Festival No. 6 introduce cultural line-up


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

Festival No.6 is to host part of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Procession organisers have announced.

The festival, marking its sixth year from September 7 -10, will play its part in the sporting event, with the baton making its way through Portmeirion village and festival, on its long journey to the Gold Coast of Australia, along with hosting its biggest arts and culture programme.

Highlights include author Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting and Acid House and filmmaker Kevin Allen on Tin Town, the eagerly awaited sequel to Twin Town.

Iconic French musician Jean-Claude Vannier rescoring Serge Gainsbourg (live), the brilliant Maxine Peake curating her own stage - Peaky’s

Parlour, Charlotte Church, Goldie, Steve Davis, Ian Martin, Diane Morgan, Simon Armitage, and the return of No.6 favourites, Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir.

The festival has comedy bill including Adam Buxton, brilliant Irish stand-up, musician and playwright David O’Doherty, panellist

extraordinaire Henning Wehn, sketch-show maestros Cardinal Burns, comedian, actor and broadcaster Nish Kumar, Phil Kaye, Lolly Adefope and many more.

Spectacles abound for No.6’s anniversary celebration year, including the return of the awe-inspiring Heliosphere that stunned crowds in the inaugural year, plus the magical torchlit procession, which all festival-goers are invited to be part of.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the original summer of love and one of the most

influential albums of all time, the Sgt Peppers-themed Carnival No.6, (Being For The Benefit of

Mr. Kite) will weave its way through the village to the main stage in time for the 70-piece

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and The Bootleg Beatles performance of the Sgt.

Pepper album in full.

There will be a special Tony Wilson tribute to mark 10 years since the death of the

Factory Records supremo, with special guests including Paul Morley, whose eagerly

awaited book on Wilson is published later this year.

Delia Derbyshire Day will mark the

80th anniversary of the electronic pioneer with talks and live performances, and Ros

Wynne Jones will talk about retracing George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, 80 years


The brilliant poetry line-up includes the mighty Simon Armitage, current Oxford

University Professor of Poetry, the fantastic Hollie McNish, No.6 favourite Luke Wright,

Salena Godden, Jack Monroe, Rosy Carrick, Tongue Fu, Rob Auton, and Harry


The No.6 Academy returns, this year in partnership with the superb Guardian

Masterclasses providing free taster sessions of their popular classes, plus workshops

on everything from festival photography to how to publish your first book. Tim

Peaks Diner will be providing everything from Welsh language classes to Northern Soul

dancing lessons with live Northern Soul brass. There will be further talks from Faber

Social, Salon No.6, Heavenly Films and Unbound.

This arts and culture programme joins an impressive music bill

featuring headliners Mogwai, Bloc Party and Flaming Lips. With more incredible acts,

DJs, happenings, activities and installations still to be announced.

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