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Peter Gabriel to headline WOMAD
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel will perform at WOMAD, the festival he created

Peter Gabriel, the musician who conceived the WOMAD festival, will headline at this year's event.

Celebrating the World of Music Arts and Dance, the ex-Genesis singer and solo artist will play on Saturday, 24 July.

The 2009 line-up also features Barcelona's Che Sudaka, Israel's The Apples and Chicago's jazz and hip-hop septet Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

WOMAD takes place in Charlton Park near Malmesbury over the weekend of Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 July, 2009.

Musical highlights also include British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston, China's new grassland musician, Mamer, and hip-hop icon Neneh Cherry features in the line-up of Swedish electro-pop collective cirKus.

One set to watch out for is a special performance from Roy Ayers. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, the godfather of Neo-soul continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers.

And Shlomo, one of the world's leading beatboxers, continues to push the boundaries of beatboxing as an art form.

He stunned last year's WOMAD Charlton Park as the guest of Martha Wainwright and returns this year with his Vocal Orchestra - the world's only human beatbox choir.

WOMAD festival goers in 2008
WOMAD continues to offer a range of entertainment for all musical tastes

WOMAD is more than just a music festival. Making a welcome return is the Taste The World tent where artists show off their cooking prowess.

More often than not, turns into a impromptu gig!

The Drum and Dance Tent also makes a welcome return with activities such as early-bird yoga sessions, salsa lessons to night owl happenings.

WOMAD promises to be bigger and better for kids and young people than ever before.

The World of Kids will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities; the magnificent Children's Parade is always a festival highlight.

The festival also continues its well-established place as a festival for the whole family with all children aged 13 and under able to get in for free.

WOMAD returns to Charlton Park in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, from Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 July, 2009.




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