WOMAD organisers have just announced more big-hitters for the popular summer music festival taking place at Charlton Park near Malmesbury on July 26-29.

WOMAD has been throwing some of the biggest and best global parties for 36 years, and this year will be no different, with the second wave of artists joining the 2018 line up being announced today.

Having thought up his new musical project Mr Jukes on a cargo ship in the North Pacific Ocean two years ago, Bombay Bicycle Club’s frontman Jack Steadman is now bringing his soulful, funk-tinged and jazz-rooted sounds to WOMAD; with influences from everything from old-school R&B to modern pop.

One half of dance music pioneers Leftfield will perform Leftism Live, to celebrate the reissue of their legendary 1995 album Leftism, which garnered critical acclaim. 23 years on, founding member Neil Barnes will perform the iconic record live.

Finnish quartet Tuuletar who will be making their festival debut with their haunting acapella tones, beatboxing-enhanced vocal gymnastics and self-styled folk-hop.

From the south of France, The Original Gypsies of Camargue consists of four former members of The Gipsy Kings, Patchai Reyes, Canut Reyes, Paul Reyes and Chico Bouchikhi. The successful group embraced worldwide fame at the tail end of the 1980s, so expect sizzling and fiery rumba, the sound found at the poppier end of the venerable flamenco tradition.

Again, WOMAD welcomes back the incredible Amparanoia from Spain; fronted by the singer-guitarist Amparo Sánchez. This loose evolving collective have been fusing together Spanish- music styles – bolero, ranchera, son, rumba, flamenco, reggae and straight-ahead pop – for two decades now and are always a popular sight on the WOMAD stage.

Also announced is Washington DC’s Thievery Corporation who broke new ground during the 90s with their globally inspired chilled grooves and collaborations with the likes of David Byrne, Anoushka Shankar and The Flaming Lips. Their inspiration comes from all over the map, and this electronic music will bring that global fusion sound to WOMAD for the very first time.

Making their WOMAD debut, and first UK show, is Hashmat Sultana, the singing Sufi sisters who won India’s biggest talent show with their intertwining, weightless voices that reach such great heights and now their lives have changed forever.

The astonishing Ethio-American vocalist known as Meklit whose album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too was listed in The Times top 100 albums of last year will be gracing the WOMAD stage this year. A founder of the Nile Project and a TED Global fellow, Meklit’s irresistibly soulful performing style and pitch perfect fusion of jazz, folk and East African influences are nothing short of breathtaking.

Havana Meets Kingston combining son and salsa with reggae and dancehall have also been announced.

Daara J Family who have also been at the forefront of African hip-hop since their explosion on the scene around 15 years ago will also be gracing WOMAD, with lyrical invention and sharp social messages.

Tickets and full details can be found at www.womad.co.uk.