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Music Festivals in Dorset

21 March 2018

If you're looking for live music in Dorset during 2018 then you're in luck! The county has a host of festivals celebrating the best of rock, pop, jazz, folk, blues... whatever your taste in music, there's bound to be a music festival or event featured here for you!

Many of the events are free to attend, so there's no excuse not to take in some of the best sounds the county has to offer this year.

Take a look at the schedule below and start planning your summer of music festivals in Dorset.

Live Music Events

04 May 2018 to 06 May 2018
Blandford, Dorset
Teddy Rocks FestivalFamily rock festival raising money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity. Camping available. All details on the website.
27 May 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill GardensThe Weymouth Ukuleleans – Great music, songs and laughter! Starts at 2pm (weather dependent).
25 May 2018 to 28 May 2018
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues WeekendFor dedicated jazzers and blues hounds alike, the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend aims to bring the best of live music, both new and traditional, to Lyme Regis over the last weekend in May.
02 Jun 2018 to 03 Jun 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Wessex Folk FestivalThe Wessex Folk Festival takes place every year in the streets and pubs around Weymouth's picturesque Old Harbour and pretty Hope Square. With most of the entertainment over three days free, this is one of the South of England's favourite festivals.
10 June 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill GardensThe Silhouettes – A really talented group with fantastic 60's 70's and 80's music Starts at 2pm (Weather dependent.)
08 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018
Wimborne, Dorset
Wimborne Minster Folk FestivalIn the second weekend of June, we will be bringing the town alive with an exciting mix of music & dance. You can wander through Wimborne and enjoy any of the free shows, or buy tickets to see one of our headline acts.
15 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018
Blandford, Dorset
Dorset Midsummer Music FestivalDorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) is a music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2018 festival will start on the evening of Friday 15th June and the main festival will then be on Saturday 16th June. Gates open at midday and the action continues until 11pm with food, drinks and gift stalls, alongside childrens entertainment. Camping ...
09 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018
Christchurch, Dorset
Music & Art FestivalThis year Christchurch Priory’s Music and Art Festival is teaming up with FlowerFest to provide a town-wide celebration of sound, form and colour. Floral displays will be installed all around the town centre and through the historic quarter down to the Monastic Lawn behind the Priory, and artwork on the theme of ‘Nature’ will fill the Priory.
23 June 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Chesil Rocks Music FestivalChesil Rocks is a small and intimate music and arts festival, set in a beautiful setting at Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring and supports Samaritans of Dorset whilst ensuring those attending have a great time! An amazing variety of music, comedy, theatre and storytelling from Dorset and beyond will be performing on several stages. Keenly priced food and drink will be available, ...
30 June 2018
Poole, Dorset
Folk on the QuayA free folk music festival in Poole on 30th June with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour. With traditional folk dancing, cehilidhs on the Quay and lots more.
23 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018
Dorchester, Dorset
Beaminster Festival of Music & ArtsMusic, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art.
24 Jun 2018 to 07 Jul 2018
Bournemouth, Dorset
Jazz by the Sea FestivalJazz By The Sea Festival has grown to include venues across the wider area of Bournemouth and Poole. There’s a great depth of talent in the local area and our intention is to promote these artists as well as offering a mix of national and international artists to perform at the festival.
04 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018
New Forest, Dorset
New Forest Folk FestivalAlready labelled as one of the friendliest festivals, it’s small, intimate and run by Nick, Keith, Helen and their families on their farm. Expect great folk music, workshops Morris dancers and much more. Venue: Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey.
06 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018
Blandford, Dorset
UK Boogie Woogie FestivalYou’ll definitely need your dancing shoes on for the UK Boogie Woogie Festival in Sturminster Newton on 6 - 8 July. With international guest artists, events taking place across 10 venues, plus gigs in cafés across the town bringing you the authentic sounds of Boogie Woogie, the music will be non-stop… as will be the tap of your toes. And with dance classes available, including Tap and ...
13 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018
Bridport, Dorset
Jurassic Fields Music FestivalFor those who missed last year's event, it will be offering a family a day out of fun and entertainment. Jurassic Fields will be showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer as well as having some well known artists perform and little gems we have found around the country. Venue Askers Meadow
15 July 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill GardensThe Silhouettes (A WELDMAR HOSPICE Event). ​A delicious afternoon of music that you will know oh so well!! Starts 2pm (Weather dependent).
15 July 2018
Poole, Dorset
SandfestSandfest – the ultimate outdoor beach festival located on Sandbanks Beach. Enjoy the sounds of some of the world's best DJs and live acts. Following a success first event in 2017, SandFest returns in 2018 with an even bigger line-up! A 5000 strong crowd will enjoy some of the world's best DJs and live acts along with amazing food and drink on offer. This promises to be one of the most ...
