Music lovers around the globe are rejoicing with the State Government’s announcement that WOMADelaide will remain in South Australia until 2024. WOMADelaide is without a doubt one of Adelaide’s most exciting events, providing a unique opportunity for festival goers to celebrate the diversity of global cultures through the creative arts and culinary delights. WOMADelaide will once again transform Botanic Park into a magical wonderland in 2018, to be held from the 9-12th of March. WOMADelaide has locked in a diverse and dynamic first line-up that is sure to delight audiences.
Unlike many other music festivals that struggle to deliver international acts, WOMAD's first announcement solely consists of three Australian artists. If you spent 2016 dancing to tunes such as Frankie Sinatra, Colours or Subways, then you'll be ecstatic to hear that The Avalanches will be bringing their eclectic psychedelic rhythms to Adelaide next March. Dan Sultan will also be returning to the WOMADelaide stage, bringing a brand new show with an expanded live ensemble and some groovy new tunes from his recently released album, Killer. The last Australian artist on the bill is Yirrmal and the Miliyawutj, a multi-talented musician who will deliver a set inspired by his Yolngu land and culture.
One of the most anticipated acts on the line-up is British Indian sitar player, Anoushka Shanker, who promises to deliver a fusion of classical Indian tradition with progressive jazz and electronica. The five-time Grammy nominee is also a passionate supporter of women's rights and social justice, which is reflected in her creative works.
Get ready for Thievery Corporation's long-awaited Adelaide debut in 2018, with a groovy genre-defying sound that draws upon hip-hop, acid Jazz and classic Indian trip-hop. Hailing from the USA, the duo have spent the last two decades crafting their sound, and are ready to showcase a large catalogue on the WOMAD stage.
Alongside the previously named acts, the line-up also features award-winning jazz singer from Havana, Daymé Arocena, UK dub pioneer, Adrian Sherwood, tenor saxophonist, Kamasi Washington and many more. Architects of Air also returns to WOMADelaide in 2018 with an immersive art installation to get yourself lost in.
WOMAD will be taking over Botanic Park from the 9th-12th of March – tickets available here. The full WOMADelaide 2018 line-up is set to drop later in November.
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Adrian Sherwood - UK
Anoushka Shankar - India/UK
Architects of Air “Arboria” - UK
The Avalanches - Australia
Bixiga 70 - Brazil
Chico Trujillo - Chile
Dan Sultan - Australia
Daymé Arocena - Cuba
Gratte Ciel "Place des Anges" - France
Havana Meets Kingston - Cuba/Jamaica
Kamasi Washington – USA
Le Vent du Nord - Canada
The Manganiyar Seduction - India
Noura Mint Seymali - Mauritania
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Ghana
Rahim AlHaj Trio - Iraq
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mexico
Thievery Corporation - USA
Tinariwen - Mali
Violons Barbares - France/Mongolia/Bulgaria
Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj - Australia
Header Image via Dave Rubinich
All other images via WOMADelaide's website.