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Moogfest announces lineup for 2016

Moogfest, a festival devoted to art, music and technology, will move from Asheville to Durham in 2016, city leaders announced Tuesday.

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Kathy Hanrahan
DURHAM, N.C.Moogfest on Tuesday announced its lineup for its debut in the Bull City next year.

More than 100 musical acts will play the festival, which is devoted to music, art and technology, on May 19-22 at 17 walkable venues throughout the downtown Durham. Venues include intimate galleries to theatres and will include a free outdoor stage, with music, workshops and participatory, all-ages programming.

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.

Moogfest's diverse program this year includes performances, conversations, workshops, installations, an experimental Film Festival, and a “Modular Marketplace” for instrument manufacturers.

More highlights include:

  • Electronic duo ODESZA, Blood Orange and utopian rockers YACHT are also on the bill.
  • 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.
  • A free all-ages show will be open to the public including an entire day of electronic music for children hosted by DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba among others.
Earlier this 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.
History of MoogFest

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 and TV on the Radio.

Over the years, the festival evolved to includes a conference for creative and technology professionals. Last year, Moogfest worked with Google Creative Lab, MIT Media Lab, EYEO and the New Museum on innovative concepts for its daytime programs.


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