Dart Music Festival ~ Dartmouth
In 2017, May 12, 13, & 14 ~ We Celebrate 20 Years
The Dart Music Festival was started nearly 20 years ago by Rob and Di Lyon of Dartmouth (now Mayor of Dartmouth). It is an annual music event over three days, which was thought of initially to help improve the length of the tourist season for the small riverside town of Dartmouth and its tourism based businesses.
We have over 100 acts performing in over 20 closely sited town venues. These include churches, arts centre, restaurants and hotels. Our main area (centred around wonderful gardens and bandstand) is next to the river’s edge, surrounded with cafes and bars. There are many open air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment over all three days. Many of the musicians, both amateur and professional, are from the West Country but we strive to be inclusive and attract national and international acts.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ whereby young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression.
Alongside the tourism aspect, Dartmouth was in great need of a cultural boost to the calendar of events as the town lacked both a cinema and theatre. The first Festival captured the hearts of the residents, surprised visitors and brought together a diverse and hugely talented group of artists. They perform in venues as unique as an ancient Fort, the ramparts of old castle walls, a fisherman’s church, an 11c Church, an orchard, a naval college, the river and, of course, our Victorian Bandstand.