It was a pretty special weekend at Portmeirion’s Festival No. 6, with performances from Super Furry Animals, Bastille, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (plus surprise guest) and many, many more.
Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals and Bastille played at the festival, as did Blossoms and their fabulous, fabulous hair.
Two blokes called Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller performed too. Nope, never heard of ’em.
Yes, Noel was headlining the festival – which is pretty awesome for an event that is not exactly the biggest or best-known in the world – and brought out his old mucker Paul Weller for renditions of The Jam songs ‘Pretty Green’ and ‘Town Called Malice’.
Noel recently admitted that he “fucked up” while playing ‘Champagne Supernova’ at Electric Picnic in Ireland, but this performance was pitch perfect.
Britpop-influenced London musician Oscar brought a rush of 90s nostalgia with his buoyant single ‘Sometimes’.
Seattle psych-garage rockers Night Beats were on hands to bring a touch of scuzzy swagger to the proceedings.
Super Furry Animals played the festival for the first time ever, and made sure to dress up for the occasion.
Temples brought psych-rock vibes to Portmeirion, not a place renowned for psych-rock vibes.
But Festival No.6 wasn’t just about the music: John Cooper Clarke recited his punk poetry, while there was a colourful parade and a great big dance-off.
This Welsh male voice choir sang ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order. They literally matched their bow-ties to the song. Even if you don’t like New Order (what’s wrong with you!?) there’s no denying the commendable effort there.
There was otherwordly performance from dance and visual art production The Kazimier, who are sort of like Cirque du Soleil, but from Liverpool.
There was a tribute to David Bowie. Sob.
As you can see, the Kazimier performance was quite impressive.
Yes, it was was quite muddy. In fact, some people got stranded by the mud at the end of festival and needed to be towed away by tractors. But it was still an epic weekend of performance art, great music and the sight of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller sharing a stage.