If you’ve ever been to WOMADelaide you know how difficult it is to tell people about it without over-frothing. Phrases like “it’s just the best festival ever” and “you just have to go” are usually all we can come up with. This is because it truly is impossible to explain the magic and wonder of WOMAD, and you really do just have to go. As always, at the end of the WOMAD weekend, the countdown for next year begins.
Don’t worry, WOMAD is on its way and before you know it you’ll be lining up at the gate in your most comfortable and breezy attire, ready to ditch your shoes as soon as you’re on the other side. Of course, you’ll waste no time before you’re ordering an iced chai latte, lining up to get a henna tattoo or making your way to one of the many stages.
Speaking of the many stages, we’ve just received the first line-up announcement and boy does it look good. Although, we wouldn’t expect anything less…
We’re stoked to announce that The Cat Empire, described as “WOMAD royalty” will be returning in 2016. Within the line-up we have the incredibly contemporary sound of the Ukrainian group, Dakhabrakha and the four time Grammy award-winning South African group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In addition to this you can also look forward to the pioneering afrobeat sounds from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and the mystical Persian vocals of Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat.
We can also look forward to having our minds blown by speakers such as Simon Hackett- the founder of Internode, The Guardian’s First Dog on the Moon and Canadian environmentalist, educator and academic, David Suzuki.
These acts are just the tip of the iceberg of a truly eclectic line-up that includes acts from all over the globe. From The Middle East to Mali, from Greece to Canada and everywhere in between, some of the world’s most ground-breaking and talented artists will be gracing the WOMAD stages in the beautiful setting of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Not sure if you should purchase just a one-day ticket? Or maybe two days, or three? Trust us, buy a four day ticket and it'll be the best decision you've ever made.
Earlybird tickets are available here
Check out the full program here
WOMAD 'The World's Festival' will run from Friday, March 11th - Monday, March 14th 2016.
Header image by Derek Tickner. All images via Womadelaide galleries