Toumani Diabate & Juan Carmona & Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina & Guests revisiting the two flamenco and world music fused Songhai albums from world music's boomtime in the late 1980's lead the latest acts announced for this year's WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st July 2016.
Plus joining Asian Dub Foundation and Imarhan on the Thursday night bill, the local schoolkids Malmesbury Schools Project, make their traditional Thursday night appearance, this year joined by the effervescent drums of Escola de Carnaval, just in time for the Rio Olympics.
The line-up already includes George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Baaba Maal, John Grant, Roots Manuva, Charles Bradley, St. Germain, Anoushka Shankar, Buika, Ibrahim Maalouf, Grit Orchestra, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, Sidestepper, Baloji, Desert Slide, Hot 8 Brass Band, Aziza Brahim, This Is The Kit, Auntie Flo, Aynur, The Breath, Cabruera, Dubioza Kolektiv, Federico Albanese, Florian Keller, Kefaya, Kim Juhong's Ensemble Noreum Machi, Meta and The Cornerstones, Pierce Brothers, Selda Bagcan & Boom Pam, Zmei 3, Muzykanci, Afriquoi, Ethno Trio Troitsa, Tetish, The East Pointers, Blick Bassy, Dom La Nena, Moh! Kouyate, Lula Pena, Ana Tijoux, Asiq Nargile, Alash, Amaraterra, Bafula, Diabel Cissokho, Kel Assouf, Le Vent du Nord, Ngawang Lodup with The Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Otava Yo, Volosi, Broadway Sounds, Chouk Bwa Libete, Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei, Hanoi Masters, Heartbeat, Hindi Zahra, La Mambanegra, Lura, Mercedes Peon, N'Diale, Sons of Kemet, MC Soom T, Wiyaala, Xaos, and all-woman supergroup Les Amazones D'Afrique featuring the voices of Oumou Sangare, Mariam Doumbia, Kandia Kouyaté , Rokia Koné, and Mamani Keita.
The full line-up features around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend.
For the line-up details, and day splits, as available see the WOMAD line-up page.
An adult day ticket is priced at £90, a teenage day ticket is £50, and an SN16 resident day ticket is priced at £70.
Early bird tickets sold out in record time in December. Weekend tickets - which are valid from the Friday until Sunday are priced at £175 (Thursday arrivals will also need a Thursday camping ticket costing £35).
Other ticket prices & options available include:
Teenage Weekend Ticket (aged 14-17) £85
Disabled Weekend Ticket £145
SN16 Resident Weekend £120
A campervan ticket £70
Spa Ticket £105 (sold out)
Park & Camp £75
La-Di-Dah Loos £25
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. Names of teenagers must be registered when purchasing tickets. Thursday tickets do not need to be purchased for children aged 13 and under.
There's more to explore at WOMAD this year, including the weird and wonderful hub that is the World of Words which is simply packed to the gills with comedy, slam poetry, talks, authors and much, much more! A lyrics-writing masterclass by Squeeze frontman Chris Difford, a What The Papers Say panel discussion with Rupert Evelyn and spoken word madness at the Hip Yak Poetry Shack .
The theme for this year’s World of Children is Brazilian Carnival, where the fiesta never ends as kids get the chance to join the circus, learn how to samba and even become movie stars in the filmmaking workshops. Watch this space for more details on how to chill out in style at the World of Wellbeing where festival goers can sit back and relax with one of the many treatments on offer, from massages to yoga sessions. The aste the World Stage will be bigger and better than ever for 2016 - a fusion of food, culture and music as artists cook up a storm and introduce audiences to dishes from their own countries, all entwined with musical interludes and intimate personal anecdotes.
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