BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Entertainment  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Monday, 29 July, 2002, 01:08 GMT 02:08 UK
Womad: Your highlights
About 25,000 music fans went to the Womad music festival's 20th anniversary event in Reading - and BBC News Online asked festival-goers and performers what the highlights were.

Patrick Willcocks, 45, from Birmingham, with family and friends: "Souad Massi was an excellent singer and a mixture of styles - from very sad to dance music. And Papa Noel reminded me of the Buena Vista Social Club, but with an African tinge."


Piers Awdry, 39, from Bath: "Abdelkader Saadoun had a great sound and nice belly-dancers. It is a typical Womad - you come here, the sun comes out and you all get burnt and jump in the river."


Julie Murphy, singer with Welsh "contemporary folk" group Fernhill: "Ernest Ranglin was unbelievable - the music, his personality, the old-school vibe he gave off were so warm. He was enjoying himself and everyone was dancing, it was wonderful."


Sheila Marshall (left), 49, from Poynings, Sussex, and Katie Young, 37, from Brighton: "The highlight was jumping in the river, although you're not allowed to. And Ernest Ranglin was absolutely brilliant. The nice thing about coming here is that you don't know what anything's going to be like until it happens."


Simon Broughton, editor of Songlines world music magazine: "I really enjoyed Lila Downs on Friday - a wonderful Mexican singer. I wanted to see Cara Dillon, but couldn't get anywhere near because there were so many people. One of the great things about Womad is the groups who you've not heard before and you just chance upon."


Yocu, drummer with Mexican group Los de Abajo: "In Mexico, not many people know Womad, but in Europe, everybody's talking about it. We did a workshop, which was very weird because we are now playing electronic music, and that was only an acoustic set. We tried it and it was nice - there was dancing and everything."


Murray Longworth, 36, from Bristol, with daughter Skye, 2: "I've been trying to keep up with the kids - we've been going on the rides and things. Womad caters for children very well."


James Spadavecchia (left), 21, with friend James McMaster, 27, both from Nuneaton: "Papa Noel was the highlight - I've followed his music for the past few years. It's the first time I've been to Womad and it's a really nice, relaxed atmosphere."

Summer Festivals 2002

Latest stories

Festival reviews

Band diary

Send us your views

ALSO FROM THE BBC
See also:

26 Jul 02 | Entertainment
11 Nov 01 | Entertainment
28 Jul 01 | Entertainment
30 Jul 01 | Entertainment
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes