While WOMAD Charlton Park offers extra space for car parking this year, the festival organisers are encouraging festival-goers to travel by more environmentally sound ways and so have teamed up with First Great Western and National Express to offer the simplest and most convenient travel solutions.
First Great Western offer a frequent service and value fares to the local rail stations at Chippenham and Kemble, and a frequent shuttle bus service will be operating between these stations and the Charlton Park site to make getting there even easier. For more information and to book, visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/womad.
National Express will be running a special coach service from London Victoria and Bristol coach stations directly to the festival site. Connections can be made to these main stations from over 1000 destinations across the National Express network. For more information and to book, visit your nearest National Express outlet, go to www.nationalexpress.com/WOMAD or call 08717 818181.Festival prices:
Weekend Ticket: £125
Concession Ticket: £100 (ES40 claimants, students, over 60s & 14-17 year olds)
Disabled ‘2 for 1’ Ticket: £100
Sunday Day Ticket: £50
Thursday Camping: £10 (Allows access from 8am on 24 July with Weekend Ticket)
Kids Tickets: Two children aged 13 and under can come FREE with each adult ticket holder
Online: www.WOMADshop.com & www.WOMAD.org/charltonpark
Phone: 0845 146 1735 (lines open Mon-Fri from 10am-3pm for credit/debit card bookings)
BOOKING QUERY CONTACTS:
Tel: 0870 759 96623 (calls charged at national rates) / Email: sales@WOMADshop.com
Please note that these contacts are for ticket-related queries only.
Abass Dudu (Ghana) – Adrian Sherwood (UK) – AltaiKAI (Altai Republic) – Andrew Cronshaw And… (UK/Armenia/Serbia) – Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan) – Atongo Zimba (Ghana) – Babylon Circus (France) – Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali) – Bedouin Jerry Can Band (Egypt) – Bella Hardy (UK) – Billy Cobham & Asere (USA/Cuba) – Cara Dillon (Ireland) – Charlie Gillett (UK) – Chic (USA) – Children Of The Khmer, Cambodian Dance (Cambodia) – David D’Or (Israel) – Dengue Fever (USA/Cambodia) – Devon Sproule (USA) – Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan (India) – Dixey Ruscelli (Spain) – DJ Dubious (UK) – DJ Marky & Stamina MC (Brazil/UK) – Eddy Grant & The Frontline Orchestra (Guyana/South Africa) – Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica) – Finley Quaye (UK) – Fribo (Norway/UK) – GOCOO + GoRo (Japan) – Greg Sheehan (Australia) – Guy Watson (UK) – Hamid Baroudi (Algeria) – Hossam Ramzy & His Egyptian Orchestra (Egypt) – Hotel Palindrome (Austria) – Iya Sako & Nansady Keita (Guinea) – Jah Wobble, Chinese Dub (UK/China) – Joe Taylor (UK) – Johnny Kalsi (India/UK) – Jose Ferrera (Cuba) – Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara (UK/Gambia) – Kenge Kenge Orutu Systems (Kenya) – Kora (New Zealand) – Landing Mané (Senegal) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Jamaica) – Lisa Kenny (UK) – Little Axe (USA) – Little Feat (USA) – Lo Còr De La Plana (France) – Madosini (South Africa) – Malam Mamane Barka (Niger) – Mamani Keita & Nicolas Repac (Mali/France) – Marino Pool (Dominican Republic) – Mark Alcock (Japan) – Martha Wainwright (Canada) – Mavis Staples (USA) – Mbira Queens feat. Zuzana Novak (UK/Czech Republic) – Mista Savona (Australia/Jamaica) – Modou Diouf (Senegal) – Mog (Ireland) – Monajat Yulchieva (Uzbekistan) – Mônica Vasconcelos & Hih (Brazil/UK) – Monobloco (Brazil) – Mor Karbasi (Israel) – Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee (UK/India) – Orchestra Baobab (Senegal) – Paprika Balkanicus (Romania/Serbia/Slovenia) – Rachid Taha (Algeria) – Roni Size Reprazent (UK) – Rumberos De Cuba (Cuba) – Sa Dingding (China) – Sarah Savoy & The Francadians (USA/France) – Sarmistha Guha (India) – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigera) – Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar (Germany) – Sharon Shannon Big Band feat Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey and Mundy (Ireland) – Sheikh Taha (Egypt) – Show Of Hands with Miranda Sykes (UK) – Simone White (USA) – Siyaya (Zimbabwe) – Son De La Frontera (Spain) – Speed Caravan (Algeria/France) – Squeeze (UK) – Sudd MM (Sicily) – Svetlana Spajić with Andrew Cronshaw (Serbia/UK) – Tashi Lhunpo Monks (Tibet/India) – TC (UK) – Terakaft (Mali) – Toumani Diabaté (Mali) – Transglobal Underground (UK) – Venuri Perera (Sri Lanka) – Yescica Livesey (Cuba)
WOMAD Charlton Park Announces Additions and Changes to 2008 Festival
WOMADannounced that Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) have just been added to this year’s line-up as the Sunday headliners. "Pure enthusiasm for music from around the world led us to the idea of WOMAD in 1980 and thus to the first WOMAD festival in 1982. The festivals have always been wonderful and unique occasions and have succeeded in introducing an international audience to many talented artists…. Equally important, the festivals have also allowed many different audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. Music is a universal language, it draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism.” – Peter Gabriel
Other new additions to this years line up includes… Atongo Zimba (Ghana) – Babylon Circus (France) – Charlie Gillett (UK) – Fribo (Norway/UK) – Hotel Palindrone (Austria) – Jah Wobble, Chinese Dub (UK/China) – Martha Wainwright (Canada) – Monica Vasconcelos & Hih (Brazil/UK) – Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee (UK/India) – Paprika Balkanicud (Romania/Serbia/Slovenia) – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigera) – Siyaya (Zimbabwe) – Speed Caravan (Algeria/France) – Tashi Lhunpo Monks (India) – Lisa Kenny (UK) – Mbira Queens featuring Zuzana Novak (UK/Cxech Republic)
Kasai Allstars will no longer be performing at the festival as they have been unable to obtain the visas they need, resulting in the cancellation of their whole tour.
WOMAD Charlton Park 2008
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG
25 – 27 JULY 2008
Author: World Music Central News Department
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