WOMAD 2012

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2012
Charlton Park, Upper Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England MAP
£135 for three days
daily capacity: 40000
last updated: Mon 23rd Jul 2012

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Bringing together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world on seven separate stage and workshop areas.

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, celebrating it's 30th anniversary the festival returns to the picturesque site at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2012, with early entry available on Thursday.

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Latest additions are Ska Cubano.

They join headliners Robert Plant's new project Sensational Space Shifters, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Cliff, The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel, Femi Kuti, Khaled, Cornershop, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Linton Kwesi Johnson & The Dennis Bovell Dub Band, Patrick Wolf, Hollie Cook, Toddla T & MC Serocee, DJ Yoda & The Transiberian Marching Band, Balkan Beat Box, The Correspondents, NZShapeShifter, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Peatbog Faeries, Raghu Dixit, Mama Rosin, Ben l'Oncle Soul, Balkan Alien Sound, Alaev Family, Ane Brun, Boubacar Traore, Buena Vista Social Club, Dizraeli and the Small Gods, Kimmo Pohjonen and DakhaBrakha, Marewrew, Secousse DJs featuring Etienne Tron and Mo Laudi, Jupiter Okwess International, Ballet Nimba, Keb' Mo', The Wilderness of Manitoba, Grupo Fantasma, Lo'Jo, Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate, Narasirato, Spiro, Terem Quartet, Vadoinmessico, Pine Leaf Boys, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Portico Quartet, Jamie Catto, Revere, Damien Dempsey, Spoek Mathambo, Dub FX, Kareyce Fotso, Batida, Omar Pene, Carlou D, Blick Bassy, Hot Water, Urbain Phileas, Owiny Sigoma Band Soundsystem, Maga Bo, Deolinda, Nuba Nour, Apsilies, Chet Nuneta, The Malmesbury Schools Project and Youth Music Voices, The Barons Of Tang, and Lions Of Africa. With many more to be announced. For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.

The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend. There's also a full programme of adult and childrens workshops (limited spaces available - turn up early!), a cabaret tent, fun fair, comedy, DJ sessions, as well the normal festie fodder, and a huge market of world crafts.

On Thursday for 'early bird' ticket holders The Open Air Stage is expected to once again offer live music from 7-11pm.


The early bird offer has ended. A weekend ticket - which are valid from the Friday until Sunday are priced at £135 (Thursday arrivals will also need a Thursday camping ticket costing £25).

WOMAD will also be offering a family friendly 4 monthly payment plan so that WOMAD festival goers can spread their total payments over a longer period of time.

Other ticket prices & options available will include:
Teenage Weekend Ticket (aged 14-17) - £70
Early Bird Disabled Weekend Ticket - £135
A campervan ticket is priced at £40 - SOLD OUT

WOMAD Park and Camp tickets have all gone and Meadow Park & Camp are disappearing fast.

Children 13 and under can come free with each adult ticket holder, but need a free child ticket. All children must hold their own ticket and must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian over the age of 21. One ticket holding parent or guardian can only accompany up to 4 people under the age of 18. Thursday tickets do not need to be purchased for children aged 13 and under.

To buy tickets, click here.

The Barrow Boys

The Barrow Boys will be onsite this year providing a rental service of wheelbarrows to help lug your gear to your camping area for a small fee. Rental points will be scattered throughout the park as well as at the main entrances.

Global village

WOMAD's famous Global Village offers a dizzying choice of over 40 types of food from all over the globe and there's also a Real Ale Bar, and the 'Taste the World' tent where some of the artists will show off their cooking, and usually stage an impromptu gig.


Music Workshops for adults, will include participatory sessions with WOMAD artists. Festival goers will be able to immerse themselves in the stories behind the music, learn the origins of rare and unusual instruments, and more.

The 'Drum and Dance Tent' will also return with early-bird yoga sessions to salsa lessons to night owl happenings. Sing-Up in the Arboretum will host a celebration of songs from across the globe.

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Woodland Gamelan are expected to return to this year's festival bringing their unique tools, tents and imaginations back to the arboretum, ready to convert the smallest piece of wood into the simplest instrument or create a full gamelan.


The festival is aimed at the whole family, and allows all children aged 13 years and under, in for free. WOMAD promises even more stuff for kids and young people than ever before. 'The World of Kids' will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities. These include the opportunity to create a range of art including masks, flags, giant structures, costumes and junk instruments. They are held throughout the weekend culminating in the Children's Parade which starts from the Children's area traditionally at 6pm on the Sunday and winds it's way through the main arena.

For more information about the work of the WOMAD Foundation both in the UK and around the world, festival goers will be able to visit the Friends of WOMAD stall onsite over the weekend.

WOMAD festivals

WOMAD festivals are held all over the world, in countries including; Australia, New Zealand, Sicily and Spain. They allow audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. WOMAD aims to excite, to inform, and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. It has a friendly and family-safe atmosphere, as well as fantastic music from all around the globe.

More information will be here when available.

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Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2012
Charlton Park, Upper Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England MAP
£135 for three days
daily capacity: 40000
last updated: Mon 23rd Jul 2012

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