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Music For All

April 14, 2018 3:06 pm Comments Off on Music For All

With less than a month to go we are all getting very excited about Dartmouth’s 21st annual Dart Music Festival. Starting on Friday 11th May this three day event boasts over 100 performances spanning almost every musical genre, at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues including two churches, the bandstand in the Park, outside the castle, and various hotels, pubs, and restaurants, throughout the weekend.

Since it’s inception in 1998, the Festival has attracted thousands of visitors and has become one of the stars in Dartmouth’s calendar, appealing to old and young alike. There are many events from individual, group, and local school performances, to storytelling, dance displays and workshops.

Below are just a few of the highlights expected over the weekend:


Friday 11th May

‘Far Suns Fall’

Far Suns Fall combine all the eclectic backgrounds and influences of its band members, including blues, hard & alternative rock and folk into a big rock sound with emotion-filled lyrics that are poignant as much as they are genuine.

Undercover Hippy

‘The Undercover Hippy’

Drum and Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms and the lyrical delivery of a skilled MC.

‘I Love Amp’

I Love Amp is a party band with a difference. With musicians hailing from some of the most successful function bands in the South West, the band create a very tight, big sound, which is sure to get any party pumping from the start.


Saturday 12th May

‘K.O.G. And The Zongo Brigade’

A band put together by K.O.G (Kweku Of Ghana), fusing afrobeat with funk, ska, reggae and a host of other popular genres. The music is based on the clever merging of indigenous rhythms of Africa with genres of mainstream music, effectively like an energetic mix of tones and grooves accompanied by afro­soul vocals live on stage.

‘Riviera Dogs’

Riviera Dogs are a 5 piece band based in South West England delivering a polished set of quality music from the decades that taste forgot.


Bigfeat is a Swansea rock and roll band who write songs about whatever inspires them – sometimes that’s an evil Mexican succubus, sometimes it’s staying up till the sunrise and seeing what twisted cats come out of the woodwork.

‘Red Butler’

Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into the fire and passion generated by the young band from Sussex.


Sunday 13th May

‘Primitive Noise Band’

This is a scorching collaboration between some of the UK’s firebrands of Blues, Rock ’n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Jazz. The band effortlessly takes the coolest fundamental elements of American roots music, to produce their very own perfectly blended original tunes with a raw vintage edge.

primitive noise band

‘The Rin Tins’

Since 2011 this seasoned swingin’ sextet have dedicated themselves to filling dance-floors with High Octane Gypsy Swing. Featured at Glastonbury, Shambala, Swingamajig, Wonderfields, Oxjam, Maui Waui and Boomtown, The Rin Tins know how to throw a party!!


The 4-piece Indie Americana music collective are based in Southend-on-Sea. Carousel fuse Americana, country, folk, rock’n’roll, blues and roots music into their own unique approach whilst taking full advantage of having four accomplished vocalists at their disposal.


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