WOMAD Charlton Park honours Charlie Gillett

The “Saddlespan Stage” at WOMAD Charlton Park is to be renamed ‘The Charlie Gillett Stage’ in memory of the broadcasting legend.

“Charlie Gillett was such a benign godfather to so many artists who have fallen under the name of world music.

“Bumping into Charlie was always one of my regular delights at Womad. There are many artists around the world who owe a good slice of their income to Charlie’s enthusiasms.

“His generous and good nature, fired by his passion, was a beacon of light in the music world and a rare and wonderful example to all of us involved.” Peter Gabriel

The Charlie Gillett Stage will be opened by eight-piece band Zoo For You who had been brought to the attention of festival organisers by the presenter.