Musicport Festival is back in Whitby again this October 2014 (17th – 19th October)
Musicport Festival @ Whitby Pavilion, Whitby – October 17th-19th 2014
Plans are well under way for this years Musicport Festival – voted Indoor Festival of the Year 2013 in the recently announced Fatea Awards.
With several headline acts still waiting to be confirmed there is already an impressive line-up taking shape – with full info below.
Artists confirmed so far include:
Catrin Finch & Sekou Keita (Wales/Senegal)– stunning meeting of top Welsh harp player & master Senegalese kora player.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – homecoming of the God Of Hellfire & Whitby’s most famous son.
AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia) Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments the oud and the kanun
Robyn Hitchcock from his days in The Soft Boys to his current cult status , one of the UK’s great musical heroes
Jesse Bannister’s Play Out featuring Zoe Rahman – new quartet led by Indo- jazz saxophonist Jesse, MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman & Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford alongside Corrine Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.
John Smith – guitar genius from Devon who is gaining mainstream recognition with his latest album Great Lakes
Kathryn Williams Mercury-nominated and with the voice of an angel Kathryn is a national treasure.
PeruNIKA TRIO (Bulgaria) polyphonic harmonies that will astonish in their complexity and beauty.
NEW ROPE STRING BAND Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius
TANTZ – remarkable & energetic young klezmer band from Leeds
TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet) – keeping alive the wonderful and impressive rituals of Tibetan
MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada) – dazzling musicianship and entertaining stage show
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter
O’HOOLEY & TIDOW powerful, thought provoking and deeply moving songs from acclaimed Yorkshire duo
THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland) Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity – cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit
VÄRLDENS BAND (SWEDEN) – exciting young multicultural band from Stockholm on first UK tour
Musicport is a social enterprise with a brief to create cultural & educational opportunities on the Yorkshire Coast and as well as the festival also runs an education programme through North Yorkshire Youth Music Action Zone It has has now also opened a music shop at its premises on Skinner Street Whitby selling a wide range of musical instruments and accessories.
TICKETS ARE ALREADY SELLING WELL & THEY ARE CURRENTLY £85 (£80 concessions) for the full weekend.
Contact: 01947 603475
Organiser Jim McLaughlin said “We’ve got some really exciting additions in the pipeline but already we feel we have a great line-up that will only get better in the coming months . Living up to last years event will be very hard but we’re up for the challenge and hope to get a great crowd out for our launch event with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba on 14th March at Whitby Pavilion who have been described in The Independent as “the best rock and roll band in the world”
Musicport is a not for profit community business promoting live music and music education on the Yorkshire coast.