Sound is at the heart of WOMAD, and what better way to explore the musical landscape that reaches into all corners of the globe than at the d&b Soundscape Stage. The Stage which champions eclectic artists will envelope audiences in an immersive audio experience like no other.
Now in its second year of working with WOMAD, d&b audiotechnik takes sound back to its basic, primal roots and uses the cutting-edge d&b Soundscape stage to give festival-goers a truly supersonic experience.
The Stage will play host to headliners Saving Grace feat. Suzi Dian and Robert Plant, a brand-new collaboration which is set to be as intimate and soul-stirring as it is epic, and club visionary and DJ extraordinaire LTJ Bukemwill bring his jazzy, atmospheric take on drum and bass to the stage, no doubt whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Joining them will be the awesome sounds of Afrobeat 8-piece Kokoroko, Afropunk duo Tshegue, disco multi-instrumentalist Arp Frigue & Family, the dirty blues, rock and gospel rhythms from Roosevelt Collierand fusion trio Szun Waveswho blend together perfectly jazz, electronic and experimental music.
Other acts confirmed include Celtic psych-pop adventurers Gwenno, legends of bass culture and champions of the freshest Dub, Channel One Sound System, powerfully up-and-coming Kenyan flow poet Muthoni Drummer Queen, classic German techno performed by a brass and percussion 11-piece from Meute, Kraftwerk re:werkpresented by musical polymath Charles Hazlewood and the Paraorchestra – the world’s only large-scale professional ensemble for professional disabled musicians, free-spirited singer-songer Charlie Winston, Amsterdam’s masters of Afrobeat (with a sprinkling of free jazz and psychedelia) Jungle By Nightand Petite Noir– aka Cape Town singer-songwriter/producer Yannick Ilunga – is the forefather of noir wave, that South African sound that squeezes together kwaito, pop and post-punk to deeply imaginative, neo-gothic effect.
There will be more than music on offer at the Stage this year, as the 1-2pm slot will be filled with talks and discussions all based around sound and music. Watch this space for some very exciting announcements on guest speakers.