Welsh chart toppers the Manic Street Preachers have been unveiled as the first headliner for this years Festival Number 6. The festival breaks the bands self imposed two year UK break they announced following the release of tenth album ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ and the following best of ‘National Treasures’ in December 2011. The festival takes place from September 13-15th.
The band have been in the studios recently and in November last year singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield comfirmed plans for a new album in 2014 stating that “I’m trying to find a good word for the next record. I’m not going to say esoteric because no-one wants to hear that word, it’s not even eclectic.”
Festival Number 6, which takes place Portmeirion, North Wales takes it’s name from the hit 1960’s series The Prisoner which was filmed in the town. It won Best Small Festival at both the NME awards and the UK Festival Awards.
The Manics have said of the festival “Festival No.6 is the only thing that could break our self-enforced two year British gig ban. To be able to play in Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ iconic village is something of a dream for us. See you in September.”
Festival co-founder Gareth Cooper added: “We’re delighted and very proud that we’ve managed to entice one of the biggest Welsh bands of all time to end their hiatus and play Festival No.6. There’s a wonderful synchronicity in the fact that this year’s event falls on the 15th anniversary of one of the Manics’ greatest albums ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.The cover of that record was shot on the beach at Portmeirion, which makes it all the more special.”
Other band comfirmed for the festival, which was headlined last year by Primal Scream, Spiritualized and New Order, are James Blake, I Am Kloot, AlunaGeorge, Laura Mvula, Dutch Uncles, Jagwar Ma, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Clinic and Mount Kimbie.
Festival Number 6 Line-Up is:
Manic Street Preachers
I Am Kloot
Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs