Driving up to WOMAD this year was a strange experience. The memories of listening to the Christchurch shootings, which had occurred on the same weekend, this time last year, were still quite raw. Police around the country were on high alert just in case there was any flicker of trouble. Then the news came through that Pacifica festival was the latest in an ever-increasing line up of festivals to be cancelled due to the dreaded Covid-19 outbreak. We had to seriously wonder if WOMAD 2020 was actually going to make it over the start line.
This year’s line up featured L.A.B, Blind Boys of Alabama, Reb Fountain, Soaked Oats, Penny Ashton, Seckou Keita, Catrin Finch, Shapeshifter and many others.
Photos by Tim Gruar and McKenzie Jennings-Gruar