Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area with its primary event being Musicport World Music Festival each autumn.
Over the last 15 years the annual Musicport Festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Rachid Taha, Hugh Masekela, The Buena Vista Social Club , Toumani Diabate, Tamikrest, Richard Hawley,Mari Boine, Levellers,Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Chumbawamba, Mercedes Peon, Altan, Bassekou Kouyate, Mory Kante, Osibisa,Labi Siffre, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo and more.
As well as the festival we also run occasional concerts and comedy events. Artists who have appeared as part of our concert programme in the past include Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart, Midge Ure, Daby Balde , Yusa, Bellowhead, The Easy Star All Stars, Hazel O’Connor, Asere, Black Umfolosi, Sharron Shannon, Waterson Carthy, & Kate Rusby.
We are partners in NYMAZ and run a regular programme of education workshops and activities.
We collaborate with Cultural Foundation to produce The Link a regional gig listing magazine.
We also run a music shop (Musicport Shop) with a wide range of instruments in Whitby.