Thirty artists announced to mark 30 years of WOMADelaide

Long celebrated as one of Adelaide’s leading festivals, WOMADelaide have released the first thirty names for the 30th event in 2022.

Heading the line up is veteran performer Paul Kelly, who not only played at the inaugural event, but played on the one-off WOMAD Indian-Pacific train trip from Perth to Pimba in 1996, and at the 1997 and 2006 festivals. The Adelaide-born performer has been a consistent performer over his award-winning career.

Making her WOMADelaide debut is Grammy nominee and AU favourite Courtney Barnett. Her highly anticipated album Things Take Time, Take Time came out on Friday.

Young MC Baker Boy (Danzal Baker) heads up one of the strongest Indigenous line-ups in the festival’s history.

Baker Boy is nominated for three 2021 National Indigenous Music Awards and the J Award for Australian Album of the Year for his debut album Gela. He will be joined by breakout act King Stingray and one of Australia’s most remarkable voices Emma Donovan, performing with The Putbacks. Local heroes Electric Fields will perform with Antara singers and Tjarutja First Nations Dance Collective.

Legendary folk-rock band Goanna will present their critically acclaimed album Spirit of Place, 40 years on, while Motez plays a specially commissioned live set.

THE COMPLETE LIST OF THE 30 ARTISTS ANNOUNCED IS:

Baker Boy
Balkan Ethno Orchestra
Barkaa
Courtney Barnett
The Crooked Fiddle Band
Dancenorth-NOISE
Eishan Ensemble
El Gran Mono
Electric Fields
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Goanna
Grace Barbé
Haiku Hands
High Ace
Inner City (USA)
King Stingray
Kutcha Edwards
L-FRESH The LION
Martinez Akustica
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Motez (Live)
The New Monos
Parvyn
Paul Kelly
Reb Fountain (NZ)
Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe, Maï(g)wenn et lesOrteils & Restless Dance Theatre – Écoute Pour Voir (Listen to See)
The Shaolin Afronauts
Sorong Samarai
Valanga Khoza
YID!

More names are due to be announced in December.

WOMADelaide takes place from 11th to the 14th of March 2022 at the Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia. For tickets and information visit: www.womadelaide.com.au.

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