WOMAD Festival, Rivermead, Reading

28 – 30 July 2006

“WOMAD has grown into a guaranteed party of the highest quality, relaxed and potent.” – The Independent, July 2005


Following last year’s sell-out event, WOMAD 2006 takes place from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July on the banks of the River Thames at Rivermead in Reading with tickets on sale from Wednesday 15 March, including a limited number of ‘Early Bird’ tickets at a discounted price.

In total there will be over 70 artists from 30 countries performing over three days on seven outdoor and indoor stages. The following is a taster of some of the excellent music that will be on offer, with many more artists to be confirmed over the next few months:

Batucada Sound Machine (New Zealand) ~ Bellowhead (UK) ~ Calypso All Stars (Trinidad) ~ Cherifa (Morocco) ~ Toumani Diabate & Symmetric Orchestra (Mali) ~ Gotan Project (France) ~ Nanci Griffith (USA) ~ Diana Hamilton (Bahamas) ~ Joji Hirota, Kenny Endo & John Kaizan Neptune (Japan/USA) ~ Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (USA) ~ Salif Keita (Mali) ~ Femi Kuti (Nigeria) ~ Los De Abajo (Mexico) ~ Marcelo D2 (Brazil) ~ Mitsoura (Hungary) ~ Enrique Morente (Spain) ~ Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co (UK) ~ Anoushka Shankar (India) ~ Spanish Harlem Orchestra (USA) ~ Trilok Gurtu & the Misra Brothers (India) ~ Warsaw Village Band (Poland) ~ (line–up is subject to change)

WOMAD offers brilliant live music and much more: with hundreds of participatory workshops for adults and children; late night dance, DJ’s and grooves at ‘Club WOMAD’; a brand–new Tri–Span stage; a spectacular sound and light experience on Thursday evening; the kids’ procession; a traditional funfair; a weekend of shopping in the ‘Global Village’ with over 250 international food, drink, arts, craft and merchandise stalls – plus sumptuous site deco featuring hundreds of flags, projections, visual art & temporary structures.

Each year the festival welcomes over 27,000 visitors and offers an unrivalled atmosphere which WOMAD festival-goers simply love.

Weekend ticket: ?100 (‘Early Bird’ price – limited availability)
Weekend ticket: ?110 (Standard price)
‘Early Entry Thursday’: ?10 (available to Weekend ticket holders only)
Day tickets: Friday ?35, Saturday ?55, Sunday ?45
Concessions available. All Weekend tickets include free camping.
Families are entitled to savings as two children aged 13 and under can come free with each adult ticket buyer.

WOMAD TICKET LINE on Tel: 0118 939 0930 or Fax: 0118 939 0751
24hr information line: 0870 759 96623

PHOTOGRAPH CREDITS on this page: Matt Smith