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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Festival No.6; John Moreland; Matthew Halsal

31 July, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

BY all accounts, Festival No.6, set in the cult Portmeirion village in North Wales, the scene of ’60s TV series The Prisoner and home to the pottery of the same name, has become one of the more magical events on the music calendar.

So it is a shame that this award-winning festival has announced that this year’s event, its seventh year (September 6-9) – will be the last one “for now”.
Although the festival’s official statement doesn’t quite say if it will return to the same site, or if it will return at all, reading between the lines, it sounds like it may have outgrown Portmeirion.

According to the festival’s website: “Portmeirion is a complex site and we’ve had fun adapting and reinventing the festival every year, but unfortunately No.6 is just not sustainable in its current format and so we’ve made the difficult decision to take a breather – 2018 will be the last Festival No.6 for now.”

So, if you have yet to experience Festival No.6, this is the year for it, if there are still any tickets left.

This year’s line-up includes Friendly Fires, Everything Everything, Paul Draper, The The, Jessie Ware, Hurts, Franz Ferdinand, The Charlatans, Gaz Coombes and much more music, theatre, comedy, screenings and other activities – a great excuse to explore the unique site of Portmeirion and its weird and wonderful buildings and grounds.

After selling out the Union Chapel last month, critically acclaimed folk-rock singer John Moreland plays a one-off set at the Jazz Cafe on tonight (Tuesday). Support comes from John Calvin Abney.

• Composer, producer, trumpeter, DJ and founder of Gondwana Records, Matthew Halsal, continues his monthly residency at Spiritland tomorrow (Wednesday) with a mix of spiritual jazz, deep electronica and crafted songwriting.

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