Sound travels. And Sound System will reach another destination this September, finding itself for the first time ever in the stunning village of Portmeirion in North Wales for a festival which oozes cultural charm, vibrancy and colour.
Now in its sixth year, Festival No. 6 has garnered an impressive reputation within the UK festival scene, scooping up awards left, right and centre since its beginnings in 2012. Most recently, FN6 received a UK Festival Award for the best use of new technology through uniting virtual reality with live music in 2016. Now, in this year’s edition, Sound System will add another dimension of technological innovation to the party in the Port, with a hair-raising sonic experience combined with a star-studded line-up of DJs. And here’s who we are most excited about.
1. Jarvis Cocker
As one of the figureheads of the Britpop explosion in 90s Britain, Jarvis Cocker is an undeniable living legend within modern British pop-culture. Formerly the frontman of generation-defining rock band Pulp, his FN6 appearance will see him and his friends spinning some of their most-loved tracks. Expect to be treated by classics, new and old, taking you on a splendid sonic walk down memory lane.
2. Benji B
Since falling in love with the London club scene at an early age, Benji B has become somewhat a UK household name over the past few years, gathering a solid fan-base in the process. For the past eight years his club night Deviation has grown in considerable popularity and stature due to its cool curation of music and guest artist appearances such as Flying Lotus, Joy Orbison, Floating Points and James Blake. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, he was recently involved with the Kanye West creative team in producing his YEEZUS album. We’re expecting great things from his Sound System performance.
DJ, musician and artist extraordinaire Clifford Joseph Price, better known to most music fans as Goldie, will be bringing his unique blend of drum and bass to Castell Gardens Stage powered by Bowers & Wilkins Sound System. Widely considered a pioneer of the UK rave scene in the 90s, we’re confident his set will feature not only musical numbers from his 2017 album ‘The Journey Man’ but also his signature sound that propelled him to fame many years ago – and we can’t wait.
4. Annabel Fraser
A ‘lover of music, not genres’, Manchester DJ Annabel Fraser doesn’t play by conventional club rules. In her sets, which span from raw techno to post-punk and everything in-between, be prepared for a musical education of the biggest variety – mirroring the eclecticism of FN6 itself. And with Sound System at her command, we’re expecting some audio magic.
5. Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi
You may recognise Steve Davis for his vast amount of snooker trophies and perhaps less so for his skills behind the decks. Yes, this is the same Steve Davis we’re talking about; a snooker world champion in the 1980s, Davis has had a slight career change, and has since reinvented himself as an acclaimed DJ. His partner in crime, Kavus Torabi, is an experimental musician who leads psychedelic rock band Knifeworld. Together, they both broadcast a weekly show on Phoenix FM, engaging listeners with new experimental, avant-garde, far out, underground, electronic, pop, folk, psych, rock and classical music. Expect the unexpected with their set.