As you get older, music festivals become less about embarking on a weekend of wild excess and more about enjoying something akin to mini break – albeit one with more pints of cider and later nights dancing than the average trip to the Cotswolds.
A knees-up of growing reputation that fits the bill perfectly is Festival No. 6, which should be top of your summer bucket list come 2017.
Here are 5 reason why, based on this year's unforgettable installment.
1 | The glorious backdrop
How many other UK festivals can boast taking place in tourist village that was the setting for one of the best-love TV shows of the 60s? Zero, that's how many. Potmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925-1975 and resembles an Italian village – or simply 'The Village' if you're old enough to have seen The Prisoner. In any case, it both a beautiful and surreal backdrop to three days of fun. The mountains and lakes don't hurt, either.
2 | The breezy route
If, like us, the thought of camping out in a traffic jam for two days before you reach your campsite doesn't appeal, the good news with No. 6 is that is brilliantly serviced by Virgin Trains who'll get you there in three small hours in comfort – particularly if you splash out on their First Class service. Another good chance to take in the scenery (and maybe make a start on those ciders).
3 | The shrewd line up
This year's music offering saw Bastille, Noel Gallagher and Hot Chip take top billing – or as we prefer to call it: your teenage sister's favourite band, your Dad's favourite band and a band you loved at uni and can dance your t*ts off to while high on whatever you like. For a relatively small festivel, No. 6 does a great job of finding artists that appeal to everyone in their diverse crowd. And while families dominate the day time, young dance heads takes over at night – something else reflected in the line ups at the smaller stages.
4 | The glorious food
Along with the usual array of solid food vans choices – let's face it, any festival worth its mud left cheap sausages and burgers behind years ago – No. 6 runs a series of indoor eating options that, frankly, wouldn't be amiss from a foodie jaunt to London. This year it included Dinner at Clough's, a long banquet table where Michelin starred chefs served food made from organic Welsh produce. It'll feel 'wrong' for a festival – until you take a bite.
5 | The extra fun stuff
Hey, we've all done a yoga session at Glastonbury, pretending not to be suffering from a killer hangover. But even Pilton can't offer swimming, paddleboarding and mediation sessions by the sea. And you thought there were no good reasons to go to Wales…