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Grimes, Miike Snow added to Moogfest lineup

Posted February 9

Grimes will play Moogfest 2016 in Durham (Facebook)

— Synth-pop band Grimes and pop trio Miike Snow have been added to the Moogfest lineup.

More than 250 artists will participate the festival, which is devoted to music, art and technology, on May 19-22 at 17 walkable venues throughout the downtown Durham.

In addition to Grimes and Miike Snow, new performers on the bill announced Tuesday include:

  • Chicago house techno and disco DJ Black Madonna
  • English rapper, grime artist, songwriter and record producer Skepta
  • Los Angeles noise rock band Health
  • Eyes Low, a house and synth band that hails from North Carolina
  • Erika Anderson, aka EMA, who will headline one of the Durationals, a daily series of extended performances
  • Grammy Award-nominee tAz Arnold, who will lead a guided music meditation at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art

The festival will present several art installations as well, including Convergence, a visual workspace and interactive conversation series at Research Triangle Park. World-renowned media artist Kyle McDonald will create WiFi Whisperer, an installation that will "listen" to leaky data from festival-goers' devices and use it to create data visualization and ambient soundscapes and melodies.

Other notable installations include:

  • The sounds from Burt’s Bees hives will be used to create a sound-art installation at the American Tobacco Campus. The Antenes will be repurposing old telephone switchboards into working modular synthesizers.
  • Lori Napoleon will be transforming Carrack Modern Art in Durham into a manual telephone exchange office, combining audio synthesis, sculpture, hacking and telephony.
  • Durham Arts Council will be featuring an exhibit of the rarest and largest collection of Buchla synthesizers will be exhibited in the foyer of the Durham Arts Council.

Moogfest's diverse program will also include conversations, workshops, an experimental film festival and a “Modular Marketplace” for instrument manufacturers.

IBM Research's Watson program will be taking on the "DJ Watson" moniker to help festival-goers compose their own songs.

Previously announced headliners include electronic music pioneer Gary Numan, who will perform his first three albums over three consecutive nights in three different venues.

Musical experimentalist Laurie Anderson will have a two-day residency as she weaves stories and song in her solo performance, “The Language of the Future” and then returns to the stage the next day to hosts a daytime conversation.

GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan is among the festival's hip-hop and rap lineup, which also includes emerging talent and Dr. Dre protege King Mez.

There will be keynote presentations from satellite radio inventor and pharma tycoon Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality.

There will also be a free all-ages show including an entire day of electronic music for children hosted by DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba among others.​

Last year, Moogfest announced plans to move from Asheville to Durham next year.

Tickets are $249 for three-day general admission and $499 for three-day VIP passes. There are also $1,000 engineer VIP Packages available. Tickets are on sale now.

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