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WOMAD 2012 - 30th Anniversary
62 replies to this topic
Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:24 AMSome good names there and Robert Plant was someone I didn't even consider. Lovely.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:40 AMSensational Space Shifters?! Now I know why eFests just announced it as being "Robert Plant"... Otherwise we would have been like... "Who?!?"
Will be interesting, I'm sure. I was enjoying the Band of Joy work though! Oh well, keep on movin'...
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:06 PMJimmy Cliff now has the womad date on his website - he's playing on the Friday.
I have a hunch they might also have Junior Murvin, just on the basis of his tourdates. I hope I'm not wrong about that one.
And I've been hassling them on twitter to book Stephen Marley. I reckon their teasing reply says they don't have him, but others have told me they read it the other way. I'll be exceedingly chuffed if they did have him.
Am I giving away that I like reggae?
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:20 PMI see Manu Chao has announced some European dates between 23rd June & 25th August with a month long gap after the 18th July show in Nimes. I live in hope.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:07 PMDamn. Just noticed he's playing in Dax on 27th & 28th July, which only leaves Sunday free. Bit of a dash but it would be a great close to the 30th anniversary.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:01 PMtickets arrived today !
Edited by 5co77ie, 11 April 2012 - 08:02 PM.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:21 PMThey may have got Manu Chao - playing Switzerland's Paleo festival the week before WOMAD.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:23 PM
They may have got Manu Chao - playing Switzerland's Paleo festival the week before WOMAD.
With Dax on 27th & 28th and now Porto Latino de Bastia on the 30th he's got a busy 4 days if he flies over for Womad on the 29th.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:12 AMall the rest of the womad acts will be announced tomorrow.
I have a suspicion that it might well include Damiam Marley as he's in the country for a date the day before, and some tweeting I did with womad suggested they might have a marley.
And Manu Chao are on tour with Tokyo Paradise Ska Orchestra .... and as the Ska Orch are already confirmed for WOMAD that's suggesting Manu Chao too.
If those guesses turn out to be right, and with Jimmy Cliff on the bill already, it's going to be an absolutely cracking line-up this year. Fingers crossed!!!
Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:50 AMPortico Quartet are playing. Love their new album, though I find the earlier ones a bit too Jazz Odyssey for my liking.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:16 PMLinton Kwesi Johnson & The Dennis Bovell Dub Band (Thursday), Holly Cook & Patrick Wolf have been added :-)
Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:50 AM
Linton Kwesi Johnson & The Dennis Bovell Dub Band (Thursday)
I've been wanting to see LKJ for years.. decades in fact!
And after the Dub Band's absolutely mind-blowing set on the Radio 3 stage s few years ago, it'll be fantastic if they get some time of their own as well as backing LKJ.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:59 PM
Is this good news or bad news?! Is it really possible to run a festival with no police presence? Its just asking for trouble if you ask me.
I'd guess that it's no less of a negotiating position as it was for the police to make public they were opposing the licence because womad won't go along with their demands. After all, womad make clear that they'd rather run it with the police involved.
I think it's great that womad are standing up for themselves. The way the laws currently stand the police are able to pretty much do the exact same thing as The Krays used to - demand money from businesses with the threat of ruining that business if the business won't go along with them. The method is different of course because there's not also the threat of violence but it's really not very different at all.
The police are not only able to charge an event, but they're able to make up a rate per copper that they'll charge, and stipulate the number of police that the event needs. For the police this is nearly all 'free money' because little in the way of extra resources are being used.
I'm not even sure that it's fair enough for the police to be able to charge events, because it's displacement policing - if those people aren't at a festival site, they're elsewhere in the country and need no less policing than they do at a festival.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:23 AMHaving just woken up in the waterpark that used to be known as Devon which got battered by flooding - rather concerned the warning we had last night has been issued to Malmesbury today.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:13 PMMy tics have just arrived.
Keep us posted, 5co77ie, is it going to be a floating festival?
signed off by a very concerned (& nosebleeding)
Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:00 PMHi Guys,
I am working for Creative Wiltshire and this year we are putting together an installation called "Twist Again" to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this beautiful festival.
We are asking as many people as possible to post their photos of WOMAD over the years to this site:
Please ask your friends and family and go have a dig through your old photos in the attic and see if you can find some pre digital, pre 2000s - the older the better!
It would be really great to have you all feature in this installation, look out for us, and your photos at the festival.
We're counting down the days and I'm sure you are too.
Deadline is this Friday (13th July) so please get on it asap!
Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:39 PMMy normal WOMAD buddies aren't able to make it this year but I'm reluctant not to go. Given that I don't fancy doing it on my own, is there anyone here who'd be interested in linking up?
Posted 12 July 2012 - 09:55 AMGurrumul cancels European tour dates for July 2012
Australian singer and musician Gurrumul has cancelled his forthcoming
European performances due to ill health. The news was announced via his
"Due to ongoing health issues Gurrumul has had to cancel his July European
tour. He is currently in the care of his immediate family."
Having recently performed at HM Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee concert Gurrumul
was due to return to Europe for the following run of festival shows:
July 13 Riddu Riddu Festival, Kajford, Norway
July 15 Sommarscen, Malmo, Sweden
July 21 BT River of Music, Greenwich, London, UK
July 22 La Mar Du Musicas Festival, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, nr Alicante,
July 24 Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
July 26 FMM Sines, Lisbon, Portugal
July 28 WOMAD, Charlton Park, UK
Geojay there'll be a few eFestivallers on site that weekend, I'll be there reviewing.