Durham to Host MoogFest in 2016

Leaders from Durham area civic organizations, cultural institutions, government and businesses announced earlier today that Moogfest — an internationally acclaimed festival of music, art and technology that has been held in Asheville since 2010 — will debut in Durham in May 2016. This announcement signals a long-term commitment by festival organizers, reinforcing the exploding technology scene and culture of innovation in the Triangle. The 3 day, 3 night event takes place May 19-22, 2016.

A limited number of discounted tickets for Asheville locals are on sale today for $99 at the Moog Store, located at 160 Broadway. The Moog Store is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Ticket buyers must show ID showing residency in order to purchase the specially-priced tickets.

“The decision to move the festival was not an easy one,” says Moog Music President and CEO, Mike Adams. “While we are grateful for all the support Moogfest received locally from the city, the county, private business owners, and festival goers, we have not been able to secure the necessary private and public investment in Asheville that’s needed for the festival to be sustainable moving forward.”

Moogfest has been a festival of electronic music since 2004, known for presenting performances by early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today. Previous Moogfest performers include Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Chic, Massive Attack, Holly Herndon, Flying Lotus, Terry Riley, M83, The Flaming Lips, Suicide, Pet Shop Boys, Grimes, TV on the Radio, MIA, St. Vincent, Tangerine Dream, Keith Emerson, Moderat and Squarepusher.

“Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation with innovative programming that perfectly mirrors Durham’s position as the driving force of the technology, culture and entertainment scene in North Carolina,” says Emmy Parker, Brand Director at Moog Music

In celebration of today’s announcement, Moogfest releases “Translational Drifts: Moogfest Vol. 1,” the first EP in a series of free digital recordings that feature Moogfest artists – past, present and
future. Volume 1 showcases five contemporary acts reinterpreting seminal electronic music influencers that have shaped past Moogfest lineups. This premiere installment includes YACHT, ADULT., Julianna Barwick, Moses Sumney and Dan Deacon translating tracks by Devo, Pet Shop Boys, Suicide, Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno. Their renditions pay tribute to a rich history of electronic music, with new sounds that continue to push further into the future.

YACHT, a contributor and previous Moogfest curator, praises the company behind the collaboration, “We love how Moog brings artists together. The sound of the machines and the culture of the company are like a bridge across genres and generations.”

In 2014 Moogfest introduced its new festival format, an experimental lineup of daytime conferences consisting of one of a kind programming, curated by cultural, artistic and technological luminaries, and
nighttime music with iconic performers from early pioneers of electronic music to current musical innovators. Much like it did in Asheville in 2014, the festival will utilize many of Durham’s downtown event venues and public spaces with a mix of ticketed and free programming.

Moogfest announced in July of last year that it would move to an every-other-year schedule in order to maintain the authenticity of such an ambitious, multi-faceted event. Following successful runs in both Asheville and New York City, the partnership with Durham will help the festival continue to grow for years to come.

Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. Moog Music, the company Dr. Moog founded, recently became employee-owned and expanded their operations, buying almost the entire block where the factory is located.

“Transitioning to an employee-owned company was a way to ensure everyone who works with us has a stake in Moog Music and its future,” Adams continues. “Asheville is my hometown and the home of Moog Music. Moog Music, its employees and its factory are staying right here in Asheville. We will continue to be a part of this community regardless of where Moogfest is held. Moving the festival to Durham doesn’t mean Asheville won’t still be a part of it.”

For more information please visit Moogfest.com.

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