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Womad 2007 Early Bird Tickets Sold Out

Womad 2007 Early Bird Tickets Sold Out

5000 TICKETS SOLD IN 12 DAYS

Early bird tickets for WOMAD New Zealand 2007 have sold out and organisers expect the festival to be completely sold out by Christmas.

Tickets for WOMAD New Zealand 2007 went on sale on November 1 and within 12 days the 5000 early bird tickets had all been sold with ticket sales to date now topping 5500. Three-day tickets for the event are limited to 12,500.

Early bird tickets cost $145 and the full price ticket now costs $165. Children aged 12 years and under, accompanied by an adult, are free.

WOMAD New Zealand 2007 takes place at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl from 16-18 March.

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) Chief Executive Suzanne Porter says the response has been phenomenal.

“In 12 days we sold more tickets than were sold in the first six weeks for WOMAD 2005. The demand for tickets reflects the exceptional nature of this event.

“WOMAD 2005 was sold out and a large number of disappointed people were turned away after leaving it too late to buy tickets. We are urging people to buy their tickets early to ensure a spot at the hottest festival of the summer.”

The stunning line-up for WOMAD New Zealand 2007 includes more than 300 performers from 16 countries featuring sensational tango music ensemble Gotan Project, Academy Award-nominated Mexican singer Lila Downs, Israel’s incredible Yasmin Levy, world-renowned Chinese bamboo flute virtuoso Guo Yue, the Gyuto Monks from Tibet and Australia, afro-pop sensation Salif Keita (Mali), Nigeria’s award-winning Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti and his band The Positive Force, Etran Finatawa from Niger, the exceptional Mahotella Queens from South Africa, Kaneka band Celenod (New Caledonia), Australian artist Lior, Portugese fado singer Mariza, Shivkumar and Rahul Sharma from India, and 17-piece ensemble SambaSunda from Indonesia.

A solid line-up of New Zealand performers also features and includes APRA Silver Scroll Award winner Don McGlashan with his new band The Seven Sisters, Porirua- based Maori electronica group Wai, together with the sublime voices of Hollie Smith and Whirimako Black.

WOMAD New Zealand 2007 features an expanded site with additional room, as well as regular features including artist workshops, a global food village, Kidzone and the option to camp at the adjacent racecourse or stay marae-style in the TSB Stadium.

WOMAD is an international festival created by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman 24 years ago. Since then 21 countries have hosted the festival and entertained millions of festival goers.

Tickets for WOMAD New Zealand 2007 are available through Ticketek for $165. Children under 12 are free. The full line-up and detailed information is available on the WOMAD website www.womad.co.nz


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