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

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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