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The Avalanches, Dan Sultan & More Among WOMADelaide’s First 2018 Lineup Reveal

Written by Tom Williams on October 12, 2017

The likes of Aussie plunderphonics kings The Avalanches, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, singer-songwriter Dan Sultan and guitar legends Rodrigo y Gabriela have been named in WOMADelaide festival’s 2018 lineup.

The Adelaide event has today revealed the first 18 names on its 2018 roster, who’ll all perform in Botanic Park in March.

The festival is also set to feature performances from the ‘Queen of the sitar’, Anoushka Shankar; the Australian premiere of ‘Havana Meets Kingston’ featuring reggae duo Sly & Robbie; and UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood.

English site artists Architects Of Air will also be returning with a new kaleidoscopic luminarium — a giant, interactive inflatable sculpture called ‘Arboria’. View the first lineup announcement in full, below.

“These artists — and the many more yet to be announced — represent some of the world’s most dynamic musical traditions, all excitingly reinvented and celebrated,” says WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie AM.

The full WOMADelaide 2018 lineup, which will feature “around 45 more international and Australian groups, DJs and site artists”, will be released in November and December.

WOMADelaide 2018 Lineup (First Announcement)

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
Havana Meets Kingston – Cuba/Jamaica
Kamasi Washington – USA
Le Vent du Nord – Canada
Noura Mint Seymali – Mauritania
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Ghana
Rahim Alhaj Trio – Iraq
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mexico
Tinariwen – Mali
Violons Barbares – France/Mongolia/Bulgaria
Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band – Australia

WOMADelaide 2018

Friday, 9th — Monday, 12th March
Botanic Park, Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

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