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WOMAD mourns the recent death of headline act Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack Credit: WOMAD

Organisers of WOMAD, one of the region's largest festivals, are mourning the death of one of the headline acts, The legendary singer songwriter Bobby Womack died last month at the age of 70.

With three weeks to go before the event at Charlton Park in Wiltshire the team are deciding to replace him or do a tribute in his slot. Thousands of people are expected at the four day event which starts on the 24th of July.

PICTURES: Festival goers shelter from rain at Womad

Festival goers at the Womad festival in Wiltshire were forced to seek shelter from Saturday's downpour.

Festival goers try and keep try during the Womad Festival. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire
A woman keeps smiling despite the rain. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire
A small cover does little to offer shelter from the downpour. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Wiltshire's WOMAD festival gets underway

The festival is being held in Charlton Park in Wiltshire until Sunday. Credit: ITV News West Country

Womad, the festival of World Music, Arts and Dance begins at Charlton Park in Wiltshire today.

It includes acts from Festival goers can expect an international line up including acts from Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Columbia.

It lasts until Sunday.

Children under 13 can go for free.

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Reggae star out of WOMAD after being bottled

Toots and the Maytals performing in New Orleans last October Credit: Craig Mulcahy/ABACAUSA.COM

Reggae band Toots and the Maytals has been forced to withdraw from this July's WOMAD festival in Wiltshire. Frontman Toots Hibbert sustained a head injury at the River Rock Festival last month and doctors have advised him to cancel his summer UK tour dates because of the risk to his health.

Day 2 of WOMAD festival

It's the second day of the WOMAD festival in Wiltshire today. Credit: ITV West

It's the second day of the WOMAD festival in Wiltshire today [Saturday].

The three-day, world music event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. I

t features headline performances from Robert Plant and Jimmy Cliff. Licensing arrangements had been queried by police but the event is expected to attract more than 45,000 people.

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