Musicport organisers say: “It’s great to be back”

Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight
Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight

MUSICPORT is heading ever closer. Now in its 13th year and returning to Whitby where it first started this year after a brief sojourn to Bridlington, the weekend promises a host of artists from around the world all under one roof at Whitby Pavilion.

The popular event runs from Friday 5 October and finishes at 6pm on Sunday 7 October. 



Organiser Jim McLaughlin said: “In many ways it feels like starting again but it’s great to be back in Whitby.

“The Spa Bridlington changed our dates in 2011 which had a dramatic impact on our finances and so we’re calling in lots of favours this year (and working for the first time without Arts Council funding) to help alleviate the problems this caused.

“With reduced ticket prices and just as many high quality acts as in previous years it represents really good value for money and will be as weather-proof and family friendly event as ever.

“Lots of local sponsors have already come on board to help the event.

Musicport in 2008 - now it is back in Whitby

Musicport in 2008 - now it is back in Whitby

“With five stages all under one roof, it gives lots of opportunities for a real festival experience but with all the comforts an indoor event offers.”

The event run by a not-for-profit community business will feature artists from Palestine, West Papua, Madagascar, USA, Rajasthan, Gambia, India and  Senegal as well as locally-based artists alongside workshops, a festival market, a film programme and children’s activities. There will also be

multi-cultural food stalls and real ale, workshops, films and ready access to the beach.

Friday night highlights include:   

O'Hooley and Tidow

O'Hooley and Tidow

 * Dub Colossus Dub Band led by Transglobal Underground’s Nick “Dubulah” Page who blends Ethiopian and Jamaican dub reggae and jazz sounds to great effect and whose recent London showcase was described as “a great show”  by Robin Denselow in The Guardian.

* The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band who put on brilliant show for Musicport at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre last year. 

* Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight the much-heralded latest offshoot of legendary Waterson Carthy dynasty from Robin Hood’s Bay, playing a rare hometown gig to mark the launch of their acclaimed second album ‘Hidden’.

 *O’Hooley & Tidow, described by the Guardian as the best act at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival.

 Saturday highlights include:

 * Edward II who in a previous incarnation as E2K headlined the Saturday of the very first Musicport in 2000. They are  the original reggae folk fusion band and guaranteed to make you smile and take to the dancefloor. A really great festival act.

* Reem Kelani who in 2006 performed on of the most talked about sets at Musicport when she brought the whole audience to tears with an emotionally charged performance of traditional songs from Palestine also performs on Saturday night.

* Modeste - brilliant Madagascan guitarist who always astonishes with his multi-layered rhythmic and melodic techniques.

* The Hut People - having got a standing ovation for the last four years at the festival, this accordion percussion duo are deservedly building a national reputation as a great live act.

Sunday highlights include: 

* former Members Of Country Joe and The Fish - four West Coast American legends Roy Blumenfeld(Al Kooper Band) Greg Douglass (Steve Miller band) Bruce Barthol and David Bennett Cohen (Country Joe & The Fish).Expect a storming blues based psychedelic set from 4 veterans of the west coast music scene still going strong plus a meet the artist session hosted by Scarborough’s own legendary Dr Rock, Chas White.

* Calaita Chilled out flamenco from this excellent UK based band who conjure up the best of Spanish.

* Rafiki Jazz – Sheffield-based collective whose mix of African, Caribbean South American and jazz influences is always a joy to experience.

* Sura Susso and Jasdeep Singh. Kora meets Sitar in this joint performance from two fine musicians – a great way to start Sunday proceedings.

* 3 Foot Ninja – young band from Castleton area making lots of waves in wake of their first album release.

Alongside the festival there will be a free fringe event at The Resolution on Thursday 4 October organised by The Link magazine in conjunction with the festival and featuring several local acts (details to be confirmed).

Workshops in local schools will also take place with Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, Claudio Kron (Brazil) and Reem Kelani (Palestine) and street performances will also happen in the town centre during the festival.

More details can be found at or you can call into the Musicport Shop, 16 Skinner Street, Whitby Y021 3AJ.

Full weekend tickets are just £75 and day / session tickets are also available.