Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost at Festival No 6

Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost will be joining Joe Duddell and the No 6 ensemble this year at Festival No 6 in Portmeirion. These Festival No 6 events in conjunction with Joe Duddell have primarily taken place in the picturesque but tiny Town Hall, requiring an hour or so of queueing (not what you feel…

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Festival season updates

Here’s some more festival news with new and returning events to see you through to September. Bluedot Festival   7th – 9th July The stellar BlueDot festival, nestled under the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank, has day tickets at £59 per day. Daily lineups are on the site too. Leftfield performing Leftism on Friday, Hot Chip frontman Joe Goddard…

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Review: Festival Number 6 2016

The good, the bad and the muddy… On a positive note, Festival Number 6 yet again had its moments of music, magic  and discovery.  The location is Portmeirion, the beautiful and quirky Italian village in north Wales. And it was commendable to note just how many of the artists appearing on Festival No 6’s various stages were…

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Festival No.6 announces chefs and food traders

Festival No.6 has brought together a selection of diverse and exciting gourmet popups, to be found in the Castell Park Arena. There’s Stakehaus serving up mouth-watering steak sandwiches and homemgade relishes, The Cheese Truck with grilled cheese sandwiches, a delicious taste of the Orient from Dorshi’s, wood-fired pizza from Fundi Pizza, Happy Maki’s freshly produced vegan sushi, Anna Mae’s gourmet mac…

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If Location, Location did festivals…

If the TV programme Location, Location, Location were to feature festivals instead of houses, I imagine the following would be selected. These have a magic location ingredient, being either gorgeous, rural, coastal or just unique. A festival in a great location can inspire you in the way a good holiday does. Blue Dot (above)  22 – 24 July…

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Green and pleasant: the ultimate festival guide 2016

If you’re a festival fan, by now you’re dreaming of a green field, banners waving in the breeze, the sound of a band on the main stage… yes, festival season is nearly upon us again, and here is my Ultimate Festival Guide. Most have been personally tried and tested, some on a yearly basis – plus there’s…

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Review: Festival Number 6 2015

Festival Number 6 feels as if it has fully got into its stride. It offers a dizzying array of intelligently-curated events, from bands and DJs to comedy, nighttime processions, workshops and talks, plus something this festival has come to excel in – interviews and intimate performances by a handful of the main-stage artists.

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Festivals for 2015: lovely lineups, but don’t dally as tickets are selling fast

Festival planners are busy putting together their lineups for 2015 – and these are just a few of my personally tried-and-tested events. When it comes to festival size, I’m not one for marathon walks from tent to stage (nothing like a trip back to basecamp for an afternoon snooze and a cup of tea) so there’s no mention of…

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Review: Festival No 6 2014 at Portmeirion

Portmeirion is awe-inspiring on even the gloomiest, most drizzly day in January. So last weekend’s vision of the Italianate village set against a blue sky, fizzing with all the music, energy and colour of Festival No 6 2014, made it even more spectacular. The combination of Portmeirion’s ridiculously seductive charms combined with the glow of the Indian summer…

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