Manics back in Portmeirion for Festival No 6


Geraint Jones

WALES’ favourite rock band will return to live action at an award-winning Gwynedd arts festival.

The Manic Street Preachers will perform at Festival No.6 in Portmeirion after for their first British gig in two years.

The three-piece said in a statement said: “Festival No.6 is the only thing that could break our self-enforced two year British gig ban.

“To be able to play in Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ iconic village is something of a dream for us. See you in September.”

Portmeirion is familiar territory for the South Walian act, who shot the cover of their fifth studio album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours on the Italianate village’s beach in 1998.

Festival co-founder Gareth Cooper said: “We’re delighted and very proud that we’ve managed to entice one of the biggest Welsh bands of all time to end their hiatus and play Festival No.6.

“We feel it’s important to maintain Welsh heritage within our line up and entertainment and there is no bigger way to do it than by booking this band!”

Also announced for this year’s event are I am Kloot, James Blake, Everything Everything, Aluna George, Laura Mvula, Mount Kimbie, Caitlin Rose, Chapel Club and Dutch Uncles.

Other highlights include DJ sets from the likes of Frankie Knuckles and appearances from Times columnist Caitlin Moran and punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

Last year’s festival won Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards and was voted Best Small Festival by NME readers.

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