WOMAD 2018 Reviews

Posted on 4 February 2019

The I

*****

Womad is a mighty force. The number of “Bollocks to Brexit” stickers on display attested to an internationalism that makes Womad really
special. Nowhere else in the course of a single weekend could you move so enthrallingly around the globe or have your ears opened to such an astonishing array of uncategorisable sounds.

 

The Guardian

****

This was an entertaining WOMAD, with a typically eclectic line-up.

 

The Independent

****

WOMAD’s great strength is its eclecticism: there are bands from right across the globe, offering glimpses into lesser-known musical traditions from more than 50 countries, or slamming them together in unexpected combinations; utterly unique.

 

The Evening Standard

****

An extraordinary multi-racial festival, that is open to the world, Womad is about bringing the world to Britain, breaking down barriers and making connections.

 

The Independent

****

WOMAD’s great strength is its eclecticism: there are bands from right across the globe, offering glimpses into lesser-known musical traditions from more than 50 countries, or slamming them together in unexpected combinations; utterly unique.

 

The Times

****

The WOMAD brand has become bigger than individual acts.

 

The Arts Desk

Womad is drawing a world closer even as it appears to be tearing itself apart

 

Bristol 247

This festival demonstrates a unity, strong and unbreakable during a time when this planet is so mightily stretched and tested.

 

Bristol Live

Womad certainly isn’t the cheapest festival out there but when you consider the phenomenal line-up, the amount of activities on offer for children, the cleanliness of the arena and campsite, the mouth-watering culinary options, the sound quality of every stage and of course the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere from everyone, that ticket price looks like an absolute bargain.

 

Taste The World

Wiltshire Times

WOMAD’s unique stage where artists introduce festival-goers to their native cuisine in a live cooking session-cum-gig – enjoyed a vintage year, highlights including Iranian folk star Mohsen Sharifian’s Persian prawn stew and the hilariously brilliant Belgian gypsypunks KermesZ áL’Est and their delicious frites.

 

World of Children

The Festival Guide

The very Best UK festival for Children

 

World of Words

Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Standard

WOMAD festival is about so much more than music and its World of Words is a unique space bursting with poetry, comedy, authors, debates and much more to make festival goers think and laugh.

 

The WOMAD Spa

The Good Spa Guide

If ‘wellness’ is all about balancing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social wellbeing then WOMAD had it all covered. Verdict: festivals and spas are the perfect mix.

 

d&b Soundscape stage

The Arts Desk

More rhythms, and a new high in festival sound systems, at the d&b Soundscape stage, hosting DJs, electronic artists and bands including Leafcutter John and rising British jazz trio Mammal Hands – the perfect showcase for high-adrenaline shows.