Festival No.6 2017, Portmeirion, Wales, UK – 8th-10th September

Posted by Ken Harrison on Sunday Sep 10, 2017 Under Festivals

Festival review and photography by Ken Harrison

With summer feeling like a distant memory, and a more autumnal feel, my penultimate festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the sixth Festival No.6, and my fifth visit to this beautiful spot in North Wales for one of my favourite festivals.

Festival Fun at Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK

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.

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The “village” and the wider Portmeirion estate hosts a myriad of acts over the festival weekend, and it is physically impossible to see and experience everything unless you were able to be in six places at once. As well as the usual festival style stages in the main arena, almost every nook and cranny in the village and the surrounding woodland filled with something to delight the senses.

Festival Fun at Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK

Numbers of festival goers this year were considerably lower than last years overstuffed event, which made getting around much easier, but affected the vibe somewhat, which at times seemed a little subdued, although when the bands were playing, the crowds were up for a good time.

Despite the rain (which was heavy at times) and the inevitable mud, there was still plenty of sunshine on Friday and we managed to dodge a lot of the showers over the rest of the weekend. Sunday looked particularly bleak in the morning, but the afternoon and evening treated us to some sunshine, showers and a rainbow.

Festival Goers in Fancy Dress brave the muddy conditions at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales 10th September, 2017.

There were many highlights of the weekend, far too many to mention, but Manchester band ‘Pins’ were a joy to shoot and listen to, and The Bootleg Betales with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating 50 years of ‘Sergeant Pepper’ and ‘The Summer of Love’ were great fun.

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man was a revelation to see live, a wow with the crowd, a big guy with a big talent.

The Flaming Lips closed the festival with an insane show, starting with Pyrotechnics, Confetti cannons, large rubber balls, and Wayne Coyle (lead singer) shooting streamers into the crowd.

The Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.

The set included a large inflatable pink robot, Wayne Coyle riding a Unicorn, and ‘Zorbing’ (but not very far due to the wind conditions) whilst singing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, all of this with beautiful graphics on the LED screen at the back of the stage.

Friday

Flyte

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Pins

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Honeyblood

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Toy

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Palace

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Steve Mason

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The Cinematic Orchestra

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Mogwai

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Saturday

Two Tonnes

Ten Tonnes play Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017

Slow Readers Club

The Slow Readers Club play Tim Peaks Diner at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Superfood

Superfood play Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow and band play Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts play Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

The Heliosphere

The Dream Engine's 'Heliosphere' Aerial Dancer performs above the crowd at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Brythoniaid Choir

Brythoniaid Choir perform at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Illuminated Procession

The Illuminated Procession at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.
The Illuminated Procession at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Bloc Party

Bloc Party play Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK. 9th September, 2017.

Sunday

Bootleg Beatles

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles play Festival No.6 Main Stage to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the 'Summer of Love' 10th September 2017, Portmeirion, Wales, UK
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles play Festival No.6 Main Stage to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album and the 'Summer of Love' 10th September 2017, Portmeirion, Wales, UK

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula plays Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.

Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Rag 'N' Bone Man plays Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.
The Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.
The Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017.

The Flaming Lips were a fantastic close to 2017’s No.6.

Last year’s festival suffered some problems due to heavy rain and larger crowds, but these seem to have been addressed, and certainly the smaller number of tickets have definitely helped. The ‘Park and Ride’ car park is no longer on a flood plain, but a little further out of town on a nearby hill. It didn’t stop me getting stuck in the soft ground of car park at the end of the festival, but to their credit, the attendants had me on the road inside a couple of minutes.

Peace and Love No.6, Peace and Love.

Be Seeing You in 2018

Festival Goers in Fancy Dress brave the muddy conditions at Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, Wales 10th September, 2017.

For more great pic from No.6 check out our Flickr page.

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