The countdown to the Dart Music Festival 2019 has begun!


Taking place on 10th, 11th and 12th of May, the 22nd Dart Music Festival hosts over 100 acts performing in over 15 venues situated all around the town.  Our acts perform in venues as unique as an ancient fort, the ramparts of old castle walls, a fisherman’s church, an 11th century church, the river and, of course, our Victorian Bandstand. There are also open-air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment.


In the next few weeks we have a couple of fantastic fundraising events happening to help us raise some of the £70,000 needed to stage three days of free music for all.  On Saturday 2nd of March four fabulous choirs from the area will be getting together at St. Saviours Church to put on a show like never before. Come and see the Kingsmen barbershop choir, Totnes’s Devonly Voices, the Singers Upstairs from Ashburton, and of course the town’s own Dartmouth Rock come together for an evening of sensational singing and heavenly harmonies.   Tickets can be bought at the Compass Office Shop or No 11 Victoria Road and are only £10 per adult & £5 for under 18s, but hurry as each of these choirs has their own following, so tickets are going fast. And remember – this is a one-off performance, so you won’t find a night like this anywhere else!


On March 6th, never mind the boredom – here’s our magnificent music quiz!  Platform One will be hosting teams of up to 6 people, with nibble and drinks, and of course prizes to be won!  But get your tickets now from the Compass Office Shop or No.11 Clothing, as they are going fast and space is limited.  Even as I type, Emilie and Simon are setting the questions, and I swear I can hear an evil laugh emanating from the doorway……so get swotting up on your musical trivia!  


Your one-stop-shop for all things Dart Music Festival is our wonderfully informative and user friendly website:  https://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.  It provides you with everything you need to know about this year’s event – our extremely popular ‘Eat, Stay, Shop’ page on the website provides all you need to know about where to go, and what to do while you are in town.  You can also find sections on how and where to buy one of our iconic yellow programmes, where to buy our much sought after DMF branded merchandise, how to become a ‘Festival Friend’, how the music festival Foundation continues the festival’s legacy throughout the year, and the story of how the very first Dart Music Festival came about all those years ago.


If you want to get ahead of the curve and have a listen to some of the bands featuring in this year’s event then why not subscribe to our ‘Dart Music Festival’ YouTube channel, or follow our ‘Dart Music Festival 2019’ Spotify playlist.  That way you can decide who your new favourite band is before you even get here, and can sing along to your new favourite songs when you see them live in May.


Once again we will be providing all of the pubs with our branded collectable and most importantly REUSEABLE plastic glasses. Each plastic pint glass is branded with the Dart Music Festival logo and can be kept and re-used throughout the event and then taken home afterwards as a memento.   We strongly believe that this will help Dart Music Festival drastically reduce the amount of litter left behind long after the last notes fade away. For what IS left behind, we have retained our partnership with the pioneering people of Devon Contract Waste. Their remarkable enterprise reduces the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill to ZERO! Zero to Landfill is a sustainable solution to waste management which provides materials to the manufacturing industry and creates jobs at all stages of the processing journey. It also saves resources and energy, reduces the Southwest’s carbon footprint, and promotes a sustainable business community. Further details can be found here: http://www.dcw.co.uk/zero-to-landfill


For those of you who like to go paper-free, why not use our subscription service on the website which allows you to access the times and venues of the acts from your electronic devices.  For further details please check out the website: https://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk


As always, we are sticking to our ethos of ‘Music For All’ meaning that everyone can enjoy the music completely free of charge.  However, the £70,000 costs to put the festival on do mount up, and you can contribute by buying becoming a sponsor, a ‘Festival Friend’, or simply by throwing some money in a collection bucket when you see one.   So why not visit the website https://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/ , click on the ‘Donate’ button, and make your donation now!  You can also show your support by purchasing DMF branded t-shirts, hoodies, rugby shirts, bags, the fantastically cuddly Dart Music Festival teddy bear and lots more!   These can be found both on the website – https://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/ – and in our luxurious merchandise tent located at the entrance to Avenue Gardens throughout the festival weekend.


If you want to roll your sleeves up and get more involved, we are always on the look-out for willing volunteers to help us run the event – please let us know if you can help with collecting during the concerts, stewarding, running a venue, selling merchandise or generally mucking in – it’s all greatly appreciated, and it is so much fun! If you are interested, please drop us an email to enquiries@dartmusicfestival.co.uk


You can find out more here:

  • Website: https://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dartmusicfestival
  • Twitter: @DartMusic_Fest
  • Newsletter: sign up for further information using the link at the bottom of the website landing page
  • Spotify: Dart Music festival 2019
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdU2g0unVy_Ufs8SAk2Owqg




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For further information prior to going to print please contact:



Chairman DMF – Robin Foale – Chair@Dartmusicfestival.co.uk

Marketing@dartmusicfestival.co.uk – Sophie Rae