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


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Wishbone Ash This weekend's Prog Rock Festival at Camp HRH in Pwllheli, North Wales is an ever growing Prog Rock Festival at Haven Hafan y Mor Holiday Park on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. The festival is on a mission to "the biggest and friendliest Prog Community in Europe" - with the numbers attending the festival are growing year-on-year from around 800-900 last year to several thousand this year....


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Festival No.6 Returning for 2015, Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts, food and culture taking place over the weekend of the 3-6 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With many more music acts, new venues and world famous chefs yet to be revealed, the fourth Festival No.6 is certain to be the biggest and most impressive to date with over 550 acts lined up to perform over the weekend.


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Festival No.6 As another Summer turns towards yet another Autumn, and with warm days soon to be replaced by shorter cooler days, I find myself in North Wales, (or more precisely) in Portmeirion, for my second visit to Festival No.6 now in its third year of being. 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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Goodnight Lenin At last, after a gestation period that makes the average Elephant birth seem a tad premature (apparently it takes around 2 years between getting jiggy and wetting the baby’s trunk...who’d be a lady elephant eh?) this year will finally see the release of Goodnight Lenin’s debut album. Definitely. 100%. No question at all. Hurrah! To prove they can deliver the goods against the clock a few weeks back they set themselves the challenge of recording, mixing and mastering a single for Record Store Day in just one mammoth 24 hour session. The resulting recording, just 24 copies of which have been pressed, will be sold on Record Store day itself, this Saturday 19th April (hence the timing of this gig I guess).


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Festival No.6 Portmeirion, home to the 1960’s TV show 'The Prisoner', is now home to the Festival No.6 which is a direct reference to Patrick McGoohan’s character in the series. This Italianate village was designed by Architect William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary and is a brightly coloured jewel nestled in the Welsh hillside.


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Los Campesinos! The Interweb. You really have to be all over it (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Asbo, Hobo, GoGo blah blah blah) if you’re in a band these days don’t you? Well, you don’t have to be, but I can’t think of any band that’s deliberately (I presume it’s deliberate...either that or they can’t be arsed...which isn’t half as exciting) shunned the world wide web...until now that is. Meet Islet. Billed as a ‘No Wave’ group from Cardiff they seemingly don’t want to be part of the wwworld as we know it. Can’t blame ‘em really. A couple of chaps have set up a Islet fan site for them but that’s as much as you’re going to get... for now.


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