Established in 2000, Musicport Festival was initially set up to be a one-off festival for the millennium year. Its popularity, however, has superseded this and it is now about to celebrate its 19th birthday.
Taking place against the stunning backdrop of the historic seaside town of Whitby from the 19 – 21st October, this year’s Musicport Festival promises to be an event to remember for its ever-growing and evolving audience – a commendation to this not-for-profit community event.
The superb Whitby Pavilion guarantees to be an exciting and eclectic yet intimate and atmospheric venue and boasts the ability to accommodate five live stages and over 50 acts over the weekend. On top of this, it allows Musicport’s audience to be able to enjoy cookery, comedy, films, a bazaar and even workshops (including some for young and very young aspiring musicians) all under one roof.
Considering the aforementioned music and cultural happenings, it’s no wonder that Musicport has been nominated for the Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Grassroots Awards and is frequently referred to as: “the UK’s biggest indoor festival of world music”.
Organiser, Jim McLaughlin, believes that: “local, national and international” is the best way to describe the musical feast offered for your enjoyment. The Levellers, The Blockheads, Chumbawamba and Lemn Sissay are just an example of the calibre of acts that have performed over the years – and this year will be no different.
“t’s no wonder that Musicport has been nominated for the Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Grassroots Awards and is frequently referred to as: “the UK’s biggest indoor festival of world music””
Prepare yourself for a musical journey, from Blackbeard’s Tea Party opening the main stage on Friday night with their driving dance rhythms and heavy rock edge, stopping off on Saturday with Destyn Maloya from the island of Reunion whose exclusive UK performance will reconnect with the origins of their music which, like the blues, is rooted in slavery but has strong ties to Creole culture.
And arriving at your final destination on Sunday are Tankus The Henge who close the evening with their funk-fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock ‘n’ roll jalopy, preceded by a set from Vieux FarkaToure – known as “the Hendrix of the Sahara” and son of the legendary guitarist Ali FarkaToure, and guaranteed to create some special memories.
From rock to rumba, bagpipes to vocals and Denmark to Whitby, Musicport is likely to leave you arriving home wondering when the dates for next year will be released. Get them in your diary now – 18-20 October 2019!
For further information about Musicport Festival and to buy your tickets, please visit the official website at musicportfestival.com where you will also find further details regarding the full line-up, transport links and accommodation options.