40 other artists added to WOMADelaide’s lineup


WOMADelaide has added 40 more artists to its 2022 lineup, including The Cat Empire, LAB, AB Original and Joseph Tawadros.

WOMADelaide today announced 40 more extraordinary artists for its 30-year celebration to be held March 11-14 in Adelaide Botanical Park, including a small, eclectic group of international artists alongside farewell favorites The Cat Empire, the debut of Kiwi powerhouse LAB, hip-hop heavyweights AB Original and Joseph Tawadros with a 52-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

It marks the festival’s return to its spiritual homeland in the Botanical Park after a quick COVID-imposed stay on King Rodney, and it is expected to once again welcome vaccinated crowds by the thousands for a vast array of music and arts.

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The Cat Empire joined the WOMADelaide family in 2003 when they performed at WoZone, the festival’s nightclub. Next year’s show will be their last SA show with the original lineup, accompanied by dancers and special guests.

Winner of the 2020 Roots Best Artist Award at the Aotearoa Music Awards, the five-room LAB has become a phenomenon in recent years, filling 10,000 stadiums of capacity in New Zealand with their mix of reggae, electronics, blues. , funk and rock.

Multi-award winning hip-hop group AB Original will perform their first show since 2020. The group wrote and studio recorded their highly anticipated second album and look forward to returning to the WOMAD scene for the first time in many years.

Cairo-native composer and oud master Joseph Tawadros AM to perform his great cinematographic film Concerto for oud and orchestra and four other works with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with his brother James Tawadros on Arab percussion, on the opening night of the festival.

A small but stellar international contingent will also perform at WOMADelaide 2022, including Brazilian jazz legends Azymuth & Marcos Valle; Grammy-nominated Mississippi blues artist Cedric Burnside and Grammy-winning Guatemala-born American folk singer Gaby Moreno.

Also in attendance will be traditional Scottish electronics group Elephant Sessions and multi-award-winning New Zealander Troy Kingi. Meanwhile, currently conquering his dream of releasing ten albums from ten different genres in ten years, multi-instrumentalist Tio from Vanuatu.

Joining them will be world-renowned composer-producer DJ Floating Points (UK) and Grammy-nominated environmentalist and house music DJ Jayda G alongside New Zealand DJ AROHA.

WOMADelaide has partnered with Music In Exile to present South Sudan’s “Music King” Gordon Koang, Ausecuma Beats and Chikchika and with Nexus Arts to present ZÖJ, Dhungala Baarka and Farhan Shah & Sufi-Oz. Sokel, Sonz of Serpent with the Tervete Collective and Elsy Wameyo, graduates of WOMADelaide x Northern Sound System Academy, will also perform.

“Expanding our 30th anniversary programming with the caliber of artists we are announcing today is extremely exciting,” said Ian Scobie, Director.

“The diversity of our 2022 lineup and celebration of predominantly Australian artists is exceptional, from Asteroid Ekosystem (Ed Kuepper, Lloyd Swanton & Alistair Spence), to Australian hip hop royalty AB Original, Farhan Shah & Sufi – Oz and DJ Floating Points, illustrate the mix of diversity and discovery that our audiences love and expect at WOMADelaide! “

Prime Minister of South Australia, Steven Marshall welcomed the addition of more than 40 additional artists for the state’s iconic festival, WOMADelaide.

“More artists are gearing up for Adelaide Botanical Park in March, which means even more reasons for South Australians and interstates to get excited about this world-class festival,” Prime Minister Marshall said . “What a great celebration of 30 years for event planners and festival-goers, and for the return of WOMADelaide to seven stages in the parks of Australia’s most livable city.”

The full range of WOMADelaide (so far) is:

  • Aboriginal
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Silence
  • AROHA – DJ set
  • Asteroid ecosystem
  • Ausecuma beats
  • Australian Art Orchestra – Hand to the earth
  • Azymuth and Marcos Valle
  • megaphone
  • Gothic bush
  • Mondo Psycho by Carla Lippis
  • The Cat Empire – last SA show from the original lineup
  • Cédric Burnside (United States)
  • Chikchika
  • Dhungala Baarka
  • Elephant sessions (Scotland)
  • Elsy Wameyo
  • Empty threats
  • Farhan Shah & Soufi-Oz
  • Floating Points (UK) – DJ set
  • Gaby Moreno (United States)
  • Glass beams
  • Gordon koang
  • Jayda G (CAN) – DJ set
  • Jerome Farah
  • Joseph Tawadros & James Tawadros (duet show)
  • Joseph Tawadros with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Karen lee andrews
  • LABO (NZ)
  • Luluc
  • Makepisi
  • Sokel
  • Serpent Sonz
  • Spring
  • Taikoz
  • Te Tangi O Te Ka’ara
  • Tijuana Cartel
  • Tio (Vanuatu)
  • Troy Kingi (New Zealand)
  • Victor Martinez Parada
  • Yé-Yé 2.0
  • ZÖJ

Artists announced on November 11:

  • Baker boy
  • Balkan ethno orchestra
  • Barkaa
  • Courtney barnett
  • The Twisted Violin Band
  • North dance – NOISE
  • Eishan set
  • El Gran Mono
  • Electric fields
  • Emma Donovan and the putbacks
  • Goanna
  • Grace Beard
  • Haiku hands
  • High ace
  • Downtown (Live) (United States)
  • Royal ray
  • Kutcha Edwards
WOMADELAIDE, March 11-14, 2022, Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia. For tickets and information visit: www.womadelaide.com.au


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