English singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg will perform on the closing night of next year's WOMADelaide.

It will be his first performance at the four-day festival of music, arts and dance, to be held in March 2014.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, WOMADelaide director, Ian Scobie, said he was thrilled to be programming the passionate and charismatic music legend.

Describing Bragg as one of the world's "most endearing champions of songwriting with a message", Mr Scobie said he will also be touring nationally.

"Bragg's performances are as much about thoughtful songs as his compelling and often hilarious storytelling in between so I'm sure he will go down a treat with our audience," he said in a statement.

Scobie told ABC radio Bragg had approached the festival with the suggestion he perform.

"We thought about it for about 15 seconds and said `yes, let's try and make it happen'," he said.

Other program details will be announced on October 21.

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