There's a lot to say about the Whitby Musicport Global Music Festival. It has multi-dimensional appeal and attracts some of the most innovative and interesting acts from around the world, the UK and the local area.
is held every year at the start of October half-term in the cosy surroundings of the Whitby Pavilion, nestled in a huge cleft on the town's West Cliff
was originally planned as a one-off celebration for the Millenium, brought to life as an annual event by popular opinion & support and has thrived for 20 years without a miss. Until this year, their 21st...
serves a mostly local audience from Yorkshire & Teesside
has hosted literally hundreds of internationally-renowned touring artists
has a well-deserved reputation for advancing talent both locally and internationally
has a devoted audience which has grown year on year
includes great arts & crafts activities for children all day throughout the weekend, culminating in a grand festival parade on Sunday evening
is agreed by many to be the most friendly and inclusive of music festivals; small enough for there to be a fabulous rapport between audience and performers and somewhere you'll frequently spot the artists out & about enjoying the sights & sounds
benefits from a superb indoor facility in a stunning clifftop location with panoramic sea & coastal views
has FIVE atmospheric indoor live stages including what must be one of the most electrifying acoustic stages in the country in the Old Victorian Theatre
has great indoor market stalls and open-door events in locations around Whitby as well as fab festival food vans and the wonderful, wonderful Bob's BlundaBus bar - a great place to meet the bands after hours. Not to mention the famous fish'n'chips at every turn. I said...
is held a the beginning of the Autumn Half-Term holidays in a town renowned for its very reasonable guest-house and property rents AND the festival continues through the ensuing week with a series of individual gigs featuring weekend artists at village pubs and halls around the area
is not just music – there's comedy, film, spoken word, theatre, choral singing, yoga & Tai Chi, cookery, eye-popping beach art and, of course, any self-respecting DJ's spiritual home – the non-stop relay DJ Hub, run by the Hub Head Honcho Dewi Llwyd Evans, aka DJ Flyffilyfbbl (work it out :) ) and handily situated close to the bar & cafe, also enjoying fabulous views of coast & harbour by day and by night
is an event where you may well form lasting friendships with total strangers – it's that kind of festival
The Main Stage with stalls & seating
Scenes from the festival
Eliza Carthy & Band play to a packed house
The Whitby Musicport Festival Online Weekend will take place on 24th/25th October between 5pm and Midnight. Here's the latest (20/10) from Festival Organisers Jim & Sue McLaughlin:
“In the absence of the actual 2020 festival this year we are presenting 2 evenings online to celebrate Musicport's 21st anniversary on 24th and 25th October this year .
"The evenings will comprise live acts and DJs at HPSS Studios in Hull, a couple of live streamed performances from afar, archive footage from previous festivals plus pre-recorded contributions from some of our favourite artists all brought together on the weekend."
Live performance times:
Saturday 24th October
Fowl - Live from Whitby Brewery
Cassandre Balbar - Live from the Studio
Martin & Eliza Carthy - Live from Whitby Brewery
Simon Wood - Live from the Studio
Nashville Electro Service - Live from the Studio
Sunday 25th October
Katie Spencer - Live from the Studio
Rikki Thomas-Martinez - Live from the Studio
Paul Armfield - Live link from Home
The Hut People - Live from the Studio
<<WOMAN>> (aka Rose Iredale)..
<<Skank Marvin>> (aka Gary Ward) .....
Songlines Magazine are generously giving everyone who visits the on-line event a free download of the current magazine & CD.