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WOMAD NZ 2024 First Act Announced - Ziggy Marley

WOMAD NZ 2024 First Act Announced - Ziggy Marley

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 30th August, 2023 8:00AM

It's time to start dreaming again of summer, spurred on by news of WOMAD NZ's return to Ngāmotu / New Plymouth's Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands over three musically nourishing days this coming March. Hosting a dazzling diversity of programmes, artists and speakers from all around the world, the first headliner announced for next year's multi-stage extravaganza is Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae icon and activist Ziggy Marley, eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley. Incontestably a major drawcard in himself, more acts will be announced in September and October to join Ziggy Marley for WOMAD NZ's 21st year. Lock in the dates and grab tickets from today onwards...

Featuring... Ziggy Marley (Jamaica) + more to be announced
Friday 15th March to Sunday 17th March - Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Ngāmotu / New Plymouth

Tickets on sale now from

Here's Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' 1988 classic 'Tomorrow People'...

Press release:

Following a triumphant return with its 20th anniversary at Ngāmotu's stunning Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, WOMAD NZ is poised to host the 2024 festival on March 15-17.

To whet the appetite ahead of the full 2024 festival announcement, WOMAD NZ is thrilled to reveal that Ziggy Marley (Jamaica) is the first act to be announced to perform in March next year. Given Ziggy's iconic status and tremendous resonance with fans across Aotearoa, this is a special first announcement, with more festival acts to be announced in September and October.

Ziggy Marley, the socially conscious reggae world music sensation, heralds an extraordinary beginning to what promises to be an unforgettable event.

Ziggy Marley is an eight-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, musician, producer, activist and humanitarian who has cultivated a legendary career for close to 40 years. The eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy has hewed his own path as a musical pioneer, infusing the reggae genre with funk, blues, rock and other elements through mindful songcraft. Equal parts master storyteller and motivational guide, he deftly explores issues from environmental awareness to self-empowerment, social injustice to political inequity while returning again and again to the transformative power of love. And over the past 15 years with his own companies, Tuff Gong Worldwide and Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his masters and publishing, alongside his charity URGE – benefiting the well-being of children in Jamaica, Africa and North America.


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