The Dart Music Festival was started 20 years ago by Rob and Di Lyon (now Mayor of Dartmouth). It is an annual music event over three days, which was initially to help improve the length of the tourist season for the small riverside town of Dartmouth and its tourism based businesses. This years event is being held on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May 2018.
We have over 100 acts performing in over 20 closely sited town venues. These include churches, restaurants and hotels. Our main area (centred around wonderful gardens and bandstand) is next to the river’s edge, surrounded with cafes and bars. There are open air street-based performances making for a constant buzz of enjoyment. Many of the musicians, both amateur and professional, are from the West Country but we strive to be inclusive and attract national and international acts.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and have formed a ‘Dart Music Foundation’ where young hopefuls can apply for grants to help with music lessons, equipment and other associated costs relating to their musical progression.