Friday, 20 September 2013

A Festival Like No Other...

Did I mention I went to Festival No.6 last weekend? I don't think I mentioned it. Oh, hang on... Yes, it was pretty much the only thing I mentioned, so sorry about that. You'd think that after I'd been, I might stop banging on about it, but I'm afraid I can't. You see, Festival No.6 was an amazing experience for me - as a festival goer, a music lover and a person. I want to live there and never leave the beautiful, dreamlike village.


The main setting boasts the Observatory Tower, manicured gardens, a Mermaid Spa and it's own beach. The location itself played host to a sci-fi show in the sixties called The Prisoner, in which Prisoner No.6 tries to retain his identity and escape from the village. Why anyone would want to escape such a beautiful place, I've no idea, but that was the general gist of the show. Of course, Prisoner No.6 inspired the name of the festival and I think it's a rather nice name! 

Portmeirion, located in North Wales, was designed by Sir Clough William Ellis who wanted to prove that development did not need to mean destruction of the environment. Instead, he embraced the woodlands and used them to incapsulate the beauty of the village. 


I'm not entirely sure how many festivals in the UK have their own beach, but I'm sure glad that this one did. The village design makes you feel like you could be somewhere in the Mediterranean, just with slightly more drizzle. When we arrived on the Friday, it was raining, and when we left on the Sunday, it was raining. But we were in North Wales, so we were all more than aware the sun might not be with us. Yet, on Saturday, it shone, and my, did Portmeirion really glow. 


Despite this being only the second year for Festival No. 6, the line up was incredible - and I can only expect that it will win awards again this year. Last year, they had New Order play, and this year it was Manic Street Preachers, Chic, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. I'll be honest and say now that I didn't really take many photos of any of the acts, as I'm one of those people who thinks you should watch a gig with your eyes, not through your smart phone. Some highlights for me were Everything Everything's set. I've seen them three times now, and it was still so enjoyable. Another highlight was catching a little band called Bright Lights Bright Lights (maybe I only like repetitive bands?) who only had about 15 people in the audience, but it was incredible. Think 80s synth pop mixed with tailored suits and fist pumping, and you're about there.


I would really recommend visiting Portmeirion if you're ever in North Wales, or even getting tickets to Festival No.6 next year, I know I'll be going again! You can read more about the festival, with its unique and wonderful location here.

Chelsea xo

14 comments

  1. I've heard Festival No. 6 is really good! Portmeirion looks so lovely too! Even if it was raining :P Typical British festival weather though aye?

    xxx

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    1. Yup, I was amazed it was sunny for even one day! xx

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  2. YAY and now we have pictures, I just cant get over how beautiful this place looks, and the fact that is in in the UK!!
    I really want to visit this place, for the festival or either just a weekend trip it looks every so quirky and cute.
    And the beach - my god!

    http://right-up-my-street.blogspot.com

    xo

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    1. I couldn't believe it when we got there, so amazing! I'd definitely recommend a visit :)
      xx

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  3. I've never heard of this - I've lived a sheltered life - but it looks fab!
    Adding it to my plans for next year!
    M x

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    1. We only heard about it as Joe's favourite band were playing! I can't wait to go back :)
      xx

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  4. Pormeirion is an amazing place, I went a couple of years ago. All the lovely coloured buildings and that beach really makes you feel like your in a quaint village in the med!

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    1. My mam had been once as a child to buy some pottery (as you do) and she couldn't believe I was going to a festival there!

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  5. i want to go! it looks so beautiful :) xx

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    1. We should arrange a bloggers trip! hehe :) xx

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  6. It's so picturesque with better views than Glasto! ;)

    Tara xo

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