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Ziggy Marley, Laura Marling lead final WOMADelaide 2020 lineup announcement

Morgan Sette

Reggae icon Ziggy Marley, UK folk balladeer Laura Marling and vocal powerhouse Kate Miller-Heidke are among 50 newly announced acts to round out the 2020 WOMADelaide lineup.

A Grammy-winning reggae journeyman and the son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy will return to South Australia in the wake of his 2018 album Rebellion Rises. While Marley’s famous surname is a part of 20th century music history, the songwriter and producer has had a long and storied career of his own encompassing dozens of records both solo and with longtime band The Melody Makers.

Laura Marling has been a regular visitor to South Australia over the years, performing everywhere from St Jerome’s Laneway Festival to the Flinders Street Baptist Church. Unlike Marling’s most recent Australian tours which have seen her bring a full band to the Governor Hindmarsh stage, Marling will make her WOMADelaide debut solo and unaccompanied.

Kate Miller-Heidke will also perform at WOMADelaide after a big 2019 that saw her chosen to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Having last performed as part of the Adelaide Festival in 2018 alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Miller-Heidke will undoubtedly be in fine voice once more at Botanic Park.

Ziggy Marley
Tim Cadiente
Ziggy Marley
Hollie Fernando
Laura Marling

Shepparton-born rapper Briggs will return to WOMADelaide after performing at the 2017 festival as part of A.B. Original. In addition to his music career – his latest single Life Is Incredible was released in April – Briggs has spent recent years moonlighting as an actor and writer on shows such as The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s Netflix comedy Disenchantment. He also made an appearance on the first album by previously announced WOMAD act Spinifex Gum, so an onstage reunion seems likely.

Other highlights from the latest announcement include Brazilian samba pioneer Jorge Ben Jor, Japanese folk fusion outfit Minyo Crusaders, Oz rock supergroup Dyson Stringer Cloher, Melbourne-via-Iran musician Gelareh Pour and her Garden quartet and Brisbane noise duo Party Dozen.

Fleshing out WOMADelaide’s non-musical performance program will be acclaimed Adelaide circus troupe Gravity & Other Myths, who will present A Simple Space, their follow-up to last year’s hit Adelaide Festival work Out Of Chaos.

This latest and final crop of artists join the likes of Mavis Staples, Bill Callahan, Aldous Harding and The Blind Boys of Alabama announced earlier this year.

WOMADelaide 2020 final lineup announcement

Artefactum (Spain)
Briggs (Australia)
Company Archibald Caramantran (France)
Craig Walsh – MONUMENTS (Australia)
Deline Briscoe (Australia)
Destyn Maloya (Réunion)
Dr Piffle & the Burlap Band (Adelaide, Australia)
Dyson Stringer Cloher (Australia)
Echo Drama (Australia)
Floating Flowers – B. DANCE (Taiwan)
Foco alAire – LosTheULTRAMAR (Mexico)
Gelareh Pour’s Garden (Iran/Australia)
General Levy (UK)
Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space (Australia)
Greg Wilson (UK)
Iberi (Georgia)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Maghreb/Europe)
Jorge Ben Jor (Brazil)
Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia)
Kathryn Joseph (UK)
KermesZ à l’Est (Belgium)
Kim So Ra (South Korea)
King Ayisoba (Ghana)
Late Nite Tuff Guy (Australia)
Laura Marling (UK)

Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela)
Luisa Sobral (Portugal)
Ziggy Marley (Jamaica)
M.O.D (Australia)
Mariachi Flor de Toloache (Mexico/USA)
Marina Satti & Fonés (Greece/Sudan)
Maubere Timor (East Timor)
Minyo Crusaders (Japan)
Misstress Barbara (Italy/Canada)
Northern Sound System Live Recording Studio (Australia)
Ngaiire (PNG/Australia)
Oisima (Adelaide, Australia)
Orang Orang Drum Theatre – LanguKu & The Memories (Malaysia)
Party Dozen (Australia)
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (Australia)
RURA (Scotland)
SO.Crates (Australia)
Stellie (Adelaide, Australia)
Super Rats (Australia)
Tami Neilson (NZ/Canada) Thandi Phoenix (Australia)
Themba (South Africa)
True Vibenation (Australia)
Ustad Saami (Pakistan)
William Barton & Veronique Serret (Australia)

6 – 9 March

WOMADelaide 2020

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