Amid the glut of homogeneous U.S. music festivals, Moogfest, a five-day "synthesis of technology, art and music," has established itself as a unique rejoinder. The festival, held in Asheville, North Carolina from April 23–27, announced that progressive record labels Fool's Gold, DFA, Warp Records and Ghostly International will be curating a night each at one of the festival’s ten venues.
Started in 2004, Moogfest is ostensibly a celebration of the work of Robert Moog, a pioneer of electronic music whose synthesizers have been used by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Alicia Keys and Queens of the Stone Age, among countless others.
But it has since morphed into a giant showcase for electronic and experimental music, highlighted by art installations, film screenings, synth-building workshops and nightly performances. Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder have been previously announced as speakers, with performers expected to be announced in early 2014. Past performers have included James Murphy, M83, The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio and St. Vincent.
In a statement, the festival said that 2014 will include a “five-day innovation conference featuring leading futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians from various fields that will expand the mind as well as entertain.”
Tickets are on-sale now for $199 for the basic package and $499 for V.I.P.