The organiser of WOMAD festival has confirmed that the festival will go ahead this summer (July 22-25) in line with the Government’s reopening roadmap, and it aims to remove all legal social distancing measures.
Chris Smith, director of WOMAD UK, has stated that there will be some changes to the festival and that the festival team is in the process of developing a WOMAD Roadmap 2021, which will outline the measures that are being taken to ensure audiences and contractors are kept safe. Including the possibility of testing.
The WOMAD Roadmap includes:
- Line-up: International travel to and from the UK is currently restricted. Fortunately, the UK has a rich and culturally diverse artistic community and WOMAD will celebrate this diversity with a line-up of mainly UK-based artists reflecting musical and artistic traditions from all over the world. The UK artists will be announced on April 12. But, when restrictions on international travel are lifted, the organiser hopes to build on this foundation by adding international artists to the line-up around May 17, many of whom have already committed to performing at WOMAD 2021 if international travel allows.
- Increased Space: WOMAD is redesigning aspects of the site to increase the space in the campsite and the arena so people have as much space as they need.
- Capacity: Capacity is continually under review. In the first instance tickets will be sold in batches with additional batches added as the consultation proceeds. The final capacity will be based on consultation and reflect the increased space available in the site and the licensing guidelines.
- Home Testing: WOMAD is discussing the possibility of following the schools’ model and the upcoming DCMS test events of offering home-based Lateral Flow Tests both before and after the festival. Depending on the position of the Public Health Authorities these may be sold at cost price. Festivalgoers who have a ticket and test positive will be refunded in full or have their ticket rolled over to 2022.
- In case of cancellation: In the event that the festival is cancelled by the Government or health authorities, tickets can either be rolled over to 2022 or fully refunded.
Smith said: “We are resolute that the festival will go ahead this year, not only for festivalgoers to celebrate and discover global music, food and culture, but also for all those who are responsible for putting the festival together – they need to get back to work. The WOMAD community needs to come together to celebrate the magnificent world and all the things that enrich our lives, including each other.”