The Grand Pavilion also drew big crowds playing host to some of the most popular acts of the weekend; nostalgia with A Certain Ratio, an incredible set from The Horrors, the much hyped Goat Girl, laid back wordsmith Baxter Dury and a stunning performance from Gwenno.
Curating Tim Peaks Diner, Tim Burgess brought a stack of his favourite new bands along with The Lovely Eggs a highlight on Friday and a strong start to Sunday from Manchester’s Fuzzy Sun. Keeping himself busy, Tim also played with bandmate Mark and the Joe Duddell No. 6 Ensemble at the village’s Central Piazza, finishing with a stripped back cover of The Cure’s The Caterpillar before moving on to a full Charlatans’ set on the main stage.
Working in partnership with BBC Cymru, Gorwelion Horizons set up base at The Bandstand showcasing contemporary independent music in Wales with Adwaith and I See Rivers amongst a stream of impressive local artists. Elsewhere in the village a variety of music, poetry, comedy, wellbeing and performance art offered up something for everyone.
With questions hanging over the future of the event, organisers have issued a statement to say that ‘the profile of the festival has far outgrown its intimate capacity… 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’. Fingers crossed that No. 6 will return in whatever form it needs to move forward; in an overflowing festival marketplace it really does stand out from the crowd.
Review & Photography by Siobhan O’Driscoll: 16beasleystphotography.com