Festival No. 6 is one of the best places to see some of the freshest talent, legendary musicians and the weird and wonderful.

With less than a month to go until the town of Portmeirion bursts into life, here’s our pick for the 5 acts you have to be seeing during your stay.


1. London Grammar

If you’re yet to sample the English band’s sublime If You Wait, do yourself a favour and pick it up as soon as you can. By mixing contemporary hooks with the classic stylings of lead singer Hannah Evans, London Grammar are irresistible.

Essential track: Strong


2. Los Campesinos!

Soaring guitars and unique harmonies are the keywords when it comes to this adventurous six-piece. With the recent release of No Blues, they’ve expanded on their already enviable and interestingly enough, although they formed at Cardiff University, none of the group are actually Welsh! Fun bit of pub ammo for you there.

Essential track: You! Me! Dancing!


3. Beck

No 90’s closet nerd’s weekend was complete without a listen to Beck’s seminal ‘Loser’ and it’s no doubt going to be one of the tracks that the godfather of lo-fi will be playing at No. 6 this September. One of the most tireless musicians around, Beck is one of the main draws to the festival and will bring some star power to Portmeirion.

Essential track: Loser


4. Pet Shop Boys

What can be said about this duo that already hasn’t? The irrepressible pop stalwarts have been providing eccentric, bombastic and romantic tunes for decades now and show little sign of letting up if 20112’s Elysium is anything to go by. Any 80’s music lover cannot miss this.

Essential track: Go West


5. Bonobo

Imagine if you took the melody of London Grammar, spliced in the themes of Beck and took it down a peg. The result would be Bonobo, a Hampshire-born artist who is one of the more exciting acts to take to the stage at No. 6. If you like your beats patient, measured and almost methodical, Bonobo is the master.

Essential track: Kiara

Who are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know below!

Feature image , “London Grammar” by www.flickr.com/photos/drabikpany, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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