Every year, WOMAD scours the planet to find the very best mix of the finest musicians to bring to us here in New Zealand.
In anticipation of the full reveal of the 2016 line up on the evening of Wednesday 21st October, WOMAD announces two fantastic artists gracing the festival stages in March, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and John Grant.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo The WOMAD festival is renowned for good vibes, relaxed atmosphere and a peaceful harmony between punters and performers. And there is no better act to personify peace than Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Designated by Nelson Mandela as "South Africa's Cultural Ambassadors to the World", Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrate Mandela's message of peace at every concert they perform.
The South African a cappella group formed in the 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, now have more than 50 recordings, 15 Grammy Award nominations, and four Grammy Award wins under their belt.
Despite incredible achievements throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, a lot of Kiwis were only introduced to the group via Paul Simon's iconic GRACELAND album in 1986. This union saw Ladysmith Black Mambazo become global superstars. They have since recorded with a number of high-profile acts including Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris and more.
They have provided film soundtracks to a number of films including The Lion King Part II, Invictus; while a documentary about Ladysmith Black Mambazo - On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps To Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award. They have also appeared on Broadway and been nominated for a Tony Award.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo are celebrating more than 50 years of joyous and uplifting music. They carry a message of peace, love and harmony as they travel the world year after year and bring this message, in song and dance, to WOMAD NZ in 2016.
John Grant Making his first WOMAD NZ appearance is the deeply emotive American singer/songwriter John Grant.
Grant (who is now based in Iceland) embraces both sumptuous tempered ballads and taut, fizzing electronic pop songs. Equally at home with symphony orchestras or synthesisers, Grant takes grand melodies to a lofty plateau.
The former The Czars frontman's first two solo albums, 2010's QUEEN OF DENMARK and 2012's PALE GREEN GHOSTS achieved worldwide acclaim.
"Like a couple of similarly intense classics before it - Antony & The Johnsons' I AM A BIRD NOW and Bon Iver's FOR EMMA... QUEEN OF DENMARK sounds like a record its creator has been waiting his whole life to make," MOJO concluded.
After escaping a life of substance abuse, Grant has taken an extraordinary journey - including collaborating with Sinead O'Connor, Rumer and Hercules & Love Affair. In 2014 he was nominated in the Best International Male Solo Artist category at the BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake.
Another measure of achievement, and the journey, is Sinéad O'Connor covering the title track of Grant's ‘Queen Of Denmark' on her 2012 album HOW ABOUT I BE ME (AND YOU BE YOU)?. She also supplied goose-bumping backing vocals on PALE GREEN GHOSTS. This a far cry from Grant - two decades (and a lifetime) earlier discovering O'Connor's ‘Mandinka' for the first time in new wave clubs.
And now they share a WOMAD connection - O'Connor was a headline act at WOMAD NZ 2015 and Grant is a headline act for 2016.
Grant releases his new album GREY TICKLES, BLACK PRESSURE on October 9, giving festival-goers plenty of time to familiarise with this greatly-anticipated body of work before he graces our shores in March.
"We are thrilled to have such talented and diverse acts as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and John Grant appearing at WOMAD NZ," says WOMAD NZ festival Artistic Director Emere Wano.
"Both acts deliver music that celebrates what is so great about this festival - the diversity on offer that knows no age or boundaries.
"It is the enduring nature of the musical line-up WOMAD continually delivers that ensures this festival goes from strength-to-strength every year".
2016 takes WOMAD NZ into its 12th consecutive year at New Plymouth's picture-perfect TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park. The already-stunning setting is transformed further over the WOMAD weekend, with a global village built into the landscape to transport festival-goers to a vibrant all-ages and family-friendly world of music, arts, dance, crafts, and cuisine.
Featuring four stages delivering 30 hours of entertainment over three days, take a trip around the globe without leaving New Zealand!
Discounted early bird tickets are on sale from 9am Saturday October 10. With tickets on sale, accommodation throughout New Plymouth always sells out for the WOMAD weekend. It is highly recommended festival-goers book now to secure their beds.
Options include on site camping, Glamping, as well as a host of hotels and motels in the city centre - a five-minute walk from the WOMAD festival.
Limited amounts of early bird discount tickets go on sale from 9am Saturday 10th October via the WOMAD website tickets.womad.co.nz 3 day pass - Youth (13-17yrs) - EARLY BIRD $161 (Full price $215) 3 day pass - Adult - EARLY BIRD $213(Full price $255) Camping and Glamping options available.
The full line-up for WOMAD 2016 will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 21st October.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21.
California’s radical sons, The Growlers arrive in the country this week for the start of the Australian leg of their mammoth worldwide ‘Beach Goth’ tour. In what is guaranteed to be a rollicking, majestic wave of movements all around our golden coast,
Timaru’s iconic Soundshell in Caroline Bay will host two of the most well-known bands in New Zealand in a one-day entertainment extravaganza this January. Katchafire and The Black Seeds will headline the R18+ event at the Soundshell on Saturday, January 26, 2019. They’ll be joined by The Butlers.
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Tūrangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!
With sounds primed for a hot summer ahead, Christchurch four piece Mako Road have arrived with the perfect soundtrack for long nights, cold drinks and hazy days with the ‘Local Safari’ EP, which releases today.
“Music can bring us all together, it bonds us, it strengthens us...” this song “Your Guardian Angel” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has been dedicated to Toyah Cordingley.
Please spread the word to anyone who loves the song, or has lost someone too early also, feel free to leave any dedications in the comments of which we will share direct for Toyahs’ family and the band to see.
On the heels of releasing several collaborative hit tracks this year, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson returns with a brand new single of his own ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ featuring Miley Cyrus.
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.
It has been announced overnight that Last Tapes Theatre Company's original production Valerie has been selected for a month-long season in the prestigious Summerhall programme at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Featuring Brouhaha: choreographer Malia Johnston, composer Eden Mulholland, AV designer Rowan Pierce; In Transit: choreographer Louise Potiki Bryant, composer/AV designer Paddy Free; The Geography of an Archipelago: choreographer Stephen Shropshire, composer Chris O’Connor.