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Monday, 13 June 2016

Massive Musciport line up unveiled

Heading to Musicport as part
 of a huge line up: John Smith.
Organisers have begun unveiling the line up for Musicport which runs from 21-23 October.

Now in its 17th year and in its ancestral home at Whitby Pavilion, the award-winning festival hosts international artists alongside national and local artists on six stages in one building overlooking the North Sea.

The programme features a wide range of music styles alongside poetry, comedy, cookery, film, storytelling and workshops with a reputation for springing wonderful surprises in its programming as well as being one of the most inclusive and friendly events in the UK.

The Friday night headliners include the Top Ten album charting and Mercury Prize nominees The Magic Numbers, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor MBE and Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe. Other acts on Friday include Moscow Drugs Club, Jamie Smith's Mabon from Wales, The Peace Artistes and Canada's Geoff Berner.

Saturday headliners include The Mahotella Queens, veteran song and dance trio from South Africa, Kathryn Tickell and The Side, the highly regarded Northumbrian piper and her band, poet, broadcaster and chancellor of Manchester University Lemn Sissay, Sarah Jane Morris, of Communards fame, and DJ Don Letts of Big Audio Dynamite and 6Music. Other Saturday acts include South Africa's Jackson Reed, blues, acoustic singer and songwriter Sean Taylor, Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers and Michael Messer’s Mitra a fusion of blues slide guitar, Hindustani classical slide guitar and tabla rhythms. Whitby pianist Jess Wright will be joining forces with percussionist and young musician of the year finalist Delia Stevens to take the audience on an instrumental world tour.

Sunday headliners include Lynched, the Dublin band nominated for three Radio 2 Folk awards this year including best live act, Soupsongs Live, led by trombone legend Annie Whitehead performing the songs of Robert Wyatt, John Smith, the Devonian guitarist and singer, and acapella folk trio and Coope, Boyes and Simpson on their final tour and with their final album being released on the festival weekend. Other Sunday acts include fine bluegrass band Ragged Union (USA), rising English folk star Maz O’Connor, young flautist Maïa Barouh (Japan/France) with her band, Icelandic folk band Árstíðir and acclaimed tango singer Martin Alvarado (Argentina).  Young Swedish multicultural 16-piece band Världens who headlined last year’s festival are expected to put in an appearance on the Sunday.

COOKERY
Throughout the festival there will be demonstrations of cookery from different artists’ cultures hosted by celebrity chef, comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli and various workshops for children and adults. Outside the main venue will be Bob’s Blundabus the comedy fringe venue. Spoken word events include a book reading and Q & A from Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff and a round-table discussion of music and politics led by Daniel Rachel whose book Walls Come Tumbling Down will have been published.

The indoor café area will become the hub for the weekend hosting various local and nationally known DJs including regulars The Flying Chilli Beats from London and Scarborough’s Mr Tooley. Outside, food vans will enhance the catering provision of the venue with food from several cultures and around the main hall there is a festival market/bazaar which helps create the feel and vibe of an outdoor festival but thankfully without the mud. For those wanting an outdoor experience there will be a Sunday morning sea dip accompanied by the young drumming band Runaway Samba from County Durham.

Organisers say the festival will offer indoor camping in The Brunswick Centre a converted church in the centre of Whitby but urge people to book earlyalthough this needs to be booked early.

A new addition will be Musicport goes on tour – on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October as the festival takes several acts on tour to small venues on the moors and nearby.

Further information: www.musicportfestival.com

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