Festival No 6 lineup, weather forecast, park and ride and more for this weekend in Portmeirion

Thousands of festival-goers will descend on the stunning Italianate village of Portmeirion this weekend for Festival No 6.

The event which has become a highlight in the music and arts calendar in North Wales will celebrate its sixth anniversary this year.

Taking place from Thursday September 7 – Sunday, September 10, organisers have promised this year’s event will be “as big as it has ever been with lots of surprises”.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re making a trip to the intimate, boutique-style festival.

Portmeirion where Festival No 6 will take place
Portmeirion where Festival No 6 will take place
(Image: Free editorial use)

Who’s on the bill?

Friday – September 8

Stage No 6

  • Mogwai
  • The Cinematic Orchestra
  • Steve Mason
  • Toy
  • Pins

The Grand Pavilion

  • Kate Tempest
  • Charlotte Church – Late Night Pop Dungeon
  • Palace
  • Honeyblood
  • Tom Grennan
  • Formation
  • Kier
  • Klangstof

The Late Night Pavilion

  • Hunee
  • Gerd Janson
  • Fort Romeau

Castell Gardens

  • Benji B
  • Steve David & Kavus Torabi
  • Annabel Fraser
  • Rough Trade
  • Band Pres Llareggub
  • Heavenly Jukebox

House of Rum

  • Homoelectric
  • Drunk at Vogue
  • Blonde Ambition
  • Disco Mums
  • William Dior

Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite.
(Image: black arts pr)

Saturday – September 9

Stage No 6

  • Bloc Party
  • 50th year celebration of Sgt Pepper’s and The Summer of Love
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & The Bootleg Beatles
  • Wild Beasts
  • James Vincent
  • McMorrow
  • Superfood
  • Ten Tonnes

The Grand Pavilion

  • The Cribs
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Cabbage
  • Tash Sultana
  • Franc Moody
  • The Rhythm Method
  • The Lighting Year
  • Slang

The Late Night Pavilion

  • Hercules & Love Affair
  • Joe Goddard
  • Horse Meat Disco

Castell Gardens

  • Jarvis Cocker & Friends
  • The Kevin Rowland (DJ Show)
  • Trojan Records
  • Stealing Sheep (DJ Set)
  • Hiphop Karaoke
  • Band Pres Llareggub
  • Faber Social
  • Heavenly Jukebox

House of Rum

  • Greg Wilson’s
  • Credit to the Edit
  • Derek Kaye
  • Peza
  • Henry Greenwood
  • Mark Jones
  • Groove Theory
Bloc Party
(Image: Publicity Picture)

Sunday – September 10

Stage No 6

  • The Flaming Lips
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Laura Mvula
  • Nick Mulvey
  • RLPO & Bootleg Beatles

The Grand Pavilion

  • Arab Strap
  • Public Service
  • Broadcasting
  • The Veils
  • Stereo Honey
  • Xamvolo
  • Aine Cahill
  • Island

The Late Night Pavilion

  • Goldie – The Journey Man
  • Call Super

Castell Gardens

  • Mary Anne Hobbs
  • Goldie (D&B set)
  • Justin Robertson
  • Auntie Flo
  • Hiphop Karaoke
  • Band Pres Llareggub
  • C&S Strategies

House of Rum

  • Fleetmac Wood
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Apex Ape
  • Bear Grooves
  • Get Low
Rag 'n' Bone Man
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
(Image: PA)

What else can I see?

Comedy – As well as a full programme of music, get your funnybones tickled with comedy from Phil Kay, Adam Buxton with his Bug David Bowie Special and David O’Doherty.

Arts and Culture – Train spotting author Irvine Welsh, actress Maxine Peake and Kevin Allen will lead a strong line-up of big name talent from across television, stage, screen and literature this weekend.

The event will also see the return of the Heliosphere, an aerial acrobatic act, that caused such a stir in the festival’s first year.

