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Have you been rolling in mud?

My daughter once used the phrase “Have you been rolling in mud?” when she was 6 and playing hairdressers. It’s not something any hairdresser ever used as small-talk to me – but I remember it as a brilliant piece of roll-playing! The image above was taken during the parade and reminded me of Lyra’s comment.

If it’s possible that a wet and muddy festival can be character-building then my character should be pretty well-built after this summer. I attended not one but two extremely well saturated festivals, the first being WOMAD Charlton Park at the beginning of the ‘summer’ and the second on the August Bank Holiday at Portsmouth with a two-day Victorious Festival. Despite the continual rain for two and a half days out of the four days we were at WOMAD we still had an excellent time because of the amazing and varied performers and also the well-organised and helpful staff and volunteers.  Highlight performances were from Laura Mvula, Ghostpoet, and The Staves. It’s possibly a coincidence that all of these were under cover of the Siam Tent so we didn’t get too wet even though the deluge managed to make it’s way in at the edges of the huge tent.

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Laura Mvula at WOMAD Charlston Park 2015
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The Staves performing on the Siam stage.

I admit it would have been more comfortable watching Cerys Matthews from 6Music broadcasting her Sunday morning show from the Radio 3 stage, and we may well have enjoyed the performance of William Onyeabour on the Open Air Stage if we’d been brave enough to stay out in the damp and cold a bit longer that evening.

Here’s a few more images showing the wide variety of acts performing – the only thing they really had in common is that they were all good. It was fascinating seeing the Tibetan Buddhist Monks chanting in the Big Rent Tent, Hannah Peel on the Bowers and Wilkins Sound System, and Red Baraat play Brooklyn Bhangra.

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Hannah Peel and her music boxes at the Bowers and Wilkins Sound System.
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Brooklyn Bhangra band ‘Red Baraat’

Accessibility notes:  As last year the disabled facilities and camping at the site were well-managed, staff very helpful and plenty of effective stewards at the disabled platforms to ensure an enjoyable time (without hassle) for those who needed to use them. The disabled-only toilets by the platforms were well supervised to ensure they weren’t over-used by non-disabled festival goers (see my previous Post on The Green Man Festival hideousness of 2014). Extra thanks to the many volunteers working for Oxfam who were around at the Ecotricity Stage – especially those who helped fix my electric bike!

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Mahotella Queens
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Tulegur on the Ecotricity Stage – a Mongolian two-piece with a wicked sense of humour.

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Saturday sunshine!
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