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A wet weekend at WOMAD in Wiltshire?

Music got underway under looming clouds at Charlton Park last night Credit: ITV News

More than 30,000 people are expected at Charlton Park near Malmesbury for this year's WOMAD. The festival, which has been running since 1982, celebrates music, arts and dance from around the world.

The weather hasn't been great so far but Bob Crampton will bring you the forecast from the site in Wiltshire, so we hope it won't be too wet.

You can watch - and hopefully hear some great music - on ITV West at 6pm.

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.

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.

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