The roadmap to WOMAD 2021

Posted on 16 March 2021

We are super excited to announce tickets for WOMAD 2021 are on sale now!

The festival will go ahead from 22-25 July 2021 in line with the Government road map which aims to remove all legal social distancing restrictions by 21st June 2021.

Inevitably there will be some changes to the festival and we will be adapting to changing conditions to make WOMAD happen this year, with no doubt that WOMAD 2021 will be, as always a glorious celebration of the global community, its music, arts, culture and food.

We will continue to liase with the licensing and Public Health authorities to understand and implement the measures required for the festival to take place safely and for the wider community to feel totally comfortable. A ‘WOMAD Roadmap 2021’ is in development and will continue to be updated as those decisions are made. Some of these will include:

Line-up: International travel to and from the UK is currently restricted.  Fortunately, the UK has a rich and culturally diverse artistic community and WOMAD will celebrate this diversity with a line-up of mainly UK based artists reflecting musical and artistic traditions from all over the world. The UK artists will be announced on 12 April. But, when restrictions on international travel are lifted, organisers hope to build on this foundation by adding international artists to the line-up around the 17 May, many of whom have already committed to performing at WOMAD 2021 if international travel allows.
Increased Space: We are redesigning aspects of the site to increase the space in the campsite and the arena so people have as much space as they need.

Capacity: Capacity is continually under review. In the first instance tickets will be sold in batches with additional batches added as the consultation proceeds. The final capacity will be based on consultation and reflect the increased space available in the site and the licensing guidelines.

Home Testing: We are discussing the possibility of following the schools’ model and the upcoming DCMS test events of offering home-based Lateral Flow Tests both before and after the festival. Depending on the position of the Public Health Authorities these may be sold at cost price. Festival goers who have a ticket and test positive will be refunded in full or have their ticket rolled over to 2022.

In case of cancellation: In the event that the festival is cancelled by the Government or Health Authorities, tickets can either be rolled over to 2022 or fully refunded.

“We are resolute that the festival will go ahead this year, not only for festival goers to celebrate and discover global music, food and culture, but also for all those who are responsible for putting the festival together – they need to get back to work. The WOMAD community needs to come together to celebrate the magnificent world and all the things that enrich our lives, including each other.” – Chris Smith, WOMAD UK Director

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to the World of Music, Art and Dance. Grab your tickets now!