Moogfest Festival Preview

Moogfest just announced Phase 2 of its 2018 lineup! Headlining the groundbreaking festival in Durham, North Carolina May 17-20 are Kelela, KRS-One, Mouse on Mars, Jon Hopkins, and Chelsea Manning. The lineup announcement follows the record-setting 50-hour Always On livestream in December 2017, and the experiential mini-fest, Moog House of Electronicus in January of this year.

Launched in 2004, Moogfest is named and programmed in honor of musician and technologist Robert Moog who revolutionized both industries when he introduced his Moog Modular Synthesizers I, II, and III in 1967. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Sun Ra were among its early adopters and the music world’s cult like adoration for the man and his machines has only deepened over time. Even though Bob Moog passed away in 2005, the festival continues celebrating his legacy by booking some of the most provocative artists and thinkers and creating an environment where people of all backgrounds can indulge their creative impulses.

Initially taking place in New York City from 2004 to 2008, Moogfest settled in Asheville, North Carolina 2010-2014 before relocating to its present home, Durham. The festival’s mind-expanding synthesis of music, art, and technology offers durationals, workshops, conversations, and the opportunity to build your own synthesizer by day, plus cutting-edge performances by early pioneers in electronic music and today’s most promising pop and avant-garde experimentalists by night. Previous performers over the past 14 years include everyone from Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, and Gary Numan to Laurie Anderson, Massive Attack and The Flaming Lips.

In addition to this year’s headliners, performers confirmed include Author & Punisher, Suzanne Ciani, ex-Drexciya member DJ Stingray, Little Boots, Shabazz Palaces, Psychic TV, Wajeed, Yves Tumor, ex-Rapture member Gabriel Andruzzi, Gavin Rayna Russom, Emptyset, Gareth Jones, Nick Hook, ONO, J Rocc and Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland who will perform a four hour durational. 

Also notable at this year’s festival is the debut of A3, an immersive 3D audio environment featuring a 360-degree sound system with 24 independent sources. Built within the Durham Armory, A3 will power exclusive performances from artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner: Jenny Hval; Aurora Halal; Mouse on Mars with Sonic Robots and Spank Rock; Suzanne Ciani with LAYNE; Valgeir Sigurðsson with Liam Byrne; Yves Tumor with designer Ezra Miller; Shabazz Palaces; Author & Punisher; and Waajeed.

In another first, this year Moogfest will be produced by UGS, a change Moogfest welcomes. “Part of Moogfest is all about experiences that can only happen at a festival like this. If we keep delivering these intense experiences, I think festival-goers will continue to have a reason to come back,” Emmy Parker, Moogfest Creative Director, said. And come back they have. At last count, the festival has drawn more than 10,000 music, art and tech enthusiasts each of the past two years and pumped an estimated $7.2 million into the local economy of Durham, North Carolina.

For more information, visit moogfest.com.