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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