Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, and Dillon Francis Join Moogfest 2014 Music Headliners Kraftwerk 3-D and CHIC Featuring Nile Rodgers.
Nick Zinner, Dan Deacon, Bradford Cox, and David X. Cohen Join Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder as Moogfest Daytime Presenters.
Moogfest announces iconic electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, British rapper and self-declared “anti-popstar” M.I.A., experimental multi-genre music producer Flying Lotus, plus Mad Decent's Dillon Francis as additional headliners in the already landmark lineup of musical acts led by three Kraftwerk 3D concerts and CHIC featuring music super producer Nile Rodgers.
Daytime programming expands to include musical pioneers Dan Deacon, Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, plus Futurama creator and writer for The Simpsons David X. Cohen, as well as Google's creative masterminds who are designing the future of audio.
With over 20 years of history under their belt, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are six-time Grammy nominees, recognized as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Collaborating with theatre directors, architects, set and costume designers, Pet Shop Boys have built their performances into a technologically immersive and visually theatrical experience. With their celebrated history of striking and original tour productions, this year’s Moogfest performance promises to be nothing short of spectacular.
M.I.A. is renowned for her presentation of layered textures of instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples that shaped her acclaimed and distinctive avant-garde music style. From the beginning her music was always an explosion of color, light, and heat as she fearlessly incorporates a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references into her music, combining her Sri Lankan roots with her urban present to create music that defies existing pop music conventions.
Flying Lotus is an expert at weaving together different worlds and styles to create music that defies genre classification. On his latest record, Until The Quiet Comes, Flying Lotus draws from hip hop, electronic music, and rock, to position himself in the center of a musical web that stretches far from the vibrant sprawl of his base in Los Angeles.
A pioneer in the moombahton genre, Dillon Francis lives between 105 and 112 BPM. An open format DJ, he sees no delineation between making music and playing it. Francis boasts releases on Diplo's Mad Decent, Fool's Gold, and Skrillex's OWSLA, some of the most respected labels in electronic music.
The newly added nighttime programming speaks to Moogfest’s focus on innovation and breaking down barriers. German heavyweight trio Moderat, comprised of Modeselektor and Apparat, bring a passionate and enthusiastic approach to electronic music, while Ghostly’s Audion is the outlet for pop-music innovator Matthew Dear to exorcise his dance floor demons. Machinedrum will be performing his celebrated album Vapor City, where each of the songs leads you down a dark and twisting trail through different districts in a city of his own imagination. DFA’s UK-based Factory Floor will deliver one of their signature pummeling and exhilarating performances, and Black Dice, alumni of DFA themselves, bring their own brand of concise and concentrated catharsis to the mix.
Other Moogfest 2014 talent announced includes Tiga, the Sex Whiz of Sonic Parkour, RVNG Intl’s Holly Herndon, Ejecta, the Driftless Recordings project of Joel Ford and Neon Indian's Leanne Macomber, No. 19’s Louie Fresco, and Eric Volta of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird Records.
The Windish Agency also joins the company of the nightly music showcase curators that includes experimental Record Labels Warp Records, DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly International, No. 19 Music’s Social Experiment, RVNG Intl., and Driftless Recordings. Plus Electronic Tastemakers Crew Love, Brooklyn-based Cultural Organization AFROPUNK, Detroit’s Movement Festival, North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival, and Austin’s Switched On.
Joining Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder as artists that bridge both the nightly music and daytime dialogue about music, technology and the future include Claire Evans, performing with YACHT and presenting the rebooted science magazine OMNI; Baltimore boundary pushing composer Dan Deacon; and LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Russom performing with his band The Crystal Ark.
Three immersive, improvisational performances lasting up to four hours will be staged during Moogfest's daytime program include Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner and Deerhunter's Bradford Cox on Moog pedals, LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom on Moog synths, and Dan Deacon on Moog hardware and software each with visuals by ex-Black Dice/Lightning Bolt member Hisham Bharoocha.
Among the artists, designers, inventors and futurists added to Moogfest’s daytime conference program is David X. Cohen, creator and Executive Producer of Futurama with three writers from Futurama and The Simpsons discussing the elaborate math and science secrets that mysteriously appear throughout these shows.
Additional discussions include five of Google's innovators working in audio including visual artist and Google Data Arts' Aaron Koblin, known for his work with Arcade Fire and The Johnny Cash Project; Willo Perron, stage designer for Kayne West, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake, and Lady Gaga; composer Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking; Jay Silver, founder of Makey Makey; hacker and inventor Tom Zimmerman; Kill Screen videogames founder Jamin Warren; human cyborg Neil Harbisson who hears colors; the Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence's Laurance Doyle and Doug Vakoch; astrophysicist William Kurth who records the sounds of space, and many more.
Additional artist lineup, curated showcases, and daytime programming TBA.
Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, and co-curated by some of the most important thinkers of today.
- 5 days, 8 venues, over 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians. See all Speakers HERE
- New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences and exhibitions
- Film screenings
- Experimental performances
- Workshops and other interactive educational forums
- Open-source hardware hackathon
- Day programming Hours: Wednesday 3pm-7pm, Thursday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm, Sunday 11am - 3pm.
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners.
- 5 Days, 10 venues, over 100 artists including concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases.
- Headliners announced in December, 2013
- Night programming hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 7pm - 2am, Sunday 3pm - 6pm.
Moogfest VIP Package - $499*
Includes all benefits of the GA ticket PLUS:
- VIP's Get in First EVERYWHERE
- Priority Festival Check In
- VIP Entrance at Each Venue
- VIP lounge at US Cellular Center with Private Bar and WiFi
- Reserved Seating and Areas for VIPs
- Moogfest 2014 Program
- Moogfest T-Shirt
- Moogfest Gift Bag
- Exclusive Invitations to VIP Only Events
- Plus Much More To Be Announced…
- *Plus Applicable fees
Moogfest is also offering a limited run of unique VIP experiences for the true synth aficionado HERE
Moogfest also hosts free events open to the public:
- 4 day street festival, including new media art installations and live music
- 2 day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair
- 5 day new electronic instrument pop-up shop
- Interested in learning more, read other press releases to date:
- Inaugural Five Day Expansion Announcement
- Call To Artists PR
- Circuit Bending Challenge
- Daytime Presenters Including Futurists, Musicians, Scientists, Authors, Filmmakers, and Pioneers of Electronic Music Instrument Design
*Plus applicable fees