After a hugely successful inaugural weekend in September last year, Festival No 6 returns to Portmeirion in 2013. Very chuffed to say we’re a part of it again (along with the good folks at Faber Social). Sitting in one of the most idyllic locations in the village itself, the Estuary Stage will play host to some familiar faces and a whole lot of people who’ll be joining the ride for the first time. For anyone who came last year, this will be a no-brainer. For anyone in need of convincing – not only do we have all of the people listed after the jump, we’ve also got this lot doing the food. Festival No 6 runs between the 13th and the 15th September.
In no particular order, here are some of the names confirmed to appear on the Caught by the River/Faber Social stage.
“Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs came to our attention supporting TOY late last year. Perfectly channeling mid-70s NYC art punk in the back room of a scuzzed up East End pub, Charlie took the sounds of one blank generation and blasted them out to another. Only took a minute before we were sold.” Heavenly, summer 2012 Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs debut album – Clarietta – is out in the spring and was produced by Edwyn Collins.
Produced by the band themselves in their hometown of Liverpool and mixed with the assistance of Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Free Reign is an extremely apt title for a particularly bold and assured new transmission from planet Clinic. In the fifteen years since the release of the irrepressible band’s debut EP, Ade Blackburn and co. have essentially delivered an exquisite master-class in fearless singularity – consistently and steadfastly pushing the frontiers of their perfectly-defined, next-dimension pop trips on their own trajectory over the course of six, and now seven, confoundingly magnificent albums.
DBC Pierre won the Man Booker Prize and Whitbread First Novel Award for his debut, Vernon God Little. His debut collection of short fictions, philosophical vignettes, and aphoristic interludes Petit Mal will be published by Faber & Faber in September 2013. He lives in County Leitrim, Ireland.
The Revelator Orchestra is a spoken word/music ensemble founded by writer Peter Murphy and producer/musician Acko. The Sounds of John the Revelator is the debut album from the band which features musical adaptations of readings from Murphy’s acclaimed novel John the Revelator through Jerry Fish’s Mudbug Club imprint – the first spoken word based release by the independent label, which has also signed the poet/actor Michael Madsen. The Sounds of John the Revelator is the first of a series of Revelator Orchestra albums, to be followed later this year by The Brotherhood of the Flood, written in collaboration with Paula Cox, inspired by Peter’s second novel Shall We Gather at the River.
Michael Smith is a writer, film-maker and broadcaster. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Giro Playboy and Shorty Loves Wing Wong, and has written features for the Guardian, the Observer, the Idler and Dazed and Confused, amongst others. He has made a number of short films for BBC 2’s The Culture Show. Lost in London by Michael Smith with a soundtrack by Andrew Weatherall, will be published by Faber & Faber in September 2013.
Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother, and when she is not travelling she lives with her partner Elizabeth Morris in the top left-hand corner of Wales, between the mountains and the sea. Her books include Coronation Everest, Venice, The Pax Britannica Trilogy (Heaven’s Command, Pax Britannica, andFarewell the Trumpets), andConundrum. She is also the author of six books about cities and countries, two autobiographical books, several volumes of collected travel essays and the unclassifiable Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere. A Writer’s World, a collection of her travel writing and reportage from over five decades, was published in 2003. Hav, her novel, was published in a new and expanded form in 2006.
Bill Ryder-Jones debut album proper – A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart – is warmly melodic, majestically textured and bravely intimate. It’s the most fully-realised and deeply personal collection of songs yet from a songwriter and musician who has been quietly but seriously staking claim as one of his generation’s most gifted for over a decade.
Temples are an amazing new group creating neo-psych pop genius on Heavenly Recordings, who offer “a battering ram to the senses” (the Line of Best Fit).
John Andrews buys and sells vintage fishing tackle for the soul at . He also writes about angling history for Caught by the River. A local historian with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things piscine, he writes for publications such as the Times, Classic Angling and Waterlog.
Charles Rangeley-Wilson was once a painter and is now a writer. After studying art at the Ruskin in Oxford he took up writing. He has published two books with Random House, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler and writes features for magazines and newspapers. He is a passionate about conservation and advises WWF UK, The Wild Trout Trust and the Norfolk Rivers Trust. His latest book about a lost river – Silt Road – is published by Chatto and Windus.
Jonny Trunk is a DJ, writer, curator and collector. He runs the ever-inspiring Trunk label, plays records on Resonance FM and last year helped bring a book together documenting letters from the archive of Mary Whitehouse.
Dave Rofe has been DJing in the North West for more years than he cares to remember. As a rock’n’roll manager, he helped Sub Sub become the mighty Doves.
The Heavenly Jukebox is the 45rpm wing of the legendary record label and its offshoot bar, the Social.
Led by Bernard Kane, a viola player who forms part of regular Manic Street Preachers collaborators the Vulcan String Quartet, the Kane Players performed one of the highlights on the Estuary Stage at the inaugural Festival No 6. Bernard’s Hiraeth project – brought to Portmeirion last year – a classical song cycle based around the great rivers of Wales was so good, we had to ask him back.
“I have a tendency to work small so this album is like my first attempt at a high kick.” If you fell in love with Nashville’s Caitlin Rose and her garlanded 2010 debut album, Own Side Now, you were in good company. Happy to say, the follow-up – The Stand-In – is even better. Led by her golden nectar voice, an irrepressible personality matched with a gift for emotionally direct songwriting and deliciously melodic country sounds, Caitlin Rose beguiles and flat-out, jaw-droppingly impresses wherever she turns up.
Emma Warren is a renowned writer and radio broadcaster. Her earliest work was published in the much-missed acid house ‘zine Jockey Slut; she is a regular contributor to Caught by the River.
Tim Dee is an acclaimed author. His first book the Running Sky was described by the Independent as “a little masterpiece, like an intricate skein of all the avian life he has seen, a gorgeously overpopulated love letter to birds.” His forthcoming book, Four Fields, is the story of just that – from Zambia to the Fenlands via Montanna and Chernobyl.
Of Serafina Steer’s Jarvis Cocker-produced LP The Moths Are Real, the Quietus said: ‘one of the finest updates of the British folk tradition we’ve heard in years… some of the most intricately woven pieces of pop you’ll encounter this year… fact is, we’re just so rarely presented with an album that manages to make smart and unusual pop as refreshing as that found here.’
Roy Wilkinson is a rock’n’roll outdoorsman, a wordsmith and a twitcher. His 2011 book Do It For Your Mum – an account of his time managing British Sea Power – was justifiably lauded everywhere from the Guardian to Radio 2 and all points between.