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Bowers & Wilkins Sound System returns to WOMAD 2016 Featured

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Lauded speaker stack makes an exclusive UK festival appearance for 2016, in a year that marks the speaker innovators 50th anniversary.

5th July 2016 – Sound System, the 4-way, 135,000 Watt speaker system designed by British speaker brand Bowers & Wilkins to deliver studio quality sound to the live environment, returns to WOMAD 28-31 July 2016 with a progressive and ambitious line up.

Having fast become a favourite on the WOMAD music programme for the past two years, the Sound System returns for a third year, with an exciting array of artists who will explore the theme of sound in interesting ways.  With each day starting with a soundscape, visitors will be taken on a sonic journey of discovery which progresses via acoustic acts, special live performances, electronic live sessions and finally a closing DJ set – all from artists passionate about sound.

Friday’s proceedings kick off with a performance from one of the UK's finest, most respected and forward thinking home-grown electronic music producers A Guy Called Gerald, followed by the soulful vocals and glitchy, psychedelic soundscapes of Native Dancer. The evening takes on a distinctly roots-reggae feel with a special performance by one of the original Queens of Reggae music Dawn Penn, followed by more royalty, the King of Sounds, Jah Shaka, who’ll bring his spiritual vibes, vocal chanting and, a strictly vinyl, selection of roots reggae music from old and new.
Saturday opens up with the unique musicality of Paddy Steer and his cornucopia of instruments, an intrepid punk spirit and disco lights, before experimental singer-songwriter Gwilym Gold takes over. Singer-songwriter and Dave-Stewart muse Hollie Stephenson will then perform a soulful live set prior to moonlighting Horrors frontman Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira’s Cats Eyes lead us into the evening. After dusk, the music take on a French feel, with Parisian electronic disco pioneer Black Devil Disco Club followed by a highly anticipated set from the legendary DJ, remixer and producer Francois K.
Sunday sees Nick Luscombe and Steve Hellier live mixing original field recordings from the WOMAD site with archive sound material specifically made for a multichannel environments. Another early highlight will be the layered guitar soundscapes of Stuart McCallum. En vogue multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress will present a very special performance of her new album to get the after-dark programming under way, followed by a live performance from London based band The Invisible before Glasgow DJ duo Optimo close the stage with their infectious brand of electronic music interspersed with cross-genre samples.

Bowers & Wilkins Brand Director Danny Haikin said, “The Sound System is now embedded into WOMAD culture and has grown in stature each year. Having become known as the stage to find electronic acts who explore sound in interesting ways, Bowers & Wilkins are proud to present this line up in association with Real World.“


Programme Highlights
> Jah Shaka
> Dawn Penn
> Native Dancer
> A Guy Called Gerald
> Francois K
> Black Devil Disco Club
> Cats Eyes
> Hollie Stephenson
> Gwilym Gold
> Paddy Steer
> Optimo
> The Invisible
> The Anchoress
> Stuart McCallum
> Nick Luscombe & Steve Hellier

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins is a global leader for premium loudspeaker products and purveyors of “true sound” with nearly 50 years of audio heritage. Its innovative, award-winning audio products are an essential element to audio entertainment whether at home or on the move. Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers are highly regarded as the definitive “audio reference,” as demonstrated by their use in leading recording studios throughout the world including Skywalker Sound in California. The notion that remarkable sound must be experienced to be fully appreciated is reinforced by the company’s motto -“Listen and you’ll see.”
Sound system technical specification available on request.


About Society of Sound
Society of Sound is the Bowers & Wilkins online community, a meeting place for people who are passionate about sound. A place where people can come for ideas and inspiration, to find out about new developments in sound and learn from those who are pushing sound to its limits.

It includes a member’s album subscription club featuring two studio-quality downloads each month picked by Peter Gabriel & Real World and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as films, interviews, top 10s and articles.

About Real World Records
Real World Records is an eclectic music label, founded by Peter Gabriel to provide talented artists from around the world with access to state-of-the-art recording facilities and audiences beyond their geographic region.
Real World Records continues to push back the boundaries – with new artists to discover, new ways of recording and new meeting points.

WOMAD - World of Music, Arts and Dance, the internationally established Festival that presents music they feel to be of excellence, passion and individuality, regardless of musical genre or geographical origin, to thousands of festival goers worldwide. The central aim of the WOMAD festival is to celebrate, excite, educate and inform on the world's many forms of music, arts and dance. Its flagship festival is held in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK this 28-31 July.


Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK, SN16 9DG
28-31 JULY 2016

Adult Weekend £175
Adult Day £90
Teenage Day £50
SN16 Resident Day £70
Disabled Adult Weekend £175
SN16 Resident Weekend £120
Teenage Weekend £85 (14-17 years) Please don’t forget to fill out Teenage Registration form
Children 13 and under FREE

WOMAD Spa Ticket £125
Thursday £35
Campervan £70
Park & Camp £75
La-Di-Dah Loos £25

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