Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hot Chip and Bastille to headline Festival No. 6

The first wave of acts announced also includes Blossoms, C Duncan, Roots Manuva and many more. 

The first announcement for the multi-award winning Festival No.6 sees Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announced as closing headliners. One of Manchester’s finest, and arguably the most influential British musician of the last two decades, Noel Gallagher will perform a set comprised of incomparable hits.

Headlining Saturday night are genre-busting dance pioneers Hot Chip. Following critical acclaim for their sixth studio album Why Make Sense? the indietronic troubadours are delivering their electro-pop, perfect to ignite Saturday’s famous party vibe.

Opening proceedings on Friday night are Brit-winning indie/electro rockers Bastille. With a new album on the horizons, the four-piece will be blending new material with their hits to create an upbeat, feel-good set to get the festival going.

In another first, the festival has commissioned No.6 composer-in-residence Joe Duddell to work with the world-class Manchester Camerata chamber orchestra on an exclusive David Bowie Reimagined performance. After their last collaboration, which saw them provide the strings for New Order’s incredible new album Music:Complete, their exclusive No.6 performance will feature arrangements of iconic songs from across Bowie’s career, with very special guest vocalists on each song.

Also appearing on the bill is Scandinavian synthpop chanteuse Aurora and BBC Sound of 2016 finalists Blossoms, while confirmed live acts include Mercury nominated C Duncan, Django Django, Echo & The Bunnymen, Frances, Gwenno, JP Cooper, Lawrence Taylor, Lucy Rose, NGOD, Oh Wonder, Oscar, Roots Manuva, Roisin Murphy and The Amazons.

The festival is again welcoming The Nest Collective, founded by Mercury Music prize nominee Sam Lee, whose stage will play host to an eclectic range of acts and artists across the weekend including feted folk-rock outfit This Is The Kit.

Renowned for its electronic bill, No.6 has also unveiled the first of it’s DJ line-up including, Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston present A Love from Outer Space, 6 Music funk and soul maestro Craig Charles, Fleetmac Wood, Joy Orbison, Kate Simko & The London Electronic Orchestra, Optimo (Until the Music Stops), Smooth Sailing presents Kaftan Discotheque and The 2 Bears.

 Festival founder Gareth Cooper said: “This is year five and it just keeps getting better and better. We’re extremely excited about this year’s festival – our first wave of artists and DJ’s is better than ever and there are plenty more surprises up our sleeves.

“We also have a huge amount to announce on the culture, arts and food side of the festival which has become the real heart of No.6. All will be revealed very soon but I I’m convinced 2016 is destined to be the best yet.”

Festival No.6 takes place in the Welsh village of Portmeirion from 1-4 September.


Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie