Musicport is a not-for-profit community business. We started back in 2000 with a one-off festival for the Millennium, and that one-off has led to 18 more. We celebrated our 18th birthday in 2017, so this year is number 19!
We’ve had some amazing artists play here over the years – our décor transforms Whitby Pavilion into a great venue, really intimate and with a special atmosphere. You can get so close to these brilliant musicians, sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realise they really are here, on our doorstep, close enough to touch!
People who’ve played for us include:The Mahotella Queens, Lemn Sissay, Idlewild, Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch, Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club, Toumani Diabate, The Levellers, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Hugh Masekela, Chumbawamba, Mory Kante, Los De Abajo, Arthur Brown, The Blockheads, The Demon Barbers XL, Duke Special, Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground ,Afrikan Boy, Varldens Band, – and we could go on and on and on …
Then there’s our concerts and open mics – more opportunities to enjoy great music from all sorts of performers, some born and bred in Whitby, others from much further afield – whether it’s Sheffield, Scotland or the Sahara – always quality, often emotional and always memorable.
Learning is important to us too – as a partner in NYMAZ (http://www.nymaz.org.uk) we run music sessions for under 5s, masterclasses and workshops for young musicians, and leading up to and during the festival you’ll find a whole programme of workshops covering a multitude of skills and interests. You can even earn an Arts Award with Musicport.
Finally, there’s our shop (also called Musicport) on Skinner Street in Whitby – the only music shop in the town, selling all sorts of instruments, gifts and accessories (www.musicportshop.com) – where you can also get information and tickets for any of our events.