Won't rain on my parade

Last updated 15:07 15/03/2014

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A weather expert has been onsite at the Bowl to give advice about the possible impact of Cyclone Lusi. 

Taft chief executive Suzanne Porter said the expert met with staff this morning and would be back again tonight.

He believes the outdoor amphitheatre will be protected from a lot of the bad weather due to its location, and the placement of the stages, Ms Porter said.

"The stages are all surrounded by trees, and he is certain we will be pretty good. We are feeling very safe with this site," she said. 

The expert will be back at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands at 9pm to give advice about where the outdoor campers will go if Cyclone Lusi does hit. 

If the weather looks as if it will worsen over night then the campers will be moved to the TSB Stadium for safety, Ms Porter said. 

"We have been pretty lucky compared to other parts of the country, even though it's not perfect here. 

"I think the weather gods have been kind," she said. 

So far Ms Porter's top picks of the weekend have been Mokoomba, Asif Ali Khan and Kimbra.

"She was amazing, I loved her," she said.

This afternoon Womad has been rocked by Danyel Waro and Breabach, and funky Colombian band La Chiva Gantiva, had the crowd on their feet.

At 3pm Ane Brun, Weird Together, and Antonio Serrano, will hit the stage followed by New Zealand band Moana and the Tribe at 4pm.

Ms Porter's pick for day two is USA band Red Baraat, at 8pm on the TSB Bowl of Brooklands stage.

She also recommends the Headphone Films at the Pinetum stage, from 8.45pm.

The films include work from Len Lye and Tropfest finalists from New York, Australia and New Zealand.

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