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Last Festival No 6 as event ‘not sustainable’

7 August 2018

THE ORGANISERS of Festival No 6 (cap. 12,000), Broadwick Live, have revealed that this year’s event will be the last for an indefinite period, saying that it is “not sustainable in its current format”.

The event, which has hosted artistes such as Noel Gallagher, Bastille and The Flaming Lips, takes place in Portmerion, Wales.

“We are going to have a break next year, gather our thoughts and we will probably make a decision on what to do with it sometime in the year after,” owner Broadwick Live’s CEO Gareth Cooper tells LIVE UK.

“It could be back in 2020, it could be longer.”

Cooper describes Portmerion as “a complex site” and says Broadwick will explore ways to make the festival more economical is viable as “it’s a very expensive site to run”.

Commenting on some of the challenges faced, Cooper says that it only has parking for around 30 cars, forcing festival-goers to park nearly four miles away.

Organisers came under fire in 2016 when hundreds of attendees were left stranded after flooding in fields allocated for parking, which were situated on a flood plain.

This year’s festival takes place from 6-9 September and will feature Franz Ferdinand, The The, Friendly Fires and Jessie Ware.

“We love Festival No 6. It’s probably one of our favourite festivals in the portfolio and we’ve just got to try and understand the best format for it,” says Cooper.

Broadwick Live, which counts Field Day (30,000) in London among its events, sold a minority stake in the company to media firm Global Entertainment in 2015 (see LIVE UK issue 186).

Global Entertainment is the live events arm of Global Group, the UK’s largest commercial radio company, which owns Capital FM, Classic FM, Heart and Smooth, along with television interests.

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