Welcome to the Musicport Festival Blog

As tickets go on sale for Musicport 2011 – the 12th festival, the 4th year at Bridlington and aiming to be the biggest yet - we’ll blog our way through the Musicport year, bringing you news of bookings, ideas and developments as the line-up takes shape, and a glimpse of the lives and minds of the Musicport staff and crew. We’ll be looking for thoughts and comments from you too – please join in, wherever you are!

You may have noticed that this blog was rather neglected during last year's festival. This was because we took it upon ourselves to 'live tweet' the event. Follow us @musicportfest or on #musicport you can also find us on facebook

Monday, 31 October 2011

Countdown to Musicport

Here, in no order, are my 4 must-see acts at Musicport....

Mercedes Peon - shame her website is in Spanish, I'm sure there's a Google Translate button somewhere that'll turn it into excellent fractured English...the word 'legend' is over-used and cheapened...Mercedes Peon is the real deal.

Amsterdam Klezmer band - with a bit of luck, this link should give you the English version of their website. I've never seen them, but you can't go wrong with a bit of klezmer - music made to define the word 'raucous'. should be uplifting.

Kanda Bongo Man - of whome one journo said '
If Kanda Bongo doesn’t make you want to dance, call an ambulance. You’re dead.”

Chris Wood - simply the finest singer/songwriter in the UK. And of the UK. Maybe one year M.Port could get Hugh Lupton along too, to do some story telling.

Then there's a whole list of other people that I might see, basically just about all the other artists [it would be churlish to list the ones I don't want to see] - although the scheduling (ok, and the amount I've had to drink) also has a bearing on all this...

I seem to remember a promise of fireworks (real as opposed to auditory) at some point and I'm sure the food, drink and general ambience will be F A N T A S T I C ...so a big thanks in advance, and I'm counting down to Fri.

Anyone know what time the first act is on?

Friday, 10 June 2011

BREAKING NEWS: 12Lve (Goldie's Band) to headline friday night at Musicport 2011

‎We are very excited to announce that 12lve (Goldie's Band) are confirmed to headline Musicport 2011 on Friday the 4th of November.

12lve are a group of young people who have came together through the medium of a BBC series "Goldies Band" and flourished. Their music is inspiring and fresh.  Their own personal stories are proof that your situation doesn't have to define who you are... For this group of 12 individuals it is obviously music which they choose to be defined by.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

2011 Festival

It's beginning to get exciting in the Musicport office.Tickets for 2011 are now on sale. Dates are 4-6 November

Artists confirmed so far include Hugh Masekela, Mari Boine, Mercedes Peon, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Andy Kershaw, Kanda Bongo Man, Julaba Kunda, Deglulen, Mary Coughlan, Iain Matthews, Cigdem Aslan, Krar Collective and lots lots more
Some exciting new additions to the programming this year include a Friday night pyrotechnic extravaganza with a Salvador Dali theme (by NWSI) ... A performance by Ergo Phizmiz & his troupe of The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien ...An aeriel show by Urban Angels....and a Musicport book project by Route Publication & Ian Clayton that you will be encouraged to contribute to...