13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Jazz FestivalWith established and popular mixture of old friends and new faces, and nearly 50 sessions featuring bands from across most of the spectrum of jazz.
20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Wilkswood Reggae FestivalThe Wilkswood Reggae Festival is first and foremost a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep the kids entertained with a dedicated play area, the leafy Dingly Dell featuring storytelling and music and the hugely popular hay bale castle. To encourage the family atmosphere, we offer reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-threes are free! Organised by Dubwood ...
27 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018
Poole, Dorset
Beer & Bluegrass FestivalOur Festival is a musical celebration of Bluegrass and roots of Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians with a Beer and Cider Festival complete with excellent home-cooked food.
24 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018
Blandford, Dorset
Dorset Opera Festival24 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston 25 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston 26 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston 27 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston 28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | ...
27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018
Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Folk FestivalThe programme planning for the second Bridport Folk festival is well under way. July 27th to 29th being the revised dates will favour many of the stalwart Festival goers as it is set between the more established Festivals along the south coast.
26 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018
Lulworth, Dorset
Camp BestivalDorset's favourite family festival returns!
26 Jun 2018 to 29 Jul 2018
Dorchester, Dorset
Cerne Abbas Music FestivalCerne Abbas Music Festival features chamber music, performed in the beautiful Dorset village by The Gaudier Ensemble – a group of international musicians.
02 Aug 2018 to 05 Aug 2018
Lulworth, Dorset
BestivalThe most colourful show on Earth! Bestival is an award-winning, four-day, boutique music festival set on the Lulworth Estate – an enchanting, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. For the latest news and details on this year's line-up, please visit the Bestival website.
05 August 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Party in the ParkJoin us on the 5th August at Lodmoor Country Park from 12pm to 7pm for a great afternoon of family friendly entertainment. Of course the event is absolutely FREE. Keep following the event page for updates including the days line up and musical acts as well as information on how you can take part and win big in our BIG GIVEAWAY! ---Featuring--- • A talented selection of local singers and ...
10 August 2018
Bournemouth, Dorset
Proms in the Park: BSO Classical ExtravaganzaOur Classical Extravaganza features a selection of the best classical music ever written, including Finlandia and Danse Macabre, alongside some iconic film scores, a spectacular fireworks ballet to Handel's Fireworks Music, all topped off with an explosive finale accompanying Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Picnics, folding chairs, small tables, rugs, blankets and cushions are welcomed. Open ...
11 August 2018
Bournemouth, Dorset
Proms in the Park: Disco Symphonic SpectacularGet ready to boogie the night away as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra bring back their funktastic Disco Symphonic Spectacular, with the best music from the era of glitter and platform shoes! Songs include hits by Boney M, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, and Cool and the Gang, as well as classics such as Disco Inferno, Three Times a Lady and I Will Survive. Picnics, folding chairs, small ...
11 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018
Bridport, Dorset
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music & ArtBurton Bradstock will be filled with folk, classical and jazz music performed by internationally acclaimed musicians and some of the brightest young stars on the UK music scene. You’ll be able to enjoy a superb exhibition by West Country artists in the village hall.
16 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Valley Folk FestivalPurbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies!
31 Aug 2018 to 02 Sep 2018
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Regis Folk WeekendThe Seafront Stage is the heartbeat of Lyme Folk Weekend. All weekend there is free entertainment - music, dancing, poetry, shanty singing, children's entertainment - and all with the spectacular Jurassic Coast as a backdrop.
30 Aug 2018 to 02 Sep 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck International Chamber Music FestivalEvery year we invite acclaimed musicians and actors around the world to join us for the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival which takes place during the first weekend in September. Tickets can be booked online through the Purbeck International Chamber Music website, by phone on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking fee applies) or from Discover Purbeck Information Centre in Wareham, tel: ...
07 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Folk FestivalFolk music followers flock to the concerts, join-in sessions, and try something new at workshops. The festival features a number of concerts in the Mowlem Theatre and music in the main marquee on Sandpit Field.
07 Sep 2018 to 10 Sep 2018
Poole, Dorset
Poole Blues FestivalJoin us on Poole Quay for the Poole Blues Festival. Blues bands and entertainment.
04 Oct 2018 to 07 Oct 2018
Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Blues FestivalThe Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of blues musicians, fans and friends for a weekend of jams, open mics and headline performances that will have you coming back time after time.

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