OnBlackheath I headed to leafy south-east London this past weekend for one of the last summer festivals, OnBlackheath. The festival is sponsored by John Lewis and its fourth year. What makes the festival different is that it caters for all ages. A sea of families, running toddlers, strollers and Hello Kitty balloons welcomed me. With an array of activities to keep the children occupied, if I had any, this would also be a festival I would comfortable take them to.


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Festival No. 6 My final festival of the summer neatly marks the change from Summer to Autumn. Back at Portmeirion for the fourth Festival No.6, and my third visit it this wonderfully eclectic festival set in a stunning backdrop. 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. Portmeirion was voted as the “Most Unique Venue” of all the UK festival sites and Lonely Planet has also recently included Portmeirion as one of the best 500 places to see on the planet. I for one, can’t argue with that particular accolade.


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Metronomy Manchester’s Ritz is sold out tonight for the much anticipated gig by arty electro-popsters Metronomy, in the early stages of their UK tour and eager to promote their acclaimed new album, ‘Love Letters’.


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Metronomy Ok, ok, ok. So I'm about 10 minutes late. I gather this because as I'm walking closer to the Hare and Hounds I hear a soft rumble of bass from over a street away. It seems as though Seams has already started his set.


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