With tents packed up and hangovers defeated, another wonderful season for music festivals is over for North Wales. Plenty of big names were drawn to the region this summer with a plethora of fantastic performances to talk about.
The big daddy of the area is undoubtedly Wakestock: the marquee festival for extreme-sport enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Year on year it continually pulls in record crowds to its two stages and it was no different this July with attendees in their droves turning up to celebrate.
The acts were as varied and ranged as the mountains themselves with chart darlings Bastille heading the bill on Friday after stellar support from the likes of Wiley and dance powerhouses Magnetic Man earlier in the day. A great way to start a festival by anyone’s standards.
Saturday arrived with Echo & the Bunnymen belting out their 80’s anthem The Killing Moon for a joyous crowd of young and old. Leaving the stage to applause and setting a precedent, they were duly followed by popular rapper Wretch 32, a constant collaborator with the sensational Labrynth, who pumped the crowd up further with his hard-hitting stylings. Eager to impress, drum and bass outfit Rudimental headlined the night with a boisterous and energetic performance which included their massive hits Feel the Love and Waiting All Night.
Wakestock neared its end on Sunday but not without plenty of bang to go with it. Kids in Glass Houses and Twin Atlantic rocked the crow with their masterful stage presence, working up the younger audience for the main event. Zane Lowe was next in the billing with the Radio 1 DJ leaving quite the mark after his exceptional set, delivering beat after beat for the audience to get excited over. With the final act, Example, leading the finale, it was sure to be an excellent closer and so it proved with the rapper working the crowd into fervour with all his classics. An unforgettable weekend for music in Wales.
A newcomer to the festival scene is Festival Number 6 based in Portmeirion with the inspiration being drawn from the cult series, ‘The Prisoner’ which was filmed in North Wales. For an event in its second incarnation, it drew a formidable array of talent including the mighty Manic Street Preachers and My Bloody Valentine as well as contemporary fare from the indie hype-machine James Blake and Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths.
Set over many themed stages, No 6 proved a hit this September with swelling numbers across the sprawling event which held more than solely music with comedy and live readings from literates aplenty. Controversial talking head Caitlin Moran made an appearance with Tim Burgess running an often hilarious vision of his own personal café.
Success has been the keyword for Festival No.6 in 2013 with a glowing review from The Telegraph and better things are sure to follow in 2014.
Special mention must go to the Abersoch Festival this year for putting on another fantastic display of jazz in Pwlhelli after a great event for the whole family.
Check out our playlist with some of the acts who played North Wales below!