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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Why Festival No.6 should be your Festival No.1

Welsh Festival No.6 is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean style seaside town of Portmeirion, which sits in the scenic mountains and forests of North Wales.  It claims to be the UK’s most unique festival, with a line-up consisting of up and coming and seasoned artists. A beautiful backdrop and an eclectic mix of performers makes this festival an unforgettable experience.

Having recently announced the first names on the bill, Festival No.6 confirmed that Reginald D Hunter, Tim Key, Lauren Pattison, Stuart Goldsmith, Spencer Jones, Jayde Adams and John Kearns will be joining the fun this year.

Reginald D Hunter is American stand up comic that has settled in the UK for the past fifteen years. This will be his first performance at Festival No.6 and people will certainly be in for a treat. His truthful and sometimes controversial material has recently seen him complete a sold-out tour of Ireland and Europe. He may be recognised from 8 Out Of 10 Cats and his documentary Songs Of The South.

Comic, actor and winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Tim Key is headlining Sunday evening.  Key has a colourful resume, appearing in The Peep Show, Mid Morning Matters with Steve Coogan, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Skins just to name a few. He certainly has a wealth of experience that will shine through in his performance that blends poetry, physical comedy and old-school humour.

Lauren Pattison is one of the youngest in the line-up, at only twenty-three, but has already built up an impressive resume. In the space of just five years on the comedy circuit, she has won a Herald Angel Award and been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. She also had a highly successful run last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her acclaimed show, Lady Muck.

Stuart Goldsmith is a comedian, writer and podcaster. His stand up is frank, vibrant and quick-witted told with a whole lot of charm. He has experience as a street performer shines through in his energetic and fast-paced stand-up, which often focuses on his sexual exploits and romantic life.

Spencer Jones is a dab hand at physical comedy, his excellent storytelling and comic timing has seen him nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award and a Bafta. Multi-talented, he recently wrote and starred in The Jonah Man, a sitcom for Sky, and was Bafta-nominated for his CBBC comedy Big Babies. He has also starred in BBC shows Upstart Crow and Mr Winner.

Bristolian comic and cabaret star Jayde Adams has already graced the stage of Portmeirion once and has won the Funny Women Awards and the London Cabaret Award. She has various talents such as opera singing, freestyle disco dancing and even fish mongering. This wide range of skills can be seen in her autographical shows with various outfit changes and plenty of laughs.

With this amazing line-up set in some incredible scenery, you’d be mad to miss out.

Festival No.6 runs from 6 to 9 September 2018 at Portmeirion. Ticket prices and package options are available online at www.festivalnumber6.com

Georgie Bird | Image: Jenna Foxton


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