Over the past eight years, the Maui Waui Festival has brought an eclectic and exciting mix of world music, performance, arts and family entertainment to Theberton in Suffolk.
Now the event, which draws a crowd of around 5,000, is moving to a new home in Norfolk at Hill Farm near Dereham.
For the August Bank Holiday Weekend, August 27-29, the old meadow and forest will be transformed into a giant artistic playground with over 100 bands on six stages, including Peatbog Faeries, Dub Pistols and Goldie Lookin ‘Chain.
New on Sunday of the festival is the Americana Stage, which will see performances by legendary Hank Wangford, energetic bluebrass band Flats and Sharps from Cornwall, rock and roll revivalists Trues Strays and Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band from London. .
“For years, I have wanted to bring more Americana to the festival, especially since Maui Waui’s philosophy is to bring all types of world music to East Anglia,” says Anne Steel, whose son, Silas Rayner is the festival organizer.
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“Americana is a truly fascinating genre of music that encompasses alternative country, roots, blues, Celtic rock, bluegrass, and folk rock. In fact, apart from electronic dance music, it is probably the most played live music today in the UK, anywhere and everywhere. from festivals and concert halls to pub concerts. “
More. the new electronic dance zone, The Outer Limits, will feature world-class DJs from Banco de Gaia to Chris Liberator and EZ Rollers.
And it will be filled with detailed immersive backdrop, including a huge, newly constructed stainless steel UFO-shaped DJ stage.
Maui Waui isn’t just about music.
The festival also has a complete circus tent with workshops, exhibitions and performances throughout the weekend.
The Living Art Tent will host the body painting competition in the UK. The artists will spend the weekend creating their thematic paintings on human canvases, ready for a big parade on Saturday on the main stage.
Maui Waui prides itself on its family credentials – kids under 13 are free – and the festival has a huge kids’ area with a full weekend of free activities, including wacky races, sessions crafts, bouncy castles, bubbles, storytelling and much more.
The main stage, in the marquee, will feature music from all genres, including electro swing, folk, funk, soul, reggae and rock, and at the World Music Café Stage, expect a mix of late night flamenco, traditional reggae, live African music, folk music and dance.
Glastonbury’s Flavor Parlor Stage will feature some of the UK’s best live music.
Months of creative work go into the event, both before and on location, ensuring that its six venues and numerous attractions really look the part.
And the festival is proud to have a green policy, recycling 80% of all waste on site.
Solar energy is used to power the lighting around the venue and the organizers have ethical business and food standards and only charge their food and drink vendors reasonable prices to keep the refreshments affordable.
Additionally, each year Maui Waui raises money for local charities with charity auctions and other events.
The Maui Waui Festival takes place August 27-29 at Hill Farm, Gressenhall.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mauiwauievents.co.uk