Whitby’s Musicport world music festival cancelled - here’s what’s happening with tickets

Organisers of Musicport Festival have announced that this year’s festival, planned for October 23 to 25, has been postponed until 2021.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 8:30 am
one of The Peace Artistes during opening parade of 2019, picture by Bryan Ledgard

Organiser Sue McLaughlin said: “It has been a difficult decision to take. No-one knows when we will be allowed to gather in significant numbers again, or when travel restrictions within or to the UK will be removed.

“Even if this were to happen before October, the reality is that we wouldn’t be able to make the necessary arrangements in time or feel confident that we could sell enough tickets to make the event viable.

“Many people will have been hit very hard financially, others may feel uncomfortable about gathering in such numbers for some while, and finally we will not be able to secure the funding which has allowed us to make the event what it has been for the past 20 years.

“We are grateful to Arts Council England for supporting The Porthole Foundation (Musicport) through their Emergency Response Fund.

“This means that the organisation will be able to plan for the future, using our fundraising activities to develop the festival for 2021.”

The new dates for next year’s festival are October 22 to 24.

All ticketholders have been contacted, with options to:

* carry forward their tickets to 2021

* to donate all or part of their ticket value to festival fundraising

* or to request a refund.

Artistic director, Jim McLaughlin, was well under way with bookings for this year.

He said: “The line-up was looking really exciting.

“I am currently contacting all artists and agents involved, hoping to reschedule most of the bookings to October 2021.

“We will release names of acts on our website and Facebook as soon as we have confirmations and look forward to making Musicport 2021 the festival we will all be looking for by the time it comes around.

“We hope all our customers, volunteers and artists are safe and well and continue to be so – we look forward to seeing you next year.”

For more information. email [email protected] or call 01947 603475.