Countdown to Musicport

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MUSICPORT - the indoor festival with the outdoor spirit – is less than six weeks away.

Over 40 acts from around the world will converge on five stages at Bridlington Spa over three days.

The weekend of live music, film and dance by the sea will be held over bonfire weekend, from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November in the recently renovated 3,500-capacity Spa.

It’s billed as “the ultimate end to the festival season” and an opportunity for audiences to experience some of the world’s greatest music – all under one roof.

Now in its 12th year, Musicport is an annual celebration of exciting, eclectic, modern and traditional music from different world cultures; with food, real ale, workshops, films, stalls and a fire display.

Friday’s highlights include Delireality, who explore the imagery of Salvador Dali via a magical confection of giant dancing characters, stilt-walking Dalis, a waterfall of fire and a pyrotechnic giraffe. Sharing Friday’s bill are the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and 12lve, who featured in the BBC2 series Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment in April. This will be one of only two performances scheduled for this year.

Saturday’s line-up includes DJ, journalist, traveller and world-music evangelist Andy Kershaw talking about his autobiography, and multi-instrumentalist Mercedes Peón from Galacia, Spain, performing her only UK show of the year. Mary Coughlan, a charismatic and intriguing jazz and blues torch singer, imbues challenging subject matter with rich emotion to create a powerful and absorbing performance. She will play on Saturday night.

Saturday’s headliner, the legendary Hugh Masekela, has been at the heart of the music of South Africa since the 1960s. His soaring, joyful trumpet sound brims with warmth and optimism. At 72, he remains one of jazz’s greatest horn players, able to adopt township jazz, funk and hip-hop into his music. He will be performing with his dynamic South African band.

Highlights on Sunday include an acclaimed exponent of Tibetan traditional singing and opera, Lhamo Namgyal Lhamo, as well as Huong Thanh, renowned for her stunning and groundbreaking collaborations with guitarist Nguyen Le. She combines Vietnamese traditional songs and sounds with jazz and other roots styles from around the world. Mari Boine, from northern Norway, will perform her mesmeric music based on Sami traditions, and injected with jazz and rock.

Musicport is looking for 12 literate and confident people to circulate the festival.

In exchange for a weekend ticket, they would gather stories from audiences, performers, staff and volunteers about why they have gone.

To book, ring 0845 373 2760 or go to www.spabridtickets.com.

For full festival information visit www.musicportfestival.com.