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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

03 May 2019 to 05 May 2019
Blandford, Dorset
Teddy Rocks FestivalFamily rock festival raising money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity. Camping available. All details on the website.
19 May 2019
Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill GardensThe Decadettes perform an afternoon of music that you will know oh so well!! Starts 2pm (Weather dependent).
31 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019
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.
06 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019
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.
21 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019
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. At DorsetFest we offer a fantastic array of activities to keep you occupied for the entire weekend. Our delicious variety of food and drink options will keep you well fed Friday evening through Sunday morning. The fantastic selection of local craft stalls ...
22 June 2019
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, ...
22 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019
Bridport, Dorset
Beaminster Festival of Music & ArtsMusic, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art. We have some fantastic events lined up for you with most of the programme settled. We are very excited to announce the appearance of the internationally famous tenor Mark Padmore, who will present a gorgeous programme with Morgan Szymanski, guitar. Right at the beginning ...
29 June 2019
Poole, Dorset
Folk on the QuayA free folk music festival in Poole on 29th June with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour. With traditional folk dancing, ceilidhs on the Quay and lots more.
11 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019
Dorchester, Dorset
Cerne Abbas Music FestivalCerne Abbas Music Festival features chamber music, performed in the beautiful Dorset village near Dorchester by The Gaudier Ensemble – a group of international musicians.
12 Jul 2019 to 13 Jul 2019
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
14 July 2019
Poole, Dorset
SandfestFollowing the incredible response and success of our first two events in 2017 & 2018, SandFest returns in 2019 with an even bigger story to tell…. Located on the internationally famous location of Sandbanks, with stunning surroundings and beautiful white beaches, Sandfest 2019 will be the ultimate outdoor beach festival this summer! Thousands of people will enjoy the sounds of the ...
23 Jul 2019 to 27 Jul 2019
Blandford, Dorset
Dorset Opera FestivalThe Dorset Opera Festival is recognised as the home of Country House opera in south west England. Held at Bryanston on the outskirts of Blandford Forum each July, international opera stars join a chorus of 80 and a full orchestra, to present high-calibre productions in a stand-alone, air-cooled, 600-seat theatre with excellent acoustics and sightlines from nearly every seat in the auditorium.
25 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019
Lulworth, Dorset
Camp BestivalDorset's favourite family festival returns! LIVE ACTS- NILE RODGERS & CHIC JESS GLYNNE ANNIE MAC THE HUMAN LEAGUE SISTER SLEDGE THE WAILERS BIG SHAQ ASH RICK WITTER & PAUL BANKS (SHED SEVEN ACOUSTIC) RAK-SU MORCHEEBA GOLDIE BLACK GRAPE NAPALM DEATH LEWIS CAPALDI NINA NESBITT EAST 17 VENGABOYS THE CUBAN BROTHERS GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN LEGENDS SET MR MOTIVATOR HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR THE ...
26 Jul 2019 to 27 Jul 2019
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.
26 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019
Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Folk FestivalThe programme planning for the Bridport Folk festival is well under way. Keep an eye on the website for updates.
28 July 2019
Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill GardensEntertainer Tony Lowe. (A Weldmar Hospice Event). Starts 2pm - weather dependent.
03 Oct 2019 to 06 Oct 2019
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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