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Festival No.6 unveils biggest arts and culture programme yet  

Irvine Welsh, Adam Buxton’s BUG, Goldie, Maxine Peake, Kevin Allen, Jean-Claude Vannier, Charlotte Church, Simon Armitage, David O’Doherty, Henning Wehn and many more join line-up

Plus magical Sgt. Pepper’s-themed carnival, Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, the return of the Heliosphere, No.6 Academy with Guardian Masterclasses and much more.

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The Central Piazza

Celebrating its special sixth year, the multi-award winning Festival No.6 has announced more details of the arts and culture programme including Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting and Acid House, 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 many more in conversation, and of course the return of No.6 favourites, the Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir.

The festival has also unveiled an unparalleled 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, and a perennial highlight of the festival. There is also a very special Saturday Night Spectacle still to be revealed in the coming months.

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Estuary Stage

To mark the 50th anniversary of the original summer of love and one of the world’s most influential albums, 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 amazing performance of Sgt. Peppers in full. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own Sgt. Peppers themed costumes and join the carnival.

Festival No.6 is also delighted to be the only festival in the country to have been chosen to host part of the official Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Procession. The baton will make its way through the village and festival on Friday afternoon, on its long journey to the Gold Coast of Australia

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 on.

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 Baker. 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 remarkable arts and culture programme joins an already impressive music bill featuring headliners Mogwai, Bloc Party and Flaming Lips. With more incredible acts, DJs, happenings, activities and installations still to be announced the special sixth edition of Festival No.6 will be truly unmissable.

Festival No.6 is a bespoke banquet of music, arts, culture and gastronomy, taking place over the weekend of the 7-10 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With more live artists, DJ’s, renowned chefs, speakers and surprises yet to be revealed the sixth Festival No.6 will undoubtedly be the most impressive to date.

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Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, beside the picturesque estuary, in the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.

Constructed between 1925 and 1975 by maverick architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is a wonderfully bizarre and elaborate interpretation of a Mediterranean villa, nestled in the stunning mountains and forests of North Wales overlooking the expansive estuarial waters of the Irish Sea.

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