The Guardian festival blog: Womad review – from Mexico to Mali, ska to the squeezebox, world music celebrates fusion | Culture

Thirty-five years ago, the first Womad festival introduced global styles to rock and folk audiences. It was a financial disaster. Today, it is thriving and almost overcrowded with good music, as 35,000 people gathered in an increasingly mud-clogged Charlton Park to watch close to 100 acts from some 50 countries. Highlights of a strong lineup […]

The Guardian festival blog: Y Not festival cancelled due to muddy conditions | Music

A festival has been cancelled due to safety concerns after heavy rain, prompting complaints that organisers had failed to prepare for the realities of British summer time. Y Not festival in Derbyshire was called off on Sunday after acts had already been forced to abandon their performances due to dangerous conditions. Headliners The Vaccines had […]

The Guardian festival blog: Cambridge folk festival review – May-bashing, protest songs and a conga line | Music

‘Hello,” said Grace Petrie sweetly, “I’m a protest singer.” Murmurs of approval. “Actually, I’m a socialist, feminist, lesbian, leftwing protest singer …” The place erupted. Martin Carthy suggested recently that something intrinsic was lost to British folk when it relinquished its political soul to genres such as rock, punk and hip-hop. Chris Wood, meanwhile, pondered […]

The Guardian festival blog: I Feel Love review – a moving celebration of sexual freedom and LGBT rights | Music

Headlined by Will Young, Marc Almond and Alison Moyet, this concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of sexual freedom – simultaneously broadcast on Radio 2 – doesn’t lack party atmosphere. There are ticker-tape explosions and massed singalongs of the Village People’s YMCA and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, led by the Gay Abandon choir. The […]