimagined
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Super Furry Animals
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Echo & The Bunnymen
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Noel Gallagher, with special guest Paul Weller
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The festival is a much larger affair than the first Festival No6 back in 2012. The festival is a major draw for artists to come and play, but the poor weather conditions (it is Wales after all, and not unknown for some rain) affecting the site, and the volume of people trying to move around was a major issue this year. Organisers will need to work hard to address the many concerns raised about the festival to get people back for next year. I hope they can pull it off.

“Be Seeing You.”

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