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Over the past ten years, the Musicport Festival has continued to grow and bring some of the world’s biggest talent to North Yorkshire. In the past it’s seen the likes of Toumani Diabate, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, The Buena Vista Social Club and Chumbawamba performing and, now settled in its Whitby home after a move from Bridlington a few years back, it still continues to develop and invite a range of artists from a cross-genre spectrum to play.

This year’s festival, taking place next weekend, promises to be one of the most diverse events in the festival’s history. Irish singer-songwriter Duke Special will be bringing his quirky brand of slightly leftfield pop to the coast, while Afrikan Boy will be showing off his mix of grime, rap and afrobeat. Whitby lover Eliza Carthy will be headlining the Sunday night of the festival with her stomping folk tunes and the Demon Barbers bring their spectacular XL show – filled with dance, music and drama – to the town. Also playing are singer-songwriter Blue Rose Code, the Emily Portman Trio, Ribbon Road, Keith James performing the songs of Nick Drake, Fanfara Tirana Meets Transglobal Underground plus a special DJ set from Specials man Terry Hall. It might be one of the later festivals in the year but that hasn’t stopped Musicport from putting on a damn fine line up.

The Musicport Festival returns to Whitby from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October.

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