Things To Do At Whitby – Musicport Festival is back in Whitby again this October 2014 (17th – 19th October)
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Musicport Festival @ Whitby Pavilion, Whitby – October 17th-19th 2014
“One of the most unique & friendly festivals in the UK”
“One of the most unique & friendly festivals in the UK”
With only 4 weeks to go, final preparations are well underway for Musicport 2014 – the indoor festival that brings an eclectic mix of international, regional and local acts to the Yorkshire coast.
On 6 stages under one roof the 60 plus acts on offer range from the legendary Arthur Brown (returning to the town of his birth) & veteran DJ Andy Kershaw through to exclusive UK appearances by the brilliant French band, Lo’Jo and the Tunisian brothers Amine & Hamza. Scots indie rockers IDLEWILD make a much heralded return to live performance in a stripped back acoustic show. From the opening event with Edinburgh’s remarkable and noisy Beastie Drummers through to the closing act the chart-busting Banco de Gaia Musicport takes audiences on a journey through a world of musical experience ranging from the original Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona from Zimbabwe, through to Peter Gabriel’s Chinese flute player Guo Yue and his band, from Turkish singer Olcay Bayir via the totally upbeat klezmer Tantz band from Leeds, the stunning, award-winning Senegalese/Welsh duo Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita through to the exciting young 16-piece Varldens Band from Sweden who prove that musicians from very different cultural backgrounds can create music that crosses musical and ethnic divides.
Others highlights will include:
The much-vaunted young Sudanese singer Amira Kheir and UK/Nigerian Afro-beat combo Yaaba Funk
Robyn Hitchcock the uniquely English and eccentric former frontman of The Soft Boys with new album just released.
MOBO winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman performing with Jesse Bannister’s Play Out
Brilliant young harmonica player Will Pound with his duo Haddo.
Top young Polish Band Mozaik on their short UK tour.
Mercury prize nominee & national treasure Kathryn Williams, who received a standing ovation at this years WOMAD festival.
The Tashi Lhunpo Monks fresh from their appearance at Loxfest on Radio 4’s The Archers.
Some Like It Ossett who are heading for the coast to head a mass ukulele jam (songbook on Musicport website)
Award-winning folk acts Lucy Ward Band and O’Hooley & Tidow.
Meet The Author session with The Fall’s Steve Hanley and broadcaster & writer Ian Clayton
Boss UK Loop Champion Suzi Condrad
Spoken word with Attila The Stockbroker , Firm Of Poets, Michelle Scally Clarke & Whitby’s own brilliant but unknown Chris Whitehead
Musical comedy from Radio 4 favourite Mitch Benn and one of the final chances to see live the brilliant winners of Edinburgh Fringe award The New Rope String Band
The worlds smallest solar cinema Sol Caravan Cinema will be an added feature of this years event showing short films to a capacity audience of 8 with usherettes and free popcorn to boot as well as full film showings in the theatre. One of the newest additions are the interactive Theramin Bollards with the reggae Dub Barn Collective who were recently a great success at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
With live projections from Fabric Lenny and decor from York based collective Cloudbase and Glaisdales Drawn by Badgers, the DJ café overlooking the North Sea will keep a non-stop great ambience throughout the weekend led by Scarborough’s Mr Tooley & Welsh DJ DJ fflyffilyfbybl and with lots of contributing DJs.
With food demonstrations by several artists including Gue Yue on the new Galley Stage, hosted by one of the stars of Africa Express Mim Suleiman, along with the venue itself and numerous outdoor food vans delivering international cuisine, gastronomic needs are also well looked after.
A free access intimate acoustic venue at La Rosa Hotel just across from the main venue, Howling Matt, Chrystine Moon as well as main stage acts such as Scotlands Bevvy Sisters, who featured in a recent BBC Best Of The Festival show in Edinburgh.
Another new feature of the festival this year is indoor camping at Brunswick Centre, providing a welcome and cost-effective option alternative at what could be a chilly time of year for the outdoor alternatives. And there is an optional sea swim being organised for Sunday morning!
With workshops including Taiko drumming, African Singing, Tai Chi, Bulgarian singing, Spoons, a drum circle & storytelling as well as Meet The Artists, it is also a weekend that gives you the opportunity to learn, and for those who want to contribute, there is a very popular open mic stage.
Lots of workshops in local schools will happen in the run up to the festival with popular Yorkshire based acts The Hut People & Maia both working with groups of students and performing alongside them at the festival.
Run by a very small team of mainly volunteers the festival is in it’s 15th year and is recognised as one of the country’s leading festivals of international music. Musicport is very active in the local community running Music Tots, regular open mics, house concerts and one off events as well as a dedicated music instrument shop and has just received funding from Arts Council England to further develop its work.
Ticket link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musicport-festival-2014-tickets-10989187957 or ring 01947 603475
The full line-up so far can be found at http://www.musicportfestival.com/festival-info/2014.html
Musicport is a not for profit community business promoting live music and music education on the Yorkshire coast.