Hopes rise for fu­ture re­turn of Fes­ti­val No 6

Coun­cil­lors op­ti­mistic mu­sic spec­ta­cle will be back in 2020

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

COUN­CIL­LORS re­main hope­ful that a pop­u­lar mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val could re­turn to Gwynedd de­spite or­gan­is­ers an­nounc­ing that no event will take place next year.

In July the or­gan­is­ers of Fes­ti­val No 6, set in and around the pic­turesque Ital­ianate vil­lage of Port­meirion, said that the event was “not sus­tain­able in its cur­rent for­mat” an­nounc­ing it was “tak­ing a break” in 2019.

Since launch­ing in 2012, the event has seen per­for­mances from Noel Gal­lagher and the Pet Shop Boys – all set against the idyl­lic back­ground of the set­ting for 1960s TV drama, The Pris­oner.

Franz Fer­di­nand, Friendly Fires and The The were among the bands head­lin­ing the four­day fes­ti­val which has tra­di­tion­ally brought to­gether English and Welsh medium art and per­for­mance.

How­ever, Gwynedd coun­cil- lors re­main hope­ful that the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val could re­turn to the county with or­gan­is­ers ad­mit­ting they are “al­ready think­ing about the fu­ture”.

Speak­ing dur­ing the lat­est cabi­net meet­ing in Caernar­fon Cllr Ioan Thomas, who leads on Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, said: “It It was dis­ap­point­ing, of course, to learn that Fes

k- k tival No 6 won’t be tak­ing place next year but we re­main hope­ful that a fes­ti­val will take place again in the fu­ture.

“We must ap­pre­ci­ate how much of a pos­i­tive ef­fect the fes­ti­val has had on the lo­cal area and the Gwynedd econ­omy wider and many y busi­nesses have be­ne­efited.

“Tak­ing a year out isn’t un­com­mon of course, e it hap hap­pens with fes­ti­vals such as Glas­ton­bury. “It’s clear the or­gan­is­ers have some loy­alty to Port­meirion and the unique lo­ca­tion does add some­thing to the fes­ti­val it­self. “We will cer­tainly work with them to look at ev­ery pos­si­ble op­tion go­ing for­ward.” Cllr Gareth Thomas, who rep­re­sents re­sents the Pen rhyn­de­ward, added: ““Fes­ti­val No 6 has kr contributed tremen­dously to the lo­cal econ­omy. “Hav­ing spo­ken with the or­gan­is­ers, it’s clear that they’ve de­cided to take a year out to re­con­sider the fu­ture, but I very much hope there wwill be some kind ofof fes­ti­val af­ter the 2012019 break. InIn a state­ment be­fore this year’s event, Fes­ti­val NNo 6’s or­gan­is­ers said: “In six short years the pro­file of the fes­ti­val has far out- grown 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.

“Run­ning Fes­ti­val No 6 hasn’t been with­out its chal­lenges.

“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 want to thank ev­ery­one who has been a part of the Fes­ti­val No.6 jour­ney so far.

“Most im­por­tantly, we want to thank ev­ery­one who has ever joined us at Fes­ti­val No.6 over the years.

“Tak­ing a break is the right de­ci­sion but not all is lost, we’re al­ready think­ing about the fu­ture.”

● Scenes from past fes­ti­vals - torch­lit pro­ces­sion and Noel Gal­lagher on stage

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