Beyond The Music: 7 Reasons Why Moogfest Is Worth Attending
On May 19 – 21 2016, Moogfest will invade the North Carolina town of Durham for a jam-packed weekend dedicated to the synthesis of future music, art, and technology. Previously held in the mountain town of Asheville, Moog will be migrating this year to Durham in order to provide a bigger space to accommodate the ever-growing crowds and festival additions – both of which have been getting bigger and better over the years. With that being said, Moogfest is coming in full force for 2016, distinctively setting it apart from other like-minded festivals in the scene today.
But how exactly is it different, a festival enthusiast might wonder? It’s different because the festival encompasses SO many additional aspects throughout the weekend that go above and beyond just musical performances. Here’s a list of Moogfest’s highlights for the weekend – highlights that are sure to satisfy your summer festie cravings in ways other events being held this season can not.
For the first time ever, Moogfest will take place in Durham, NC. The festival will activate 17 different venues that weekend scattered throughout the walkable downtown core of the city. These venues include intimate galleries, large theaters, and a free outdoor stage with all-ages permitted. According to Moog, the city of Durham will be an ideal setting for the festival, as it uniquely blends diversity, innovation, and culture into a long history of great music.
The Musical Talent
With music obviously being the main emphasis of any festival, Moogfest decided to take it a step further in terms of exactly what these live performances will focus on in order to keep the theme of the festival’s tagline, “future music, art and technology” going. Pioneers in electronic music such as Gary Numan and Laurie Anderson will have multiple showings throughout the weekend, ranging from musical performances to in-depth conversation sessions.
Headlining musical talent from top-chart artists will also be in attendance, ranging from the future pop sounds of Odesza to the future soul of Blood Orange. Utopian rockers YACHT and the comic stylings of Reggie Watts will also be in attendance, along with the smooth instrumentals from the talented group Explosions in the Sky. And it doesn’t stop there. Various experimentalists, ambient music innovators, and hip-hop artists will also be performing throughout the festivals duration. View the full lineup here.
Moogfest is quite assertive in emphasizing the importance of creativity and expression. As a result, quite a few mind-expanding panels will be held throughout the weekend, bringing future thought to an whole new level of awesome. The conferences will be led by futuristic philosophers, entrepreneurs, trans-humanists, notable inventors, computer scientists, and robotic groups -who will lead live interactions with robots and concepts of artificial intelligence.
A durational can be defined as a 3 to 4 hour-long experimental session with immersive visuals. This year at Moog, famous drummer Greg Fox will kick off the series, followed by hip hop producer Mike Dean, electronic composer Suzanne, and other pioneers of ambient, tribal, and trance music. Lastly, Robert Rich will perform an ultimate durational performance with a 10-hour “sleep concert”.
Moogfest Film Festival
Particular to Moog’s movie lovers, a daily exploration of music, science fiction, and horror films will be showcased throughout the weekend. The film program will then be expanded to a program of short film and video work.
The Art Installations
Interactive media art and immersive sonic environments will be placed throughout the festival, designed to stimulate the mind and senses with an ultra-modern-utopian vibe, keeping the theme of future thought at Moog.
Masterclasses and Workshops
Charting a course for the future, Moog therefore invites and encourages all attendees to participate in workshops, expert demos, and masterclasses. These programs range from experimental to practical to professional, and it doesn’t matter if you are an expert of amateur. The workshops will be hosted in theater spaces, classrooms, and labs. Refer to the newly announced Moogfest schedule for class registration and other details.
Moogfest is no ordinary music festival, and the organizers have worked extra hard to create a thrilling set of activities and events that satisfy just as good as the musicians, if not better. It’s bound to truly be a one of a kind experience, so snatch your tickets here.