Organisers have cancelled this summer's (03) WOMAD (WORLD OF MUSIC ARTS AND DANCE) festival in America, due to the ongoing global conflicts.

The world music festival was to take place at Marymoor Park, Seattle, and is the second time in two years it has been called off.

WOMAD artistic director THOMAS BROOMAN says, "Given current world events, which is causing insurmountable visa issues, WOMAD USA will not be taking place at Marymoor Park or any other location in the United States in 2003."

The event was co-founded by Brooman and former Genesis frontman PETER GABRIEL, and previously featured performers YOUSSOU N'DOUR and Bonnie Raitt.