The annual Musicport Festival takes place this coming weekend with around 50 acts on 5 stages at Whitby Pavilion, North Yorkshire, and begins with a free parade from 5pm on Friday 20th October that is open to all (not just ticket holders to the main event).
Join Hyde Park Brass, the ultimate party-starting brass band who formed in Leeds, and the young people of Runaway Samba, bringing Brazilian rhythms and world beats to the streets of Whitby, on the Open Top Bus tour around town from 5.15pm-5.50pm. When the bus has travelled back up Khyber Pass to its final destination at the Whalebones, the two bands will serenade both Musicporters and bystanders while the Allaboutwalkabout fire jugglers make sparks fly as the sun sets into the North Sea (Whitby is one of only two places on the east coast where the sun is known to both rise and set into the North Sea).
At 6.30pm, the parade will travel from the Whalebones into Whitby Pavilion where Hope & Social, the Yorkshire-based band blessed with bucketful's of uplifting songs and an easy-going charisma that spills warmth from the stage at every gig, will be waiting to kick off the Main Stage performances at 7pm.
We repeat: Musicport Festival is offering all of this for free up until 8pm!
Musicport has a line-up which includes headliners Rafiki Jazz, Afro Celt Sound System, and Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, plus others including Kefaya, Tcha Limberger Trio, 'Orchestra Of Samples' with Addictive TV, Maia Barouh, Omar Puente's Cuban Sextet, Maya Youssef Trio, Andy Kershaw, Hope & Social, Rory McLeod & Familiar Strangers, Himmerland, Fistful Of Spookies, Jamie Smith's Mabon, O'Hooley & Tidow, Ribbon Road, Grace Petrie, Joanne Harris & the Storytime band, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, and more. For the details so far including day splits please see the line-up page.
Tickets are still available, priced at £110 for an adult weekend ticket.
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