Womad festival seeks new headliner after death of Bobby Womack

Festival founder Peter Gabriel pays tribute to Womack, who was due to have headlined Womad in July

Womad festival says it is too early to name a new headliner in place of Bobby Womack, who died yesterday (June 27) aged 70.

Womack was due to have headlined Womad at Charlton Park in Wiltshire on July 27. In a press statement the festival’s founder, Peter Gabriel, said: “I’m very sad to learn of Bobby Womack’s death. We were very proud to be having him closing this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park. His songs and his voice have been so much a part of the fabric of so many musical lives. In recent years, it was great to see Richard Russell and Damon Albarn bringing his music back into our attention. He was a soul legend. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this time.”

Womad’s other headliners are Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Richard Thompson and Youssou N’Dour.

Albarn, who produced Womack’s final album ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’ with XL Records boss Russell in 2012, paid tribute to Womack on Saturday, tweeting: “I will see my brother in church.” Others to pay tribute on Twitter include Justin Timberlake, George Clinton, Angie Stone, The Chemical Brothers, Jessie Ware and Kaiser Chiefs.

Fly On Bobby Womack
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— George Clinton (@george_clinton) June 28, 2014

Everybody wants love http://t.co/d8iapfHxMl #bobbywomack

— edsimons(@eddychemical) June 28, 2014

Such sad news about Bobby Womack. Loved dancing to your music and what an honour it was to sing for you. RIP x

— Jessie Ware (@JessieWare) June 28, 2014

Womack & Womack – Teardrops http://t.co/H1J1j85AbC

— Simon Kaiser (@curlywand) June 28, 2014

I would like to send my condolences to the family of Bobby Womack. May he rest in paradise. pic.twitter.com/jgYAEX8kH8

— Angie Stone (@RealAngieStone) June 28, 2014