Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG
27-29 July 2007
“A country field with a view across the planet” – Financial Times
PETER GABRIEL PERFORMS AT CHARLTON PARK TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF WOMAD
We are delighted to announce a special guest appearance by Peter Gabriel at WOMAD Charlton Park to celebrate 25 years of WOMAD in the UK. This performance on Friday 27 July by Peter Gabriel, WOMAD’s co-founder, will be one of only a few shows in the UK this summer.
Peter says: “It has been wonderful to see what has happened with WOMAD over the last 25 years. It is different from any other festival I’ve ever been to, and although I usually get to enjoy it from the audience rather than the stage, I am delighted to come back as a performer for this 25th anniversary.
Thomas Brooman has a wonderful, passionate team that have built something quite extraordinary, that is now becoming a national institution. I am very proud to have got the ball rolling.”
We are also very pleased to confirm that Chambao (Spain), Chota Divana (India), Clube Do Balanço (Brazil), Gnawa Diffusion (Morocco), Humanature (Australia), Mari Boine (Norway), Seckou Keita Quartet (Senegal/Italy/Egypt/Gambia), Taj Mahal Trio (USA), The Gloworms (UK) and Zawose Family (Tanzania) have just been added to this year’s festival line-up, which will feature over 70 world-class artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend.
The full line-up so far is as follows, with many more acts due to be announced over the coming months:
Baaba Maal (Senegal) ~ Balkan Beat Box (Israel/USA) ~ Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali) ~ Ben Taylor (USA) ~ Bill Cobham (USA) ~ Candi Staton (USA) ~ Cesaria Evora (Cape Verde) ~ Chambao (Spain) ~ Chota Divana (India) ~ CJ Chenier (USA) ~ Clube Do Balanço (Brazil) ~ Daara J (Senegal) ~ DJ Shantel (Germany) ~ El Tanbura (Egypt) ~ Gnawa Diffusion (Morocco) ~ Humanature (Australia) ~ Kong Nay & Ouch Savy (Cambodia) ~ Kronos Quartet (USA) ~ Lila Downs (Mexico) ~ Mari Boine (Norway) ~ Mariza (Portugal) ~ Marzoug (Algeria) ~ Peter Gabriel (UK) ~ Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga (Kenya/Democratic Republic of Congo) ~ Sam Tshabalala (South Africa) ~ Seckou Keita Quartet (Senegal/Italy/Egypt/Gambia) ~ Serta-Gesar Troupe (Tibet) ~ Sheila Chandra (UK) ~ Steel Pulse (UK) ~ Taj Mahal Trio (USA) ~ The Dhol Foundation (UK) ~ The Gloworms (UK) ~ The Imagined Village (UK) ~ Toots and the Maytals (Jamaica) ~ Toumast (Niger) ~ Warsaw Village Band (Poland) ~ Zawose Family (Tanzania) (line-up is subject to change)
Set in a picturesque rural landscape in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Charlton Park is the new home for the WOMAD Festival in our 25th anniversary year. This beautiful location presents an opportunity to experience the festival in a truly green, pleasant and spacious environment.
Charlton Park is situated 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.
WOMAD Charlton Park will welcome an audience of 20,000 and will feature seven stages and workshop areas, including a children’s village, many more activities and festival features, all in the idyllic environment of Charlton’s open lawns and rolling fields.
Alongside the new attractions of Charlton Park, WOMAD’s familiar feast of entertainment and celebration will remain: brilliant live music; weekend camping; a full programme of participatory workshops for adults and children; Taste The World sessions; late night dance, DJ’s and grooves at Club WOMAD; relaxed entertainment on Thursday evening; a children’s 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 the unrivalled atmosphere that our audience simply loves.