On the final day of WOMADelaide 2016, I'm not going to lie – we were exhausted. But we're total pros, so we still managed to see plenty of really great bands performing their socks off. Jen's taken some wonderful photos, and you can see those below.
Instead, let me share with you a brand new WOMAD tradition, started in my haze of festival-induced delirium. I call it: WOMAD Bingo.
Yep – a moment of inspiration on the tram in, and suddenly the ideas came thick and fast. Good thing I always carry four pens, an A4 notepad and a highlighter to a music festival! (Again, total pros.)
In no time, I spotted "indecision at the compost bin" and "middle-aged man that never leaves the Coopers stall", "cardboard chairs" and "uncomfortable conservatives".
I racked them up fast. "Waist-length hair"? Check. "Impenetrable tent fortress"? Check. Just as the sun was setting, I made my first 'BINGO!' over by Stage 3.
But apparently, I'm not one to give up with a mere five-in-a-row. In fact, I kept going until, hungry for "alpaca wool shoes", I actually asked a kind Colombian merchant whether her woolen shoes were made of alpaca fleece. She said 'yes', excitedly! But then she asked if I wanted to try them on – and I didn't really feel like I could refuse, because truly, I had no good reason to be asking in the first place.
So there I was, trying on alpaca wool shoes, looking for an out. The most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, these far too classy shoes, and they didn't fit. Phew! They didn't fit! I thought, I'm out of here. But then she raced out the back to get a pair that would!
Finally, I had to awkwardly explain that I was playing a game of bingo. I'm somewhat glad she didn't realise the implications of that 'til I was far gone.
By the end of the night I'd amassed 22 out of 25 WOMAD stereotypes, and more than a few strange looks.
It's traditions that make WOMAD the festival we love – and this looks like it might become another one! For more of our favourite festival antics, check out our next post, Why we love WOMAD. (UPDATE: that post is now up here.)
Meanwhile, here are those pics we promised you. Enjoy.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Alsarah & the Nubatones
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Asian Dub Foundation