Womad Festival set to move

The world music event shifts to stately home site

Womad is set to switch locations next year after 17 years in Reading.

The world music festival will now take place at Wiltshire stately home, Charlton Park near Malmesbury between July 27 and 29.

The event has been held at Rivermead in Reading for 17 years, but organisers decided to move because they felt that site was now too small.

Womad co-founder Peter Gabriel said: “It just felt there was beginning to be a negative noise about Reading.”

The BBC NEWS reports that Gabriel decided on the move after meeting a woman who had being to the festival for 15 years and had decided not to go again because it was too crowded.

Organisers ruled out using the nearby Carling Weekend: Reading Festival site, because there is only a month’s gap between the two events.

They also added that despite moving the festival to a bigger site, there were no initial plans to increase the 20,000 a day capacity.

The 2007 festival, which marks the event’s 25th anniversary, will see Gabriel performing with Baaba Maal, drummer Bill Cobham, The Doll Foundation, Steel Pulse and Sam Tshabalala among others.

Tickets for next year’s festival are currently on sale.

For availability go to NME.COM/Gigs.