UK – WOMAD announced the new location of its UK festival, which replaces Rivermead. WOMAD Festival 2007 will be held at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK, from 27 to 29 July 2007.
Charlton Park has a stunning setting in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. Set in picturesque rural landscape, WOMAD at Charlton Park presents an opportunity to experience the festival in a truly green, pleasant and spacious environment. The festival will feature new stages and workshop areas, a children’s village, new activities and installations set in the idyllic environment of Charlton’s arboretum, open lawns and rolling fields.
Home to The Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, Charlton Park is located just outside the historic abbey town of Malmesbury in North Wiltshire. Easily accessible by road and rail, the festival site is just seven miles from Junction 17 of the M4, only one hundred miles due west of London, and less than thirty miles away from Bath, Bristol and Swindon.Alongside the new attractions though, WOMAD’s familiar feast of entertainment and celebration will remain: brilliant live music; weekend camping; a full program of participatory workshops for adults and children; Taste The World sessions; a late night dance, DJ’s and grooves at Club WOMAD; relaxed entertainment on Thursday evening; kids’ procession on Sunday; a chance to ‘shop around the world’ at over 250 international food, drink, arts, craft and merchandise stalls in our Global Village; sumptuous site decoration featuring hundreds of flags, projections, visual art and temporary structures; plus an unrivalled atmosphere that our audience simply loves.
WOMAD at Charlton Park will welcome an audience of 20,000, together with over seventy world-class artists from forty different countries. Each and every musical experience at the festival will be offered in its own special space – from main stage and high profile, to intimate and troubadour acoustic, our aim is to respond creatively to our new environment, engaging with the character of the location.
The initial line-up details and site information will be announced in January 2007. The organizers have already confirmed Baaba Maal, Steel Pulse, Billy Cobham, Sam Tshabalala and The Dhol Foundation.
Tickets are on sale now via www.womadshop.com with a number of tickets being sold at 2006 prices. This offer is only available until 31 January 2007.
‘Early Bird’ Weekend Ticket (until 31 January 2007): £110. Weekend Ticket (after 31 January 2007): £120. Full ticket information is available at www.womad.org/charltonpark with initial sales exclusively through womadshop.com.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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