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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.

UPDATE: WOMADelaide Festival Adds Final Acts To 2018 Lineup

WOMADelaide 2018 Programme

a Bit na Ta – PNG/Australia
Abbey Howlett (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Ackroyd & Harvey (visual artists) – UK
Baker Boy – Australia
Bashka – Turkey/Australia
Bedouine – USA/Syria
Cie Bivouac – Erica’s Dream (Circus) – France
Blick Bassy – France/Cameroon
Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Canada/Iran/Senegal
Deborah Conway – Australia
Didirri – Australia
DJ Marky – Brazil
Dustyesky – Australia
Elephant Sessions – Scotland
Eva Quartet – Bulgaria
Francois Knoetze (site performance) – South Africa
Ghada Shbeir – Lebanon
Gogol Bordello – USA
Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Adelaide) – Australia
Hartway (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Hat Fitz and Cara – Ireland/Australia
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – USA
JAZZ Party – Australia
Jojo Abot – Ghana
Justine Clarke (KidZone) – Australia
Kings & Associates (Adelaide) – Australia
Lonelyspeck (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Lura – Cape Verde
Mama Kin Spender – Australia
Mission Songs Project – Australia
Moussa Diakite & Wassado – Mali/Australia
My Bubba – Sweden/Iceland
Nai Palm – Australia
Nano Stern – Chile
Naomi Keyte (Adelaide) – Australia
Nature Village (KidZone) – Australia
Nickodemus (DJ set) – USA
Peanut Butter Wolf (DJ set) – USA
Cie Pernette – Commandeau (Dance – site performance) – France
The Pin (live panel discussion with Remi x Sampa & N’Fa Jones, ex 1200 Techniques) – Australia
POW! Negro – Australia
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara – Zanzibar
Remi x Sampa – Australia
Robyn Davidson (author, ‘Tracks’ & ‘Desert Places’) in Conversation with Roysten Abel (Director, The Manganiyar Seduction)
San Lazaro – Australia
Soul Capoeira (Adelaide – workshop) – Australia
Tank and The Bangas – USA
TAO Dance Theater – China
Tex, Don & Charlie – Australia
Thundercat – USA
Tim Whitt (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Victoria Hanna – Israel
Yellow Blue Bus (Adelaide) – Australia
YID! – Australia


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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