Music events in Dorset

If you seek laid back jazz, lively bands, quirky folk music or chart topping hits, we’ll get your feet tapping in Dorset.

Whatever your taste in music, we can guarantee there will be a musical event that you’ll being queuing to get tickets for.

Now, who said Dorset was quiet?

Music to your ears

We've got festivals and music events for all tastes, whether you like a bit of folk, reggae, pop or perhaps classical or more up your street, Dorset has it all....and in some of the most wonderful settings!

From stunning abbeys to picturesque castle grounds you will be in tune with your sense with music in your ears and a beautiful sight for your eyes.

Kick back with a cocktail and listen to some smooth jazz

Dorset is no stranger to the odd jazz festival or two!  With festivals featuring bands from across most of the spectrum of jazz, from New Orleans to contemporary sounds, with lots of leading names as well as new faces you're sure to find one to tap along to.

What better than to spend a weekend on the coast, listening to your favourite melodies played by some of the country’s best talent and soaking up the atmosphere and entertainment?

Raise your hands in the air for Camp Bestival!

Camp Bestival's live music selection covers all bases from rock to pop and way beyond, with brilliant and diverse headliners each year.

This festival has families at it's heart and there's loads for everyone to enjoy whatever age.

Past line ups have included Jess Glynne, Fatboy Slim, Beckie Hill and Blondie plus the very best in new music and lots of sing-along favourites too.

Whether you're young or just young at heart, there's a live act that will get you jumping, so we'll see you down the front!

Partied out?

If you’re dancing the night away, then you’ll need a place to stay.

We can help you find accommodation in Dorset whether you need a hotel for the night or a cottage for the week.

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Dorset Music Unboxed Oct 06

Dorset Music Unboxed

The well-known Dorset music group, the Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, has been collaborating with the Dorset History Centre to bring to life old music hidden in its...

Swanage Blues Festival Oct 06

Swanage Blues Festival

The Big Blues Parties on the South Coast - Twice a year! * 15 Indoor Venues  * 40 Top Class Acts  * 60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions * £10 Wristband / £2 Festival...

Weymouth Concert Brass Oct 07

Weymouth Concert Brass

Since its formation in 1985, Weymouth Concert Brass has gone from strength to strength, performing locally and participating with success in regional and national competitions. Their concert at St...

Cellage a Deux - Cellicious Oct 08

Cellage a Deux - Cellicious

Two outstanding cellists and singers join forces to express their take on the world of jazz standards, Latin, originals and more in a special autumn tour of Dorset with Artsreach. Cellist, singer...

Dorset Music Unboxed Oct 08

Dorset Music Unboxed

The well-known Dorset music group, the Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, has been collaborating with the Dorset History Centre to bring to life old music hidden in its...

Cellage a Deux - Cellicious Oct 09

Cellage a Deux - Cellicious

Two outstanding cellists and singers join forces to express their take on the world of jazz standards, Latin, originals and more in a special autumn tour of Dorset with Artsreach. Cellist, singer...

Dorset Music Unboxed Oct 13

Dorset Music Unboxed

The well-known Dorset music group, the Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, has been collaborating with the Dorset History Centre to bring to life old music hidden in its...

English Touring Opera: Handelfest Oct 14

English Touring Opera: Handelfest

This Autumn, English Touring Opera visit Lighthouse, Poole with 'Handelfest', a celebration of the work of one of the greatest composers of opera in the UK, George Friderich Handel....

Tango Calor Oct 14

Tango Calor

Tango Calor is one of the most exciting tango bands performing in the UK, appearing at tango dances and festivals up and down the country including WOMAD. The trio are often invited to accompany...

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir - The Lark Ascending Oct 15

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir - The Lark Ascending

The Lark Ascending. The music of Vaughan Williams. - Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor - Vaughan Williams Shakespeare Songs Violin • Christina Scott. Director...

Tango Calor Oct 15

Tango Calor

Tango Calor is one of the most exciting tango bands performing in the UK, appearing at tango dances and festivals up and down the country including WOMAD. The trio are often invited to accompany...

"Come and Sing" Choral Evensong Oct 16

"Come and Sing" Choral Evensong

A special "Come and Sing" Choral Evensong open to all singers and led by the very distinguished former Director of Music at New College, Oxford University, Professor Dr Edward Higginbottom....

Tango Calor Oct 16

Tango Calor

Tango Calor is one of the most exciting tango bands performing in the UK, appearing at tango dances and festivals up and down the country including WOMAD. The trio are often invited to accompany...

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me' Oct 21

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me'

A desperate soldier strikes a deal with a mysterious stranger. A battle between two magicians. A being that is neither human nor animal. Imagine a world where the lines separating humanity and animals...

Choral Evensong Oct 22

Choral Evensong

You are warmly invited to our monthly cathedral-style service of Choral Evensong on Saturday 22nd October at 4.30pm in St Peter's Church, Dorchester. To mark the 150th anniversary of Vaughan...

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me' Oct 22

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me'

A desperate soldier strikes a deal with a mysterious stranger. A battle between two magicians. A being that is neither human nor animal. Imagine a world where the lines separating humanity and animals...

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me' Oct 23

The Devil's Violin with 'The Beast in Me'

A desperate soldier strikes a deal with a mysterious stranger. A battle between two magicians. A being that is neither human nor animal. Imagine a world where the lines separating humanity and animals...

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