Heading to Womad an annual event for New Plymouth family
Listening to music from around the world has become an annual event for Tane and Adrianna Morgan.
Along with their twins, the couple were among the thousands of music lovers who have streamed into New Plymouth's Brooklands Park for Womad.
The New Plymouth couple said they used to have a coffee stall at the festival for about five years, but for the last three had come along just to enjoy it with their 2-year-old twins Indigo and Knox.
"We were here last night and then we bring the kids every Saturday, bring them in the morning until mid afternoon," Tane said.
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"They're loving it, they've had a bit of a kanikani to that band that was on just before, had a bit of a dance and checking out all the sights."
Adrianna said she was pregnant during their last year working with the stall and the children had been to every festival since.
"It always amazes me how kids go in this environment, it's a sensory overload," she said.
"So I guess they've just adapted to it from the begining."
The beating rhythm of Tago, and the country sounds of The East Pointers, kicked off the festival at noon on Saturday.
Crowds were lining up outside the gates before they opened at 11am, and people have been streaming around Brooklands Park since then.
Megan Hinchliffe, who was visiting from Whangarei, was watching her son Dhani Trebles, 3, dance to the sounds of Lord Echo and said it was the second time they had been to the festival.
"It's great for the kids," she said.
"It's cool, they fell asleep in the pram last night so we got to see The Specials. We'll see how tonight goes."
St John had seen a "steady stream" of people over friday and saturday, district operations manager Stuart Cockburn said.
Two people had been taken to hospital, one due to a medical event and another with a suspected fractured arm, but Cockburn said the incident had been off-site.
Paramadics had been busy looking after people suffering from sore heads, blisters and sore feet.
Korean group Tago combined a mixture of serious drumming with humour that had the crowd in the Bowl of Brooklands laughing, clapping and tapping along.
Lord Echo, the guitarist and producer for the Black Seeds, also had the crowd at the Brooklands Stage dancing and cheering.
Cancer researcher Tane Hunter and political economist Angus Hervey talked about their take on the future and the frontiers of science and technology in one of the World of Words sessions.
Saturday passes sold out on Friday afternoon, meaning the day will probably be the busiest of the weekend, but three-day weekend passes are still available.