Bowers & Wilkins will be programming their own stage once again at this month's WOMAD happening in the Wiltshire countryside at the picturesque site in Charlton Park, near Malmesbury from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015, with early entry available on Thursday.
WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, and brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world on seven separate stage and workshop areas.
Real World and Bowers & Wilkins will be curating a line up tailor-made for its 135,000 Watt speaker stack that will bring absolute clarity through a towering 4-way active speaker system weighs-in at 4 metric tonnes and delivers a level of audio details previously unheard at live performances. The new bigger stage this year, titled 'Bowers & Wilkins Sound System', will be celebrating the art of listening through live performances, DJ sets and interactive events.
Over the weekend the stage will feature an eclectic array of sound pioneers and musical adventurers.
Proceedings will start in the morning with sound-related activities for children and build throughout the day, with talks from the likes of The Soundsavers - looking at 125 years of recorded music at the British Library - performances from East India Youth, Cara Dillon, Hannah Peel, and John Metcalfe, and culminate in DJ sets from Analog Africa Soundsystem, Don Letts, and Jazzie B.
At the centre of the weekend’s events will also be a celebration of the Moog Synthesiser spearheaded by Will Gregory (Will Gregory Moog Ensemble) and Richard Norris (The Grid) and an interactive session with the legendary Moog Sound Lab.
Bowers & Wilkins Brand Director Danny Haikin said, "This year our stage line up is a celebration of sound. There is something for everyone from talks on sound recording, to very special performances from select artists to late-night, not-to-be missed, DJ sets from those who celebrate sound-system culture."
The line-up includes De La Soul, Tinariwen, Bellowhead, CW Stoneking, 47soul, AcholiMachon, Aurelio Martinez, Banda Magda, veteran Brazilian singer Dona Onete, Eska, Ester Rada, Kim Churchill, L'Hijaz'Car, Molotov Jukebox, Orange Blossom, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Japanese funk from Osaka Monaurail, Sagapool, Sona Jobarteh, and Swindle.
Also confirmed are Cheikh Lo, Ngawang Lodup, Nazim Ziryab, Kakatsitsi, Olcay Bayir, Kapela Maliszow, Egyptian Project, Ezza, Laura Mvula, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Mahmoud Ahmed, Ghostpoet, Souad Massi, The Correspondents, Count Drachma, Delaney Davidson, Hossam Ramzy and his Egyptian Orchestra, Ibeyi, Jambinai, King Naat Veliov's Original Kocani Orkestar, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Luke Vibert, Luzmila Carpio, Noura Mint Seymali, Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics, Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fíerro, Red Baraat, Lokkhi Terra & Shikor Bangladesh All Stars, Spiro, The Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Tigran, Tulegur, and The Very Best.
For early bird arrivals, Thursday night offers Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, and the colourful Kala Chethena Kathakali Theatre Company, as well as the traditional curtain-raising local The Malmesbury Schools Project collaboration with this year's partners Tomorrow's Warriors.
The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend.
For the line-up details as available see the WOMAD line-up page.
Weekend tickets - which are valid from the Friday until Sunday are priced at £165 (Thursday arrivals will also need a Thursday camping ticket costing £30).
Other ticket prices & options available will include:
Teenage Weekend Ticket (aged 14-17) £80
Disabled Weekend Ticket £165
SN16 Resident Weekend £115
A campervan ticket is priced at £65
Spa Ticket £120
Park & Camp £70
La-Di-Dah Loos £20
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.
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