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WOMAD in the UK – who to see and what to drink!

July 26, 2017

Womad Uk And Yalumba

Entertainment

It's the country that bought us Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight , and the Wilderness Festival , but many may not realise that the world's beloved WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) has also been entertaining adventurous Britons since 2007.

While Australians are more familiar with WOMADelaide, which has been held in Adelaide's Botantic Park, since 1992, its lesser-known cousin – WOMAD UK held in Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire – has been slowly building popularity in the northern hemisphere over the past 10 years – and for the past two, we've been along for the ride.

Celebrating its first decade from 27-30 July, we're excited to be one of the major sponsors of this year's festival. After sponsoring the Yalumba Taste the World stage last year, we're returning in 2017 with winemaker Kevin Glastonbury who will offer exclusive wine tasting sessions and talks to compliment the incredible food on offer.

WOMAD was founded in 1980 by the psychedelic musical genius Peter Gabriel and a list of fellow rock stars who wanted to celebrate the diversity of world music, to create an outward looking and inspiring musical movement all about inclusivity, and we love it.

WOMAD is also about family and discovery – two things that are close to our hearts at Yalumba.

It's the one music festival that you can take everyone from your 70-year-old grandmother to your two-year-old son along to, and happily find something for everyone to enjoy.

And when it comes to discovery, many WOMAD enthusiasts attend to see a headlining act only to be mesmerised by the unknown international artist playing on one of the back stages.

WOMAD is as much about soaking up the atmosphere and being in the moment, as it is about the memories you keep for a lifetime – seeing "that band" for the first time, or "that iconic musician" for the last.

We started sponsoring WOMADelaide in 2011 and continue to do so today because of what the festival brings to the city of Adelaide, and what it means to us and the global community of cultural enthusiasts – so this new relationship with WOMAD UK is an exciting step in our history with the iconic festival.

From fine food and wine, to its ever-growing lecture series on sustainability, which has featured our very own Chief Winemaker, Louisa Rose, WOMAD aligns perfectly with the Yalumba DNA.

But at the end of the day, food, wine and family aside, WOMAD is all about the music – so if you're in the UK and want to head along (or just want to discover the headliners from your living room) here are our top picks for the festival… and what to drink when listening to them!

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS (JAMAICA)

Pair with: Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne

According to WOMAD Charlton Park patrons should expect a "righteous roots set featuring timeless Toots classics" this month.

Bonnie Raitt calls him "good news" saying that "for a hurtin' world you just put some Toots on and you'll be ok", but his real contribution to music is coining the term reggae.

In 1968 his single "Do the Reggay" was the first song to use the term 'reggae' as ska and rocksteady morphed into a new beat.

Second only to Bob Marley in the hierarchy of Jamaican music, if you're looking for tunes to take you back to WOMAD, look no further than Toots.

DAYMÉ AROCENA (CUBA)

Pair with: Yalumba Block 2 Grenache Rosé

At just 24 Daymé is a celebrated composer, arranger, choir director and band leader who sings jazz and neo-soul with a distinctive twist of Cuban rumba jazz.

According to WOMAD Charlton Park the classically trained musician played piano, violin and guitar in her youth before moving on to voice when she realised that it was "her most powerful instrument".

ANCHORSONG (JAPAN)

Pair with: Yalumba The Tri-Centenary Grenache

Anchorsong is the brainchild of Masaaki Yoshida, who creates live electronic compositions during his performances.

His "richly textured blend of classical, global and contemporary influences with vibrant tribal rhythms" are underpinned by what WOMAD call "cutting-edge electronic wizardry".

Starting out as a guitarist in Japanese rock bands, he relocated to Europe in 2007 where he started producing solo albums. His second solo album Ceremonial was voted by BBC 6 Music as one of the top five releases in 2016.