FAQs

We hate FAQ’s and really resisted building this, but it seems that every web site needs one.

Can we play DMF?
Good for you! You want to play our festival and you’re in time to get into the consideration process. Officially our planning and selection starts in August – probably after Dartmouth Royal Regatta is done and dusted. To get onto our RADAR you need to contact one of the Directors of Music nearer to that time. Our key personnel and contact details are listed under the ‘Contact Us’ tab on this site.

Parking the car?
Unless you are sure of your space, Dartmouth during the Music Festival is pretty much a no-go zone for ad-hoc parking. It nestles in a rather steep valley, the town is compact, most of the roads in the town are narrow, steep in places and covered in yellow ‘no parking’ lines which are rigourously enforced. There is a very good Park ‘n’ Ride facility situated at the top of town. The parking fee includes use of the shuttle bus but you could walk or taxi it.

Check the time of the last returning Bus, services cease before the last performances in Dartmouth. If you miss the last shuttle bus normal buses which stop near Sainsburys are useful. Taxi’s will be busy during DMF but their is a rank close to The Station Restaurant. Walking is an option, downhill takes about 15 mins but it’s a real slog on the way back up; not to be undertaken lightly if encumbered or trailing children.

We urge you to use the Park N Ride, parking in Dartmouth is limited.

Selling merchandise at DMF
The Dart Music Festival is unlike many of the larger “main-stream” festivals in that it takes place in the whole of the Town of Dartmouth, across the River in Kingswear and at other locations near the River Dart. So, we don’t have anything like a huge fenced compound with unique opportunities to market to an audience within the security fence.

DMF relies heavily on the goodwill of the Dart communities who’s organisations and businesses contribute generously to the event, coupled with this the physical limits within the town, Parking, Pitch spots, and so on we have (as a policy) decided not to entertain any merchandising activities.

If, having read this, you still believe you have a proposition which we would be mad to turn down please contact us in the first instance by email giving as much information about your proposed activity as possible and we will give it fair consideration.

Tides and Astronomical data
Up to date tide details can be obtained from the Dart Harbour Navigational Authority website

Why No Times, Dates and Locations?
Dart Music Festival has, since it’s inception eighteen years ago, been a mostly free music festival. Various, public locations in both Dartmouth and Kingswear host a wide range of musical styles and all we ask is that you donate to our collectors in order that we can fund the event.

Running over 3 days, hosting 28 separate venues (official events, not counting the pubs) with something like 156 hours of live music in the course of 95 performances. DMF costs around £60,000 to run and every penny counts. Programme sales account for a significant proportion of the money needed, the rest is made up of generous donations from local Businesses and Residents and YOU.

Please, purchase an official programme to get all the information you require and if you really enjoy a performance some of your change in our collectors tins will ensure the continuation of DMF into the future.

If we were to publish all Times, Dates and Locations on this site we would need an alternate source of income. If you’d like to offer to fund this please email: [email protected]