Lord Echo and The Soil set to wrap up day three of Womad

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The sun is shining in New Plymouth for the final day of WOMAD 2017

The Soil and Lord Echo are set to finish off Womad for 2017.

Roughly 11,000 people filled Brooklands park for the third day of the festival, with the two bands both due to play at 10pm to close out the weekend.

The La Cymbalobylette "hybrid mechanical music machine" was also spotted around roaming the venue and drew a large crowd whenever it stopped.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band stole the show on Sunday afternoon.

The Hot 8 Brass Band.

The La Cymbalobylette music contraption drew a crowd.

American Tourist Brittany Baker was getting into WOMAD on sunday, sunflower sunglasses and all.

A few of the WOMAD crew getting into some selfie action.

Crowds fill the Bowl of Brooklands.

Kids on shoulders was a popular choice today.

There were a number of stalls from around the world.

9Bach performing on the Todd Energy Brooklands Stage.

Welsh group 9Bach.

People were getting right into the spirit of things on Sunday.

Flax weaving was one many activities available to WOMAD participants.

Giant crosswords were available for people to complete.

The La Cymbalobylette music contraption drew a crowd.

The crowd has found different ways of dealing with the heat, from stripping down to finding shade.

Julia Truscott from Big Bubble Love in Paekakariki entertains the masses with her massive balloons.

Oceane Gilchrist, 3, has been taking photos of her little WOMAD mascot throughout the weekend.

A massive 'CD Wall' created by Murray Chong.

There was standing room only at Nattali Rize's performance on the Brooklands Stage.

So many places to see around Womad.

The Bowl begins to fill up for the day.

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"It's fascinating," Womad visitor Tracey Meek said. 

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"I love that these guys have put so much effort and time into something that's so special and quirky.

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The Kidz Finale was a parade where all the kids got to show off their cardboard creations.

The Kidz Finale was a parade where all the kids got to show off their cardboard creations.

A very cute fairy showed up for the Kidz Finale.

Sons of Zion were rocking the Bowl of Brooklands on Sunday evening.

It was a full crowd for Sons of Zion.

Fans enjoy Sons of Zion.

There was also a show to finish off the kids area.

The Kidz Finale

The Kidz Finale parade.

Thomas Eberhard, 10, from New Plymouth was bouncing around.

WOMAD 2017.

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"I can see cowbells there, I can see...I don't know what that is right there but I can see cymbals, horns and bells."

The spontaneous nature of the show was what impressed Sherry Martin, Meek's best friend and sister-in-law.

"You don't have to try and get a front row seat to see it, they just come along," she said.

The crowd getting into 'The Hot 8 Brass Band' from New Orleans.
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The crowd getting into 'The Hot 8 Brass Band' from New Orleans.

The contraption was one of the highlights of the festival for James Martin, 9.

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"It's quite cool how it works and how they made the idea and how they brought it here and showed everyone," he said.

His cousin Charlie Meek, 10, agreed.

While it's not a busy as Saturday, there is still a full crowd at the festival.
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While it's not a busy as Saturday, there is still a full crowd at the festival.

"It's cool watching all the instruments play just from spinning a bicycle wheel," he said.

This year had been better than last year, Gina Eiger said, and Marlon Williams had been the highlight for her.

"I'm always amazed at how high quality the music is and it just flows so well," she said.

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Day 2 of the WOMAD festival, New Plymouth.

Micheal Brooks said he had been to Womad in Australia but it was the first time he had been to the festival in New Zealand.

"We're on day three for us, so we're rolling along quite well, got sunscreen on, kids are behaving," he said.

"Radar skills in the dark are incredible, music has been great."

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The New Zealand Dance Company perform Brouhaha on the Gables Stage on Saturday.

Hanoi Masters traveled from Vietnam to be part of the festival.

Festival goers get the best vantage points before the next artist comes on stage.

Van-Anh Vo of the Hanoi Masters performs on the Gables Stage.

Dhani Trebles 3, enjoys the music.

Lord Echo performs on the Brooklands Stage.

Crowds have been streaming in since gates opened at 11am.

The East Pointers on stage.

Festival goers had to get in early to get a good spot.

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The only critique of the weekend was the "obnoxiousness of the baby boomer generation and their chair placement".

"There's a righteous entitlement for position because they have chairs, and if there's a six inch piece of turf and its got the remotest bit of shade on it they're claiming it for their generation," he said.

"A little bit give there and not much take would be my only critique of the weekend."

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief executive Suzanne Porter said the weekend had been fabulous.

"Operationally its run very smoothly, artistically its probably one of the strongest programme I've seen and evens of quality across the site," she said.

"And just a very good audience. It's a very relaxed, happy, joyous celebratory audience, it's quite unusual and it's quite a good feel."

 - Stuff

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