The UK Festival Awards have revealed details of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Festivals award which will be given to Peter Gabriel.
Mainly known for his successful music career and co-founding Genesis, Peter Gabriel is also the founder of WOMAD festival which started back in 1982. the world music festival has grown year on year and is famous for its eccentric music choices that are from around the globe and attracts festivalgoers from all parts of the world too.
WOMAD 2015 hosted 120 artists from 53 different countries, continuing the festival’s tradition of restlessly innovative programming. Over the course of its history, WOMAD has helped to make international stars out of acts such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan) and Toto La Momposina (Colombia), as well as showcasing some of the biggest names in global music such as Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Neneh Cherry (Sweden), Ravi Shankar (India), Gil Scott Heron (USA), Gilberto Gil (Brazil) and Toots & The Maytals (Jamaica) to name but a very few.
Alongside the festival there is also The WOMAD Foundation which specialises in developing projects for schoolchildren to work with international artists.
The UK Festival Awards will take place on 26th November at London’s Roundhouse.