WOMADelaide today announced the first 18 groups for its 2018 festival, to be held from 9-12 March in Adelaide’s Botanic Park, and it includes the ‘queen of the sitar’, Anoushka Shankar, the Australian premiere of Havana Meets Kingston featuring legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie; fiery guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

Also announced are the scorching desert blues guitarists from Mali, Tinariwen who last performed at the festival in 2008; Australia’s electronic music superstars, The Avalanches; veteran Ghanaian singer, Pat Thomas and UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood, all of whom have had an enormous influence over the past two decades on the ever-changing face of music from around the world.

The 18 artists announced today are:

  • 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

The full WOMADelaide 2018 line-up, including around 45 more international and Australian groups, DJs and site artists, The Planet Talks program and much more will be released in November and December.

WOMADelaide, 9-12 March 2018, Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia.

For information and tickets visit www.womadelaide.com.au