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Winners of Purbeck Rising 2023, Arquebus perform self-penned and traditional songs alongside foot stomping tunes, all with the energy of a band that loves entertaining and playing with foot pedals!


ATLÁNTICO (Saturday)


Exuberant eight-piece Latin dance explosion playing Cumbia, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue and plenty more Música Tropical - it's hot hot hot! Line-up includes a full horn section, timbales, congas and beautiful Colombian vocals. With authentic, pulsating tropical rhythms, we defy you not to dance! Watch on YouTube.

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Mark & Helen BANFIELD (Saturday)


This duo, accompanied by guitar and cello, will entertain you with songs that'll make you want to sing along.

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Matt BLACK (Friday) 

Whether you think of Matt Black as a pianist, or as a comedian, he is an entertainer through and through. Having almost 30 years’ experience, his intuitive knowledge of how to keep an audience entertained has seen him through over 4,000 professional appearances in his career – and there’s no sign of him stopping yet. 


Nick CAPALDI (Saturday)


Dorset based Singer-Songwriter Nick Capaldi is going from strength to strength, having won 3 awards for his latest album 'You and All the Seasons'.

David Essex describes his work as "Very English with an early Genesis and Supertramp quality to it".

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A vibrant duo comprising Mark and Ray. Their original songs are funny and honest with a breathless range of chords and keys keeping you engaged from start to finish.

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COOSTICKS (Saturday) 


Coosticks are a five piece band from the south of England who take inspiration from classic songwriters and various musical genres, to create melodic and 'warm-hearted' original songs with heartfelt and quirky lyrics that stay with you from the first listen. They have been described as 'purveyors of melodic, catchy pop, rock and folk' and 'naturally gifted makers of songs'.

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Chris DEACON (Sunday)


A folk singer, guitarist, storyteller and the brains behind the Bridport Folk Festival, Chris has played in many great bands and duos, as well as performing solo. A Chris Deacon set is like an evening by the fireside with a good friend!


DORSET PHIL (Saturday)


One of a kind, Dorset Phil has created a large following in Dorset with his lighthearted original songs about Cider, Dorset and good times. Phil writes catchy lyrics that you can't help singing along to, within such legendary masterpieces as 'Dorset Toad', 'The Cerne Abbas Giant', 'Drinking in the Pubs of Wimborne' and the unforgettable 'Dorset Knob'. Guaranteed to make you smile!




With the mission statement “Their future is our passion”, Footlight Performance Academy offers classes for all ages. Come and see what some of their students can do!

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Charlotte GEARY (Saturday)


A young singer and prolific songwriter, with a passion for performing, Charlotte Geary accompanies her beautiful voice with guitar and backing tracks and treats her audience to a good mix of well-known popular songs, along with her original material.

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Peter GREEN (Saturday)


A writer of clever and relatable comedy songs who can be found on Spotify under his pseudonym Warwick Slade. His honest and self-deprecating humour has led to songs such as Inheritance Blues and Dead on Time that have become legendary in the Folk Scene. 

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GUGGE 2000 (Saturday) 

Gugge 2000 is a street entertainment band based in Bournemouth, bringing smiles to the faces of adults and children alike. Founded in 1998 to recreate the lively ‘guggen’ style of carnival music, made famous in the streets of Lucerne, Gugge 2000 play at events all over the UK and Europe. 

This year, Gugge 2000 will be at the Minster Church directly after the procession at 3.30pm, and at Stage in the Square at 5.30pm.

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