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interesting point JC! but also maybe people tend to log on to the forum and join after a womad....i know that its only really been this year that ive actively joined in in the pre-amble to womad on the forums....
Go away moany people!
I'm on it now because i have womad withdrawel!!!!
Talking of constructive feedback, I've just set up a new music blog which will have WOMAD reviews up over the next few days. I've already posted a Bellowhead review, please check it out and I'd really appreciate some comments! http://thelanguageofusall.blogspot.com/
I completly agree with the "moaners"
The festival was good. Though my ticket paid for a lot of london/UK based music... hardly world music. Take a look at the Whats On for the The Barbican in London to see how World music is done Womad.
The sound was incredibly loud for some acts. And worse I saw a lot of babies and young children with no ear protectors on, poor things. No excuse - the Action on Hearing Loss stall was selling kids ear protectors at a good price. Selfish stupid parents.
Also, the police "presence" was laughable. If I had a pound for every time an idiot with a joint was within earshot I'd be a rich man.
In short. Womad, must do better next year.
Yeah right. The Barbican. Been there once and will never go again. Sitting on my hands through Afrocubism was not my idea of fun. I would go as far as to say that The Barbican is the worst music venue I've ever had the misfortune to visit.
Agreed. The Barbican is really quite ugly. Still, I had a great time when WOMAD took it over a few years back.
One word- Gurrumul.
He's on at Barbican. Was supposed to appear at Womad last year ( the reason we booked), and then he pulled out.
So, womad couldnt book him this year, even though he's at Barbican again?!?!
Oh and my point is that The Barbican is actually booking big world acts, not just swallowing your ticket money like womad so you can see Mr Blobby and be told its world music as he was originally from Blobbyland before basing himself in the UK.
Was Mr Blobby there this year? Damn! Missed that!
he was very good, did a combination of throat singing, fado and kora playing to cover the requisite world music bases.
His CD sold faster than all of Peter Gabriel's
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