Fringe festival gets fans in tune for Musicport

Blue John Benjamin
Blue John Benjamin

Musicport Festival opens with a totally free fringe festival on Thursday 4 October in the main bar of the Resolution Hotel, Whitby and features some of the best acts from the region alongside performers who will be starring at the outstanding event at the Pavilion.

Opening the night with their mix of bluegrass, rock n roll and pop tunes will be the irrepressible Campfire Serenaders – otherwise known as the Ukulele Band of Whitby!



Also Whitby based, Bluejohn Benjamin will play songs which are currently gaining him national acclaim with regular mainstream radio airplay.

“Blue-John is the kind of northern visionary who fantasises about being a wall of death rider and offers you teacake when you call,” - John Kennedy of XFM.

Shrug, local godfathers of punk, who have toured throughout the UK and Europe, will be offering up some mind blasting and hilarious eccentricity.

Possibly Teesside’s finest act, The Approved will contribute searing psychedelic garage blues – their material is featured on CSI Miami, Breaking Bad and the US version of Shameless.

And the whole event is compered by local hero Bob Fischer whose BBC Tees show has championed the best in local music for over a decade – with many acts featured going on to play prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds / Reading and T in the Park and be nationally profiled on programmes such as BBC 6 and BBC1.

His band Old Muggins will play some tunes too and, during act change-rounds, Bob will be on the decks playing songs from the very best from the region – expect The Chapman Family, Young Rebel Set, Collectors Club’s new single, and tunes from the main festival acts too.
Performing cameo sets will be the internationally acclaimed Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani and Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight, whose new album is to be launched at the festival – perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to get advance copies at the fringe.

The night has been co-produced with free listings magazine The Link and commences at 7pm.

Pete Bell of music magazine The Link said: “We were really pleased when we heard that Musicport was returning to its home in Whitby.

“This year’s festival promises to be one of the best ever and a free fringe event is a great way to get things rolling.

“The night showcases the diversity of this region and we’re privileged to have some internationally acclaimed acts appearing too.

“It’s a chance for people to welcome Musicport back - and it’s all free.”

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