Local bands get Festival No 6 slot
Special woodland stage will showcase Snowdonia talent
NORTH Wales community music collective, CEG, with the support of Gwynedd Council, will be showcasing talent from Snowdonia at the bilingual The Woodcutter’s Lodge Stage at Festival Number 6, the “incredibly unique and biggest North Wales arts and music festival”, which takes place in Portmeirion, from September 8 to 10.
This is a big step for the group, who have been working hard on a voluntary basis to represent the wide-range of music being created in north-west Wales over the past two years.
This opportunity will see them sharing the “Lost in the Woods” stage with three other stages representing music from Wales, BBC Gorwelion/ Horizons, Nyth Gwydir a Sŵn, with CEG specifically showcasing young talent and independent artists from Gwynedd and North Wales.
From 12-8pm each day, acts will range from the newest and rawest young talent from Gwynedd, just starting on their musical journey, to acts that have seen increasing success in 2017, such as former Catfish and The Bottlemen member, Billy Bibby & the Wry Smiles, and SERA, who played live on BBC Radio 2 and will be headlining the North American festival of Wales in New York, just a week before the festival.
Also appearing will be singersongwriters such as Courteous Thief and Ap Cooper, folk troubadours Paul Bodwyn Green, world champion beatboxer Mr Phormula, Poet Laureate’s Martin Daws and Sophie McKeand, Gypsy-jazz from The Bortowski Swing and popular band Calfari, all performing alongside festival headliners Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Flaming Lips.
Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Developmen, Cllr Ioan Thomas, said: “As a council, we are pleased to be supporting this opportunity for local artists to perform at Festival Number 6.
“It will certainly be a fantastic experience for these performers and provides a great opportunity to reach a new audience. We wish all the local artists that will be performing this year all the best and I’m sure that the experience will benefit them all in the future.”
Head into the woods at the festival to be blown away by the musicians living on your doorstep in Snowdonia.
CEG have been working voluntarily together for the last two years to find great showcasing opportunities for local musicians and have recently launched a record label. See www. cegrecords.com for more information.
● Billy Bibby and the Wry Smiles will be playing at Festival Number 6, as well as local talents SERA (bottom left) and Ffracas (bottom right)