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.

Music eventscoming soon!

Inside Out Dorset Sep 24

Inside Out Dorset

Inside Out Dorset is bought to you by Activate Performing Arts. Extraordinary events in extraordinary places across Dorset. Since 2007 Inside Out Dorset has presented the largest festival. of...

1959: The Golden Year of Jazz Sep 30

1959: The Golden Year of Jazz

The band that offers the sounds of the cool jazz movement of the 50s and 60s and tells a story exploring a rich emotional landscape. The Neil Maya Quartet is one of the South West's most exciting...

Swanage Blues Festival Sep 30

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...

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Oct 01

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

*Please contact the event organisers directly for any updates* Arts by the Sea Festival returns 1st –  3rd October 2021 Exploring the Artistic Concept ‘Connect’.  Human...

Billy Ocean Oct 08

Billy Ocean

This event has rescheduled from 2 October 2020. Existing tickets remain valid. If you have any queries about your booking please email    bhlive.tickets@bhlive.org.uk   Billy Ocean...

Flats & Sharps Oct 08

Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this...

The Guns and Roses Experience Oct 08

The Guns and Roses Experience

The GUNS N' ROSES Experience are a true professional international touring act and bring 80's Guns to life with a full on high octane show as witnessed by hundreds of thousands back in the day...

Flats & Sharps Oct 09

Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this...

Flats & Sharps Oct 10

Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this...

Level 42 Oct 10

Level 42

Presented by AEG. Having released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums, 6 compilation albums, had 18 top 40 singles, including  Lessons in Love ,  Something About You, Leaving Me Now, Running in...

Faure Requiem Oct 16

Faure Requiem

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir celebrate the return of choral singing in an early evening concert at Sturminster Newton Parish Church on Saturday 16th October at 6.30pm. The central work will be...

Spindle Ensemble Oct 16

Spindle Ensemble

Spindle Ensemble are performing a tour of intimate venues across the UK to celebrate the release of their second album 'Inkling'. Their music sits somewhere between classical and contemporary,...

Spindle Ensemble Oct 17

Spindle Ensemble

Spindle Ensemble are performing a tour of intimate venues across the UK to celebrate the release of their second album 'Inkling'. Their music sits somewhere between classical and contemporary,...

Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour Oct 19

Cliff Richard: The Great 80 Tour

This show has rescheduled from 8 October 2020. If you have any queries about your booking please email    bhlive.tickets@bhlive.org.uk   Sir Cliff Richard is indisputably one of...

Orpheus Oct 21

Orpheus

The sounds of Brazil in an explosive celebration of uplifting sambas and bossa novas.  This 6-piece latin band promise hip-swaying, pulsating rhythms and captivating vocals. Join the...

Chris de Burgh Oct 24

Chris de Burgh

Chris de Burgh & Band - The Legend Of Robin Hood Tour 2021 Chris de Burgh & Band are proud to announce they will be embarking on...

1959: The Golden Year of Jazz Oct 29

1959: The Golden Year of Jazz

The band that offers the sounds of the cool jazz movement of the 50s and 60s and tells a story exploring a rich emotional landscape. The Neil Maya Quartet is one of the South West's most exciting...