Musicport Festival 2018 – Complete the line-up

Organisers are delighted to announce they have now completed the main line-up for the 19th Musicport Festival held in the beautiful seaside town of Whitby, North Yorkshire this October with its usual high quality and eclectic line-up.

The festival is all held in one indoor venue overlooking the North Sea with 5 stages, a comedy bus and is widely regarded as a great way to end the festival season.

With indoor camping an option, a festival bazaar in the main hall and international food vans, it has the outdoor festival vibe but is protected from the elements.

A whole host of activities are available to participate in all in such a safe, warm and family friendly atmosphere.

In addition to the main festival, Musicport will go on tour to the surrounding North Yorkshire villages on Monday through to Friday 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.

” I think this years line-up is one of the most exciting in our 19 years.

To get three of the very top African acts to Whitby is a coup and throughout the programme

I think the diversity and quality of what is on offer on all the different stages will make it an unforgettable weekend ” Jim McLaughlin Festival Director

New acts announced (to add to the already impressive line-up) include:

Luar Na Lubre Galicia’s leading Celtic band, celebrating 17 albums and 300K sales in their 30-year history. The band rose to international fame when Mike Oldfield used their song O Son Do Ar on his Voyager album. Tubular Bells III album featured their vocalist and they then toured with him as support band.

Adrian Sherwood   Maverick and legendary artist, producer, performer and boss of the cult British label, On-U Sound Records who inspires audiences around the world as he delivers a powerful, bass-driven ominous DJ & live mix of contemporary dub, and original roots, dance, dub and reggae.

Tankus The Henge London-based, five wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock ‘n’ roll jalopy. ‘Like the Clash from New Orleans’ One of the UK’s best live festival bands & the perfect band to finish Sunday night.

Olcay Bayir (Turkey) Classically trained & quite wonderful singer who carries enchanting musical heritage of Anatolian cultures, her own contemporary compositions to original arrangements of traditional folk songs spread across the region of the Mediterranean, Anatolia and Mesopotamia.

Baka Beyond (25th Anniversary Tour) Originally inspired by ancient the music of the Baka Forest People, (Pygmies) they use the Baka rhythms to fuse music from their Celtic and African roots. Highly infectious and crosses boundaries of genre, age and ethnicity.

Hamsa Bringing together the music of Jewish Eastern Europe and Sephardic Turkey in an authentic, powerful Mediterranean Mélange they take you on a journey that not only crosses borders but also takes you deep into oneself

The Other Half (Mark Billingham / My Darling Clementine) A unique collaboration between the leading lights of mystery fiction and country music. An original story by bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham, sound tracked by the powerful and poignant songs of internationally acclaimed duo My Darling Clementine.

Jasdeep Singh Degun Quartet (India/UK) One of the great young Sitar players in the UK whose Sky Scholarship has seen him working with Nitin Sawhney, Vangelis & many more. He first played Musicport with 12lve (Goldie’s Band). He always produces something special.

Sätteli Sisters (Switzerland/UK). Wonderful harmonies and beautiful songs from the often-unheralded Swiss traditions.

Natalie Duncan Phenomenal critical acclaim greeted her debut album described as ‘compositionally between Pink Floyd and Alicia Keys.’  and got her a standing ovation at Musicport 2011. ‘An incandescent star is born’ (Sunday Times)

Philip Rambow Originally from Montreal his original UK band The Winkies influenced The Clash. His work with Kirsty MacColl, Brian Eno, Mick Ronson etc, took him on  an eclectic and exciting musical journey.

Edwina Hayes “so gifted and full of song, with a voice that is as sweet as the angels” Nanci Griffith. Yorkshire-based and internationally acclaimed her version of Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home” was the theme song for the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper.

Merlyn Driver is a musician and songwriter from Orkney whose traditional music he combines with other influences from further afield.

Afnan Prince North East singer-songwriter whose live shows powerfully tell his story through his heart-touching lyrics, infectious melodies and masterful vocals.

The Hub DJ’s – Keeping the vibe going in the café all weekend and led by the inimitably unpronounceable  DJ fflyffilyfbbl & his gang of DJ’s/VJs.

Bob’s Blundabus – The brilliantly quirky on-site alternative venue where all kinds of comic / magic /  music / spoken word things happen.

Lighthouse Open Mic Stage – A lot of peoples favourite place to be!

Festival Bazaar – Held in the main hall and helping create that outdoor festival vibe.

Pop-up headphone cinema – Various film showings throughout the weekend.


•             Full Weekend £125 (concession £115 11-18’s £50) – Discounted at £105 until 1st August.

•             Friday Night £30 

•             Saturday Full Day £50 (Early session £25- Late session £30)

•             Sunday Full Day £48 (Early session £25- Late session £28)

•             (11-18’s half price on all day & session tickets)

•             Accompanied under 11’s free

Tel 01947 603475 or on line via  / Eventbrite


Musicport Festival

19th Oct – 21st Oct 2018

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN /