AndyJackson 18 TDN SW54
28 November 2019

WOMAD adds seven new artists to 2020 lineup

Womad NZ's 2020 line up has grown with the announcement five more international and two Kiwi artists have been added to the lineup.

The three-day music, arts and dance festival runs from March 13 to 15 at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.

The Black Quartet and Troy Kingi are the Kiwi artists named in the third lineup announcement.

They will join international acts Flor de Toloache, a New York-based, all-female ensemble, Ifriqiyya Electrique, from Tunisia, KermesZ à l'Est, a Belgian brass band playing Balkan melodies, metal, math rock, electro and free jazz, British singer/songwriter Laura Marling, and Greek-Sudanese singer Marina Satti, who incorporates Greek and Balkan folk influences into her songs with women's vocal group Fońes.

They join a number of acts already announced including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Soaked Oats and L.A.B.

The festival will also have some new activities for people to enjoy throughout the weekend. 

A Book Club is starting, where people will be able to share their perspective of a book and explore its themes with the author. The 2020 chosen book is We Can Make A Life by Chessie Henry.

And a STEAM Lab will host speakers from the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics where they will discuss innovation and breakthroughs in their industries.

The STEAM Lab speaker line up is expected to be announced in the new year, and there will be one more artist announcement before the full stage schedule is released on January 31. 

Pre-sale tickets have been available since July 1 and Womad NZ event director and NZ programme manager Emere Wano said sales were strong. 

"Ticket sales are tracking as we would expect for this time of year. The previous two years have seen Saturday sell out so we would urge people not to delay. Tickets are currently at Early Bird price, and we have an EZI-PAY option, like lay-by, where people can pay off three-day festival tickets in instalments."

Tickets range from $235 for a three-day adult pass to $300 and upwards for an adult camping pass. 

In 2019 the festival saw 17,414 people come through the gates over the three days, generating $6.5 million in the Taranaki region.