FESTIVAL ALERT: WOMADelaide 2022

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of WOMADelaide since its 1992 inception, the annual South Australian festival will encompass four unforgettable nights of music, dance, arts and culture when it takes place from March 11-14 2022.

THE 2022 event will also see a return to its home at Adelaide’s iconic Botanic Gardens after a temporary 2021 stint in King Rodney Park due to COVID disruptions.

The globally-recognised festival, which attracts a national audience annually, promises to be even bigger for its 30-year anniversary celebrations, which also sees a return to seven stages!

The jam-packed lineup is predominantly made up of Australian and Australia-based artists, however the event will also encompass a small but stellar international contingent of artists, including the likes of Kiwi powerhouse L.A.B, Brazilian jazz legends Aazymuth & Marcos Valle, multi-genre and multi-award winning New Zealander Troy Kingi, American Grammy-winner Gaby Moreno and Grammy-nominated Mississippi blues musician Cedric Burnside.

Homegrown icon Paul Kelly will be back to take part in the 30th anniversary showcase after performing at the inaugural event in 1992.

Festival favourites The Cat Empire will take to the stage for their final South Australian performance with the original lineup, accompanied by dancers and special guests.

Punjabi-Australian singer Parvyn – who first attended and performed with her father Dya Singh at the tender age of six at the festival’s inaugural event, and has herself been a staple artist at WOMADelaide over the years – will return to perform tracks from her debut solo project album Sa.

Multi-award winning Electric Fields will delight with their Sunday performance incorporating soulful pop and electric music with the traditional languages of the Anangu people, joined by special guests Antara singers and the Tjarutja First Nations Dance Collective.

ARIA-Award winning Aussie favourites and Australia’s flagbearers for ska, the wild musical juggernaut that is 25-piece Melbourne SKA Orchestra will bring the energy with an unforgettable joyous and explosive performance.

Esteemed electronic producer Motez will present one of his most exciting projects yet; debuting a world-premiere performance incorporating elements of Arabic music showcasing his heritage alongside live musicians and a string quartet.

There will also be plenty of new faces with a stellar lineup set to make their WOMADelaide debut, including Grammy-nominated household name Courtney Barnett. Barnett will be performing hits from her 2021 album Things Take Time, Take Time among other iconic tracks from her impressive discography.

In true WOMADelaide form, the 2022 program will highlight a talented mix of diversity and eclectically musical flavours for which the event is renowned, there truly is something for everyone.

“Since 1992 WOMADelaide has taken audiences on a journey of discovery, celebrating music, arts and dance from around the world. The Australian artists performing with us this year continue this tradition, demonstrating the extraordinary creative and cultural diversity that lies within our own borders.  Botanic Park will be filled with the sounds of South America, the Seychelles, Iran, PNG, West Papua and Africa; folk, blues, Klezmer, DJs and so much more” said WOMADelaide Director, Ian Scobie.

WOMADelaide is supported by the State Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission. The reduced capacity event will operate in line with public health measures enacted by the South Australian Government and SA Health with COVID-safe measures including QR code or manual check-in procedures to facilitate contact tracing requirements and additional public hygiene considerations. The event has an established COVID Management Plan in place requiring all attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated. The event will also be cashless with all WOMADelaide vendors and bars only accepting payment by card.

Single day, three-day and four-day tickets can be purchased and further information can be be found here

Watch: Mr Reggae by L.A.B.

Full lineup:

  • A.B. ORIGINAL
  • AROHA
  • ASTEROID EKOSYSTEM
  • AUSECUMA BEATS
  • AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTR
  • AAZYMUTH & MARCOS VALLE
  • BAKER BOY
  • BALKAN ETHNO ORCHESTRA
  • BARKAA
  • BULLHORN
  • BUSH GOTHIC
  • CARLA LIPPIS’ MONDO PSYCHO
  • THE CAT EMPIRE
  • CEDRIC BURNSIDE
  • CHIKCHIKA
  • COURTNEY BARNETT
  • THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND
  • DANCENORTH
  • DHUNGALA BAARKA
  • EISHAN ENSEMBLE
  • EL GRAN MONO
  • ELECTRIC FIELDS
  • ELEPHANT SESSIONS
  • ELSY WAMEYO
  • EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
  • THE EMPTY THREATS
  • FARHAN SHAH & SUFI-OZ
  • FLOATING POINTS
  • GABY MORENO
  • GLASS BEAMS 
  • GOANNA
  • GORDON KOANG
  • GRACE BARBÉ
  • HAIKU HANDS
  • HIGH ACE
  • INNER CITY (LIVE)
  • JAYDA G
  • JEROME FARAH
  • JOSEPH TAWADROS & JAMES TAWADROS
  • JOSEPH TAWADROS W/ THE ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • KAREN LEE ANDREWS
  • KING STINGRAY
  • KUTCHA EDWARDS
  • L-FRESH THE LION
  • L.A.B
  • LULUC
  • MAKEPISI
  • MARTINEZ AKUSTICA
  • MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
  • MOTEZ (LIVE)
  • THE NEW MONOS
  • PARVYN
  • PAUL KELLY
  • REB FOUNTAIN
  • RESTLESS DANCE THEATRE
  • THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS
  • SILENCE
  • SOKEL
  • SONZ OF SERPENT
  • SORONG SAMARAI
  • SPRINGTIME
  • TAIKOZ
  • TE TANGI O TE KA’ARA
  • TIJUANA CARTEL
  • TIO
  • TROY KINGI
  • VALANGA KHOZA
  • VICTOR MARTINEZ PARADA
  • YID!
  • YÉ-YÉ 2.0
  • ZÖJ

Get ready for WOMADelaide by checking out the new track ‘Gold Energy’ by Electric Fields:

Feature pic: The Cat Empire by Jade Kennedy

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