“This year’s DMF was amazing – EIGHTEEN years old and better than ever! All the venues were packed and all music was free! It was busier than last year and there was no trouble with the crowds of people who just wanted to enjoy the live music for all tastes.
|The Wurzels with lovely local bobby Ian Symons|
From ‘The Wurzels’ – who produced the biggest crowd ever in front of the Bandstand Stage on Sunday afternoon – to rock band ‘To The Sun’ who packed out The Guildhall on Saturday night, every venue over the weekend was full to capacity.
Things kicked off before the Festival with our annual fundraiser at Little Dartmouth last month, where piano sensation Ji Liu, the UK’s biggest-selling classical breakthrough artist of 2014, performed to a sell-out audience. This two-night event also showcased wonderful young classical musicians (link to blog post: http://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/uncategorized/little-dartmouth-classical-weekend-reviews/ )The Music Festival traditionally starts with a music themed film shown on Thursday evening at the Guildhall by Dartmouth Film Society. This year’s film was ‘The Jersey Boys’ – the story of ‘60’s pop group The Four Seasons. Over 100 guests enjoyed the film and buffet – making it the most popular DFS film night ever!
|Tankus the Henge|
“I would just like to express our appreciation of all the hard work that went into such an amazing event ,we were blown away with the quality of the musicians and the smooth running of the whole weekend… we are looking forward to next years weekend so well done to you all and a very big thank you from 6 very happy and tired party revellers lol “ Sharon
“I spent the day at Dartmouth on Sunday and had such a great time, I want to try to book accommodation for the 3 days next year. Any information on the best way to find accommodation would also be very much appreciated” Yours thankfully, Graham
“I attended the festival this weekend and had a fabulous time. Do you know the dates for 2016 yet please?” Thanks Mark (It’s 13th, 14th & 15th May 2016 – just to let you know)
"Hi- I must tell you how much my husband and I enjoyed the festival. Extremely well organised fantastic acts. Your volunteers we so helpful. Thank you so much." Sharon Sanders
Some other really brilliant high lights for me whilst running The Guildhall fore the weekend were Gaz Brookfield – singer songwriter, Billy Thompson – Gypsy Style Jazz and Doug Macleod – blues slide guitar, although to be honest all the performances were hugely enjoyable and of a very high standard – in fact trying to pick out favourites is awful, it’s like trying to pick your favourite son or daughter! All the performances were pretty amazing with many multi-talented performers who really seem to enjoy coming and playing in Dartmouth.”
|Happy People in Royal Avenue Gardens – Photo Joe Murtagh|