Musicport Festival is a wonderful annual events that takes place each year in the seaside town of Whitby. Here’s our guide to help you plan your trip and make the most of your stay.
Back in 2000, the not-for-profit business Musicport held a one off musical festival for the Millenium which proved to be incredibly popular.
Now fast forward 18 years and they are about to hold the 19th! Over the intervening years, Musicport has had some fabulous artists performing under its banner.
These include The Levellers, Courtney Pine, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, Afrikan Boy, The Blockheads, Arthur Brown and Transglobal Underground. It has been and continues to be a veritable source of outstanding musical talent.
Built in 1878, the Pavilion is full of Victorian charm including a traditional proscenium arch and intimate theatre bar which is the perfect setting for meeting up with friends.
Over the three days of the festival, Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st October, there is set to be a huge variety of entertainment performed on not one but five stages!
Your enjoyment is guaranteed every hour of every day. If you fancy something a little less musical for a while, Musicport will even cater for that!
A host of other entertainments such as a comedy bus and festival bazaar will also be there. Musicport promises diversity and quality with the feeling of an outdoor festival only indoors and protected from the elements. It is a safe, warm and family friendly environment for all.
This theme is also included in their recommendation of accommodation for your stay in Whitby which is indoor camping! The former church that is now the Brunswick Centre offers heating, showers, toilets and a communal kitchen whilst offering you the chance to pitch your tent inside. Crazy, I know!
It does, however, mean that you can get the experience of camping without the weather spoiling your fun.
Speaking of fun, it is always way more fun to get involved in events such as this one practically as well as from a spectator point of view and you can do this with Musicport.
Running up to the festival there is a programme of workshops covering a multitude of musical skills and interests. Workshops are run in partnership with NYMAZ.
Musically, Musicport the festival itself attracts artists from all over the world and all walks of life making for an unforgettable weekend.
Headliners for Musicport Festival 2018 include:
Tarkus the Henge – A five piece funk fuelled rock n roll favourite that are undoubtedly one of the best UK festival bands.
They will be performing on the main stage on Sunday.Vieux Farka Touré – Known as the Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the famous Ali Farka Touré and undeniably one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.
He too will perform on the main stage on Sunday.
Luar Na Lubre – This Spanish group became famous when Mike Oldfield used one of their songs on his 1996 album Voyager. They have gone on to sell 300,000 copies of their 17 albums and will be performing on the main stage on Saturday. But what do you do when the music stops playing?
Well, you could extend your stay in Whitby and follow the tour that occurs after the musical packed weekend itself. This touring part of Musicport started in 2016 and involves many acts that performed over the weekend going round the local North Yorkshire villages and performing some more.
Under 11’s are free and there is a reduced rate for 11 to 18 year olds.
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