England: Anyone who complains that WOMAD is "too safe" must have missed the mosh pit that appeared at the front of gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello's late Sunday set, where the frenetic dancing of the band's teenage fans briefly descended into cheerful anarchy.
But this was still a more civilised event than most. When one evacuee rescued from the front row by security realised she was missing a bag, the crowd politely broke off their revelry to help her retrieve it.
It's what you might expect from a festival that has cultivated a reputation for good manners and a family-friendly atmosphere.
"Our aim is to reach a family audience," WOMAD artistic programmer Paula Henderson said. "We do children's workshops, and we have the funfair, a children's art project. It's a whole family event, and people feel they're very safe here." ...more
12:07 PM, Aug 02, 2011