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!

James Rowland - Learning to Fly Feb 02

James Rowland - Learning to Fly

A new show from James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of theatre, comedy and music. LEARNING TO FLY sees James tell the story of a remarkable friendship he made when he was a lonely, unhappy...

Douglas Dare 'Homecoming' Show Feb 03

Douglas Dare 'Homecoming' Show

Following the success of his 44 date tour across the UK and Europe in 2022, Douglas brings his otherness to where it all began. The third album 'Milkteeth' by the ex-Beaminster/Colfox student...

James Rowland - Learning to Fly Feb 03

James Rowland - Learning to Fly

A new show from James Rowland featuring his captivating mix of theatre, comedy and music. LEARNING TO FLY sees James tell the story of a remarkable friendship he made when he was a lonely, unhappy...

She'Koyokh Feb 03

She'Koyokh

London-based She'Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for over 20 years, described by the Evening Standard as "Britain's Best klezmer & Balkan music band". All seven...

She'Koyokh Feb 04

She'Koyokh

London-based She'Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for over 20 years, described by the Evening Standard as "Britain's Best klezmer & Balkan music band". All seven...

Wedding and Special Event Festival Feb 04

Wedding and Special Event Festival

Sturminster Newton invites couples & families to a unique town event, where they can discover enticing offers for all occasions. Visit Wedding & Special Occasions Exhibitors in The Exchange -...

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society Feb 05

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society

The Echea String Quartet will be giving a concert at Kimmeridge Hall, Bournemouth University on Sunday 5th February at 3.00 pm. They will play music by Haydn, (op. 74 no 1 in C major) Mendelssohn (op...

Spiritato Feb 05

Spiritato

Join Baroque ensemble Spiritato as they explore 17th Century treasures from Northern Europe, including stunning, newly discovered works from Sweden's famous Düben Collection. A showcase of...

Robb Johnson - Minimum Wages Tour Feb 08

Robb Johnson - Minimum Wages Tour

Dorset TUC will be bringing acclaimed singer songwriter Robb Johnson to Bridport in February as part of his nationwide "Minimum Wages Tour". Robb is well known to music fans across Dorset...

Janice Burns and Jon Doran Feb 09

Janice Burns and Jon Doran

Janice Burns and Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history...

Janice Burns and Jon Doran Feb 11

Janice Burns and Jon Doran

Janice Burns and Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history...

THE KAST OFF KINKS 2023 Feb 11

THE KAST OFF KINKS 2023

Not to be missed! The Kast off Kinks include former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’. This great line-up features Mick Avory (Founding member of The Kinks & the original...

Valentine's 3 Course Meal with George Michael Feb 11

Valentine's 3 Course Meal with George Michael

Enjoy a romantic night of music from our George Michael Tribute and 3-course meal to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. Celebrate this Valentine's night with the romantic music of George...

Choral Eucharist Feb 12

Choral Eucharist

Introducing our new monthly service of Choral Eucharist. Please join us on Sunday 12 February, at 10.30am. The music incudes Haydn: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo ('Little Organ' Mass),...

Janice Burns and Jon Doran Feb 12

Janice Burns and Jon Doran

Janice Burns and Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history...

Durufle Requiem Feb 18

Durufle Requiem

University Music Choir and Orchestra present a performance of Durufle's Requiem. Also on the programme is Will Todd's serene 'Stay with me Lord', Paul Carr's 'Air for...

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