Have you missed the wonders of Mad March? Well, fortunately, you’re in luck as we have been given a taste of Adelaide’s favourite world festival with WOMADelaide 2020!

As we were given a diverse range of arts, dance and music through 40 performances earlier this year, and we can now have a look at some of the most exciting acts that were announced from the 20+ lineup.

Mavis Staples

One of the headlining acts is the return of soul music icon, Mavis Staples. Working in the mix of R&B and gospel, Mavis Staples has been in the music industry since the 1950s and taking part in the civil rights movement with her family band, The Staple Singers, and has not stopped performing since. Staples released a new album, We Get By, which came out in May this year.

The Cat Empire

Another music act bringing their talents to WOMADelaide for the fifth time in a row Aussie band The Cat Empire. Frontman Felix Riebl has collaborated with another WOMAD music act, Spinifex Gum, with communities in the Pilbara region to develop a series of hip hop influenced choral pop songs sung in English and Yindjibarndi by the young women of Cairns-based choir Marliya.

 As the World Tipped

One of the centrepieces of the festival in Frome Park includes As the World Tipped, a performance from the UK that explores the climate emergency through a combination of dance, acrobatics, and projections that the audience will get to see 13 metres above them in moving setpieces.

With an already incredible collection of performances, the festival organisers have even more acts they’re hiding up their sleeves, including the recent announcement of the five-time grammy jazz winners, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Japanese psychedelic band, Kikagaku Moyo. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for what will come next.

WOMAD will be returning to Adelaide on the 6th to the 9th of March 2020 at the Botanic Park. 

Tickets are available here! ($2 of every ticket purchase goes towards Greening Australia)

The 2020 WOMADelaide lineup (so far) includes:

  • Mavis Staples (USA)
  • Salif Keita (Mali)
  • The Cat Empire (AU)
  • Orquesta Akokán (Cuba)
  • Bill Callahan (USA)
  • Hiatus Kaiyote (AU)
  • Aldous Harding (NZ)
  • As the World Tipped (UK)
  • Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wale / Senegal)
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA)
  • Ezra Collective (UK)
  • Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
  • L. Subramaniam (India)
  • Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil)
  • Sleaford Mods (UK)
  • Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya / France)
  • Odette (AU)
  • Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi (USA / Italy)
  • Spinifex Gum (AU)
  • Trio da Kali (Mali)
  • Tuuletar (Finland)
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