Musicport Festival is UK's biggest indoor World Music Festival. Located in Whitby, it happens each October/November and is now in its 15th year.
Artists confirmed so far include:
CATRIN FINCH & SEKOU KEITA (Wales/Senegal)- stunning meeting of top Welsh harp player & master Senegalese kora player.
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - homecoming of the God Of Hellfire & Whitby's most famous son.
AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia) Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments the oud and the kanun.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK from his days in The Soft Boys to his current cult status , one of the UK's great musical heroes
JESSE BANNISTER'S PLAY OUT FEATURING ZOE RAHMAN - new quartet led by Indo- jazz saxophonist Jesse, MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman & Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford alongside Corrine Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.
JOHN SMITH - guitar genius from Devon who is gaining mainstream recognition with his latest album Great Lakes
KATHRYN WILLIAMS Mercury-nominated and with the voice of an angel Kathryn is a national treasure.
PERUNIKA TRIO (BULGARIA) polyphonic harmonies that will astonish in their complexity and beauty.
LUCY WARD BAND - award winning & cutting edge folk singer from Derby with her fine band
NEW ROPE STRING BAND Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius
TANTZ - remarkable & energetic young klezmer band from Leeds
TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet) - keeping alive the wonderful and impressive rituals of Tibetan culture
MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada) - dazzling musicianship and entertaining stage show
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER - Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter.
O'HOOLEY & TIDOW powerful, thought provoking and deeply moving songs from acclaimed Yorkshire duo
THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland) Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity - cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit
VÄRLDENS BAND (SWEDEN) - exciting young multicultural band from Stockholm on first UK tour