WOMAD – 2023 Preview

WOMAD festival truly offers something special for everyone – it’s not just the impressive headliners this year, but there is a feast of activity across all of this exciting diverse and world renowned festival.

Returning this year is the legendary icon Femi Kuti and his jazz-funk band the Positive Force.

A definite highlight this year will be Horace Andy, lead singer of Massive Attack, who will bring his incredible voice to his band Dub Asante Band.

Elsewhere, festival regulars Bombay Bicycle Club will delight crowds with their laid-back tunes tunes, while folk royalty  Kate Rusby is one never to miss throughout her 30 year journey. Summer Festival Guide favourites  The Comet Is Coming will merge electronica, psychedelic rock and jazz – be sure not to miss their incredible sax player.

Also recently announced additions include the ‘heartbreakingly brilliant’ The Cinematic Orchestra, along with Jazzy B’s Grammy Award winning collective Soul II Soul.

Saving one of the best announcements to last, hip-hop pioneers and legends The Jungle Brothers (USA)  will get the party started on Thursday night – be sure to get there early as these guys will have you on your feet.

Elsewhere across the festival, the World of Words offers some fascinating talks, thought provoking conversation and inspirational authors, while the Hip Yak Poetry Shack will have some of the best spoken word artists in the country. If you simply want to escape, relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings near Malmesbury, WOMAD Spa offers a tranquil space on enjoy the hot-tubs and all-day yoga.

Tickets are available online now at ://www.womad.co.uk

Full Line up: 

47Soul (Palestine/Jordan) / Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy (Ghana) / Ajate (Japan) /Alicia Edelweiss (Austria/UK) / Amaraterra (Italy/UK) / Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Aliu Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash (India) Amrat Hussain Brothers Trio (India) / Amy Montgomery (Ireland) /Ana Carla Maza (Cuba) / Ana Tijoux (Chile/France) / Andy Skank (UK) / Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou (Morocco) / Balimaya Project (UK) / Bombay Bicycle Club (UK) / Carmen Consoli (Italy) / Catrin Finch and Cimarrón (UK/Colombia) / Chris Tofu & Friends (UK) / Cha Wa (USA) / Dakh Daughters (Ukraine) / Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra (Nigeria/UK) / DJ Format (UK) / Dutty Moonshine Big Band (UK) / Emicida (Brazil) / ENNY (UK) / Faith i Branko (UK/Serbia) / Femi Kuti and the Positive Force (Nigeria) / Horace Andy (Jamaica) and Dub Asante Band (UK) / Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon (Ghana/UK) / Israel Fernández (Spain) / Jamz Supernova (UK) / Jungle Brothers (USA) / Justin Adams & Mauro Durante (UK/Italy) / Kate Rusby (England) / Kathryn Joseph (UK) / Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan (Iran/Turkey) / King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys (UK) / KUUNATIC (Japan) / Leenalchi (South Korea) / Lia de Itamaracá (Brazil) / Liraz (Israel) / LoKkhi TeRra /(UK/Bangladesh/Cuba) / Los Wemblers de Iquito (Peru) / Lova Lova (Democratic Republic of the Congo) / Luke Una (UK) / MADMADMAD (UK) / Malkit Singh (India/UK) / Malmesbury Schools Project with Jamo Jamo Arts (UK/Mali/Senegal/Burkina Faso/Gambia) / Man and the Echo (UK) / Mari Kalkun (Estonia) / Marina Satti (Greece) / Mariza (Portugal) / Mesadorm (UK) / Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) / MC Yallah & Debmaster (Uganda/Kenya/France/Germany) / Mellowmatic (UK) / Mista Trick (UK) / Montparnasse Musique (South Africa/France)  / Nakhane (South Africa) / Nihiloxica (Uganda) / Oh My God! It’s The Church (USA) / Orchestral Qawwali Project ft Rushil Ranjan and Abi Sampa (UK) / Queen Omega & The Royal Souls (Trinidad & Tobago) / Raz & Afla (UK/Ghana) / Rory McLeod (UK) / Paprika (Serbia) / Pongo (Angola/Portugal) / Puuluup (Estonia) / Reem Kelani (Palestine) / Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK) / Rokia Koné (Mali) / Sahra Halgan (Somaliland) / Salami Rose Joe Lewis (USA) / Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys (UK) / Saramaccan Sound (SURINAME) (Suriname) / Snapped Ankles (UK) / Souad Massi (Algeria) / Soul II Soul (UK) Soumik Datta (India/UK) / Staples Jr Singers (USA) / Star Feminine Band (Benin) / Susana Baca (Peru) / Tank & The Bangas (USA) / The Cinematic Orchestra (UK) / The Comet Is Coming (UK) / The Olllam (Northern Ireland/USA) / The Scribes (UK) / Theon Cross (UK) / Ukulele Death Squad (Australia) / Vassvik (Norway)

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