Phillip Glass Ensemble and English ska icons The Specials will headline Womadelaide’s 25th anniversary next year.

Led by the master of minimalist composition, The Philip Glass Ensemble will present a cinematic experience, Koyaanisqatsi Live – Life out of Balance. The live performance will accompany a screening of the 1982 experimental film by Godfrey Reggio, Koyaanisqatsi.

The Specials make their Womadelaide debut nearly 40 years since they first hit the stage. The two-tone pioneers made their mark in the ’70s with a string of hits such as A Message to You Rudy and Ghost Town. It will be the band’s first Australian show in five years.

Joining them on the bill are Aussie legend Archie Roach; folk favourites The Waifs; Grammy-nominated bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto; and more.

Of course, it’s not just about the music. French street-art collective Cie Carabosse will mark its fourth appearance at Womadelaide with a nightly fire installation, The Exodus of Forgotten Peoples. Combining fire, video projections and performance, the work will explore themes of global migration.

The full WOMADelaide 2017 program will be released over the coming months. The next announcement is on November 8. Womadelaide 2017 will be held at Botanic Park from March 10–13.

First line-up announcement
Ana Tijoux
Archie Roach
Bebel Gilberto
Brushy One String
Hanoi Masters
Inna Modja
La Mambanegra
Philip Glass Ensemble
Sudha Ragunathan
The East Pointers
The Manganiyar Classroom
The Soil
The Specials
The Waifs
Warsaw Village Band
Xylouris White