Le 'Scratch' Perry, Chic and Roni Size all confirmed for the world music bash

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World of Music, Arts & Dance (WOMAD) Festival have announced the first artists that will play this year’s UK event in Wiltshire in July.

Squeeze, who have just finished a sell-out UK Arena tour head the bill for artists from the UK, alongside Roni Size & Reprazent, Finley Quaye and Boy George.

The festival, which takes place at Charlton Park, Marmesbury from July 25-27 will also see hundreds of artists from around the world play.

Eddy Grant who is also playing the festival for the first time in years said this: “I’m delighted to be playing WOMAD, [it] is still about real people from all over the world coming together to play real music. I’m thrilled, it’s going to be a great event, to be going back on the road after 25 years and play WOMAD is something very special for me.”

Grammyaward-winning reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry will be appearing on the pre-opening night (Thursday July 24), as part of veteran producer Adrian Sherwood’s On-U-Sound Showcase.

More information about tickets and line-up are available from: http://www.WOMADshop.com and by telephone:

0845 146 1735 (Lines open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm for credit/debit card bookings).

Artists confirmed for WOMAD so far are:

Adrian Sherwood &

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry &

Little Axe (UK)

Agricantus (Sicily)

Altai Kai (Mongolia)

Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan)

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali)

Beat Bristol (UK / Brazil)

Bedouin Jerry Can Band (Egypt)

Bill Cobham (USA)

Boy George (UK)

Buckwheat Zydeco (USA)

Cara Dillon (Ireland )

Chic (USA)

David D’Or (Israel)

Dengue Fever (USA / Cambodia)

Devon Sproule (USA)

Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan (India)

DJ TC (UK)

Dulsori (Korea (Republic of))

Eddy Grant (Guyana)

Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica)

Finley Quaye (UK)

Gocoo + GoRo (Japan)

Hossam Ramzy and his Egyptian Orchestra (Egypt)

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara (UK / Gambia)

Kasai All Stars (Congo)

Kenge Kenge Orutu Systems (Kenya)

Kora (New Zealand)

Lo Cor de La Plana (Corsica)

Malam Mamane Barka (Niger Republic)

Mamani Keita and Nicolas Repac (Mali / France)

Michael Brook & Djivan Gasparyan (USA)

Mista Savona (Australia)

Monajat Yulchieva (Uzbekistan)

Mono Bloco (Brazil)

Roni Size & Reprazent (UK)

Rumberos de Cuba (Cuba)

Sa Ding Ding (China (Peoples Republic))

Sarah Savoy & The Francadians (USA / France)

Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkester (Germany)

Sheikh Taha (Egypt)

Simone White (USA)

Squeeze (UK)

Terakaft (Mali)

Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (Tibet)

Toumani Diabate (Mali)

Trans-Global Underground (UK)