Moogfest 2016: Grimes and Miike Snow Join the Festival
The organizers of Moogfest 2016, set for May 19-22 across 17 venues in downtown Durham, NC, announced major additions to the electronic music festival’s lineup yesterday.
Art pop musician Grimes and neo-psychedelic trio Miike Snow join the lineup of “more than 250 of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians, artists, and technologists — from GZA, Gary Numan, and Blood Orange to virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson — for Moogfest 2016,” said Moogfest in a press release.
To mark 100 days until Moogfest 2016, Moogfest released an EP, Translational Drifts: Moogfest Vol. 2, the second EP in a series of free digital recordings that feature Moogfest artists — past, present, and future. Volume 2 showcases four contemporary acts remixing their peer’s interpretations of seminal electronic music influencers that have shaped past Moogfest lineups. This installment includes Afrikan Sciences, The Haxan Cloak, Karen Gwyer, and Nosaj Thing remixing tracks performed by ADULT., Moses Sumney, Dan Deacon, and Taz Arnold.
Listen to Translational Drifts: Moogfest Vol. 2 on Soundcloud:
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With yesterday’s announcement of Grimes, Miike Snow, and others, Moogfest 2016 has revealed its full lineup, augmenting headliners like Gary Numan, GZA, and Laurie Anderson. (Indeed, Gary Numan is among my most anticipated acts at Moogfest this year.)
Grimes released her fourth studio album, Art Angels, in November 2015 via 4AD to universal acclaim, according to ratings gathered by Metacritic. In the new album, Grimes has continued her recent trend of combining buoyant dreamy synths with a lyrical love of violence as with her recent song “Kill v. Maim.”
Watch the official music video for “Kill v. Maim” by Grimes on YouTube:
Swedish rockers Miike Snow are set to release their third album, iii, on March 4. They too continue down a path that has garnered them a large fanbase and critical acclaim with new songs like “Genghis Khan,” a description of how the narrator might react if his significant other were to “get it on” with someone other than him via invocation of the 13th Century Mongolian emperor.
The very clever music video features a star-crossed romance between a James Bond spy and his Goldfinger-like nemesis. Watch the official music video for “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow on YouTube:
Additional acts joining the Moogfest lineup include house and disco artist Black Madonna, U.K. grime musician Skepta, noise rockers Health, electropopper Bob Moses, techno musician Patricia, local funky dance band Eyes Low, and artists Morton Subotnik and Sarah Davachi banding with Alessandro Cortini and Suzanne Ciani in a tribute to the work of Don Buchla.
The City of Durham, NC
Thursday, May 19-Sunday, May 22, 2016
Exact schedule TBA
$249 General Admission; $499 VIP
$1,000 Engineer VIP includes two-day synth-building workshop
Here’s the entire Moogfest 2016 lineup in one handy poster: