Festival No.6 to take a break after 2018 event

"We will of course be throwing an almighty party this year and will make sure it’s the most outstanding No.6 to date!"

Festival No.6 has announced that this year’s edition will be the last event “for now”.

Since launching in 2012, the Portmeirion festival has seen headline performances from Noel Gallagher, Bastille and Pet Shop Boys – all set against the idyllic background of the town where The Prisoner was filmed.

But it seems that the festival could be coming to an end, after organisers announced that the Portmeirion site “was not sustainable in its current format”.


“When we started Festival No.6 we had one aim – to create a completely new type of festival in a location unlike any other, catering for a different type of audience. Over the past six years, we’ve done everything we can to bring you an unrivalled festival experience in a truly unique setting, driven by a desire to do things differently”, a statement from the festival’s organisers confirmed.

“No.6 has always been more than just a music and arts festival. It’s the ultimate escape from reality, a place you can see your favourite artists in a breath-taking setting, or discover new acts you’ll want to see again and again, a place where performers are as inspired as the audience – a platform to present new work and collaborations in unique and intimate venues, a place like no other where like-minded individuals gather and embrace new ideas, inspired to take risks and push boundaries.

“In six short years the profile of the festival has far outgrown its intimate capacity, picking up numerous awards, gaining international recognition and becoming one of the world’s most unique festivals. We always knew we had something special but we never quite expected it to capture people’s imagination the way it has.”

The organisers also spoke of the “challenges” facing the event.

They explained: “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. We will of course be throwing an almighty party this year and will make sure it’s the most outstanding No.6 to date!”

This year’s festival sees headlines performances from Franz Ferdinand, The The, and Friendly Fires. It takes place from September 6-9.