24 Aug 2022

Florence + the Machine, Bon Iver & Aerial Angels Spectacular announced for WOMADelaide 2023

The internationally acclaimed, genre-defying British group Florence + The Machine and Grammy Award-winning US indie-folk band Bon Iver will make their WOMADelaide debut at the 2023 festival, which will see the welcome return of international artists, together with the breath-taking aerial spectacular, Place des Anges, by French company Gratte Ciel, from 10-13 March in Adelaide’s Botanic Park.

Florence + The Machine, fronted by enigmatic singer Florence Welch, will be returning to Adelaide for the first time since 2019 where they played to a sold-out audience of over 14,000 adoring fans. The hugely influential group, renowned for their dramatic and spellbinding live shows, will headline Saturday 11 March at the festival.

Having sold 17 million albums, won multiple Brit Awards, been nominated for six Grammys and topped charts around the world, Florence + The Machine are touring on the back of their uplifting fifth studio album Dance Fever, released in 2022 and described by Rolling Stone as “an ecstatic prayer for post-pandemic redemption.”

Bon Iver, led by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, will perform a set that spans their 15-year career on the opening night of the festival, Friday 10 March. In 2011 their eponymous release won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist. The dreamy Wisconsin outfit has gone on to be nominated a further nine times, including for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for their 2019 release i,i.

In 2020 Bon Iver broadened their international appeal when they joined Taylor Swift for the song Exile, which exploded across global music charts and reached No.1 on Billboard's Top TV Songs chart. Bon Iver also created 2 A Billion, a campaign working to bring gender equity centre stage by partnering with local charitable organisations.

Place des Anges (place of angels) is one of the world’s most extraordinary aerial performances featuring a host of feathered angels who dance and descend from high above the treetops and the audience in a celebratory ethereal ballet.

An Australian exclusive, Place des Anges will be performed nightly, transforming Botanic Park into a magical wonderland of music, acrobatics and death-defying theatrics.

Softly cascading feathers fall from the heavens, as the angels swirl amongst the stars and gradually descend to earth to play with the audience.

“Mortgage the house. Sell your possessions. Do anything that makes it possible to see Place des Anges from French geniuses, Gratte Ciel. It is absolutely wonderful, with dozens of gleaming white angels sailing high above the crowd, a seemingly endless rain of feathers gently falling on the thousands upon thousands of delighted faces. It is uplifting, affirming and sheer beauty.” – The Advertiser, March 2018.

“Place des Anges is truly one of the greatest aerial spectacles in the world. To be the only place where the company has performed outside of an urban environment, amongst natural surrounds in the middle of a music festival, makes their return five years on extra special,” said WOMADelaide Director, Ian Scobie.

“Florence + The Machine, Bon Iver and Gratte Ciel are just three of the outstanding artists who will be part of WOMADelaide 2023 and we look forward to revealing more in October and November when our program of around 70 groups is complete.”

South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said WOMADelaide 2023 would be ‘one for the ages’.

“With interstate tourism in SA at post-pandemic record highs and more overseas tourists visiting our state, it is incredibly exciting that WOMADelaide will host the return of major international acts to ‘the world’s festival’ - back to its full format! It builds on the success of the event’s return to Botanic Park this year and will attract thousands of visitors to what will be a spectacular March in Adelaide.” said Minister Bettison.

4 Day and 3 Day Early Bird Tickets and pay by instalment plans will open to WOMADelaide subscribers from 9am Thursday 25 August and tickets on sale to general public from 9am Friday 26 August.

WOMADelaide is supported by the South Australian Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Place des Anges has been made possible due to the extraordinary support of the Hackett Foundation. WOMADELAIDE, 10-13 March 2023, Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia

For tickets and information visit: www.womadelaide.com.au

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