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Top 10 Dorset music festivals

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

Camp Bestival in Dorset 2010

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The wellies are out, the sun cream applied and tents haphazardly erected: festival season is upon us. But you don’t need to pay a small fortune or travel halfway across the country to have some festival fun this summer – there’s a variety of events taking place right on your doorstep.

From the ever-popular Camp Bestival to folk music celebrations, Dorset boasts great music weekends both big and small. Here are some of this summer’s best.

1) Boogie Woogie Festival (July 6-8)

Now in its eighth year, the Boogie Woogie festival attracts a host of pianists, singers, instrumentalists and dancers from the UK and abroad. Artists will perform evening and daytime concerts at various venues, and conduct workshops to show off this great form of music and dance.

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Concert ticket prices start at £10, with all-event tickets priced at £55. Children’s tickets are half-price.

2) Larmer Tree Festival (July 11-15)

With a line-up including Paloma Faith, Amadou and Mariam and Jools Holland, this is a festival not to be missed.

With six stages, 150 free workshops, street theatre, comedy and more than 70 artists, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Day tickets for those aged 18 and over start at £36, with a five-day ticket priced at £190. Ticket prices are reduced for youngsters and children.

3) Dorset Opera Festival (July 25-28)

Take in five performances from one of the country’s best operatic companies. The festival offers traditional fare in the form of a well-loved work by Verdi, a double-bill featuring a Puccini and a UK Stage Premiere by a British composer. All three pieces are new to Dorset Opera audiences.

Ticket prices range between £31 and £62.

4) Camp Bestival (July 26-29)

Rolf Harris, Hot Chip, Happy Mondays and Rizzle Kicks are among this festival’s stellar line-up. Enjoy music, comedy from the likes of Jimmy Carr, talks and interviews.

Adult weekend tickets are £185, with discounts for youngsters. Entry is free for children under 10, although tickets are required.

For more information visit the Camp Bestival website

5) Dorset 2012 Festival (August 4-5)

Be entertained by local musicians while tucking in to some of the finest food and drink Dorset has to offer at this farmers’-market-come-music-festival. A big screen will also allow visitors to watch the major Olympic events.

All profits from the event will go to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, an independent charity providing specialist palliative care throughout North, South and West Dorset.

Entry is free.

6) The Music and Merriment Festival (August 18)

Performers both novice and experienced take to the stage for a day of music and merriment. The not-for-profit festival is a celebration of local talent, and profits are donated to support local charities, including The Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Adult tickets are £15, and a family ticket is £45.

7) Purbeck Folk Festival (August 24-26)

Soak up the sun and take in the fabulous views across Swanage Bay and the Purbeck Hills while listening to some of the best young folk artists and bands around.

Great for kids and adults alike, the festival boasts a line-up including KT Tunstall, Shooglenifty and Larkin Poe.

Tickets bought before June 29 cost £80 for those 18 and over, and £85 thereafter. Tickets for children and youngsters are reduced.

8) Wareham Music Festival (August 24-26)

With events taking place in all the local pubs and clubs, Wareham will be buzzing during this weekend festival. Crazy 88’s, Midlife Crisis and Nu Generation are among those due to perform.

Tickets are free.

9) Upbeat Festival (August 25-27)

The Feeling, The Zombies and 90s pop sensation Dodgy are among those due to play at Upbeat Festival this summer. Held in Upton Country Park, the festival promises to be the perfect chillout on the August bank holiday weekend.

Adult day tickets start at £10, with a weekend ticket priced at £65. Child tickets are cheaper.

10) End of the Road Festival (August 31-September 2)

Grizzly Bear, Grandaddy, Beach House and Tindersticks take to the stage for this intimate, independent festival. Enjoy quality food and beer and bands that play longer sets than usual.

Adult weekend tickets are £150, with reductions for children and youngsters.

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