Festival N°6 | 2015
Previously a place of pilgrimage for fans of legendary 60s sci-fi show The Prisoner, Portmeirion now attracts thousands of culture lovers every September for Festival N°6. This year’s event takes place from the 3rd to the 6th, and boasts film, theatre, comedy and art, plus an extremely impressive musical bill headed up by Metronomy, Grace Jones and Belle and Sebastian. Delve deeper into the line-up below.
Belle and Sebastian
Currently touring the world in support of their superb new LP Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, Belle and Sebastian have already delivered sterling sets at Glastonbury, Fuji Rocks, Øya, Flow and Way Out West. Saturday’s headline show in Portmeirion will be one of the sextet’s final festival performances of the year. Head straight to the front to witness a career-spanning set of perfect indie-pop, and perhaps even to partake in the traditional stage invasion during set-closer ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’.
Where most artists would happily luxuriate in the glory of a Mercury Prize win, Edinburgh’s Young Fathers simply headed straight back into the studio and set about writing the follow-up. In March this year – a mere six months later – they unveiled White Men Are Black Men Too, and won unanimous acclaim for their restlessly innovative, politically-charged approach to electronic pop. This insatiable energy spills into the trio’s live performances too, making Friday’s show on the i Stage a must-see.
In a development nobody foresaw, ex-Pipette Gwenno Saunders has quietly crafted the best concept album of the decade. Inspired by Owain Owain’s 1976 sci-fi novel of the same name, Y Dydd Olaf is sung entirely in Welsh – with the exception of Cornish-language closer ‘Amser’ – and sets critiques of technology, patriarchy and propaganda to silver-suited Kraut-pop, sprinkled with ray gun synth effects and dreamy vocal harmonies. You can hear Saunders’ beautifully nostalgic compositions first hand on the Sunday.
More from the line-up
- I wanted the record to be an absolute sledgehammer... I had to be talked down a bit.
- People are quite obsessed with age in this industry. For me, it was about releasing the right album, and not any old album at the right time.
- As far as I’m concerned, there is no baggage. I’m starting on a blank page.