Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Franz Ferdinand in Festival No6 Line-Up

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Franz Ferdinand in Festival No6 Line-Up

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MANCHESTER will descend on the iconic Welsh village of Portmeirion for Festival No.6 this summer and the first wave of acts on the line up have been revealed.

Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires will be joining previously announced headliners The The at the top of the bill and a host of Manchester bands will also play at the September festival.

Back after a brief hiatus, Friendly Fires will headline the Friday night to showcase brand new tracks and old favourites, while Franz Ferdinand will close the show on Sunday following the release of new album, Always Ascending. Also added to this year's line-up are Manchester's The Charlatans, Everything Everything and Go-Go Penguin.

Experimental orchestra Manchester Camerata will also be collaborating with the festival's composer in residence Joe Duddell to perform the very best of Northern Soul and Motown classics on the Sunday afternoon.

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, garage rockers The Horrors, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes and shoegaze pioneers Ride are also among the highlights of the first wave of acts.

They will be joined across the weekend by artists including singersongwriter and guitarist Anna Calvi, Hot Chip founder Alexis Taylor, singer-songwriter and former Mansun frontman Paul Draper; lo-fi psych-rockers The Lovely Eggs and many more, including A Certain Ratio, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Hak Baker, Amen Dunes, Hollie Cook, Genghar, Haelos, Gwenno, Warm Digits, Raf Rundell, Amber Arcades and Tom Williams.

The festival strength Festival Luke Festival No.6 has also unveiled the first of its DJ/ electronic line-up, including four-time Grammy nominated and one half of Masters at Work, Kenny Dope; Roy Davis Jr; Hot Chip; Erol Alkan; Willow; Honey Dijon; and Horse Meat Disco.

The first names from the arts and culture bill have also been announced, headed by the legendary lead singer of Madness, Suggs, performing his new one man show What A King Cnut - A Life In the Realm of Madness.

Will Self, acclaimed author of many books including Umbrella, shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012, will also be appearing at No.6 for the first time, as will Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, and Eimear McBride, whose book A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. …

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