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Another thing - would have liked more 30 years nostalgia opportunities - there are lots of people who been coming to Womad for many years and have fond memories. My first was 1987 in Carlyon Bay and I was utterly blown away.
Is there any chance of a line up list or online photo album from previous festivals?
Shocking that WOMAD have Israeli embassy ads in their programme...disgusting! We spend weekend listening to artists singing about peace and justice and people all over the world advocating the uniting of hands from different nations and yet there is a programme advocating the ads from the embassy of a state which is responsible for an apartheid system and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people. the Israeli state have flouted countless UN resolutions and are still building illegal settlements on Palestinian lands, demolishing homes and are in the midst of displacing yet more of the exsting. Palestinian people to Ghetto's within the west bank to enable Israel to capitalise on their labours for industry in confined areas and with even less mobility. Wake up WOMAD what do you really stand for. Please do not ignore this....it is disgusting. Remember history...many of your artists do..they cannot get away from it, remember South Africa also.
And creating Ghetto's in the Naqab (bedoins) I have been to WOMAD for 16 years if this continues myself and many of my friends will not return.
Well, really enjoyed WOMAD (again) - my ninth I think. My son has been eight times and is only 16! A vetran - he loves it. It feels churlish to complain but I do feel that this year lacked a GREAT headline act. Strangely, Mori Kante and Baba Maal were BOTH playing in London the same weekend - couldn't WOMAD have nicked one of them? Strange to see negative comments about Mr. Plant. I think he toook a couple of songs to get into it but he tuned into Howlin; Wolf and John Mayall ("I'm Your Witch Doctor" was a slice of history being the song that Clapton played first with Mayall - maybe Jack Bruce on bass on the original too), several Zep classics and some swampy newer stuff. How anyone can pass judgement after one and a half songs is beyond me. My highlight was Kimmo Pohjonen and Dakha Brakha setting the Siam Tent on fire on Friday night - sensational. Omar Pene was great as was Jupiter Okwess International. Femi Kuti should have headlined Saturday and Hugh Masekela was too early - great set. Didn't rate the Thursday acts as highly as last year. Minor quibles though. Aleady looking forward to next year.
This year was our 3rd WOMAD, we had an amazing time, can't beleive how lucky we were with the sunshine again!!
Loved Ska Cubanos, Peatbog Faeries, Soul Rebels, Spiro, Jimmy Cliff was wonderful but we couldn't hear him very well from the back, we missed Robert Plant cos we had to leave on the sunday, but have seen him a couple of times before so not that bothered.
Loos were clean and well maintained plenty of loo roll and hand sanitizer, but put some kind of screen around the open urinals!!!!!!Please!!!!! I don't want to see people peeing and neither does my daughter.
The Funfair , was it my imagination or is it getting bigger? It was fine when the kids were able to collect the plastic cups and earn some pocket money to go on the rides, but this year it cost me a fortune, which wasn't great.
Please please please can we have the plastic cup refund scheme back next year. It was sad to see the mess left after the crowds dispersed, in previous years there wasn't an empty cup to be seen anywhere.
Family camping area - security were a bit noisy in the early hours, also seemed to be a lot of young teens left to their own devices whilst parents were off enjoying the bands late into the night. This is fine, but surely they don't need to be in the family camping area if they want to stay up late making lots of noise. My major gripe was a particularly sweary young teen who we had to ask numerous times to watch his language, who then woke me up by shouting "Mother f**king C*n*" at about 2am just as I was dropping off to sleep, I felt like shouting the same back at him when I saw him tucking into his bacon sarnie in the morning like butter wouldn't melt .
The showers were great
The food was fantastic, especially at the Coyote Moon Cafe (any chance of that halloumi curry recipe?)
People were great
Music was great
Can't wait till next year
Toilets were great but would like to see more urinals near Siam.
Bass in red tent was loud but it does fit the acts there. However I can see how people in all singing/dancing tent could be annoyed. Quite difficult to keep the ear defs on the kids too...
Siam sound was terrible. Couldn't hear the vocals during ska Cubano which was our fav act.
We really enjoyed Womad this year as we newly discovered Mollys bar with Professor Elemental, and apple and rhubarb crumble with custard at "the cake hole". Also Friday bands were brilliant.
Please don't change the new radio 3 stage. Last year it was dominated by people with chairs and blankets who seem to think they have priority over everyone else. Apart from being annoying it was also very dangerous at times.
If you go to see a band at a festival you should be prepared to stand and if you don't want to do that then sit at the back and don't moan.
A few more positives I should have added earlier:
- free wi-fi across the site - a real bonus!
- the wider space at the CG stage (which also helped keep the noise of the stalls away)
- Frank Water
- real ale at every bar.
Three cheers for Horfield! At last, Radio 3 Stage is no longer dominated by the chair and blanked brigade. I loved it, wonderful space, more friendly without the toffee nosed chair/blanked hoggers - and access to the bar which was often blocked before. Please don't change it. The only downside was the Womad shop thingy. Was it really necessary to place it there?
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