This is the second consecutive year that Durham, North Carolina will host Moogfest, a collaboration of modern music, art, and technology. As described on the official Moogfest website, the festival aims to “grow a global community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change.” It will take place from May 18-21 this year; the schedule has recently been released and can be viewed here.
Moogfest’s musical lineup for 2017 includes Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Talib Kweli, Suzanne Ciani, Mykki Blanco, Derrick May, Gotye and many more. The festival is structured to focus the daytime hours on forums, workshops, and hands-on exhibits that relate to creative and futuristic-leaning art and technology. By nighttime, the emphasis shifts to music as artists take on the stage at a variety of local Durham venues such as Pinhook and Carolina Theatre. The headlining acts are scheduled to perform at Motorco Park, a stage that is set up exclusively for Moogfest weekend and provides the capacity for a larger audience than the indoor venues.
Over the four days, the festival will showcase over 300 musical performances, workshops (during the daytime), film screenings, live scores, sound installations, and interactive art experiences. These workshops and installations are inspired by the specific themes for Moogfest 2017: the future of creativity, black quantum Futurism, hacking systems, instrument design, the joyful noise of STEAM, protest, sci-fi wishes and utopian dreams, spatial sound, Transhumanism, and techno-Shaminism. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to sign up for these unique workshops and forums. Capacity is generally limited, so it is best to sign up as soon as it becomes available to do so. Sign-up opens Friday, April 7, at 12:00 noon ET for Engineer ticket holders; Tuesday, April 11, at 12:00 noon ET for VIP ticket holders; and Tuesday, April 18, at 12:00 noon ET for all ticket holders.
Unlike many other festivals in America that almost entirely focus on their slotted musical performances, with perhaps just a smattering of non-musical art and other experiences available, Moogfest offers a truly impressive selection of experiences beyond the music. For those who are invested in learning more about the layered intersections of modern technology, art, music, and social/political justice, Moogfest is a can’t-miss festival. Visit the official site Moogfest.com for more information related to the festival’s offerings.
See the full 2017 Moogfest lineup below: