Topping the bill at Festival Number 6 are The Flaming Lips, Mogwai (UK festival exclusive) and Bloc Party (UK festival exclusive).
Also gracing the main stage is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with the Bootleg Beatles who have created a joyous celebration for the 50thanniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – another festival exclusive.
Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture, taking place over the weekend of the 7-10 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner.
Also on the 2017 line up are The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula,Kate Tempest, Arab Strap, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.
Jagwar Ma also feature on the eclectic bill as does Steve Mason, Toy, Palace, Honeyblood, Cabbage, Vaults, Tash Sultana, Tom Grennan, Superfood, Island, Formation, Pins, The Rhythm Method, Skott, Xamvolo, Ten Tonnes, Aine Cahill, The Lightening Year, Slang, Klangstof, Daniel O Sullivan, Gulp, The Pheromoans, Tom House Smith and Yucatan.
Festival founder Gareth Cooper said: “It’s a very special year for us as we’re celebrating our sixth birthday and we’re marking the occasion by really going back to our roots. It has to be our most diverse bill to date with amazing artists from across the globe packing every stage, from the woods to the main stage – it’s going to be incredible.
“There’s still more to be revealed in the coming weeks, but I’m absolutely convinced 2017 is going to be the best Festival No.6 yet.”
Acts will perform across the entire site, by the whimsical Italianate architecture of the village, the historic town hall, piazza, Bristol Colonnade, the picturesque Estuary stage, the atmospheric woods and the promenade along the River Dwyryd.
No.6 has also unveiled the first of its DJ/electronic line-up. Leading the bill is drum and bass original and Metalheadz label boss Goldie performing his new album The Journey Man. Also joining are nu-disco heroes Hercules and Love Affair,Joy Orbison, Benji B, Joe Goddard Live, Mr Scruff, Mary Anne Hobbs, Horse Meat Disco, Justin Robertson, Running Back Super Ball: Henrik Schwarz (Live), Gerd Janson and Fort Romeau, David Holmes, Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi, Kevin Rowland (Dexys DJ Set), Down to the Sea and Back, Heavenly Jukebox and Purple Stardust – the ultimate Prince and Bowie disco.
There will be a special Tony Wilson tribute, to mark 10 years since the death of the Factory Records supremo, Delia Derbyshire Day will mark the 80th anniversary of the electronic pioneer and Ros Wynne Jones will talk about retracing George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier, 80 years on.
The brilliant poetry line-up includes Hollie McNish, Luke Wright, Salena Godden, Tongue Fu, Rob Auton, Harry Bakerand Laurie Bolger. The No.6 Academy returns, in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, providing free taster sessions of their popular classes, plus workshops on everything from festival photography to how to publish your first book, and Tim Peaks Diner will be providing everything from Welsh Language Classes to Northern Soul Dance Classeswith live Northern Soul brass. There will be further talks from Faber Social, Salon No.6, Heavenly Films and Unbound.
Carnival No.6 will return, as will the hugely popular nightly and lantern and torch-lit processions. The whole village will come alive with pop-up theatre and performers with some special themed treats planned for the sixth birthday.