Womad NZ 2018

Written by on February 5, 2018

WOMAD New Zealand, 2018
Friday 16 – 18 March
Brooklands Park, New Plymouth

Grab your WOMAD tickets HERE

WOMAD 2018 sees the festival celebrate its 14th anniversary in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth. Over the years, WOMAD NZ, has rightfully gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful outdoor festivals in the world.

At this year’s festival includes UK dub pioneer Adrian Sherwood, acoustic guitar duo from Mexico Rodrigo y Gabriela and Washington D.C. based DJ collective, Thievery Corporation.

Local artists include Aldous HardingHopetoun Brown, West Auckland newcomers The Miltones and from Taranaki, The Slacks – the band responsible for the Te Reo-smattered earworm that is ‘Big Aroha

Jazz superstar Kamasi Washington, the Indian sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and classic Kiwi band Dragon are also performing alongside a packed line up of folk, afro-funk, hip-hop, classical, jazz and even punk rock.

This years’ artists are from countries as varied as Canada, Chile, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Mauritania.

Full lineup:

  • Adrian Sherwood (UK)
  • Aldous Harding (Aotearoa)
  • Anoushka Shankar (India/UK)
  • Bixiga 70 (Brazil)
  •  Chico Trujillo (Chile)
  • Constantinople (Canada)
  • Daymé Arocena (Cuba)
  • Dragon (Aotearoa)
  • Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon)
  • Havana Meets Kingston (Jamaica / Cuba)
  • Hopetoun Brown (Aotearoa)
  • Jamie Mcdowell & Tom Thum (Australia)
  • Jojo Abot (Ghana / USA)
  • Kamasi Washington (USA)
  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
  • Le Vent Du Nord (Canada)
  • My Bubba (Sweden/ Iceland)
  • Nano Stern (Chile), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)
  • Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
  • Rahim Alhaj Trio (Iraq)
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela (Mexico)
  • Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia)
  • The Miltones (Aotearoa)
  • The Slacks (Aotearoa), Thievery Corporation (USA)
  • Tinariwen (Mali)
  • Victoria Hanna (Israel)
  • Violons Barbares (France)

The WOMAD campsite is situated next to the festival at the New Plymouth Racecourse and TSB Stadium. The festival site is also located a short distance from New Plymouth’s centre, if you book early you could even get a motel or hotel or house close enough to walk.

The maximum capacity for WOMAD is 15,000 ticket holders per day so you’ll never feel like you are in a mosh pit – in fact bring a blanket and enjoy refreshments in stylish chill out areas, watch a cooking demonstration or explore the stalls and workshops, the kids will be entertained at Kidzone with workshops especially for them spread over the weekend. WOMAD’s not just music! There’s plenty of other things on site to discover, come along and soak up the warmth of the WOMAD vibe.

  • Featuring six stages delivering 30 hours of entertainment over three days, WOMAD is unlike any other festival because of the wider experiences on offer.
  • The Global Village is home to a world-wide range of international arts, craft, and cuisine stalls. Kidzone offers a free creative and interactive programme for festival-goers aged 12-years and under.
  • Free interactive workshops and cooking demos by some of the artists are also popular highlights of the festival. The site decorations and installations are the icing on what is a truly slick and vibrant affair.

The legendary, unique, and friendly atmosphere of WOMAD simply has to be experienced to be believed. Tickets on sale from the WOMAD site, kids go free with a paying adult, for ticketing options CLICK HERE.

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