MUSIC: Festival Number 6 announces strongest ever Welsh lineup
Having recently announced that the seventh edition of the trail-blazing boutique event will be the last for the time being, multi award-winning Festival No. 6 has today revealed a distinguished and diverse line-up from across the Welsh music spectrum for this year’s celebration.
Joining the Stage No.6 on Saturday is influential Welsh musician and poet, Geraint Jarman. Billed as the “godfather of Welsh rock”, Jarman’s contribution as composer, poet, performer and television producer has had an indelible influence on Welsh language youth culture and was recognized by a BBC RAP “Lifetime Achievement” Award. Cementing himself as a key figure in Cardiff’s contribution to music, his live performance is certainly one not to miss.
Nyth Gwydir will be hosting a collective blend of Welsh artists for Sunday on Y Bandstand in the Village Green. Following a 10-year hiatus, newly reformed Anweledig will be bringing their inimitable and eclectic style of funk, reggae, ska and rock to the Y Bandstand stage. Singer-songwriter and without doubt one of the major figures of Welsh popular music since the 1960s, Meic Stevens is also welcomed addition alongside Estella, Cadno, Pasta Hull, Ffracas, and Nyth DJ’s.
Returning to Festival No.6 for their fourth year, BBC Wales and Arts Council Wales ground-breaking project to support new music, Horizons, open Y Bandstand stage on Friday. Highlights include incendiary rock four piece Himalayas, Cosh Records growing stars Gwilym, Llanrug blues-rock teenagers Alffa, Carmarthen female post-folk outfit, Adwaith, Llangollen collective Campfire Social, fearsome Pontypridd rock trio CHROMA (special DJ set),electronic producer Eädyth, Norwegian float folk trio, I See Rivers, cutting edge pop from Marged, Weller prodigy Nia Wyn, Welsh five-piece folk rebelsNoGood Boyo and four-piece floor filling indie rock from Valleys youngsters, The Pitchforks.
Saturday sees Welsh music specialists, CEG Records curating a bespoke mix of Welsh artists and collaborators including acoustic duo, Tagaradr, singer-songwriter, Hannah Willwood whose unique music blends a mix of folk, jazz and indie, Beth Celyn, Sera, Ap Cooper, Courteous Thief, Eve Goodman, Colossous, Vulpes Urbana, former and founding lead guitarist of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Billy Bibby with his latest endeavour Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, and Roger & The Secret.
Already announced and joining the eclectic bill, is the wonderful No.6 favourites, Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir. The stars of No.6 will return for the seventh consecutive year with a very special Piazza performance planned. As well as the choir, No.6 will welcome the previously announced Gwenno to the Grand Pavilion and Yucatan to Tim Peaks at the Real Ale Bar.
The mighty Twm Morys is a welcome addition to No.6. Twm was the Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) for 2009-2010 and has been Editor of the Welsh poetry magazine Barddas since 2011. He also won the Chair of the National Eisteddfod in 2003 and has performed several times at No.6 as the lead singer of Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion.
Gwyneth Gwyn, the Welsh language poet and musician will also be a Festival No.6 for the first time. Gwyneth won the Crown at the 1998 Urdd Gobaith Cymru Eisteddfod and was the Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) for 2006-2007.
Twm and Gwyneth will join forces at No.6 for two special sessions in the No.6 Academy. The first will be a Bard’s Eye View of Wales, a humourous, headlong journey through the history of Wales as reported in poetry and song. The second will be an Introduction to the wizardry of Cynghanedd, or strict-metre poetry, practiced in Wales from the 7th century to the present day.
We’re delighted to welcome award-winning poet Robert Minhinnick, who has just won Wales Book of the Year for 2018 (the third time he has won the award) and film director Eamon Bourke. The duo presents a screening of Diary of the Last Man, an intimate film-portrait of Minhinnick by Bourke, which charts a walk between the mouths of the rivers Cynffig and Ogwr on the south coast of Wales. Followed by a poetry reading by Robert Minhinnick.
The Welsh programme joins an already impressive music bill featuring headliners The The, Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires. With more incredible acts, DJs, happenings, activities and installations still to be announced the seventh edition of Festival No.6 will be truly unmissable.
This year’s edition of Festival No.6 will be the end of the first chapter in the No.6 story. The event, which is widely known for its pioneering festival concept bringing together music, arts and culture in the magical village of Portmeirion, has taken place in September each year since 2012. Quickly becoming one of Wales’ flagship events, and winning numerous awards and international recognition, the festival has successfully gained an enviable reputation as a festival unlike any other, and with arguably one of the most exciting line-ups in No.6 history, it’s sure to be the best one yet.
Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture, taking place over the weekend of the 6-9 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.