Carnival – Carnival No 6 will be weaving its way through the village on Saturday afternoon. Expect marching bands, flamboyant backpacks, sequined samba headdresses, colourful flags and glitter.

Wellbeing – A wellbeing area features yoga meditation, rise and shine yoga, family and beginners yoga, paddle boarding sessions, wood fired hot tubs and a mermaid spa.

Carnival Time at last year's Festival No 6 held annual in Portmeirion.
Carnival Time at last year’s Festival No 6 held annual in Portmeirion.

Kids activities

There’s a full programme of activities in the Little Big Top including Jak Poore’s comedy show, Portmeirion pirate training, crafts, a ukulele workshop, a theatre show, tatty bumpkin yoga and chilled play bell tents.

What is there to eat?

Food Markets

More than 40 street food operators will be available in the wooden chalets around the village.

Dinner at Cloughs

Portmeirion festival-goers will again have the chance to indulge in a luxurious three-day banquet. The popular feast billed Dinner at Clough’s is a tribute to Clough Williams-Ellis – the architect behind the Italianate village.

The bespoke banquets include a sumptuous three-course meal cooked by internationally renowned chefs.

Friday – Som Saa’s Mark Dobbie and Andy Oliver

Saturday – Aiden Byrne

Sunday – Paul Ainsworth

Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth’s menu is guaranteed to be a festival highlight at Festival No 6 this year
(Image: UGC TNW)

Can I still buy tickets?

Unfortunately, no. If you have not already bought your tickets, the festival has now sold out.

What is the weather going to be like?

Sadly, rain and cold weather is set to blight North Wales this week, meaning Festival No 6 could be a washout.

A system of low pressure is battering the United Kingdom, bringing with it heavy rain and low temperatures.

Following complaints last year the organisers have taken extra precautions to prepare for possible poor weather.

Park and Ride

This year the park and ride is located in a different location which is not susceptible to flooding. It is on a farm called Llwyn Mafon Uchaf, high in the hills above the town of Criccieth.

It is around 15 minutes car journey away from Portmeition village.

A free shuttle service travelling to and from the car park will be available for festival-goers all weekend.

Parking will cost £20 per car.

The postcode for the park & ride site is LL52 0RE.

Festival No 6 at Portmeirion
Festival No 6 at Portmeirion
(Image: Free editorial use)

How to get there

Portmeirion is located in Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd.

It is two miles (3.2 km) south east of Porthmadog and one mile (1.6 km) from the Minffordd railway station, served by both the Ffestiniog Railway and Arriva Trains Wales.

SatNav details

Portmeirion,

Gwynedd,

LL48 6ER

By train

Bangor is the most convenient train station to reach the festival.

Official travel partner Virgin Trains are offering an exclusive 25% discount on Virgin Trains Advance fares to the festival.

To book your tickets, click here.

Note: You must show your Festival No. 6 ticket along with your Virgin Trains ticket when onboard for your discount to be valid

Make sure you keep up-to-date with the festive timetable for Virgin Trains.
Make sure you keep up-to-date with the festive timetable for Virgin Trains.

Security

There will be police and security on-site 24 hours a day to ensure safety and security.

Camping Stoves/Disposable BBQs

Camping Stoves are permitted but ensure the cooking area is well away from tents – always ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air where the BBQ is being used.

Disposable BBQs are not allowed – if you are taking a gas BBQ please ensure the gas canister does not exceed the size of 500g.

ATMs

Cash machines will be on site but it’s recommended taking enough money for the weekend as ATM queues will be likely.

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Alcohol

Alcohol is allowed to be taken into the camping fields but only up to a reasonable amount per person (1 case of beer/lager/cider or up to 1 litre of (decanted) spirits).

Excess quantities will be required to be left outside the event and no glass bottles of any kind are permitted to the event.

Alcohol is not allowed to be taken into the arenas and venues while the bars inside will be operating a challenge 25 policy, and you may be asked for ID.

Drug Policy

The festival operates a zero-tolerance policy to drugs -the laws of the land are as relevant within the festival site as anywhere else.

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