Post sponsored by Acuvue
If there’s one place my blog has truly brought me the joy of discovering, I’d probably have to give it to Festival Number 6. Having first visited over 6 years ago, and then 3 years later- it’s become somewhere I always look forward to heading to, and holds endless wonderful memories with special people, and always wows me with the surprises it pulls out each year.
So, after working with Acuvue over the last few months, and almost somewhat rediscovering the world with 20:20 vision (you’d be surprised how much clearer the world looks after you’ve realised your eyesight wasn’t what it once was)- a trip to the festival was on the cards, and in it’s final year (for now), I couldn’t have felt more excited.
Typical British summer festival weather to one side (is a festival really a festival if your shoes aren’t brown by Sunday?) On Wednesday evening I packed up my bags and headed to beautiful Bangor, arriving just after nightfall and allowing a little time before the festival began for some filming with Acuvue the next morning…
If there’s one thing filming with brands and going on trips like this forces you to do, it’s really experience somewhere. Normally when Joe and I head to a festival, it’s routine wandering, schedule planning for acts and scoping out the best burger- but when you’re with a team of people and have an itinerary, often you really get to experience the things you’d missed before- and with somewhere like Portmeirion, that’s a total game changer. From being able to walk through the village when it was sleeping first thing- to discovering hidden vantage lookout points onto the water during sunset- this corner of the world is truly somewhere you’ll find a little bit of magic every time you come.
Not only did we get to LEAD (I know) and experience the annual torchlight procession (which, understandably cracked my parents up), but we got to soak in and see so many of the other mystical pockets we’d missed before- who knew there were woodland parties?! Perhaps having better eyesight has made me a more spontaneous person too? Who knows?! (I am actually Colin Firth, in case you were wondering). As well as catching my favourite poet Luke Wright perform in the village, we also caught Friendly Fires and did the obligatory Anna Mae’s mac ‘n’ cheese pit stop- because no matter how much (or, in this case, little) I prepare- I’ll always always need a new vintage cardigan and some warm food at the end of a day (plus the vintage at Festival Number 6 is always stellar, so try and stop me).
Although it sounds daft, being able to experience the festival in IRL HD made a world of difference for me too. I felt like I’d settled for not seeing well for so long, and honestly forgot what it was like to stumble across a stage and actually be able to see who’s on it. It really is the small things in life, but sometimes something as big as vision really helps pull all those little memorable moments together- and that certainly makes this festival unforgettable in more ways than one.