WOMADelaide 2016 Lineup Announced

Adelaide’s 20th annual WOMADelaide festival has announced its first round lineup for 2016.

Over 20 artists will partake in next year’s world music bonanza, including The Cat Empire, Violent Femmes, Marlon Williams, Songhoy Blues, 47SOUL, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and stacks more.

There’ll also be an exclusive performance from Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, who’s teaming up with with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to present “a suite of orchestrations” featuring her own tunes, as well as those of legendary composers Phillip Glass and George Gershwin.

The music programme will, as usual, be complimented by an illuminating speaker programme as well, which is this year headed up by Canadian environmentalist and general rockstar of science David Suzuki, who will appear as part of a Planet Talks series presented by The University of South Australia.

WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie said in a statement (via Tonedeaf): “Hosting Angélique Kidjo and David Suzuki at WOMADelaide in the space of a few days, perfectly encapsulates the breadth of the program in connecting audiences with such wonderfully engaging cultural and social innovators in their fields”.

WOMADelaide 2016 will run over four days from Friday, 11th March to Monday, 14th March at Adelaide’s Botanic Park. Limited discounted early-bird tickets are currently available via the festival’s official website.

Check out the full first-round music and speaker lineup, as well as ticketing details, below.

UPDATE 12/12/15: St Germain has been added to the WOMADelaide 2016 lineup.

Watch: Angelique Kidjo – Agolo

WOMADelaide 2016

Friday, 11th March – Monday, 14th March 2016
Botanic Park, Adelaide
Tickets: WOMADelaide

Music Lineup

St Germain


All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Asian Dub Foundation
Cedric Burnside Project
Debashish Bhattacharya
Djuki Mala
Ester Rada
Hazmat Modine
kev Carmody
Miles Cleret
Mojo Juju
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
The Once
Quarter Street
Radical Son
Sadar Bahar
Sampa The Great
The Spooky Men’s Chorale
The Strides
Wasted Wanderers


Angélique Kidjo & the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
The Cat Empire
Diego el Cigala
Edmar Castañeda Trio
The Jerry Cans
John Grant
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mahsa Marjan Vahdat
Marlon Williams
Orange Blossom
Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Songhoy Blues
Violent Femmes

Planet Talks Program

David Suzuki (Canada)
Tanya Monro (Aust)
First Dog on The Moon (Aust)
Simon Hackett (Aust)

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