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Our group of 7 families , of which we are the veteran Womaders ( 19 yrs and counting ! ) had NO , I repeat ... NO complaints that are worth mentioning on the forum ! It was a fantastic weekend , beautifully organised and with an amazingly well behaved crowd , and that's before the music even comes into the equation ! There were nearly 40 , 000 people onsite at the height of the proceedings and a few glitches here and there are to be expected surely ?
One of the best ever - thank you Womad for making our summer yet again !
On the "teenager" issue, I'm in my 50s and the only problems I experienced were caused by people around my age! Personally I'd like to see more happy youngsters at Womad and less grumpy old folk
If the time ever comes when I start to dislike festivals because there are too many young people there then it's time to stop going not to start complaining.
re comments about R3 stage. Am I the only one who thought it was actually better positioned this year? There seemed to be a lot more space near the stage and more viewing angles. An arboretum is never going to be the best place for visibility but on the plus side it probably cuts leakage from the other stages , And it is a nice place to listen to music.
And as regards chairs, some people cant stand all day and why should they be forced to the back? I fear I am nearing that age myself. Haven't got my chair yet but might soon be tempted, So why not try and foster a general principle (doesnt have to be rigorously enforced just a principle ) that ardent sitter downers gravitate to (say) the left hand of the stage and stander uppers to the right, Those that don't care either way could hang about in the middle and be cool about everything Simple..... everybody happy.
I do have a bugbear of my own though, and that's Tall People Standing in Front of Me, especially Tall People with Big Hats On. They have no conception of what its like to be stood in front of,do they? If I was Dictator of the World (a post to which I would be eminently suited - if anyone out there's planning a coup), I would pass a law that tall people could only stand near the front if they stood in special height-reducing pits and surrendered their hats. Sadly I'm not, so I guess its "live and let live" for the time being.
this chair issue has got to go.......seriously!!! lol
no one has complained about children being placed on shoulders of adults
no one has complained about miniature step ladders and stools
no one has complained about adults being placed on adults shoulders
why is a person resting in a chair any different??
why is it that they should be relagated to the back of a gig when they spent the time/energy/money just as much as the next person?
understandable, if there is a row of chairs that are not being used then yes that makes no sense, but as a festival that welcomes old young able and not isn't it being a tad hypocritical to cast aside those who may not be as agile or well healthed as those who are complaining but wish to be in the thick of it just as much as the rest of us??
totally un-womad behaviour in my opnion
My first Womad at Charlton Park (although i've been to many at Reading and elsewhere). Maybe it was partly because i haven't been for a few years but i absolutely loved it. I was impressed by the site, the organisation, the sound, the lack of queues at the beer tents and of course most of all, the music. Baba Maal and Faiz Ali Faiz were always going to be great, but it's always the stuff you don't know that makes Womad, and although i don't think i'd buy their record, i smiled throughout the Las Balkanieras set - what great entertainers! I don't think i have any criticisms at all, keep on doing what you're doing Womad!
WP - just for the record I have no objection to individuals using stools or even individual chairs because they find it hard to stand. My grouse is against groups with long lines of chairs with beer glass holders that block the site - often with chairs for kids who either aren't there or aren't interested (assuming any of them are interested). I have a particular problem with anyone of a "get orf my land" disposition
That is un-Womad-like behaviour
Maybe I was lucky but I saw very few long lines of chairs this year but I agree they are irritating.
i completely understand but there is also that sense when 'standers' are shouting on their phones to their friends who then squeeze in and trample/move/barge other standers out of the way to stand with their friends its the same principle. i'm not condoning either behaviour im just saying its a bit of a pathetic issue to be OVERLY worried about...some people put out mats/blankets (which people have also complained about) because they have friends/family joining them from around the site, just as people standing at the front usher in their companions which also disturbs the viewing pleasure for those around them that have also worked hard at securing their coveted space whilst standing...it will happen either way seated or stood and i think there are more pressing issues that womad have to deal with then whether their very 'varied' audience decide to be seated or to stand.
sorry if my opinion has offended or ruffled anyone
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