Whitby MusicPort 2014 – Superb Festival

Musicport Festival is back in Whitby again this October 2014 (17th – 19th October)

Whitby Music Port 2013

MusicPort Returns To Whitby In October 2014

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.

LUCY WARD BAND - award winning & cutting edge folk singer from Derby with her fine band

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

email: info@musicportfestival.com

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.

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6 Responses to "Whitby MusicPort 2014 – Superb Festival"

  1. Craig Natress  June 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This is such good news. Without being disrespectful to Bridlington I must say that this music festival belongs in Whitby, and I was saddened and rather perplexed when the festival was taken to Brid, Of all places.

    Whitby is the birthplace and home of the festival, plus the town has soo much to offer in terms of scenery, history, restaurants, bars accommodation and not to forget the very welcoming people. I hope this is a permanent move.

  2. admin  June 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Yes, I must agree with Craig. Its fantastic to see Musicport back at Whitby. Ive never been but many friends and colleagues have and they always say its a great event.

  3. Jim McLaughlin  June 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Yes I agree ….the only reason it left was the financial problems caused by the former Quaker Meeting House Project which Scarborough Borough Councuil planning committee and a self-serving town councillor between them managed to scupper..

  4. admin  June 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Hi Jim, I would love to cover the festival for Real Whitby, with some photography. Maybe this could be possible ?

  5. jim mclaughlin  June 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I’m sure we can get you a press pass Glenn – email me jim@musicportfestival.com

    • admin  June 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Jim, will do.


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