Music By The Sea Festival AUGUST 2024

🗓️ Saturday 31st August 2024

Save the date for Swanage’s fourth Music By The Sea memorial event.

The charitable live music festival, set up to celebrate the life of local Henry Searle who lost his seven-year battle with a brain tumour in 2021, will return this summer with an exciting line-up of artists.

The festival’s headline act in 2023 was UK band Toploader (Dancing in the Moonlight), who played alongside a wealth of local bands and singers, including Swanage-born indie rock band Galaxy Thief.

Henry was a big music-lover and played himself in and around town – and now local acts and Henry’s family and friends come together each year along with many more supporters, playing for free to raise money for the local Swanage community.

There will be a bar and food stalls, as well as a raffle with some fantastic locally-donated prizes, making this a great family-friendly day out.

You’re welcome to bring your own picnic and drinks, but note that this is a plastic-free event.

  • Location – Prince Albert Gardens
  • Timings – 12pm – 8pm


  • Adults – £10
  • Under 16s – Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets will be released nearer the time.

Charities supported by Music By The Sea

Music By The Sea raises funds for a range of local charities – primarily Cancare, which supported Henry and his family throughout his illness.

However, funds raised over the years have also gone to WillDoes2004, Save Our Ambulance Car, Swanage Drama Group, GoFundMe for Emily McDonald and directly to local families in need.