Shane Meadows, Bez, Tim Burgess and Kevin Rowlands announced as part of Festival No.6 arts and culture line up

The multi award-winning Festival No.6 has today announced its first  arts and culture line-up. They join the music line-up that already includes Beck, London Grammar, Bonobo and more.

Festival No.6 takes place over the weekend of the 5,6,7 September, 2014 in the village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of cult TV series The Prisoner. A festival like no other, No.6 is a pioneering concept bringing together music, arts and culture in the most incredible festival location you will ever see. It is the only festival in the UK to boast its own annual carnival, resident choir and composer-in-residence.

The line up includes a special Dylan Thomas centenary tribute featuring actor Rhys Ifans, director Kevin Allen (Twin Town), BBC6 Music poet-in-residence Murray Lachlan Youngwho are currently filming a big screen adaption of Under Milk Wood. They will be joined by BBC6 Music presenter and author Stuart Maconie and many more.

The literary line-up includes author and creator of The Fast Show Charlie Higson, fellow Fast Show star Simon Day, and Shlomo,the World Record holding beatboxer who’s worked with everyone from Damon Albarn to Bjork. Julian Cope, one of Britain’s most influential songwriters, will read from his debut novel One Three One, a festival first.

The genius film-maker, novelist and critic Jonathan Meades will talk about his new memoir An Encyclopedia of Myself and UK’s leading food critic Jay Rayner (The Observer, The One Show) will explain why he is A Greedy Man in a Hungry World.

It goes on….! 91-year-old author Harry Leslie Smith will explain that the future is ours for the taking and award-winning Young British Artist Gavin Turk will discuss his career. After their sell out South Bank event last week, Letters Live comes to No.6 featuring Matt Berry (The Mighty Boosh, The It Crowd), top comedian Sara Pascoe and other special guests.

It doesn’t stop there! There will be a special screening of the Welsh classic Twin Town, directed by Kevin Allen and starring Rhys Ifans and Llyr Ifans, with a mini cast re-union, plus the festival premiere of The Living Room by Shane Meadows (This Is England, Made of Stone) about musician Gavin Clark, followed by a Q&A and exclusive live set.

Heavenly Films will also present a festival premiere of Nowhere is Home, thebrilliant new film about Dexys Midnight Runners by BAFTA-winning director Kieran Evans, followed by a Q&A with Dexy’s Kevin Rowlands and Jimmy Paterson.

There will also be exclusive screenings of From Here to Before about 60s chanteuse Vashti Bunyan with the legendary Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, REM) and acclaimed author Jon Savage (Englands Dreaming) will introduce his new Teenage film. St Etienne will perform a live soundtrack to new film How We Used To Live, a festival first. Jonny Owen, Vicky McClure (This Is England) and Alan McGee (founder of Creation and the man who signed Oasis) will introduce a special screening of Svengali.New for this year is the Speedlearn Late Night Cinema, curated by Finders Keepers, and the No.6 Childrens Cinema, in association with the BFI.

On this year’s comedy bill will be Josh Widdicombe, Henning Wehn, Robin Ince, Tony Law, Phil Kay, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Marcel lucont, Vikki Stone, John Robins, Suzi Ruffell, Alfie Brown, Ed Gamble, Mat Ewins,  Nish Kumar, Hayley Ellis and more.

Bez (Happy Mondays) who plans to run as an MP and is campaigning to save bees, will host Bezs Question Time, where he will joined by politicians and activists to discuss everything from bees to Es. This will be worth the entrance fee alone!

Other exciting new additions include The Quietus hosting an afternoon stage, featuring their favourite artists talking about their secret passions including the likes of Luke Haines (Tindersticks) Stephen Morris (New Order) and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) and an exclusive performance from Grumbling Fur, voted Quietus album of the year.

Gigslutz favourite Tim Burgess will also host his own Tim Peaks Diner at No.6, featuring Northern soul dance classes, A Little Bit of Powder by Ian Rankin, Welsh language classes, exclusive acoustic sessions, spoken word and interviews including 6Music’s Matt Everitt with Oasis founding member Bonehead and some very special guests.

For tickets and info please visit the Festival No.6 website