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Marking its 20th anniversary Musicport Festival 2019 is keen to bring back some of the acts who have helped create the festival’s ethos and reputation in what will no doubt end up being seen as a “Best Of Musicport“ line-up.
From its first “one-off “festival to celebrate the Millennium in 2000 until the present Musicport has succeeded in bringing some of the finest musicians from around the world to the Yorkshire coast.
From the 16-piece young multicultural band from Sweden Varldens who prove that music transcends any man-made barriers, to the sublime pairing of Senegal’s top Kora player Sekou Keita with Catrin Finch the Welsh harpist ….from the bagpipe driven sounds of The Peatbog Faeries from The Isle Of Skye to the hypnotic sounds of the Western Sahara with Aziza Brahim….from The Communard’s singer Sarah Jane Morris with her celebration of the songs of John Martyn to the sparkling thought provoking spoken words of poet Lemn Sissay….. From the still immense reggae sounds & message of veterans Misty In Roots to the life-affirming sunny sounds of Marseille’s Moussu T lei Jovent…from Irish legend Andy Irvine to the glorious African sounds of Orchestre Les Mangelepa from Kenya…..all in all it promises to be a fitting celebration of 20 years whilst artists from far closer to home such as Martin Stephenson , Katie Spencer, The Lake Poets , Old Time Rags & The Joshua Burnell Band prove the festival transcends geography and young musicians such as Don’t Feed The Peacocks (all member of National Youth Folk Ensemble) prove that age is no barrier either.
Held in the beautiful port of Whitby on the Yorkshire coast, the festival promises its usual high quality and eclectic line-up. All in one indoor venue overlooking the North Sea with 6 stages (and a comedy bus) it is widely regarded as a great way to end the festival season and coincides with the October half term for many. With indoor camping as an option, a festival bazaar in the main hall and international food vans it has the outdoor festival vibe but protected from the elements and with lots of activities to participate in as well as acts to see.
In addition to the main festival the festival goes on tour to the surrounding villages on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday following the main event. This was a successful innovation in 2016 and makes staying around for a few days even more of an option for visitors as well as extending opportunities for audiences and performers.
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