Moogfest 2020 canceled; future of festival unknown
Posted December 5, 2019 4:53 p.m. EST
Updated December 5, 2019 5:14 p.m. EST
Durham, N.C. — Festival organizers announced Thursday that Moogfest 2020 has been canceled.
The festival originally planned for April 16 to 19 in Durham was canceled for "logistical reasons," festival organizers announced via email.
The message gave no indication of the long-term future of the festival, which began in 2004 and has been held in Durham since 2016.
"As an organization, our purpose is to create deeply meaningful experiences and relationships in order to continually enrich our creative community. This intermission will be used to focus on the future of Moogfest and to investigate new ways of exploring the future of music, art and technology," organizers wrote.
Those who have pre-purchased tickets for Moogfest 2020 are asked to email email@example.com for information about refunds.
Moogfest began in New York City in 2004 as a tribute to Moog Music founder and inventor of the analog synthesizer, Dr. Robert Moog. The electronic music festival ran there through 2008, before moving to Asheville in 2010.
After 2012's festival, Asheville's partnership with event promoter AC Entertainment ended. There wasn't a Moogfest in 2013. Instead, the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit was held. Moogfest returned to Asheville in April 2014. Later that year, Moogfest announced it would continue as a biannual event.
Notable headliners throughout the years have included The Flaming Lips, Primus, Massive Attack, Moby, TV on the Radio, Grimes, Questlove and Thomas Dolby.
Over the years, the festival evolved to include a conference for creative and technology professionals.