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Musicport 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 11.57.16With over 60 acts over one weekend in one main venue Musicport 2015 is all set to deliver some world class acts  to an audience that have come to expect something very special from this internationally renowned festival.

Always trying to develop new and innovative ways to showcase the array of acts booked the new addition of Bob’s Blundabus a 40 seat Double decker comedy venue this year and a commissioned opening piece with Gambian Kora player Sura Susso and Whitby pianist Jess Wright (working alongside Project Jam Sandwich & local music students) through to a closing performance by Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band it is a non-stop and varied programme of music, comedy, films,   food and spoken word events.

Local schools West Cliff, East Whitby will be involved through workshops and performance.

  • Highlights of this year’s event are likely to be:
  • Swedish 14 piece band Världens who put in a brief appearance at 2014 Festival and astonished everyone who saw them then.
  • Transglobal Underground joining forces with Albanian brass band Fanfara Tirana
  • Dub Colossus. Massive Ethiopian reggae roots and jazz ensemble.
  • Frigg the massed fiddle band from Finland.
  • The award-winning  Demon Barbers XL who were such a hit at Coastival in 2014
  • Top European Cajun band The Cajun Roosters.
  • And of course Eliza Carthy from Robin Hoods Bay with her big band on the last date of a tour that has been garnering ecstatic reviews countrywide.

Friday night of the festival also sees the North Sea Stage hosting the Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards with several of Yorkshire’s finest acts being showcased whilst Terry Hall of The Specials will be playing a DJ set on main stage.

A cookery stage will feature cookery demonstrations from several artists including Cajun, North Indian, Swedish, Costa Rican & West African cuisine

There are also lots of daytime workshops in subjects like Indian Song & Percussion, Spoons, Tai Chi, Yoga, African drumming , Poetry, Songwriting, Salsa & Cajun dance… and there’s a very popular open mic stage for audience members and artists to do impromptu sets.

Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock will be giving an exclusive preview of their new album Two Wolves at the fringe venue Rusty Shears Gin Palace on Friday night. Punk poet Attila The Stockbroker will also be launching his autobiography “Arguments Yard”, named after the Whitby place of the same name, on Sunday lunchtime at the same venue.

A Sunday morning sponsored sea swim/dip accompanied by the colourful Frumptarn Guggenbandwill be in aid of The Refugee Council who will be speaking at the festival and gathering support for their invaluable work throughout the weekend.

Weekend, day and session tickets are all available still Tel 01947 603475.

The full line-up can be found at www.musicportfestival.com

“The festival has really changed my perspective on World Music; opening my eyes to the vast spectrum of musical acts the genre encompasses, and also how contemporary it has become. For a music festival that offers captivating music, exciting new cultural experiences… it looks like Musicport is the place to be”.

Yorkshire Coast Gigs

Tickets for the full weekend are £99 (£95 concession) with under 18s half price and accompanied under 11s free.


Tel 01947 603475 www.musicportfestival.com

Indoor camping @ Brunswick Centre is also available at £30 for three nights

For more info:

Website: http://www.musicportfestival.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MusicportFest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Musicport/105231492841288

16th – 18th October 2015 @ Whitby Pavilion Complex, Whitby, YO21 3EN

www.musicportfestival.com  Tel: 01947 603475

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