Chairman’s update

Hello everyone and welcome to our fifth newsletter. The committee and I are now getting both excited and nervous ahead of the 2019 festival which is now just a couple of weeks away.

We are keeping all our fingers crossed that the recent spell of good weather will reappear in time for the festival weekend!

It’s been great to hear from so many of you over the last few weeks I am glad that you have found the newsletters as useful as you have.

To those of you who have so kindly sponsored or donated to us over the last few weeks, my sincere thanks again. As I have said many times, each and every donation is vital for the long-term viability of the festival and we hugely appreciate it.  To those of you who are able to attend the sponsors and supporters party this week at the Guildhall, I look forward to meeting with you.

The DMF App:

Already proving massively popular is the NEW downloadable App for 2019. This has been built and written with Luke Chase, who has given his time and expertise entirely for free – for which we are extremely grateful.

The App does not replace the traditional programme – which is still available, and launched this week (see below). However, it gives choice to those who may prefer to use their mobile devices to find their way around the festival – the map facility may also help visitors find their way around the town, for example. We have included all official venues, and our Gold and Platinum sponsors who are venues for food/drink/hotel rooms as well (at no extra cost). If this pilot goes well, we will offer appearance on the App as part of some of our sponsorship packages for 2020.

In addition to the many info sections of the App being free to download, if you would like access to performance timings it will only cost £4.99 – the same as the paper programme. Sales of both are key to funding our FREE to attend festival.

The good news continues – the App is now available for iPhone, and we expect it to be finalised on the Google Play store by the end of this week for Android phone users. Download here.

The DMF Programme:

Programmes are now available from the following places:

  • Compass Office Shop
  • Compass Books
  • Pillar’s Newsagents
  • Townstal Road Garage
  • The Flavel
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • No.11 Victoria Garage
  • Community Bookshop
  • Kingswear Post Office
  • Cafe Alf Resco
  • Anchorstone Cafe, Dartmouth
  • Stoke Fleming Post Office
  • Royal Castle Hotel

……or you can call the hotline on 01803 833281 if you would like one posted.


Our very popular WRISTBANDS are back this year as well – you can buy one as a donation to the festival, with a weekend one costing a donation of £20, a daily one costing £8, and NEW for this year, a kids one costing £5. They will be widely available over the weekend, and by phone on the number above.


VIP tickets:

Whilst writing, I would like to remind you of the availability of our VIP marquee this year, accessible only via VIP tickets bought from this link….

Our Marquee has a prime waterfront location, with seating, a relaxing atmosphere and private facilities, AND Unlimited Classic Cuvee (bubbles), light bites, and cash bar all available.

We are really excited about this new idea, in partnership with Platform 1. It is ticket only entry. Ticket purchases make another very valuable donation to the festival, as well as allowing you to have a comfortable and enjoyable time too!

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance.  Daily tickets; £20 Friday 10th May (5pm to 10pm), £30 for Saturday 11th May 2019 from 11am – 10pm, or £30 for Sunday 12th May 2019, from 11am to 10pm.

TQ6 Food Village:

Another trial NEW for 2019 will be a small food village, as the name suggests in partnership with Platform 1 and other Dartmouth based eateries.

Feedback tells us that a number of you find it extremely frustrating when you are unable to buy food, particularly in the early evenings during the music festival.

Therefore, and in keeping with the absolute tradition of the festival “keeping it local”, I’m pleased to say that Platform 1, The Angel and Mark Lobb will be partnering to provide food from the patio area outside the Tourist Information Centre during this year’s festival.  No income or profit will be taken by the Festival from this venture, until the trial proves a success.


Some of you may have seen that our limited edition t-shirt range is returning this year, thanks to a design from Simon Drew. It will be “unveiled” at our sponsors and supporters party this week, and be on sale from Friday 10th May in our merchandise tent area.

Radio show featuring performers from the 2019 lineup:

Water Waves Radio, a local digital radio station, very generously recently recorded a specific show for the festival, featuring interviews with bands, myself and others from the town, and also music from some of our acts from this year. The link to allow you to listen to the show is below.

Our sincere thanks to Stephen Kearney and Water Waves radio for all of their commitment and support to DMF. Dart Music Festival (click on the “play” icon on the top right of the page).


We rely so heavily upon volunteers. Many people have already volunteered their time to help us as venue managers, collectors, merchandise sellers, operations support and so many other roles. The truth be said, we still could do with more, and if you’re interested at all in helping us during the event in any in any way then please send us an email at and we will get in touch to see how you could help us.

Look out for my final newsletter next week!