Just in case you have never experienced the many and various joys of Dart Music Festival before, here is a quick run-down of all the venues…
THE BANDSTAND MAIN STAGE – this year for the first time we are hiring in a stage. We had a trial run a few weeks ago and all the signs are that it will be brilliant…! (Let us know what you think after the Festival). The stage is situated in Royal Avenue Gardens and hosts many different performances this year, with some seating available. Music is free with donations requested via yellow collecting tins and bucket. Use of the Royal Avenue Gardens is by kind permission of South Hams District Council.
THE MASONIC HALL – Situated in Lower Street with a large yellow banner outside, use of this venue is by kind permission of the Freemasons. In the event of really good, sunny weather, events at this venue will be transferred to Bayard’s Cove Fort. Please check each day to make sure – there will be signs outside the venue if this is the case. Bayard’s Cove Fort is situated at the end of Bayard’s Cove and is made available by kind permission of English Heritage. Performances will be held over Saturday and Sunday and start at 11.30 am.
THE FLAVEL ARTS CENTRE – Situated in the centre of town behind the Flavel Church, the main Auditorium, Studio and Library are all part of the events being staged. Some events are ticketed (but still free with retiring collection) to ensure a place – please check with the Box Office 01803 839530. The Music Festival Committee thanks the Flavel for use over the Festival.
THE FLAVEL CHURCH – Situated in Mayor’s Avenue just past the Nat West Bank, the Church will be holding workshops, performances and Songs of Praise.
THE OLD MARKET SQUARE -Situated in the centre of town, there will be music on Friday after the market has closed and throughout Saturday and Sunday. Shops and cafes will be open and there will be a bar sponsored and run by Bays Brewery. Collections will be made via yellow collecting tins and buckets.
THE GUILDHALL – Situated in Victoria Road just up from the Old Market, there will be a large yellow banner outside the venue. Please see previous blog post for fuller info on this main venue.
ST. SAVIOUR’S CHURCH – Situated at the top of Anzac St in the centre of town, this beautiful ancient (but newly refurbished) venue will be hosting classical performances over the weekend as well as the Festival Eucharist on Sunday morning.
ST. PETROX CHURCH & CASTLE TEA ROOMS – Situated next to Dartmouth Castle out at the mouth of the river – so allow at least half an hour to walk (but it will be worth it..!). A ferry service operates throughout the day from the South Embankment – details on the back cover of the Programme.
DECKS@IVY LANE YOUTH VENUE – Situated in Ivy Lane, just off Victoria Road in the centre of town. This venue is home to events for young people throughout Saturday and Sunday, with workshops, performances and a ‘Dartmouth’s Got Talent’ competition.
There is also music in many of the pubs, hotels and restaurants throughout the town every day – full performance details in the DMF Programme, on sale now online or from local outlets.
16th, 17th & 19th May 2014